MIRRORING WILD EXPERIENCE: Reflecting Human Nature in the Natural World
Do you long to build deeper intimacy with nature?
Do you yearn to be deeply seen and heard and profoundly connect with others?
Join us for a week-long immersion into the art of story telling and listening, of journeying deep into nature and into ourselves, to find the wisdom and treasure that await in realising that those two journeys are one and the same.
Human nature is not separate from the cycles and seasons of the natural world and there is a synchronistic dance between us. The cycles of our lives are beautifully reflected in the seasons of summer, fall, winter and spring. The land becomes the teacher and guide. The seasons accompany us upon our great journey of life. And as the old saying goes, the other half of the adventure is in the telling.
You will be guided by Ruth Wharton and Pedro McMillan, both teachers and guides who have worked with the School of Lost Borders for decades. During this program, you will learn how to deeply listen and mirror stories to help those who return from even a short journey in nature find deep meaning and wisdom in their experience. You will experience deep connection to the land and find and develop your own unique way in the art of listening and mirroring.
Going intentionally into nature alone each day, you will bring your stories back to community to practice deep listening, naturally leading us all to the wisdom to go beyond ourselves. This way of mirroring can support you to create a life that is deeper, richer, and that benefits your community and the earth. This powerful individual and collective experience will deeply and positively affect your soul and the work you bring to the world.
“The story is not told to lift you up, to make you feel better, or to entertain you, although all those things can be true. The story is meant to take the spirit into a descent to find something that is lost or missing and to bring it back to consciousness again.” Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Ruth Wharton: Deeply rooted in earth, body, ceremony and a long lineage of guides from the School of Lost Borders, Ruth offers an abundance of love and fierce insight to those Ruth guides and mentors. Beginning to guide wilderness rites of passage at the age of 21, Ruth’s experience spans over 2 decades, supporting over 1000 people of all ages through initiation practices. As a licensed professional counsellor, wilderness therapist and guide, play therapist, and wilderness first responder, Ruth has worked in a variety of settings supporting diverse people in meaningful life passages. As a guide working with the School of Lost Borders for over 20 years, Ruth is also one of the founders of both the Women’s Fast and Queer Quest. Being gender expansive and having a strong focus on social justice, Ruth is continually on the path of creating inclusive and accessible space for all people. Ruth continues to guide, offer trainings and mentorship in the Wild Mountains of Colorado and around the world. Traveling to support communities cross culturally, Ruth is continually learning from diverse landscapes and people inspired by our differences, earth based common threads, and shared humanity.
Pedro McMillan: As an elder with long experience with rites of passage, Pedro brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to teaching and holding space for those called to the land. Pedro has been a guide working with the School of Lost Borders since 2010 after nearly 15 years of participating, training and assisting programs with the School. Pedro’s experience as a long time business owner and eco-entrepreneur gives him a clear view of the many challenges we face as modern humans and brings a strong and compassionate heart to rites of passage work. As a co-founder of the Queer Quest program at the School of Lost Borders, Pedro also brings an understanding of the need to create inclusive and safe spaces for marginalized groups and is committed to the work of social justice.
Ruth and Pedro will be assisted by Israh Goodall, Charlie Nemeth and Mirel: Israh is a wilderness leader, outdoor facilitator, midwife and rites of passage guide, who has more than a decade of experience navigating the inner and outer wilderness. Charlie has a deep passion for the beauty of wild nature and our complex relationship with it, and has studied outdoor education, facilitation, storytelling and rites of passage. Mirel works with questions of belonging and identity, and is engaged in an ongoing enquiry into the containers for personal transformation, from contemporary wilderness rites of passage to long-distance secular pilgrimage.
- Arrival from 5pm for a 7pm evening meal
- Formal course start at 9am the following day
- 3pm finish
WHAT'S INCLUDED: simple breakfasts & evening meals
WHAT TO BRING: tent/camping equipment; food for lunches/snacks and any luxury foods