5 Day Residential in Southern France
Number of participants: max 14
Start: TBC - anticipated summer 2021
Fee: £600 plus €50 camping
This programme is for those who wish to deepen and begin to embody the insights of their psychedelic experiences. It will also prove useful for those unable or unready to embark upon psychedelic-assisted journeying.
Please note: the use of most psychedelic substances is illegal in France and not permitted on this programme. We will show you how to work with nature to achieve altered states conducive to your development.
A transformative experience doesn't necessarily result in the long-term transformation we may hope for. In a rite of passage, the integration phase is known as Incorporation because it is where we learn to fully embody the shifts in our perspective through our actions in the world. This programme provides a safe space to explore and practice novel ways of thinking and behaving within a small, supportive community of peers.
The guides will help you to work with the Intent you wish to embody back in the world of everyday life and help you to acknowledge the gifts you bring to your people. We do this by learning the shared language of The Four Shields, taking our questions into nature to seek guidance, and telling each other stories of our 'threshold encounters' in the natural world.
Participants have the opportunity to explore aspects of themselves and their lives in a creative environment of ‘safe uncertainty’. We invite you to enter a magical, symbolic landscape in which nature becomes a mirror, guide and teacher.
This course comprises:
An introduction to the Four ‘Shields’, or directions, of Human Nature, the nature-based system used to navigate the symbolic landscape of nature and the psyche
Experience 'the way of council’ to explore meaning and purpose, patterns of thinking and behaviour, and share personal stories and insights
Contemplative time alone in nature, and group gatherings for sharing stories & working with Intent & Incorporation.
Mirroring of your stories by the guides.
We begin by sitting together in circle, learning the ‘way of council’ through practicing presence, non-judgemental deep listening, and speaking concisely from the heart. In this way, we truly meet and are met by each other in a manner we are unaccustomed to in daily life. We come together each day to sit in circle to share teachings and stories.
We learn how nature can be a teacher and mirror of the psyche. By breaking with the routines of our daily lives and immersing ourselves in nature, we are exposed to and begin to attend to the manifestations and processes of the natural world. As our internal narrative subsides, the quiet voice of intuition can be heard, and insights into our own nature and predicaments can emerge. We can begin to embody those insights by practicing new ways of thinking and behaving, and performing simple improvised ceremonies for ourselves, the content of which are led by our own psyche.
Stories will be told of your time in nature and those stories will be mirrored by the guides.
Participants camp for the duration of the programme because it greatly aids embodied immersion into nature. You will find it conducive to producing the heightened, receptive states needed to hear our intuitive inner voice clearly and to understand nature as a teacher. Our habitual routines and ways of being are disrupted, which neuroscience shows heightens the senses, causing us to notice everything around us with fresh eyes.
This course is open to all. It provides a lower cost and commitment alternative to a full Vision Fast for those wanting to explore our process and practice before committing to 'the big one'!
Note: There is no mobile phone signal at the venue. Internet and landline are available; however, participants are asked to refrain from all but essential use of digital media.
We invite participants to arrive early morning or the evening before the course commences to allow time to set up camp before we begin. The programme commences at 5pm local time. We aim to finish by noon on the final day to enable you to travel home that day if you wish; however, you are very welcome to stay the night at no extra cost and travel home the following morning if you prefer.
Camping and self-catering is on a meadow next to the river. You will need to supply your own camping equipment (e.g. tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad/mattress).
A basic camp kitchen with cutlery, chopping boards, stove, table and seating are provided, along with camp chairs for our daily gatherings.
Supper on day one is included in the price.
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