THE ELEMENTAL SELF IMMERSION
A 9-Month Journey of Life-Changing Initiation, Reclamation, and Becoming

Wilderness. Eros. Sexuality. Mythology. Archetype. Qigong. Writing.

October 30, 2019 – ends July 14, 2020
10 spaces available. All genders welcome.
Application + interview process required.

Travel with me for these 9-months and claim your life and calling more deeply than ever before. The Elemental Self Immersion is a wilderness-based rite of passage and incarnation. It is an incubator of transformation and support for Change Agents, for anyone who understands that how we live each day is our activism and contribution. Embodied, visceral, holistic, and relevant, this is an apprenticeship to the necessity and salvation of Eros and wildness, inside and out. Walk with me for this gestation cycle, and you will recover and integrate your human birthrights as never before: Sacred Body Sexual Energy, Creativity, Voice, Purpose, Responsibility to Nature, and a life that is aligned with the blueprint of your destiny and governed by the indistinguishable fire of Soul. As such, we become souls on fire, worthy sea-faring vessels to meet the waters of this life, no matter their season.

This journey is a resurrection of the Mythic Life, living proof that the sacred walks among us and in us, and needs us as much as we need it. We make the world, as the world makes us, and we have a responsibility to this depth of exchange and wakefulness. What would your life and work in the world be if Soul was at the center? What would it take for you to show up each day with “Soul on deck”, as an Agent of Change in this world, anchored in the bone-knowing of your birthrights and gifts? How would you live if you knew that life and this planet needed you?

This is not a New-Age self-help program. This is depth work: potent practice technologies, processes, and pathways, carefully crafted so that your deep inner life can meet the outer world with reliability, resiliency, and creative response. Our work is not about transcendence. It is about getting more “here” than ever before, recovering right sight and right cycle. This program admits and embodies, in both practice and philosophy, that there is no separation between the vast wilderness of nature, our sexual energy and expression, our creativity, voice, spirituality, social activism, and calling. At root, these are essential conversations of Soul. Our work is the excavation, retrieval, and cultivation of these vital territories, the ones we’ve been forbidden to touch- by culture, bloodline and inheritance-because they are wellsprings of true power. When we know these truths, we cannot be bought and we cannot be sold. We are no longer capable of living life in a hazy trance or within the margins of our inherited scripts and conditioning. We can no longer give up hope or believe that what we do and who we are “doesn’t matter”. When we are integrated in sex, spirit, voice, and gift, we are sourced from a truly vital place. We can rise up from the inside, and take our generous place in the call and response of life.

If you are called to a deeper life and a deeper reason, called to this level of initiation, you will know it in your bones. When you know something in your bones, you can trust and believe that what you are seeking is truly seeking you… You only have to let yourself say YES, and watch all of life conspire to meet you and make this possible. There is no scheduling feat, internal dialogue or financial barrier that is bigger than the decision to claim your life and stand as a torch for all things Wild and True on this planet.

“The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door, if you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.”

— Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Your Doorways into Soul during these 9 Months

This is a courtship with soul as a destination through the carefully crafted synergy and power of these 6 specific doorways.

Wilderness Immersion

The unequivocal backbone of this entire program is our time in the wilderness, spread across the wheel of the seasons. We will walk into the canyon because we need her. But also because the canyon needs us. To the river at dusk, to the sunrise and blackest night. We will taste the unfurling of seasons and pregnant air because we are aching to see ourselves splayed out across the sky and the earth and to remember where we came from and what we are made of.

Myth and Story, from Women Who Run with the Wolves

The book “Women Who Run With the Wolves” is nothing short of an Oracle.  There are two ways to engage this book- As a mere book or as a ceremony. We will do the latter. A carefully crafted collection of timeless tales, they give us the ley lines of psyche and soul, showing us where we have gotten lost, and how to find our way home.

The Great Remembering: Sacred Sexual Inhabitance

I call the sacred sexuality work that I teach “The Great Remembering”. At root, this is exactly what it is – a profound reclamation and remembering. A homecoming. Sexual embodiment and integrity does not ask us to become something we are not. It asks us to become ourselves, fully. To return to this ancient knowing of the most primordial energy that runs through us.

MogaDao Archetypal Qigong and Energetic Technologies:

The practices of MogaDao lead us into the process of “making soul with physical ritual”. They are of the most potent, sophisticated, and transformational energetic technologies that I have ever encountered in my lifelong study of the body and energy. Through Archetypal Qigong Forms, we not only cultivate energy, right cycles, sensitivity and reverent embodiment, but we commune with the unseen, archetypal and mythic worlds that fund our mundane lives into meaning and alignment.

Gateless Writing:

This is the work of finding and claiming original voice. Gateless writing is a writing methodology based on the neuroscience of creativity and inner-freedom. It is an unequivocally safe space that will literally unlock your creative brilliance and calm and relieve your inner-child- the place from which we innately create.

