Soulcraft™ Australia & New Zealand offers programs and training in partnership with the Animas Valley Institute (AVI) based in Colorado, USA.
Founded by Bill Plotkin in 1980, the Animas Valley Institute has created and continues to evolve a contemporary Western, nature-based approach to the journey of soul initiation, drawing inspiration from modern depth psychology, nature-based cultures, wilderness rites of passage and the poetic tradition - to our knowledge, the first of its kind.
Soulcraft Australia & New Zealand takes its name from Bill Plotkin's seminal work: Soulcraft – Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche.
You are invited to join one of our multi-day immersions into the wilds of nature and psyche for the purpose of retrieving the unique, mysterious identity hidden in the soul-waters of each life.
Envisioning a new world....beyond 2020
...from our President, David Emery
In 2020 along with the rest of the world, Soulcraft Australia & New Zealand faced into a different and very challenging environment. Firstly the extensive bushfires last summer posed significant considerations for venue selection, and risk and safety procedures. We have had to factor in measures to ensure the safety of participants when we take them into remote bushland areas. Then secondly, as the March programs were underway, Covid 19 became a real threat and we were only just able to complete the programs after implementing additional hygiene and some social distancing practices. The US guides could not conduct the Wild Mind Intensive planned for New Zealand as a 14-day quarantine was imposed for any visitors. They were just able to change their flights and return to the US before lockdowns and flight cancellations became a reality.
There is little likelihood of face-to-face programs going forward into 2021. US guides are unlikely to be able to travel here for some time, so we have been organising online programs. We have been working with AVI to offer online programs at times that can be easily accessed by participants in Australia and New Zealand. In January and March Doug Van Houten guided an online Soulcentric Dreamwork program and a Wild Mind Intensive. In June 2021 Sage Magdelene will guide Myth and the Underworld: Spider Silk in Moonlight online.
From January 2021 we are scheduling monthly Council gatherings on Zoom, primarily to keep our community engaged and connected. We will also investigate other offerings and the possibility of local small groups with face-to-face activities.
We continue to look towards the deepening of our nature-based soul practices in whatever ways are possible in these difficult times, and we look forward to gathering together again with guides for wilderness programs as soon as this is feasible.
Wildly hopeful . . .