All Are Our Relations 

June 28-30, 2019

Once, all people lived in close relationship with nature. Time and history have withered the bond between the human and the other-than-human world. Despite this, the Earth and All Our Relations continue to generously give us everything we need. 

In these precarious times, we can no longer ignore the fact that we are connected to everything else and that we have an important role to play in caring for the other-than-human world. Our ancestors who lived close to the land knew this. It is time for us to remember.

Join me for this 3-day transformative retreat as we awaken and remember our innate connection to the more-than- human world. Through nature immersion, sensory awareness, drum journeying, and ritual you will learn to connect and build healing relationships with your other than human kin. You will experience your organic relationship with the forces of nature, awakening your sense of what it means to be a human in this world.

This workshop is experiential and includes both group work and time in solitude in nature. Individual experiences will be processed in small groups with the intent of supporting integration and learning. 

By the end of our time together you will deepen your understanding of the healing and restorative qualities of nature, rekindle your relationship with All Our Relations and awaken your connection to the Earth. 

All Are Our Relations includes activities in the following areas       

  • Reconnection to self, others, and nature
  • Sensory awareness and mindfulness 

  • Time in solitude with nature

  • Nature-based ceremony and ritual

  • Drum journeying with the Spirits of Nature

  • The practice of Council

  • The Work That Reconnects

  • Working with nature‚Äôs signs and symbols

While there will be lots of time spent outdoors, physical activity will not exceed the capabilities of most people. 


Exchange

The fee for the retreat is $280 - $350 (+camping fee if staying on site). There is a sliding scale in order to make this program accessible to a wide range of people. We have set forth no criteria and trust that each individual will pay what they feel is appropriate. 

A $100 deposit will secure your registration. Space is limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Accommodation is arranged at an additional fee. See details below to choose a suitable option for you.

Deadline for registration is: June 14, 2019

Maximum number of participants: 18 

Workshop Location

All Are Our Relations is held at beautiful Ravenwood Forest Camp located on 40 private acres bordering the crystal clear waters of the Salmon River in the Sayward Valley. The land features majestic old-growth forest, grassy meadows, and many species of edible, medicinal, and culturally significant plants. Visitors are graced with regular visits from a local herd of Roosevelt Elk, and the annual salmon run draws in wildlife of all kinds, including black bears and bald eagles.

Arrival & Closing

We will officially begin the retreat with an opening ceremony at 7PM on June 28. You may arrive anytime after 3PM to set up and settle in. Although I will be present to direct you to camping spots and answer questions, I will be busy prepping the retreat on that day. Please plan on taking care of yourself until the opening ceremony. If you arrive early enough for supper, you are invited to join me for a potluck dinner at 5:30 PM. Please bring a food item to share.

The closing ceremony will take place on the last day. You can expect things to be fully wrapped up by 4PM.

Camping and Alternative Accommodation 

Ravenwood is a wilderness camp. There is plenty of space to pitch a tent. Participants are responsible for bringing all camping gear needed to stay warm and dry and for practicing leave-no-trace camping etiquette. You will have access to a bathroom and shower. 

For those who prefer less rustic accommodation, there are some options available in Sayward. Our days will start early and finish late. If you are choosing this option we strongly recommend staying nearby.

Tent sites: $10 per night. 

Food

In the spirit of community, we will be sharing food, potluck style. An email will be sent to participants regarding planning. Everyone will help with meal preparation and clean up.

All Are Our Relations

Sayward, Mid-Vancouver Island, BC: June 28-30, 2019
Cost $280-350  (+camping fee if staying on site)