Update from the abyss…
In March of this year, we ran two camping based programs at Hawk’s Nest NSW – Soulcraft Intensive and The Way of Council and the Art of Mirroring with Animas guides Rebecca Wildbear and Doug Van Houten. Against the background of the unfolding Coronavirus pandemic, the programs provided a space for deep communion and reflection on our relationship with our world and with each other. We were grateful to be able to go ahead before we all entered strict lockdown.
During the “pause” we have been taking some time to nurture our not-for-profit organisation. We are now incorporated as Soulcraft Australia & New Zealand and have been listening in and dreaming up clear and equitable structures and processes so as to be able to take our work forward with flow and responsiveness. We are currently exploring the possibilities for 2021 Australian programs – face-to-face if possible and otherwise online. Updates will be posted here and on Facebook. Drop us an email us if you would like to be added to our mailing list.
Animas Valley Institute currently has a couple of online offerings: Art and Soul with Doug Van Houten https://animas.org/events/art-soul-online-july-2020/ and Radical Dreaming: Weaving Mythos and Revolution with Rebecca Wildbear https://animas.org/events/radical-dreaming-weaving-mythos-and-revolution-online-july-aug-2020/ .
AVI is offering free Council in the Commons…We might sit on a ledge overlooking a vast serpentine chasm of deeply carved redrock or dabble our toes in the cool rushing waters of the River of Dreams or perch near a portal to the Underworld. Perhaps we’ll gather beneath the branches of the World Tree and listen for Earth’s deep imagination pulsing through the roots…. https://animas.org/council-in-the-commons/ .
Bill Plotkin’s weekly Soulcraft Musings are also a precious source of nourishment and inspiration for these transformative times https://animas.org/books/bill-plotkins-soulcraft-musings/ .
Here at Soulcraft Australia & New Zealand we encourage you, dear nature loving soul seeker, to continue to engage wholeheartedly with our wild world and the depths of yourself, calling forth dreams, visions and actions to play your part in reweaving a vibrant and healthy planet. From Palika Rewilding
“Without knowing this — what our ecological niche is — what beneficial relationship we provide to the tapestry of interwoven, interdependent, collaborative, shared body of us — there is no possibility of a long term, healthy, social structure convened in right relationship with the web of life.” From Corona Virus: Portal for Big Existential Questions https://medium.com/@palikaji/corona-virus-as-portal-and-question-clarifier-cf065ded8f8d .
With wild love and tender hope,
Soulcraft Australia & New Zealand Inc. Committee (feathered, furred, scaled and green shooted)
Art: Holy Ground [Collage] by Doug Van Houten