Seasons of the Soul

A Four-Session Immersion Program –- February to August, 2020

Whidbey Island and Eastern Washington

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 program of four gatherings (including a 10-day Wild Soul Quest ceremony), you’ll join a group of fellow travelers and seasoned guides to courageously immerse in a journey of soul discovery.

2020 PROGRAM DATES

February 5th to 9th  Tracking Soul through Shadow Work (retreat center)

April 22nd to 26th   Into the Wilderness of Dreams (camping program)

June 19th to 28th   Wild Soul Quest (backpack into the foothills of Eastern WA)

August 19th to 23rd  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 Winter with a dive into the mysterious realms of shadow, where we track our soul gifts remain hidden until we are mature enough to embody them. In Spring, we enter the wilderness of dreaming in the season where earthy processes begin to emerge from beneath the surfaces.  Soul-centric dream-work explores images and content from unconscious realms and enlivens a conscious relationship with soul.

In early Summer, we enact a Wild Soul Quest in the foothills of Eastern Washington. The ancient and pan-cultural ceremony of the 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 harvest the fruits of the journey 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 reciprocal 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
  • 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

Prerequisites:  Previous participation in any of these Northwest Soulquest programs: Follow Your Longing, Beneath PolarityFoundations for Soulcraft, 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.

Schedule:  A commitment to the entire four-session program is required. Each session (retreat center or camping program) on Whidbey Island begins on Wednesday at 7 pm and ends on Sunday at 1 pm. The Wild Soul Quest is from Saturday morning until 9 days later on Sunday evening.

Fees: Sliding scale fee: $2900 – $7200. Fee includes lodging at retreat center, camping permits and fees, all meals and tuition.  Travel expenses and any trailhead parking fees are not included. We acknowledge the challenges of economic inequity in our culture and purposely set a wide sliding scale fee. We invite participants who have the financial means to pay on the upper end of the sliding scale in support of others who need to pay on the lower end of the sliding scale. Creative payment plans are available. Contact us for details.

Registration: Enrollment is by application. Click here to download an application. Once your application has been approved, send a non-refundable deposit of $450 to hold your space.  Two options to pay:

  • Mail a check, payable to Northwest Soulquest, to:
    PO Box 181  •  Clinton, WA 98236
  • Pay via PayPal using our email address as the payee:
    nwsoulquest@gmail.com. Please add 3% handling fee.

Support: During the Seasons of the Soul 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.

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