Journey of the Heart
Mindfulness, Earth-based Skills & Spirit Practices for Women*:
An Adventure Together Across the Seasons
"Kris & Tammi are skilled facilitators and they bring so much experience and talent to the table. They are able to hold a strong and safe container for the group — our growth and transformation can occur in that heart-space while we are together at Heartstone, but also continues to happen in the months between sessions."
~ Kim, 2018-2019 participant
Each weekend will focus on themes associated with the season and cycle of life in the natural world and within ourselves.
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 the 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 create gourd rattles with seeds and plant a dream garden together.
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. Together, we create rim drums to carry our intentions and voices.
In the autumn, our focus turns to themes of maturity, deepening, and receiving nourishment. This weekend, we create beautiful bowls made from gourds.
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. Together, we reflect on our social identities, 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. Together, we felt altar cloths to support our intentions & personal practices over winter. Under the stars, we gather to remember who we are in the bigger picture of Life.
"I have learned to communicate with the natural world by creating space and connection with my heart. And I am learning to listen more and do less.
I have learned that ceremony provides me with an ability to concentrate intention which helps to launch my hopes and dreams into reality. I also am learning how I sabotage this process with my home life and habits.
The challenge of being vulnerable in a group keeps me in the process of reconnecting to my heart again and again.This has gotten a little easier each time. I am surprised I find myself missing my classmates between times and enjoy breathing into the warm heart caring I am developing for each person.
This feels like a huge gift to me because I used to feel threatened by the needs of groups. Now I trust in the flow of the process for each person to get just what they need, and I don’t have to facilitate that connection."
~ Journey Participant
Finally, the 5th weekend, we come together again in Spring. Now, we bring all of our learning, practices and connections to integrate, celebrate, and look forward together.
In addition to each weekend's curriculum, there will be activities to do between sessions to deepen, enliven, and bring continuity to our experience over the seasons. Between sessions, we read a book and practice mindfulness and self-reflection activities, some with journaling. We also meet monthly in a ZOOM online group session to check in with one another.
We recognize that most participants have full lives and we want each person to participate at a level that works for you. Rather than adding pressure or overwhelm to busy lives, our intention is to have this course be a nourishing and uplifting experience, including between weekends.
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 in Canandaigua, NY where there are heated facilities.
Simple, healthy meals will be provided.
We are so excited to embark on the Journey of the Heart in 2020-2021 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
** 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 $2350.
Meals and most supplies are included in tuition. Since we are only able to accept 24 people into the program, a $250 non-refundable deposit is required to hold a place.
Please note: Due to the need for social distancing during the COVID pandemic, Journey of the Heart will now run from August 2020 to August 2021 rather than May-May. A new 5th weekend has been added to end end: All other original dates will remain the same. We are committed to the safety and health of everyone involved in our programs and will be tracking the most up-to-date and reliable information available to guide our decisions. If safety is still questionable in August, we will revisit the Journey calendar one more time and consider running the program from October 2020 to October 2021. If October remains uncertain, we will postpone the course entirely to another year.
5 Weekends, Full Year
- August 7-9
- October 2-4
- February 5-7
- May 21-23
- August 6-8
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 also 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 if you have any questions at all. We're excited to learn more about you and answer any questions you have before registering.
This is a committed program with limited space, and you can find some of our questions in the application below.
If you have any questions before you register, please don't hesitate to reach out!
*A note about 2020 Participants: While our courses are typically open to all adults, this year's Journey of the Heart is tailored to the experiences of women. All who identify as women are welcome.
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.
Thank you! I’m learning about my gifts and how to offer them more effectively in the world.
I’m learning how to be stronger as a woman and learning more ways to walk healing paths with clients. I have many more tools in my toolbelt now!
~ Kim, 2018-2019 Journey Of The Heart