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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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The Four Shields of Dreams and Dreamwork

Mar 2 - Mar 9, 2024 Death Valley, California Betsy Perluss, Kim Belair

A dream comes from the same source as a tree or a wild pig—Nature itself. —Marie-Louise von Franz  Dreams are like the mycelium of the psyche, birthed from an underground network of ancient ...

BIPOC Diamond In the Rough (invite only)

Jun 6 - Jun 10, 2024 Four Springs Retreat Center, CA John Davis, Marlena deCarion

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The Four Directions of a Queer Man: Forgiveness, Apology & Reconciliation

Jun 8 - Jun 15, 2024 Inyo Mountains - Big Pine, California Scott Eberle, Collin Brown, Paul Browde

Queer people don’t grow up as ourselves, we grow up playing a version of ourselves that sacrifices authenticity to minimise humiliation & prejudice.  The massive task of our adult lives is to ...

Diamond in the Rough: Wilderness and the Diamond Approach

Jun 22 - Jun 29, 2024 Wild Mountain, Colorado John Davis, Marlena deCarion, Ken Crocker

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

Healing Ancestral Trauma through Nature, Ritual, and Community

Aug 6 - Aug 12, 2024 Wild Mountain, Colorado Nancy Jane, Bettina Straub

When we heal our roots, we open up new possibilities for our future. --Thomas Hubl Ancestral Trauma Welcome to our investigation of ancestral trauma. We hold this as a sacred exploration of ...

Open Desert, Open Mind

Oct 5 - Oct 13, 2024 Eureka Valley, California Scott Eberle, Silvia Talavera, Bettina Straub

The very transparent, unfixed, yet alive quality of consciousness is its nature, a bit like air around us.  If you relax and allow this experience of unfixed knowing, you will discover what ...

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

Oct 21 - Oct 27, 2024 Catalina State Park - Tucson, Arizona Silvia Talavera, Cary Gaunt

“We are the seeds of the tenacious plant, and it is in our ripeness and our fullness of heart that we are given to the wind and scattered.” Kahlil Gibran Throughout the ages, elder women ...

Rites of Incorporation: Embodying the Vision and Living the Dream

Nov 5 - Nov 11, 2024 Catalina State Park - Tucson, Arizona Silvia Talavera, Kelly McClelland

   “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die life is a broken winged bird that cannot ...

Healing Ancestral Trauma through Nature, Ritual, and Community

Aug 12 - Aug 18, 2025 Wild Mountain, Colorado Nancy Jane, Bettina Straub

When we heal our roots, we open up new possibilities for our future. --Thomas Hubl Ancestral Trauma Welcome to our investigation of ancestral trauma. We hold this as a sacred exploration of ...

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