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.


"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."




Rites of Incorporation: Embodying the Vision and Living the Dream

Apr 17 - Apr 24, 2022 Catalina State Park - Tucson, 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 ...

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

May 21 - May 28, 2022 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 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, ...

Transforming Ancestral Trauma through Nature, Ritual, and Community

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: The Four Shields of Elderhood for Women

Oct 9 - Oct 15, 2022 Catalina State Park - Tucson, Arizona Silvia Talavera

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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