TEACHING AND PRESENTATIONS

The Work of the Next Five Years: A Letter from Deena Metzger

19 Ways to the 5th World

The Formless Forms

The No Enemy Way

The Pathless Path

On-Going Classes

A Training for Living in the 5th World

Professional Mentoring Circle

Writing and Story Telling Around the Fire

Writing Circle Master Class

Manuscript Consultations

Private Appointments

Healing Opportunities

Mentoring and Special Programs

        Mentoring

          Dare' Immersion

         On-Going Community Circles

Dare' - Meets the first Sunday after the new moon 

Dare' Schedule

Music Dare'

Readings, Lectures and Workshops

Writers' Intensive 2013 - Spaces Still Available
May 25-31, 2013 in Topanga, California

Healers' Intensive 2013 - Spaces Still Available
June 22-28, 2013 in Topanga, California

September 2013 Dates TBD - ReVisioning Medicine - The Next Step Beyond CAM
       (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
       A Weekend Workshop with Deena Metzger
       for and with physicians, doctors, psychotherapists and medicine people.
       Please call 310-455-1089 for information and to explore the possibilities. 

Enrollment, Application, Sponsorship




The Work of the Next Five Years:

A Letter From Deena Metzger

Dear Community,

If we want to change our mind, we have also to change the means through which the change occurs. In the process of real transformation, everything changes.

I moved to Topanga on April Fool's Day, 1981. It is good to start one's real life with a bit of humor.

Many visions and ways of knowing have been pioneered here related to writing, healing, council, peacebuilding, revisioning medicine and developing true and profound spirit-based relationships with the natural world, the ancestors and non-human beings.

In 1981, I was just beginning to understand the way the stories we live can reveal the ways to meet physical and spiritual illness, and beginning to conceive the forms that led in 1999 to establishing Daré - an improvisational healing community based upon dreams, council and alliance with the Spirits. Last week several of us acknowledged this site as a Village Sanctuary for the Future. Though I could not have imagined the point that we have come to, I have always known that we must search for the forms that invite and hold the visions we are given to carry. And also that these visions need to be on behalf of all beings and the future generations.

More than ever, I am looking for the right flexible and generous forms to hold the necessary work that calls to be done in the next few years. If we are fortunate, the essential work we are called to in the next five years will be realized. 

I have been devotedly following a dream since January 1, 2011.  In the dream, I am to be trained to live and work as an indigenous woman, according to the old, old wisdom traditions.  I am not to be trained in any particular way, but in the way that underlies all the old ways. 

The seeds of the dream lie far in the past, so far back I can't identify the beginning.  But as everyone likes an origin story - (it's like the Big Bang - all of life issues forth from it) - let's say, the origin was 31 years ago when I first led a re-enactment of the Eleusinian Mysteries in Greece, and verifiably experienced the real presence of spiritual energy and spiritual intent outside of liturgy but deeply connected to great respect and rigorous devotion. This continues into the present, and I have based my life upon it.  I carry two related and on-going question in the face of such continuous, unpredictable and radiant experiences:  "What is true nature of the world in which such events occur?  And how, accordingly, shall we live?"

The question of how we live is upon us as it has never been in the history of human beings.  We have never been asked to entirely change our culture within our lifetime - actually, to change even more quickly. There are no formulas and culture is so complex it must be not be defined or limited. This is an impossible task and we must pursue it.

The ultimate goal is the complex vibrant restoration of the natural world in all its beauty and intelligence with the human species in right relationship to all beings. The ultimate goal is that all life thrives.

In 2010, I developed 19 ways to the 5th World. You can read them on my Blog and on my website.  They are an index to the work that I will be doing in the next years.  To work with me is to work in these realms in order to become adept.  To work with me is to pursue the unique and mysterious ways of Council and true alliance with non-humans and humans as a primary way of restoration. To work with me as a writer, is to work with the intention of imagining and participating in a Literature of Restoration.

