Fields of Becoming

Play in the Fields of Your Becoming

Play is a restoration of innocence and wisdom, and our innocence is a necessary component in cultivating connection - meaningful, soulful, heartfelt connection. There is a wisdom that soars, alighting and delighting in the vast, expansive nature of a life lived playfully, full of curiosity and wonder. Playshops are way to journey deeper through your mythic ground with community. Following your own root system while witnessing and being witnessed by Others amplifies the experience through a collective and shared dive.

As you traverse your dynamic and complex mythic landscape where terrain can shift, fluctuate, and grow precarious, it's both helpful and necessary to call upon the wisdom of play and humor - markers of the Trickster within each of us. A Trickster that enables us to move, maybe even dance, within the spaces that connect the worlds. Indeed, this is work.

Make no mistake, this work of self-inquiry and transformation can be rigorous and challenging. However, I believe that a healthy dose of play is necessary for continuing along the dynamic spiral of our own re-membrance. And ask yourself,

doesn't the mythic creature within you, the one who really knows why you exist, want to come out and play?

PINE NEEDLE BASKETRY

MASK Ranch  I  Pagosa Springs, CO  I  October 12, 2019  I  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  I  $50 

The craft and art of basketry is a longstanding practice that can be found throughout the world in its various and stunning forms. Out of a deep relationship with the land and an innate sense of belonging to place, peoples have relied upon the organic and animate world to create. Basketry is one such craft and art form. With varying functions and purposes, baskets are one way in which the intricate webbing of our relationship with the world finds form. Weaving becomes an intimate process of dreaming, where our senses, imagination, and bodies become beautifully entangled with our surrounding ecology.


In this playshop, we shall weave ourselves together and learn the craft and art of pine needle basketry through the technique of coiling, its presence and cultivation over time, as well as the peoples and places that have deeply informed, and been informed by, this ancestral skill. Come learn the craft of coiling and weave together community with us.  

What you will need to bring: darning needle, beads (if you’d like to adorn your basket), comfy clothes, additional support for sitting, water. Boxed lunches will be provided. Please notify us of any dietary restrictions ahead of time.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

To register, please contact Amanda: amanda@wildearthmedicine.com, 978.609.7438

MASK MAKING

MASK Ranch  I  Pagosa Springs, CO  I  October 19, 2019  I  9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  I  $25 

The art and ceremony of making masks spans traditions and cultures. From hiding one’s true nature to invoking ones deepest self, from embodying deities to shifting consciousness, masks have been crafted for millennia. In this playshop, you will be crafting your own mask to either invoke a particular consciousness and embody threads of your deeper mythic story, OR to draw yourself into more conscious relationship with a mask you have been wearing that you don’t wish to wear anymore. A mask that you might, should the time feel right, offer to fire during the Womxn's Fire Dance. You also might call upon this Mask in honor and celebration of Samhain - All Hallows Eve.

This Playshop occurs prior to our Womxn's Fire dance which starts at 4 p.m. You may participate in both the Mask Making as well as the Womxn's Fire Dance. All gender identities are welcome to the Mask Making Playshop.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

To register, please contact Amanda: amanda@wildearthmedicine.com, 978.609.7438

DREAMCATCHER WEAVING: WEBS OF RELATION

MASK Ranch  I  Pagosa Springs, CO  I  November 2, 2019  I  11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  I  $30 per person


Dreamcatchers are embedded within stories of belonging and creation that arise out of the deep and intimate webwork of relationship to land and place. These webs were dreamed into form by indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (United States) out of their relationship to Spider, and their full-bodied understanding of the interconnectivity of all life.

The stories of the Dreamcatcher and its relationship to Spider, rooted in intimacy and kinship, vary from Nation to Nation. For the Ojibwe, Asibikaashi (Spider Woman) helped to bring the sun back to the people with her web. For the Hopi, Kokyangwuti (Spider Grandmother) is a part of the emergence of life on Earth, and taught the people how to weave. For the Lakota, Iktomi (Spider), teaches an elder of the cycles of life and living as he weaves a web into his willow hoop. And for the Navajo, Na'ashjéii Asdzáá (Spider Woman) is the peoples constant helper. And still yet, there are a myriad of variations of the story of the Dreamcatcher.

