Mon, Aug 01|
A Depth Journey for Opening to Earth's Wild Wisdom
Time & Location
Aug 01, 12:00 PM – Aug 11, 2:00 PM
Lūžņa, Unnamed Road, Lūžņa, Tārgales pagasts, LV-3601, Latvia
About The Event
Place of event: Beautiful and silent place in the middle of the woods, 400 meters from the Baltic Sea.
Limit: 10 persons
2750€ if staying in equipped overnight tents
3000€ if staying in a single room
Earth, isn't this what you want? To arise in us, invisible?
Is it not your dream, to enter us so wholly
there's nothing left outside us to see?
What, if not transformation,
is your deepest purpose? Earth, my love,
I want it too. Believe me,
no more of your springtimes are needed
to win me over—even one flower
is more than enough. Before I was named
I belonged to you. I see no other law
but yours, and know I can trust
the death you will bring.
See, I live. On what?
Childhood and future are equally present.
Sheer abundance of being
floods my heart.
From THE NINTH DUINO ELEGY
by Rainer Maria Rilke
(Translated by Anita Burrows & Joanna Macy)
This contemporary Western embodiment of the ancient, pan-cultural vision fast is
a dynamic wilderness rite for you who are longing to step off-trail, take leave from
the conventional knowledge of the village, break from the marching step of clocktime
and sink your roots into the deep green expanse of forest consciousness and
the dreaming of earth. Not for a ‘holiday’. But for the holy privilege to respond to
a primordial call from deep inside to break open wide your heart to earth’s wild
wisdom, uncover the passion and wisdom of your soul, and consciously embody
the particular and unique gift that is yours to live into the world in service to life;
inhabit your place of belonging.
As a rite of initiation, the quest is a ceremonial descent to the underworld, in which
you die to your familiar way of belonging to the world. The Animas Quest catalyzes
the encounter with soul by temporarily displacing everyday consciousness through
five primary means: (1) solitude for three or four days and nights while (2) fasting
(i.e., drinking water only), (3) being fully exposed to and enfolded within the forms
and forces of nature, (4) enacting a series of ceremonies, and (5) employing a set
of practices (soulcraft) that support you in crossing into the mysteries of nature and
This quest will take place over a total of 11days. Preceding your time of solitude are
five full days of preparation activities to support you to become more permeable
and vulnerable to the touch of the wild world upon you and let yourself be
During the first five preparation days at the Station in Luzna, we will open to the
mysterious Dreaming that comes through our night dreams, deep imagination and
edge of consciousness. We will work with poetry, ceremonial trance drumming and
dance, dialogues and sacred reciprocity with nature, the way of council, and other
practices to help us slip out of the skins of our everyday lives and access deeper,
wilder currents of nature and psyche.
The heart of the quest consists of the solo: three days and nights without human
companionship in nature, fasting, engaging in personal ceremonies, saying yes to
the mysteries of soul, tending the true mythos of your life, praising and grieving,
and gestating a vision. Upon your return to base camp, there are three days of
reincorporation activities, preparing you to embody among your people what you
received on your fast.
Sage Magdalene: Sage is an artist creating experiences that promote radical shifts
of consciousness leading to generous, generative, Earth-loving practices of
ecological reciprocity. She designs collaborative international gatherings,
performances and demonstrations that encourage cross-species communication
and initiate quantum shifts in humanity's capacity to respond creatively and
compassionately to current planetary crisis situations.
Sage is a guide and trainer for Animas Valley Institute, an organization dedicated to
supporting the underworld journey to soul initiation for present and future
generations. She has a gift for hearing and reflecting the deep stories of many
beings. She invites people to thresholds and opens gates between worlds. She has
been an educator, artist, dancer, and gate keeper in many ecosystems. Her greatest
joy is to hear and converse with the wild others: moon, spider, frog, human, river
and stars. She brings a light touch and embodied wisdom to the serious work of
transformation. Sage lives in the Pojoaque River Valley, northern New Mexico, USA.