Date & Time Details: July 21-25, 2022 - Start Time 6pm End Time 6pm

Location: Dartmoor National Park, England

To Register: Please click the email link in the program description and reach out to our European Producers. Please direct all questions to our partners across the pond!

Cost: £710

The Way of Council and the Art of Mirroring, July 2022 – England

July 21 - 25, 2022

With Brian Stafford, MD, MPH

Please contact our Program Producers in Dartmoor, England, Claire & Rebecca, for more information or to register: [email protected]

THE ART OF MIRRORING: There is an art to hearing a story as well as telling one. Mirroring is a collection of skills employed in receiving, embracing, and honoring each others’ stories. In mirroring, we neither project nor interpret but rather celebrate the magic of the story and the gifts of the One Who Bears the Tale. We help the storyteller glean-harvest-reap the jewels, the dark ones as well as those that sparkle.

The Way of Council and the Art of Mirroring are invaluable practices on the descent to soul. Although much of the descent is solitary, gathering with others in council can make all the difference in finding our way. In the mirror of another, our eyes are opened to aspects of both our gifts and our challenges that we might not have seen otherwise. We are encouraged and inspired to drop into realms that are scary, edgy, darkly alluring, mysterious, and ecstatic — dangerous, yes, but keenly aligned with our deepest longings. During council and through mirroring, we serve as consorts for each other’s mysteries. We are supported to track threads of our soul story that, during the intensive or later, can be amplified as we wander on the land or surrender ourselves to movement or dance, or expressed through poetry or other arts. Council and mirroring can crack us open to irrefutable truths about our core nature and our connection to the Others, the larger field in which our councils occur. During council, we track synchronies with the other-than-human world that surrounds us (animal appearances, for example, or weather shifts, or the quality of the light). And we unearth common archetypal themes that appear within our own human circle. All this helps us better perceive the threads of our individual soul stories and our unique ways of belonging to the world.

Through the Art of Mirroring, we learn to listen as if our lives depend on it (they do). We hone our ability to detect the magnificence and mythic qualities in our own and others’ stories. We listen for unique soul threads that might appear in a repeated theme, a tone, aspects of sacred woundings, dreams, unique imagery, archetypal dimensions of the journey, or tracks of shadow material.

A circle of fellow pilgrims, witnessing and mirroring us, helps us understand where we are on the journey to soul and supports us to take our next steps — from our initial preparation for the descent, to the leaving of “home” and the courageous abandonment of our old story, to our hazardous and ecstatic encounters with numinous mysteries, to the gathering up of mysterious treasures, and, finally, the return to our communities with a vision to perform in service to the larger web of life.

Venue Information: Scoriton Down, Dartmoor National Park.  The venue is basic and has a large cabin with a field kitchen and indoor sitting space.  This is a camping only site with a compost toilet and no showers.  There is a beautiful river to bathe in.

Nestled in the wild and mythic land of South West England, we wholeheartedly invite you to dive into the depths of moss, lichen, granite and oak, where ravens swoop and foxes walk.  Dartmoor National Park is a place of river valleys, ancient sacred sites and faery lore. Here, we will learn to listen, again (and again…) to ourselves, each other and the rest of nature.  ‘Dart’ means ‘oak’ and oak is both door or doorway to the Otherworld.  As hearth holders for Dartmoor, England, we warmly welcome you to join us and the land for some rich and otherworldy adventures. 

 

Please contact our Program Producers in Dartmoor, England, Claire & Rebecca, for more information or to register: [email protected]

Guide

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…
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