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Summer Solstice Retreats & Ceremonies in Sedona and Hopi Spirit Journey

Summer Solstice Retreats & Ceremonies in Sedona and Hopi Spirit Journey

Summer Solstice Programs 2017

I love Bill Worrell's poster above of ancestor spirits connecting with earthly and celestial energies.

I love Bill Worrell’s poster above of ancestor spirits connecting with earthly and celestial energies.

June 20
Solstice Peak of Light Ceremony & Celebration

June 17-24
Sedona Vision Quest Retreat

Option: to participate in select parts of retreat


June 25-26:  Hopi Spirit Journey


Summer Solstice is one of the 2 major doorways of the year: an auspicious time to join in ceremonial circles, deepen spiritual insights, and celebrate connection with Mother Earth and your vision.

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Summer Solstice Doorway
Activated by solar infusion of Light, every cell is stimulated to flow more energy.
Inner and outer pathways become energized.
Antennae attuned to the greater field of wisdom, new horizons appear calling us to action.
This fire energy becomes an invitation to cleanse what no longer serves.
Conscious choice to evolve beyond our known edge can be activated in ceremonial circle.
Since time immemorial, we humans have joined together to invoke well being for our Earth, our Community and ourself at these major turning points of the year.

Standing here at the doorway to the second half of the year,
what do you wish to encourage in your life?


image by Alka Kapoor

image by Alka Kapoor

Activate your spiritual expression in the Peak of the Light.

This is a potent time to connect with the energies of nature and the mystic pathway of direct knowing. Our instinctual knowing relies on sensory data from every cell of our body which is pulsing with vibratory information from the surrounding universe. This instinctive intelligence gives us the capacity to read signals, clues and patterns.

creationcirclesmWe deepen this with shamanic journey practice. These direct experiences of expanded reality shift perceptions and create new neural pathways. New insights flow in that support conscious re-creation of your life in a frequency more aligned with your soul.

Coming together in ceremony at these seasonal turning points support us to evoke energies that generate positive change in our life. As we walk our prayers in symbolic heart-centered actions, it becomes a felt experience in our body and our mind starts to get it.

  • Some of the Solstice Light Retreat experiences:
    medicine walk to develop attentiveness skills and connect with nature energies
  • nature energy connections during the day, at sunset and under the stars
  • earth bonding, sense signs, shapeshift energetically
  • activating new balance with a drum healing ceremony
  • solo vision circle under the stars
  • a variety of ceremonies to activate your intention and walk your new path
  • shamanic journey skills development and exploratory experiences such as past-future lives, ancestor wisdom
  • spirit helper connections

Summer Solstice schedule:

Schedule subject to change to adapt to weather, participants schedules and other unknowns that may arise–but all elements will be included.
Please review full vision quest program details here.

June 17 – 24, 2017

June 17

8 – 10:30 am
Sedona Sacred Sites/Vortex Journey 
(2.5 hours, $85 each with 3 or more)

10:30 am – noon
Vision Quest Introduction Session
, 1 1/2 hours. Begin to form medicine pieces for your 4 Directions staffs. Detailed instructions for the preparation work you will be doing.

3 – 5:30 pm
Insight Session: Inner Pathways – Conscious Evolution
(2 hours with 1 or 2 people; 2.5 hours with 3-4 people)
Powerful insight tools to enhance shamanic seeing: lucid dreaming, meditation, tracking-clearing energies, listening to body wisdom, developing Here-Now Presence as your point of power, and more. Includes chakra clearing and sound healing with gong and Himalayan metals. From this centered aware place, you become self-referencing, less looking to outside sources for approval and more trusting of your own wisdom.


June 18

6 am – 2 pm
Mystical Nature Shamanic Journey Seminar
on the land to develop skills in shamanic journey and connecting with helper spirits, and Earth and Sky Speaks to Us, and Water Ceremony, and labyrinth ceremony (6 hours with 2 or more, 5.5 hours with 1 person)
Core nature awareness skills development. Practice ways of being in nature as a doorway to open to fresh inspiration: rock divining, vision circle, tree wisdom, thick description, close observation, embracing the elements, messages mirrored to you from nature, noticing patterns. What are signs? Opening to the supportive energies of nature, walking quest experience.

 


June 19

morning practices on own
nature connection practices

noon – 2 or 2:30 pm
Insight Session: Extraction and Clearing Non-Beneficial Energies

We enlist the aid of spiritual allies to provide support, insight and energy in a series of shamanic journey experiences to connect with powerful guidance, re-align your energy matrix, and do shamanic extraction work. We create a releasing ceremony and connect with guidance to reinforce this healing. 2 – 2 1/2 hours

On your own during afternoon:
Integrate clearing work
Work on prayer ties and 4-Directions staffs

6:30 – 10 pm
Sunset-Stars-Nature at Night-Solo Circle program
$110 pp with 3 or more


peopleviewfullmoonsmJune 20, Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice one of 2 major turning points of the year

morning practices on own
nature connection practices on the land

noon – 2 or 2:30 pm
Insight Session: Mystic Child Self, Past and Future Self, Issues, Clues:
Redreaming Ceremony. Shamanic journey work connecting with your mystical child, past and future self, Who Am I? and other areas of importance to you. Continuing feedback on dreams and nature work, 2 – 2.5 hours

during day on own:
deepen and clarify your intention, clear your mind, begin writing your New Mythology that has emerged so far, finish prayer ties

6 – 10 pm

Summer Solstice Circle of Power Teaching and Healing Ceremony
Learn ancient principles of working with ceremony; receive a vibrational healing from earth and cosmos and drumming; shamanic rebalancing work by Sandra as guided by spirit. An uplifting experience for creating positive movement in your life as you align with your soul energy and the cosmos.

