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The Forest of Imagination
Aug
13
to Aug 18

The Forest of Imagination

  • Mendocino Woodlands Camp (map)
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Despite the confusions and conflicts of the modern world, we are the current inheritors of the deep human longings for truth, beauty and the life-sustaining capacity to transform. Seen this way, there is a growing collective trauma, but also the seeds of a collective initiation waiting to happen.

Certain rites of passage require that everything must first seem upside down and the status quo must seem about to collapse altogether in order that the esoteric or inner realm of soul might fully awaken. At such times, in both individual and collective life, it becomes important to see everything differently; not simply adjust our view of things, but genuinely see the world anew.

Ancient traditions referred to this kind of awakening of the underlying soul as opening the “eyes of initiation.” Central to the sense of a collective initiation is the notion that imagination, not reason or will power, will once again be understood to be the primary faculty of the soul, its greatest power for making change.

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The Arc of Transformation
Sep
12
to Sep 15

The Arc of Transformation

  • Pilgrim Firs Conference & Retreat Center (map)
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Like a long-lived snake, we are asked to shed old skins of what we thought we were in order to become our genuine self. Each shedding reveals more of who we are at our core, while each turning away from the call of the soul leaves us less able to contribute love and meaning to the world around us. 

A life fully lived requires that we redeem unwanted and rejected parts of ourselves, as solving the pressing problems in the outer world requires a transformation of the inner world. The deeper the connection to our true self becomes, the deeper and stronger our connection to both nature and the divine can also become.

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Paths to the Center
Sep
13
to Sep 16

Paths to the Center

  • Pilgrim Firs Conference Center (map)
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Join mythologist and storyteller Michael Meade for this intensive four-day retreat. Regardless of age or status, each person carries an innate connection to the accumulated treasure of the human soul. This inner inheritance includes surprising capacities for creation, but also instincts for survival and the energy needed for genuine transformation. In Greek myth the clue to finding a meaningful path was known as mitos, the holy thread and life-line of the soul. As long as we trust the inner gradient we keep finding the soul’s path and emerge from life’s struggles with greater self-awareness and gifts to give.

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