The following are sample descriptions of Ecotherapy classes:
Wilderness Fast This ancient initiatory ceremony, usually 9 days in length, is offered twice a year in powerful wilderness settings such as Death Valley, Canyon de Chelly, and the San Mateo Mountains of New Mexico. Four days are spent alone, fasting, in solo sites. Preparation includes teachings about the Medicine Wheel as a map for healing, as well as safety, logistics, and intention-setting. Participants can expect to return home with new gifts to share with their communities and a strong, reliable connection with Mother Earth as a source of strength. The three stages of rite of passage are guided by experienced facilitators. Stage One is Severance: Letting go of all ordinary comforts and concerns in order to enter fully into the realm of Spirit. This begins when one makes the commitment to take part in the ceremony. It deepens as the time of fasting approaches, and occurs in its fullness when the individual is smudged out of the medicine wheel and begins their time alone on the land. Stage Two is Threshold: This means “no longer in the human realm but entering fully into the realm of Spirit.” During the four days of fasting, one is alone with Spirit and fully open to the messages of Mother Earth and the Spirit world. Stage Three is Incorporation: The individual re-enters the human world and now the real vision quest begins, as the experience is processed, metabolized, and integrated into ordinary life.
Ceremony, Ancient Narrative and Healing
During this weekend course we experience the power and depth of ancient narrative and its relevance to our present day lives. We work together as a community to create healing through building a sweat lodge and joining in the ceremony. This sharing creates a dynamic understanding of our purpose and place in the cosmos.
The Ceremony of Life
Sequoyah Trueblood – Elder and Choctaw Medicine Man
During this class we will immerse ourselves deeply in traditional North American healing ceremonies. This will include a purification lodge and pipe ceremony. We will come together in oneness to pray for ourselves, our families, our Mother Earth and for all life.
Native and Earth-Based Traditions
Niccole Toral, M.A., LPCC
Niccole co-facilitates wilderness fasts, medicine walks, medicine wheel teaching, sacred pipe ceremonies and other group ceremonial/wilderness events.