Long time co-guides, Peter Scanlan and Jade Sherer re-unite
to invite ripened souls to join in a circle of inquiry and contribution with the topic of
Elderhood in this time of unparalleled global challenge...
Well friends, our numbers keep flexing and shifting. In this moment our April program
just opened one space, and our October program is FULL with a waitlist.
Feel free to reach out to apply to see if there is a spot for you.
We hope to be offering this again in 2024!
Facing our age...
April 24-29, 2023
Oct. 27-Nov.1, 2023
12 wise humans
photo by Delisa Myles
You are not dead yet, it's not too late
To open your depths by plunging into them
and drink in the life
that reveals itself quietly there. ~Rilke
Elders once were common in nature-based tribal peoples and still abound in the natural world as ecosystem, plant, animal, stone, cloud. When we return to the psyche of earth...the soul, we remember our belonging. Here we so naturally can return to our own bodies and its changing rhythms, its aging landscapes, its eroding river canyons and flood plains filling with silt, its tidal oceanic flows, and arrive at wisdom and acceptance for who we are as aging creatures. Here we can find teachers to show us the way to face our age.
As the velocity of human life increases recklessly we face a climate that is warming dangerously, blatant disregard for life, a political system that is rampantly degrading and so many more atrocities. Who do we look to for guidance? For so many modern day cultures, the true wise elders seem to have disappeared so how can we find the answers necessary to face these times? Our answer? We must retrieve our soulful wisdom and grow ourselves into elders...together we must listen without distraction and return to the brilliance of our inner and outer nature in order to find our way forward. It is in coming together and seeing ourselves in the mirror and wisdom of others, that we will find our way to wise elderhood, and gain a way to face our age.
"The need is clear: we must cultivate a robust collective of adults whose primary fealty is to the life-giving world upon which we depend. We must be able to feel our loyalties to watersheds, migratory pathways, marginalized communities, and the soul of the world. We must feel the bedrock of our aliveness, and the reality of our wild and exuberant lives. Initiation tempers the soul, drawing out its hidden essence and calls forth the medicine we came to offer this stunning world. It is time to wake up! ~Francis Weller
Yes there is still room for you and we'd love to welcome your reflection and wisdom into our circle!
FACING OUR AGE
Dharma Treasure Retreat Center
Cochise Stronghold, AZ
April 24-29, 2023
Guides: Jade Sherer and Peter Scanlan
Pricing for 5 nights of tent camping, healthy & delicious catered meals & soulful guidance:
You may reserve a bed in any number of varying priced accommodations directly through Dharma Treasure
for an additional fee if you prefer.
Our time will be spent in council, wanders in nature, work in dyads and alone, ceremony and more.
Please contact Jade if you'd like to apply (short application process) or to find out more information.
There is a $300 non-refundable deposit required to hold your place.
You can either mail a check to the address in the footer or use PayPal or Venmo. We ask that you either add 3% to cover their fees or use the "friends and family" option to avoid those charges.
Please use this email: Jade@itsournature.net for Paypal and for Venmo @Janice-Sherer
“I want to feel both the beauty and the pain of the age we are living in. I want to survive my life without becoming numb. I want to speak and comprehend words of wounding without having these words become the landscape where I dwell. I want to possess a light touch that can elevate darkness to the realm of stars.”
― Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice