August 18-20, 2017
The Women's March in early 2017 bore witness to the joyful midwifing of the Earth-centered energy. Our retreat will consider the pivotal roles women might play in this great, global unfolding. Deepen your experience of oneness with nature so that we can intentionally participate in this unfolding. Exploration of the major themes of ecopsychology will heighten our awareness of the interconnectedness and sacredness of all life.
By taking full advantage of the seclusion and beauty surrounding Powell House, we will explore how living into our unity with the Earth can heal us even as we heal the planet. We'll empower ourselves, our communities, and our world by engaging in numerous outdoor activities. Clarification of how perception and reality are interrelated, and direct experiencing of nature will help participants answer perennial questions such as: Who am I? What is my story at this point in my life? What is the "(s) Self?" Of whath whole am I a part? How can I fully live into that oneness? What will help me move toward greater wholeness and purpose? What do I have to offer my people, my community?
Our facilitators combine ancient universal practices which explore external and internal landscapes.
We'll engage in: An Aboriginal medicine walk, Earth-honoring ceremonies, understanding the architecture and impact of "mind" at individual and collective levels, guided imagery, and personal introspection.
In order to: Challenge self-limiting beliefs; Tap into the clarity and deep insight achieved by understanding ourselves AS nature; Access our deepest callings and intuitive wisdom; Facilitate new levels of trust, respect and communication with nature; Gain a wider understanding of the reality of the world in which we live in order to fully contribute to its evolution.
This retreat is intergenerational and trans-inclusive.
Renee Fogarty has advanced training in Ecopsychology from Shavano Institute, Boulder, CO and has led numerous workshops in the outdoors. She has taught Sustainability at Pace University and completed PhD studies in Industrial Ecology. She now weaves her expertise in Restorative Justice practices, Psychodrama, Body-centered approaches to healing, and Expressive Arts into her work with incarcerated adults.
Pamela Boyce Simms is an evolutionary culture designer who convenes the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH) ─a six-state network of environmental activists. She is a veteran of local, regional, and national resilience-building with the Transition environmental movement, and currently works with international Quaker, Buddhist, and African Diaspora Earthcare networks.
Boyce Simms holds degrees from Georgetown University's Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service, the L'Université de Dakar, in Sénégal, West Africa, and is certified as a Leadership Coach and Neurolinguistics Master Practitioner. She is also a Contributing Author and Editor at the Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) Editorial Collective, and an author at Resilience.org, a project of The Post Carbon Institute. A Buddhist-Quaker, Pamela is a Henry J. Cadbury Scholar at the Pendle Hill Quaker Center for Study and Contemplation, as well as a Buddhist Meditation Instructor.
Register by August 5th: $230/adult; $115/ages 13-22; $58/infants-2; $165/commuters/campers.
After August 5th: $250; $125; $65; $175.
Childcare with 3 weeks notice.