Immersion

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Women's Immersion and Men's Immersion

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
An exploration of the archetypes of self, gender, and community in relation to nature

Enrollment Open

02-07 November 2019
Immersion
|
Women's Immersion and Men's Immersion

The masculine and the feminine are two principles that pervade the universe and are everywhere expressed within the forest. In constant motion, they are defined by their relatedness to each other. As we enter the mind of the forest, what does it have to teach us about how these principles are alive within each of us? In this immersion we call upon the power of forest therapy to deepen our inquiries into what it means to be a balanced human being.

We will be lodging and doing our work in separate groups of those who identify as predominately masculine/male and those who identify as feminine/female. Your guides will use the methods of forest therapy and circle dialogue to support group exploration, without imposing any specific ideology. We will aim to identify the stories we carry about what it means to be masculine, what it means to be feminine, and what ways we are asked, in this moment of history, to bring the powers of each as healing salves upon the wounds of the world.

Toward the end of this immersion, the separate groups will have the option of creating a way to come together and share about their journey, what they have learned, and what questions they are holding.

The journey to authenticity is a process of exploring and embodying archetypes. In the forest we encounter many images; those that call to us are bridges to our deepest selves. Which archetypes are you born to embody, as an individual and within the context of friendship, coupling, family, and community? How does gender interact with identity on our pathway to wholeness? This immersion is an opportunity to explore these and other questions (defined by the group) in a spacious way.

This immersion is unique because it involves two groups, men and women working separately and lodging in separate houses each with its own full kitchen for preparing individual or communal meals. However, the groups may opt to join for a up to a day of exploration together, through council-format discussions, small group forest explorations, and group-created ceremonies.

Schedule Overview:

Day 1: Arrival and registration 3 - 5 pm. Orientation 7-9 pm

Day 2, and 3: Guided forest therapy walk 9-noon; afternoon session 2:30-5:30.  

Day 4 for women: Morning time on the land, content and activities in the afternoon.

Day 4 for men: An exploration of how our connections with the more-than-human world support our connections with self and other humans. We will form intentions and then begin solo time. Each participant will develop a solo time strategy based on personal vision of what serves.

Day 5 will be a morning medicine walk with incorporation in the afternoon. The two groups may elect to join for discussion, ceremony, celebration, or what serves.

Day 6:  9-11 incorporation council and closing.

Who should attend
This course is open to all adults, age 18 and up.
About the Venue:

Dancing Deer

Dancing Deer is a stunning property of 40 acres, surrounded by a further 40 acres of land filled with oaks, hills, and meandering paths. There are two large houses where participants stay. Each is a spacious hilltop home with plenty of room to relax and unwind after a day of training. The nearby meadows and woodlands serve as a home to wildlife and invite people to wander through the quiet of the property. There is a medicine wheel mandala on the top of the small hill in the main meadow. The Salinas River in nearby Paso Robles is a destination for some of the training days; the water in the river varies greatly according to the season, and by late fall it may be reduced to a small creek. Regardless of flow, the river hosts much wildlife. Of all the training venues used by ANFT, Dancing Deer is one of the most ideal for observing birds. Caution: there is poison oak in almost all of the oak woodlands in this region. Because of this forest therapy experiences tend to take place along the ecologically rich margins of the woodlands, where they meet the meadows.

Lodging

Shared rooms are $65/night per person. The total five night cost is $325. Shared rooms may have 2, 3, or 4 beds.

Private rooms are $90/night per person. The total five night cost is $450. We have reserved four rooms as private rooms.

There are common spaces and outdoor spaces for gathering or solitude during downtime.

Meals

We will prepare our own meals. It will be up to the group to decide if meals will be prepared individually, in small groups (for example, vegans banding together), or as a whole group. There is plenty of space for participants to cook. Kitchens have large refrigerators, expansive counter tops, a commercial stove, and a BBQ outside.

Trader Joe’s grocery store is a 6-minute drive away. We encourage communal cooking and the sharing of meals, but do not arrange for this.

