BumbleBee Retreat 2018: Sacred Beings, Trees and Dragons
2018 dates: April 5-8 (we gather Thursday evening, April 5, we begin Friday morning, and close Sunday at noon)
Trees tell us Truth: We are One
Sacred Wisdom: There is a tree in the center of the SpiritHealer Circle. She is sacred and her being is the complete expression of the compassion that blazes through our lives, our work and our desire. This tree is our sacred mother tree, and we are all her ancestors. She is Sidhe.
When we merge with her we open our portals into the infinite, and we center that power back into our core. When we work with her collectively she becomes a portal to transfiguration for the deepest wounds.
There is long known tradition of the Yew tree being the portal between the worlds. Micheal Dunning shares stories of his lessons from the Yew, and we should listen! I am not sure if our Grandmother tree is a yew. Maybe she is the yews ancestor!
Healing Earth's Sweet Places: Our grandmother tree is connected to the trees we love. We can bring life force back into the tired places on earth by connecting this mother to the trees in the places we care for.
Hands On Healing: Trees are the core spirit ally for me when I am doing hands on healing. I merge with Oak to do hands on healing and I see the sparkling light of the Sidhe sprinkling down on the client creating brilliant changes in their energetic and physical bodies. We will undergo a sacred ceremony to connect with our sacred tree, and then learn to call in the merge at will, to do hands on healing on each other, and the ranch critters.
The Dragons of the Sidhe: We will do more work with Dragons this year, because they express the yin and yang of the lives we live, and balance comes from balance. The dragons have said their wings are the interface between the worlds. And we know from our past work just HOW POWERFUL dragons are. This year we will work specifically with the dragons who are the breath of the veil between the worlds, and learn how we can partner with them to carry the shining light though our daily lives.
Why Bumble Bee - why us - what ARE we doing? We are also going to Journey deep into the land, through the portals we have opened with our circle's work. Our mission will be to bring back a story of the land, the people and the Spirits who are resident here, and their relations with the land they are connected to. I believe that Bumble Bee is on a meridian that runs from South America up through the north, and that the location is significant. Let's find out why, working together to retrieve the stories. My experience is that when we do this, we are initiated into new capacity and power. We are given new tools. We meet new teachers, and we are aligned with ancient power that makes us stronger, brighter, and well, better! Lets do it!
We also have a very important mission at Bumble Bee, supporting the Ranch's mission to heal and support youth. This year the Hope Kids will be having their annual round up on the Saturday we are meeting. I have told Kelly that we will volunteer for a few hours on Saturday, giving pony rides and such. Our bigger contribution will be the active presence of spiritual healing power raised by our work. I will bring my horses for pony rides.
The Spirits of the ranch are powerful! They fended off a wildfire this spring. They are bringing in lost wandering souls and crossing them to the light. They are organizing Arizona, bringing more circles together, and building our healing power. I will post a blog notice as soon as I have our agenda and theme in order.
The Retreat is Friday AM through Sunday noon. Many of us come Thursday evening. Everything is included for the price of $550. Great food, plenty of beverages, beds and friends. Its the the sweet spot of my year, and I hope you will join us. The only prerequisite is clear journeying skills. Refunds: 50% refund up to March 15. No refunds after that.
For those who haven't yet experienced a BumbleBee Ranch Retreat:
We assemble on Thursday afternoon/ evening at the Ranch, and begin circle on Friday morning. We all stay together in the Big House, a wonderful slumber party with loving friends. We eat well. Really well. There is no deprivation! Everyone gets the diet they need - whatever that means. We have lots of time for rest and play, and we do concentrated shamanic work that gives us plenty of healing, learning and empowerment. We are clear about our work, but we also have no "obligations" and virtually no rules, so if you don't want to participate in any particular thing, its totally fine. You can just sleep and enjoy the ranch if that is what you need. The friendships are AMAZING. Every year our continuing family welcomes new people, as though they had been there year after year before. We are a tribe!
We have been doing ceremony on this land for a long time now, and we have medicine wheels with big power. The Spirits there enjoy us, and we honor them. We always have a dinner party for the family that manages the ranch and the resident Spirits. It's compete joy from the first hug to the last farewell on Sunday early afternoon.
I hope you can join us. The event sells out quickly. But I keep a waiting list. let me know.
Bumble Bee Ranch
Bumble Bee Ranch is a secluded dude ranch about an hour and a half north of the Phoenix airport, and an hour south of Sedona. We rent the single guest house, and between the beds and the the sleeping pads, 13 of us comfortably settle in. The price includes your food and lodging. The food is fresh and delicious, and we can tailor to all those special diets. Just let me know. If you are extra special you may need to help cook! There are ranch horses, goats and dogs to play with. There are cattle too, but we steer clear of them because they have babies and are protective.
This ranch is located in a very special part of Arizona. The natives lived here in abundance and the land is filled with artifacts - and Spirits! It is close to the Agua Fria National Monument , which offers one of the most significant systems of prehistoric sites in the American Southwest. Today the ranch mission is to preserve history, and to support children's charities, giving kids an authentic ranch experience. It sits beneath the Bradshaw mountains, prospecting country with a rich, old west history (home to Prescott). This place is really special!
For history's sake
Last years program: The biggest promise of shamanism for your own life is transfiguring - becoming one with the spirits and allowing that light to permeate every aspect of your life. This is living the dream. This year we will do ceremony and initiations that bring us as close as each of us can be to this dream.
The work begins with the spirits of the land and the fairies. We have opened a well on the land that is a powerful portal for clearing. Many lost wandering should have crossed into the light though this gate. We open the well and make sure that all of the things we need to see "go to the light" in us (or attached to us) get cleared and released. This has been a challenging year, and I know I have things to shed!
My plan is to approach transfiguration from two angles. Going deep into the fairy world to find a core cause that manifests in our illness troubles, etc, and heal it - finally! Classic metaphorical or past life shamanism.
I have been working with the fairies a lot, entering the howe and going into worlds that are more like movies and novels. Really amazing. The healing work is rich and informative. I use the Card Deck of the Sidhe, a fantastic deck by Jeremy Berg and David Spangler. These cards show the world I see when I journey - the first deck that ever has for me. The garden. The circle, the stones. The howe. It is really amazing and it feels like home. The monthly journey circles this year will feature these cards, and I will be pulling them and talking about them on my new blog talk radio show. Its just fun.
The second way will be a transfiguration ceremony where we go far into that magical place where we really don’t want to come back from. Yummy. In we will merge with Spirits of incredible love, and recover dimensions of our divine beauty until we shine like a perfect crystal of love.
This will be intense, but we will break it up with our favorite thing - hands on healing and connection with the incredible herd of horses at Bumblebee. The ranch always wants us to help them with their "string" of horses, and the horses just love it! You will learn simple and effective techniques for healing all animals (and people) channelling the Spirit power through your entire being, and directing it though your intention into the horses, where they need it the most. They line up for the loving - it is quite a site to see.
I look forward to your joining us this year. The company is the best and your presence in the circle will be our blessing.