Intention : To Cultivate Social Authenticity & Personal Sovereignty
Our first three months together is a time to re-wild, which involves becoming conscious of the ways the ways we may play small, the roles and identities that are no longer serving us, and world views that are disempowering to Who We Really Are. To do this work, we also need to cultivate and call upon our primary resources - both inner and outer, that are large enough to hold our fears and triggers.
We explore the wild feminine - the ones of us who have never been domesticated that are creative and courageous, as well as dark and sensual. The image and the metaphor we work work is is to consciously step back - away from the village, and into the forest.
- The Wild Feminine
- Authenticity vs. social acceptance
- Re-learning our place in the other-than-human world
- Practices for cultivating our wholeness
- Learning to hold our wounded ones
- Exploration of our stage of development and the tasks of that stage
- Living into chaos, the unknown and stepping out of the 'village'
- Working with four directions dance circles
- Calling home the embodied imagination as a primary wisdom source
- Setting a powerful intention for the journey
Intention : To Cultivate Connection to Mystery & Romance the World
The Inner Beloved is our guide to soul. Courting the Beloved open us to a rich world of romancing all that is mysterious to us. It invites us into our wholeness, our capacities for seeing true beauty, our willingness to change on a very deep level and our capacity to be guided to our essence nature - our soul - out of which desire springs.
Coming to know our inner beloved requires following our allurements, and our fears into a place of intimacy with all we don't know about ourselves. Here we court the beloved within, and in doing so, are guided into the depths, and into an experience of wholeness and completeness that lays the foundation for healthy relationship with an outer beloved.
In the second phase we follow the Red Thread to the center of our longing where we are opened by the world to our own depths. We invite in:
- The Inner Beloved
- Courage and joy
- Sacred Sexuality
- The Wisdom of the body
- The Lover and the Warrior
- Ways of communicating with the Other-than-human world
- Intimacy, eros and true romance
- The Grail legends
Intention : To Explore the Mysteries of Soul/Call Home the Exiled Feminine
It is here where we learn to surrender the WHO we think we are, while listening and tracking, in that Mysterious way, the Truth at the center of the image we were born with. Where you go, you must go alone, but wanderer, know this, it is only here where we surrender the too-small lives of our own making where we will come to know why we’re here, and what particular and unique gift we carry for our people. In the Underworld we seek, and then learn to embody, exactly What Matters Most.
When we enter into the terrain of soul and begin to live from those images, mysterious though they are, many things get clear and certain choices in our lives become simplified. We realize that tracking this thread - the thread that is bleeding through YOU right now and making itself known to you and only you, is your sacred task. Everything else, a distraction. This is why we need our resources - our full, wild feminine selves to remind us that though the path we take is unknown, it is fully ours to take, and in doing so we serve the whole in ways we couldn’t have planned alone.
We dance in:
- The story of Innana and Lilith
- The central image of the 3 worlds/Tree of Life
- Grief and Rage
- Shadow and Shades
- Sacred Wound/Ancestral Wound
- Underworld Consciousness
- Conversations in ceremony
- Drumming and Rhythm
Intention : To Re-Enchant the World | Step into Social Artistry
As we near the closing of the content portion of the journey, we’ll begin to interweave the tapestry of the many voices of ourselves, arriving at the bank of the river of soul where we pray to embody our potential most fully and integrate what we’ve experienced into our day to day lives. The frontier of this conversation is about integration so that we can lean into our gifts in a life sustaining and whole way. We’ll traverse the landscape of:
- Embodying our insights - the difference between ‘learning’ and ‘being’
- Harvesting the gifts of our ancestors
- Core Values
- Embodiment and integration
- Integration and moving forward in our wholeness
- Gift cultivation and discovery - how to best be of service
- Sacred activism
There are two or more in-person group gatherings per year. The gatherings take place in and around Southern California in state parks or wilderness areas. Any Red Thread sister is invited to participate in the group gatherings. These times together have historically been among the most impactful moments in the program.
For three nights and four days we’ll be together in both a celebratory and introspective way. Sleeping, eating, wandering and learning together on the land, She will begin to sing through our psyches and souls in ways we cannot imagine now.
Spring Gathering 2017 : April 9 - 12th Malibu Creek State Park, California
Extended Fall Gathering 2017 : October 6 - 11th Joshua Tree National Park, California
Spring Gathering and Completion Ceremony : Early April 2017
Joining the Red Thread brings you into a container of sisterhood. You are always welcome to join us at future gatherings, and on our group council calls.