Great visions and essential enactments of human potential emerge from that mysterious place where the taproots of soul intertwine with the dreams of Earth and cosmos. How might we find the wild trail toward this source of world-transforming revelation and visionary action?
Approaching the waters, forest, gardens, and creatures (human and other) at Esalen in the way of a lover, we’ll explore how a romance with the world awakens the mytho-poetic imagination. We’ll engage in ceremony, deep imagery journeys, solo wanderings, soul-oriented dreamwork, trance drumming, and dancing. We’ll live the question, If Earth is romancing us for her own purposes — the way the nectar lust of bees serves the desires of flowers — what wild child, what honey, will we create from this joining?
Romancing the world is a way of falling into the depths of soul. It’s a way to nourish greater intimacy with the other-than-human beings with whom we share the glorious physical world and the terrain of psyche. It’s a way of imaginative participation that shifts perception and experience. In the depths of the mytho-poetic imagination await visionary seeds that long for expression in our troubled, tender world — potent seeds for change agents, tricksters, artists, poets, therapists, eco-politicians, and true leaders.