Transportation

Approximate Drive Times from airports:
San Luis Obispo (SBP): 35 minutes
Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT): 2.5 hours
San Jose International Airport (SYC): 3 hours
San Francisco (SFO) or Oakland (OAK): 3.5 hours
Los Angeles (LAX): 4 Hours

Tuition

Tuition does not include lodging and meals.

$595 - General Admission

$545 per person when you register as a group of 4 or more people

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.

Jesse Remer, doula, childbirth educator, health advocate and Forest Therapy Guide in training. Jesse grew up in the deep forests of Northern California and Oregon and found her own healing through postpartum depression and significant life changes under the guidance of Trees she considers to be friends. Her doula practice and retreat land Mother Tree, has integrated nature therapy practices for years (Nurture Your Mother Nature in Birth and Beyond) to assist birthing families to access the relaxation techniques and wellness generated by time in nature. She now supports groups from all "walks" of life to receive the benefit of these healthful principles.

I feel I am a Pilgrim…and when so blessed…a Guide. I began this Journey in 1951…many paths: busboy, Christmas tree trimmer, cattle feeder, restaurant manager, electrician, plumber, heating and cooling technician, energy management system installer/manufacturer, graphic designer, engraver, military enlisted paratrooper, National Guard officer serving thousands in role of Camp Atterbury commander, production liaison and fill-in “one shot wonder” for “The Book and the Rose” movie, etc. etc…like most Souls, many, many wanderings.

Immersion

|

Women's Immersion and Men's Immersion

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
An exploration of the archetypes of self, gender, and community in relation to nature

Enrollment Open

02-07 November 2019
Women's Immersion and Men's Immersion
|
Central California

The masculine and the feminine are two principles that pervade the universe and are everywhere expressed within the forest. In constant motion, they are defined by their relatedness to each other. As we enter the mind of the forest, what does it have to teach us about how these principles are alive within each of us? In this immersion we call upon the power of forest therapy to deepen our inquiries into what it means to be a balanced human being.

We will be lodging and doing our work in separate groups of those who identify as predominately masculine/male and those who identify as feminine/female. Your guides will use the methods of forest therapy and circle dialogue to support group exploration, without imposing any specific ideology. We will aim to identify the stories we carry about what it means to be masculine, what it means to be feminine, and what ways we are asked, in this moment of history, to bring the powers of each as healing salves upon the wounds of the world.

Toward the end of this immersion, the separate groups will have the option of creating a way to come together and share about their journey, what they have learned, and what questions they are holding.

We will be lodging and doing our work in separate groups of those who identify as predominately masculine/male and those who identify as feminine/female. Your guides will use the methods of forest therapy and circle dialogue to support group exploration, without imposing any specific ideology. We will aim to identify the stories we carry about what it means to be masculine, what it means to be feminine, and what ways we are asked, in this moment of history, to bring the powers of each as healing salves upon the wounds of the world.

Toward the end of this immersion, the separate groups will have the option of creating a way to come together and share about their journey, what they have learned, and what questions they are holding.

Who should attend
This course is open to all adults, age 18 and up.
About the Venue:

Dancing Deer

Dancing Deer is a stunning property of 40 acres, surrounded by a further 40 acres of land filled with oaks, hills, and meandering paths. There are two large houses where participants stay. Each is a spacious hilltop home with plenty of room to relax and unwind after a day of training. The nearby meadows and woodlands serve as a home to wildlife and invite people to wander through the quiet of the property. There is a medicine wheel mandala on the top of the small hill in the main meadow. The Salinas River in nearby Paso Robles is a destination for some of the training days; the water in the river varies greatly according to the season, and by late fall it may be reduced to a small creek. Regardless of flow, the river hosts much wildlife. Of all the training venues used by ANFT, Dancing Deer is one of the most ideal for observing birds. Caution: there is poison oak in almost all of the oak woodlands in this region. Because of this forest therapy experiences tend to take place along the ecologically rich margins of the woodlands, where they meet the meadows.

