What to expect this weekend
Retreat this long weekend on a sacred journey into a world full of natural ancient wisdom. The wisdom of your body and soul. Arrive with an open mind, and leave with an open heart. Explore ancient and modern traditions to connect with parts of yourself which may be neglected or unexplored.
So what does this mean?
You will be guided through many different processes over the retreat. Everything is optional and you are welcome to observe rather than participate and treat this time as a gift to yourself, participating in what serves you the most. Feel free to nap, skip sessions or join in to everything that is offered. Here’s a taste of what you will learn and experience
Medicine Plants are plants considered sacred to aboriginal people due to their medicinal properties. They are believed to have spiritual as well as physical healing properties. You will learn about some of the medicinal plants common to North America and still used locally.
Smudging is a cleansing ceremony which involves gently burning a medicine plant or a combination of several to “bathe” in the smoke and cleanse your body, mind, spirit, the environment or possessions.
Medicine Wheel Teachings involve walking the medicine wheel garden with a particular intention in mind. As you walk the wheel you may find answers to questions
Awakening Your intuition: accessing your own ancient wisdom. Spend a day guided by Arrole Lawrence to explore spirit, soul, higher heart and the higher mind. Understand how the imprints of emotional energy become stored within your cellular structures, and the blueprints of the mind, emotions and spirit and how to clear them. Understand the nature of trauma, emotional charge and the effects on the human body system. The discourse provides an understanding of how trauma can also pass from one generation to the next and have an impact on family and cultural structures.
Forest Therapy is inspired by a Japanese practice called “shinrin-yoku” which directly translates to “forest bathing”. In forest therapy, time is spent in the natural world through mindful exploration using our senses. An emphasis is placed on the pleasures of the experience and on connecting with nature through the building of a relationship with the land and all its beings.
Mandala Workshop – create a mandala to take home and use in your own meditation practice. Mandalas have been used for thousands of years to help one to focus and direct attention inwards.
Canoe the Wye Marsh – weather permitting we will hike to the Wye Marsh and go for a gentle paddle, spending some time drifting in the reeds and watching the action around us – incorporating silent meditation at times.