Community.
Somewhere there are people
to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats.
Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up when we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power.
Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done.
Arms to hold us when we falter.
A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free.

-Starhawk

The Togethering

August 29-September 2, 2015

The Togethering is a time for people who want to experience Coyote Mentoring. Participants will become members of a village as they live these ways for this brief time.  This will be an experience of being and learning together that is based on models developed and gifted from still-healthy cultures that draw on hundreds years of living in healthy community.

The Togethering is about soft skills: How do we pass knowledge on to others in a way that is empowering, effective, and fun?  How do we enrich our lives together as well as in solitude?  How do we resolve differing interests and needs in a healthy and respectful way?  (You will see ancient skills applied because they are part of this way of being, and perhaps there will be mentoring in some of these skills, but they are not the focus.)

It’s about the healing and continued health that comes from within our selves and our souls, complementing and supplementing the health that comes from the things we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink.

(You will see ancient skills applied because they are part of this way of being, and perhaps there will be mentoring in some of these skills, but they are not the focus, nor will there be workshops on those skills.)

This is about reaching out toward something healthy, real, inspiring, beautiful, and attainable. You will hear about good ways to be, not about what’s wrong.

What The Togethering holds for you:

  • You will learn circle models for working well together.
  • You will learn about the power of healthy relationships among the generations, and about the roles and contributions of each generation in a healthy community.
  • You will learn how a well-functioning group relies on each of its members to contribute to the relationships within the group and between groups by giving each member a role within the circle of equals.
  • You will learn to experience solitude in a way that facilitates a personal connection with the natural world.
  • You will learn how to learn, how to pass knowledge on in an “invisible school”.
  • We will balance the experience of this community with learning how it works on a deeper level, and how to take the attitudes, concepts, tools, and techniques home to your other communities.
  • You will discover how to enrich every moment and every interaction through simple ceremonies, and discover the importance and power of ceremony in bringing people together. Find your own answer to the question “What makes something a ceremony?”
  • You will play, eat, sing, smile, and learn. Please bring your musical instruments. We will make music together.

Your Guides: Corinna Stevenson, Dragonfly & Wes Gietz, Windwalker

Exchange: The package cost includes the full program, food, space for camping, and GST.  It is our intent that a sliding scale of fees for this program will make it 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.     Adults: $250 to $400.  Elders (65+ years): $175 to $300. Children 6 to 12 years: $60 to $100.  No charge for younger ones.  There is also a discount of 20% for Firemaker participants, and a discount  of 20% for groups of three or more.  If you meet both criteria, the discount is 30%.

If you have a limited income, please contact us about applying for a scholarship. We are unable to offer work trades or group rates.

Maximum 32 participants.

Location: A beautiful and magical 40-acre forested property on the Salmon river at Sayward Junction, with old-growth trees, walking trails, camping areas, council fire, and meeting / eating facilities for the group.  Some rustic cabin shelter may also be available if needed.

Questions? Send Wes an email to wgietz@windwalker.ca

The Togethering 2015 on Vancouver Island

Sayward, on Vancouver Island, BC: August 29-September 2, 2015.  The package cost includes the full program, food, space for camping, and GST.  It is our intent that a sliding scale of fees for this program will make it 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. Adults: $250 to $400.  Elders (65+ years): $175 to $300. Children 6 to 12 years: $60 to $100.  No charge for younger ones.  There is also a discount 20% for Firemaker participants.  Also discount 20% for groups of three or more.  If you meet both criteria, the discount is 30%.