Call the world if you please, "The vale of Soul-making." Then you will find out the use of the world.
- John Keats
I offer many programs and workshops throughout the year. These offerings support and augment the inner work being done in our lives. There are times when we need a larger container, a more encompassing space in which to do the work of soul. As Carl Jung once wrote, "The soul cannot become itself without an other, which is always found in a You." We require community to fully restore ourselves to the world. These programs and workshops help to place us back in the original context of belonging and deep participation in the soul lives of others.
Ultimately, it is the community that offers a final blessing, a confirmation of worth and value. Our wounds make us doubt that we will ever be welcomed into the arms of the circle, which makes the step into that territory feel risky. And yet, to remain outside the body of the community is to live in isolation. At some point, we must, as poet Mary Oliver says, "risk the wildest places, lest we go down in despair and comfort." Finding our way back into the world makes possible our full embodiment. We enter the great dance of life and offer ourselves as we are to the breathing earth.
Living a Soulful Life...and why it matters.
A 10-week series on cultivating depth and intimacy with our inner and outer worlds.
These weekly gatherings will be a place to restore the old ways of working with soul. Through conversation, imagination, ritual, singing, poetry, literature, writing, and other practices of the soul, we will build a community of the heart. In ancient times, this was the Convivium, a circle of friends devoted to the care of soul. Through this sustained attention we gather the courage to live fully, allowing the moods and movements of the soul to guide us toward a life connected to the sacred in a culture that is often hostile to the needs of our inner life. Come and explore the themes that speak to the life of soul: Loss and suffering; love and beauty; death and grief; our creative longings, our hunger for community and more.
Distilled from over 35 years of study in psychology, anthropology, alchemy, mythology and poetic traditions, this program offers an in-depth exploration of the practices and processes that enrich the life of the soul. For those of you who long for a more meaningful life, one riddled with beauty and intimacy, this series is for you. Come and drink deeply from the well of things as they are.
Week 1. The Geography of Soul
Week 2. The Necessary Wound
Week 3. Giving Shape to the Universe: The Life of the Imagination
Week 4. Beguiled by Beauty
Week 5. The Third Body: Touching the Mysteries of Love and Friendship
Week 6. Anima Mundi: The Soul of the World, A World Ensouled
Week 7. The Artful Life: The Necessity of Creativity
Week 8. Ritual, Community and the Sacred
Week 9. Loss and Sorrow, Darkness and Duende
Week 10. Elders, Ancestors and the Eternal
Location: Sonoma County
When: Thursday evenings 7:00 - 9:00 PM Beginning: January 2018
Cost: $150 advanced registration before 12/15, $200 after 12/15 or $20/night. Webinar cost: $125 advanced registration by 12/15, $150 after 12/15. View live or download for later viewing.
Registration: Registration for the series will begin soon. Stay tuned for further information on how to join the conversation on Living a Soulful Life...and why it matters.
I Am Not I
I am not I.
I am this one
walking beside me whom I do not see,
whom at times I manage to visit,
and whom at other times I forget;
the one who remains silent while I talk,
the one who forgives, sweet, when I hate,
the one who takes a walk when I am indoors,
the one who will remain standing when I die.
-Juan Ramon Jimenez (translated by Robert Bly)
The exquisite photo above are by friend Kirk Keeler. Find him at www.kirkkeeler.com