Awakening The Wild
A DEEP DIVE INTO OUR WILD NATURE
May 26th - 29th 2023,
near Brecon, Wales
8 hours Wild Awake Night Vigil
Nature Wanders and Imaginal Journeys
Dance Ceremony & Medicine of Cacao
Chambers of the Heart Councils
Cabana - Sweat Lodge
Medicine Song Circles
Creative Self Reflection
Sacred Plants: Rapé, Sananga
Enchanted Plants. Animal Power. Essential Elements
STRICTLY LIMITED PLACES SO EARLY BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Timings - Friday 12.00, latest arrival time by prior arrangement, to Monday 14pm.
with possibility to hang out for longer or to stay additional night
This is a unique opportunity to dive deep into community and experience the medicine of nature-based spirituality with fine company, friends and family. Over 4 days in the heart of spring we will explore the shamanic circles, cycles and spirals of ‘soul-centricity' and discover ways in which the ego can be a delivery system for soulful living. We will spend deep imaginal time together in community and dream life affirming visions into being through creative dances and embodied shamanic practices and rituals.
The ground will be Belonging, Respect and Encouragement.
The intention will be Revelation, Resolution and Resurrection.
The medicine will be Nature, Embodiment, Shamanism and Community.
This will be a profoundly nourishing immersion into nature, nurture and ultimately our own true natures. It will invite a maturing evolution, a love revolution, in which we gather the tools and resources to embrace our wholeness and retrieve and alchemise our golden gifts that are hidden in the shadows and the wounded parts of our life stories.
We understand that Acceptance, Intention, Gratitude, Forgiveness and Celebration are Golden Keys and that Patience, Resilience, Presence, Humility, Discernment and Discipline are required to harness our innate power and creativity as blessings and gifts to ourselves, each other, our communities, ancestors/ descendents and all of life.
We will dip into a deep medicine bag of shamanic rituals and tools, including Cabana/Sweat Lodge, Wild Awake Night Vigil, Movement Medicine, nature based explorations and meditations, commune with the medicinal plant spirits of Rapé, Sananga and Cacao.
NATURE WANDERS & IMAGINAL JOURNEYS
The land that will hold us in Llaneglwys, near Brecon in Wales is absolutely stunning, with acres of woodland, a river flowing through, rolling hills and breath taking views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains in the surrounding areas. The elements are alive and vital here and there will be plenty of time to immerse in them and to listen and learn from these primal ancestors.
Self reflections and creative expressions organically emerge when we meet nature with an attitude of receptivity, reciprocity, wonder, awe, gratitude, curiosity and respect.
When we wander with wonder and allow our whole being, our soma, to deeply commune with, to be in relationship with, nature a sacred marriage can happen where profound trans species interactions may become more tangible and our imaginations may open portals to
a deeper knowing of our wildness and the mytho-poetic language of our souls where there is really no separation between our personal consciousness and the consciousness of all of life.
When we listen deeply the trees speak deep wisdom on our wild wanderings as the winds dance through the branches and the sky dancers birds sing us back home to ourselves.
A multitude of beings may reveal themselves as allies on our personal path when we open our senses to receive guidance.
Purification Lodge is a sacred place where we clean our bodies, emotional, spiritual, mental, physical and release anything that is ready to be released that is no longer serving us.
It is a place for dreaming new visions and re-programming ourselves, reclaiming original imprints of ourselves, blessing and healing hearts, bodies and minds.
This is an ancient ritual that taps into the ancestral wisdom of our grandparents, the human ones and the elements: fire, earth, water, air.
We enter the womb of the Great Mother to be re-born again. In that sense it is both womb and tomb, and symbolises the cycles of life, death and rebirth.
Cabana is also referred to as Grandmother Spider, who works on the web of healing, weaving the threads of our destiny.
She is very generous to those who are open to receiving and going through the portal of possibilities that she opens for us in our bodies, hearts, minds and souls.
You can hear the rush of the river when immersed in the Sweat Lodge - Cabana and cleanse and the herbal bath will further sanctify this experience, as we receive the energy of the plants that wash over our bodies, clarify our minds and open our hearts.
Aluna and Keef are both initiates of the Brazilian shaman and psychologist XamAM - Alba Maria from Terra Mirim, Brazil. The cabana is therefore deeply aligned with this lineage and is part of the path of the Mother Goddess and the 4 Elements.
8 HOUR WILD AWAKE NIGHT VIGIL
For the Night Vigil we will spend the night, from sunset to sunrise, in deep prayer and contemplation, solo, in a special place that calls to us in the magical woodlands. Whilst this practice is closely related to Vision Quest, it is not a Vision Quest as such, which usually takes place over several days and nights and is a powerful medicine in its own right.
It is a powerful introduction to this type of practice and in our experience is likely to be both challenging, charming and revelatory about the landscape of our psyches, souls and the mystical ancient lands that hold us for the night. The waxing moon at this time will undoubtedly inspire the embodiment of awakening dreams.