Lodging

Shared rooms are $65/night per person. The total five night cost is $325. Shared rooms may have 2, 3, or 4 beds.

Private rooms are $90/night per person. The total five night cost is $450. We have reserved four rooms as private rooms.

There are common spaces and outdoor spaces for gathering or solitude during downtime.

Meals

We will prepare our own meals. It will be up to the group to decide if meals will be prepared individually, in small groups (for example, vegans banding together), or as a whole group. There is plenty of space for participants to cook. Kitchens have large refrigerators, expansive counter tops, a commercial stove, and a BBQ outside.

Trader Joe’s grocery store is a 6-minute drive away. We encourage communal cooking and the sharing of meals, but do not arrange for this.

Transportation

Approximate Drive Times from airports:
San Luis Obispo (SBP): 35 minutes
Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT): 2.5 hours
San Jose International Airport (SYC): 3 hours
San Francisco (SFO) or Oakland (OAK): 3.5 hours
Los Angeles (LAX): 4 Hours

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.

Jesse Remer, doula, childbirth educator, health advocate and Forest Therapy Guide in training. Jesse grew up in the deep forests of Northern California and Oregon and found her own healing through postpartum depression and significant life changes under the guidance of Trees she considers to be friends. Her doula practice and retreat land Mother Tree, has integrated nature therapy practices for years (Nurture Your Mother Nature in Birth and Beyond) to assist birthing families to access the relaxation techniques and wellness generated by time in nature. She now supports groups from all "walks" of life to receive the benefit of these healthful principles.

I feel I am a Pilgrim…and when so blessed…a Guide. I began this Journey in 1951…many paths: busboy, Christmas tree trimmer, cattle feeder, restaurant manager, electrician, plumber, heating and cooling technician, energy management system installer/manufacturer, graphic designer, engraver, military enlisted paratrooper, National Guard officer serving thousands in role of Camp Atterbury commander, production liaison and fill-in “one shot wonder” for “The Book and the Rose” movie, etc. etc…like most Souls, many, many wanderings.

Immersion

|

Women's Immersion and Men's Immersion

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
An exploration of the archetypes of self, gender, and community in relation to nature
02-07 November 2019
Women's Immersion and Men's Immersion
|
Central California

The masculine and the feminine are two principles that pervade the universe and are everywhere expressed within the forest. In constant motion, they are defined by their relatedness to each other. As we enter the mind of the forest, what does it have to teach us about how these principles are alive within each of us? In this immersion we call upon the power of forest therapy to deepen our inquiries into what it means to be a balanced human being.

We will be lodging and doing our work in separate groups of those who identify as predominately masculine/male and those who identify as feminine/female. Your guides will use the methods of forest therapy and circle dialogue to support group exploration, without imposing any specific ideology. We will aim to identify the stories we carry about what it means to be masculine, what it means to be feminine, and what ways we are asked, in this moment of history, to bring the powers of each as healing salves upon the wounds of the world.

Toward the end of this immersion, the separate groups will have the option of creating a way to come together and share about their journey, what they have learned, and what questions they are holding.

We will be lodging and doing our work in separate groups of those who identify as predominately masculine/male and those who identify as feminine/female. Your guides will use the methods of forest therapy and circle dialogue to support group exploration, without imposing any specific ideology. We will aim to identify the stories we carry about what it means to be masculine, what it means to be feminine, and what ways we are asked, in this moment of history, to bring the powers of each as healing salves upon the wounds of the world.

Toward the end of this immersion, the separate groups will have the option of creating a way to come together and share about their journey, what they have learned, and what questions they are holding.

Tuition does not include lodging and meals.

$595 - General Admission

$545 per person when you register as a group of 4 or more people

The journey to authenticity is a process of exploring and embodying archetypes. In the forest we encounter many images; those that call to us are bridges to our deepest selves. Which archetypes are you born to embody, as an individual and within the context of friendship, coupling, family, and community? How does gender interact with identity on our pathway to wholeness? This immersion is an opportunity to explore these and other questions (defined by the group) in a spacious way.

