Immerse in nature with the beautiful beings, brilliant bees, and beckoning landscape at Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary in Floyd, VA. Curiosity and reflection will guide our journey as we delve into seasonal archetypes utilizing movement, music-evoked guided imagery, mandala and artistic experiences, meditation, community, and immersion in healing aspects of nature. All sessions include a wholesome, healthy lunch and snacks each day, herbal preparations such as tinctures and salves, art supplies, and plenty of time exploring the gardens and bees.
In considering how to balance our archetypal influences throughout the changing seasons, we will examine ways to allow for both growth and release in our spring preparations and fall reflections, to harmonize cool contemplation with summer’s sizzling expansion, and to bring the spark of summer into the depths of winter. Participants are welcome to join one or more of these retreat-style workshops as each season will bring new insights and discoveries.
Savoring Summer’s Spark – July 9
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.
Fall Retreat – September 30 – October 2
The fall retreat 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.
If you are interested in camping overnight for the in-person workshop, please select the button below to reserve a space.
About the Presenters
Jessica, Courtney, and Alex 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.
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.