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Posted February 25th, 2015 by & filed under Ecotherapy, Consciousness & Mindfulness.
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In the early 90’s I began studying with shamanic practitioners. At first, I worked with well-known shamanic teachers Michael Harner, Ph.D. and Sandra Ingerman, M.A., as well as other excellent teachers associated with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. These early classes were a breath of fresh air for me, a way of balancing out my…
Posted January 2nd, 2015 by & filed under Ecotherapy, Mindfulness.
Our indigenous elders and healers tell us that ancestors can get stuck on the earth plane after passing. This may be due to a traumatic and unexpected death in which the soul is unprepared for the sudden passage into Spirit. Or it might be that the ancestor had no one available to do the traditional…
Posted December 1st, 2014 by & filed under Ecotherapy, SWC Blog.
Adolfo and Rodolfo finally got visas to travel to the U.S., and our group of 25 shamanic students and practitioners gathered in the red rock wilderness of Capitol Reef National Park, to work ceremonially with these two brothers from the Peruvian Andes.
Their family lineage dates back many centuries before the Incas; powerful Altomisayoks (high…
Posted November 25th, 2014 by & filed under Creative Writing from Southwestern College, SWC Blog.
To begin with
I cannot speak
In simplest forms
I am the babe
I cannot speak
Learn from me
When you look to life
You cannot take from me
I do not have
I am the bud
Posted November 21st, 2014 by & filed under SWC Blog, Mindfulness.
In preparation for my archetypal embodiment series I want to honor the structures and systems behind a persona or any construct for that matter. Those forms that silently shape what's under the skin, invisible to the eye. Why? Because without the groundwork, without the base everything falls out of context and nothing stays in place. In my creative…
Posted October 28th, 2014 by & filed under Creative Writing from Southwestern College, SWC Blog.
For Halloween, you will likely dress up. You will show the community a side of yourself they rarely, if ever, see. You will express your inner dimensionality with such verocity. You will adorn yourself, enticing the community to see something so very true about you and yet usually hidden from view. Ok, how many times…
Posted September 24th, 2014 by & filed under Creative Writing from Southwestern College, SWC Blog.
She waits for you by the river bend, auspiciously watching the rush of water as it folds over itself and unwinds rambling streams of story. This is where inspiration lives, in the synergistic streams of the creative current. It lives in you. It has always lived in you. You are the bubbling ups of this emergent flow.
Posted September 11th, 2014 by & filed under Creative Writing from Southwestern College, Art Therapy at SWC, SWC Blog.
If psychology is the study of the soul then therapy becomes a process of healing by which we utilize our understanding of soul or, perhaps more accurately, we attempt to understand the soul and in the process, reveal some helpful insights along life's journey. Exploring these depths requires more than just talk, especially when soul's first language is art; whether that be visual,…
Posted September 3rd, 2014 by & filed under Art Therapy at SWC, SWC Blog.
An art therapist knows that art-making facilitates transformation within the client/artist. Art therapists know that art can serve as a solvent, a catalyst, a salve, a stepping stone or a philosopher's stone depending on the needs of the artist. In this way an art therapist is also an alchemist practicing the ancient arts of metaphysical transformation. Art-making is an…
Posted August 26th, 2014 by & filed under Creative Writing from Southwestern College, SWC Blog.
There is a fresh light beckoning,
brimming with integrity.
It stands there.
I stand here.
Burning at the foot of my solitary gill
I sing sweet songs of empathy.
And she knows where to turn when the lights dim,
Down and in
To tap the nectar from urchin fin.
This kind of…
Posted August 13th, 2014 by & filed under Creative Writing from Southwestern College, Art Therapy at SWC, SWC Blog.
Here is an example of an effective art therapy directive for someone struggling to decide between two things. We are all familiar with this position: opposing directions are presented to us and we are unsure which way to go. Between a rock and a hard place. We wonder where to place our energies and how to move forward…
Posted July 31st, 2014 by & filed under Creative Writing from Southwestern College, SWC Blog.
