Wild Mind Intensive – February, 2020

California February 19, 2020 - February 23, 2020 Cost: $665.00 - $925.00 Venue: Joshua Tree National Park
Guides: Palika Rewilding, Brian Stafford, MD, MPH
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Based on Bill Plotkin’s book, Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche, this 5-day intensive is an experiential exploration of our human psyches as unique expressions of the universal forces and patterns of nature. We will work with what we call the Nature-Based Map of the Human Psyche, which is, among other things, a comprehensive inventory of what can be right about a person, a “shadow” version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), mainstream psychology’s list of what can go wrong with people.

Our wild minds possess astonishing resources, untapped potentials and depths that we might not even know exist until we discover how to access them, cultivate their powers, and eventually integrate them into our everyday lives. In this intensive, we’ll access these depths and potentials — which we call the four facets of the Self, or the four dimensions of our innate human wholeness — and also the four sets of fragmented or wounded subpersonalities that form during childhood.

Rather than attempt to eliminate our subpersonalities (which is not possible) or to beat them into submission, we’ll cultivate the four facets of the Self and uncover the gifts of our subpersonalities. Our goal is to fully embody our multifaceted wild minds, commit ourselves to the largest, soul-infused story we’re capable of living, and serve the greater Earth community.

Discover:

  • how to recognize and consciously cultivate the four facets of the Self — your innate human wholeness
  • how to identify the subpersonalities that supported you in childhood and adolescence to adapt to the challenges of family and social life, but ultimately became barriers to your full and authentic humanity
  • practices and guidelines for cultivating relationships between the Self and your subpersonalities, enabling you to heal your subpersonalities, discover their gifts, and foster Self-actualization
  • how each facet of the Self provides essential resources for the underworld journey (the descent to soul), its radical transformation of personal identity, and for living as a visionary artisan of cultural evolution.

We’ll explore the landscape of the psyche through a variety of practices, including creative expression, self-designed ceremony, solo exercises while wandering on the land, group work, movement, voice dialogue, journaling, and deep imagery work.

  Each participant is responsible for their own lunches, snacks, and tea. Breakfasts & dinners are group meals; participants will be divided into meal teams and each team will be responsible for purchasing and preparing a certain number of group meals.

Participants are also responsible for their own transportation to and from the program location.

Guides

Palika Rewilding

Palika has been courting the moon and the wild miraculous blue green pearl to discover their ancient Mysteries and marry her living to them as long as she can remember. As Threshold Midwife she listens and tends at the edge of the village on the banks of undomesticated landscapes inner and outer, for pearls and shadowed gems within the psyche and hearts of the people whose hearts ache with longing to rediscover their enchantment with the living Earth. Tending with compassion, creativity and fierce love she guides the Soul sojourner to claim the shape and poem they are and thus recover their sacred participation with the animate web of life. Palika is deeply committed to the art of questions that matter, deep evolution of culture and consciousness, and supporting the metamorphosis of visionary artisans of possibility in these urgent times of the Great Turning. She is an inner and outer tracker, painter of mythos, regenerative designer, nurturer of native and edible landscapes, mother, kitchen witch and keeper of the feral feminine. She is grateful to listen to the voices of Elder Redwoods and coastal Oaks and offer sunrise praises to the Monterey Bay in Santa Cruz where she guides individuals and communities deeper into their ecocentric and soulcentric living.

Brian Stafford, MD, MPH

Brian Stafford is a guide to the wilderness of nature and soul. He was called out of academic medicine to serve as a guide to the depths and to serve as an agent of cultural awakening and transformation. He guides with humor, playfulness, compassion, discernment, and a deep remembering of the fullness of what each human life can, should, and was meant to be. A native of Colorado and the former holder of an endowed chair and professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, he is an avid outdoorsman, teacher, writer, mentor, partner, and parent. He guides individuals and groups in the Colorado River Basin as well Nosara, Costa Rica, to the place they most long and fear to go - the numinous depths of their soul. Brian currently makes his home in Ojai, California.

Venue
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is immense, nearly 800,000 acres, and infinitely variable. It can seem unwelcoming, even brutal during the heat of summer when, in fact, it is delicate and extremely fragile. This is a land shaped by strong winds, sudden torrents of rain, and climatic extremes.  The park encompasses some of the most interesting geologic displays found in California’s deserts. Rugged mountains of twisted rock and exposed granite monoliths testify to the tremendous earth forces that shaped and formed this land. Arroyos, playas, alluvial fans, bajadas, pediments, desert varnish, granites, aplite, and gneiss interact to form a giant mosaic of immense beauty and complexity.


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