Healing Ancestral Trauma through Nature, Ritual, and Community
When we heal our roots, we open up new possibilities for our future.
Welcome to our investigation of ancestral trauma. We hold this as a sacred exploration of what
often has no words. We trust in our human capacity to heal when given appropriate support
and healthy relationship.
Perhaps you are holding a question about what you might have inherited from your ancestors.
You may even be acutely aware of traumatized aspects of your past and the residues of fear,
anger, or shame that get triggered in everyday living. You may have only a vague sense that
some issue is “bigger than just me in this present moment.” Whatever brings you to look at this
program, we welcome your inquiry and will support you in any way we can.
The stories in our lineage are part of who we are today, but much of their influence remains
unconscious. Our ancestors lived through the trauma of immigration, painful historical events
such as war, the legacy of slavery, Native American genocide and the Holocaust. It is common
for expressions of trauma, such as family suicide, depression, addictions, grief, or physical
health conditions, to be passed down from generation to generation.
Why It Matters
The importance of this work cannot be underestimated. Insights of our time carry forward to
new generations, empowering us to connect and repair with our families and communities. In
order to gather our creative energies and follow a heart-felt path of service to others and the
planet, we must uncover and befriend the entanglements of the past.
Ceremony, Wild Nature, and Community
The journey is both a deeply personal exploration as well as an inquiry into our historical and
collective wounding. Through immersion in wild nature, within a safe community and
supported by ritual, we can begin a process of reclamation and healing. We give ourselves time
and space so that the invisible can become visible. As we bring light to the stories and emotions
that may lie dormant from “looking away,” we liberate our natural aliveness, inspiration, and
gratitude for ourselves and those who came before us.
Flow of the Days
The format of the 7-day program is spacious, to allow for profound insights to emerge. We will
meet daily in sharing and teaching councils, followed by experiential reflection walks on the
land and evening gatherings. The framework of the Four Shields will help us map out our
exploration of ancestral wounding. Other rituals and the mirror of nature will enhance our time
together. On Day 5, participants will undertake a 24-hour solo with optional fasting. Upon
return, participants will share their stories and have them mirrored by the guides. Our last day
focuses on how to take the insights forward into daily life.
Program Questions Contact: Nancy Jane at [email protected]
Additional course details & Materials
Start time is 10:00am on Aug. 6, and end time is noon on Aug. 12. More logistical info will be sent when you register for the program. ADDITIONAL FEES: Land Use Fee $105 to be collected at or before 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. Please note: As of May 2023 there are no longer any vaccination requirements for international travellers seeking entry to the USA.
A recommended reading list will be provided.
Wild Mountain is land of the Tabeguache Ute people and other Indigenous tribes who traveled through this area of the Colorado Rockies. The Ute lived and hunted in this abundant land of elk, buffalo, deer, and bear before white settlers came and forced them onto reservations in southwest Colorado and Utah.
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