What happens when a group of people gather, with full permission to explore their outer and inner nature? The freedom to connect deeply with one another and the wild seems to have the most healing affect on all people. Once a person is liberated by the deep messages that can be heard in nature, she is unable to turn back to that old story that held her back from reaching to her full potential. When someone is emancipated by the glow of the sunrise, or the sound of owl amidst the moonlight, he will never again be blind to his purpose on this planet. Imagine what it would be like if we were all part of this web, deeply connected with Earth and all beings?
So how does one achieve such experiences? It is the norm to spend most of our days in the confines of walls and boundaries. Our society has made it scary to step outside into the wildness of our land, relationships and minds. Ferocious creatures lurk, crazy people scheme and we are just so fragile! Yet, by creating this fear, we become more unhealthy in every way. So I invite you to jump off that edge, into the unknown, where you will discover the beauty of yourself, others, the planet and the entire UNIVERSE!!! I will hold your hand.
On Sunday, August 25th, 2013, two wilderness guides (Jesse Sullivan and Amanda Bathurst) created a ceremonial container, on the sacred lands of Educo Adventure School. Into this grounded and ethereal space, we welcome three brave participants, ready to take the journey to that edge and beyond. They learned about their human nature by washing layers of mud off in a cold lake, finding their reflections in the plants and clouds, working with care for the community, and paddling into the sunrise. They laughed, cried, sweat, sang and danced their way to transformation.
The participants of Educo’s first adult wilderness rites of passage course were able to create their own life-changing experiences. They found the courage to be held by the womb of Mother Earth and the arms of the ancestors. With trust for this ceremonial space, they stepped alone into the wilderness to face their fears and find unconditional love. They returned with a new story to better serve themselves and those around them. These powerful stories are a gift, shared with vulnerability and compassion. Together we unveiled immense appreciation for the lives we were given, including every moment and being that was part of our unique experience.
On Sunday, September 1st, 2013, we (the two guides and three participants) sat in our last circle as that group. Each person created an achievable task to bring their intentions and experiences back with them. My task was to write this blog, in hopes to convey my passion and belief in this work. I hope I achieved it!
I feel so blessed and honoured to be a part of powerful circles such as this one.
When they disperse, trickling freshness into communities far and wide, it gives me hope for the future. In the words of Edward Abbey “we need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may never need to go there…. We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope.” Let’s all step together into that wilderness…into that hope!
(Stay tuned for next years dates for Educo’s Adult Wilderness Rites of Passage Course!)