Wild Pleasures: Writing With Wildness
A three day adventure through the wilderness of your heart
May 18th-21st, 2018
The Los Padres wilderness, CA
Join deep nature guide Scott Davidson and sacred storyteller Leah Lamb for three nights and four days of writing and adventuring and discovering home in the Los Padres wilderness.
Sing Your Song
Speak your medicine to the trees
Listen for new stories from the wind
Hark and Herald and dance your way into eloquence as you court the river
Talk story by the fire
sleep beneath the stars
wake to the whistle of a bird declaring his presence
And then wonder how you will express yours in this new day in this new way...
Open your senses
to the wilderness
and open your channel
to creative force that is asking to flow through you
OVER THE COURSE OF OUR TIME TOGETHER YOU WILL EXPERIENCE A BLEND OF:
ways of council
solo Medicine walk
Journaling & creative time in groups, in pairs, and on your own
deepening connection with wild nature
deepening our relational capacity
developing a relationship based on reciprocity with nature
and experience connection with a wild life again
What to expect:
We will meet at 10am in Berkeley and drive four hours to our location where we will set up our base camp where we will sleep for the next three nights.
We will co-create our meals, and begin our stories around a fire. We will caravan together to the location.
We will wake with the birds. After breakfast, we will go on a walkabout to greet the wild one and swim. Throughout the day we will have writing exercises and the likes. Something magical and perhaps unrepeatable will happen as the unwinding of tales and wondering happens around the fire.
We will go on a medicine walk as we explore our personal medicine and wonder about how we might share it with our group. We may create something that can't be brought home.
We will share breakfast, harvest personal plant medicine to give away, give thanks and make our way home by 3pm.
What you will Receive
- Delicious co-created meals (we do all of the shopping and meal planning in advance for you)
- Facilitated writing and creativity exercises to take home with you
- Guided nature connection experiences
- Memories that will feed you on grey days
- Experiences that can't be replicated
- Step into the emergence of spring and have your medicine seen and recognized
What You Need to Bring
- Camping gear (sleeping bag, tent, utencils, sleeping pad, etc.) A comprehensive packing list will be provided upon registration.
- Full sensory curiosity
- Open heart & open mind
- Musical instruments, songs, poetry, etc.
- Funds for gas and treats you may want on the way there and back
"Leah lives in story, it resonates in her being – as a teller, as a writer/thinker, as an activist/world changer, as a contemporary artist rooted in the ancient. She knows the alchemy of myth and the miracle of life, and the tangible magic of language performed." -Joe Lambert
"Scott put my feet on a path of wild connection to place that was deeper than any I had ever before experienced, and has given me a sense of belonging in the community of plants and animals around me. And the journey has only just begun!” -SL of Forest Knolls, CA
"I loved every minute of it! Scott is a great teacher ~ knowledgeable, skillful, wise, humble..." -MK of Santa Barbara, CA
"I now have a renewed sense of confidence in my ability as a tracker. With Scott’s mentoring I was able to move through 'tracking walls' that previously would have discouraged me. Feeling grateful and satisfied." -MB of Sebastopol, CA
"Kind yet firm, loving yet fierce, Leah expertly marries the magic with the mundane as she fluidly guides the unfolding of every soul's unique story. Her ears listen for the deeper currents flowing beneath the words and actions, her words call each participant more fully to life, her eyes sparkle with the radiance of aligned purpose, and her heart sings the siren song of remembrance and returning.
Leah's work is an imperative service to the great turning of our world and culture, and her devotion to the mystery invites all that work with her to step into their unique embodied expression of medicine and purpose... If you are ready for true transformation of the tales you tell and the germination of the seeds of growth within your soul, step into Leah's circle and surrender to the greater story that is longing to live through you. -Hannah Jermstad
Register Now for Wild Pleasures: Writing with Wildness:
Four days and three nights of big adventure
When we set our intention for this workshop, it was really important to both of us to make this financially available to everyone who feels the call, and also state the value of this workshop. We trust that when you press that beautiful red button that declares your commitment to Wild Pleasures: Writing with Wildness; that you will assume the tution that aligns with your resources. We have one partial work trade available.
Scott Davidson is a deep nature guide who cultivates an ecology of belonging through a unique weaving of wildlife tracking, tending and questing in community. As a lifelong guide, he nurtures the genius in each of us, one relationship, curiosity and threshold at a time. Scott deeply listens to the truth of the moments, helping people learn from all of wild life, both surrounding us and within us, and our inherent ability to live fully in balanced connection and service with all of life.As a gifted council and quest guide, Scott collaborates with and serves many, locally and internationally, including the School of Lost Borders, Wilderness Reflections, Wilderness Guides Council, Tracker Academy and several local schools. Scott mentors boys into young men through wilderness adventures and skills, councils and quests, with the Stepping Stones Project in the SF Bay Area. With the Wilderness Guides Council, he coordinates annual gatherings nationally and intimately engages with the rites of passage guides community, including in South Africa and Europe. He continues to fast each year to renew his commitment to this life and work.
As a wildlife ecologist and tracker, he earned his Track & Sign III certificates from CyberTracker Conservation, BS in Plant Ecology from UC Santa Cruz, and his Permaculture Design Certificate through the Regenerative Design Institute. He is a leader within the Art of Mentoring – Deep Nature Connection community with the 8 Shields Institute, co-founder of the Tracking & Nature Connection Series, and many programs for deep nature connection and healing for people of all ages, all designed to re-weave people in service back into the landscape while celebrating this gift of life in community.
Leah Lamb studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC, and with many masters of story in theater, film, and the ancient art form of storytelling. She received a masters in social work, and focused on therapeutic use of the wilderness for the seven years while she worked as wilderness guide with youth at risk. She led wilderness trips in Montana, Minnesota, Arizona, Utah, and Alaska. Her storytelling has taken on several mediums, including launching the green chanel at the emmy award winning television network, Current TV, and has written about the environment for National Geographic News Watch, Planet Green, Huffington Post. She is the creator of a series called My Planet, about people healing through their connection with the natural world. Lamb combines this experience with her studies with many metaphysical practitioners, and a year long training with 13 moon mystery school. Her stories hold the resonance of connection with the earth, animals and spirit. She is in the process of completing her first novel, The Whale Dreamer.
"The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don't go back to sleep." ~Rumi