CA Mirroring the Four Shields of Human Nature: The Art of Storytelling and Listening
Telling one’s own story is an ancient art. Nowadays, we have forgotten how to listen and how to tell. Yet the very survival of our species depends on our ability to communicate with each other in such ways as to be mutually enriched by the telling and the listening. If we cannot tell with expression, our life is mute. If we cannot listen like a mirror, we cannot reflect back the wholeness of the four shields — the body, soul, mind and spirit of the teller. The best stories are about human nature — that is, the human of us which is, after all, nature in her basic manifestations as physical, psychical, rational, and spiritual. One of the best ways to create a four shields story, if not the best, is to put people in contact with nature in the raw.
What comes forth in the story is the stuff of self-transformation. Even as we “myth” ourselves into experience, so we express ourselves into existence. Our stories about our natural selves, and our means of expressing them, lead us to courage, determination, commitment, hope, wisdom, and the will to survive, to transcend the difficulty, to go beyond ourselves. Those of us who work with people must know how to listen and respond to the stories our people tell, so that we can help them create a life that is deeper, richer, and of greater benefit to our community and the earth.
Program Overview: This seminar is designed to evoke and create a style of listening and storytelling that is uniquely your own, to practice reflecting what you hear with the fullness of your being (body, psyche, mind and spirit). It is also a ceremony and, like all ceremonies at the School of Lost Borders, requires a willingness to lose your borders and to go beyond what is familiar and known. Our time together will be a weaving of teaching circles, solo time in nature and story council.
Program Questions Contact: Siri [email protected]
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Jug Handle Creek Farm and Nature Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education center and lodging facility with a five minute walk to Jug Handle State Reserve, Jug Handle beach and an Ecological Staircase trail. Located on the Mendocino coast on Pomo lands this unique farm has been integral in preserving the unique and special ecology of Jug Handle Creek’s terraced pygmy forest and estuary. Jug Handle Creek Farm’s 33 acres include a native plant nursery, community gardens, forests, meadows, and nature trails. Nature stewardship is central their non-profit mission and we are engaged in many nature restoration projects, relationship with local Pomo tribes, and offer a welcoming and supportive environment for people of all backgrounds to explore nature and connect with the natural word. From the farm there are many trails, beaches and parks available for our exploration.
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. Please note: As of November 2021, unvaccinated international travelers are not currently permitted entry to the USA as per current CDC Guidelines.
There is no required reading for this program.
Jug Handle Creek farm is on Pomo lands and is dedicated to open access and reparative relationship with local Pomo Tribes. Currently multiple tribes hold gatherings on the land. The farm is dedicated to ecological preservation, integral in the creation of the Jug Handle Preserve and active with several restoration projects on the Mendocino coast.
To learn more about our commitment to regenerative relationships please visit Cultural Relations.