Way of the Guide and Houses of the Heart: A day-long exploration

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Explore the archetype of the guide and trace your journey through the houses of your heart

Enrollment Open

17 November 2018, 9 am-4:30 pm
Althea Spiritual Center
Denver, Colorado USA

This day long event combines Way of the Guide: an exploration of the Guide archetype; and Houses of the Heart, exploring the medicines we are each born to carry. Our first event in Denver, at Althea Spiritual Center, hosted by Dr. Jonathan Ellerby. This event will combine guided activities (outdoors at nearby Cheeseman Park, weather permitting), presentations, and council style personal explorations. Houses of the Heart will include an exploration of a mandala drawn on the floor, which we will explore with body, voice, movement, and gesture to see what we can discover about the gifts of our souls.

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.

Who should attend
This course will be of interest to those who are interested in Jungian Psychology; Emerging Spiritual Practices; The Way of the Guide; Archetypes of the Guide, Mentor, Healer and Teacher; and Forest Therapy.
Schedule Overview
About the Venue:

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)

About the Venue:

Althea Spiritual Center

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 trained with Cohort 6 in 2016 in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. She is a facilitator of ANFT immersions, trainer and mentor. She was born and raised in the farmlands of Indiana, where she now resides with her 4 children and husband. She is a violinist, vocalist and teacher by training and vocation. She administers a music school in her small town through the local YMCA. Christy lives amongst the fields of corn, wheat, soybeans and wooded lots on a small hobby farm where she has planted vegetable gardens, berries, fruit trees, and the many memories of her children’s lives. Her work with ANFT has been life-changing and the source of so much of her energy and vitality. She is currently finishing a degree in Environmental Science and Religious Studies, which is in part the result of her training and also a source for even more love and connection to her forest therapy practice.