Personal project weekend
Begin to make something, or do something differently.
This can take any form you wish but we invite you to think about this as something that
reminds you of your authentic pulse at the centre of everything.
Making visible reflections
The intention of the personal project weekend is to begin to experiment with making ideas visible by embodying some of the emerging themes from the course in a deeper way. This weekend is a seed of something to grow into the spring and into your pilgrimage.
We think of embodied practice as living wisdom; the moment that an idea, a form, a movement, an image moves out of your inner sphere and begins to inspire your entire life. The moment that it becomes in service to yourself and to a wider landscape.
One grain of pollen at a time.
The invitation for this weekend is to make something visible - this could be time spent developing something to share with your partner from the course, or developing something that others can inhabit; for example an event, an outfit, a special sharing, or just giving yourself that little extra space to nurture something that is bubbling.
When entering this process, take a moment to feel into everything that has passed through so far on this journey, and what it is that is present for you now.
You may like to make a visit to some of your nature companions or places that you have been communing with throughout the course, as a little tuning in process for yourself, or if weather allows, you may even like to spend some time doing the making outside within these environments.
Feel into the four elements of the pulse, the cloth, the spindle and the vessel, and find a way to begin to interpret these through your making.
Remember the questions around giving and receiving nourishment and allow this to flow through your creations.
Sharing in pairs
When coming together, find a way that feels truly authentic to you, of how you would like to share your process and use this time and connection also as a seed.
"Butterfly Woman is the female fertilizing force. Carrying the pollen from one place to another, she cross fertilizes, just as the soul fertilizes mind with night dreams, just as the archetypes fertilize the mundane world. She is the centre. She brings the opposites together by taking little from here and putting it there. Transformation is no more complicated than that. This is what she teaches. This is how the butterfly does it. How the soul does it.
Butterfly Woman mends the erroneous idea that transformation is only for the tortured, the saintly, or the fabulously strong.
The Self need not carry mountains to transform. A little is enough. A little goes a long way. A little changes much. The fertilizing force replaces the moving of mountains. Butterfly Woman Pollinates the souls of the earth: It is easier than you think she says. She is shaking her feather fan and she's hopping, for she is spilling pollen all over the people who are there, Native Americans, little children, visitors, everyone. She is using her entire body as a blessing, her old, frail, big short-legged, short necked spotted body. This woman is connected to her wild nature, the translator of the instinctual, the fertilizing force, the mender, the rememberer of old ideas."
Clarissa Pinkola Estes - Women who run with the wolves