For the sunset to sunrise Wild Awakening Night Vigil this communion with life will be amplified in the moonlit night as we explore the landscapes of our psyches and souls.
'it is a shamanic medicine for our times. It gives us direct, embodied experience of the dance of life that’s going on inside us and all around us. As a species, we face enormous challenges right now that we see as arising from the story of separation; separation between body and spirit, between individuals and nations, between the human world and the web of life we are part of and depend upon. Simply put, Movement Medicine reconnects us, deepening our capacity for empathy and compassionate being and action. Since prehistory, dance, song and ritual-making have played an important role in the human community. Movement Medicine is a contemporary expression of this inheritance. It marries ancient and modern wisdom, and supports you to experience the transformative power of your own potential in a co-creative community.' Susannah and Ya'acov Darling Kahn -Co-Founders of The School of Movement Medicine
Keef is a 1st generation Movement Medicine Teacher and Wild Soul Mentor.
DANCE CEREMONY & CACAO MEDICINE
With the support of the beautiful heart expanding medicine CACAO we will ride the waves of the music, guided by the mysterious choreography of our sacred bodies, hearts, minds and breath. With an eclectic medicine bag of Movement Medicine tools and teachings on offer we invite you to root deeply, dance wildly and resource yourself in these unprecedented times we are living through on our beautiful Mother Earth.
There is an abundance of energy available to us when we remember we are elemental beings intrinsically interconnected through the web of life. Blessed we are to dance on this ground! So let's dance for our lives and the love of all life!
Keef and Aluna will encourage you with poetic inspiration and rhythmic soul food and serve up an eclectic mix of tribal-rhythms, indigenous-inspirations, songs, mantras, drums and rattle. We will give thanks and praise to this day, this life, this moment. This is the way we pray. This is the way we meet the day. This is The Choice , if you choose: Say YES to life today and dance.
SACRED PLANTS: Cacao, Rapé (ha’peh) ,Sananga
In many traditions Cacao is seen as a sacred plant medicine and celebrated for its capacity to open hearts to feeling, intimacy and deepening grounded empathy. It is known as 'The Food for the Shift'. An Indigenous myth tells us whenever the balance between humans and nature becomes threatened, cacao comes from the rainforest to open people's hearts and return us all to harmony. Ceremonial grade cacao is a sacred plant also known as the “blood of the heart” is an important, powerful, and previously overlooked teacher, facilitator and
a medicine. The Cacao Spirit ‘returns’ – from a long history with Indigenous peoples.
Rapé is a sacred shamanic medicine snuff. It has been used by tribes of the Amazon basin for thousands of years and is an essential part of their tribal culture and history.
It is administered (blown) into the nostrils with a special blowpipe called a "Tepi".
It is traditionally prepared by ceremonial pounding of Tabaco (N. rustica) with tree ashes. South American shamans use tobacco as a sacred, wholesome medicine and there exists a very close connection between tobacco use and shamanism that has little in common with our western way of tobacco use. The intense blow immediately focuses the mind, stops the chattering, and opens the entire freed mindspace for your intentions. Furthermore, this helps release emotional, physical, and spiritual illnesses and eases negativity and confusion, enabling a thorough grounding of the mind. Moreover, Rapé stimulates the mind with its nicotinic content that in turn releases a.o. epinephrine, acetylcholine, and dopamine, supporting an increased focus, presence, and intuition.
Sananga is an intense and powerful medicine which is applied to the eye in the form of eye drops. It comes from the bark and root of a shrub from the family Apocynaceae in the Amazon rainforests and is used as a sacred eye medicine to relieve the energetic system of ‘Panema’ - negative energy/cellular laziness - especially around the head area. It is said to improve sight, colour and sense perception for hunting, as well as clearing energetic mucous around the head which can cause colds, flu, headaches and migraines. It can loosen and dissolve energetic mucus all around the body and its use can help with all kinds of energetic stagnation related to a lack of concentration or insight, or neuroses.
CHAMBERS OF THE HEART movement & council
Throughout our time together we will work with the Movement Medicine ‘Animal Intelligence and the Chambers of the Heart’ map. We will engage with this as a model for our sharing circles to feel what needs to be felt and express what needs to be expressed in a safe, non-judgemental space, where we can witness and be witnessed in the emergent emotional landscapes of our heart. We will dive deeper into these contemplations in our wanderings on the land, our Wild Awakening Night Vigil, in the Cabana -sweat lodge and in ritualised movement practices.
Chamber of Awakening / Fear
Chamber of Surrender / Sorrow
Chamber of Integrity / Anger
Chamber of Gratitude / Joy
Chamber of Grace / Compassion
IMPORTANT: all participants must read thoroughly and agree to the AWAKENING THE WILD - general disclaimer for the work offered.
Keef Wesolowski Miles
organiser & facilitator
I bring 25 years experience of multiple modalities to support emergent soul-centric maturity and full spectrum engagement with life. I bring my ongoing adventure as an evolving human being and student of life, wife and daughter. I provide intuitive support, creative inspiration, resilience resourcing, fierce-compassion, humour, integrity, kindness and commitment. I encourage people to shine their light on their ‘path’, personally and professionally, and to facilitate deepening awareness, responsibility and choice-fulness about the narrative lenses through which we perceive and engage with our lives, our relationships and the beautiful planet we live on.
