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Rise Above Painting Experience

Sep 9, 2017 10AM-4PM
Seattle, WA
Immerse yourself in painting as meditation, painting as energy work and painting as a personal journey. It's time for you to "get your wings!!!" In this one day workshop, Whitney Freya will shower you in vibration (through sound journeys and guided meditations), color and magic. How are you being called to Rise Above? As you paint your life-size "angel wings" canvas, you will experience a raising of your vibration, an elevation of your belief into what is available to you now, and a renewed ability to let go of whatever is no longer serving you.  Check out the gorgeous examples of previous workshop participants!   Included in this experience... Sound bath and drum healing during painting process Large un-stretched canvas on which to paint your wings An abundance of paint supplies + tools (paintbrushes, etc.) Healthy, light lunch served midday in the workshop No artistic talent or experience required, just a willingness to explore and play!  This workshop is limited to 20 participants.   [arrow] About Whitney Whitney Freya believes "Life is the canvas of your SOUL," and is passionate about guiding you through the portal that is the blank canvas, into a world that YOU create. She is the author of three books on personal creativity, and is celebrating the recent publication of her third Rise Above, Free Your Mind One Brush Stroke at a Time. Whitney is passionate about empowering YOU as a Rainbow Warrior, a force of positive change in your world and beyond. The mother of three teens, she lives in the wild west, up in the mountains in NE Oregon. Learn more at http://WhitneyFreya.com or buy the book  (or download a FREE book preview) at http://RiseAbovetheBook.com
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center 4408 Delridge Way SW Seattle, WA 98106
Whitney Freya
Camps

Everyday Alchemy Retreat

Sep 21-24, 2017
Manzanita, OR
Intuition is an overused word these days. It seems like everyone claims to be a sensitive, a mystic, an empath. Which is amazing. We are waking up to our essential connectedness to this world. But, you don't have to see dead people or predict lottery numbers to be intuitive. You also don't need animal totem websites, fancy metaphysical tools or dream dictionaries. The definition of intuition is "the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning." That's it.  We wait, starving for moments of high magic to inspire us, but life is full of common enchantment waiting for our alchemists eyes to notice. Jacob Nordby Call it a gut feeling, a woman's intuition, spidey senses ... we already have the dictionary, hear the voice. We have instincts, intuitive muscle memory. We hear our inner wisdom if we pause to listen and feel. If we remember and recognize the language of our souls. The ancestral knowledge imprinted in our DNA, the star stuff that is part of who we are at a cellular level. Once you plug into that source of truth, clarity and ease begin to surface. You can see decision paths, navigate the flow of life, and operate in more integrity with who you are. You can see that magic is afoot, everywhere you look. And it can be SO MUCH FUN. [arrow] Give yourself space + time Until it starts jumping out at you like hearing your name spoken in a crowded room, intuition needs room to breathe, space to be heard and seen at the edges of your senses. And chances are you spend a lot of your time moving, thinking, going going going... not so much time or patience for quiet awareness, amiright? During the Everyday Alchemy retreat, our cozy group of 12 will move together with ease, waking and resting with the rhythms of the natural world. Rise with the sun to greet the day with a leisurely self-serve breakfast ~ consider pausing for coffee + journal on the sun porch. Flow with low-key ease in the evenings as we greet the Autumn Equinox together, heading into a time of the year when the nights are longer than days. There will be a loose structure as we gather each day to explore, create and share, but room to move and shift as our group finds its magic groove. [gallery size="large" type="slideshow" ids="4398,4397,4403,4402,4401,4405,4394,4396,4395,4399,4404,4400"] Our home for the weekend is a meticulously restored historic residence in gorgeous Manzanita, just steps from the wide sands and crashing waves of the Oregon coast. Lunches and dinners will be provided by a local caterer who takes pride in creating seasonal meals using locally sourced whole, organic products. She will personalize our meals for comfort, nourishment and our specific dietary needs ~ giving your intuition a workout can work up an appetite! [arrow] Awaken your inner alchemist Sorry, this retreat is not about becoming a psychic, a medium, or a professional tarot card reader. It's about using intuition as a practical tool for living. In Everyday Alchemy, you will flex and stretch your intuitive muscles, strengthening the connective tissue that binds you energetically to messages all around us. This retreat is also not all shiny happy love & light ~ fact is, we digest and process messages about super-fun stuff like anger, grief, sadness and anxiety just as often as joy, love, purpose and freedom. Alchemy is about transformation. We may not turn water into wine or lead into gold (if you can, let's be friends), but we are capable of transforming information into growth and action. In Everyday Alchemy, you begin to trust your own knowing and gain confidence in your ability to use this knowing for clarity and self transformation.  