Let Go into the Mystery - The East Shield of Living and Dying

Oct 26th, 2019 - Nov 3rd, 2019
Death Valley
All is a circle within me.
I have gone into the earth and out again.
I have gone to the edge of the sky.
Now all is at peace within me.
Now all has a place to come home.
~Nancy Wood

Throughout time and cultures, people have crossed borders of their ordinary lives seeking contact with the Mystery. An experience of Oneness, it is beyond any fixed identity. Called by many names, known in a myriad of ways, yet it is ungraspable. In the wide-open view of this Mystery, living and dying are fundamentally interdependent. So too is our recognition of being wholly and completely interconnected with it all.

In this age, we are born and shaped within a world that is ego-centered and ego-driven. There is enormous suffering in believing in the myth of our separate selves. When we hold tightly to an identity focused on self-preservation, we find only more fear, aggression, over-consumption, over-work, confusion and deep loneliness. The spiritual opening of the East Shield offers an expansiveness that allows us to relax within this interwoven matrix of reality.

What might it mean for you to explore this East Shield, to “Let Go into the Mystery”?

This 9-day program, in the vast and ancient landscape of Death Valley, is a ceremony in the East Shield of the School’s Practice of Living and Dying. This is an invitation to explore and honor the individual stories of our spiritual unfolding through life, and to let go into the Great Mystery that holds us beyond birth and death.

To support the busy mind to settle, each day will include periods of sitting meditation. We will gather in council daily, holding space for the sharing and witnessing of stories. Afternoons will include time for walking in the expansive desert to explore each of the four directions of Mystery, culminating with a day in the East: a 24-hour solo.  When we reconvene, we’ll then spend several days hearing stories from this solo time.

Program informationEnrollment is limited to 12.  We will rendezvous on Saturday, October 26th, at 10 a.m. at the Visitors Center in Furnace Creek, Death Valley, moving from there to our base-camp in the backcountry.  We anticipate camping together the entire week, finishing by mid-morning on Sunday, Nov. 3rd.  We will provide dinner the first night and the break-fast after the solo time.   Otherwise we ask everyone to come prepared to live self-sufficiently, which means bringing your own camping equipment and food for the week.  More detailed logistical information will be sent out prior to the program’s start. 

A note to people with limited wilderness experience:  Though we will be camping out for the entire week, activities undertaken will be non-strenuous and our emphasis will always be “safety first.”  We will provide a list of personal equipment that each participant should bring and we will also provide some group equipment for our base-camp.  We may be able to loan limited personal equipment as needed and if we are unable, we can provide advice about what to purchase or rent. 

Meditation schedule:  The program will include a regular meditation schedule, beginning with an optional sunrise sit, then group sits to start the morning and afternoon sessions, and an optional evening sit to close the day.  Please bring whatever you prefer for your own sitting practice—be it a cushion, bench or chair.

Sliding-scale Tuition: $950-$1600   Please contact us if money is an impediment to your joining us. 

Deposit: $300   The deposit is considered both a sign of your commitment, as well as financial support for the School for the considerable work done in organizing and enrolling the course.  For both these reasons, the deposit is non-refundable unless the program is cancelled.  The full fee is due at start of the course.

Letter of Intent:  We ask for a letter of intent describing what calls you to this unique desert program.  This letter is an important part of your preparation and will serve as an introduction to us that we may best support you. 

For more information contact Scott at seberle@sbcglobal.net.  Send deposit & enrollment forms to School of Lost Borders, P.O. Box 796, Big Pine, CA  93513.  Phone: 760-938-3333.  Fax: 760-406-8527.



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: $950 - $1675

Deposit: $300
(Non-refundable & non-transferrable unless seminar is cancelled)

Extra Fees: $25 Park Entrance Fee (per car) and $40 camping fee (per person)


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