Gatherings are custom-created with the group based on registration information, identities, strengths and needs. The flow of the full day - or multi-day or overnight for deeper experiences once public health allows - generally touch on all of the following areas, each with it's own story for the particular group, and always ending with integration into daily lives. The approach within these areas and a quote from past retreat experiences illuminates each below.
Each gathering begins by gently allow what we carry to come up into the healing needed, and/or drop away.
"I felt SO free to meet my own needs and supported in doing so. This was incredible. Thank you! "
To just be what we want to see is radical. Gatherings ease pressures to allow new connections in. Our cup is overflowing when we fill each others'.
"I thought that the opening and closing circles and ceremonies were very powerful for creating community."
Activities to identify each of our wells of joy from which to draw.
"We need practices in new ways of being to find the missing pieces of ourselves we want to bring to our work."
The container created by facilitators - and willingness to try out everything by the group -opens each of us to possibilities.
"[Building for myself] more silent thinking/not talking time during zooms, doing some purposeful bearing witness for colleagues, and MORE dancing "
A space to tell real truths to ourselves or each other with integrity by the close of a gathering gives us practice in liberation.
"I am really thinking about how to use pods to ensure I have a support system"
Depending on the group and what comes up throughout the gathering, this could take many forms from developing a morning ritual for self to grieving and letting go what cannot be brought home.
" I really enjoy the silence walk because it give me time to reflect on me, i started give my scholars silence time during my class to just reflect. They really enjoy and when they return back to class we have more productive day."
Each gathering is a unique experience
By combining practices such as those identified below, alongside learning from research-based nature rehabilitation activities, a variety of cultural traditions, and mindfulness and somatic growth programs, each gathering works to introduce ways to live from our full selves. The group is encouraged to bring their strengths in any areas to share as well. Every gathering involves listening in circle, solo time, intentional discussion and quiet, physical movement and music, and shared experience of nature and food.
Facilitators that have experience taking a group through vulnerable and contemplative activities pair up with expertise on how to approach trauma in a collaborative, mindful way. We match facilitators intentionally with the dynamics of each group of participants and they tend to the custom agenda of the weekend with registration information in the plan and adaptation in the moment.
Everyone must be owner of their own healing. We ask participating educators to take an active role in sharing during the gatherings, bringing their strengths to the group. We ask guides to share their particular healing wisdom while working to ensure everyone contributes.
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