To practice the way of an alchemist. Here's a taste of the everyday alchemy we will practice: [caption id="attachment_4410" align="aligncenter" width="450"] dream body intuitive collage from 2015 Dream Temple retreat[/caption] Creativity. Making art is a tried and true conduit to inner knowing, and does not require you to be an "artist" to be heard. Create full-sized intuitive collage 'dream bodies' as a visual expression of what is itching to be heard and seen. Play with other art and writing techniques to tease out insight. Dreams. Dreams ~ night, day, and lucid ~ can be provocative and sometimes hilarious, smack you upside the head messages. Invite dreams to show up, practice recalling your dreams, and look at how to unpack a dream using your own soul language. [caption id="attachment_4412" align="aligncenter" width="450"] not-so-subtle "sign" in Dublin[/caption] Pattern Recognition. Also known as "it's a sign!" Like that movie where the protagonist keeps turning the radio dial and every station is playing a breakup song, nature and life have a way of showing you patterns until you get the hint. Practice active awareness of signs and synchronicity. Dial into pattern recognition and when something might hold meaning or not. (Spoiler alert: Everything can have meaning.) Trust the Vibes. Notice your body's sensory signals of knowing, whether it's a twist in your gut, a bursting heart, a feeling of expansiveness, or your skin crawling. You have built-in physical mechanisms and sense triggers ~ they will detect and tell you what is in alignment, if you pay attention. Sacred Containers. Identify and ground into personal rituals and practices, the "containers" that help you stay awake, such as daily divination, free writing and sit spots. Discover what works for you as a way to stay receptive and connected to your flow of information. [caption id="attachment_4411" align="aligncenter" width="450"] pendulum play at Camp Souldust 2017[/caption] Woo Tools. Yep, we'll still have a chaser of oracle cards, pendulums and other mystical goodies because they can be valuable messengers. However, we'll practice integrating the information with trusting what's inside. In other words, divination with a 'grain of salt.' Bottom Line: YOUR Soul Language. Look at the full spectrum of messages received + alchemical practices explored over the weekend, and distill it into the beginning of your own soul language dictionary and practices. Apply this language into specific inquiry, purposefully transforming it into not just being awake and listening, but an active tool for clarity and flow.   [arrow] Be seen in all your glorious quirkiness! A huge part of any Souldust experience is being in community. This is a slumber party-style weekend together. Seriously. Time to rock those wild PJ's! Imagine 12 of the warmest, most open-hearted people you didn't know you needed in your life. Ridiculously human humans who will see you exactly as you are ~ whether it's reserved, boisterous, weird, traditional, swear-y, anxious, whatever ~ and be delighted by all of your awesome. Uncool and awkward? You're our kind of people. (And, let's be real, most of us are uncool and awkward.) The Souldust approach to Everyday Alchemy includes learning how to be nourished by deep connection and collective energy. Practice how to observe and discern with kindness and objectivity. And benefit from a circle of witnesses, practicing how to take in observations as a litmus test for what is true for you from the inside. Yes, "being seen" might be a little scary at times. But it's also soooo juicy and amazing. [arrow] What's included? Soul-Soothing Lodging. 3 nights shared or private accommodations in our Oregon beach retreat that will make you go aahhhh.  Each room is charming and cozy, with the possibility of sleeping to the sound of crashing waves. 4 baths shared across the rooms. Nourishing Food. 5 catered lunches + dinners, fixings for 3 daily self-serve breakfasts, and assorted snacks and beverages. A sample dinner menu might include apple sage brined chicken thighs with rosemary roasted potatoes, green beans with shallots, a garden salad with fresh berries, and homemade rosemary sea salt focaccia. Yum.... Belly Laughs & Connection. Also an abundance of play, unexpectedly meaningful conversation, beach walks and campfires under the (hopefully) starry clear skies of a New Moon. Not included: An excess of awkward small talk. Treasure! Plenty of arts & crafts supplies will be on hand for our intuitive collages and other creative activities, planned and unplanned. Plus you will be gifted a curated mystic toolkit of goodies to play with for the weekend and beyond. [arrow] Your guide for this experience Rachel Ford Rachel is a nerd for intuition + alchemy, she loves witnessing people waking up to the messages AND waking up to ~ remembering ~ who they are and all of their magical superpowers.  She has used the processes she shares daily in both personal and professional settings, including leveraging mindfulness, clarity-seeking and intuitive practices in her decades as a software executive AND as a full-on solo mom. Following the signs has led her to amazing experiences, opportunities and relationships, as well as clearing space for growth and healing.  As the founder of Souldust, she is obsessed with building a community of people willing to see and be seen, listen and be heard, a community that welcomes in all walks of life with open arms and hearts. [arrow] Ready to magnify your intuitive superpowers? Space is Limited!  This weekend experience has capacity for only 12 alchemists. Schedule. Arrival time is between 4 and 6 PM on Thursday, September 21. We will check out by 11 AM on Sunday, September 24, wrapping up on the beach, weather permitting. Getting There. Manzanita is on the Oregon coast, about 2 hours drive from Portland, a bit over 4 hours from Seattle. Transportation is not included but we will help coordinate ride sharing where possible. A portion of the drive is unbelievably scenic! Sharing Options. Beds in private rooms can be shared with a friend or partner upon request, contact us for pricing to add a second person into a private room. Extended Payment Plans. We sincerely strive to make our events accessible to all budgets. If you need consideration for an extended payment plan, please contact us below and we will do our best to accommodate. Note: Due to the intimate size of this retreat, it does not have any scholarship slots open. Gender Inclusivity. While the majority of our events welcome all genders, there are times when the layout or size of a venue create limitations. This retreat is open to anyone who identifies as female or non-binary/two-spirit. Cancellation. All registrations are final ~ transferable but non-refundable. Please be certain you want to join us before signing up.  
Groovy Historic Beach House Manzanita, OR
Rachel Ford
Travel Retreats