Courage Work

The work of pioneering educator Parker Palmer, “Courage Work” has everything to do with the fierce protection and creation of relationships that honor the soul. “Courage Work” holds an unshakable trust in the “teacher within” and our relational necessity to engage in a “Community of Solitudes, a way of “being alone together,” in which a group of people can live more fully into Rilke’s definition of love: “that two [or more] solitudes border, protect and salute one another.”

Wilderness Immersion

The unequivocal backbone of this entire program is our time in the wilderness, spread across the wheel of the seasons. We will walk into the canyon because we need her. But also because the canyon needs us. To the river at dusk, to the sunrise and blackest night. We will taste the unfurling of seasons and pregnant air because we are aching to see ourselves splayed out across the sky and the earth and to remember where we came from and what we are made of.

Myth and Story, from Women Who Run with the Wolves

The book “Women Who Run With the Wolves” is nothing short of an Oracle.  There are two ways to engage this book- As a mere book or as a ceremony. We will do the latter. A carefully crafted collection of timeless tales, they give us the ley lines of psyche and soul, showing us where we have gotten lost, and how to find our way home.

The Great Remembering: Sacred Sexual Inhabitance

I call the sacred sexuality work that I teach “The Great Remembering”. At root, this is exactly what it is – a profound reclamation and remembering. A homecoming. Sexual embodiment and integrity does not ask us to become something we are not. It asks us to become ourselves, fully. To return to this ancient knowing of the most primordial energy that runs through us.

MogaDao Archetypal Qigong and Energetic Technologies:

The practices of MogaDao lead us into the process of “making soul with physical ritual”. They are of the most potent, sophisticated, and transformational energetic technologies that I have ever encountered in my lifelong study of the body and energy. Through Archetypal Qigong Forms, we not only cultivate energy, right cycles, sensitivity and reverent embodiment, but we commune with the unseen, archetypal and mythic worlds that fund our mundane lives into meaning and alignment.

Gateless Writing:

This is the work of finding and claiming original voice. Gateless writing is a writing methodology based on the neuroscience of creativity and inner-freedom. It is an unequivocally safe space that will literally unlock your creative brilliance and calm and relieve your inner-child- the place from which we innately create.

Courage Work

The work of pioneering educator Parker Palmer, “Courage Work” has everything to do with the fierce protection and creation of relationships that honor the soul. “Courage Work” holds an unshakable trust in the “teacher within” and our relational necessity to engage in a “Community of Solitudes, a way of “being alone together,” in which a group of people can live more fully into Rilke’s definition of love: “that two [or more] solitudes border, protect and salute one another.”

“I am honestly in awe of Sarah’s ability to guide, intuit, hold space, and allow the dynamics of the moment to play out. She has an ability to truly listen and allow us to be as we are, while providing guidance and compassion, which is incredibly beautiful to both behold and be a part of. She moves from a deeper knowing.”

— Female Student

The Components for this Program

IMAGINE In the natural descent of Autumn, you begin a 9-month gestation and retrieval of soul that will span through the life-cycle of Fall, Winter, Spring and into Summer. In this time, along with 10 kindred spirits, you will make 3 Sacred Backpacking Pilgrimages into the Wilderness. You will spend 22 nights under a canopy of stars, your body pressed into the body of the Earth. In the breathtaking red rock Canyons of Southern Utah and the verdant Forests of the Pacific Northwest, you will remember who you are, where you came from, and what you made of. The “dazzling darkness” of Winter, will bring you into your own personal weekend retreat, close to your home, and in line with the medicine of the season, supported by Sarah with daily sacred practice, meditations and ritual. In between these 4 seasonal deep-dives, you will be held, supported and guided with exceptional care, intention and consistency. In this passage, You will receive the finest mentorship, teaching and facilitation that Sarah has to offer. She will meet with you for 3 private sessions, at the beginning, middle and end of the program, to anchor and honor your most personal intentions and growth. You will be nurtured in the rhythm and cycle of this earth and fully unfold, in your own timing, with space for integration and embodiment. This is a container that is steady and wide enough to move with your day-to-day life.  Once a month, for 2 spacious hours, you will gather online with Sarah and your cohort to share and hear the stirrings of hearts. You will lean into the rich constancy of regular peer-to-peer support. Each week you will tune in, from the root of your own home, for one or several Archetypal Qigong practices, to “make soul with physical ritual”. During 21 of our 36 weeks together, you will have the chance to be nourished by the freedom of Gateless Writing Salons, a place to make way for the boundless love of creativity. Every other week you will hear Sarah’s voice, through curated audio transmissions, which you can listen to at your leisure- powerful teachings to help ignite, guide and inspire you. There is no “falling behind” on these teachings…for you will have them forever.

Imagine… 9 months. 4 Seasons. 10 soul-companions. The chance and path of a life that can and will not wait.

