Eco-Spiritual Educational Sanctuary
(est. 1983)

Re-Enchanting Your Life with Darren Austin Hall & Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera

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A 1-Day Eco-Spiritual Immersion to Regenerate Wonder,  Self Love and Our World   One of the great themes of our shifting age is the sacred relationship between humans and Earth. Our ancient ancestors bridled the natural mysticism of the Earth with great devotion and care. In modern civilization, our deep bonds with the land have broken. With the rise of industrialization and materialist science, it has become a period of time denoted by writers, philosophers and artists as ‘the age of disenchantment’. The disenchantment describes our loss of a primal, life-giving and life-saving essence we know as ‘wonder’ for the beauty of nature. A wonder that recognizes the ecology of the planet as profoundly alive, sentient and capable of being connected and communicated with in metaphysical ways. This living spiritedness is at the heart of our true nature. During this one-day immersion, we shall be enthusing the re-enchantment of our world and our human selfhood through multi-dynamic practices, community activities and sacred revelry. We will spend time in deep communion with the spirits of the beautiful lands upon which The Living Centre is found, sharing our discoveries in circles of mutual wondering. Our sensitivities to such intimate bonding with Earth will … Read more

ManEarth: Fire & Water Sacred Balance

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“For the last thousands of years, we have been in a great masculine imbalance. Now, for the first time, we have a chance to reach balance and stop this pendulum right in the middle. We must do that if we wish to survive.” ~ Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff, the Unangan (Aleut) wisdom keeper This imbalance is between the masculine (fire)  and feminine (water) principles. Fire is out of control causing a great drought of the sacred feminine principle on Earth. This workshop is an invitation to dive into the watery aspects of the sacred feminine in men. Why would you want to do this? The more feminine sensibilities of listening deeply,  being present, understanding the quieter rhythms and timings of things, sensing into circumstances, recognizing connection, intuition, valuing the unknown and embodiment are potent abilities available to all genders. The masculine’s dynamic fires when coupled with the free-flowing waters of feminine energy bring inner balance, peace,  self-healing, spiritual self-mastery and a new form of power that protects and serves all of Life.   While Fire is naturally vital, the high-stress demands of the industrial culture with its pressure for production, power and success have led to the depletion of many men’s life-force … Read more

Costa Rica – Conscious Relationship Journey

Enlivening the Sacred Fires of Love & Connection We live in a time of significant global change where the mythology of intimate relationships is challenged and reassembled into something more delicious than ever. Women and men passionate about reclaiming the joy of soulful, genuine love find that they can no longer rely on old roles and beliefs. Intimate relationships call for a new kind of honesty and awareness – a new story – and the willingness to cultivate capacities to connect with another in ways that meet the heart’s needs and the ‘soul’ of your relationship. The Conscious Relationship journeys are private sessions customized to meet your relationship’s needs. The invitation is to explore relationships as a spiritual path. The vibrant sensuality of nature and the pure spirit of the ocean, rainforest and waterfalls are your restorative allies. A perfect place to dive into new levels of Love and Connection with your beloved. About Lorenna & Shantree For 25 years, we have lived and worked together 24-7, caring for the many people, activities and the land at The Living Centre (est in 1983) in London, Ontario, Canada. The ten winters living in Costa Rica have nourished and shaped our relationship … Read more

Online: Embracing Gaian Consciousness – A Primordial Movement series

These are confusing times. Yet, amidst the sadness, fear, anger and despair, there is also a glimmer of ‘something new.’ When a crisis as all-encompassing and global as the pandemic, and let’s not forget climate change, sweeps the world, it opens a crack in the matrix of ‘the norm’ for new possibilities to emerge. Many of us are given a gift to pause and re-evaluate our lives, values and vocations. Will we use it well and take the courageous step to live differently and listen to your interconnected heart’s calling? No more compromising the soul’s desire for a status quo that destroys life on our beautiful planet. It is the time to give yourself to what you know is true and identify ‘where your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need.” Where do we turn for guidance? Who is the teacher now? Primordial Journeys invites you to reawaken your innate oneness with Gaian consciousness. To reclaim the tremendous spiritual wisdom that carries you into the depths of the Earthly sensuous. Through movement, breath-sound and meditations that immerses you into a felt body experience and vital intimacy with the living Earth, you leave the impoverished state of isolation behind and discover … Read more

Online: Primordial Journey: Earth-centered Movement Series – Level I, Beginners

About Primordial Journeys Indigenous cultures know that ‘to live is to move!’ Dance, music and inner journeys are the oldest medicine and spiritual practice on Earth. To awaken from the harm that disconnection with Self and Earth has caused, both personally and globally, requires that we drop below the constraints of the mind and move into the wisdom of body/soul. Movement, dance, breath and meditation open you to the fluid forces of creation, shattering the borders between body, heart, mind, spirit and nature. Earth-centered Movement The classes are an invitation to journey into the mysteries of your body as a teacher-healer-messenger. Coupled with sound vibration, breath and stillness this deeply nourishing practice restores vitality & an extraordinary sense of well-being. A variety of movement explorations including wave motion, micro-movements, sounds, and breath enliven our organism back to its natural state of fluidity, vitality and harmony. The processes explore the idea that we are biological living systems with the capacity to self-stabilize, regenerate and evolve. We are naturally resilient, intelligent, and interconnected in all ways with our biosphere! Reconnecting with the intrinsic wave-like movement of Life turns the practice into a sensuous communion with Lifes restorative energies. Experience the unashamed joy … Read more