Souldust Bali: Immerse Yourself in Joy

Oct 29-Nov 5, 2017
Indonesia
  What if you were to take the mundane aspects of life and elevate them into a joyful celebration, every day? The spiritual island of Bali and its magnificent people, full of welcoming smiles & sacred traditions, have a beautiful way of honoring every aspect of life. To truly appreciate this beauty, you have to immerse yourself in the unknown with open arms and wide eyes, to step away from what you know and live every day. By doing so, you will also witness a transformation in yourself … seeing your own beauty and experiencing deep, cellular joy. Travel with Souldust to a transformative Balinese experience, where we set aside fear and judgment and immerse ourselves in the beauty of Bali.  Seasoned Souldust Guide and world traveler, Jen MacNiven, will take you on a gentle, sacred soul experience that includes daily movement, energizing workshops, and unique cultural experiences and excursions. You will return home with Bali in your heart, a clear, expansive sense of the joyful, light-filled woman you are, and practical tools and practices to make every day sacred and bright. [arrow] The call to Souldust Bali... Do you ever feel boxed in, as if you are living a life that does not reflect who you truly are or what you are capable of?  Does it feel claustrophobic sometimes, not being in alignment with your truth, your gorgeous light?  Is there a yearning for more beauty and joy, every day? What if you could step out of this box for a week and let yourself just slip into the flow of a culture that honors the everyday sacred?  What if you could experience the freedom of releasing beliefs and expectations, releasing fear and judgment, and easing instead into what feels right and true in your soul? What would life feel like if every moment, even the most mundane, were clear, sacred and beautiful? What if you were to gaze at the edges of the unknown and smile with delight? Through cleansing rituals in holy water temples, sacred walks amongst rice fields, sunrise volcano hikes, Balinese blessing ceremonies and more… Bali will gently ease you out of your comfort zone and then bring you back to your true essence, allowing you to clarify and then honor who you are and what you you really want in life. Souldust Bali is for the woman who... Feels called to bring in more joy, laughter and a deep sense of self into her life, Knows there is an exciting truth waiting to be revealed, beyond the old standby beliefs and patterns, Is ready to step out of her comfort zone and say goodbye to judgment, Craves that brilliant sense of light + bright that comes from clarity and pure authentic expression, and Appreciates experiencing this with a group of sisters on the same path. Are you already feeling the light wanting to burst out, to be seen?  Bali is waiting to embrace and honor you. [arrow] The transformative Balinese experience... 8 days, 7 nights accommodations at Soulshine Bali retreat center and yoga oasis, owned by rocker Michael Franti. "We created Soulshine Bali to be a place of happiness where you can chill in a fun, friendly atmosphere, explore the beauty of Bali, enjoy delicious organic food and let your soul soar in the sun." All-inclusive delicious meals in Soulshine's organic Soul Kitchen, homemade with love onsite using fresh, local ingredients.   Daily meditation + movement. Each day begins with us gathering to ground ourselves for the day. Whether it's meditation followed by a gentle yoga flow, a meditative walk in the rice fields, or creative movement, the time will be tailored to the day's intention. Held on-site at the Shala Bali, this daily movement will be accessible for all levels of experience.   Excursions and activities that engage with the soul of the Balinese culture. Every experience in Bali is an opportunity to connect with the sacred in yourself. Your time in Bali includes a purifying Balinese water temple cleansing, a sunrise hike up to a magical volcano, visiting the vibrant Bali markets, and receiving a traditional Balinese blessing.   Joyful activities connecting to flow.  Wrapped around the cultural experiences are soul workshops and activities led by Jen MacNiven, to help you release beliefs and rejuvenate your soul -- including breath work, a blissful outdoor spa treatment such as as flower petal bath, sound bath, and expanding your wings in ecstatic dance. [arrow] More about Soulshine Bali https://youtu.be/HDiSz6AuEXc Soulshine Bali was founded in 2011 by two friends, Michael Franti and Carla Swanson, whose shared love of Balinese culture inspired them to design a place where others could come and enjoy the magic of this beautiful island. A boutique hotel and yoga retreat oasis located five minutes outside of the village of Ubud, Bali in Indonesia, Soulshine has been dedicated to creating a place of happiness where people can come to relax, adventure, deepen their practices, eat great food, play in the sun and get back to being themselves. All of the people on Soulshine's amazing team come from nearby villages, and will make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive. Onsite amenities include the Soulshine fruit & juice bar, open air yoga studio with stunning views, gorgeous infinity pool with diving platform, complimentary drinking water, onsite massage treatments and more. [arrow] All the included goodies 8 days, 7 nights luxury accommodations, in either a shared or private room Full run of Soulshine Bali premises and amenities Daily homemade, organic meals, with options for all types of diets (all included) Daily meditation and yoga/movement practice, including flow and yin yoga (suitable for all levels) Daily guided group workshops, including self-exploration through journaling, breathwork and sound Excursion to cleansing Tirta Empul water temple Excursion to Yoga Barn ecstatic dance, including lunch + tour through Ubud markets Excursion to sunrise volcano hike, with meditation at the top of the volcano Excursion to blessing ceremony, either at the waterfall/river or with high priestess Ida One included massage treatment Specially curated gifts to remember your experience All transportation for planned excursions and trips into town Gratuities for services provided during our time at Soulshine Transfers to and from Denpasar Bali airport Note:  Itinerary and activities are subject to change due to availability or other circumstances. Not included Airfare or other travel costs to/from/in Bali Transportation outside of retreat activities Travel insurance (recommended) Alcoholic beverages at any meals Optional additional spa services [arrow] Your guide on this journey... Jen MacNiven Growing up as a military kid, change was the norm for Jen... but it wasn’t easy. Change created major challenges, programmed beliefs and a ‘different’ way of life.  Having ticked off all the expected life boxes -- college, graduate school, corporate job, buying a house -- Jen found herself spinning on a hamster wheel, unfulfilled and unhappy. After the end of a 12-year career, she took an unplanned, last-minute trip to Bali … where life forever changed.  1 month turned into now 3 years where Jen has traveled and lived abroad in 14 countries on a soulful, spiritual quest to step out of the predictable life boxes and forge her own path to authentic health and happiness, a life filled with celebration. Jen's journey has taught her new spiritual + holistic practices and traditions, including training in healthy eating, meditation, and yoga. While the journey of self-discovery never ends, this multi-year experience has shifted her focus 180 degrees, fueling not only her own authenticity but a deep desire to be of service, sharing what she has learned to support the transformation of others. [arrow] Ready to wander with us? Hooray!  Space is limited to 14 women ready to feel the flow on October 29 - November 5, 2017, so we encourage you to claim your spot early. $2295 to 2895 to register, depending on your room choice.  Reserve your spot by paying in full now, or optionally choose a payment plan with the balance due prior to retreat arrival. Custom payment plans available upon request. All payments are in United States Dollars (USD). Also, due to venue and energetic commitments, registrations are non-refundable.  You can read the full cancellation policy in our Products & Services Terms of Use.
Soulshine Bali Ubud, Bali Indonesia
Jen MacNiven
Workshops

