Read more about our workshops in Los Angeles and San Francisco area below
Authentic Relating Retreat
- Date: October 11 - 13, 2019
- Location: Camp Arnaz Girl Scout Camp, Ventura CA (Rome Beauty Cabin)
Conflict. How does that word feel inside your body when you hear it? Are you noticing tension? Maybe a tightening of the chest? Or a knot in the tummy?
Imagine if we had the experience of feeling confidence and excitement when conflict arose. What if we found ourselves leaning into conflict rather than avoiding it? What if, when we leaned into conflict, it meant healing and a deepening of relationship rather than trauma, confusion and separation?
How might this shift change the very fabric of our experience? How might it impact our personal relationships?
Please join our team of skilled Authentic Relating facilitators for an incredible 3 days/2 nights in the stunning Ojai Valley as we dig into the self-work and skill sets necessary to shift ourselves from conflict avoiders to conflict transformers! Meals will be provided by Chef Kajsa Alger. Gluten Free and Vegetarian options available.
Authentic Relating is a set of practices, games and tools that open us to connection with each other and give us the opportunity to be seen as our true selves. Through the creation of a trusted container, we will spend the weekend engaging in conscious relationship with each other and go deep on multiple topics: consent, relationships, conflict, parenting, boundaries, trauma and healing and more. Through core practices like Empathy, Curiosity, and Noticing, you will have the opportunity to connect with and see your community in ways you’ve never experienced before.
During this weekend we will learn to:
~ View conflict as an opportunity for healing and connection.
~ Implement a conscious consent culture in our families and community.
~ Share and receive impact with ease.
~ Support our children in navigating consent and conflict with authenticity and kindness.
MEET YOUR MENTORS
Danny Morris is a trauma-informed somatic mindfulness coach and plays at the intersections of meditation, spirituality, healing and relating. He has spent over 10,000 hours in silent meditation retreat exploring for himself the direct experience pointed to by spiritual traditions. He is now in the deep inquiry of taking the depth of the inward journey and applying it to becoming fully human and engaging in a world that requires action with an open heart.
K. Stellar Dutcher – With stars in their eyes and a guitar in hand, K. Stellar Dutcher can usually be found encouraging those who cross their path to step more radically into themselves and the world. A lifelong musician and event facilitator, Stellar led youth groups and worked in fundraising before hitting the road in 2015 with workshops and music.
With more than a decade of experience and training in group facilitation ~ from conferences to weddings to weekly meetups ~ Stellar’s specialty is using mindfulness, guided interactions and music to open a group to deeper layers of itself, gently guiding people into more intimate connection with self, planet and perceived other. Poet, songwriter, fundraiser and activist, Stellar offers inspiration, activation and song to anyone tuning into the beloved community and emerging, healing world.
Sydney McGary is a passionate facilitator of play, primal embodiment, and authentic relating from the ancient mountains of western North Carolina. Currently living in Washington State, she spends her time cultivating community through authentic relating practices, working with plant medicines, and deepening her studies in trauma-informed alternative healing modalities. She is passionate about building the bridge between ecological systems and permaculture communities with social activism and human relationship. Sydney brings with her facilitation an adventurous spirit that is grounded in the body, and loves supporting others in expanding their creative expression, childlike curiosity, and learning how to embody their true nature.
Carey French is a Somatic Sex Educator and Consent Educator from Seattle with a deep yearning to replace rape culture with consent culture and facilitate collective healing. She integrates somatic experiences of consent with nuanced discussions of power and privilege, inviting an embodied style of learning to get at the heart of what consent really means. She supports individuals and communities in practicing tools for safe, authentic connection and mutual celebration! She thinks boundaries are sexy.
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Apprentice of the Wild: Costa Mesa Tuesdays!
- Date: Every Tuesday starting October 8, 2019
- Homeschool Time: 11am-3pm
- Afterschool Time: 3:45pm - 5:45pm
- Location: Costa Mesa
In the Wilds of Costa Mesa, our intrepid band of Gatherer-Hunters moves silently, aware, listening deeply, seeing through the face of nature and into an interconnected community of life and death and rebirth. We are Apprentices of the Wild.
This is so much more than a course about survival or a series of nature hikes. We’ll learn survival, of course. And we’ll learn the names of many plants and animals. But this class is really about the lessons that run deeper.
Survival is easy. How do we truly thrive?
“Surthrival” teaches us patience, awareness, self-discipline, interconnectedness, cooperation and gratitude. These are essential Life skills.
Some of the skills we may learn:
Nature immersion games
Sensory awareness, expanded vision
Silent walking and stalking
Tracking and reading animal sign
Safe use of knives and knife sharpening
Edible and medicinal plants
Fire making with flint and steel, bowdrill and handdrill
Preparing char cloth
Types of fires for warmth, signalling, cooking and the making of tools
Using fire to shape and bend wood; straightening handdrill shafts and coal burning
Shelter design and concepts for insulation and weatherproofing
Shelter location based on topography
Water purification using primitive methods
Making rope/string from plants for fishing line, nets, snares, etc.
Digging sticks and rabbit sticks
Primitive hygiene (making soap, toothbrush and comb)
Paiute deadfall trap, quail trap and springpole snare
Safety outdoors (poisonous plants, insects, reptiles, bear and mtn. lion)
Outdoors cooking methods and wild teas
Traditional and modern stories
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Apprentice of the Wild: Pasadena Thursdays!
- Date: Every Thursday starting October 10th
- Homeschool Time: 11am-3pm
- Afterschool Time: 3:45pm - 5:45pm
This is one of my favorite places! Join me as we gather acorns for pancakes, track a raccoon, build a shelter, find stillness, play games, journey to Frogopolis, make arundo cane spoons and spears, and so much more!!!
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Apprentice of the Wild: Riverside Saturdays!
- Date: Every other Saturday starting October 5, 2019
- Time: 11am - 3pm
- Location: Riverside @ Hidden Valley Wildlife Area
New location! We’ll be exploring the beautiful Hidden Valley Wildlife Area, which encompasses 1500 acres and has over 25 miles of hiking trails. There’s so much to discover!
There is a $5 fee to park.
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Apprentice of the Wild: Palos Verdes Sundays!
- Date: Every other Sunday from October 6 through December 8, 2019
- Time: 11am - 3pm
- Location: Various locations in Palos Verdes
There’s so much to experience for both new and continuing students! Build a shelter, catch a lizard, uncover mysterious “lions” in the sand and so much more! Three classes at Frog Creek, one class at George F. Canyon Preserve and one class at a rarely-visited beach with awesome tide pools!
Our Tide Pool Day is a big adventure! We scale down a steep and narrow trail to the beach using a rope to add support. I’ll be spearfishing and gathering fascinating creatures from the depths to show you (wave conditions permitting). If I spear a fish, we’ll learn it’s anatomy, make a fire with a handdrill in the Old Way, and cook it as a shore lunch. Lots of gratitude goes into this as we seek to understand our place in the cycle of life and death.
* Class takes place rain or shine. Refunds will only be issued if class is cancelled.
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