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Everybody needs beauty as well as bread; places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike. - John Muir

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Ceremony marks and honours different transitions in our lives.

Since my early years I have been drawn to the philosophy, stories and healing ceremonies of Native American peoples and their close relationship to the land and all of life, from which they were never split. The lives and survival of the community depended on their listening to and reading the signs of the winds and nature, living in balance with nature around and within themselves and moving together and approaching problems in a united way.

Our ancestors knew the wisdom of listening to the songs of life and the heartbeat of the earth, connecting with the instinctive rhythmn of themselves and the seasons. In the past, different cultures recognised the need for young people to have rites of passage at a certain point in adolescence, to help them move towards adulthood. Many of us have not been consciously initiated into adulthood.

Nature teaches us the cycle of life: birth, growth, decay, death and the renewal of the life cycle; and can be a helpful reminder that after or during times of crisis, or loss of purpose or meaning there will be a transition. A time of growth and a new beginning is possible.

I am deeply indebted to the teachings I have received over the last 30 years from medicine teachers in the United States; to Emaho and the Fire Dance; to Raven, Rainbow Hawk and Wind Eagle for the teachings of the Delicate Lodge and the ancient medicine wheels; to Mimi Calpestri and the Sweat Lodge. I have participated in many different healing ceremonies with these teachers and what I offer is an intergration of all I have learnt.

 

Women's Residential Retreats

I have been holding ceremonies and retreats for women since 2004 - in Scotland, Germany, Denmark, Greece and the United States.These ceremonies have different themes: working with the elements, exploring different archetypes of the feminine principle, cycles and stages of growth, the medicine wheel, the spirit of place and different life transitions.

The ceremonies are for small groups of women, often in a transitional time of life. They offer a space to be, to listen, contemplate, have time for self discovery and sharing, in a natural environment. Innerwork is balanced with time on the land, to experience how nature reflects back what may be needed for healing; the innerwork combines guided imagery, artwork and working with archetypal tales. Participants craft a talisman from a wide variety of materials including gourds, seaweed pods, leather, beads.

The psyches and souls of women have their own cycles, doing and being, adventuring and tending the home fires.

During the retreat, we build a willow sweat lodge to seek for balance and renewal in the darkness of the lodge. (The Sweat lodge or Rainbow lodge ceremony is for cleansing, a place for healing and letting go of old emotional pain, balancing the body in the presence of the elements, close to the earth, connecting with Self.)

Delicious vegetarian food is provided. Details of venue when you apply.

Feedback from recent participants.

“A space to connect to myself, with others and with the land. The freedom to allow the trust to follow my own process . A real sense of being able to let go of old stuff and connect with the newly born in me.”

 

"Space, time, lovely food, a reminder of my roots and gratitude to my ancestors. A greater sense of self and my place in the world and a reminder that I love this work. The fire matters to me; and beauty and gratitude are part of being alive."

 

‚Äč“Deep connection and healing for and with myself, the land, nature and the group. Gentle, powerful and safe, full of love and authenticity.”

 

"Space, time, companionship, good food, beautiful surroundings, great teacher. Lots of deep dark learning and connection with myself. A sanctuary and a release. Sweat lodge was a truely amazing experience."

 

"Space, time for reflection. Permission to be. Permission or rather the ability to say No or More or Less or Yes. Beautiful surroundings, lovely people - reconnecting with inner guidance. Good food (everything thought of). Good opportunity to notice and be with what was uncomfortable and to try and find the medicine in that."

 

One Day Retreats & Ceremonies

These day ceremonies are held either inside or outside the city of Edinburgh, between 9am - 6pm and have different seasonal themes. The day is a mix of inner work, imaging, working with myth or story, crafting and time outdoors. There is time for contemplation and sharing.

Other day ceremonies are for the Sweat lodge. 8-10 women.

Delicious vegetarian food provided.


Past ceremonies have included:


Healing with the Ancestors The Tree and the Self Kiva Moon Ceremony  
Healing with the ancestors Tree and the self Kiva Moon ceremony  
       
Kindling The Renewal lodge  The Creative Instinctual Self  
Kindling Renewal Lodge Creative Self  

 






Rites of Passage

A rite of passage is the experience of passing from one stage of life to the next, releasing the past, gaining energy, insight and inspiration for the future, moving on to a new beginning. In traditional cultures, rites of passage help to support individuals recognise and take possession of their gifts and potential for the benefit of the whole community. A rite of passage is an important turning point in life.

Rites of passage are outer expressions of an inner process, the initiatory process appears to be constantly at work in our dreams, images and body symptoms. Our images act as bridges from the personality to the Self, providing the thresholds with which to cross into new territory.

If needed I can offer support to create personal ceremony, to mark a transition in life.


I go among trees and sit still.
All my stirring becomes quiet
around me like circles on water.
My tasks lie in their places
where I left them, asleep like cattle.

Then what is afraid of me comes
and lives a while in my sight.
What it fears in me leaves me,
and the fear of me leaves it.
It sings, and I hear its song.

Then what I am afraid of comes.
I live for a while in its sight,
What I fear in it leaves it,
and the fear of it leaves me.
It sings, and I hear its song.

After days of labor,
mute in my consternations,
I hear my song at last,
and I sing it. As we sing
the day turns, the trees move.

- Wendell Berry, in “Sabbaths.”

 

 

The Vision Quest

I have been going on personal vision quests since 1991, in different parts of the world in wilderness places. In 2000 I was one of 25 guides in a rites of passage training in Spain and Switzerland, working with 70 adolescents on their vision quest, as part of a larger retreat in the Swiss mountains. Later I went on to further training with the School of Lost Borders USA as a vision quest guide.

Sometimes it is time to go into the wilderness to seek a vision; to go alone to fast, leaving everything behind; to listen and find strength and understanding; to be a part of the oneness of life. The human being needs times of renewal, to be revitalized in order to grow and find a way forward. Time in the wilderness can support this, offering space and inspiration. A vision quest can be a time of questioning, a time to listen or speak directly to life, asking for direction, strength, inspiration and renewal. Life is filled with transitions: birth, adolescence, marriage, retirement, the passage of death; crises of different kinds: illness, redundancy, divorce.

Each stage has its responsibilites and privileges. In the past, ceremonies helped people make sense of and find their personal meaning in these times of change. The vision quest is following an ancient path of initiation.

There are three phases.

Severance

Separation, preparation for letting go .

Threshold

Time in the sacred space, a space between the old and new. Often in solitude, in the wilderness, and fasting.

Incorporation.

A time of integrating what has taken place in the threshold, carrying forward the vision into the next part of life. Returning to companionship, telling of story, finding understanding through sharing.

There are four days of preparation, four days of solitude in a wilderness place and four days of incorporation. The threshold time is a time of fasting with water, working with a “buddy system” and a stone pile.

When dates are set for the next Vision Quest, details will appear on this website.


“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”     John Muir.