Soulcraft Intensive – November 2017

Arizona November 29, 2017 - December 3, 2017 Cost: $640.00 - $945.00 Venue: Catalina State Park
Guides: Sage Magdalene, Brian Stafford, MD, MPH
Limit: 18
Requires application backpacking divider Accommodations camping
prerequisite     retreat center

Description:

The Soulcraft Intensive is our popular five-day experiential plunge into the wild depths of Soulcraft; a synergistic set of nature-based practices designed to evoke the life-shifting experience of soul encounter. Your soul is your true self, those qualities that most deeply define and express who you are and the unique gift that you were born to bring to the world, a world so much in need of the

socially transforming contributions of initiated, actively engaged adults. To encounter the soul is to discover the mystical image you were born with, which reveals the path to your greatest personal fulfillment as well as the essence of your true service to society (the cross-cultural wisdom traditions say these are one and the same). Soulcraft practices spring from nature-based cultures, modern depth psychology, the poetic tradition, and wilderness rites of passage—to comprise a truly contemporary Western path to soul discovery and soul initiation. For a full discussion, see Bill Plotkin’s book Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche.

The Soulcraft Intensive is highly experiential and—well—intense. We alternate between practices utilized in group, practices explored in solitude in nature, and sharing and deepening those experiences in small groups (5 to 9 people each). There is a Soulcraft guide for each small group, providing you with a fully individualized experience. What you discover through one practice is carried into and amplified by what you learn in the next. By the end of the intensive, you will understand yourself and your place in the world from a more soul-oriented perspective, be clearer about the gifts you were born to bring to the world, and have new skills to enrich your life and to defend the health of the more-than-human world.

Soulcraft practices include:

  • Soulcentric Dreamwork
  • Deep Imagery Work with Animal Guides
  • Talking Across the Species Boundaries
  • The Way of Council
  • Soul Tasks in Nature
  • Self-Designed Ceremony
  • Shadow Work
  • Soul Poetry
  • Sacred Wound Work
  • Synchronicities: Working with Nature’s Signs and Omens
  • Befriending the Dark
  • Ecstatic Trance Drumming and Dancing
  • many others!

For all camping programs: Each participant is responsible for their own lunches, snacks, and tea. Breakfasts & dinners are group meals; participants will be divided into meal teams and each team will be responsible for purchasing and preparing a certain number of group meals.

Participants are also responsible for their own transportation to and from the program location.

Start/End Time: 1 pm / 1 pm

There is a $15/night vehicle fee at Catalina State Park, so we recommend carpooling!

Guides

Sage Magdalene

Sage has a gift for hearing and reflecting the deep stories of all beings. She invites people to thresholds and opens gates between worlds. She has been an educator, artist, dancer, and gate keeper in many ecosystems. Her greatest joy is to hear and converse with the wild others: moon, spider, frog, human, river and stars. She brings a light touch and embodied wisdom to the serious work of transformation.

Brian Stafford, MD, MPH

brianstaffordpic-150x150[1]Brian Stafford is a guide to the wilderness of nature and soul. He was called out of academic medicine to serve as a guide to the depths and to serve as an agent of cultural awakening and transformation. He guides with humor, playfulness, compassion, discernment, and a deep remembering of the fullness of what each human life can, should, and was meant to be.

A native of Colorado and the former holder of an endowed chair and professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, he is an avid outdoorsman, teacher, writer, mentor, partner, and parent.

He guides individuals and groups in the Colorado River Basin as well Nosara, Costa Rica, to the place they most long and fear to go - the numinous depths of their soul.

Brian currently makes his home in Ojai, California.

Venue
Catalina State Park

CatalinaStateParkThis park affords the best views of the canyons and domes of the Catalina Mountains . A multitude of birds, snakes and lizards inhabit the lower regions, while deer and bighorn sheep roam the high country.


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Start Date: November 29, 2017
End Date: December 3, 2017

Start Time: 1:00 pm
End Time: 1:00 pm

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Scholarship Application
You may either pay the full program cost or a program deposit and be billed the remainder later. Please make your selection below.

Animas Valley Institute is a non-profit; please select an appropriate program cost for you. If you generously choose the high end of the scale, those additional funds will allow us to assist those of lesser means. Acceptable range is anywhere between $640.00 - $945.00

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