Bear Necessities
preparing for winter

a new online retreat from The Way of The Buzzard


Bear Necessities
preparing for winter

a new online retreat from The Way of The Buzzard

 

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everthing better.” Albert Einstein


There are often mixed emotions when it comes to the transition into winter.

Some people love the winter months, whereas others aren’t so enamoured and at this time of year find themselves mourning the loss of the warmth and the light.

There can also be an energetic conflict within us. In nature, we see a stripping back to the bare necessities as nature slows down and rests for the dark time of the year. In our culture, the opposite happens, as we are expected to ramp up and prepare for the festive season. Winter is seen as a busy time, which is at odds with what is happening outside.

And, currently, this winter also brings some uncertainties with it about what might be in store for us as the pandemic plays out. Last winter wasn’t the easiest time for many people with the lockdown restrictions imposed.

We have no way of knowing what this winter might bring. This uncertainty was the norm for our ancestors. They would have had concerns about living through the winter months, and it was part and parcel of life. So, let's draw on the same ancient practices from the shamanic and nature connection to help guide us through the long nights.

There are many benefits to taking the opportunity to rest along with nature. The dark gives us time to take ideas and allow them to gestate, catch up on personal projects during the long evenings, and follow areas of study exploration that interest us. The shorter days enable us to rest more and slow down along with the natural world: the trees, plants and animals. And, as always, our spirit guides are here to help us along the way and support us as we walk our path. So now is a good time to tune in with them and seek their advice on this transition.

With all this in mind, how might we drop into winter with grace? What might happen if we follow what our bodies naturally want to do this time of year and slow down along with the rest of nature? How might the coming months look like? What might our focus be? 

Our day-long online retreat

Held at the time when the last leaves fall from the trees, this day online retreat will be an opportunity to help you gently transition into the winter.

Through the day, there will be immersive, meditative videos of moorland landscapes, underground caves, mountains, rivers, waterfalls and coastline around the north of England and up into Scotland. There will be guided activities to help you reflect on the year that has passed and decide what you will take into the winter months to incubate, ready for the return of the light and springtime on the other side.

You will tune into Bear energy, as the animal with the message of security and who drops into cave time to rest during the dark months. And you will work with Yew, the tree that never dies, and the ultimate tree of survival.

There will be shamanic journeying, creativity time, reflective time and nature time, as well as a ceremony at the end of the day to set your intentions going forward.

We will run this event through Zoom, and it will be recorded, so if you aren’t able to make it on the day, you will have the replay by the following weekend.  You will also have ongoing access to the recording and all the resources that go alongside this event, including the nature connection videos and the printable workbook, so you can revisit the content whenever you like.

Many of you might have attended our shorter evening events. When we gather for just a few hours, remarkable things can happen. Coming together for more extended periods means more space for the messages to come through and a greater opportunity to draw on the range of spiritual tools available through the shamanic and nature connection toolkit.

This daylong experience will allow you to deepen into exploring the shamanic and nature connection toolkit. During the day, we will work with all four of the foundation topics that we teach in our Mystery School: shamanic journeying, animal spirit medicine, tree spirit medicine and aligning with the natural cycles, and some of the mini-course topics: ceremony and deep nature connection.

come and join us to:

  • Reflect on the past year and choose what you would like to take into winter to incubate as you go to ground
  • Find your focus for the coming months as we drop into the long nights.
  • Tune in with the messages of the Otherworld and see what your spirit guides have to say to you
  • Work with the healing messages of animals through a guided shamanic journey to Bear
  • Draw on the energy of survival from the Yew tree as you set your intention for the winter
  • Connect deeply with nature and hear the wisdom which is held there for us
  • Prioritise some time for you, clear your mind and reconnect back with what is important

Why learn from us?


Between us, Jason and Nicola, we have trodden this path for many decades, finding our way forward to a new way of being in the world.

We have learned how to hear the quiet voices within us and from the Otherworlds, guiding us along the way, and from this we have moved from being in stagnant and unfulfilling work to fully embracing our creativity and discovering the true depths of ourselves and the joy that this can bring us.

