The Animas offerings listed on this page, while some of our most profound experiential immersions, are also the most popular “entry points” for those with no prior experience with Soulcraft™ practices or the work of Animas Valley Institute.

Wild Mind Intensive – May 2017
May 6, 2017 – May 10, 2017
New Mexico
$1035.00 – $1320.00

Based on Bill Plotkin’s newest 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,…

Accommodations: Retreat Center (Gila Wilderness Lodge & Hot Springs)
Guides: Doug Van Houten, Sage Magdalene

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Utah Canyoncountry Quest – May 2017
May 14, 2017 – May 25, 2017
Colorado
$1970.00 – $2685.00

THE ANIMAS QUEST This contemporary Western embodiment of the ancient, pan-cultural vision fast is a dynamic wilderness rite for men and women 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…

Accommodations: Retreat Center (Kelly Place)
Guides: Doug Van Houten, Rebecca Wildbear, M.S.

Art and Soul – May 2017
May 27, 2017 – May 31, 2017
New Mexico
$1190.00 – $1500.00

…Hold to your own truth at the center of the image you were born with.… ~David Whyte Image is the mother tongue of the soul. As humans, we carry images, symbols, mysteries within us that arise unbidden through the dreamtime, dance at the edges of consciousness, and arrive via encounters within human culture and nature.…

Accommodations: Retreat Center (Hummingbird)
Guides: Mary Marsden, Doug Van Houten

Wild Mind Intensive – June 2017
June 21, 2017 – June 25, 2017
Oregon
$750.00 – $1015.00

Based on Bill Plotkin’s newest book, Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche, this new 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…

Accommodations: Camping
Guides: Brian Stafford, MD, MPH, Laura Gunion

Soulcraft Intensive – July 2017
July 19, 2017 – July 23, 2017
Wyoming
$640.00 – $945.00

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…

Accommodations: Camping
Guides: Doug Van Houten, Rebecca Wildbear, M.S.

Wild Mind Intensive – August 2017
August 2, 2017 – August 6, 2017
Colorado
$1035.00 – $1380.00

Based on Bill Plotkin’s newest book, Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche, this new 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…

Accommodations: Retreat Center (Highlands Camp)
Guides: Gene Dilworth, M.A., Sage Magdalene

Nature and the Human Soul:An Experiential Exploration of the Soulcentric Developmental Wheel – October 2017
October 23, 2017 – October 26, 2017
Colorado
$725.00 – $990.00

Anchored in traditional four-directions wisdom, contemporary depth and archetypal psychologies, and twenty-five years of nature-based soul guiding, the Soulcentric Developmental Wheel (SDW) is a new ecopsychology of human development and cultural transformation. It’s a blueprint showing how richly we can grow and mature when soul and nature are embraced as our wisest and most trustworthy…

Accommodations: Camping
Guides: Nate Bacon, M.A., Bill Plotkin, Ph.D.

Sonoran Desert Quest – November 2017
November 2, 2017 – November 13, 2017
Arizona
$2070.00 – $2685.00

THE ANIMAS QUEST This contemporary Western embodiment of the ancient, pan-cultural vision fast is a dynamic wilderness rite for men and women 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…

Accommodations: Retreat Center (Aravaipa Retreat Center)
Guides: Rebecca Wildbear, M.S., Brian Stafford, MD, MPH

Soulcraft Intensive – November 2017
November 29, 2017 – December 3, 2017
Arizona
$640.00 – $945.00

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…

Accommodations: Camping
Guides: Sage Magdalene, Brian Stafford, MD, MPH