Seasons of the Soul

A Four-Season Immersion Program –- Fall 2018 to Summer 2019

with Sheila Belanger and Anne Hayden

  • Are you longing to express your own true nature?
  • Are you on an edge between the necessity to belong and the absolute soul imperative to be your authentic self?
  • Are you ready to reclaim and embody an ever-deepening connection to your soul?
  • Are you eager to contribute effectively to the urgent needs of the world at this time as a compassionate and mature human?

If so, Seasons of the Soul is a unique and life-changing experiential program that can support you. Using nature-based wisdom and Process Work and Soulcraft™ practices, you’ll explore the landscapes of the authentic self, find guidance in the mystery embedded in the patterns and cycles of nature, and apprentice to living from the center of your soul’s imperative. In this Yearlong program of five seasonal gatherings (including a summer vision quest ceremony), you’ll join a group of fellow travelers and seasoned guides to courageously immerse in a journey of soul discovery.

2018-19 PROGRAM DATES

October 31 to November 4, 2018   Tracking Soul through Shadow Work

February 6 to February 10, 2019   Into the Wilderness of Dreams

April 26 to April 28, 2019   Vision Quest Preparation (camping program)

June 1 to June 9, 2019   Vision Quest (backpack into the foothills of Eastern WA)

August 7 to August 11, 2019  Embodying the Gifts of Soul (camping program)

Each Seasons of the Soul session builds on core foundational practices (see below) to support your personal journey towards mature adulthood rooted in the fibers of your soul. This is a highly experiential program informed by modern depth psychology and immersed in ancient and enduring nature-based ways of knowing, the poetic traditions, and wilderness rites of passage.

We begin in Autumn with a dive into the darkening realms of shadow, where we track our soul gifts that are hidden until we are mature enough to embody them.  Winter brings us into the wilderness of dreaming in the season where earthy processes work beneath the surfaces.  Soul-centric dream-work explores images and content from unconscious realms and enlivens a conscious relationship with soul.

In early Spring, we meet for a weekend to reconnect and prepare for the early Summer Vision Quest in the foothills of Eastern Washington. The ancient and pan-cultural ceremony of the Vision Quest is a transformative (and possibly initiatory) journey of courtship with your essential true nature and the mysteries of the more-than-human world.  In the warmth of late Summer, we explore practices to support the ongoing embodiment of our soul gifts in the world so hungry for our authentic soulful presence.

The timing of the Seasons of the Soul program is aligned with potent astrological cycles as well as with the earthly cycles of the seasons, and is designed to nurture a community of courageous change agents ready to answer the call of soul. Core practices include:

  • Conversation and relationship with Nature and Mystery
  • Ceremonial council and the building of community
  • Authentic Movement and other embodiment practices
  • Individualized, guided soul tasks in nature
  • Deep Democracy and Process Work (from Arny and Amy Mindell)
  • Soulcraft™: nature-based practices designed to evoke an experience of soul encounter
  • Deep Imagination and drum journeys
  • Artistic expression and crafting of sacred objects
  • Community and self-designed ceremony
  • Song, poetry, silence and belly laughter
  • Wild Mind: Nature-Based Map of the Psyche

LOGISTICS

Schedule:  A commitment to the entire year-long program is necessary. Each of the 5-day retreat center or camping programs begin on a Wednesday at 7 pm and end on a Sunday at 3 pm. The weekend preparation for the Vision Quest begins on Friday at 6 pm and ends on Sunday at 4 pm. The Vision Quest begins on Saturday morning and ends 9 days later on Sunday evening.

Cost:  Sliding scale fee:  $2900 – $5300. Fee includes lodging at retreat centers, camping permits and fees, all meals, and tuition.  Travel expenses and any trailhead parking fees are not included.  We offer a large sliding scale fee structure to support the diversity of participants’ financial resources. Payment over time can be arranged, but a commitment to the entire program and fee must be made. Some partial scholarships are available. Contact us for details.

Support: During the Yearlong program, each participant receives three personal mentoring sessions with one of the guides.  Periodic conference calls and email councils with participants support the community connections and depths.  For an additional fee, more mentoring sessions are available.

Registration:  Enrollment is by application.  After your application has been approved, please mail the nonrefundable deposit of $450 to:

Northwest Soulquest  •  PO Box 181  •  Clinton, WA 98236

Pay via PayPal using our email address as the payee: nwsoulquest@gmail.com. Please add 3% fee for Pay Pal transactions.

Prerequisites:  Previous participation in any of these Northwest Soulquest programs: Foundations for Soulcraft, Beneath Polarity, Foundational Practices, or Trust Your Nature. Alternative programs that can be used as a prerequisite are the Wild Mind Intensive or Soulcraft Intensive with Animas Valley Institute or equivalent experience. Contact us to explore your background.

As preparation, we recommend that you engage in the experiential processes related to the material in Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche by Bill Plotkin.  A custom slide show on the Wild Mind is also available.

To request an application or for more information,  contact: nwsoulquest@gmail.com   •     (360) 320-5343