"The dark night descends on a soul only when everything else has failed...
This, says John, is the beginning of blessedness. This is the choiceless choice when the soul can do nothing but surrender".
— Mirabai Starr, Luminous Darkness
It is fundamental to make space inside us to hold all of our stories with love and compassion, even those dark places we have disowned. The stories that our bodies hold need to be recognized and tended to.
We need each other as a community to be witnessed and witness others in times of adversity.
As a society we need to learn how to hold space in a loving and safe environment for the adversities we go through in our lives.
Read below to find out more about this immersion, Mirabai Starr, Pilar Cordero and Patty Bueno
Renowned Mystic Scholar and Teacher
Immersion in the countryside surrounded by natural beauty of a Mexican pueblo
November 2 - 7, 2022
Rancho El Batán, Donato Guerra, Mexico
WE WILL EXPLORE:
The dark night of the soul
Myths that have held us as a mestizo culture in Mexico
Day of the Dead celebration
Learn how to make a traditional Mexian altar and all the symbology
Mexican humor that we use as a shield to protect us through our adversities
Grief and loss rituals and ceremony
"Even as I rocked on my knees, howling, I detected soft breathing behind the roaring. I leaned in, listened. It was the murmuring of the million mothers, backward and forward in time and right now, who had also lost children. They were lifting me, holding me. They had woven a net of their broken hearts, and they were keeping me safe there. I realized that one day I would take my rightful place as a link in this web, and I would hold my sister-mothers when children died. For now my only task was to grieve and be cradled in their love."
— Mirabai Starr
Who is Mirabai Starr
Mirabai Starr is an award-winning author of many books, a mystical scholar and inter-spiritual teacher.
She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourners harness the transformational power of grief and loss. She lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico.
"The night is always dark, but when our soul, Psyche, transits through darkness, it is dying and being born at the same time. The paradox is that it hurts and is amazing at the same time. love".
— Pilar Cordero
Pilar is a Psychotherapist, founder of Casa Virgilio, a therapeutic community: a feminine, natural space, an oasis in Mexico City for workshops and ceremonies.
She is co-founder of the Rites of Passage School, whose objective is to train human and compassionate facilitators who accompany existential processes and significant transitions within a sacred space and time frame to create an environment of support and trust.
She accompanies individuals, couples and groups with Jungian, existential and body psychotherapy and works with tools such as tarot, mythology, rituals and conversations.
"From total destruction we find the creativity to reconstruct a new beginning by embracing and holding a loving place for all our sorrows which is the alchemy that sets us free from our pain".
— Patty Bueno
Patty is a certified Thanatologist, Grief Counselor and Dying Consciously Teacher. She is the creator and host of AMORTE podcast on death education.
Having accompanied three of her grandparents and later her mother through their dying process as a primary caregiver was a rite of passage which led to a powerful call to serve and assist others in her community to prepare for death and make the right choices through dying, deathcare and the welcoming and witnessing of grief, working with ceremonies and rituals, helping her clients find their unique expression in creating sacred space with the symbols and elements that connect them with Spirit. She lives in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, with her husband.
Single bed shared room
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• You can request a refund before September 30th regardless of the cause. Please keep in mind there is a $500 USD deposit that is non-refundable once you have registered.
·The total cost of the retreat must be covered by September 30, otherwise we cannot hold your place.
·If for any reason we have to cancel the retreat, we will refund 95% of the cost within 30 days of the cancellation.
· We will not reimburse travel expenses.
From an early age she felt a passion for the plastic arts and studied different workshops of engraving, painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, wool textiles and looms.
She is a painter, ceramicist and textile artist who integrates the three elements in her work, her works represent what is currently done in contemporary art in Mexico.
Ana Vieyra is a
Somatic Transpersonal Life Coach, a Yoga Vinyasa teacher,
Pranayama & Meditación Facilitator and a Somatic Perinatal Grief Companion.
She will be facilitating morning yoga sessions and is also our Event Coordinator.