Emerging from a profound healing experience several weeks ago, I heard words in my mind answering a question I have been asking relentlessly:  "We cannot tell you how the times will change on behalf of the restoration of the natural world and the restoration of sanity for human beings.  These changes will emerge from myriad different, distinct, spontaneous activities on the part of so many human beings, they cannot possibly be predicted or articulated.  But your task is to recognize the validity of your experiences over the years and so hold to the knowledge that the change will come if all of you are devoted."

I will be 75 on September 17th, 2011. I mark the day by going to Botswana in the hope of meeting The Elephant Ambassador for the fourth time. (See my website and/or my block if you do not know who he is.) I intend it as an act of reverence, deep respect and faith. After such a life as I have had the privilege of living, I make the journey gladly – an offering to the future.

Whether The Ambassador comes or not, something will occur that will reveal the purpose of this journey and the hope it carries. I am traveling with a friend who has also devoted her life to the animals and to consciousness. Things will occur that we cannot possibly predict. We yield to what comes. But she and I are thinking of ourselves, unexpectantly, as ambassadors to the future.

My husband Michael Ortiz Hill and I just spent a week in Canyon de Chelly and were graced by the Presence once again.  A Story, as I have come to know Story in these years, manifested in such a way that I speak of it with the last lines of a poem I wrote at the Arctic Circle in Norway in 1996 when I was 60:

Rainbow as covenant
God Exists
And Beauty has won.

*****

In the light of such events, aware of the preciousness of time, I am trying to determine - by deep listening - the exactness of my work as a thinker, teacher and writer for the next five years.

As a teacher my focus will be on training and mentoring. This will occur, for the most part, between Sunday Daré and the next Sunday's Training for the 5th World.

These nine days provide an opportunity for people to come to Topanga and engage intensely with me and with each other in the work of truly understanding, integrating and inhabiting the Ways to the 5th World.

These days will accommodate those who live in the area and work with me regularly and those who wish to come to Topanga for one or more short periods of time. It can include private work, classes, councils, solitude, and/or time on the land. We can meet in person and also by telephone and via Skype. There is a yurt that people can share, when appropriate, and there are hotels near by. Much of what you experience will come from your interactions with the members of the Daré community. I am looking for informal ways of meeting rather than creating inflexible structures. This flexibility allows us to meet the emerging work with the rigor and commitment required.

The Saturdays before Darés and before the Sunday Trainings will be designated for various focused councils and in-depth explorations in the hope of encouraging heartstorming and visionary, collaborative thinking by gathering those odd, unexpected and necessary companions to imagine and institute the future. There is an ancient symbol called the Flower of Life. It consists of a single form composed of 19 interlocking circles. I am hoping that the infinitely fertile communication possible from such interlocking councils will also be seeded here.

I will devote two weeks of each month to writing and some limited travel. That leaves a little time for improvisation and surprise.

I am trying to step out of a formal teaching or conference schedule into something more organic, compelling, profound, unexpected, conscious, and indigenous - as the dream directs.

When I first started living by council, I would speak of the tradition that so many, if not all peoples, had of gathering those necessary to meet a crisis. We are in extreme crisis. We have to gather, we have to learn, we have to transform. Such gatherings mimic, in the best ways, the dynamic complexities of ecotones and small niches of natural beauty. Let us bear with each other as we extract ourselves from and discard the limiting institutional ways and devotion to material things and violent solutions that have developed in the last years in order to find new forms for new lives.

Peace and Blessings,

Deena Metzger
 



19 Ways to the 5th World

The changes we are called to make so that the earth and all beings might survive are extensive and extreme. They require comprehensive and global shifts of consciousness and activity. No one is exempt from such a challenge. As extreme at this time, as are the dangers to all, are the signs of possibility we witness and experience each day.

These are 19 ways that have been communicated to me over the years. They are certainly not the only ways but it seems that each one is essential. They represent a significant change in consciousness from seeking development or vision for oneself to seeking out the precise offering one is being asked to make on behalf of the future. It could take a lifetime to apprentice oneself to even one such way of transformation.