Intuitive Collage: Messages from Your Soul

May 21, 2017 9:30AM-4PM
Bremerton, WA
The May 21 workshop is sold out and closed for registration. Check back soon for new collage workshops to be scheduled this summer!   The Intuitive Collage workshop teaches you a creative, soul-stirring approach to connecting with your inner voice. You've done a typical vision board right?  Created a collage to represent your goals and dreams you want to achieve. 2017 resolutions!  The dream house! The juicy relationship with Ryan Gosling's doppelganger! Or Ryan Gosling. The images of Greek island life, with your gorgeous yoga-toned body in a bikini! Surrounded by inspirational words and quotes?  Yes? Me too. It can be a powerful manifestation tool. But that's not what we're doing. Whether or not you've experienced a vision board, we will spend the day turning them inside out - rather than intentionally focusing on images of whatever goals or aspirations you might want to manifest, you will learn how to tap into your instinct and uncover what your soul truly craves, what stories are needing to be told, what parts of you need to be seen. These techniques can help you deepen understanding of yourself, leading to a richer life. Be prepared for surprises as your collages emerge from within! This workshop covers the intuitive collage basics taught in our introductory 3-hour Soulful Vision Boards workshop, and then goes deeper into understanding the hidden language and symbolism we all carry within, on both an individual and collective ancestral level. It also teaches multiple practices for using collage to go more deeply within yourself for answers and insights. In this workshop, we will... Learn the difference between a traditional vision board and intuitive collage Develop techniques for tapping into your instinctive self through collage practices Complete multiple guided intuitive collages, where we exercise these fundamentals Practice interpreting your creation, to learn what’s simmering in your subconscious Dive more deeply into the symbolic languages of color, shape, animals and more Understand principles of pattern, repetition and placement, and how they inform the collage message Learn to trust your instinct in creating and interpreting these soul stories Experiment with using the techniques as a daily practice to gain quick insight or relief All participants will leave with multiple completed collages + the start of an intuitive collage journal. Collage surfaces, including a Souldust mini journal, will be provided in addition to magazines, scissors and adhesives. Feel free to bring additional magazines or other visual material to collage for yourself or for sharing. Your registration also includes lunch + coffee/tea/water. No artistic talent or experience required, just a willingness to explore and play!  In fact, it's important to understand that this is NOT a fine art workshop, instead it is about learning a surprisingly easy, fun and creative tool for connecting with your innate wisdom. This workshop is limited to 10 participants.  Please note the Bremerton workshop is held at a private residence with dogs (that will be outside), so choose a different date/location if you are allergic or have a fear of dogs.  
Private Residence Address to be provided Bremerton, WA
Rachel Ford
Travel Retreats

