Deep Imagination, Soulcraft and the Reanimation of the World, Nowra NSW
November 11 - November 15
A shifting, leafy canopy casts green shadows on the forest floor. A creature appears: tall and upright, hair braided, body draped in earth fibres and verdant silks, human-like but not tame. She turns your way and perhaps you shudder, recognising that she may know you better than you do. The trees lean in, listening.
The exuberant, inter-species conversations that animate Earth are nearby – very near – and so is the mysterious terrain of soul, where we might encounter strange, alluring, cryptic, unbidden images, creatures, or impressions. Deep imagination is a portal to the terra mysterium of soul and to the wrenchingly alive, sentient, ensouled world. Recovering our innate experience of an intelligent Earth (populated with both seen and unseen presences) and reclaiming our relationship with our deep imagination not only re-enliven us as individuals, but also erode the outworn Western worldview of a meaningless, disenchanted universe upon which life-assailing business-as-usual depends. Discovering, or deepening, a relationship with soul can serve as a compass to guide us as we learn to reinhabit a wildly alive, participatory Earth and cosmos.
In this immersion, Bill and Geneen offer inter-connected, multi-layered experiential practices – including deep imagery journeys, dreamwork, solo wanderings on the land, stream-of-consciousness writing, conversations with other-than-human beings, and poetry – that shift our consciousness toward the depths, toward the wilder, mythopoetic current that streams beneath everything. There is a significant difference between intellectually recognising that Earth is alive and directly experiencing an ensouled world. Experiences of participatory relationship re-shape the ways we enact our lives. Through the wild window of deep imagination, we might experience the soul of the world – in all its dimensions, textures, hues, and wild voices – in intimate relationship with our mysterious human soul, which is the psychospiritual – or mythopoetic – niche that each of us uniquely occupies in the larger community of Earth/Cosmos.
This is an advanced offering; an application is required (See Program Applications).
Guides: Bill Plotkin Ph.D. and Geneen Marie Haugen Ph.D.
Cost: Full $1640.00 Early bird (before 30 August) $1475.00 Scholarship $1230.00