For the Passamaquoddy (some of Amanda's own ancestors - members of the Algonquin Nation and Wabanaki Confederacy), the Dreamcatcher is named puwyakoninut (pronounced: poy-yahk-ani-note). She was never taught how to weave Dreamcatchers by any human. Rather, she was called to the pines one day, enacted ceremony to honor the tree she took a branch from, bound the branch and began to weave. Since then, she has felt that her ancestors and the land taught her this practice, moving the steps through her hands, as form of re-membrance.

For Amanda, weaving the web is a sacred practice where a co-dreaming occurs between branch, sinew, beads, ancestors, and her own hands. The web is an alive symbol of re-membrance - that we belong to the Earth, and are relationally entangled with and intimately bound to our more-than-human kin.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

To register, please contact Amanda: amanda@wildearthmedicine.com, 978.609.7438

WANDERING THE LAND OF DREAMS: A DREAM WORK SERIES

Yoga Clarity  I  Pagosa Springs, CO  I  April 5 - April 19, 2019  I  3 Friday Afternoons 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.  I  $50

What if your dreams are dreaming you into being? What if they’re calling out to you, luring you, courting you toward a new way of being full of unimagined possibility?

Dreams for millennia, spanning traditions and peoples, have been a doorway into the sacred terrain of our lives. They are mysterious portals where imagery and archetype, myth and symbol, creature and kin emerge and draw us deeper into a relational world full of life, death, initiation, transformation, healing and revelation.

There are many ways in which one can work with dreams. In this dream weaving series, we will be exploring an approach that is non-interpretive and deeply relational. Rather than working the dream as if they were inanimate objects, we will be wandering dreamscapes as living places and spaces filled to the brim with animism. We will be inviting the dream to work us, surrendering ourselves to the hands of an imaginal potter working to shape us in most spectacular ways. We will let the dreams in-form and trans-form who we are, and who we have known ourselves to be.

This series will weave together various practices such as group dreamwork, movement, ceremony, and art-based mediums.
 

WEAVING RELATIONS: PINE NEEDLE BASKETRY

Yoga Clarity  I  Pagosa Springs, CO  I  $20  I  Dec 7, 2018  I  11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The craft and art of weaving is a longstanding practice that can be found throughout the world in its various and stunning forms. Out of a deep relationship with the land and an innate sense of belonging to place, peoples have relied upon the organic and animate world to create. Basketry is one such craft and art form. With varying functions and purposes, baskets are one way in which the intricate webbing of our relationship with the world finds form. Weaving becomes an intimate process of dreaming, where our senses, imagination, and bodies become beautifully entangled with our surrounding ecology.

In this playshop, we shall weave ourselves together and learn the craft and art of pine needle basketry, its presence and cultivation over time, as well as the peoples and places that have deeply informed, and been informed by, this ancestral skill. Come learn the craft of weaving.

What you will need to bring: darning needle, beads (if you’d like to adorn your basket), comfy clothes, additional support for sitting, food, water

*If you wish to participate but find the participation fee inaccessible please reach out to Amanda for other options: amand@wildearthmedicine.com or 978.609.7438

ECOLOGY OF YOGA: WHERE BODY MEETS EARTH

September 8 - 9 (Saturday - Sunday) 2018  I  Nederland, CO  I  9 a.m. - 4 p.m. both days  I  Program will be held outside

Did you know that you are a microcosm of the Earth? Have you ever been curious about your own internal wilderness? Do you long to explore the endless ways your body is in-formed by the landscapes that surround you? In this program, we will be exploring the cultural chasm between body and earth. Through our explorations, we will gather the threads needed to weave a bridge between ourselves and the land, once more. In doing so, we will re-member that our healing and self-discovery are deeply bound to a vibrant ecology that is both within us and outside of us.

Braiding together the somatic practice of yoga with archetypal psychology, mythology, deep imagination, and nature-based practices, you will discover new ways to interact with your psychosomatic experiences. Diving deeper into earth-based rhythms necessary for human development, we will explore new and old ways of traversing the landscape of healing. We will begin to cultivate an earth-based language and an organic lens capable of reframing our experiences, ways of expression, and movements through the world. By revisioning the ways in which we interact with the body-mind matrix, we will discover the transformative capacity that lives within every cell of life.

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