FAcINg OuR Shadow
Reclaiming Our Wholeness
Take a deep dive into the recesses of your psyche to reclaim the lost treasure buried within.
Early in life, our psyche decides there are aspects of who we are that should never see the light of day. This happens because something within us rightfully understands that conforming to familial and cultural expectations keeps us safe and secure and protects us from rejection and ridicule. When we are young children, the risk of being authentic is simply too great for us to face. And so we impound aspects of ourselves into the dungeon of our psyche, a dungeon we call Shadow.
Begins Friday, June 18th at 7 pm EST
Two day-long sessions and two evening sessions include a 1 hour complementary mentoring session | $195
This early childhood survival strategy was a wise move as it helped us to creative an adaptive personality, a first identity. But this strategy, while necessary in childhood, leaves a legacy of incompleteness that we are compelled to address in adulthood if we are to live in the deepest and truest way possible.
In his book, Wild Mind, Bill Plotkin notes, "The Shadow helps ensure our survival, but it also impedes our blossoming, often rendering our life into a series of so many dull days for want of the imaginative possibilities and visionary resources trapped and held in the long bag we drag behind us...Given the great psychological and social price we pay for the services of our Shadow and Shadow selves, how might we uncover Shadow elements and integrate them in a way that enhances our wholeness and relationships--or at least minimizes the damage they would otherwise wreak?"
During this online offering, we will explore the dimension of Shadow we all carry deep within us in the hope of reclaiming aspects of our wholeness, for the Shadow contains long rejected yet profoundly crucial dimensions of our divine identity. Join us for this time as we gather in groups, spend time wandering in nature, and engage in creative ways that will help us explore and integrate our shadow selves.
Prerequisites | This is an advanced program for participants with experience in Jungian dream work, or active imagination, or who have participated in our Eco-Ministry yearlong cohort or one of our other Seminary of the Wild offerings.
Program Outcomes | Participants will learn a soul-centric approach to dreamwork and deep imagery, how to amplify your dreams and images, deepening the experience through sacred art and journaling, several embodiment practices, and by creating your own personal practices for ongoing work with sacred imagery, and explore a non-western framework for understanding Scriptures and myth. Participants will engage in group work and council, and an opportunity for a mentoring session.
Being far from home is hard, but you know,
at least we are exiled together.
When you open your eyes to the world
you are on your own for
the first time. No one is
even interested in saving you now
and the world steps in
to test the calm fluidity of your body
from moment to moment…
…As if your place in the world mattered
and the world could
neither speak nor hear the fullness of
its own bitter and beautiful cry
without the deep well
of your body resonating in the echo.
— From Revelation Must Be Terrible, David Whyte