Four Shields of Human Nature: A Training for Guides, Therapists, and Human Beings (Cancelled)

Jun 23rd, 2020 - Jun 27th, 2020

“If there were a measure of “mental health,” it would involve the ability of individuals to grow into the fullness of each season--that is, the ability to fully become, or enact, the contents of each shield.” Steven Foster/Meredith Little

The Four Shields of Human Nature turn with the experiences of life, from the smallest cell to the great seamless whole of the biosphere called earth. It begins with the body (summer), turns into psyche (fall), becomes activated form (winter), which dissolves into spirit (spring) -- which is born again in the body (summer). The four seasonal directions of human nature, in their complex, yet simple, interaction, form the basis of an ecopsychology which redefines psychologies based on human alone, apart from nature.

In this experiential training ceremony, we will study the ways in which the four shields and initiation rites can facilitate the passing of an individual from one season to the next. Each seasonal shield becomes a doorway. We will meet together in the mornings. In the afternoons each will go alone into the natural world specifically to experience the dimensions, images, feelings of one the shields. Evening gatherings will bring shield stories and the chance to listen and respond (“mirroring”) within the context of the elder’s council. We will also focus on the ways in which these solitary excusions into nature and the stories they evoke are useful in preparations for a 4 day vision fast. Participants will be given an opportunity to teach the essense of the shields to one another, and to delve into a deeper understanding, both personally and collectively, of the Four Shields as a bare bones tool for the rites of passage ceremony.

We will meet at Dragon Back Springs Ranch in Southern Colorado. The weather in June is often beautiful and warm. Afternoon rain and thunderstorms are common. Be sure to have raingear and a water tight tent. Nights cool off and usually in the lower 40s’ The school does not provide food or planned meals. People often choose to share food. We will provide a camp kitchen with 2 two-burner camp stoves and 5-gallon propane tanks as well as cooking and eating gear. The land has showers and limited wifi. The property is off the Grid with solar power and backs up to the national forest. Emails will be sent to the group a few months before the program so that ride sharing can be arranged and questions answered. Participants are responsible for their own transportation. A $6 per day land use fee is requested . The nearest Airport is Denver or Colorado Springs, about a 3.5 hr drive

The School of Lost Borders has created a sliding scale for all its programs and trainings in an effort to keep our courses affordable to a wide range of people. We set forth no criteria and trust that each individual will pay what they feel is appropriate.

Scholarships are available.

Tuition: $650 - $1150

Deposit: $250
(Non-refundable & non-transferrable unless seminar is cancelled)

Extra Fees: Land use fee: $30


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