We are called to meet each one of them -- and perhaps more. We may be called to commit ourselves to recognizing and understanding the nature of each of of these, as best we can. As they indicate, these are Ways that can best be realized in community, that is, with each other.

The 19 Ways to the 5th World

THEN COMMITMENT and stepping through the portal into a different field of understanding and assumptions.
Living faithfully according to the laws of the5th World that mandate serving Spirit and the on-going future.

 


The Formless Forms

This is envisioned as a three-year training for the community designed to meet the call to consciousness of 2012. It culminates three weeks before Dec. 20, 2012. It is predicated upon commitment.

There are many different ways to participate: formal and informal mentoring, mentoring pods, improvisational healing connections as needed, classes, circles, brief retreats, residencies, silent quests, the intensives, healing circles, and private work. Each person has the opportunity to design his or her participation so as to be able to meet the work they are called to do in the world.

Over the three years mentees, as individuals or as members of a pod, will have the opportunity to attend one or two of the monthly sessions in the year, attend the Intensives and engage in private appointments in person or by telephone. Enrollment is limited for mentoring and for the various classes offered. One can enroll a year at a time and participants can be added to the program whenever there is a space. By application or invitation. Fee.

 


The No Enemy Way and the Pathless Path

Never in history has there been such a critical need for personal and planetary transformation in order to restore and protect the wild and secure a viable future for all beings.

The forms through which learning, healing, mentoring and transformation take place are as essential as the content. They are increasingly dependent on living by one's word and covenant, lived and practiced alliances with spirit, the primacy of soul work, the exacting practice of opening the heart, and one's faithful and primary commitment to all beings, including those of the future. We will scrutinize our lives and ways of life to allow what must fall away, what must transform, what must begin. Together in conversation and in solitude we will listen to spirit, read the sings, wrestle with the ethical dilemmas to follow the rigorous paths that open when we yield to the call and mandate of these times.

In the next years, the focus will  be on the following:

The No Enemy Way : All My Relations
Living from the heart. Acting on behalf of all our relations. How will we live when we recognize that all beings and the elementals are our most precious relations on whose behalf we are called to devote our lives? How shall we chelate the toxic elements of conflict, adversity, fear, defensiveness, weaponry, battle, distrust, aggressiveness and war that we have all internalized and that, while often symptomless, are systemic.

The Pathless Path
The relationship between our lives and spirit's call is a pathless path. We have to learn to listen, to read the signs and to learn and respect the indigenous ways that have been maps for eons. We are called and so we yield to the call and to the mandate to serve all beings and the earth.

I no longer can work in the conventional ways. I am looking for the new ways that suit the earth and the hearts and minds of the village. Forms of rigorous but intimate connections, without academic formality -- true village forms that are no less rigorous but perhaps more so. I am hoping that we can find ways to connect that reflect the great longing and need for true relationships in community with each other, the spirits and the earth.

 


On-Going Classes

Enrollment in the classes is not dependent on seeking mentorship. Enrollment is by application or invitation.

Class Descriptions

A Training for Living in the 5th World
Part II - Three Years
2nd Sunday after the New Moon
10 am to 5 p.m.
Topanga, California

We start, weather permitting, sitting outside,  around a fire. We sit in a circle.

Based on the 19 Ways to the 5th World. Exploration and action. Translating ideas into life practices. Land and spirit based instruction and guidance coupled with the study of various texts and books at the edge of the emerging consciousness. This Training asks for commitment to the work. “Going up on the hill” and “Putting people on the hill” is part of the training.

Though one seeks to become adept in one or several of the 19 Ways, the goal of the training is the integration of the various ways, so that each breath radiates the possibilities of new life, of cultural and social change that promises a future for all beings.  The training seeks to meet the various challenges and difficulties in our lives with new reflexes and responses that presume the presence of spirit, honor the wild, respect the lineages of different wisdom traditions and indigenous mind. At the core, we seek to live according to the myriad ways of the intelligence of the heart.

