Connect to Yourself • Discover Your Purpose • Step Into Your Life
Get a Sweet Taste of Oaks Counsel through a Day Quest experience! Day Quests Explore a particular theme through a brief discussion and then you get to go out in nature. Experience the process of crossing a threshold, solo time in nature, returning to the circle and holding and sharing your story to a community. Engage in the inquiry of who you are in the story of your life in the present moment by stepping out of ordinary time.
Day Quests provide you with an opportunity to pay deep attention to your individual nature and how your inward journey is reflected by the earth. In nature-seeking alone time you may set intentions to explore answers to your more compelling questions, mark a transition, or just find the needed reprieve from the busy-ness of modern day.
Wander along or off trails, rest your back against an ancient tree, write and draw, listen to birds or the wind, focus your attention on the intricate patterns of ants in march or the veins of a leaf. Listen to your story and the story of nature around you. Hear the teachings of the creatures and explore the sensations of the landscape. Honor your rhythm and discover what is guiding your heart. Witness yourself. Feel the support and clarity of the community that confirms and celebrates whatever it is that calls you!
The day begins with introductions and check-in via a circle council. Then moved to a discussion on the topic of the day. This is followed by crossing the threshold, experining intentional solo time in nature, and then returning for the practice of storytelling and moving forward. Questers are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch or snacks (or you can choose to fast for the day).
UPCOMING DAY QUESTS
Four elements of your
LA Tierra Trails: Calabasas Trailhead
Did you ever wonder how to incorporate more nature into your life? Learn about nature based living through this day long introduction to the four shields model of nature and human nature. We will spend the day in nature, growing community and sharing stories. Each individual will spend intentional solo time in nature in self-generated ceremony. What you learn, you can use in your daily life.
This session will include:
- An introduction to the four shields of nature and human nature
- An introduction to council practices
- A experiential of a nature based process
- An introduction to the mirroring practice
HERO'S JOURNEY DAY QUEST
March 25th, 2018
The Hero’s Journey is a pattern of narrative identified by Joseph Campbell. The Hero's Journey appears in drama, storytelling, myth, religious ritual, and psychological development. It describes the typical adventure of the archetype known as The Hero, the person who goes out and achieves great deeds on behalf of the group, tribe, or civilization.
Join Oaks Counsel for a nature walk experience that reflects on how this journey lives or has lived in you. Experience the process of nature as mirror and have your journey witness and reflected to you in community. This will be an meaningful experience you will never forget!
October 29th, 2017
La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site
Elders and Adolescence are important and figures in the lives of humans. Our lineage is held in the hearts, hands, and souls the elders. And the youth tell us what is needed next, they crave and scream to let us know it's time for something new to emerge. Gathered in circles to share the rich stories of each others' lives help us see one another again and inspire life into each of us in our various roles. So often the young and the old do not get seen, heard and valued in our society, yet they are the most important voices to hear. Share are stories of a life fully lived, successes, failures and wisdom gained along the way.
This is a gathering for individuals of all ages, as holders and creators of a lineage. Share your story and how it weaves into the great myth of humanity.
STEP Into the Darkness:
Are you afraid of the parts of yourself you don't want to see? Who are you when you become stressed or scared? Meet your shadow by walking into the dark night. Call on your Ancestors for a conversation. What is the wounding we carry, individually, as a collective and of the earth. How can we find light in times of darkness?
Meet yourself in a new way. Discover the gifts you have in the darkness. From a place of shadows and dying, come to the depths and gift of your soul. What calls you forward to serve this world from this place? Be held in community as you explore these often avoided places of our lives and psyche.
January 28th, 2018
Randall Davey Audubon
In our culture, our sexuality has become a taboo subject. Because of this we know very little about our sexuality. How we discovery what we like or don't like? How do we discuss our thoughts and feelings about sexuality and preferences with our partner is an way that is loving and encouraging rather than shaming and avoidant? Can we embrace our bodies? Can we talk about what happens during different stages in our lives openly?
This is a circle that will gather to create dialogue around human sexuality and how we can learn about our bodies through being with nature. We will share, ask questions, discover new answers and work to embrace all part of us more fully, as we break through the taboos of our culture.
Healing Ground grief
MAY 27th, 2018
Community and Nature are our greatest allies in the face of grief. Loss can have different faces but when it finds us we are reminded that we have a loved. We become broken and reassembled in grief. While the sorrow carves us and our souls. It slows us down to take stock of our lives, it causes us to fall to the earth and remember the pace and connection we have with nature. And it brings us to be seen in ways we tend to hide, to find love in those places of shadow.
Oaks Counsel honors grief through a day or witness and interaction with nature. When we grieve together we open the space to acknowledge and be with the sorrows of the world toward a sense of healing. And when we meet this in nature, we learn about the cycle of life and loss as part of our nature.