Wild Nature Retreats:

A sampling of retreats is listed here, but this list is not exhaustive.  All retreats are supportive of transformation, self-acceptance, and facing our unaccepted parts. Each retreat is designed to be in a renewed relationship with nature and the wilderness and deepen into relationship with the Sacred Other, or the divine.  All retreats include music, poetry, ceremony, community and a big invitation to living whole-heartedly.

Bend of Ivy Lodge
Aspen at Fishlake Mountain, Utah
thumbnail-11

Click on the large photo to view a slide show:

Grace, Grief, Gratitude

A retreat designed to learn, explore, feel, share and memorialize the grief of our lives.  It is based on the belief that love and grief are inexorably intertwined and our cultural recognition, ceremony and support of our grieving is severely lacking.  We explore the layers of grief, the obvious personal losses, as well as the cultural, ancestral, disenfranchised and developmental.  “Grief and love are sisters, woven together from the beginning. Their kinship reminds us that there is no love that does not contain loss and no loss that is not a reminder of the love we carry for what we once held close.” 
― Francis WellerThe Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief

Soulful Harvest Retreat and WildNature Threshold Retreat: Crossing the Thresholds of our life:

Life is change. Something is always ending and something is always beginning.  And, our change may be internal and may be external.  This retreat invites us to identify the longings, desires, losses, and changes we are facing or are in the middle of.  We provide a container to powerfully meet the changes we face with awareness and ceremony.  Thresholds can be instant or can last a very long time.  We will identify the movement of our soul that we are being called to attend.

Refuge:

This retreat is a deep dive into the true sanctuary of our loving heart. Included is a personal, self-designed ceremony to reclaim the sanctity of your own heart.

Recommended reading: Tara Brach's True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in your own Awakened Heart and Thich Nhat Hanh's Love Letters to the Earth.

The Sacred Ceremony of the Vision Fast:

For those who are called to dive deeply into the landscape of  both the inner and the outer wilderness, this 8-day program includes several months of preparation, often mentoring, and once in the luscious landscape of southern Utah, fasting, ceremony, deep imagery and dreaming, under the masterful guidance of Annie Bloom, her husband and co-guide Niles Hagemann, and Amanda.  This is a very small group program (usually 4 participants) and is only offered to those called to fasting and solo time in the wilderness.  As Annie says: If enacting a fast in the wilderness is calling to you, we will help you to thoroughly prepare yourself on all levels for an Encounter with the Numinous in theDreamingLodge of the World.  (Please contact Amanda to inquire)  See Buffalo Dreaming Lodge.

Contact Amanda at: zabel@bellsouth.net / 336. 682.2005

© 2018 AMANDA ZABEL Web Design by Lisa Konczal / Vérité Creative

Aspen at Fishlake Mountain, Utah

“The Eyes of the Future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time.” ― Terry Tempest Williams, Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert