The Embrace of Nature
October 24 and 31
10 AM to 12 Noon Eastern US Time
In these unprecedented times of “social distancing,” we have become acutely, even painfully aware, of our physical need to hold and be held. The everyday hug. The compassionate touch. The comforting embrace. The playful cuddle. The gentle squeeze of hands. The intimate caress. We are alone and lonely, longing for a closeness that we are denied by circumstances beyond our control. Even if we share our homes with others, the need for connection seems much larger than what any of us can hold.
One constant is the Natural world. Birds return and build nests, flowers bloom, tree buds begin to leaf out. The sun rises and sets. The weather, like always, is fickle. If anything, the natural order is finding new spaciousness as the din of our busy world is muffled. The constancy of nature offers comfort and solace, a place to bring our fears, grief and concerns. A place to be held.
The Embrace of Nature is an invitation to develop a reciprocal relationship with the natural world in which we can learn through the mirror of nature how to be held and how to hold in nurturing, comforting, and generative ways.
We will gather by ZOOM for two sessions to explore The Embrace of Nature through brief presentations, discussion, and personal sharing. Between sessions, participants will be invited take walks to explore their relationship with the natural world as a source of comfort, inspiration, and renewal. Individual follow up conversations will be available to each participant with individual guides within one month of the program.
Program Facilitor: Fran Weinbaum
Fee: Sliding Fee Scale $60 - $115
To Register, contact Fran at firstname.lastname@example.org
2020 - 2021
Mirror of Nature Programs
Find details on the Program Page
The Embrace of Nature
October 24 and 31, 10 AM - 12 Noon Eastern with preparation and follow up. See Details under Programs.
By Still Water Cancelled. Will schedule for Fall 2021 See description under programs. With Fran Weinbaum
Journeying with the Seasons Four weekends throughout the year exploring ourselves in the mirror of each season. We are revising this program to offer it virtually. An informational meeting will be held in January 2021 and the program will begin in Spring 2021
Virtual Program Winter 2021
In Person Summer 2021
For information and to register for any Vermont Wilderness Rites Programs contact:
128 Bliss Road
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
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Photograph in Rooted Action by Zach Reiner found at https://unsplash.com/@_zachreiner_
Selections from Portraits of Nature by Corinna Stoeffl http://stoefflphotography.com/
Soaring and Leaping Ecstasy are by Jeannie Lindheim http://www.center4creativity.org
Lady of the Land and Women in Leadership logo drawn for Vermont Wilderness Rites by Sara Grace.
The Mirror of Nature watermark photograph by Tomasen Weinbaum.
Photographs shown in the Gallery from the October 2012 quest on Green River Reservoir by Arthur Hynes http://www.arthurhynes.com