Shamanic weekend retreat in the Yorkshire Dales
19th - 21st June 2020
Do you sometimes feel you get lost in everyday life?
Are you looking to find a way to live in the world without losing yourself?
As life hurtles on by it's so easy to think we have no option but to be swept along in the torrent of 'stuff'.
We may even begin to think that this is the way life is and we can do nothing more than cope with it.
What if we told you that there is another way? A way of living a connected life in tune with our wild self, our natural self, our ancestral self...
On this workshop we'll explore the paths our ancestors trod as they lived close to nature, embraced their wild self and had a much more fulfilling earthly existence. Come and share a soulful experience in the Yorkshire Dales, one of Britain's iconic landscapes. Explore your inner wild and reclaim that untamed part deep within you. Rediscover your free and creative self.
Spend the Summer Solstice as part of this special tribal gathering, journeying back to a time when the dog was wolf and humans were undomesticated. It is time to reawaken that untamed part of us which knows there is a different life awaiting us, away from the daily grind of Twentieth Century existence.
The weekend will include drumming, journeying, bathing in a wildflower meadow, star gazing, a campfire community, and wild waterfall swimming, all under the watchful eye of Ingleborough mountain.
We will work with the power of the sun at its highest and the bones of great animals that lived in the Dales thousands of years ago, to help us re-discover something of the wildness of our ancestors.
Something happens deep within us when we are in nature. When we still ourselves amongst the beauty we can hear ourselves more clearly. We can come home.
Spending time connecting with ancient places is so powerful. It gives us insights which can have a profound impact on our lives. It's an incredible and easy way to access universal wisdom.
Experience a regular creative practice that will lead you to a more spacious life, a deep connection with y our true self and a real sense of achievement.
The Yorkshire Dales is one of our national treasures. Farmer Tom has spent decades nurturing the wildflower meadows. The nearby waterfall in one of Britain's top ten for beauty.
By setting our clear intention, celebrating it in a ceremony and seeking the cooperation of our guides we give ourselves the best chance of realising our dreams.
Working with shamanic journeying, deep nature connection and ancient myths we will access life-changing tools that our ancestors used for guidance and healing.
Do you sense that something needs to change? That it's time to engage more fully with your wilder self? Once you begin to explore this aspect of your being you will find the momentum to make those changes, to embrace the untamed you and claim back that which you have lost.
Deep within each of us whispers a calling to find that precious part that has been denied, the wild twin of old fairy tales. This is what makes us truly human and able to live more in balance with the Earth and ourself.
Our ancestors embraced their wild side and on this weekend we will be seeking their help to prepare a room in our beautiful heart to welcome home our own wild twin.
Working with ancient shamanic techniques including journeying on the drum, reading messages from nature and gentle ritual we will build a deeper connection to our true and creative self.
Between us we, Nicola and Jason, have trodden this path for many decades working to release the invisible shackles given to us by culture and unleashing our inner wild.
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 and helping others master their own wild potential.
We are delighted to be able to bring to you this unique experience in the heart of one of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, working at the height of summer close to the Solstice, and linking in with our ancient ancestors into a time when our wild selves were interwoven with the wild Earth.
You will spend the weekend immersed in nature in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park with its limestone pavements, rocky outcrops and stunning views.
We are nestled in an cosy farm, with old oak beamed barns and meadows lined with drystone walls. We have a limited number of beds in the farmhouse and the rest of us will be camping in a sheltered field overlooking the highest peak of the Yorkshire Dales, Ingleborough.
Once you arrive there will be time to settle in. Some people will choose to camp, and others to stay in the farmhouse. We will cook tea together and then settle down by the campfire, introduce ourselves and the programme for the weekend will be explained. We will then tell the fairy-tale story of Tatterhood, which we will be working with through the weekend.
We will spend some time exploring the lifestyle of our distant ancestors, our prehistoric ancestors, looking at how they spent their time and how it was to live in the wild, with the wild. Our focus of the weekend is going to be experiencing what life was like as a hunter-gatherer, before the dawn of agriculture.
During the day you will meet your spiritual tribe through a shamanic journey and begin to build an on-going relationship with them.
By holding ancient animal bones including bear, hyena and lynx you will connect in with the wild animals that used to roam our land.
You will bathe in the summer solstice energies of courage and creativity to support you in the rewilding of your life.
We will share stories around the campfire, poems and writings, songs and laughter. Then, if you would like to you can sleep under the stars, just as our ancestors would have done.
