BumbleBee Retreat 2019: Connection and Initiation
2019 dates: April 4-7 (we gather Thursday evening, April 11, we begin Friday morning, and close Sunday at noon)
$550 covers it all! Food, Shelter, Teachings - well everything except horse rental if you ride a ranch horse. I'll pick you up at the Phoenix Airport on Thursday morning. And drop you off Sunday night or Monday morning (airbeds at my house Sunday night.)
2019: Connection and Initiation
Shamanism is rooted in merging with Compassionate Spirits - animals, teachers, and spirits of nature and the cosmos. Our ancestral tree holds our ancient wisdom. Mirroring is a deep shamanic mystery. The heavens mirror the earth, in us, and we mirror the world we touch.
This year in Bumblebee we weave together our journey-wisdom with intentional merging, to bring Connected Flow through our bodies and our hands, healing each other and ourselves. For me, this is the culmination of a lifetime of practice. It is my purpose.
Our days will be a winding pathway of dancing and merging, journeys for learning, and performing hands on healing for each other and the ranch animals. We will explore Connected Flow, and ask our spirits to deepen our understanding of this incredible power. The sweetest initiation of all will be our gateway.
Connected Flow. We enter into a merged state with the divine web of creative life force that flows through light and water, our spirits and our tissues. It’s really a big fat mystery - but it works. This year we will open to the flow and practice it as a healing method for helping people, horses, the land and of course, ourselves. A massage table or two will be available for sharing healing power sessions.
Initiation into your Truth
The Shamanic Death Ceremony that is foundational to our shamanic path. It is intense and profound, the shamanic death. We can't really do this in a ZOOM class, but Bumble Bee is perfect for this sweet immersion. Over the course of the weekend, we will prepare for the crossing, experience the other side, and return with a knowing that will be our new basis for all experiences to come.
Communion with the Sidhe
Stone Circle Ceremony - Our spiral circle is a Howe that opens into the Sidhe and brings you into direct community with the Shining Ones. The land at Bumble Bee is ancient. People have lived here for many thousands of years. This is one of those special places where people travel for spiritual experiences. Only, this place was asleep for years until we, the SpiritHealer Circle, opened the Faery Well and brought all the tribes together: ancient Sidhe, more recent natives, the Kachinas, the miners and ranchers, and all the Power Animals and Nature Spirits - all of them come together for community when we come. We host them all with food, drink and celebration. This year we will be mirroring heaven and earth with shields on the Spiral. It's phenomenal.
Community with your dearest friends.
Bumble Bee is about our friendship, our love for each other, and our common pursuit of shamanic truth and power. Bumble Bee is a safe space for your process, and for our supporting your transfiguration. It's also a great place to relax, go for a swim and hike, and eat amazing food with like-minded people. There will be no deprivation! Eat, drink and be merry!
Meet Mini Boots
My sweet feral Mini Boots is waiting for us at the Big House in Bumble Bee. Mini lived with me in Phoenix for years, but when I moved I rehomed her to the ranch. She lives under the Big House, our home for our retreat. I am so excited to see her at our BUMBLE BEE RETREAT!
Ceremony. Friendship. Deep Shamanic Work.
Why Bumble Bee - why us - what ARE we doing? We have been brought to this ranch to do sacred work for 10 years. Our ceremony has shifted the entire energy of the region. We have a very important mission at Bumble Bee: supporting the Ranch's mission to heal and support youth. Our work keeps the ranch vital, and that energy heals the greater community in ways we will never really know.
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 help oversee the Ranch, and protect the animals - like Mini Boots and Olaf.
Come join us! You will love it!
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. It's 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.
Meet Olaf - Claudia got a huge healing from him at last year's retreat. This year Olaf got very sick with colitis and was close to crossing. Our circle rallied with healing work - hands on and distance - and it worked! He is recovering, and we will be hugging him again soon.
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!