“What ignites your imagination” ask the leaders. “What excites your senses? When do you erupt into awe and wonder? What circumstances bring you heart-achingly alive? What if your deepest allurements and fascinations suggest something about your unique niche in the world?
“In Romancing the World, we’ll approach the waters, forest, gardens, and creatures (human and other) as a lover, awakening the mythopoetic imagination where everything is alive and participatory. Our practices will include ceremony, deep imagery, council, soul-oriented dreamwork, trance drumming, and dancing. We’ll encourage solo wanderings on the land with invitations to tend the mystery of relationship with Earth and cosmos. We’ll live the question: If Earth is romancing us for her own purposes — very much 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 as well as nourishing greater intimacy with other-than-human beings. It’s a way of imaginative participation that shifts perception and experience. In the depths of the mythopoetic imagination await visionary seeds that long for expression in our troubled, tender world — potent seeds for artisans of cultural renaissance: change agents, tricksters, artists, poets, therapists, eco-politicians, and true leaders.”
Recommended reading: Plotkin, Soulcraft and Wild Mind; Vaughen-Lee ed. Spiritual Ecology.