Morning (9:00 am- Noon): Way of the Guide: an exploration of the Guide archetype, how it is emerging in these times, and why it is essential. Learn how guides work in partnership with the more-than-human world to facilitate liminal journeys in which humans encounter mirrors of their souls, and deepen their memory of relatedness to all beings. The guide archetype does not work alone, but requires partnerships with other human archetypes such as mentor, healer, and teacher; as well as with process archetypes such as the Journey, and archetypes of place.
Afternoon (1:30-4:30): Houses of the Heart: Guided journeys facilitate encounters with our deepest longings, which spring from the secret hearts of who we are and were born to be. This session explores the mythic story of how we are each born as carriers of seeds of four medicines. Each of us carries a unique configuration of these gifts, powers, and ways of beauty. What we share is that the medicines we carry are needed now, and the architecture of our individual souls is not random, but purposeful and responsive to the times we are in. This session will include an embodied exploration of the four "houses of the heart:" the medicines of inspiration, embodiment, vocation, and wisdom.
Althea Spiritual Center
At Althea we do things differently. Rooted in a philosophy of Oneness - God is All - we believe that each person must chart and weather their own unique spiritual journey. In our experience of Spirit as oneness and connection we uncover our gifts, find peace, have fun, and help make the world a better place for all.
We are not a conventional church nor even a typical center. We are a dynamic, diverse, evolving community, committed to supporting, inspiring and challenging all who seek to embrace an expansive way of being and a joyful experience of life.
We offer a Sunday 10:30 am service and many classes, workshops and special events throughout the week - from yoga to meditation, spiritual psychology to chanting, music and movie nights.
There are many lodging options in the area, including AirBnB and hotels. Look for options near Denver Botanic Garden (nearest), Capitol Hill, and Downtown.
Suggestion donation $30 for one session (either Way of the Guide or Houses of the Heart, $50 for the whole day (both sessions)
Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs and author of the best selling Your Guide to Forest Bathing (Conari Press 2018). A student of Buddhist philosophy for over 20 years, Amos founded Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico, California, where he emphasized the importance of meditation practice in wild places. Amos is also widely known for his work in restorative justice. He is founder of the Center for Restorative Process, where he has led the inquiry into how the principles of restorative justice can inform ways to heal the broken relationships between humans and the more-than-human world of nature. Amos holds a BS in Organization Development and an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. Amos has been the primary developer of ANFT's acclaimed training programs.
Christy is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide and Mentor. Her forest therapy practice works primarily through local organizations: counseling services, local and state parks, and ACRES landtrust. Indiana's beautiful deciduous forests are wonderful, all four seasons. She is currently in school studying Environmental Science, with a minor in Religious Studies. Besides her interest in indigenous people's use of plant medicine and the translation of that in to modern herbal medicine, Christy is deeply involved in a personal inquiry around the intersection of faith traditions and forest therapy, and she leads quarterly discussions with guides on this topic. She is the music program director for the local YMCA, a violinist and vocalist. She finds her quiet time in the outdoors to take the star role in her self-care.