Because of this we are excited and passionate about working with others who desire to come back to the earth and carve a new path for both themselves and the wider community. 

We are delighted to be able to bring you this special experience as we drop into winter together, drawing on the age-old practices of Shamanism and nature connection to seek our spiritual guidance.

What others say

We ran several online retreats last year and here are what some of the participants shared about the experience

Before Space to Emerge Online I felt stuck and unable to move

“Before Space to Emerge Online I felt stuck and unable to move. The weekend sounded really interesting and something that I wanted to do.

I had an amazing time and thoroughly enjoyed every single minute, having re-discovered me, thank you!

I have loved learning all about animal and plant medicine, journeying to faraway lands, and exploring my inner creativity which has now burst forth and wants to he acknowledged at last.”

Hilary

I feel so glad to have a place where I can go to plug in and recharge

“I have been feeling very up and down emotionally and I wanted some time for me to receive.

After the weekend I felt peaceful, restored, stronger, grateful, creative and ready to face the week of work again. Thank you so much.

I have been feeling gratitude throughout this week for the special space that you held/hold for so many of us. I feel so glad to have a place where I can go to plug in and recharge”.

Emma

The weekend was magical, and the space was held well with kindness and care

“Your online event looked interesting, and I liked the idea of a shamanic approach based on our own traditions, myth and landscape and not one that has been imported from another culture.

I was excited to come along and, at the same time, a little nervous as generally I am used to "going" to events rather than online, and so I was unsure what it would be like.

The weekend was magical, and the space was held well with kindness and care. Despite it being online, it worked and had depth. I am very moved and grateful to have been a part of it.”

Rijusiddha

What will the day involve?

This day-long event is rich with content from the shamanic and nature connection toolkit, and it is an opportunity to work with the transition of dropping into winter.

Activities will include shamanic journeying, nature connection time, ceremony, animal spirit medicine, and tree spirit medicine.

This isn’t a workshop tied to the screen. There will be guided activities to carry out throughout the day, including an extended time out in nature, even if that is your balcony or back yard or garden. And there will be two nature connection videos to transport you into a very different space, bringing the wild into your home.

Here's an outline of our day together

We will start at 9.30am and finish around 5.30pm (UK time).

To settle into the day, we will begin with a grounding meditation and create sacred space by welcoming in the elements

Then, we will flex our creativity through a simple morning practice of reading poetry and allowing our collective words to flow through some creative writing and sharing.

During the morning part of our gathering, we will focus on reflecting on the past year. There will be a nature connection video created especially for this workshop and an activity to take part in. We will then move our focus on the season ahead and consider what we are going to take into winter to incubate as we go to ground.

After a break for lunch, there will be a nature-based activity for the first part of the afternoon. Then we will work with animal spirit medicine to seek guidance to help us prepare for the winter ahead. There will be a guided shamanic journey shapeshifting into Bear during this session and a second nature connection video on the theme of ‘going to ground’.

To round off the day, we will hold an intention setting ceremony, drawing on tree spirit medicine, specifically the energy of the Yew. 

Throughout the day, you will have the opportunity to interact with the other participants through our private Facebook group and the chat facility in Zoom. 

What will the day involve?

This day-long event is rich with content from the shamanic and nature connection toolkit, and it is an opportunity to work with the transition of dropping into winter.

Activities will include shamanic journeying, nature connection time, ceremony, animal spirit medicine, and tree spirit medicine.

This isn’t a workshop tied to the screen. There will be guided activities to carry out throughout the day, including an extended time out in nature, even if that is your balcony or back yard or garden. And there will be two nature connection videos to transport you into a very different space, bringing the wild into your home.

Here's an outline of our day together

We will start at 9.30am and finish around 5.30pm (UK time).

To settle into the day, we will begin with a grounding meditation and create sacred space by welcoming in the elements

Then, we will flex our creativity through a simple morning practice of reading poetry and allowing our collective words to flow through some creative writing and sharing.

During the morning part of our gathering, we will focus on reflecting on the past year. There will be a nature connection video created especially for this workshop and an activity to take part in. We will then move our focus on the season ahead and consider what we are going to take into winter to incubate as we go to ground.

