Date & Time Details: August 29-September 2, 2022 - Start Time 1pm End Time 1pm

Location: Rifugio Dolada, Italy

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: €750.00 - €1050.00

Soulcraft Intensive, August 2022 – Italy

August 29 - September 2, 2022

With Doug Van Houten

Please contact Program Producer Max Calligola for more information or to register:  [email protected]

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 English Speaking Offering — all participants must be able to speak fluent English.

Please contact Program Producer Max Calligola for more information or to register:  [email protected]


The Rifugio Dolomieu al Dolada is located at 1492 m above sea level, in Località Pian de Guera in the municipality of Alpago, in the fantastic setting of the Belluno Dolomites. It is easily accessible by car, thanks to the convenient paved road that allows you to reach the Rifugio Dolada in a few minutes from Pieve d’Alpago. Alpago is a municipality located in the province of Belluno and it is bordered to the south by the lake of Santa Croce (kite surfing paradise) and is characterized by the presence of the Cansiglio Forest. To the north, the peaks of the Dolomites of Alpago crown it: The Col Mat, Col Nudo and Crep Nudo – and the craggy rock walls of Mount Dolada itself, all visible from the Rifugio. Its location makes the area extremely interesting for the practice of hang gliding and paragliding, it offers opportunities for cultural and naturalistic visits, as well as for the practice of different sports. The Dolomites of Alpago are renowned for their wilderness, their extensive woodlands,and the sweeping views. They can be easily accessed with trails that depart from the Rifugio.



Doug Van Houten
Doug draws on the wisdom of the natural world, depth-psychology, eco-psychology, dreams, somatic knowing, poetry, and many pan-cultural, soul furthering practices that includes: The Way of Council, vision fasting, shadow work, symbolic artwork, trance dancing and conversations with the more than human world. Doug’s true calling in life is to support others as they uncover their own unique gifts and in so doing, transform their lives in service to what Thomas Berry called ”The Great Work” of our times. Doug is also an ardent beekeeper, a visual artist, a wily wanderer, a dream tracker, an emergent ceremonialist, a heart-centered activist, and a…
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