This training requires more than attendance at the sessions. Participants are expected to integrate Council as a form into their lives and to engage in different activities, gatherings, projects so as to make the 19 Ways real, and to track and present the results of their explorations and devotion.

Training Methods: Sessions based upon Teaching and Teachings, Discussions, Learning the Land and Spiritual Practice. One goal is Developing a healing presence. Explorations, Council, Practicum and Alliances.

One goal is to prepare each person to sufficiently master and integrate the 19 Ways – and what else is communicated to each of us individually and as circle – so as to be able to carry these ways in the world. One aspect of the Training can be attending Daré or companioning or mentoring others in these ways of living for the future of all beings. At the least, to teach by example of how one is renewing and living one’s life. 

Members of the Training Group will be called upon, when available, to be part of Daré Immersion, when individuals or members of a community come to Topanga for Daré or Training Group, healing and visioning.

New applicants: application and interview, in person or via Skype.
Returning members: individual appointments in person, by phone or via Skype.
(fee)

Professional Mentoring Circle
2nd Monday after the New Moon
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Topanga, California

A small group of conscious and committed people seeking 5th World guidance in their personal lives and 5th World supervision for their professional lives.

On-going. January through June, September (or October) through December.
Open enrollment based on application and interview.
(fee)

Writing and Story Telling Around the Fire
1st and 2nd Tuesdays after the New Moon
7 to 10:30 pm
Topanga, California

Beginning in the old way: Telling the story that needs to be told around the fire (or a central flame), then writing. Learning the old magic of story and its healing capacities, and transmitting that in a form that is to be received on the page or through performance. Experiments with different forms in order to communicate what must be told to create a culture derived from and sustained by spirit, earth, tribe, beauty, intelligence and the heart. The story told may also be part of a larger work, may be one of the stories from which a novel or short story or manuscript is constructed. Or the story may be an event, an experience, the focus of an oral journal, entered in order to see, experience, explore, or communicate its changing shape.

By application or invitation.
(fee)

Writing Circle Master Class
1st Wednesday after the New Moon
7 - 10:30 pm
Topanga, California

For accomplished writers working on a project or committed to regular writing. The goal continues to be to ally with the creative spirits and contribute to a literature that invokes a viable future for all beings. Fiction, creative non-fiction, story, memoir, poetry, theater, film narrative and story architecture.

Some members of this class have been meeting with Deena since 1981 or even earlier. Through their affiliation with and devotion to the possibilities of literature and the word, they have become deep companions in the work. Anyone entering the Circle should be happy to enter such alliances.

This circle calls us to meet writing with rigor, discipline, discernment and dedication. It is a call to serve Beauty and enter the joy and challenge of meeting the unknown.

The Writing Circle meets once a month, nine months a year, January through June and September (or October) through December on the first Wednesday after Dare'.

Possibly a few openings for seasoned writers, contemplating or working on a project, who are devoted to the word and are interested in further exploring and developing their creative lives and voices for the sake of soul, intelligence and literature. Commitment to the ethics of heart, truthfulness and the myriad forms of beauty.

Participants are encouraged to consult with each other regarding their writing during the month.

Joining the circle, one commits to the nine sessions each year. (fee)

Enrollment is limited and is by application and/or invitation.

 

On-Going Community Circles

Dare' meets the first Sunday after the new moon. Open to the Community. 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Pot-luck with healthy food and non-alcoholic drink, organic when possible. Dare' has been in existence since April 1999. Click here to go to the Dare' page for details and schedules. (No fee.)

2013 Dare' Dates: Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 17, April 14, May 12, June 9,
                                July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 8

Music Dare' - Recipients and participants by invitation only. (No fee.)

 


Private Appointments

Private appointment opportunities include spiritual and creative counseling and healing guidance for individuals and small groups.

Please inquire for details and availability. Fee.