3 Seasonal Backpacking Trips

*first trip begins Oct 30th.

A Personal Winter Retreat

Bi-weekly Audio Teachings/Transmissions

21 weeks of live, online Gateless Writing Salons

Weekly MogaDao QiGong Classes

2-hour Monthly Integration Calls

3 Private Sessions with Sarah

Peer-to-Peer Support

This program is for you if…

  • You are ready to ignite the inner-fire that will allow you to respond and participate as a trustworthy Change Agent through your unique gifts and capacities.
  • You know that in order to really show up and offer your gifts in reliable ways, you need to do your own work first, so that you do not pass on unconscious cycles of fracture and pain.
  • You know that in order to self-actualize and do your work in the world, you need to be sourced, supported and guided in a longer-term container
  • You feel a painful gap between your current reality and the Destiny and purpose that is calling you.
  • You understand that in order to truly live a meaningful life, you must be funded by the depths and directives of Soul… you are longing to unite “soul and role”.
  • You know that it is your birthright to thrive, not just to survive and you are ready for that reclamation.
  • You are already on a path of self-actualization and desire to go so much deeper, and need the nuance, sophistication, skillful facilitation to bring you to that depth.
  • You know you have a deeper calling but you can’t quite hear it, or you feel far away from it.
  • You wish to secure your relationship with your Wildish Nature, instincts and your ability to effectively “walk between two worlds as a way of life”, in the words of Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
  • You are tired of dabbling and are ready to commit to a coherent path that will ask more of you, and therefore allow more of you to emerge.
  • You feel a lonely distance between your day to day life, sexuality, spirituality, and work in the world.
  • You long to traverse the territories of your wild and untamed soul and have grown tired of the thinness and one-dimensionality of popular psychological, New Age and Self-Help philosophies.

In these 9 months, you will…

Recover and trust the cycles of your life

We suffer because we have refused and misunderstood the natural cycles of our internal and external lives. When we do, we lose energy, skip ahead, get stuck, resist, deny, bypass, overstay, leave too early, and orphan ourselves at critical moments of transformation, maturation and initiation. In these 9-months, you will journey through all four natural seasons, and in that, come to understand and fill in the blanks of your lost cycles. You will, with support and understanding, claim the width of yourself. Your life, health, and harmony depend on the reckoning and understanding of cycles.

Cultivate and integrate your sexual energy and expression

Our work in this realm will transform the way you relate to the profound wilderness of your sexual energy and allow it to become the soil from which your life-force flourishes, evolves, and embodies for the rest of your life. Reliable. Integrated. Embodied. Reverent. Whole. You will understand, in a visceral way, just how inextricable your sexual energy is from your voice, your creativity, your generosity and your becoming. You will refine and therefore trust your desire as a map of your life. We will do the work of “de-compartmentalizing” and “de-colonizing” sex.

Reclaim your Voice, honesty, and expression as a creation force

You will find your original voice, what it has to say, and how it wants to say it- The one that got buried, edited, manipulated and scared. The one that stopped telling the full truth. The voice that is a Poet, Revolutionary, Lover and Sage. The one that is entirely your own and original to the hilt. You will come to know this voice as a literal creation force, to feel and trust its profound impact and gift to others. You will come to understand your voice and original expression as inseparable from your sexual energy and joy.

Source your life from a place of actual, real energy

You will cultivate an actual “reservoir” from which your life will flow. A life that is not moving from a reservoir is a life on the verge of collapse, burn out, and giving up. There is no way to truly give our gifts and be reliable “value bearers” in our relationships, lives and the world without a reservoir. A reservoir, in the words of Zhen Dao, is a “field of potential which does not need to immediately demonstrate itself. In order to risk and [live the essence of our hearts], we need a reservoir. The depth of a reservoir is what makes someone capable of being trusted.” Many of us live our lives running on fumes and borrowed (sometimes stolen) energy. When we look out into the panic and trauma of the world, what we are seeing is the collective influence of people acting and moving with no real ground under their feet. We have no reservoir and therefore no true place to draw from in our relationships, vocation, and dreams. To source from a real place is a revolution, and a birthright. Every aspect we will engage in this program is a source of real energy – Time in the wilderness, free-flowing creative energy and expression, sexual energy and Qi in our bodies (which we will cultivate and harmonize through practice), myth and story (which keeps a flame for us, always), and a community in which we will protect, border and salute each other’s soul voices.

Align your life with your destiny and calling

And therefore take your place in your life and this planet that both needs you, and has so much to give to you. These months will be a sacred crucible in which you will clearly see where your life is and is not aligned with your deeper calling and convictions, where have you given over to conditioning, ancestral stories, society’s narrow script. Simultaneously, It is the container in which you will cultivate the courage, support, inspiration and energy to claim your life as your own and live from soul, funded from a deep reservoir that feeds the greater harmony of things. When we align with soul, we become agents of change, celebration and creation.

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