Journey Of The Heart
Mindfulness, Earth-based Skills & Spirit: Practices across the Seasons
Each weekend will focus on themes associated with the season and cycle of life.
Surrounded by fields, woods and wildlife, our activities will include individual and group mindfulness practices, journeys and guided meditations, self-inquiry, discussions, ceremony, and hands-on workshops.
You’ll learn new skills & practices with your hands and hearts, and within a kindred community, explore your sense of self, your growth edges and dreams.
We will play and pray, move and be still, carve and build, plant and harvest, share and reflect. We’ll learn tools for bringing compassion and courage into your life, energy and focus into your dreams, and support to learn at your growth edges, as you desire.
With the gifts of the Seasons, the Directions, and the Elements as our guides, we’ll nourish our experience of being alive and interconnected.
The Journey of the Heart is a full year program spanning four seasons.
In the spring we turn our attention to beginning times and the power of seeds; seeds outside in nature and seeds inside ourselves.
We’ll practice transforming dreams into ideas and ideas into seeds to be planted in your life.
Among other activities, we’ll plant a group dream garden together and begin to learn the movements of personal pipe ceremony for your Spirit practice.*
In the summer, we focus on themes of action and embodiment, creativity, and expression.
The seeds planted in the spring are now in their flowering and fruiting times and so we, too, call our dreams into more fullness and form.
Letting the unapologetic expressions of nature be our guides, we also begin to explore the exiled parts of ourselves & learn what they have to teach us.
In the autumn, our focus turns to themes of maturity, deepening, and receiving nourishment.
As the plants begin to pull resources into their roots and the days become shorter, we share Sweatlodge and give thanks for the abundance of life and the lessons learned through the growing time.
We begin to give voice to the questions we want to offer into the great mystery in the west.
In the winter, we climb into the stillness and quiet together. We reflect and take stock of what has been beneficial and release what is no longer needed.
We acknowledge the importance of loss and grief in our life cycles and the corresponding experiences of love. We honor our Ancestors and Relatives and join hands with the lineage of the past and the future.
We create space for new dreams – listening for those that are calling to become seeds and explore how to support their gestation over the winter. Under the stars, we gather to remember who we are in the bigger picture of Life.
Finally, the 5th weekend, we gather together with all of our learning, practices and connection to integrate, celebrate, and look forward together.
Over the course of the year, we’ll share lots of “workshopping” time! We’ll make rim drums as tools to give voice to our hearts, carve bowls and spoons to carry the gifts of nourishment, make personal pipes* to carry our prayers, as well as other creations.
There will also be activities to do between sessions to deepen, enliven, and bring continuity to our experience over the seasons.
While this program is not an herbal medicine course per se, most weekends will include teaching and an activity with plants or plant medicine.
Participants are expected to attend all weekends as the learning and sense of community each weekend builds on the ones preceding it.
The program is residential and all weekends except one will be at Heartstone. You will stay in your own tents or in our yurt, the Toadstool (lean-to) or 4-person bunkhouse.** The February winter session will be held at Arnot State Forest on a neighboring hill where there are heated facilities.
Simple, healthy meals will be provided.
We are so excited to embark on the Journey of the Heart in 2017-2018 with 24 of you who have been waiting for this kind of experience. Please let us know if you want to join us, and contact us if you have any questions!
Peace & green blessings,
Kris & Tammi
*The pipe & pipe ceremony we will share with you is for use in your personal spirit practice. It has been passed to us by our teacher, Tom Brown, Jr who learned it from his Lipan Apache Elder & teacher, Stalking Wolf.
We are so grateful for the privilege of learning to make this pipe and learn this ceremony. IT IS NOT INTENDED NOR AUTHORIZED TO CARRY THE ROLE OF BEING A SACRED PIPE CARRIER ON BEHALF OF A NATION OR TRIBE. Rather, it is a tool for personal prayer, thanksgiving and guidance.
** Preference for rustic facilities is given to Elders or those needing physical accommodation.
C. Schedule and Tuition
Tuition for the full year Journey of the Heart program is $2150.
Meals and most supplies are included in tuition. Since we are only able to accept 24 people into the program, a $258 non-refundable deposit is required to hold a place.
Journey of the Heart
5 Weekends, Full Year
2018 May 18-20 August 3-5 October 19-21
2019 February 1-3
Deposit & Payment
In order to register, please click below to fill out the registration form and pay the deposit online via credit card or by check, payable to "Heartstone".
Full payment can be sent by check. Payment plans are available for the balance of tuition. Details will come with your information packet upon registering but please call with any questions.
Do You Have Questions About The Program?
Please contact us. We're excited to learn more about you and answer any questions you have before registering.
If you have any questions before you register, please don't hesitate to reach out!
Note : This is an immersion program and in order to participate fully, we ask that the students plan to stay at Heartstone Center. See the logistical information above.