 


Healing Opportunities

 Individual and community consultations are available to people suffering serious illness or war trauma who wish to enter and be guided onto their healing paths.

The goals are:

The transformation of physical and emotional disease into sacred illness for the sake of vision.

The transformation of war-traumatized individuals into peacebuilders, transforming anguish into wisdom and injury to healing.

Fees by arrangement.

 


Dare' Schedule

2013 Dare' Dates:
Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 17, April 14, May 12, June 9,
July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 8

Dare' weeks occur immediately following the monthly Dare' gatherings. Two weeks a month for nine months each year (January through June and September through November) will be set aside for Dare' events, mentoring, teaching, Councils, seminars, etc. 

Special related seminars, circles and councils may be offered during these months. 
 


Daré Immersion Weeks
Winter-Spring 2013 Dates TBA
Other dates possible by special arrangement.
Location: Topanga, California
Please call Danelia Wild to inquire about availability.

Sunday  Daré – Open to the Community
Dare' Immersion participation by special arrangement
Monday day through Thursday night and/or Friday morning.

Daré Immersion week provides a focus on individual work within a context of group support and dream telling.  Classes, Training and Initiation through private appointments, individual and group sessions, meetings with Deena and / or members of the Daré community who carry a variety of skills including healing, music healing, dreaming, dream healing,  dreaming for the world, shamanic practices, energy and body work, community building, ritual work, ceremony, divination and augury. All our work is rooted in the integrity between healing the self and healing the kin and community network of humans, non-humans and the earth. Participation, when appropriate, in Deena’s on-going classes and trainings. Thursday evening Music Daré (by invitation). Limited enrollment. For a complete list of Dare' dates click here. Fee by arrangement.

 


Mentoring

Mentoring can include committing to a course of study and soul exploration that calls for individual work, solitude, dream work, visioning, questing, informed ritual and ceremony, among the formless forms. This work focuses on the means of aligning with Spirit and the soul's mandate, particularly alliance with the earth, all beings and the spirits. It focuses on identifying the path mandated, the visions given and living accordingly.

Mentoring pod work combines individual work with work within a self-selected pod of three to five people devoted to particular issues. The pods will meet at least twice a year in Topanga, combining individual work and solitude with group work. Mentoring implies the exploration of new forms, listening for the mandate, hands on training and supervision in healing, peacebuilding, community building, restoration and visioning. The pods will work alongside Deena to meet those who are seeking healing and those seeking relief from war traumas as everyone steps onto the paths of becoming healers and peacebuilders in the broadest sense.

The pod will attend either the writers' or healers' intensives together.

Regular appointments with Deena, either in person or by phone.

Between meetings, members of the pod will meet with each other regularly through conference calls, telephone and whatever means they devise to continue, deepen the work and to sustain each other. They will learn with each other the deep practice of alliance and attunement and the wisdom that comes to each individual and the world from such alignment with each other, All Our Relations and Spirit.

No matter what the particular focus, individuals seeking mentoring will devote themselves to becoming adepts in the Ways of Entering the 5th World so that they can guide and inspire others for the sake of the future.

By application and/or invitation. Fees by arrangement.

 



 


Retreats and Workshops

Writers' Intensive - By application
May 25-31, 2013
Topanga, California [Los Angeles area.]
[For information on fees or to apply please contact Danelia Wild at 310-815-1060 or e-mail danelia@deenametzger.com.]

This workshop is for a small group of people who will gather to devote themselves to their work, that is to the work. The structure of the week will resemble other workshops offered by Deena — directed writing, reading to each other, dream telling, meditation, silence, solitude, teaching, questioning, daring, ritual, ceremony....

