Soulcraft Intensive – April 2017
Guides: Gene Dilworth, M.A., Rebecca Wildbear, M.S. Limit: 18
The Soulcraft Intensive is our popular five-day experiential plunge into the wild depths of Soulcraft; a synergistic set of nature-based practices designed to evoke the life-shifting experience of soul encounter. Your soul is your true self, those qualities that most deeply define and express who you are and the unique gift that you were born to bring to the world, a world so much in need of the
socially transforming contributions of initiated, actively engaged adults. To encounter the soul is to discover the mystical image you were born with, which reveals the path to your greatest personal fulfillment as well as the essence of your true service to society (the cross-cultural wisdom traditions say these are one and the same). Soulcraft practices spring from nature-based cultures, modern depth psychology, the poetic tradition, and wilderness rites of passage—to comprise a truly contemporary Western path to soul discovery and soul initiation. For a full discussion, see Bill Plotkin’s book Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche.
The Soulcraft Intensive is highly experiential and—well—intense. We alternate between practices utilized in group, practices explored in solitude in nature, and sharing and deepening those experiences in small groups (5 to 9 people each). There is a Soulcraft guide for each small group, providing you with a fully individualized experience. What you discover through one practice is carried into and amplified by what you learn in the next. By the end of the intensive, you will understand yourself and your place in the world from a more soul-oriented perspective, be clearer about the gifts you were born to bring to the world, and have new skills to enrich your life and to defend the health of the more-than-human world.
Soulcraft practices include:
- Soulcentric Dreamwork
- Deep Imagery Work with Animal Guides
- Talking Across the Species Boundaries
- The Way of Council
- Soul Tasks in Nature
- Self-Designed Ceremony
- Shadow Work
- Soul Poetry
- Sacred Wound Work
- Synchronicities: Working with Nature’s Signs and Omens
- Befriending the Dark
- Ecstatic Trance Drumming and Dancing
- many others!
This is an all camping program. Participants will take part in meal planning/preparation.
Gene Dilworth, M.A.
Gene is dedicated to the project of rewilding the human spirit as an essential dimension of being fully alive in these times. By nurturing meaningful relationship with the more-than-human world and facilitating deep inquiry into the mystery of one’s true nature, he supports individuals to discover, re-member and live from the center of their soul-rooted sense of belonging to the world.
With degrees in ecology and ecopsychology, Gene has been guiding groups and individuals in transformative nature-based experiences since 1986. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in environmental studies and ecopsychology, has been a university academic administrator and has served in a number of administrative and leadership roles in educational and environmental organizations.
Gene lives with his daughter in Boulder, Colorado. He nurtures his own sense of wildness and wonder by exploring the Rocky Mountain foothills and courts his muse through music and poetry
Rebecca Wildbear, M.S.
Rebecca is a soul guide and lover of the wild. She compassionately assists people in listening to the mysteries that live both within their own being and within the animate natural world. Rebecca guides others in opening up their sensory bodies, engaging their dreamworld, and accessing their deep imagination. She delights in tracking the underground streams of the greater human stories. She gently ushers people into surrendering to their soul’s deepest longing. Formerly a therapist and wilderness guide for 17 years, she focuses her private practice on supporting individuals as they discover and manifest their soul gifts. Rebecca utilizes her training and experience with yoga, Hakomi, and somatic psychotherapy in her work. She leads Animas programs and is on the faculty of Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica. She is also the creator of Wild Yoga, a sacred way of breathing and moving, aligned with one’s soul and the beauty and rhythm of the evolving Earth.
A beautiful desert location situated close to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in southwest Colorado.