Souldust Guatemala: Embody the Elements

Oct 14-21, 2017
Guatemala
Imagine your bare feet on the warm earth and the brightest stars you have ever seen in the sky above you. A fire burns in front of you; there is chanting in a language that you can’t quite understand, yet it lulls your soul into a meditative trance. The waves of Lake Atitlan lap at the shoreline in the distance. In that moment, you realize your medicine, the gifts you share with the world, are alive and vibrant in you, in this place known to be the center of the Earth. This is a place where your medicine is born. Each day, connecting all of your senses in an element clears off the proverbial dust of your day-to-day life, the dust that has kept your medicine hidden. You know you are meant to make a big impact in the world, and until now you haven’t know what that would look like. You feel alive as you zip line over the trees; magical, as you explore the local villages and connect with local artist and their gifts; sacred, as you experience a cacao ceremony; vibrant, as a Mayan shaman performs a fire ceremony, and powerful, as you hike to in mountains near dormant volcanos. Join Souldust for a transformative week in Guatemala, where your connection to yourself and your gifts will unfold through each of the activities infused in our time together. Your Souldust Guides, Rachel Ford and Nicole Marie, will lead through a unique journey of exploring what makes you authentically you through the elements of Earth, Fire, Air and Water, discovering your own path and your own rhythm in the heart of this rich culture. [arrow] The call to Souldust Guatemala... Do you feel, in your bones, you are meant to impact the world in a big and soulful way but aren’t sure how? Feeling disconnected from life and purpose? Do you yearn to rise up, to feel vital and energetic, your path unfolding with alignment and clarity? What if you could slow down, spread your authentic wings, and trust your intuition to lead the way to your unique gifts? What if your connection to the elements is where your inner wisdom lies, your heart’s rhythm waiting to be acknowledged? We are all unique and beautiful souls, with a passion and message that needs to be shared, not hidden away. It begins with remembering who you were when you arrived in this lifetime ~ are you burning hot with Fire? expanding with Air, flowing with Water, grounding into Earth?  Step into and embody your own special magic. This is your medicine. Souldust Guatemala is for the one who… Knows they are meant to do something impactful with their life and is ready to discover what that is, Is ready to let go of all the things that aren’t working so they can cultivate a life that is of their own making, Longs to discover the wisdom of Earth Medicine and the teachings of ancient Shamans Loves rituals and ceremony, but knows life can’t always be so serious. Laughter, shenanigans and a dance party or two are bound to happen. Are you willing to say yes to you and your authentic gifts? We see your standing in our circle of elementals sharing their Medicine, bare feet on the ground, looking up to the stars in the sky. And perhaps, even howling at the moonlight. [arrow] The elemental Guatemalan experience... 8 days, 7 nights accommodations at the warm and welcoming Villa Sumaya retreat and wellness center, located on the shores of gorgeous Lake Atitlan, in the shadow of three volcanoes.  You will stay in cozy, beautifully decorated room with private bath, either shared with another guest, or a private room. In addition to having access to the many amenities of this property - including kayaks, sauna, solar hot tub and more -  we will partake in their daily delicious homemade meals at Cafe Sumaya Sol. Daily medicine wheel + element workshops. After breakfast, we'll gather for a group workshop, either on-site or combined with an excursion. In these workshops, we will explore the practices and rituals of medicine wheels, walking through an element and direction each day, culminating in the creation of your own wheel and practice. Elemental flow movement. We begin each day with a yoga flow practice tailored to the element and intention of the day, led by Souldust Guide and guest yoga teacher Carla Jean Lundgren. Held in a beautiful yoga shala overlooking the lake, this practice is accessible for all levels. Excursions and activities that engage with the soul of the Guatemalan culture. Every day will have an opportunity to delight our senses with the vibrant energy of Guatemala. Our lineup of activities includes excursions (by boat) to two towns for cultural and artisan immersion, a mountain trek, zip line tour (air element!),  Mayan fire ceremony, and traditional cacao ceremony. And, no worries, there will be free time to unwind and explore on your own. Private spa treatment(s). Villa Sumaya offers a full menu of bodywork and energy services at their Harmony Spa, including Swedish, Ayurvedic and Thai massage. One 60-minute service will be included in your registration, with the opportunity to book more services during your free time. Note: Services may vary depending on time of year. [arrow] More about Villa Sumaya Retreat Center https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5aZRGkc8oQ Villa Sumaya is an eco-chic wellness center dedicated to rejuvenating holistic practices and healing modalities as well as preserving Mayan traditions and facilitating outdoor adventure, in the heart of the Altiplano.  All rooms at Villa Sumaya have warm, inviting décor, private baths, outdoor patios, amazing views, orthopedic beds and quality linens. Lake Atitlán is believed by the Maya to be the center of the universe where God’s seeds of mankind evolved. All the included goodies 8 days, 7 nights accommodations, in either a shared or private room Use of Villa Sumaya premises All breakfasts, lunches and dinners during your stay Daily flow yoga & meditation practice Daily guided group workshops Two excursions (via boat) to local towns for cultural & artisan experiences Guide-led mountain hike Zip line tour Mayan fire ceremony Mayan cacao ceremony + dance party! Curated gifts to remember the experience Transportation to and from Villa Sumaya (3 hour drive + 15 minute boat ride) Note:  This event is still being finalized. Itinerary and activities are subject to change due to availability or other circumstances. Not included Airfare or other travel costs to/from Guatemala Travel insurance (recommended) Alcoholic beverages at any meals Optional services at Villa Sumaya, including additional spa services, sauna, kayak rentals, etc. [arrow] Ready to wander with us? Hooray!  Space is limited to 14 sensory seekers, so we encourage you to claim your spot early. $2395 to 2895 to register, depending on your room choice.  Reserve your spot by paying in full now, or optionally choose a payment plan, with the balance due prior to retreat arrival. Payment plan commences month following registration, until complete.  Contact us if you need an alternate payment plan arrangement. All payments are in United States Dollars (USD). Also, due to venue and energetic commitments, registrations are non-refundable.  You can read the full cancellation policy in our Products & Services Terms of Use.
Villa Sumaya Santa Cruz la Laguna Guatemala
Nicole Marie Rachel Ford
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Have you ever seen a heist movie with an expert safe-cracker? He gets out his trusty stethoscope and holds it to the door of the impenetrable safe. Everyone holds their breath while he turns the dial, one click at a time, until he hears the tumblers and pins move in perfect harmony, and the door to the safe swings open. You are an expert to the safe that is your soul, you are the one who can pick the lock. But you need to quiet yourself and listen. And you might need help remembering what to listen for - what does it sound like for those tumblers to fall into place? It’s hard to remember, isn’t it? There is a hunger for clarity and truth, to fully remember ourselves and be seen by others. Why do people enjoy Cosmo quizzes and online tests? There’s a popular website dedicated to random, unscientific tests … we complete one after another and share the results in Facebook. I’m this 80’s movie character! My ideal city is Barcelona! We are both trying to validate our perceptions of ourselves but are also curious about what might show up that we’ve forgotten. (For the record, I’m Mia from Ferris Bueller, my ideal city is Paris, my Myers Briggs is INTP, my Fascinator is Mystique, my astrological sign is Aquarius and Chinese zodiac sign is the Pig, the list goes on…) Sometimes you just need someone to look and listen and mirror back to you what’s going on. We’re all seekers and safe-crackers, but we’re looking through a window that is grimy on the outside. Let someone else rub a little dirt off the window for you. A Souldust Guide doesn’t have preconceived notions about who you are or who you should be. We listen, observe and reflect with you. We explore the dreams that may feel unreachable, and challenge perceptions that feel like they might be irrational. Through guided Souldust Exploration, we dig into recollecting who you are, at the core. Stop acting so small, you are the universe in ecstatic motion. - Rumi Rather than relying on arbitrary online tests, we harness tools for remembering, including creative activities such as intuitive collage, personal mandalas and maps, “homework” adventures as explorers of the world, and more. We borrow from tried-and-true practices such as the 8 limbs of yoga, mind mapping, chakra energetics, the Desire Map, and the Artists Way. These tools and practices are blended together for a custom coaching experience suited to where you are on your journey. On this journey, you test your intuition and get to know yourself again, setting aside distractions and judgments. It’s all about seeing and hearing that quiet voice from within, consistently. And, by doing so, you remember what you need to create alignment and live with ease, even thrive, despite the dustiness of day-to-day life. I don’t believe everyone needs a dramatic overhaul to have more ease, joy and energy. Just like extreme diets, great dramatic overhauls are usually not sustainable, and may be out of reach for those living with realities of fixed responsibility. But, there are ways we can tweak perceptions of these realities,  introduce change that will create more alignment and make you go “aaah, there I am." To open the safe, clear the haze from the windows. And then, sometimes, a dramatic change is exactly what is needed. Souldust Guided Exploration can be a one-time conversation to dig into a specific area or question. It may be to provide a fresh perspective, reignite a dream you’ve been hesitating to chase, or bring clarity to an idea that’s on the cusp of breakthrough. Or it can be a series of mentored explorations, where we collaborate to rediscover your soul’s journey. Contact us below to schedule your free introductory consultation. We'll determine if we’re right for each other, and what our journey together might look like. [gravityform id="12" title="false" ajax="true" description="true" tabindex="20"]  
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Rachel Ford
1:1 Sessions

