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Living the Practices

Living the Practices integrates ceremonial perspectives into daily routines, life, and work. We offer these programs as ongoing support with incorporation and as a way to deepen a personal calling and to strengthen professional and personal skills. These programs are designed for those who want to dive further into various aspects of the work and specific subjects. These programs incorporate the following aspects of the School’s traditions: The Four Shields, Solo Time in Nature, Nature as Teacher, and Storytelling and Mirroring.

RENEWAL

"At the Women's Elders Retreat I had the opportunity to sit with an amazing group of caring, well-weathered women, and wander the wondrous lands of the Inyo mountains and valley. I emerged with my heart and soul renewed."

- ROSE VANDENBERGHE

UPCOMING LIVING THE PRACTICES PROGRAMS

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Bringing the Ceremony Home – Cancelled

Aug 8 - Aug 15, 2021 Online-Based Program Nancy Jane, Bettina Straub

We welcome you and anyone who hears the call for nature immersion, ceremony, and community. We come together in our virtual circle to reconnect with something essential and life-affirming in the ...

The Four Shields of Wholeness for Women

Aug 23 - Aug 28, 2021 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Petra Lentz-Snow, Gretchen (Grae) Gerlach

Patrilinear hierarchical systems have pushed life on earth to the edge of social and ecological sustainability.  As women we feel the pain of the global crisis resonating in our bodies and personal ...

Transforming Ancestral Trauma through Nature, Ritual, and Community

Aug 30 - Sep 5, 2021 Dragonback Springs Ranch, Colorado Nancy Jane, Bettina Straub

This program provides an opportunity to consciously explore how the shadows of the past remain undigested in our personal and collective lives. To what degree are we aware of their impact on our ...

The Elder’s Journey: Four Shields of Eldering for Women

Sep 25 - Oct 1, 2021 Big Pine, California Silvia Talavera, Sara Harris

Throughout the ages, elder women have enjoyed sitting in circle to weave the rich tapestries of their stories, stories that continued to warm and inspire people across time and culture. What ...

Creative Imaginings: Awakening the Seeds of Inspiration, Through the Four Shields of Nature

Oct 8 - Oct 12, 2021 Catalina State Park, Arizona Silvia Talavera, Cate Burnett

Creativity is expansive and carries the seeds of mystery and imagination within the fertile ground of our lives. There are countless ways we humans have access to creative expressions. It may come ...

Rites of Incorporation: Embodying the Vision and Living the Dream

Apr 17 - Apr 24, 2022 Catalina State Park, Arizona Silvia Talavera, Scot Deily

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." - Langston Hues This program is an invitation to all who have experienced a vision fast, had an idea, a ...

Diamond in the Rough: Wilderness and the Diamond Approach

Jun 25 - Jul 2, 2022 Wild Mountain, Colorado John Davis, Marlena deCarion

Intimate and direct contact with the natural world is an ancient, direct, and profound doorway to being. Our ancestors knew this, and we are rediscovering it. Curiosity, experiential inquiry, ...

Healing Ancestral Trauma

Jul 3 - Jul 9, 2022 Wild Mountain, Colorado Nancy Jane, Bettina Straub

When we heal our roots, we open up new possibilities for our future. --Thomas Hubl This program provides an opportunity to consciously explore how the shadows of the past remain undigested in our ...

The Elder’s Journey: Four Shields of Eldering for Women

Oct 8 - Oct 15, 2022 Catalina State Park, Arizona Silvia Talavera, Sara Harris

Throughout the ages, elder women have enjoyed sitting in circle to weave the rich tapestries of their stories, stories that continued to warm and inspire people across time and culture. What ...

Open Desert, Open Mind

Oct 29 - Nov 6, 2022 Death Valley, California Scott Eberle, Silvia Talavera

Death Valley is a vast open space that stretches on for miles.  Here the scale of desolate earth and expansive sky is something to behold.  Jack Kornfield writes about the open mind in manner that ...

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