We cover basic techniques needed for deep communications with nature. Many of the activities are individual so you begin to understand the information and get the perceptions of the information. Throughout Saturday is a progression to deeper connections culminating in an astral projection into a crystal where you will meet the diva and talk with her.
We will share a pot luck supper on Saturday evening. Afterward we will create a sacred fire and hold a drumming circle. At the sacred fire we learn to create our own magic by bringing the fire into our core and burning away that which we choose to release. We celebrate ourselves through an affirmation council setting our intention for the drumming by creating our individual sacred circle and moving ourselves into the center where we find balance.
We learn to share our sacred center with other living beings by learning to talk with trees, plants, and stones. We learn to listen to nature's messages and messengers. In this way we hear and are heard, see and are seen, understand and are understood - through all of our senses including our sense of knowing.
What to Expect
We start at 9:00 AM both Saturday and Sunday. We end about 9:00 PM Saturday and 4:00 PM Sunday.
The workshop follows the format of discussion, experiential activity, journal, sharing. The heart of the workshop is the experience and sharing. Prior to the activity, a discussion led by Ryan Gagala provides background and instructions. You are encouraged to ask questions to make sure you understand what to do. But don't worry, there is no wrong way to communicate with nature. The various experiential activities allow each person to have his or her own unique workshop. While the activities are common, each person brings a unique perspective making the activities highly personal and very profound. Your experience will be yours. Participants will be given time to journal on their experiences followed by voluntary sharing within the group. By sharing our experiences with each other, we both validate and deepen the meaning of our individual experiences. As a group, we become more in tune with nature and each other leading to even more profound unity.
There are both indoor and outdoor activities regardless of the weather conditions. Bring appropriate attire and layers for proper warmth. Don't forget rain gear. In the event of a lightening storm, we will delay an activity until the storm has passed. Rain will not deter an outdoor activity.
This private residence is located in beautiful north Georgia. It has a commanding western view of the Cohutta Mountains boasting spectacular sunsets, deep forests, and pure fresh air.
The home has plenty of indoor space, a full wrap around porch, and easy access to Nature providing an idyllic location for the indoor and outdoor workshop activities. The large backyard fire pit will be used for creating our sacred fire and optional social event Saturday night.
When registering, provide email address to receive directions to the location.
Where to stay
The fall colors attract visitors to the North Georgia mountains. Hotels and cabins fill quickly.
The Douglas Inn & Suites is holding a few rooms for us through August, for $99/night. Please let us know of your interest in renting a room and we will connect you with the owner to secure your room at the special rate.
If you are part of a small group, you may choose to rent a fabulous log home within walking distance from the venue. It has 3 bedrooms/3 baths plus a large loft. The lovely space is available at an especially reasonable rate of $150/night, plus a $100 cleaning fee. Please let us know how many are in your group so we can work with you to secure the accommodations.
Other accommodations are available in and near the venue. Be sure to book them early to avoid conflicts with tourism. Visit the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce website for more information.
The workshop cost is $185 per individual registration either paid in advance or secured with a $100 deposit. The venue is a private residence limiting the maximum number of participants to 12.
What to Bring
- A blanket and pillow
- Warm loose clothing for indoor and outdoor activities
- Objects with special or sacred meaning
- A journal and pens
- A blanket and pillow
- Your lunches
- Dish for Saturday pot luck dinner
- Optional: drum, rattle, flute