Each workshop will mirror one of the four seasons in the northern hemisphere and offer opportunities to explore them as archetypes which flow naturally through our human experiences. The archetypes may show up as chapters in our lives or moments during our day. For example, a period of contraction (winter) may follow an experience of deep grief, or a feeling of abundance (summer) may accompany a time of rapid growth. As such, participation in this series is not limited to those in the northern hemisphere.
A Journey of Wonder is thoughtfully crafted with experiential activities including: mindfulness, meditation, movement, yoga, immersion in healing aspects of nature, mandala and artistic experiences, and music-evoked imagery experiences through a group adaptation of The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery & Music. Participants will also receive a workbook for ongoing exploration between each workshop session. The workbook contains meditations, activities, journal prompts, music suggestions, recipes, and more. The In-Person Retreat also includes a healthy lunch and snacks each day, herbal preparations such as tinctures and salves, art supplies, and plenty of time exploring the gardens and bees.
Welcoming Winter’s Wisdom
The first workshop of this series provides opportunities for Welcoming Winter’s Wisdom. This is the archetype for contraction, slowing down, and storytelling. We will uncover our courage, and wind our way into opportunities for giving back, sharing wisdom, and exploring conclusions. We may inquire about the need for a journey of healing or transition; explore what we are seeking from our experiences, and what we’re giving back.
Sprouting into Spring
An opportunity for Sprouting into Spring focuses on inner life, balance, and transitioning. We will examine what may be flowering within us, encourage gentle unfoldings of our true nature, and embrace the inner warmth of our authentic self. We may inquire about our ability to trust and be curious; explore what may be keeping us from a new beginning or the need to build bridges of healthy support.
Savoring Summer’s Spark
At the height of summer, we will be Savoring Summer’s Spark and focusing on outer life, expansion, abundance, and exploring our relationships with self, others, and the natural world. We may inquire about what’s burning inside of us, explore our thirst and our potential, and examine our resiliency and elasticity.
Awakening Autumn’s Insights
In September, Awakening Autumn’s Insights inspires us to explore gratitude, hope, and release. This is the season for medicinal herbs and arts, of water and emotions. We may inquire about what we’re clinging to from the past, what may be draining us, or what we need to let go of, and delve into the disquiet of lack and the delight of abundance.
Immerse in nature with the beautiful beings, brilliant bees, and beckoning landscape at Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary in Floyd, VA. Following our four virtual workshops, the October retreat pulls together the gifts and challenges of each seasonal archetype and supports contemplation and integration of the images, emotions, connections, and insights that may speak to our personal beliefs, assumptions, and previously unexamined conclusions.
As a group, we will share experiential activities that support a grounded dive into the roots of understanding and acceptance of Self and our place in the world. We will ponder what our passions are communicating to us and what may be blocking our path to our best self.
Curiosity and reflection will guide our journey as we delve into the seasonal archetypes utilizing movement, music, mandala, meditation, community, and the natural environment. In considering how to balance our archetypal influences, we might examine ways to allow for both growth and release in our fall reflections and spring preparations, to harmonize cool contemplation with summer’s sizzling expansion, and to bring the spark of summer into the depths of winter.
We are committed to expanding self-awareness, transforming our impact on the earth, and making a difference in our communities. And we are joyfully anticipating this in-person adventure with all who have previously participated in our workshops, and with those who are new to our work. We have all traveled many paths that are now converging in this Journey of Wonder as we celebrate the seasons of Self.
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About the Presenters
Jessica Talley & Courtney Pace have traveled many paths over the years, gathering powerful gifts along their journeys in support of healing and connection in their community and natural environment. Inspired by intentions to expand their minds and hearts, they now share a grateful determination to hold space for group experiences that challenge connection with our inner and outer natures, that allow people to be seen and heard without fear of judgment, and that offer the depth of emotional exploration with the lightness of acceptance and wonder. Jess and Courtney have joined forces with Alex Tuchman and the beautiful beings at Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary to share these gifts with the Spikenard community.
Jessica Talley is an experiential practitioner and passionate educator of health and wellness. Her interest in holistic health has led her down many paths… from personal training and functional medicine health coaching to counseling, music-evoked imagery, and ecotherapy techniques. She assists clients in exploring root causes of emotional and physical health and lifestyle issues through a music-centered, consciousness-expanding therapy called The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, along with mindfulness and health coaching techniques, and nature-based activities. Jess is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Fellow by the Association for Music and Imagery. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Additionally, she holds certifications as a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach and a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach, and is currently working toward a certification in Ecotherapy. Working with individuals and groups, Jess aspires to bring a balance of depth and lightness into her sessions, workshops, programs, and retreats.
Courtney Pace has deep roots in the natural world, finding solace and inspiration within nature’s diversity, abundance, and resilience. She is passionate about helping humans reconnect to their true nature and realize their integral role as part of earth’s ecosystem. Through somatic studies of the human body coupled with deep explorations of the psyche, she has found valuable insights which she shares through movement, meditation, mindfulness, breathing inquiries, and more. She enjoys creating spaces for personal transformation and engages participants with great care, compassion, and empathy. Courtney holds a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry and Environmental Science from Virginia Tech, is Nationally Board Certified as a Massage Therapist, and is further trained as a practitioner of Medical Therapeutic Yoga.
Alex Tuchman is Director of Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary and brings a deeply unique understanding of the natural and spiritual worlds through his extensive experience as a beekeeper, educator, farmer, author, and student of nature. Through the eyes of the honeybee, Alex shares observations and insights to gently guide students toward a more holistic approach of living in partnership with nature.