Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche: An Advanced Soulcraft Intensive, Katoomba NSW
November 28 - December 2
In November 2018, for the first time in Australia, in the majestic Blue Mountains we will offer “Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche,” – an “advanced” version of the Soulcraft Intensive for people prepared for a radical immersion in the enigmatic dark waters of soul. This intensive is designed for those with previous Animas experience (although not exclusively – see below**), who have cultivated the resources of what we call the four facets of wholeness, and those whose primary longing now is for a first or deeper experience of soul encounter – the revelation of one’s unique mythopoetic identity, an identity expressed through symbol and metaphor, image and dream, archetype and myth, an identity embodied in a mysterious story glimpsed in moments of expanded awareness and exquisite aliveness. Not intended as therapy or healing, this advanced Soulcraft Intensive assumes participants have previously attended to their foundational work of wholing and Self-healing.
Navigating our lives according to the deep currents of soul is a way of participating in the resacralization and rewilding of the world, and a way of subverting the outworn, life-assailing cultural directive to consume and out-compete. It is a way of participating in what Joanna Macy calls the Great Turning. The capacity to navigate by soul is greatly amplified through practice in community over a period of days (or weeks or months!).
Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche will gather an outlandish band of wanderers, tricksters, and pilgrims to explore and cultivate practices to bring awareness to the deep soul stream. We will offer our attentions to the land, our unrestrained blessings and praise, our laments, thundering questions, our madcap and sacred ceremonies.
Our intention is for the consciousness-changing practices of soulcraft to move deeper into our bones and breath; to be more firmly rooted within us when we return to our everyday lives. We will closely attend the particular ways the landscape erodes, stirs, startles, shapes, and opens us, as if some wild possibility for our individual lives is evoked by the interactive field of place, creatures (including ourselves), and practices. For much of our time together our attention will be turned outward toward the world in recognition that our particular psychospiritual niche – or soul – is enriched and enacted in relationship with the Others.
Naturally, we will be carrying a basket of soulcraft practices such as dreamwork, solo ceremonial wanderings on the land, council, deep imagery journeys, trance dance, and more. The specific practices we engage — and their timing — will spontaneously emerge from the depths that are stirred individually and collectively as we descend deeper into the currents of soul. The guides will offer individualized invitations that emerge from your own mystery journey.
Again, this is an advanced immersion, suitable for those who have previously encountered hints (or full blasts) of soul, and who are resourced enough with their four facets of wholeness to wander more deeply into the world.
We will gather atop the escarpment overlooking the vast canyons and trails of the Jamison Valley where the early morning mists slowly swirl their serpentine tails as they morph into the morning air.
Guides: Bill Plotkin Ph.D. and Geneen Marie Haugen Ph.D.
Cost: $1640.00 Early bird (before 30 August) $1475.00 Scholarship $1230.00
Application required – See Program Applications
**While previous Animas experience is preferable, if you have good knowledge of Bill Plotkin’s soulcentric framework and you are familiar with immersive nature based experiential processes, we heartily encourage you to apply.