Each day begins with movement and meditation practice in Eagle’s Craig Cottage followed by a delicious breakfast in the Victorian Lodge.
July 11th Arrivals. Check in at 12pm. Pick ups at Ardgay. Dinner at 6:30pm
July 12th Today we begin with our foundation: Earth. Our bodies, our land, our stance and our roots. Our biography becomes our biology. We will tour the land, orienting ourselves to place. How do we work with our outer landscapes, and how do we protect the ecology of our inner landscape? What’s the relationship between our inner and outer ecology: how do we create fertile, wild and abundant landscapes? Introductory plant medicine walk practicing mindful awareness of our surroundings. Afternoon self care session: walk the land, rest, enjoy. Shared story at dinner, followed by storytelling with dream and journaling assignments.
July 13th From our foundation earth, we can flow into water day. Water is life, it’s potential, it’s change, it’s cyclical. As water beings ourselves where do we flow and where do we stagnate? What keeps us fresh, nourished, creative? We continue our plant ally work, studying possibility in the plant kingdom. Focusing on individual allies we form relationship with life around us. In our inner ecology work we dive into drawing and creative writing, continuing with the body mapping and collage we began yesterday. In your self care session perhaps you’ll meditate by the water, or go fishing! Shared story over dinner, with storytelling and sharing circle to follow.
July 14th We wake today ready to experience ourselves and the land. This is fire day and we challenge ourselves with an intense hike and solo time in the incredible landscape of Alladale. This is your day! What will you meet in the wilderness? Tonight we will have much to share over dinner and into circle. Our storytelling will reflect the wildness and beauty of the raw landscape and your experiences. Journaling, creative writing or time for drawing will help hold your experience.
Our practice today takes us into the element of air. Movement, communication, boundless, dynamic. In our plant ally work we will make medicine that will go with us when we leave. Physical medicine, but also medicine for our souls and spirits. Air is always shared, so we shall share today in our circle. Our own personal story has become a fairy tale full of characters and archetypes familiar to all. We are our own storytellers and in sharing, our stories become universal, epic adventures. Self care session might be journaling about plant allies, drawing the landscape, taking a nap. Storytelling over dinner continues with story after. What will the air bring in?
July 16th Our element today is ether – how shall we integrate this experience, these discoveries and rememberings into our lives? The story that spilled out of your inner ecology will be spoken and recorded for you to continue to enjoy and dive into. When we hear another’s retelling of our story it is often deeply transformative. What art supports our experience? It might be a drawing, photography, journaling, collage. How do we bring this experience deeply into our lives beyond Alladale?
A final walk, a final circle and then departures. Perhaps not, perhaps the beauty of this place will entice you to remain for a few days longer.