The Roots of our Belonging
January 17 - 19, 2014
If you don't know the kind of person I am
and I don't know the kind of person you are
a pattern that others made may prevail in the world
and following the wrong god home we may miss our star.
-- William Stafford
Be with those who help your being.
To have a place where we can feel in our bones that we belong and are known is one of the most essential needs of the soul.
We are in great need of skilled individuals who can respond with integrity and beauty to the crises we face, as individuals and communities.
The Ritual Village Process presents a unique opportunity for the deep psychological and spiritual work of forging a strong and lasting community. The creation of a sustainable, resilient village is a powerful and transformative response to our collective crisis of isolation and alienation.
Living in a culture that neglects the life of the soul, we face enormous pressures every day to adjust, accommodate and abandon our essential selves. Economic and social survival have replaced the deeper longings of the soul to enter the conversation with the shimmering earth. Coming into the shelter of village is one way to protect our intrinsic value and restore our vitality and being. Under the canopy of the village we are invited to listen to one another, to attend to the places of grief and pain that inevitably wend their ways into our souls, to reflect back to each other the tremendous beauty we carry in our beings and to encounter the wounds and undeveloped pieces of our lives. Becoming familiar with each other's most authentic nature is a powerful soul value and this essential self becomes most transparent in the practice of ritual.
It has become normal for us to feel separate from each other, the land, our own hearts and souls. Overcoming that conditioning and learning to think like a village will be part of our great adventure.
Please consider joining a small group of people in this sacred task.
There is a village forming in the greater Seattle area, facilitated by Francis Weller, MFT, Judith Farina-Weller, and Thalia Ryer, MA, LMFTA. We will meet for six weekends throughout 2014, starting with the standalone introductory weekend January 17-19th. The series will continue on April 11-13th, June 6-8th, August 1-3th, October 10-12th, and conclude on December 5-7th.
Each weekend will cost $325. The full series will cost $1625 and will include additional optional gatherings.
If you would like to join us, have questions or would like more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are also welcome to call Francis at 707.568.5803 or Thalia at 206-933-0403. If finances are an obstacle to your participation, please speak with Francis or Thalia to discuss this.
If you have children, we encourage you to invite them into the Village process. We will help coordinate a cooperative means of having childcare space and programs for children whenever we meet. Please contact Thalia to discuss.
Photographs copyright Maya Wallach (village) and Michael Jardeen (coast).