Soul Map Mandala

To be scheduled with Guide
Visualize your soul's star-aligned purpose in a painted sacred mandala.
Mandalas (Sanskrit for 'circle') are a spiritual or ritual symbol representing the Universe. Their basic form is a balanced radial design with a center point but, generally, a mandala can be any diagram, chart or pattern representing the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.  As a tool for meditation or spiritual guidance, a mandala can establish sacred space and focus attention.   A Soul Map Mandala represents you as both part of this universe and as the unique microcosm that is you - its form brings focus and awareness of what you are. Veronica Smith, the astrologer and artist behind Soul Map Mandalas, can assist you on your path to this awareness by  synthesizing the main points of your astrological destiny into a mandala painting. All Soul Map Mandalas include a picture of your astrological birth chart, an analysis of your chart, and a mandala painting created specifically for you and the truth of your higher self. Depending on which level offering you choose, you will experience different levels of detail and insight from both the analysis and the mandala painting.  These paintings will inspire you to act as the most authentic version of you, on a daily basis! Short and Sweet ($225) Sometimes you just want to get right to the point. Astrology is an endless well of information, but a lot can still be gleaned from a less in-depth approach. This is the Cliffs Notes version of your purpose.       This package includes: a 1 to 2 page written analysis of your chart. a simple but beautiful 6" x 6" mandala painting. This painting serves as an inspiring daily reminder of the one or two main things specific to you for staying true to your higher self. a picture of your astrological birth chart. True Self Analysis ($500) How often have you wondered what you were put here to do, or why you keep running into the same lessons over and over again? Here we will go deep into your many gifts and challenges, and discover the best ways for them to heal. An in depth discovery of who you are and who you are meant to be.     This package includes: a 3 to 4 page written analysis of your chart. a more detailed 12" x 12" mandala painting. This painting focuses on the main strengths and lessons that are healing for your soul to hear and help you stay focused on your true self. a written description of the symbols depicted in your painting and their meanings. a picture of your astrological birth chart. Down the Rabbit Hole ($800) Are you the kind of person that is fascinated by self analysis?  Would you like to get some answers to the very specific questions you have about what you value, how you best communicate, what home means for you, how you relate to others one on one and also to society as a whole, what your love life is going to be like coming up, along with any others you are dying to know?  Then let's get started!     This package includes: a 5 to 6 page written analysis of your chart. a comprehensive 24" x 24" mandala painting. This painting depicts the full range of the strengths and lessons that are healing for your soul to hear and help you stay focused on your true self. a written description of the symbols depicted in your painting and their meanings. a picture of your astrological birth chart.  
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Veronica Smith
Travel Retreats

Souldust Morocco: Awaken Your Inner Alchemist

Mar 11-18, 2018
Morocco
And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it. - Paulo Coehlo, The Alchemist Brightly colored markets lining ancient winding alleyways, filled with magic carpets, brilliant lanterns and vibrant spices. Ecstatic dance, snake charmers, henna-painted hands, mysterious music drifting across a desert landscape. Rich, exotic food to delight and satisfy the senses, served in courtyards hidden behind brightly colored doorways. These are facets of the enigmatic jewel that is Morocco. Join Souldust on a magical week in Marrakesh, where we connect with our inner alchemist by becoming intimate with the colorful rhythm of Morocco. Your Guide, Rachel Ford, will lead you on an intuitive journey of the soul that includes creative workshops and unique cultural experiences and excursions. You will return home energized and full of confident possibility, with colorful tales of desert nights and sensory delights. [arrow] The call to Souldust Morocco... Have you ever heard a whisper of instinct nudging you to act, but you stayed safely inside the rules, the guard rails? Do you ever feel the possibility in the world, the itchy edges of a giant technicolor awakening, but you don’t know how to tap into it? What if you could call on signs, dreams, synchronicity, mystic tools, intuitive hunches to ignite your inner alchemist? What if you were actually a powerhouse of vibrant star stuff bursting at the seams, capable of creating the fantastic life you imagine? The alchemist is one who transforms the mundane into the fantastic. We are all powerhouses of vibrant energy, full of colorful light bursting at the seams, coiled and eager to get out and play. We just need to give ourselves permission to wake up to what's around us, to call in, manifest and know our own magic. Souldust Morocco is for the one who… Has a burning curiosity about and desire for new experiences and culture, Can feel the deep intuitive juju within, eagerly waiting to be seen, Wants to understand how to invite that juju out to play, using mystic tools + natural instinct, Is ready to call in a bigger, brighter, more magical world for themselves, and Loves soulful connections supported with play and laughter Are you feeling the pull of your inner alchemist, the longing for bold expression?  We see that twinkling magic wand in your back pocket, lovely. [arrow] Our mystical Moroccan adventure... 7 nights accommodations at the luscious Peacock Pavilions boutique hotel, which we will occupy exclusively for the duration of our retreat. Nestled in 5 acres of olive grove just outside of Marrakesh, Peacock saturates the senses with its curated decor and cozy spaces for gathering and relaxing. Daily soul-expanding practices and workshops. Every morning we will rise for a delicious homemade organic breakfast, then gather for a morning workshop to prepare for our day of alchemy. Workshops focus on rituals, tools and practices for manifesting our desires out in the world, including the use of dream work, oracle cards, energy experiments, pendulums, and more. Daily excursions and activities that engage with the soul of this culture, including a Moroccan cooking lesson at a renowned cooking school, a guided tour of the historic sites and lively souks (markets) of Marrakesh, a relaxing spa day at a renowned hammam, an all-day trip to the charming coastal town of Essaouira with an optional camel ride on the beach, and an outing to the Atlas Mountains for a hike or mule ride.   In the evening, we will gather for delicious meals either at the Pavilions or in a Moroccan town. At least one night, we will wander the exotic, mystical market square of Marrakesh - home to snake charmers, fortune tellers, dancers, storytellers and more. At the Pavilions, our evening activities include henna tattoos and an outdoor movie night under the stars. Delicious organic meals at the Pavilions, made fresh with local farm-to-table resources and served either outdoors on the terrace or in the gorgeous Moroccan dining tent. Several evenings at the Pavilion will include cocktails & canapés before dinner is served. And, no worries, there will also be free time to unwind by the swimming pool or head back into town to haggle in the markets for gorgeous Moroccan pottery, rugs and spices.  [arrow] More about Peacock Pavilions Home base for our exploration will be Peacock Pavilions. Located in Marrakesh on 8.5 acres of land, including 5 acres of olive grove, this stylish and eco-friendly abode has been featured in worldwide publications, including National Geographic Traveler, Elle Decor, Travel+Leisure and more. https://vimeo.com/122532366 A row of fountains in a garden of roses leads you to the front door. Everything you see has a story to tell, with treasures gathered the world over. We have exclusive use of the property that includes an enormous fireplace with ample seating, a quirky library, seating and dining areas for intimate discussions and cozy meals, and a spiral staircase leading to a catwalk high in the air, where you can sit on vintage embroideries and admire the view. The breathtaking beauty continues in the guest rooms. Luxuriously designed, the spacious shared bedrooms each feature a gorgeous fireplace and glamorous en suite bathroom. All rooms are double occupancy (twin beds) so, if you are traveling alone, we will do our best to ensure you are matched with a suitable roommate. Of course, all of our Souldust guests are pretty amazing. [gallery size="large" type="slideshow" ids="789,788,2020,2021,2018,2017,2015"] Outside, an arcaded terrace offers a magical place to enjoy organic cuisine near the inviting pool. Loungers & umbrellas offer the perfect spot to sunbathe or read. And the dining tent with its rich Moroccan rugs and textiles makes every dining experience a special occasion. Peacock Pavilions will be providing many of our meals. The Pavilion’s cuisine is simple and delicious, using fresh ingredients from the hotel’s on-site organic gardens or local markets. Selection is seasonal, and you are guaranteed to love and appreciate each bite. Most meals at the Pavilions are vegetarian and dietary restrictions can be accommodated. [arrow] All the included goodies 8 days, 7 nights luxury shared accommodations Exclusive use of estate premises (terraces, pool, grounds) Daily homemade, organic breakfast 2 hosted lunches + 5 hosted dinners @ the Pavilion Daily workshops on waking up your inner alchemist Cultural experiences such as Moroccan cooking and belly dancing Henna party with cocktails & canapés Visit to traditional hammam spa Movie night in an olive grove under the stars Final night dinner party in the exotic dining tent Day trips to Marrakesh, Essaouira, and the Atlas Mountains Transportation, guides, and entrance fees for day trips Group airport transfers to & from the Pavilions (within designated time frames) Daily gratuity for services at the Pavilion Mystic toolkit for enhancing your experience + intuition One private session with Rachel to focus in on your personal style of magic-making Note:  Itinerary and activities are subject to change due to availability or other circumstances. Not included Airfare or other transportation to/from Morocco Transportation outside of retreat activities 3 lunches + 2 dinners, on excursion / free days ($20 or less per meal) Alcoholic beverages outside of hosted cocktail parties Optional activities on excursions, such as camel rides [arrow] Ready to wander with us? Hooray!  Space is limited to 10 alchemists who are ready to make magic happen, so we encourage you to claim your spot early.  Because of shared rooms, this retreat has limitations on its ability to be coed. Men who wish to attend may join as part of a couple, check with us to see if other men have expressed interest, or check with us re: cost to upgrade to a private room. $2695 to register for this event, which is all-inclusive except for 5 off-site meals. Reserve your spot by paying in full now, or optionally choose a payment plan, with the balance due before retreat arrival. All payments are in United States Dollars (USD).  Payment plans begin on the month following registration - contact us if you would like to make alternate arrangements. Also, due to venue and energetic commitments, registrations are non-refundable.  You can read the full cancellation policy in our Products & Services Terms of Use.  
Peacock Pavilions Marrakesh Morocco
Rachel Ford
Camps

