“I had to go away to learn how to know. I had to go away to learn how to grow. I had to go away to learn how to stay here. So I went and looked at doors locked in front of me. Oh little did I know the doors did not lead outside.” Dagara ‘Song of Return’ for initiates, quoted by Malidoma Some.
Initiation is an adventurous 9-day intensive journey with fine companions, excellent guidance and far-reaching results. The focus of our work is two-fold: to bring awareness, responsibility, fluidity, and ultimately gratitude to our life’s journey; and to learn all that we can from our personal history and free ourselves from any patterns that may be negatively affecting our future.
During the retreat, we will work with the nine cycles of the life journey: conception, birth, childhood, puberty, adolescence, adulthood, maturity, old age and death. Through physical movement we will explore the landscape and archetypes of the first five cycles, acknowledging what has been, transforming what we can and learning from the challenges of that time. When you arrive at the transition between adolescence and maturity, you will spend the day on a mini vision quest to gain an overview of your adult life. As further preparation for assuming responsibility for your life, you will then invoke Death as a teacher to remind you that our time here is precious and short. The intention is to create the freedom of body, heart and mind to be able to view our past as the perfect training for living a creative, empowered and connected life now.
This retreat will bring healing and understanding to your own journey and that of your ancestors and so support you to pass on your wisdom, and not your wounds, to the next generation. You will leave with a sense of forgiveness for the past, acceptance of the present and a clear sense of how to bring through your unique gifts into the world.
PREREQUISITES: To participate in Initiation, you need to have completed 25 hours of Movement Medicine or other related practice (5Rhythms, Open Floor, Soul Motion, etc). You also need to have the inner and outer resources and support that mean you can engage with this intense personal work in a responsible way. If you are unsure whether you meet the prerequisites, please enquire.
The Seeds are ripe – November 2017
An Invitation to be Initiated – June 2015
Journey of Acceptance and Transformation – Spring extra 2014
Dancing my life – dancing my dream – Oct 2013
Imagination will take you Everywhere- May 2013
Empowerment, Responsibility & Living The Dream – Nov 2012
Chasing Monks & Dancing Trees – Jul 2012
Are you Ready For Initiation? – Jun 2012
A very exciting experience – Nov 2011
Initiated into the elements… – Nov 2010
Incantation into Action – Oct 2010
Initiation – June 2010
Communities and Hearts – April 2010
Is This Self Love? – Nov 2009
Story hidden among the photos in the Death Alter – Oct 2009
Mystery Tour – June 2009
The ‘Initiation Journey’ – On Monsters and Mermaids?- Oct 2007
Back Home after Initiation – Oct 2007
Feedback Initation 2007 – Nov 2007