Last night I stayed up late, sat in circle with dear friends sharing perspectives on life and made art - lots of art in lots of forms.
Our words became poetry, our bodies became dancers, our mediums became miracle-makers.
The sky inspired the lightening inspired the moon inspired the art inspired me to move, speak…
Posted July 24th, 2014 by & filed under Creative Writing from Southwestern College, SWC Blog.
a new dawn is upon you. take yourself into it. be beckoned. be born into moments afresh. send spells of glory with your mouth. listen for your breath. and love, love, always love.
sometimes we think we are not enough. our words are not enough. our actions are not enough. our skills our intellect is…
Posted June 23rd, 2014 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, SWC Blog, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC.
The following images and words arose out of the 2014 spring Archetypal Psychology course. The students moved into dialogue with their soul and its language of image. My heart swelled tenfold as I witnessed these students share themselves...may you be touched as well.
"The experience of this class has been a letting go of so…
Posted June 16th, 2014 by & filed under Creative Writing from Southwestern College, SWC Blog.
And suddenly you realize that each moment is attached with the same force of seeds on a dandelion and that they are destined to depart. Your life is a mandala of moving parts. Wet water-colored memories bleed as you blow on them and the seeds spatter and scatter in the wind. Those seeds set by…
Posted June 3rd, 2014 by & filed under Where do SWC Grads Work, SWC Blog.
When I started looking around for the right master’s program that would feed my spiritual side and not be like the typical programs at large universities, I asked three counselors whom I happened to know. They all independently stated “Southwestern College." One was a recent graduate and the other two attend the transformational healing conference…
Posted May 30th, 2014 by & filed under SWC Blog, So you want to become a therapist? Tips and Advice for Prospective Students, Art Therapy/Counseling at SWC.
3 Anecdotes from Carol Parker about what makes SWC/New Earth's Counseling program unique...…
Posted May 21st, 2014 by & filed under Consciousness & Mindfulness, SWC Blog.
As therapists we often have to make clear where our boundaries exist without hurting or confusing those who approach them. This does not have to be complicated and, in fact, can be an opportunity to display love, even elegance. By reflecting how we love ourselves we reveal the lightness of love to others. By stating…
Posted May 19th, 2014 by & filed under Creative Writing from Southwestern College, Ecotherapy, Top News, SWC Blog.
According to the Original Agreement
People could become Plants
But only if they kept the rituals
That were set up in those days.
I found out about this
One spring day in Iowa.
A man I knew was planting squash and onions,
And he turned into a plant.
I saw it happen.
Recently, my husband…
Posted March 13th, 2014 by & filed under Creative Writing from Southwestern College, SWC Blog.
If I may mount my high horse for a moment I might have something important to say. And it’s quite fitting that I be way up here and you down there because it’s true what they say – it’s all about the view. Up here I can say things like ‘stay positive’, ‘just…
Posted January 30th, 2014 by & filed under Ecotherapy, SWC Blog.
During the warm days of autumn, a small group of us gathered in a wilderness area beside a lovely mountain stream, high above Santa Fe. The entire mountainside was covered with green conifers and aspens turning gold. At 10,000 feet elevation, deer and elk are abundant and the air is pure. Just listening…
Posted January 6th, 2014 by & filed under Ecotherapy.
May beauty unfold throughout the year!!…
Posted December 11th, 2013 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Ecotherapy, Wilderness Fasts & Earth Based Healing.
Last week the Escuela Bonita Pachamama Mural series was completed and hung on the walls of the school. The typical labyrinth exercises, games, escuela perro, and puzzles were additional forms of exercise.
This final week, we watched the animated film: The legend of the guardians which is an adventurous tale of owls, the…
Posted December 11th, 2013 by & filed under Student & Alumni Stories, Ecotherapy.
The clouds have obscured much of the Apus (mountains) today. The rainy season is fully embracing the landscapes. The shortage of water in Maras welcomes the water that flows from the skies to aid in what water cascades down the ancient and newly fashioned acequias that crisscross this Andean land. The maize that…