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


Oct 8th, 2021 - Oct 12th, 2021 | Catalina State Park - Tucson, 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 from a simple idea or brain storming the designing of a sustainable community, choreographing a dance, writing a life story, painting a portrait, or perhaps imagining a new life and anything else in between. And yet these expressions must begin with a nugget of inspiration, imagination or vision before it begins the journey towards manifestation.

Creativity shows up differently for each of us and we may be surprised by the ways it can suddenly emerge. There are many who insist that they don’t have a creative bone in their body and yet long for ways to tap into these hidden skills. This begs the question, “How do I access this place in me?”

This program is geared towards the Wild Seeds of Inspiration, the spark that propels us forward and opens us to the creative process. Ample spaciousness will allow us to tap into and discover what lies waiting to burst forth, our own exquisite innate expressions of creativity inspired by time spent together in nature. 

Program Overview: During this 5-day program we will open ourselves to the teachings of the natural world as we are guided through the lens of The Four Shields of Human Nature (a nature-based teaching) which will move us through the cycles of the seasons. Each day focused exercises will be guided by your specific creative expressions, where you will spend 2-3 hours solo time in nature. No experience is required. We invite all forms of creative expression and encourage you to bring the tools that will support your interests, vision or dreaming. Most importantly, bring your willingness to stretch, grow and spread your wings.

Program Questions Contact: Silvia Talavera at [email protected]


TUITION: $450 - $700

We have a sliding scale for our programs in an effort to make them accessible. Please pay what you are able and know that your generosity supports the affordability of all our programs. If you need financial support or a payment plan check out our scholarship fund.

Pay program deposit

This deposit signifies your commitment to the program and is deducted from the tuition balance. This is a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit that is required for enrollment.

Submit enrollment form

Once you have paid the program deposit, please fill out and submit the enrollment form below. After your enrollment form is complete, please submit all health and liability forms.

Submit Waitlist form

This program is full; however, you may add your name to the Waitlist by clicking the Waitlist button below.

Additional course details & Materials


Please plan to arrive on the afternoon of Friday, October 8th. We will complete our ceremony early afternoon on Tuesday, October 12th. A detailed logistic letter, complete equipment list and necessary forms will be sent to you upon registration. All activities undertaken will be non-strenuous and our emphasis is always on “safety first.”

Though we will be camping out the entire time, no camping experience is necessary. There will be guides to help with unloading vehicles and setting up tents.

ADDITIONAL FEES: Camping Fees TBD. All additional fees will be collected at the time of the program.

You will be responsible for bringing your own food and equipment, though we can provide some gear if needed. We ask everyone to come prepared to live self-sufficiently. You will need to bring shelter and clothing suitable for a full range of inclement weather. 

To address safety concerns during the pandemic, please contact us regarding our current Coronavirus protocols as well as any current travel restrictions. These protocols may affect how you are able to travel to the program.

All participants must submit the required health and liability forms.

Following enrollment, please submit the Letter of Intent. We ask that you write a letter of intent at least a month before the program, stating your reasons for enrolling and what is calling you to attend.

If you have questions about the enrollment process contact us at [email protected] or call 760-938-3333.

There is no required reading for this program.

We will gather in the Sonoran Desert at Catalina State Park, indigenous lands of the Hohokam, Tohono O’odham and Yaqui Indians and desert home to the saguaro cactus, javelina, big horn sheep, deer and coyote along with a wide variety of bird species.

To learn more about our commitment to regenerative relationships please visit Cultural Relations.