Nature and the Good Life: Gathering Soul Medicine for Our Times
Three days immersed in nature and self-care
Santa Fe and the surrounding National Forest
Northern New Mexico
May 3-6, 2018
$695 per person Register Now
“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” Rumi
Join us in an exploration of self, nature, light, art and their intertwining relationships. We’ll spend four days together, with time in the studio of artist the first day and then head to the aspen forest, learning from what scientists call the world’s largest known individual life form. We will share skills for savoring our senses, hiking at altitude, working with nature to heal ourselves and more. We will also customize our activities to the group’s interests, the day’s weather, and people’s desire for movement and stillness. Join us for a few days of unplugging from technology in order to connect to something deeper.
- Thursday evening, May 3: We’ll gather as a group for dinner at the studio of artist Stephen Auger to view his work and have an conversation about art as it relates to self, nature, the good life and being human. This will include a sharing circle as we explore each of our perspectives. For a preview of Stephen’s work and our conversations, here’s an interview that Larry Glover did with Stephen.
- Friday, May 4: Now we’ll head into the wilderness! Our first day will start with an eco-hike to help us each open up our senses and fully take in all nature has to offer. In the afternoon, we’ll deepen our mindfulness and focus on attention, which some have called the holy grail in personal effectiveness. We’ll explore it further in the relationship between lightness and dark, by gathering in silence as night falls. After dinner we’ll participate in an Ojibwe talking circle, helping us deepen our connection to each other and the earth.
- Saturday, May 5: After a hearty breakfast by the large stone fireplace, we’ll set out for a full-day hike as we inquire into our relationship to the four elements — fire, water, earth and air. We’ll spend some solo time in a dappled aspen grove, feeling ourselves relax into nature’s healing abilities. We’ll return for dinner and star-gazing at night.
- Sunday, May 6: Sunday will bring another beautiful day for being with nature. We’ll hike up to an aspen grove and spend time with the concept of the medicine wheel and how it can help us in gathering soul medicine. We’ll end the day in late afternoon with a gratitude and takeaway circle, which will help us bring home what we want to from this journey. (Note that it’s possible for people to stay over Sunday night as well, if they’ll depart for home on Monday.)
Lodging will be on your own in Santa Fe Thursday evening and as guests at a private cabin in the Santa Fe National Forest on Friday, Saturday and (optional) Sunday evenings. Lodging at the cabin is on available to those who sign up first, with 6 bedrooms available. In addition there is camping available on-site.
Bonus! Once you sign up for this journey we’ll send you a pre-journey email with suggested readings and thought-provoking questions to get you ready for our time together. And a month or two after the journey we’ll gather together in an online video call to remember our experiences in nature. You’ll also then be able to join our past-participant video calls to welcome in each season. These are beautiful opportunities to reconnect to the wellspring of aliveness that exists in each of us, but often gets covered up with our day-to-day activities.
As the poet Mark Nepo posits “The challenge of our age is to stay in relationship….to who we are, to our aliveness, to everything larger than us. This opens up a conversation with life.” Our goal for our time together is to deepen that aliveness — to bring a new sense of energy and passion to ourselves, our relationships and our life’s work.
This program is hosted on forest service lands in partnership with Larry Glover (USFS permit holder) and Wild Resiliency Awakening. A portion of your fees go to support Lead Feather’s programs for Native American youth, helping them connect deeply to Mother Earth. Interested in helping more? Learn how.
“And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk to bloom.” Anais Nin