“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
― Howard Thurman
Connect to Yourself • Discover Your Purpose • Step Into Your Life
Lost initiation practices has not only effected the youth, but also all the generations of adults who have never been initiates adults. We live in a culture that is youthful in this way, this does not help the world grow into a meaning focused and altruistic society. In time, adults come to ask themselves the big questions, who am I? How did I get to this point? What am I meant to do with my life? Before life presents us with the great challenges that lead us to ask these questions, we are engaged in a process of leading a life that may not be ours to live and as we do so we can find ourselves participating in the world in ways we never thought we would or in ways that put us on the edge of something so that we can simply feel more alive. The world need initiated individuals, and even more it need initiated adult to help young one's through the process to adulthood, but first living in that passage themselves. We know how complex life can be, how it can feel completely chaotic and out of our control it can seem, we have grown to adapt to this without necessarily facing it fully.
Think of all the transitions adults face these days, marriage, divorce, new careers, loss of career, retirement, parenting, becoming a parent of an adult, becoming a grandparent, the changes of the body and health to name a few. All these marking are may be acknowledged through lengthy paperwork and people made to be authority figures on the matter. Adult passages invites you to create meaningful marking for this life phases changes as your own authority, acknowledging the challenges and ordeals you have gone through and that you can rely on your self-knowing to guide you forward.
Second SUNDAYS STARTING OCTOBER 14Th -JUNE 30th
A 9 month program for 20-85 years olds. Individuals will learn about and experience nature and themselves in a new way while participating in exercises that explore how community and the earth are uniquely present in their lives. During the year, participants have the option of creating their own program in addition to these weekly meetings, the program they create can can include individual sessions, family sessions, life skills development and/or mentorship. Plus an in-depth preparation for the 12 day quest with 4 days solo fast in the wilderness and the sharing of your quest experience as it informs your future.
Program begins in October 8th, meeting every second Sunday and ends in June
Initial consultation and interview is required and free
Cost: $1500 first payment for 3 months, afterward $500 per month, please inquire about possible scholarships
What you are getting for the Cost:
Monthly in-depth day quest sessions
Plus individual and/or family session, mentor texting or calls as needed: (regularly priced at $100/session)
Plus the tuition for a QUEST experience at the completion of the program (a $1000 value)
That's 8 day quest sessions, up to 4 individual/family mentorship sessions, and a full 12 day quest experience for the price of 5 individual sessions a month! That's a Steal!
JULY 21-AUGUST 2, 2018
Are you in a transition in you life? Are you navigating a new way of being in the world? A new relationship dynamic with families, friends, a partnership? A new phase in life? Becoming a parent? Becoming married? divorced? A new career? Moving into retirement? Are you struggling with additions to food, technology, substances? Struggling with grief or loss? Illness or chronic pain? Or a consistent feeling of being lost, not knowing what life has to offer you and what you have to offer it?
For ages, indigenous cultures have offered rites of passage experiences to those who come into a new phase of their life. This has been lost in the modern age, and the culture has suffered for it.
Join Oaks Counsel for a 12 day Wilderness Quest. This includes acknowledging your life, challenges and successes, desires, and wishes, being witnessed by a group of your peers, a 4 day solo fast in nature, a the process of how you will take what you have learned forward in your life.
PARENTING THROUGH THE
Wednesdays 5:30-7:30PM BEGINS October 10th
This is a 6 week process group for parents who wish to support their who they are as a parent and who their child is in the growing up process. We will explore and learn from each other through nature and community about how to hold good boundaries while practicing love and empathy. We will learn how to hold true to ourselves while encouraging and challenging our children to be fully who they are.
The series begins with introductions and lay out, and moves into the work of the different elements of being a parent and how to use these to provide support, love, guidance, and maintaining healthy clear boundaries while also offering you and your child more choice and freedom. There will be a series of medicine walks with time to reflect on great questions about your parenting approach and time for expression and reflection with the group as a whole.
Limited to 12 parents.
exploring the four
elements of your nature
Wednesdays 5:30-7:30PM BEGINS April 3rd, 2019
Did you ever wonder how to incorporate more nature into your life? Learn about nature based living through this 6 week series on the four shields model of nature and human nature. Go in-depth into understand and finding balance in your human nature through the elements of the medicine wheel. What you learn, you can use in your daily life.
This will include a in-depth and person exploration of the four shields of nature and human nature, an weekly council practice, experiential nature based processes and an introduction to the mirroring practice.
January 27th, 2019
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 26TH, 2018
Bear Wallow TrailHead
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.
Four Elements of your
October 7TH, 2018
SAnta Fe National Forest: Chamisa 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, 31st, 2019
TSanKaWi National Park
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 28th, 2018
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.
Stepping into the darkness
April 27th-28th, 2019
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.
10 sessions (1 overnight)
Is your relationship changing? Are you talking about marriage, starting a family, separation or divorce? Are you and your partner just going on hoping and waiting for it to all be okay? Without a doubt, love and interrelationship is a part of the human experience. And these experiences are alive, changing and shifting overtime.
Weather your talking about divorce or marriage with your partner, it is always worth acknowledge the severance of one way into the birth of a new way of being with each other. Oaks Counsel offers a 10 session Partnership passage for partners who want to acknowledge these ongoing shifts. This will include a severance from what no long serves, solo time in nature, storytelling, and acknowledging gifts of the relationship.