Laura Blakeman

Laura Blakeman is a catalyst for cultural change who draws from her unique trans-disciplinary background in the performing arts to craft whole-person, contextually-informed learning experiences across the corporate and cultural sectors. She has spent decades working as a somatic educator and experience designer, producing dance events, live art immersions, and experiential programs that center marginalized ways of knowing, doing, and being. She is currently researching and writing extensively on the relationship between complexity, uncertainty, and beauty, and is a co-founder and creative partner at the Wolf Willow Institute. When she is not guiding, she can be found at home amongst the red rock bone canyons of the desert southwest.

Events with Laura Blakeman

Winter Desert Quest – January, 2023
January 31 - February 11, 2023

THE ANIMAS QUEST – This is an All Camping & Backpacking Quest. This contemporary Western embodiment of the ancient, pan-cultural vision fast is a dynamic wilderness rite for all who are seeking greater depth and clarity about life purpose and meaning. As a rite of initiation, the quest is a ceremonial descent to the underworld, in which you die to your familiar way of belonging to the world, uncover the passion and wisdom of your soul, and retrieve the gift that is yours alone to bring to the world, enhancing personal fulfillment and genuine service. The Animas Quest catalyzes the…

Wild Mind Intensive, April 2023
April 25 - 29, 2023

This is primitive camping program. 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…

Soulcraft Intensive, June 2023
June 2 - 6, 2023

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…

Into The Bone: Body & Soul - June, 2023
June 8 - 12, 2023

Once, in the redwood forest, I heard a beat, something like a drum or a heart coming from the ground and trees and wind. That underground current stirred a kind of knowing inside me, a kinship and longing, a dream barely remembered that disappeared back to the body…” – Linda Hogan Coming to know our soul shape is a natural, instinctive, and fundamentally fleshy affair. There is no thought, image, dream, or word — no experience, that happens independently of the body. Whether we are conscious of their missives or not, our bodies, in all their diversity of shapes, and…