Signature Programs

Earth & spirit LogoAre you seeking a program to support your organization or those whom you serve?  Are you looking for a deep moving experience for your Board retreat or staff development?  We invite you to consider an Earth & Spirit workshop or contact us to join one of our on going programs.

 

Through the use of storytelling, circle conversations, art and nature, we invite participants to join in a collective wisdom gathering to explore their personal and collective potential.

Invite Earth and Spirit Community Conversation facilitators to your school, organization, or board retreat.

The conversations that emerge can become a catalyst, as you explore the strengths of your team, spark innovative ideas, foster leadership and recognize untapped potential.  With a social change focus, conversations can inspire ordinary citizens to become extraordinary stewards for social change within their community.

A Community Conversation is an invitation to enter into deep, meaningful conversations in an atmosphere of dignity.  Based on the Conversation Cafe model that creates a space to move from small talk to big talk, Earth and Spirit takes it to the next level and asks What would it take to move from talk to action?  Conversation topics can be customized for each audience.


In many communities and families, aging, death and dying are often topics we avoid.  In the absence of these meaningful conversations, there is a good chance that we will face end of life issues in crisis, with fear, anxiety and isolation.  What if we could talk openly about aging, death and dying as part of living vibrantly?

Living Well, Dying Well shines a light on the barriers that seniors face that prevent them from living vibrant lives and sharing their wisdom. Through this program, seniors are invited to become active participants in revitalizing what it means to age – with beauty, grace, vulnerability and courage.  Crossing cultural boundaries and creating conversation circles that include seniors of all ages, the project invites participants to share successful ways they have navigated the continuum of life through to the final transition.  It will share stories of the way that some have succeeded in embracing a healthy attitude towards dying well.

Experience a life-changing process to give your life greater direction, vitality and purpose. Developed in 1966 by Dr. Ira Progoff, our nationally-recognized program has helped people lead more fulfilling lives. Discover resources and possibilities you could not have imagined. The Intensive Journal method is an integrated system using writing exercises in a setting of privacy and quiet to help you:

  • Gain awareness about diverse areas of your life.
  • Connect with your real self.
  • Develop a more meaningful life.

 

Re-enchanting the Second Half of Life:  The 8 Gates of Initiation

Re-enchanting the Second Half of Life:  The 8 Gates of Initiation is an embodied and earth-based approach for cultivating and experiencing deeper meaning and resilience in the second half of life (cross-culturally age 36 and older!)

Embraced by the enchanted surround of Earthspring Sanctuary, we enter a slower rhythm and meet the still small, sometimes cantankerous voices longing to be heard.

Through storytelling, partner and group sharing, solo time in nature, journaling and creative expression we will  land on the threshold of 8 gates of initiation (research of Angeles Arrien, The Second Half of Life).  We’ll explore the challenges and gifts of these potent thresholds as we endeavour to live the life we are uniquely called to live.  Read More

 

Are you searching for spirituality that is not dependent on religious doctrine? Would you like to anchor your spirituality in the power of the universe?  Or, are you just looking to deepen your spirituality?

A guided tour to the sacred heart of the cosmos is offered as a weekend retreat.  Set in the lush forest of the Highlands, at Earthspring Sanctuary, the retreat will be guided by John Shields and Kim Holl.  John is a deep spiritual seeker and author  of The Priest who Left His Religion – In pursuit of cosmic spirituality.  Kim has worked internationally for twenty years leading social change initiatives, facilitating arts- and adventure-based workshops and speaking circles on issues that matter.

Living in the Flow of Transition

Successful Transition to the Second Half of Life

A transformative learning experience for Seniors

The LIFT program excavates the layers of what it means to age consciously and honours the wisdom that people have accumulated over the journey of their lifetime.  Aging consciously means to bring to the surface of awareness any self-defeating thoughts, assumptions, attitudes and beliefs in order to transform into a positive state toward wisdom.

The LIFT program offers a roadmap for successful transition to the second half of life, encouraging seniors to become active participants within their community.

Your soul knows the geography of your destiny.  Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore, you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself.  If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey.   –  John O-Donahue

Coming Back to Story

Sacred Listening | Sacred Telling | Awakening the Storyteller

The premise of Story Circle is that by gathering in a circle and sharing stories we create a safe place to rediscover our own wisdom. When we reflect out loud, sharing stories and memories, we bring this storehouse of insight into the light and gain access to the richness and depth of our own lived experience. The key to accessing this treasure trove of wisdom is the presence of an interested, engaged listener.  By giving our whole-hearted attention, we listen stories out of each other.  By offering brief words of appreciation, we reflect the wisdom that may not be so visible to the teller.  We remind each other that every one of us has gifts to bring to the world.  And, in the process of story sharing, we are building community.

Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact . ~ Robert McKee