This immersion is unique because it involves two groups, men and women working separately and lodging in separate houses each with its own full kitchen for preparing individual or communal meals. However, the groups may opt to join for a up to a day of exploration together, through council-format discussions, small group forest explorations, and group-created ceremonies.

Schedule Overview:

Day 1: Arrival and registration 3 - 5 pm. Orientation 7-9 pm

Day 2, and 3: Guided forest therapy walk 9-noon; afternoon session 2:30-5:30.  

Day 4 for women: Morning time on the land, content and activities in the afternoon.

Day 4 for men: An exploration of how our connections with the more-than-human world support our connections with self and other humans. We will form intentions and then begin solo time. Each participant will develop a solo time strategy based on personal vision of what serves.

Day 5 will be a morning medicine walk with incorporation in the afternoon. The two groups may elect to join for discussion, ceremony, celebration, or what serves.

Day 6:  9-11 incorporation council and closing.

About the Venue:

Dancing Deer

Dancing Deer is a stunning property of 40 acres, surrounded by a further 40 acres of land filled with oaks, hills, and meandering paths. There are two large houses where participants stay. Each is a spacious hilltop home with plenty of room to relax and unwind after a day of training. The nearby meadows and woodlands serve as a home to wildlife and invite people to wander through the quiet of the property. There is a medicine wheel mandala on the top of the small hill in the main meadow. The Salinas River in nearby Paso Robles is a destination for some of the training days; the water in the river varies greatly according to the season, and by late fall it may be reduced to a small creek. Regardless of flow, the river hosts much wildlife. Of all the training venues used by ANFT, Dancing Deer is one of the most ideal for observing birds. Caution: there is poison oak in almost all of the oak woodlands in this region. Because of this forest therapy experiences tend to take place along the ecologically rich margins of the woodlands, where they meet the meadows.

Lodging

Shared rooms are $65/night per person. The total five night cost is $325. Shared rooms may have 2, 3, or 4 beds.

Private rooms are $90/night per person. The total five night cost is $450. We have reserved four rooms as private rooms.

There are common spaces and outdoor spaces for gathering or solitude during downtime.

Meals

We will prepare our own meals. It will be up to the group to decide if meals will be prepared individually, in small groups (for example, vegans banding together), or as a whole group. There is plenty of space for participants to cook. Kitchens have large refrigerators, expansive counter tops, a commercial stove, and a BBQ outside.

Trader Joe’s grocery store is a 6-minute drive away. We encourage communal cooking and the sharing of meals, but do not arrange for this.

Transportation

Approximate Drive Times from airports:
San Luis Obispo (SBP): 35 minutes
Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT): 2.5 hours
San Jose International Airport (SYC): 3 hours
San Francisco (SFO) or Oakland (OAK): 3.5 hours
Los Angeles (LAX): 4 Hours

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.

Jesse Remer, doula, childbirth educator, health advocate and Forest Therapy Guide in training. Jesse grew up in the deep forests of Northern California and Oregon and found her own healing through postpartum depression and significant life changes under the guidance of Trees she considers to be friends. Her doula practice and retreat land Mother Tree, has integrated nature therapy practices for years (Nurture Your Mother Nature in Birth and Beyond) to assist birthing families to access the relaxation techniques and wellness generated by time in nature. She now supports groups from all "walks" of life to receive the benefit of these healthful principles.

I feel I am a Pilgrim…and when so blessed…a Guide. I began this Journey in 1951…many paths: busboy, Christmas tree trimmer, cattle feeder, restaurant manager, electrician, plumber, heating and cooling technician, energy management system installer/manufacturer, graphic designer, engraver, military enlisted paratrooper, National Guard officer serving thousands in role of Camp Atterbury commander, production liaison and fill-in “one shot wonder” for “The Book and the Rose” movie, etc. etc…like most Souls, many, many wanderings.