About.

Dive deep into The Work That Reconnects to explore your ecological identity. Engage the practice of yoga to integrate the work into your body. Become more interconnected, creative, and tuned into your passionate purpose.

About the Retreat

We find ourselves alive in an extraordinary time; a time of uncertainty and disconnection, but also a time of great possibility where cooperation, courageous action, and collective movement can cultivate the world we’re longing to live in. In these times of ecological, political, and social catastrophe looming on the horizon, it is essential that we dig deep to find our creative will and power to help life jump up and live. Join us for a weekend of reconnecting with self, other, sacred purpose, and earth. Opening up our hearts and minds to the love, joy, and deep grief we feel for life on our planet allows us to find the strength and wisdom to act on behalf of Earth as catalysts for positive change.

In this retreat, we will draw on the work of Deep Ecology and The Work That Reconnects to ground into our ecological identities, and the practice of yoga to integrate the work into our bodies. We will spiral through the 4 stages of The Work: Coming from Gratitude, Honoring our Pain for the World, Seeing with New Eyes, and Going Forth. We will leave with a re-nourished connection to our bodies, our planet, and our sacred purpose as leaders, changers, and activists. 

Program.

More about Deep Ecology & the Work That Reconnects

Deep Ecology is a holistic, experiential, and embodied approach to moving beyond the Western expression of individualism toward a more integrated way of belonging to the world. It is based in Systems Theory, Eco-philosophy and spiritual views from around the world that can help us graduate from the strictly scientific approach to ecology to embodying our powerful role as an integrated part of the natural world. Joanna Macy, John Seed and others have developed this body of work over the last 4 decades to help guide us towards a more holistic world view and heal broken relationships with our life-sustaining planet. As we lean into our deep connection with life, we connect to our own unique, true nature, to our larger human community, and the web of life; coming to understand ourselves as having a role to play in the collective wellbeing.

More about the Yoga Practice

Garrell's yoga sessions are described as Hatha yoga. The sessions are designed for all levels of ability and focus on the harmony of body, breath and mind. Through a series of asanas (poses), relaxed self-awareness and movement with the breath the yoga practice can help promote physical and spiritual well-being, relieving some of the stresses and distractions of everyday life as well as prepare the participant for a meditation practice.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, April 2
3:30pm Arrive. Set-up camp. Settle into the land.
6:45pm Dinner
7:45pm Evening Activity

Friday, April 3 - Saturday, April 4
7:00-8:00 Morning Yoga
8:15-9:15 Breakfast
9:30-12:00 Morning Session
12:00-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:30 Afternoon Session
3:45-4:45 Afternoon Yoga
4:45-6:45 Independent Integration Time/Free Play
6:45-7:45 Dinner
8:00-9:30 Evening Activities

Sunday, April 5
7:00-8:00 Morning Yoga
8:15-9:15 Breakfast
9:30-12:00 Morning Session
12:3-1:30 Lunch


About Facilitators

For the past decade, Courtney Brooke has traveled the world teaching permaculture and promoting healing through earth connection. She moved from New Zealand back to Appalachia where she now resides at Earthaven Ecovillage. She studied at The Odum School of Ecology and currently practices ecological design, holistic management and teaches permaculture with Living Systems Design. As a designer and teacher, Courtney Brooke’s passion is helping folks sink into a deep sense of belonging to their landscape Her work helps facilitate an integrative and deepening connection to place through landscape design, Deep Ecology work, sacred space design, and earth-based ritual – including women’s rites of passage work. In her spare time she can be found wild foraging, homesteading and writing her book. Courtney is a registered facilitator of The Work That Reconnects and has studied with John Seed and Inna Alex. She has facilitated The Work at festivals, gatherings, retreats and permaculture courses.

Garrell Bevirt is an artist, designer, dreamer and currently a student, practitioner, and teacher of yoga, meditation and tantra. For the last five years he has been immersed in a full time, live in tantra/ yoga/ meditation/ permaculture mentorship/ teacher training with Swami Ravi Rudra Bharati (Rudolph Ballentine MD), who himself underwent twenty years of intensive training with his teacher, Swami Rama of the Himalayas. Garrell's yoga training has also been influenced by Diane Long a practitioner and teacher of Vanda Scaravelli Yoga. Garrell is the operational and development director for Dancing Shiva where he lives and stewards the land. Dancing Shiva is a Tantra Monastery and Retreat Center within the Earthaven Ecovillage. Garrell is dedicated to offering folks tools and attitudes to balance inner and outer life. He has co-facilitated workshops in Costa Rica, Mexico, Hawaii, North & South Carolina, NY and soon in Alaska. Garrell is excited and privileged to be a part of helping shift consciousness through meditation, movement, and connection to the vital nexus of nature.

Highlights.

  • "I was able to slow down and wake up all at the same time." ~ Mary Rock, SOIL participant

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • tent camping
  • shared rooms
  • private room
  • hammocks

Omnivore Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals
  • over 80% locally sourced

Internet

  • fast: streaming video

Getting here.

Earthaven is nestled in the heart of the rural Southern Appalachian Mountains, 30 miles outside of Asheville, NC on curvy mountain roads and within two hours of three airports. Visit our website for more Travel information: http://www.schoolofintegratedliving.org/location/travel/

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