We stand barefoot at a threshold of an inner sanctum, our feet receptive to the earth & the soul within.
An ethic of kinship & rewilding
Come on a 24-day exploration of soul ethos, designed to develop the character, moral compass & guiding beliefs at the heart of our transformation as individuals & a group. Journey into the compensatory & revolutionary nature of soul to remember forgotten (repressed & oppressed) parts of ourselves & society: the archetypally feminine soul as creative, embodied, natural & ancestral at the core of our community identity, values & beliefs. As life, soul offers a kinship with all life, human & not.
Soul, to me, means 'embodied essence,' when we experience ourselves & others in our full humanity--part animal, part divine. Healing comes through embodiment of the soul. The soul in matter is what I think the feminine side of God is all about. . . The feminine soul is what grounds us; it loves & accepts us in our totality. [This is our barefoot soul ethos.]
Earth Day Initiation
3-day Retreat + 24-day kit & a 3-day wilderness rite
Reconnect with your wild nature & Nature as we center in our common soul values.
Begin with retreat & Medicine Walk to rewild.
Drop into your heart & body to embody nature.
Learn eco-mindful skills to connect to the earth.
Gather in a circle of earth soul-centered community.
Remember ancient ancestral ritual & knowledge.
Honor nature in earth prayer & eco-art therapy.
Befriend a tree for living healing & understanding.
Root deep into the unconscious of your land.
Create a soul ethos intention, ritualize it & do it.
C G Jung said 4 categories were edited out of the Bible, privileging mind (masculine animus) & repressing soul (feminine anima).
Soul in Creativity
Embody imagination from dreams, visions & intuition.
Soul in Nature
Embody soul naturally in nature & our nature as one.
Soul in Body
Embody soul in our body as a temple of heaven & earth.
Soul in Ancestry
Embody soul to commune & communicate with family.
These 4 categories connect us through the deep roots of nature & our unconscious nature to ground us in our power as a whole.
*visionary art by Autumn Skye Morrison
Ethos is the spirit of a community & what creates the most transformative groups by unifying diversity in a shared core value: life.
Kinship is a sense of being related
While usually used to refer to human relations, kinship is a connection to all life within a web of relationship. It is about deep belonging in which we know we are a part of not apart from the web of relations which are alive & life. Kin comes from Old English "descended from a common ancestor," reflecting our descent from one ancestor: a genetic Eve (however you conceive of this), but we are also one with nature & the garden that Eden represents . . . or whatever origin story. Our Soul Space ethos is a recognition of our kinship or ancestors 7 generations forward & back as our legacy. This retreat, kit & rite of passage is designed to help your explore your soul values, beliefs, stories & relationships.
Content drips daily but go at your pace & in your own way. Take & give as much time as you need. Honor yourself & intuition.
Control how you learn and progress
At Soul Space we make online learning easy & dynamic. Our primary concern is facilitating your (& our) creative transformation in a way that suits YOU. By combining recorded online material, prompts & activities with live sessions & community support, we create offerings that are flexible & adaptable for you.
Come gather together before & after your pilgrimage with a live retreat before & ritual, rite of passage after to initiate our journey.
Who is this path for? (everyone)
This is a path for all of us. We are all of the earth, born into a web of life that needs to be recognized & honored to sustain life for generations to come, protecting children & Mother Nature. The beauty is that when we are connected in kinship to nature, we are happier & healthier. To honor life brings us to life, which is the meaning of soul (life). This life value also provides our common core, a factor which has been found to hold the most diverse groups together around shared purpose to co-create the greatest transformation. It is not $ but real values that inspire us & bring us to life.
Kinship with all LIFE:
Soul recalls 4 repressed life values, body, creativity, ecology & legacy, to remember our kindred nature & that we are kindred spirits at heart.
Why walk the path? (A: honor life)
We are called to live in balance to sustain life, to overcome duality in unity through love. While crisis is not fun, it is an opportunity to transform & restore ecological, psychological & socio-political (. . .) balance to the world. This is our soul revolution: return to the heart gnosis of soul to remember the past & heal old wounds of division. Whether, head & heart, animus & anima, or spirit & matter, opposites are atoned when we embody soul, dropping into our heart & the embodied heart knowledge of the earth rooted in Creation.
To walk the earth barefoot reminds us of the Iroquois ethos that decisions today should result in a sustainable world 7 generations in the future. We come from & share one earth in our bodies & as our home, honoring & loving it in ourselves & all life as one.
This we know: the earth does not belong to man [humanity], man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand of it.
Soul ethos is our center & circle of community
Body is essential because it connects us to ourselves, each other & the earth. Also, because it is where we hold our wounds & shadow side. We need the body to heal.
Creativity is a power that is akin to creation itself. It is the creative imagination used as a way to co-create with nature . . . not just arts & crafts but a way to explore 7 discover.
Ecology is from the Greek root for "house." It is the study of natural relations . . . our kinship & connection. It is nature in the way of nature or nature in form & function.
Legacy is our inheritance going forward & backward in time to connect us to everything. It includes our ancestors (human & non), genetics & stories as a present & presence.
Soul ethos unites heaven & earth. It is both beyond time & returns to an earlier tme.
Returning to Kinship & Deep Belonging
Ethos is the Spirit of a Time
Manifested in our beliefs, characteristics & values, ethos gives insight into the character of our time. Soul ethos is its compliment.
Soul Ethos is for all Time
Soul isn't bound by space & time (human constructs), balancing all time in a return to times that exemplify what is needed now.
Soul compliments you & our time. It is not divisive but unitive, the counterbalance to the tug of peer pressure & insecurity.
Ecology is an interconnected living system & embodiment of kinship. More than a sum of its parts, ecology is nature as a whole.
Like the shape & orbit of the planets, we come together & move in circles, reflecting the cycles of the seasons of life & all life.
Ethos is the heart of our revolution that leads back to ourselves & a sustainable future, guided by the spirit of the time.
What to bring
This is meant to be gentle, playful & restful. Don't push. You can circle back. Go at a pace that allows depth. Pick a time, place & process to cultivate growth. Take breaks & take as long as you like. Always, find YOUR way.
A journal for your Soul Space work/play is optimal. Love it.
2. Comfort Items
Blankets, slippers, drink, music, candle or flowers. . ?
3. Colored Pencils/Pens
From 1$ store or? Pick colors & supplies that inspire you