Camp Souldust: Magic in the Woods 2018

Apr 20-23, 2018
USA
For a full rundown of the Camp Souldust experience, visit the event website at campsouldust.com   Imagine yourself on a floating dock in the middle of a lake looking up at the sky as dusk fades away to reveal the stars.  You’re tired...but a good kind of tired, where you have expended energy refreshing your soul with laughter, physical movement, new friends and a deeper understanding of your own personal magic. Welcome to Camp Souldust. Making space for joy Camp Souldust is where the simplicity of the summer camp meets a world of soulful exploration.  You’ll become part of a tribe of vibrant, glorious, curious souls united in an analog, magic-infused experience complete with cabins, camp counselors and s’mores.  We’ll make space to help you unearth your soul’s calling right under the forest canopy. A world apart, close to home Camp Souldust is held at a comfortable, authentic, and rustic summer camp tucked into the woods on the shores of the Puget Sound, just an hour from Seattle. Our 4 day, 3 night camp will combine the abandoned joy of traditional summer camp goodness with exploration of subjects like chakras, spiritual yoga, breathwork, animal totems and so much more. [arrow] Connection. Sacred Art. Yoga. Rituals. Deep Conversation. Self-Love. Journaling. Meditation. Candlelight. Starlight. and... Belly Laughs. Campfires. Hiking. 20 Pieces of Flair. Archery. Friendly Competition. Summer camp + soul work = magic. Your registration for Camp Souldust includes... Shared cabin accommodations* for three nights, with a rock star counselor + a host of your new best friends Delicious meals + snacks every day (9 meals total), served in a traditional camp dining hall A delightful camp care package, with goodies both practical and magical Daily yoga or movement practice on our three mornings together - movement sessions will be accessible for all levels Inspirational all-camp keynotes from cool people doing transformative work Up to 7 expert workshops with Souldust guides and guest teachers (2-3 sessions per day), on subjects both playful and soulful. Workshops may include intuitive arts and crafts, chakras, animal totems, yoga for anxiety, elemental medicine, dreamwork and more, mixed in with traditional camp activities such as canoes, archery, climbing wall, ropes courses, nature walks... the list goes on. Note: These are examples only, lineup is still being finalized. Some workshops may have materials fees. Daily evening campfire gatherings with the entire Camp posse, filled with laughter and connection. And possibly s'mores, skits, and songs. Full run of Camp Colman amenities - we have it to ourselves all weekend - including trails, beach, canoes & rowboats, and more. Access to optional private sessions with energy healers, card readers, astrologists, yoga teachers, and more (additional fees apply). A priceless opportunity for connection and relaxation with Mama Earth, other beautiful humans and, most importantly, yourself. Transportation to Camp not included.  Campers encouraged to ride share where possible, due to limited parking + being kind to the Earth. *Full Disclosure: This is a "real" rustic camp adventure, bunk beds and all. (Although no worries, there are real bathrooms.) Slumber party!  For even more details about the Camp Souldust experience, visit the event website at camp.souldust.com. Ready to come out and play? Here's what you need to know... Price. Alumni campers get first dibs on bunks, so space is limited. Pricing is in tiers – in other words, the earlier you sign up, the better your price of entry!  2018 full price registration is $725. Get $100 off ($625) if you are one of the first 40 campers to register for our open bunks. Payment Plans. Extended payment plans are available, based on the number of months until the first day of Camp. There is no service fee for registering with a plan. For example, if you register 6 months early at $625, your plan will be a bit over $100/month for 6 months. Registration must be paid in full by the time you arrive at Camp. Start and Finish Times. We begin after dinner on Friday, around 6 PM. Check in as early as 3:30 PM to give yourself time to wander the beach or woods, or simply chill on the dock.  We wrap up after lunch on Monday around 2 PM. Early departures on Sunday are OK (we will be very sad and hope you can stay), but you will miss one round of workshops + closing ceremony.  Sorry, no discounted rates for early departures. Who Can Come?  Registration is open to adults of any gender, over the age of 18.  The camp is located on a forest hillside so its accessibility is limited; we recommend taking that into consideration if you have any physical limitations.  Please also note that smoking, alcohol and drugs are not permitted on the Camp Colman property. Cabin Assignments. Cabins are same-sex, so if you register with your opposite sex partner, you will be in separate cabins. If you are registering to be in a specific counselor's cabin, or registering with friends, you can specify that at registration or send us an email. Otherwise you will be assigned an awesome cabin and will have a host of delightful new friends by the end of the weekend! Activity Registration. We are still finalizing the lineup of teachers for the Camp workshops. Once that is complete, you will receive notification that registration is open so you can sign up for your preferred workshops! CANCELLATION POLICY. Please note all sales (registrations) are final and non-refundable, due to the complexity of the event. This includes registrations made using a payment plan option. The registration is transferable -- in the event of an unexpected conflict, you can transfer your registration to a friend or family member. In other words, please be sure when you sign up! More Questions? See our Frequently Asked Questions. Additional logistic details will be sent out as we get closer to our adventure together, but please feel free to email us with questions.
Camp Colman 20016 Bay Road KP S Longbranch, WA 98351 USA
Rachel Ford ...and more to be announced!
1:1 Sessions

