Christine Zecca

Princeville, Kaua'i


 

 

IN DEFENSE OF NATURE: EMBODIED PRESENCE LIVED
Oct 1 through Oct 6, 2017
Princeville, Kaua’i

This work is a creative melding of C. G. Jung’s and Marion Woodman’s BodySoul work with ancient methods of exploring NOR (non ordinary reality) that support us in accessing our ability to live meaningful authentic lives.

This retreat is an attempt to reconnect with the ancient practices of our ancestors, which requires being grounded in both realities. One foot here rooted in the natural world by fine tuning our five physical senses to the present, and the other foot grounded in the invisible realms through contact with our invisible senses that support us in this endeavor. All cultures have these ways of being at their roots. It is an expression of who we are as human beings, but for many of us we have become disconnected from these ancient wisdom traditions.

As people who are now finding connections to many different cultures due to the strains of climate change on the movement of people from all parts of the world, it behoves us to aim for feeling at home in this diversity of cultures. Our homecoming is in the realm of the soul, whose doorway is the open heart. Of course it is essential that we are rooted in this material world that is an expression of the elements that make up the physical world, but that does not mean we stay ignorant of the Imaginal World that supports it. Our bodies are what connect us to both of these worlds. Our bodily experiences form a bridge to the other world, the world behind the world that can be invisible to those who have grown up in our quite limited western paradigm. This lack of connection to NOR severs our relationship to the wonders of the ineffable that are all around us hidden just beyond the veil and invisible to the unaccustomed eye.

As we are located on Kaua’i, the Garden Island of Hawai’i we will explore the verdant nature that holds us in Her embrace on the North Shore that is so lush. We will experientially become familiar with the Tripartate Soul of the Ancient Hawaiians: the BodySoul or Ku, the MentalSoul or Lono, and the OverSoul or Aumakua. Discovering the balance between the BodySoul and the MentalSoul is what gives us access to the OverSoul, our Immortal Soul, or the Self of Jung’s depth psychology. This deep wisdom place is the crucial piece that points us in the direction of our authenticity and genius in this particular precious life.

Course Time Line:
Our introductory gathering will be Oct 1, 2017 from 7 to 9p.
Daily sessions will be from Mon through Fri, Oct 2 through Oct 6, 2017

Mornings 9:00a to 12 noon: ceremony & meditations, dream sharing, musings on projections and shadow, learning the topography of the invisible realms that support us behind the veil, and journey work.

Break 12:00p to 3:00: where participants may have their lunch breaks, explore surroundings and complete various shamanic assignments regarding the natural surroundings, the elementals (stone, earth, water, fire & nature), awakening the senses and acquainting ourselves with the local flora and fauna.

Afternoons 3:00p to 6:00p: we will regroup and share our experiences, embodied journeys, symbol/spirit helpers incorporated in movement exercises to ground these within, and creative pieces to help digest what insights have arisen out of the process.

Our last afternoon session on Fri Oct 6, we will create closing ceremonies to ground what we have experienced, so we can retain what we have learned in our time together. Ideally staying for a day or two on either end would be advantageous, as it is a most relaxing and enjoyable location and will nurture the absorption of the work itself within our BodySouls.

To keep costs down no meals will be served by us, as we have very restricted diets and are a grain free household and space does not permit for many with special diets. Easy to find food is plentiful nearby in markets, small restaurants, cafes, take out places and food trucks that are all very close by. Participants with special diets may discuss possibilities, and of course if you want to remain here during the break you can place your food in our extra refrigerator in the garage and relax on one of the lanais. We have filtered water, so refilling your water bottles is quick and easy. We have many teas.

Since we are trying to keep this retreat to maximum of 15, we are able to meet in our home in Princeville that has ocean views and is near beaches. This means outside lodging is required, however there are many local options and some very near by. Next door there is a house that rents for 5 people, which could be an economical alternative, if we get people signed up early and I can talk with the owners and block out this time (say Sat Sept 30 through Fri Oct 6). We also have friends that rent rooms. I’m also looking into group rates at the nearby Westin and St Regis. There are many options. There are also sites like AirBNB, VRBO, Craig’s list, etc.

Suggested Readings for those that want to go deeper:
‘The Pregnant Virgin’ or any other books by Marion Woodman (my teacher)
‘The Bowl of Light’ & ‘The Re-Enchantment’ by Hank Wesselman (our teacher) ‘Dispelling Wetiko’ and/or ‘Awakened by Darkness’ by Paul Levy www.awakeninthedream.com for shorter articles
‘Jung and Shamanism in Dialogue: Retrieving the Soul / Retrieving the Sacred’ by C. Michael Smith
‘Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation’ by Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman (my two shamanic teachers)
‘A Story Waiting to Pierce You’ by Peter Kingsley (my teacher and friend)
‘The Genius Myth’ by Michael Meade

Group Leaders are Christine Zecca and Curt Wells who have been co-leading ongoing Shamanic Drumming Circles for the past 5 years.

Christine Van Camp Zecca’s Bio:

Christine Zecca is an artist/writer with a MA in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She works with people interested in creating a connection to their own genius. She uses shamanic practices, body awareness techniques and dream work grounded in her studies of C. G. Jung and Marion Woodman’s BodySoul Rhythms Training, as well as Advanced Training in Stephen Aizenstat’s DreamTending.
For Shamanic Trainings she has done Hank Wesselman and Jill Kuykendal’s Advanced Training twice and Sandra Ingerman’s Teacher Training. She has also worked with Kay Cordell Whitaker and Malidoma Some.

Curt Wells’ Bio:

Curt Wells has led classes and workshops in meditation for over 40 years. He has a BA from UCLA and was a university instructor for 20 years. For shamanic trainings he has taken Hank Wesselman & Jill Kuykendal’s 1 year Core Training and 2 year Advanced Training. He currently is writing a book when he is not meditating or engaged in his Golf Practice.

Cost for retreat here at our home is $775 for the 5 1/2 days. Deposit of $200 is required to hold a place. No refunds after Aug 1, 2017 unless replacement is found. Early signups by April 1 are discounted at $700.

Contact Info:

christinezecca@mac.com
www.christinezecca.com

“An old description of the human soul was the light found inside the dark and the solstice presents a cosmological condition that reflects a human capacity to assist in the renewal of life. When the world becomes darker, the inner light of the soul becomes more important. The light we discover in our own depths is a speck of the original star, a spark of life that connects us to each other and to the Soul of the World. When the light of the soul grows within us, it also contributes light to the world.”

Michael Meade from ‘Bringing Back The Light’ winter solstice 2016.

Christine Zecca