Over the past year, in the 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. Many of us were alone and lonely, longing for a closeness that we were denied by circumstances beyond our control. Even if we share our homes with others, the need for connection seemed much larger than what any of us could hold. As restrictions are being lifted, the keen sense of needing to be held and to hold remains.
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 gather at a remote location (usually Green River Reservoir State Park) and paddle in our kayaks or canoes to a group site we have reserved. Each morning there will be informative sessions on listening to the natural world, understanding what is being said to us, and being a mirror for others. Afternoons will be spent in solo time on the land or paddling with a question or task related to The Embrace of Nature. In the evening, we will share our experiences and mirror each other's stories. There will also be the option for an overnight solo.
- Program Leader: Fran Weinbaum, Co-Guide TBA
- Fee: Sliding Scale from $475 - $800. A deposit $150 payable at registration is not refundable unless the program is cancelled. Balance of payment is expected on or before September 6, 2021.
- Participants provide: their own food, water, kayak or canoe/paddle/PFD, and personal camping gear. A group kitchen is provided.
For questions or to register, please contact us.