You will spend some time reflecting on the freedom our very distant ancestors had living in a tribal society and learn how you can hold that within you now. You will experience the ritual of a shamanic medicine walk through the wild flower meadows, where you will receive messages from nature advising on your next step ahead.
We will begin our day by sharing our dreams and flexing our creative muscles with a little poetry or other creative expression.
There will be plenty of space to explore the immediate area which includes acres of wild flower meadows, and a real gem of a waterfall where you have the option to enjoy the thrill of wild swimming.
You will learn or deepen further into ancient shamanic techniques of British Shamanism, including journeying, ritual and nature connection.
The weekend will be rounded off with a Solstice fire ceremony, where you will set your affirmation to make a home in your heart for your wild twin.
"Being in community with like-minded souls is so nurturing and empowering, I feel as though I finally belong somewhere. This was the best weekend ever!”
I loved having the opportunity to hold and connect with ancient animal bones, and swimming in the waterfall together was beyond fabulous – it was pure magic.”
"I really enjoyed being in like-minded and supportive company in such a beautiful location.
I have come to realise that we are just a speck on the Earth's timeline and that there is so much wisdom to discover.“
Our civilized world has all but stamped out anything wild and continues to do so. In a society were the wild is far from honoured, we will be wise to link back into a time where it was celebrated.
This weekend we get a rare opportunity to hold the very bones belonging to the wild animals that roamed our land. The bear, hyena and lynx.
Through shamanic journeying, and with this magical link back into a time held within our fingertips, we can meet the beasts themselves and those who lived amongst them.
We can ask for guidance on how we can bring this lost wild back into our lives and the benefits this will bring us.
We learn so much in community. It can be hard to find that community in a world where people who think and feel completely differently to us surround us every day.
The Way of the Buzzard is a place where we can gather. Where those people who don’t fit in to a world they don’t understand congregate, because they were born to create a different one. And where better to do this than around the campfire.
In the evenings we will warm our bodies and our hearts next to the soft orange glow of hot embers and flickering flames. We will share stories, poems, sorrows and joys and awaken the deep bone memory of what community is really about.
Our stiffness is softening as we take the winding road back to nature. We follow the gentle contours, noticing more and more the magic around us.
Only three generations ago we knew no flower meadows or autumn woodlands, we had never seen a waterfall, or walked barefoot on a beach feeling the sand between our toes.
The sound of the ocean was unknown to us, as was the call of the cuckoo announcing spring. We hadn’t seen a sunset over the snowy mountain top, or looked into the pond at our own reflection.
All we knew were factory chimneys, air thick with smoke, the constant noise of the industrial unmaking of ourselves.
Now we have choices and freedom if only we reach out and take hold. Now it is our time to become nature once again.
The full weekend workshop which runs from 5pm on Friday 19th June to 5pm on Sunday 21st of June is just £270 per person. Book before Monday the 16th of March to enjoy a 4 part payment plan.
The price includes to following:
There's a 10% discount for Premium Members of the Mystery School
Although it is most likely that the coronavirus epidemic will have largely passed by the time of the retreat we want to assure you that we are taking steps to safeguard the wellbeing of all participants as best we can.
Additionally, should the retreat be cancelled due to restrictions placed on public gatherings we will offer all buyers a place on a future workshop or a refund on payments made.
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean--
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down --
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?
Update: All of the farmhouse beds have now been taken.
Farmer Tom is making his home available for us and there will be 5 beds available in shared rooms. This will be a great option for anyone who really does not want to camp but still wants to engage fully with all of the weekend experiences.
We have a large kitchen space for our cooking needs and loo facilities. There are three indoor spaces along with acres and acres of meadows.
We will bring food for both breakfasts and evening meals and will strive to fit in with everyone's dietary requirements. Please bring your own lunches. Cooking will be done communally as this is a great way to build tribe. We will eat in one of the large barns around a large table.
We will be sending out a full kit list to all attendees well before the date of the retreat however please bring along stout shoes or boots and waterproofs just in case we get a summer shower. Sufficient layers of clothing to match the weather expected in June and of course we recommend some insect repellant and sun cream if you are sensitive. A sun hat will be useful too.
The retreat is ideal for folk of all levels of shamanic experience. Whether you are new to shamanism or already have a regular spiritual practice you will find the workshop to be an interesting, thought provoking and hopefully life-changing experience.
Any rain won't really impact on our weekend. We have a good sized, warm haybarn to use as our daily workshop space and we will fit our outdoor activities around the weather if need be.
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 email@example.com
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