Oracle of Initiation Reading

Scheduled with Guide
An Oracle of Initiation reading with Mellissae Lucia offers both practical and profound insights on navigating the unfolding of your soul.  Mellissae uses her own Oracle deck as a sacred map to reveal the terrain of your unique brilliance, what is yearning to be activated in this lifetime. Through embracing your Rainbows in the Dark -- the paradox of your greatest gifts hidden within your shadows -- you may unleash the creative potentials that you came here to embody. Mellissae’s own journey into the New Mexico desert, birthing the deck after the death of her husband, is an example of how to use the Oracle's deep wisdom and compassion to liberate your wild, intuitive knowing. Claim the life of your dreams with the Oracle of Initiation’s illuminated guidance. During an Oracle of Initiation reading with Mellissae, you may: Learn specific practices, strategies, and rituals to cultivate your intuitive knowing and embody your authentic gifts Discover how your creative Muses wish to work with and through you Recognize the current initiatory cycles you are in and how to best meet their lessons, including avoiding the pitfalls and illusions of this stage of spiritual awakening Investigate the potential for manifesting a creative idea you wish to bring to life Understand what your dreams, signs, and synchronicities are trying to reveal about the next steps on your path Reframe your initiatory struggles, releasing the hidden power available in these sacred growth opportunities Clear constricting cultural and familial beliefs to claim your unique voice Courageously explore what your inner adventurer really wants you to do with your one precious life Readings can be either 30 or 60  minutes in length, and are usually virtual via telephone or Skype.  Because Mellissae is an adventurer herself, she is often on the road but an in-person reading may be an option if she is in your area.  Within 48 hours of purchasing your reading, Melissae will be in contact via email to schedule a date and time. Photo credit: MK Barr
Virtual
Mellissae Lucia
Something magical happens when we step outside. The sun on your face, the wind in your hair. You are completely and utterly in the moment, connected to nature – your soul and mind in complete alignment. Anything is possible.

Maybe you’re feeling scattered. Shaky. Ungrounded. It’s time to breathe fresh air and get back in touch with your primal instinct. In our camps, you can step away from the chaos of everyday life and find firm footing again. Our activities will ignite your senses and inspire the rituals your soul craves. In nature, you and newfound soulmates will find space. Connection. Clarity. Firmly rooted, you’ll be more in tune with your instinct than you’ve been in a long, long time.
You’ve gotten good at wearing a mask. In today’s 24/7 connected world, you layer on the armor of what others expect of you – your boss, parents, kids, significant other. You’re so used to reacting that you’re not even sure what makes you tick anymore.

What if you were seen and accepted exactly as you are? Who is that person? Do you remember? How do you turn that gray numbness into brilliant technicolor? How do you feel vibrant, warm and alive again?

If you’re feeling lost or out of alignment, it’s time to get creative. Your intuition is under there, like a tree bud in winter. It knows you. You just need some tools to give it a voice again.  Souldust workshops engage from the heart, helping that inner voice of your true self emerge and shine.
Magic happens when we travel. We feel freedom - discovering new sights, sounds and smells. Like a child, you are never more alert and present than when everything is unfamiliar. You are awash in wonder. You feel lighter, expansive, open to possibility.

In this sensory overload you find yourself. The vibrant pulse of a bustling city or the quiet majesty of a mountain ridge awakens your senses and ignites your creativity. It envelopes you, seeping into your bones and your heart. Your intuition comes into sharp focus once again.

You feel connected. To this new place. To new people. To yourself.

Ancient thinkers refer to this connection as anima mundi, or the soul of the world. The entire world as a collective soul and intelligence. No matter where we go or who we are with, we are all parts of this same soul. You feel this connection more profoundly when you take yourself out of your familiar day-to-day life and awaken your senses. In this way, you come back to yourself. You recognize your place in the world. And you realize that no matter where you are, you’re at home.
Have you been killing yourself over a life or business goal, but not sure why the prospect of achieving it feels heavy and hollow? Is there a restlessness — you know you’re not where you want to be but not sure where “there” even is? Are the everyday stresses and demands of “being who you’re supposed to be” tarnishing the brilliance within you? Are you even sure who “you” are anymore? The real you is in there and she’s yearning to be heard. You just need tools to hear what she has to say.  If you have a specific dragon that needs slaying or a knot that needs untying so your work and life can feel more “right”, come explore your path with a Souldust Guide. Together, we'll take aspects of sensory exploration, creativity, intuitive practice, ritual and more and swirl them together to create a custom catalyst just for you. So you can make meaningful, healthier decisions. Stand comfortably firm amidst the chaos. Let’s get practical and playful to create the life you really want, and align who you are on the inside with what you experience on the outside.

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