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The Forest of Imagination

  • Mendocino Woodlands Camp Mendocino, CA United States (map)

A Retreat for Younger and Older Men

Registration Closed

This retreat is currently full and we have begun a waiting list. Please email or call to add your name to the waiting list. We can be reached at and 206-935-3665. Thank you for your interest and your support.

Certain rites of passage require that everything seem upside down or collapsing in order that the esoteric or inner realm of soul might fully awaken. Seen this way, there is a growing collective trauma in the world, but also the seeds of a collective initiation waiting to happen.

At times of radical change in both individual and collective life, it becomes important to see everything differently; not simply adjust our view of things, but learn to see the world anew. Ancient traditions referred to this kind of awakening of the underlying soul as opening the "eyes of initiation."

Opening the inner eyes begins to reveal the true aim and natural path our souls would have us take. Transformation at the level of the individual soul generates the imagination and collective energy needed to change the conditions of the world. Ultimately, it becomes a question of finding the deeper imagination of life, the enduring patterns and essential stories that reunite us to the pulse of nature and also to the heart of culture.

In the midst of an ancient forest, using stories and poems, honest speech and creative imagination, we will take an initiatory approach to the struggles of individual life and to the collective challenge of living through a time of radical disorientation and change.



LOCATION:  The Mendocino Woodlands Camp is nestled within a beautiful, rare redwood forest. It is approximately four hours north of the Bay Area. After registering, you will receive a confirmation letter including directions and other pertinent information.

DONATIONS:  Your donation beyond the conference fee will support scholarships for those who would otherwise be unable to attend.

ACCOMMODATIONS: The Mendocino Woodlands Camps are like rustic villages nestled within a rare Redwood forest. The camps seem to escape time and open areas that are timeless and eternal. Please settle your communications before you arrive, as there is no cell phone reception anywhere in camp.

COST:  $835 includes rustic cabins, healthy food and all events. A deposit of $400 will hold your place. Final payment is due July 23, 2019. Proceeds from this retreat support Mosaic's work with at-risk youth and the Genius Project.

Join us on this path of discovery with a diverse faculty who will present ideas and elements from tribal traditions, spiritual practices, psychological perspectives, and a rich array of personal experiences.

MICHAEL MEADE is a renowned storyteller, author, scholar of mythology and ritual. He has the ability to synthesize this material and connect it to the stories we are living today. Michael is the founder of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, author of Awakening the Soul, The Genius Myth, Fate and Destiny and The Water of Life.

LUIS RODRIGUEZ has won prestigious awards for both poetry and non-fiction. He is the author of It Calls You Back, Hearts and Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times, Always Running- La Vida Loca: Gang Days in LA, My Nature Is Hunger, and other books. As a community activist he works with prisoners and at-risk youth. He is the founder of Tia Chucha Press and Café Cultural.

DUNCAN ALLARD will teach songs and dances from the musical traditions of the Shona people of Zimbabwe and will perform the haunting music of the mbira.

Cancellation Policy: If for some reason you have to cancel your registration, there will be a $50 administrative cancellation fee. After July 23rd, the fee will be $100.

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