The state of our world and what is being asked to meet it requires all of us to consider our assumptions and understandings about who we are as writers, peacemakers, and members of a community of beings. For this reason, Deena has been meditating deeply on the purpose of our coming together at this time, seeking to understand the true calling of Spirit in regard to this Intensive. As a result of this contemplation, our time together will be a council, guided by Spirit, the ancestors, animals, elementals, inviting and embracing the voices of both the visible and invisible presences. Using the tools of writing, story telling, dreaming, prayer, silence, and divination, we will seek to move more fully into the writing paths that each of us have been called to on behalf of the planet and the restoration of creation. We will address our personal healing if and when it is necessary to remove the obstacles to fully embracing those paths, though the emphasis will be on global, rather than personal, healing. For these reasons, this will be the first Writers Intensive offered that welcomes both women and men.

Writing is a sacred act of conscience because the writer has been given the gift — stories, insight, vision, images and words — on behalf of the community. In accepting and using these gifts, the writer has profound responsibilities to herself, community, and Spirit; she must proceed with consciousness and ethical reflection because writing creates culture. Words are sacred: what we say, how we say it, to whom we speak, these are urgent considerations. We cannot be innocent or shy about our gifts and wisdom and must step forward to meet the urgencies of this time if we are to help create the kind of world we truly wish to live in, if we are to imagine a Story with a future.

Through the experience of living in a field of interlocking stories and alliances that may at first appear random but are deeply connected and dynamic, we will enter into a web of dreams, stories and voices, human and non-human, visible and invisible, to find and explore new cultural forms and language aligned with Spirit for the sake of healing, community, peacemaking, the natural world, and visions for the future. To enter into such a dialog is to enter into a Council. It is the discourse between the writer's self and this council that invites knowledge and vision. In this Intensive we will examine what happens when this wisdom comes alive on the page. Toward this, the ideas explored in Deena's new book, From Grief into Vision: A Council will be at the very core of our work together.

Deena is inviting approximately 20 people to meet with her in Topanga, California in order to engage, alone and in community, in the rigorous work of writing and creativity. Working as we do in her groups, a map will come forth and we will follow it, each in our own way, into the world of language, imagination, concern, ideas, beauty, history, myth and story.

Living together cooperatively for a week, addressing the issues that must be addressed, we will explore our lives, souls, minds, and creative work through formal and informal teaching, directed writing, dream and story telling, meditation, silence, solitude, music, improvisation, council, visioning, ritual, and ceremony.

This is a retreat for serious and experienced writers. The work is difficult, arduous, often risky, engaging, beautiful and thrilling. Though you will be guided, it is expected that you are also self-motivated and will come prepared to devote yourself to what concerns and fascinates you, to what is calling to be written, particularly in these times. We will work in prose, but the workshop lends itself to writing in any form, fiction and non-fiction, prose and poetry.

The description, above, is only a possibility. This Intensive is intended to gather together those individuals who are willing to heed the call and direction of  spirit in such times and, accordingly, to devote themselves to developing the gifts, skills and visions given to them for the sake of restoring creation. We trust that Spirit will gather those who need to be gathered and that, individually and in concert, we will engage in the training and work to become who we are being asked to become and to participate in the visioning that is being offered to and asked of us in these times.
 



Healers' Intensive: Vision, Training and Initiation
By application
June 22-28, 2013
Topanga, California. [Los Angeles area.]
[For information on fees or to apply please contact Danelia Wild at 310-815-1060 or e-mail dwild4deena@ca.rr.com.]

Writing, council, contemplation, addressing healing, spiritual and creative concerns. Individual and group work.

The state of our world and what is being asked to meet it requires all of us to consider our assumptions and understandings about who we are as healers, peacemakers, and members of a community of beings. For this reason, Deena has been meditating deeply on the purpose of our coming together at this time, seeking to understand the true calling of Spirit in regard to this Intensive. As a result of this contemplation, our time together will be a council, guided by Spirit, the ancestors, animals, elementals, inviting and embracing the voices of both the visible and invisible presences. Using the tools of story telling, dreaming, prayer, silence, divination, and writing, we will seek to move more fully into the paths that each of us have been called to on behalf of the planet and the restoration of creation. We will address our personal healing when and how it is necessary to remove the obstacles to fully embracing those paths, though the emphasis will be on global, rather than personal, healing. For these reasons, this will be the first Healers' Intensive offered that welcomes both women and men.

