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Nature Intelligence and the Dreaming of Earth

Nature Intelligence and the Dreaming of Earth – Beyond the doors of perception

Sat 29 August 2020 (14 Days)
Twobirds Cunningham, supported by Marja Kuijer

Two-Week Intensive in Earth-Centred Shamanism

The world is alive, intelligent, aware, communicative, and filled with soul. We are not alone; we are part of something much larger than ourselves and we are companioned by millions upon millions of related life-forms.
While people brought up within the literate culture often speak ‘about’ the world, indigenous people speak directly ‘to’ the world, acknowledging animals, plants, and landforms as expressive intelligent beings, as equals, with whom they find communion. Yet many of our inherited Western concepts serve to isolate our intelligence from the intimacy and communion with all life on Earth.

This Two-week Intensive is a journey of owning up to our place as a creature of Earth where we can begin to directly interact with the meanings that flow into us from the world every minute of every day of our lives. These meanings are directly related to what is happening in the world around us, in the communication between plants, the intelligence of animals and the functioning of Gaia.

The mystery of life is not a problem to solve but a reality to experience, binding us ever more deeply into the web of life in its purest form.

A journey of opening our perceptual doors awaits through which we can enter another world entirely: we learn to see from an alternative perspective where the other life forms of Earth speak to us on their own terms through which we can begin to find a path to sustainable habitation of this planet. We realise that our nature is Nature and we begin to hear the forgotten voices of the wild once more as a natural expression of being. This journey can be seen as a rebirthing experience, an opportunity to return to our original instructions as a foundation for harmonious relationships with all life.

Through daily application of core-shamanic practices and deep communion with the Plant Beings, the Living Lands and its many Ecosystems we will explore the following main topics:

Hidden Landscapes – the Metaphysical Background of the World

The metaphysical background of the world is that which underlies the physical expression of all that exists – a place where we meet as living beings identical in nature and core, a communicatory interblending of souls all given birth by Earth. It is where we become part of the other and the other becomes part of us.

Healing with Plant Spirit Medicine

When a shaman uses a plant for healing, he/she is calling upon a spirit being – an ‘other’ intelligence that knows exactly what is needed to aid the healing process.

Self-organised Systems

In wild systems intelligence, free will, choice, innovation, and sophisticated adaptation are inherent. We will be in communion with eco-ranges to establish deep friendship and to learn to ‘think like the wild’ from the wild itself.

The Doors of Perception

The doors of perception are the sensory portals through which we experience the world. The capacity for opening these doors is built into us and every species of life on this planet.

Sensory Integration and Synaesthesia

Through awakening the senses and expanding our experience of the sensual field we will step directly into the natural magic of perception, exploring the willed alteration of our senses and the wild transformation of the sensuous. The boundaries between self and non-self become thin, enabling the movement of consciousness from a static sense of us being in a place to our immersion within the metaphysical background of the world.

The Secret Kinesis of the World – Heart Perception

The feeling dimensions of the world that are held in all living things are deeply important if we want to touch the dreaming of Earth. It is the key to opening sensory gating channels more widely. In order to travel deep into the heart of the world, we need to have, at the root of our approach, a capacity for intuition and feeling. We can’t get there through thinking alone.

Interactive Communication & Cooperation

We will nurture our telepathic and intuitive abilities, rekindling the skills that our hunter-gatherer Ancestors relied upon for their sustenance, safety, and communion with all life.

The Art of Analogical Thinking

Analogical thinking is one of the oldest forms of depth perception that human beings have. It is the kind of cognition that occurs when we think through our synesthetic perceiving, up to the point where our sense of self fades and the deeper text of the world can be read – the invisible becomes visible.

The Dreaming of Earth – Archetypes and the Imaginal Realms

Every form we see in this world is a modified expression of the archetype that underlies it. The essential identity we recognise as Plant, for instance, exists as a unique archetype in the mythic quantum world, the ‘Ocean of Being’ that underlies everything; the imaginal realm from which Earth dreams form into being.

Individual and Group Healing Work

Re-awakening and nurturing this intuitive sensitivity is a highly personal journey, which requires an open heart and a preparedness to engage with issues of self-enquiry, healing and transformation.

Art, Music & Dance

Manifesting our intentions and experiences through art, music and dance is an important part of shamanic work and will be used on a regular basis throughout our time together.

Tiered Pricing

Our quoted prices are fully inclusive of participation in the workshop or event, accommodation in our guest rooms (including towels and linen), all meals and refreshments, and full access to our community facilities like our meditation sanctuaries. Some facilities, like our saunas and hot tub, ask for a donation for use.

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Before you book your place, please take a moment to consider that the Findhorn Foundation is a Charitable Trust. We believe that the benefits of holistic learning should be available to everyone regardless of their financial or life situation, and that the transformational journey is enriched by a diversity of participants.

We recognise that what is affordable for some can be a financial stretch for others and offer a tiered pricing structure. When you book, please select the price that feels appropriate for you.

Pay it Forward Price covers the cost of your workshop and includes a contribution to our bursary fund. This will make participation possible for one or more people who otherwise would not be able to join our transformational work in the world.

Sustainable Price covers the cost of your workshop and helps us to sustain our learning and guest facilities.

Supported Price reflects a partial bursary toward the cost of your workshop and is intended for those with minor financial need.

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2020-08-29 14 £1770 / £1400 / £1170