Shamanism is at the core of this offering and the recognition that nature is our true nature and all life is precious and sacred. Contemporary scientific awareness, ancient indigenous wisdom and the dance of the cosmic joker - who knows he doesn’t know - are the three pillars of my approach.
I have been teaching as a fully qualified Movement Medicine teacher for over a decade and I am an initiate on the path of the Mother Goddess as guided by shaman XamAM Alba Maria - TerraMirim, Bahia, Brazil. I am also a multi-qualified Yoga teacher.
I offer Golden Soul Mentoring for men, women and couples, Golden Soul Journeys for men in nature, Sharing Circles for men, mixed group Awakening the Wild offerings with my wife Aluna.
My soul song manifests through poetry and prose as ‘Pachapapa’.
Aluna Wesolowska Miles
organiser & facilitator
Guided by my deep love for the Earth I offer myself in service with devotion, love, respect and gratitude for my life and all of life.
The core of my life and work is shamanism in the linage of The Great Mother and The 4 Elements, Terra Mirim, Brazil, where Nature is our ultimate and greatest master.
As a shamanic therapist and ceremonial space holder I facilitate a space for the medicine of cabana - sweat lodges, bodywork - integrated Lomi Lomi and Intuitive massage, medicine of cacao, herbs and the four elements.
Together with my husband Keef we co-create Awakening The Wild offerings for mixed groups and work on relationships with couples.
As a Daughter of the Moon, initiated by XamAM Alba Maria, -Terra Mirim, Brazil I dive into the landscapes of the feminine bodies and nature. The central part of the work is purifying and blessing our womb spaces, portals of life and our energetical centres of our bodies: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual; re-connecting ourselves with our sacred blood and our own natural cycles, by deepening our understanding and relationship with the cycles of nature, the Moon and the Earth. With devotion and reverence to the Mother Goddess, studying and relating to her multiple faces we get closer to our deep feminine nature and see ourselves more fully.
I see all of life as sacred and together we remember our sacred belonging to our Mother Earth and our part to play in the reverence of all of life and for all our relations. I welcome a deeper relationship with life, with nature and our own true nature: to awaken the wild landscapes that live within, together we help each other to remember. I support and celebrate the movement of sisterhood and welcome a deeper connection with other women, whilst co-creating a safer and sacred space where we can call ourselves and one another home.
Following receipt of your 'booking confirmation' you will receive a separate email from Keef with the following material. It is essential that you respond within 5 days of receiving this email.
A welcome letter.
A disclaimer statement, T&C and health questionnaire to sign
A basic ‘experience’ questionnaire
Awakening The Wild ‘culture’ docs
An invitation to book your 30min preparation call and 45min integration call
A list of accommodation options
A preparation enquiry and suggested preparation reading and practices
Full ‘to bring list’
In the unlikely event that the disclaimer, health questionnaire or preparation call leads us to realise in conversation with you that this is not an appropriate time for you to participate, you will be offered a choice of either a full refund or an alternative programme, such as 1-1 mentoring.
We accept cancellations by May 5th 2023 and offer 50% of refund. After this date we can not offer a refund.
IMPORTANT: all participants must read thoroughly and agree to the AWAKENING THE WILD - general disclaimer for the work offer
Early bird: £245 - until 31/04/23;
Standard: £295 - price on the tin
Gifting: £345 - a great way to pay it forward and support the wider community. By paying the higher price, you will be supporting those who are otherwise not able to participate due to financial constraints.
Scholarship: is by application and is funded by the generosity of those souls who feel grateful for their abundance and are willing and able to offer support. The 'scholarships' are not a 'free ticket', but rather a hand on the shoulders of one another as we each take our next steps on the path of integrity, power and responsibility. The baseline is commitment and communication.
NO ONE EXCLUDED BECAUSE OF FINANCES. PLEASE COMMUNICATE.
If you want to discuss payment plans, please do not hesitate.
More information and booking: email@example.com
IMPORTANT : Cost includes:
- a 30 min preparation consultation, via zoom, before the event
and a 45 min integration session, via zoom 1-1 session, we work with the ‘arc of integrity’: preparation - process - integration in order to maximise the safety and efficacy of our journeys.
- participation in the whole programme of Long Weekend Immersion
To keep the cost down and simplify, we decided that everyone will bring its own food. We will be preparing and eating meals together on the land. Bring your camping stoves! It is gonna be wild ;)
The land that will hold us in Llaneglwys, near Brecon in Wales is absolutely stunning, with acres of woodland, a river flowing through, rolling hills and breath taking views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains in the surrounding areas.
There are few affordable accommodation options available on the land:
2 rooms in the house to accommodate 4 people, a shepherd hut ideal for a couple/comfortable single or camping.
On top of that, plenty of Airbnb options in the area. We can help you with finding the best place for you.
For booking and information
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org