DRAGONFLY HEALING QUEST 

June 19-28, 2020


"In my heart, I believe that if we are to heal ourselves and this beautiful planet, we need to dissolve the illusion that we are separate from each other and the natural world. It’s my calling to share the power that nature has to help us remember what it means to be human. It’s my hope that the Dragonfly Healing Quest will serve as a spark of inspiration that guides people toward finding their place in the heart of things and grace in times of uncertainty."


All of us need experiences that are healing, growth stimulating, and hope energizing. The awesome beauty and wonder of nature can help provide this. In 2010, after more than a year of increasing bone pain and fatigue, I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare and incurable plasma cell cancer. As a way of making sense of life with cancer, I went to the forest and spent 4 days and 4 nights without shelter or company. I fasted and sought emotional healing and understanding about how to live my life. 10 years later, I'm still here. Along with a good medical team and a strong and loving circle of people supporting me, Ravenwood helps me stay healthy.

When I was first diagnosed, I had questions about the new life stage I was entering: How could I reconcile the grief I was feeling? Who was I now? How did I want to live, given my new circumstances? How was I supposed to live a life of meaning, purpose, and joy despite a hopeless diagnosis and an uncertain future? And, how would I continue to contribute to my family and community? 

In a discussion about my journey with cancer, I was told by David Spirit Eagle Somerville that there is no cure, only a healing journey. I now know that in his clever way he was talking about everyone’s life journey. My personal story is a metaphor for what all of us are facing. We’re all in the midst of massive challenging environmental and cultural change and there is no quick fix. The symptoms of our dis-ease have become painful enough that many of us are no longer able to turn away and ignore the greed, suffering, and damage we’ve caused ourselves, others, and the planet. 

Living with incurable cancer has taught me that within chaos, destruction, and grief are seeds of awareness and transformation. I do not call myself a cancer survivor. Life has a way of initiating us again and again. Living with life-threatening illness is one of those initiations. Instead, I call myself a cancer initiate. This reminds me that I’m living something transformative and that I have a responsibility to carry the wisdom of my experience forward as part of my giveaway to the world. 

Within the precarious context of civilization today, we are all crossing the threshold of initiation into a new way of being with the world. In my heart, I believe that if we are to heal ourselves and this beautiful planet, we need to dissolve the illusion that we are separate from each other and the natural world. It’s my calling to share the power that nature has to help us remember what it means to be human. It’s my hope that the Dragonfly Healing Quest will serve as a spark of inspiration that guides people toward finding their place in the heart of things and grace in times of uncertainty.

Framed as a rite of passage, the Dragonfly Healing Quest includes group work and time in solitude in nature, supported by appropriate ceremonies, dedicated to enhancing the meaning and direction of your life. As a participant in the program, you are invited to spend 4 days and 4 nights of solitude on the land, remembering your true and essential nature. Fasting during this time is common but not required. Together, we will craft a ceremony appropriate for your unique healing journey.

By the end of our time together, you will deepen your understanding of the healing and restorative qualities of nature, rekindling your relationship to your self and the natural world, and renewing your sense of purpose and connection to the Earth.

The Dragonfly Healing Quest is a ceremony that reveals your unique gifts and asks that you share them. Given the dire cultural, political, and environmental problems that currently threaten the world, we are all at a crossroads. What’s required is that each of us live a life imbued with purpose and meaning, and that we share our unique gifts in a meaningful way that serves the Earth and the greater community of all living beings. How we emerge from this time of transition and what the future holds depends on who we become. The Dragonfly Healing Quest helps us to know who we are and what is meant to happen through us so that we can be the elders the next generation needs. 


The Dragonfly Healing Quest includes activities in the following areas      
  • Reconnection to self, others, and nature
  • Medicine Wheel teachings
  • Nature-based ritual and ceremony
  • Trance drumming and spiritual journeying
  • Sensory awareness and mindfulness practices
  • Sharing circles
  • Sweat lodge and pipe ceremonies
  • Time in solitude on the land (fasting optional)

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


The Exchange

The fee for the Dragonfly Healing Quest is $840 - $1125 (Sliding scale)

The exchange is for instruction, teachings, and guidance before and after your time of solitude. It also covers expenses including facilities and site upkeep/rental, property & liability insurance, supplies, and travel expenses. It is what enables me to continue to offer this experience to those who are called to it. There is no fee for ceremony that takes place during this experience.

A note on gifting for ceremony 

It is customary to offer a gift, above and beyond the monetary exchange for the program, that expresses your respect and gratitude for the ceremonies being shared and for your guide, and that reflects an understanding of the value of the wisdom being shared. If you are unsure about what to gift, ask. I'm always grateful to receive something I need and/or can use. Food that I can freeze and dip into from time-to-time is always appreciated as are items that I need for Ravenwood. Skills or a trade that you can share with some of our projects are a great contribution. People sometimes ask how I feel about an additional cash gift. It is not necessary but if that feels good to you it will be received with gratitude.

Deposit

A $250 deposit will secure your registration. Space is limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Participants are responsible for their own camping gear and we will share responsibility for food. When you register you will receive additional information including guidance on what to bring and how to prepare yourself. 

Your 10-day ceremony involves three days of preparation, four days and nights of solitude in the forest of Ravenwood, and three days of incorporation before you return home. Ravenwood is located in the Sayward Valley, on 40 acres of private property bordering the Salmon River, on the territory of the Laich-Kwil-Tach and Komox People

Minimum age: 19 years, unless special permission is given.

Maximum number of participants: 6

Minimum number of participants:  4 

If you are interested in participating in this ceremony, please contact me directly: corinna.dragonfly@gmail.com