A Body Soul journey through the Celtic wheel of time working with the energies of the solstices and equinoxes through movement, ritual, embodied story and dream time.
I am the wind which breathes upon the sea,
I am the wave of the ocean,
I am the murmur of the billows,
I am the ox of the seven combats,
I am the vulture upon the rocks,
I am a beam of the sun,
I am the fairest of plants,
I am the wild boar of valor,
I am the salmon in the water,
I am the lake in the plain,
I am a word of science,
I am the point of the lance of battle,
I am the God who created in the head of fire,
Who is it who throws the light into the meeting of the mountain?
Who announces the ages of the moon?
Who teaches the place where couches the sun? (If not I)
~ ascribed to the poet Amerigin, translated by Douglas Hyde
By leaning our bodies into the support offered by the seasonal comings and goings of Mother Nature, aligning our whole selves with the rhythms inherent in the Bigger Container, we explore the possibility and potential of meeting these natural pulses of life from deep within our own bodies, from within our own psyches. We come home to ourselves, to our own Soul Story feeling resourced, connected and held by embracing a greater story, a Sheltering Story that nurtures and supports all life on Planet Earth.
FOUR FIRES: Stand Still & Balance offers a somatic journey through the Wheel of Time, a pathway of indigenous wisdom that evolved from our forebears living in harmony with nature on the Western Isles of Europe. This series of retreats—Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox—compliments our previous Four Fires Retreats based on the lunar festivals of Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine and Lugnasadh. Please note it is not necessary to have completed this earlier lunar cycle and that the solar retreats can be taken individually or in sequence.
Four Fires Retreats offer a gentle introduction to ceremony and ritual, to working with movement, dreams, myth and story, art, clay and journaling. The embodied aspects of these retreats is informed by the facilitators’ work in Somatic Experiencing and Somatic Movement Therapy, including embryology and developmental movement patterning, while the movement element, most especially the Dance of Three, is grounded in the discipline of Authentic Movement©.
FOUR FIRE Retreats are open to anyone with an interest in exploring the Body Soul process and its potential in their lives. Body Soul work holds to the principle that since the psyche and soma are inseparable, body and mind might best be explored together in service of healing and growth. Body Soul involves listening to the body and paying attention to unfolding dreams. In this way, guided by the Self, space is provided for the unconscious to emerge through movement, voice work, painting, journaling, myth and mask making. BodySoul Rhythms® is deeply rooted in the work of C.G. Jung, as developed by Jungian analyst Marion Woodman, dance educator Mary Hamilton and voice coach, Ann Skinner.
Abigail and Sally Ann recommend that participants have experience in bodywork and have undertaken or are undergoing some form of accredited therapy.
Save the dates for the upcoming workshop (more details about this workshop coming soon):
Four Fires Autumn Equinox: Stand Still & Balance — September 18-20, 2020