The Five Sacred Elements Movement Journey, 7-week Online series

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We are Earth People,  made of the same powers that fashioned majestic mountains, oceans, Redwood forests and tornados – Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Ether. Each Element is an infinite source of Life-force energy containing the highest spiritual frequency available to humans.  Our modern industrial culture has created a story of disconnection from the source of our greatest vitality and wisdom – the Elements. This narrative of separation affects our health, our thinking, our success and now our very survival. The result is an inner split reflected in the deteriorating wellness of our bodies, relationships, culture and nature. This series offers transformational processes that connect people back to themselves through nature-based wisdom. Earth-centred movement, breath, sound work and meditation take us into a stillness of mind that allows the subtler voices of wisdom, presence, care, connection and attunement to life’s unfolding genius to be reclaimed Remembering that which we’ve lost restores a natural peace and resilience that expands our capacity for creating amazing lives of meaning and purpose. Deepening into the Five Sacred Elements’ primordial powers as fundamental forces of who you are cultivates a life full of natural vitality and the joy of feeling fully alive. Beyond our preconceived … Read more

Shamanu: Journey into Sacred Silence

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Entering the space of sacred silence is essential for the balance and regeneration of your spirit. It’s where you remember and connect to the vast wisdom and primal knowing of who you are. Where you come home to yourself to recharge, balance and ‘Dream’. In this space the Sacred whispers, and you listen. Through the nourishing dance of silence, we allow the fluidity of movement, breath and sound to gently guide us into the home of dreams, visions and regeneration. Gentle somatic processes integrate, cleanse, and make space for the new.  Active breath and earth-centred meditation revitalize the energy centers, attuning the body, mind and spirit. Perceiving our bodies as living expressions of Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Ether, we journey into their great wisdom teachings within and around us. Surrendering to the heart’s primacy and its power of receptivity, we access the realms of intuition, feelings, and felt awareness where we can hear Earth’s voice as She calls us into what is new for self and planet. This journey is an invitation to enter the sweet darkness of Autumn and return to the womb of inner silence for rejuvenation and visioning of the ‘yet to be’. The Journey Includes … Read more

Shamanu: Soul of Wilderness

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TBA Imagine living in intimate relationship with Earth.  Tuned to Her rhythms and cycles you are able to connect with nature’s energy for constant renewal, creativity, and spiritual guidance. Experiencing the sacred unity of all living things you are fulfilled in the knowledge of who you are and your unique part within the web of life. This workshop is an invitation to merge your wild heart with the wonders of creation and come back home to the source of your highest wisdom – your Ecological Self. Turning to Nature as a mentor and guide, the Earth-centered philosophies and practices deepen your innate capacity to make contact with, learn from and be nourished by the spirits of the land. Deepening into the powers of Earth, Water, Sun/Fire, Air and Ether as fundamental forces of who you are re-awakens a great power, confidence and grounding reminder of what’s true and possible. To awaken from the harm that disconnection with Self and Nature has caused requires that we drop below the constraints of the mind and move into the wisdom of body/soul/nature.  Slowing down through multi-dimensional movement, dance, breath, sound and meditation processes softens the illusion of ‘a separate self’ opening new possibilities … Read more

Shamanu Earth Wisdom – Visioning Journey – On Line

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Winter is the time of year to vision, to dream in the more beautiful life you wish to create for yourself, your family, community and the Earth, and plant those seeds of intention in the fertile earth of consciousness. Every person has the innate capacity to create their future. This weekend supports you on how to do that. Journey into the mysteries of your body as teacher, healer and dream-catcher. Intuitively centred movement, dance, sound, breathwork, and meditation journeys prepare you to receive the inner guidance of Spirit and open to new possibilities. During this weekend: Receive guiding questions that support you to discover your soul’s longing, understand what blocks fulfillment and how to overcome these obstacles Journey through Earth-centred Ceremonies and Meditations to connect you with your soul’s purpose  and the true source of power, creativity and joy  Call on the Spirit of the Wind, the Spirit of the Land, the cleansing Spirit of Water and the transformational Spirit of Fire to guide you in your journey The Shamanu Earth Wisdom somatic processes reconnect you to the sweet eros of your body/heart longing awakening repressed vitality and creativity. The movement, sound and breath processes are slow, fluid and deeply … Read more

WomanEarth: Leadership – The Dance of Water & Fire

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October 30 & 31, 2021, New Moon Energy “As we see it, the Earth and women are the same; what happens to one happens to the other.” ~ Arkan Lushwala, Peruvian ceremonial leader We see an unhealthy imbalance on the planet between the masculine (fire)  and feminine (water) principles. There is too much fire.  A great drought of the sacred feminine principles threatens the very existence of life on Earth. Her sweet waters dammed, over-used, bottled and evaporated, causing severe instability in nature, society, economics, education, healthcare and the governing leadership. You could say all of the ominous challenges of our time are a reflection of this imbalance.  The industrial complex offers a leadership model centred in power-over nature and people, production over compassion, and the ‘bottom line’ over love and generosity. The sacred feminine invites us into a new story of leadership. Leadership that values wholeness,  listening, intuition, the unknown and embodiment.  One that is both caring and bold. Leadership centred in Life’s values, is no-nonsense in its approach, embraces diversity, supports personal empowerment, and acts as co-creators with Mother Earth. A sense of meaningful purpose fashions this kind of leadership guided by the sacred feminine principles of love … Read more