Date(s) - 08/05/2016 - 13/05/2016
Orizon Center for Life & Creation
Plant Spirit Retreat with Juin Gibson
During our five day retreat on the magical island of Crete we will focus on the wonderful local flora which will be in abundance in May. We will get to know individual plants in depth as we develop our sensory acuity, walking the landscape and paying attention with deep listening. We will also journey to find a personal plant ally and then embody it. On our final day together we will create a despacho to give thanks for the gifts we have received and our dream seeds, those gifts yet to come. During our retreat there will be ample time for everything. Time to relax, to learn directly from the plants as well as time for reflection.
‘Plants are living beings, in deep relationships with the land. They are in a state of constant movement, change and growth. As we allow ourselves to breathe them in we can start to feel this growth, experience this change and know that something within us is transformed. Their very existence can be the catalyst of transformation; as such they themselves can be the alchemists of healing. If we invite them in, they gradually start living within us, sharing their wisdom and their potential for healing. The wild has wisdom if only we make the space and time to hear it.’ – Nathan Hughes, Weeds in the Heart
Day 1 – Introduction to the theory of plant human relationships, biognosis and the bands of connection.
Day 2 – Plant meditation, developing sensory acuity, walking the landscape.
Day 3 – Plant observation and journeying, meeting your plant ally.
Day 4 – Embodying your plant ally, free time or trip to plant distillery.
Day 5 – Walking the landscape, making a despacho to give thanks our thanks back to nature.
The retreat begins with gathering and welcome dinner on Sunday evening,
and we will close the retreat with a lunch on Friday 13th May.
“As you move through these changing times… be easy on yourself and be easy on one another. You are at the beginning of something new. You are learning a new way of being. You will find that you are working less in the yang modes that you are used to.
You will stop working so hard at getting from point A to point B the way you have in the past, but instead, will spend more time experiencing yourself in the whole, and your place in it.
Instead of traveling to a goal out there, you will voyage deeper into yourself. Your mother’s grandmother knew how to do this. Your ancestors from long ago knew how to do this. They knew the power of the feminine principle… and because you carry their DNA in your body, this wisdom and this way of being is within you.
Call on it. Call it up. Invite your ancestors in. As the yang based habits and the decaying institutions on our planet begin to crumble, look up. A breeze is stirring. Feel the sun on your wings.” – Excert from the 13 Grandmothers
About Juin Gibson
Juin has worked with plants and plant energies since she was a child. As an adult she studied Bach flowers, Australian Bush flowers and Living flower essences among other ranges. She also trained as a teacher of adults, kinesiologist, counselor, rebirther and conflict resolution coach. Juin also teaches the Munay Ki and brought it to Athens back in 2010 and the Andean and Celtic medicine wheel teachings inform her work.
Juin’s passion is in helping others to reconnect with nature inside and out. She is continually deepening her understanding and connection with the plant kingdom. Please visit Juin’s website for more information.
350 Euro including materials and tuition.
Shared double room, with full board € 50 per day per person
Full apartment for single occupation, with full board € 80 per day per person
Single room with full board € 70 per day per person
Please see accommodation details at Orizon Center’s website.
Not included: flights to Crete, transfers to venue, optional trip to an essential oil distillery, individual massage or coaching sessions.
The retreat will be limited to 8 participants, to reserve your place contact Juin Gibson by email or phone +44 079 694 52008 or send your request via the form below.
Bookings are closed for this event.