Interested in embarking on a journey into your own interior wilderness? Curious or apprehensive? During Chaos to Quest, our wilderness adventure in Scotland this Septmber we will be spending part of our time exploring the region by foot and canoe, sometimes while incorporating some of the practices you will be learning. At other times you will be engaging in various nature-based practices on your own, or as a group. In the weeks that follow I shall elaborate upon some of what you will be learning and practicing during our six days together.
The Explorer’s Kit
Every explorer needs a kit. The kit is comprised of the gear necessary for survival in the natural environment. It consists of warm and weather-proof clothing, tents, good shoes and socks, hiking sticks, food, first aid kit, survival skills and knowledge, compass and maps. For those who wish to explore, or to guide others, in the wilderness certain essential skills and physical tools are required. A similar kit is just as vital when venturing into the realms of our inner-nature. Below we will present the primary elements of EarthMind Fellowship’s kit for exploring our inner and outer nature. As guides we wish to create a container for a safe, if not always comfortable, adventure into the wild. Our kit is comprised of many tools for guiding individuals in the wild and ultimately for teaching them how to explore safely on their own. Our kit is composed of our survival skills, outdoor experience, psychotherapeutic training, self-awarness skills, HeartMath and other essential gear we’ve gained in our own journeys. Most essential to a fruitful quest in the wilderness are maps. Just as a physical map can reveal many aspects of a landscape (topographical, political, economic, ecological) at many levels of detail (from a neighborhood to a solar system) we use many maps to explore the inner world. These maps help guide us through different aspects and different scales of the human experience. They range from the exquisitely detailed, small-scale, maps of buddhist psychotherapy, to the mid-scale maps of HeartMath, to the larger scale maps of WildMind and Integral Theory which helps us place the individual within the context of a human lifetime and even into an evolutionary and ecological perspective. Though part of exploration entails bush-whacking and occasionally getting disoriented these maps ensure that this experience is temporary, and that we shall eventually re- emerge into new territory bearing the discoveries and gifts of our journey.
We shall be delving into maps and kit in more depth in future posts. In the meantime…happy trails to you…
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Basic Schedule for our September Adventure
Day 1: Arrival, intro to EMF, wild mind, heartmath.
Day 2-5: The Journey.
Day 6: Concluding day, integration exercise, closing ceremony.