Bringing the Ceremony Home – Cancelled
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 midst of chaotic times. Our online community, base camp, and time in nature offer space for deep personal reflection, restoration, and exploration. All walks and the solo take place wherever you live – state parks, conservation areas, mountain trails, or your favorite creek.
Whatever our individual situations, we have all endured the disorientation, disruption, and losses brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. In response to these unique times, an adjusted ceremonial nature experience is offered, blending online zoom councils and teachings, contemplative nature walks, and a 2-day solo (approximately 12 hours each day). While this alternative program cannot replace a regular vision fast, it does provide a viable, meaningful nature connection, based on vision fast principles and practices.
Who This Is For: Many people cannot travel now or have health concerns. For others income has been reduced. Perhaps a full, in-person vision fast might not be feasible due to family demands. This is an offering to connect with nature wherever you live, to deepen your roots to your home, and to find your own wisdom during our time together.
How It Works: We use the teaching of the Four Shields and sharing councils to help us connect to ourselves, to each other, to our own wisdom, and the natural environment around us. Participants are outside in the natural world every day to immerse in reflection and restoration. Our base camp, though, will be virtual. Through the daily contemplative walks, whole group discussions on zoom, we’ll keep the program as experiential as possible. A 48-hour solo deepens intimate connection with the land, while our virtual base camp creates a supportive community during our time together.
Introduction to Contemplative Nature Walks
Contemplative nature walks mimic an actual wilderness solo but take place in a shorter time frame. An intention is set or a reflective task is assigned. Marking a threshold (a line in the dirt, walking between two trees, for example), you then carry that intention across the threshold into sacred space. With all your senses open, you wander and let intuition guide your movements. You go alone and fast, if possible, for the duration of the walk. You return, cross your threshold, and close out that day’s ceremony. Thus, you will have followed the three stages of any rite of passage: Severance – Threshold – Return/Incorporation.
Program Overview: In response to these unique Covid times, we offer an 8-day ceremonial nature experience, blending online zoom councils and teachings, contemplative nature walks, and a 2-day solo (approximately 12 hours each day). While this alternative program cannot replace a regular vision fast, it does provide a viable, meaningful nature connection, based on vision fast principles and practices. This works!
Nancy and Bettina have successfully guided a group of participants, who were scattered around the U.S., through this program.
Program Questions Contact: Nancy Jane at [email protected]
Additional course details & Materials
Details and preparation materials will be sent to participants prior to the start 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.
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