Turning the Wheel, Finding Center: a 10-month Personal Transformation Program

hummingbird nest 2013

 

The Nest

For personal healing, we have to create a container…a nest…where our soul feels safe to unravel, reveal, explore and repair. This is what I have been creating for people for some time now when I work with clients and students.

During this program, I will draw on my skills and resources that I have acquired since my own, great unraveling that began in 2001.  I experienced psychosis while living abroad and it took me years to find my footing again.  The lessons, insights, and tools I gathered along the way of my own healing journey became what I offer others.

Now, it is time for me to expand the concept of the nest to hold way more eggs that wish to hatch into preciously fierce birds, ready to fly………….

If you are navigating personal trauma, transgenerational trauma, or depression…this program is for you.  If you feel that your inner compass is spinning or off track, this program is for you.  If you want to simply explore the medicine wheel and see what it has to offer, this program is for you.

 

The 10-Month Program

Starting February 2020 (just before Spring emerges), I will embark on a sacred journey around the medicine wheel with other willing souls. We will begin in the direction, East…and we will make our way around the medicine wheel — South, West, North, and then Center… It will be a 10-month distance “experiencing” program consisting of small groups that will be in dynamic dialogue with each other as we move through the seasons.

It will require full commitment to the process…and, at the same time, everyone can comfortably fit this into their every day lives. You can chose how deep you want to go.

As well, you will need some extra time to go on a vision quest or 5-day (or 10-day) vipassana/meditation retreat; this would happen some time Fall 2020. There will also be times that we take short fasts from TV, movies, social media…as well as certain foods.

Other elements will be one required reading resource (book) per season, dream-work, ancestor-work, a creative project, and food & plant medicine learnings. Everything will culminate in you giving a workshop to your community which would involve one (or more) of your gifts.

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About the Medicine Wheel

The medicine wheel is a way to orient ourselves in the world. It is an archetypal blueprint of the seasons and phases of life. It is a reflection of our life process, which is, ultimately, a creative process. The medicine wheel, in various forms, has been used by numerous peoples on this planet for healing, guidance, and to reconnect a person with their own narrative within the greater current of life.

Teachers, elders, and healers such as Elina Avila, Jeanette Armstrong, Starhawk, and Laura Van dernoot Lipsky inspired my work. As well, I drew from the book, ‘The Sacred Tree,’ which was created to support First Peoples who were dealing with substance abuse issues.

 

My relationship with the Medicine Wheel

Ever since I learned of the medicine wheel, about 15 years ago, I found it to be so familiar and it drew me in.  The shape — circle.  The four directions.  The psycho-spiritual element.  The way various tribes, peoples, and cultures had their own wheel.  It all made sense to me on a level that took me awhile to articulate.  Later, I realized that the medicine wheel speaks through a soul language.

I continued to explore the medicine wheel and started drawing some simple sketches of them.

Then, I experienced how to use the medicine wheel in a council process by an Okanagan elder.  It was powerful.  It was life-changing.

My eagerness to explore the wheel deepened after this moment with the Okanagan elder.  And then, it took on a life of its own.

While living in the mountains of Western North Carolina, I had a dream of another way to use the medicine wheel.  It could be used for deep healing…if we were placed in the center.  The simple rock carvings…the leaf litter…the soft, sunlight of the fall season making its way through the trees…I remember these parts of my dream well.  I also remember the circles that marked the four directions and the healing place in the center; a place where someone could lie down for healing.

So, this is why we will turn the wheel and find center…because this is where the healing will happen…  As we navigate our way to the center, to the heartbeat…we will be transformed in the process.

Lately, I have been pondering various aspects of this program while walking my daughter in her stroller around town.  The times when I am the deepest in thought on the topic, I have come across a compass and the four directions…this has happened in three different locations in some very unlikely spots!

And, just like bread crumbs on a trail…leading me to my destination…I am paying attention to these signs.  To me, it is an affirmation that it is time to move forward with this program.