There is an essential relationship between creativity, healing and peacemaking, as there is between personal, community and global healing. Given the current political, historic and environmental situation, we will devote ourselves to exploring these relationships and developing our capacities to meet these times on behalf of all beings. Healing refers to easing pain, disease, and distress but it also means bringing wholeness, harmony, and well-being to individuals and community. Healing can be personal but it is also spiritual, cultural, political and environmental. It concerns every aspect of our lives, including our alignment with the natural world, with all our visible and invisible relations. To be a healer, to bring healing to the community, to carry "healing spirits," are activities of profound responsibility to oneself, community and the world. We must proceed with consciousness and ethical reflection because at this time more than any other in history, healing means finding the forms that will ensure the coherence and restoration of a viable culture that promises a future and the flourishing of the natural world and all of creation.

To be called to initiation is to be called to one's true life, the life that accords with Spirit, the life that participates in the survival of the planet. An initiated person is conscious in every aspect of her or his life and acts according to the deepest understanding of his or her soul. We cannot be innocent or shy about our gifts and wisdom nor can we hold back from the call to come forth to meet these challenging times. This is a call for vision.

This Intensive is based upon the recognition and revelation of Story as a map and a guide. Stories are given to us by Spirit as profound and exact instructions for living our lives. Spirit speaks to us in Story, engaging our lives in ways that are creative and awesome, laying out events, circumstances, and synchronicities with an artistry that far exceeds the greatest human abilities. When conventional paths are not sufficient for our lives or for these times, it is a wondrous gift and surprise that our own life stories, the circumstances of each day, even of this week together, may be the most profound and detailed instructions on how to live with integrity.

Toward this, we will consider the following questions:
    How do you read the signs?
    What story are you in — really?
    What is a healing story and how do you recognize it for yourself, for others, for the earth?
    What might Spirit want — really?
    How might creation be restored and what is your role in this?

Deena is inviting approximately 20 people to meet with her in Topanga, California in order to engage, alone and in community, in the rigorous work of visioning, peacemaking, and initiation. Living together cooperatively for a week, addressing the issues that must be addressed, we will explore our lives, souls, minds, and creative work through formal and informal teaching, council, directed writing, dream telling, story telling, meditation, silence, solitude, music, improvisation, energy work, divination, journeying, visioning, ritual, and ceremony. We will use council as an essential mode of self-discovery and development in service of greater vision on behalf of the community and all creation.

This is a retreat for serious and committed people. The work is difficult, arduous, risky, engaging, beautiful and thrilling. Our hope is to create an environment where we dare to enter the world of the imagination and engage the spirits in order to call forth our authentic selves and our abilities to heal ourselves, others, and the world. Though you will be guided, it is expected that you will be self-motivated and will come prepared to devote yourself to your own work as it reveals itself.

The description, above, is only a possibility. This Intensive is intended to gather together those individuals who are willing to heed the call and direction of  spirit in such times and, accordingly, to devote themselves to developing the gifts, skills and visions given to them for the sake of restoring creation. We trust that Spirit will gather those who need to be gathered and that, individually and in concert, we will engage in the training and work to become who we are being asked to become and to participate in the visioning that is being offered to and asked of us in these times.

 



 

 


READINGS, LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS

September 2013 (dates tbd) - ReVisioning Medicine - The Next Step Beyond CAM
       (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
       A Weekend Workshop with Deena Metzger
        for and with physicians, doctors, psychotherapists and medicine people.
        Please call 310-455-1089 for information and to explore the possibilities.

 


Enrollment, Application, Sponsorship

If you wish to enroll, make an application, work with Deena individually or sponsor a workshop in your area, please contact Danelia Wild via email at dwild4deena@ca.rr.com or call her at 310-815-1060. She also responds to messages left at 310-455-1089.