After a break for lunch, there will be a nature-based activity for the first part of the afternoon. Then we will work with animal spirit medicine to seek guidance to help us prepare for the winter ahead. There will be a guided shamanic journey shapeshifting into Bear during this session and a second nature connection video on the theme of ‘going to ground’.

To round off the day, we will hold an intention setting ceremony, drawing on tree spirit medicine, specifically the energy of the Yew. 

Throughout the day, you will have the opportunity to interact with the other participants through our private Facebook group and the chat facility in Zoom. 

Join us to help with the transition of dropping into winter, drawing on the shamanic and nature connection toolkit. 

Spend time with like-minded people in community, getting that retreat experience away but without needing to leave home

Yes, it will mean investing a little of your time and money and take yourself away from your everyday responsibilities. It may even feel overindulgent and raise a conflict inside you about whether you can justify giving yourself this space and investment.

If you find yourself debating in your mind whether it is right, then try dropping into your body and seeing how it feels. If the idea of coming along feels good, follow that impulse. Our gut feeling rarely lets us down.

Here are some of the words people shared about how they were affected by our previous online retreat:

Lighter, joyful, blown away, happy, uplifted, positive, energised, thankful, blessed, fulfilled, enlightened, elated, creative, relaxed, inspired, revitalised, hopeful, rejuvenated, connected, relaxed, confident, reconnected, focused, whole, balanced, compassionate, peaceful, restored, stronger, grateful, nurtured, belonging, amazing, exhilarated

There are so many benefits to joining us.
Here are our top 5.

A Homecoming

Something happens deep within us when we are in nature. When we still ourselves amongst beauty we can hear ourselves more clearly. We come home. During this day we will drop into nature time together and demonstrate that it is possible to do this without even leaving home.

Seeking answers from the Otherworlds

The ancient techniques of shamanic journeying and deep nature connection have been used by humanity for tens of thousands of years. They are incredible, easy ways to access deep universal wisdom. Why leave it to your limited conscious mind to come up with all the answers!

Embracing Shamanic Tools

Working with shamanic journeying and deep nature connection we will access life-changing tools that our ancestors used for guidance and healing.

Being in Community

Share soulful time with like-minded travellers who, like you, are seeking ways to become more expansive in a different world.

Setting Intentions

Without a clear intention we don’t know where we will be heading, so by deciding this and putting it out there in ceremony, we give ourselves the best chance of realising our dreams.

Book Your Place Now

Payment will be split over two months

Price: £28 (£14 now and £14 next month)

Mystery School members 50% discount: £14

(pay £7 now and £7 next month)


The price includes the following:

  • 2 nature connection videos
  • A morning creativity writing session
  • A session reflecting on the past year 
  • session preparing for the winter ahead, deciding what to incubate
  • A guided shamanic journey to shapeshift into Bear
  • Nature time to seek inspiration from the wild
  • Plenty of space to reflect, gain inspiration and guidance, and create
  • An intention setting ceremony working with the energy of Yew
  • Ongoing access to the recording and all the resources
  • A workbook to use throughout the day

We recommend booking soon as there are limited places available.

All of the sessions, technology permitting, will be recorded and shared with you after the event has finished.

Now you might be asking 'is this Bear Necessities retreat right for me?'

If any of these intentions fit with you we believe you are ready for this experience:

  • I want to carve out some me time
  • I am seeking ways to stay grounded, centred and nourished through the winter
  • I have some concerns about what the winter months might bring
  • I am mourning the loss of the summer months
  • I am interested in applying the shamanic and nature connection toolkit in my life
  • I would like some soulful contact with like-minded people
  • I would like to learn and deepen the spiritual side of my life
  • I would like to focus on something other than just coping

Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need any shamanic experience?

What if I can't make all the sessions?

What are the timings for the day?

Will the retreat be recorded?

What if I can't get outdoors?

Is it even possible to have an online retreat at home?

If you would like any point clarifying, or have any questions you'd like answered please don't hesitate to get in touch. Email us at tina@thewayofthebuzzard.co.uk

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