 

How the course will be organized

As I mentioned above, the course will begin in the East.  The entire group will meet, using the on-line platform Zoom, one time each season to lay out the course of the season.  There will always be a book to read, a practice to partake in, and something to contemplate.  Whether you make the call or not, you will have access to the recording.

Also, regular calls will be organized by the three small groups (each will decide length and frequency).  I will be on a call with each group one additional time each season for a circle share, so that we all can check in and process together.

As well, each participant will meet with me for a private call for two 30 minute calls (also through Zoom) during the program.  This is something a participant will set up with me if they want and when they wish.

The course will be pretty intuitive once things begin.   I have created a loose structure with breathing room for us all to influence the flow of the course.  I will give you a map and show you the way, but we each will chose how to walk the path.

Here is the basic flow of the course (and I am leaving some things out as to not reveal each and every aspect of journey together):

East (February, March)
Hawk
Where our attention goes
Where we get perspective
Fasting & preparation
Bird wing & feather
Spring weeds
What we can and cannot look at or see

South (April, May, June)
Skunk
Where our childhood wounds reside (blockages)
Creativity
Healthy boundaries
Self-acceptance & self-esteem
Our 7 gifts
Art project

West (July, August, September)
Snake
Sacrifice of old self
Dream healing & meditation
Decluttering
Quest, pilgrimage, vision quest, or vipassana
Fasting from stimuli, media, etc
Entering the womb, abaton, or cave

North (October, November)
Whale
Where we call on the ancestors
Ancestor-work
Consult higher wisdom
Oral histories, oral traditions, and songs
Mythical consciousness

Center (December)
Tree of Life
Community project or offering

 

lindsay in cave tunnel at nw

Join me for a call…

I’ve been watering the seeds of this vision for many months and I am ready to move forward now.

Join me, in the safe and sheltered nest, as we turn the wheel and find the heartbeat at the center…………..

Comment below with your email address or email me at – maypop (at) riseup (dot) net – if you are interested. I’ll email folks a date and time for a Q&A session about this program.

 

What will be the cost?

The fee will be sliding scale, and very affordable.  Right now, I am thinking that I will offer space for 15 participants (which will be broken up into 3 small groups):

SEED JOURNEY – 2 openings at $25/month or a total of $250
SPROUT JOURNEY – 5 openings at $50/months or a total of $500
FLOWER JOURNEY – 5 openings at $100/month or a total of $1000
ROOTS JOURNEY – 3 openings at $150/month or a total of $1500

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2 thoughts on “Turning the Wheel, Finding Center: a 10-month Personal Transformation Program

  1. Lindsay,

    Good for you! This sounds marvelous and like JUST what you should be doing. I’m so glad you’re going to be working with people with your great skills and perspectives, and creating deepening and healing communities. It sounds similar in ways to our Awakening the Ancient Ways course which is 12 months, and takes us through the seasons, includes daily practices, a vision quest and readings.

    We use Zoom to meet for our classes, a 2-hour class every two weeks. Do you know Zoom? You can get a free account, and the one I have is only $14 a month and so worth it. I meet clients for private work as well as holding classes on Zoom regularly. You might want to think about it? That way when you get together with people they can all see each other. It is amazing how intimate it can feel, like you are actually sitting in circle looking at everyone’s faces.

    Let me know if you need any support or someone to bounce ideas around with. I’m so proud of you for putting this together and I know it’s contributing to our creating a critical mass of conscious people working to bring balance in this crazy world.

    Lots of love,

    Tayria

    Tayria Ward, Ph.D.

    20 Battery Park, Suite 500, Asheville, NC 28801

    tayria@tayriaward.com

    http://www.tayriaward.com

    828-329-0853

    “When the bird and the book disagree, always believe the bird.” ~John James Audobon

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    • This is all great information, Tayria! Thank you for the ideas… I am going to rework this blog post tonight a bit… And, you are right…I need to look into an easy platform for all of this. I will call you to chat about Zoom. I appreciate your suggestions!

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