Core Program: Wild Earth Intensive (WEI)

The Wild Earth Intensive is where the book Wild Earth, Wild Soul was born!

Picture yourself returning to something that feels so alive and strangely familiar. It’s an ancient place that awakens gradually in your body. Even before you arrive you feel a rising excitement of something so true and so real. You’ve tasted it from time to time before and you yearn for more. After a few days of the slower pace of the WEI, imagine your new tribe getting to know you in a way that you feel seen, heard, and touched in a way that is safe, refreshing, and very satisfying. And then you realize that you want to see, hear, and touch your fellow tribe members too!

As the WEI deepens and you are outside more and more you are surprised at the depth of your connection to the natural world. Gradually, you know the animals, plants, and rocks are your family. The smell of sage and sweetgrass enriches the experience. The fire at night and the stars overhead illuminate your heart.

And, if that were not enough, there is space to feel your pain and grief, personal and collective. It’s such a relief after thinking these feelings were off limits. As each day passes, your rich sense of connection grows. When you play, tell stories, dance, make art and ceremony, and sing with your fellow tribe members you know this is how you want to live all the time…. and you remember that you once did! Even when you feel out of sorts, the bugs are annoying, or it’s raining, you are aware that the tribe and land always hold you.

The facilitators who are guiding you through the experience are also fellow participants. They have some things to teach but mostly they are helping you access your own wisdom. They are equal to you. Authenticity and love are the currency that is exchanged.

On many of the days, see yourself lying down with the rest of the group as shamanic drums beat like galloping horses leading you into uncharted inner terrain. Even though these journeys only last 15-20 minutes, your intuition and your ability to see the unseen world increases with practice. After your journey you sometimes find yourself uttering poetry and witness similar words come forth from the others. These words start to form a group story as certain common themes emerge. As you share your visions; not just from the shamanic journeys but those you have for the wider world, you notice that you are drawing strength and support from everything that you are doing and being. You suddenly realize you are larger than you thought and that you make a difference.

Your awareness and listening skills have deepened as well as the WEI comes to a close. Laughter and deep, heartfelt hugs sweeten your parting. You realize this is just the beginning of something much greater that is growing in the world…

You asked big questions too.

Participant Appreciations

This was quite possibly the most profound ten days I have ever experienced. If this is what a small group of people can create in ten days, I know that we can transform this world. We were doing it every second of every day—we were living it.

— Joanna Friedlander

 

I remembered, for the first time…that I am closely related to the Earth. And more than just physically, but spiritually I am related…I am one with it. I never spent time paying attention to the spiritual “aliveness” of the forest…I knew it was alive biologically, but I never seriously entertained the idea that it had spirit… More importantly, I did some long-overdue practice at accepting myself for what I am: an imperfect, yet perfect human being. Awesome people, doing awesome things!

— Wendy

 

Four things were made crystal clear:
1)I became connected to a group of people in ways I had no idea existed.
2)I quickly discovered ideas and feelings in myself which would have otherwise remain hidden.
3)I further believe in a direct connection with spirit.
4) If we spent enough time together I know we could be part of a culture where the land could flourish.

— Michelle

 

I did not realize how deeply touching and empowering this experience would be. I feel more clarity and hope.

— Alexa

 

I learned a lot about connecting to the land – it brought out my own love for the land…

— Neil

 

I experienced my first Truth Mandala at the Wild Earth Intensive. I also experienced my first drum circle, my first sweat lodge – Legit Lakota Ceremony with intense heat and prayer that absolutely saturated all of us. I got to be a fire tender bringing in the sacred stones into the womb of Mother Earth. I also got to run up and down a mountain and climb trees with beautiful brilliant beings that I adore, and healing CuddlePuddles!!! I also got to experience growth and expansion like I have never felt before in my entire life. And I experienced my first group breathwork circle. I knew I love breathwork meditation techniques on my own, but as a group …um – we were all So.Mega.Lit.Up.
WEI is Real. I have never felt so connected to The Earth and All of Life, Nature and Trees – Such a soulful healing I am beyond grateful.

— Leslie Muse

 

The Wild Earth Intensive is as wild and intense as it sounds. Intensely empowering and awakening, where connecting, sharing and feeling is like breathing. Wild in the purest sense of no holding back, stretching our safety nets like never before. I’ve never known coordinators who are more in tune with the needs of the group.

— Sug

 

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For those who prefer a more literal way of describing the WEI:

The WEI is a doorway to expanded consciousness. Immersed in the natural world and deeply connected to one another, we realize this way of living that is the basis for a new culture.

This highly experiential 10 day program is a training ground for what it means to live a sustainable, balanced and joyful life, from the inside out. Humans live embedded in a web of relationships – with self, community, nature and spirit – and in modern culture, these relationships are rarely recognized and honored as a whole.

The WEI offers a powerful alternative:

A training ground for healthy human relationships deeply connected to the natural world

The time and space to experience and celebrate the world we dream of because we know in our hearts it’s possible.

A place to focus on the inner work of sustainability, of discovering our vitality and center

From a place of joy, wholeness and gratitude, wise actions, life-ways and cultures grow. By coming more fully into our power, we can engage in the incredible journey of our times, what Joanna Macy calls the Great Turning.

Bill Pfeiffer, author of the book Wild Earth, Wild Soul: A Manual for an Ecstatic Culture is the lead facilitator for the Intensive. He is joined by 2-3 assistant facilitators and together they help participants access their inner wisdom and connect more deeply with life! Guest facilitators will join the group, bringing a wealth of experience and diversity to the circle.

With these intentions, we create a powerful container of gentle community that allows healing and transformation to happen. The Wild Earth Intensive is a wonderful opportunity to give ourselves plenty of time to explore another way of being.

Areas of focus include:

Deep listening & sharing

Ceremony & story-telling

Feeling our pain & grief

Connecting with our unique gifts

Immersion in the natural world

Shifting consciousness

Play, dance, art & music

Some of the tools we use to accomplish this are: meditation, shamanic journeying, despair & empowerment processes, a sweat lodge, drawing, dancing, nature-based ceremony and sharing circles, among many others.

Join us in this intention to bring our gifts more fully to life so we may grow more balanced and joyful cultures.

REGISTRATION

If you would like to host a WEI in your area please email Bill here or call at 646-265-6268