Intention of the Ceremony:  clear and activate what is coming to Light.
Celebrate: make a sun wheel, drum, free your voice with sounds emerging from your solar connections.
$135 pp with 5 or more


Deerskin drum I made and a Hopi artist painted with the Earth Carrier Twins and other spiritual beings emerging from the cetner

Deerskin drum I made and a Hopi artist painted
with the Earth Carrier Twins and other spiritual beings emerging from the cent

June 21

morning practices on own

dawn on own:  go out and sit in solo circle for at least 2 hours, practicing deep observing

during day:
nature connection explorations
deepen and clarify your intention, clear your mind, begin writing your New Mythology that has emerged so far, finish prayer ties

2:30 – 4:30 or 5 pm 
Insight Session: Soul Retrieval Advanced Experiental Seminar:
you become your own shaman in a safe and nurturing space in a poignant session of calling back and integrating a part of your own soul that has become energetically separated from you. As time allows, connect with Mystic Child self. Continuing work with your dreams. 2 – 2 1/2 hours


June 22

9:30 am – 11:30 or 12 pm
Insight Session: Imagining and Conscious ReCreation
experiential journeys to activate new pathways, potential new beginnings


Solo Overnight Ceremony

Afternoon to sunrise next day in solo communion with nature in your sacred ceremonial space–this is optional and done on your own with you taking full responsibility for your safety. If you have the comfort zone for being out in nature for 2 or 3 nights, you could choose to do that. You go out on your own. During the night I pray for you and hold space for you.


June 23–new moon

Dawn Return, Fire Ceremony, Processing Your Experience, Hopi blue corn pancake breakfast, 2.5 – 3 hours

During the day on own:
Journal, paint your shield, Write your new mythology, rest and dream.
You will want to keep your hotel room so you can go there in the early morning for shower and rest.
Important to stay in your inner space all day as you continue to process, rebalance.
Pay attention to you dreams during the night and on awakening.


June 24

Closing circle, 2 hours (time to be determined)
4 Directions/4 Elements Ceremony
Share New Mythology and Intentions for your return; closing ceremony
and/or shamanic journey, moving into future focus as you prepare to return home.
Doing the closing on Day 8 gives you a full night’s dream time to process your solo overnight. But we can do the closing late on day 7 if need be for your time frame.


Cost Per Person for June 17 – 24 Sedona Vision Quest Retreat

1 person, $2,350;*
2 people, $1,650* each
3 – 6 people, $1,350 each

Does not include lodging or meals (except 1 breakfast).
Please read the entire Vision Quest page to make sure this is for you and find out more details.


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Led by Sandra Cosentino based on 30 years of experience with insight practices, nature energies, lucid dreaming, and leading ceremony and retreats.

For insights into this work, please see my Earth-Spirit series articles such as: 
Shamanic Journey in Today’s World
Mystic PerceptionAttention
Vision Quest


About Summer Solstice:

image Summer Solstice by Lansa

The sun is approaching its maximum power, light and heat (in northern hemisphere)…a time when our body usually experiences an increase in energy. Receptors in our retinas conduct the light information which stimulates a reset of our circadian rhythms. This invokes a time of action.

People for millennia have gathered celebrating the peak of nature’s abundance and joy in the fullness of life at summer solstice. Every cell of our body is responding to the season’s shifting. Ceremonies at the 4 turning points of the year help recalibrate our energy systems. As you attune to the rhythms of the natural world, you consciously invite the seasons of waxing and waning, of birth, growth, death and renewal to reverberate within your life. This is an inviting of positive change and rebalancing.

“At the Summer Solstice the sun is reaching the height of its powers, before the energy shifts and the days begin to shorten gradually again.
This is summer’s height, midsummer, the longest day and the shortest night of the earth’s solar year. Here we celebrate the completion of the cycle that began at the winter solstice. In the midst of the longest day of the year, we simultaneously begin our return to the dark half of the year.

Solstice means “standing of the sun” and we can connect to this great turning point in the earth’s yearly cycle by taking a moment to stop, be still and look back at our own unique journey since the winter solstice. From now to the winter solstice everything in earth will be withdrawing within.

We can use this time to focus on what we wish to nurture and develop in ourselves during the coming months. The summer solstice is a doorway into the second half of the year, energizing the paths that lead within. Stand on the threshold and ask yourself what you wish to encourage in your life?”
(quote from Jillian Shipway)

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Hopi Indian Lands
Solstice Spirit Journey

June 24-25, 2017

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Summer Solstice at Hopi is an important turning point in the ceremonial cycle of the year.  We will have special circles, backcountry rock art site exploration.
Please see details here

Hopi tour, Hopi guide

Hopi Mesa cliff trail with Hopi guide

 

painting by John Steele: "We Bring the Rain"

painting of Hopi Kachinas by John Steele: “We Bring the Rain”

“Katsinam are Hopi spirit messengers who send prayers for rain, bountiful harvests and a prosperous, healthy life for humankind. They are our friends and visitors who bring gifts and food, as well as messages to teach appropriate behavior and the consequences of unacceptable behavior. Katsinam, of which there are over two hundred and fifty different types, represent various beings, from animals to clouds.”
Hopi Cultural Preservation Office


Related articles:

Fire on the Sacred Mountain
Hopi Cycle of the Year