• Grand Rapids Dream Group

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    The Grand Rapids Dream Group. If you are interested in engaging the archetypes and mythology, you will probably be interested in this new meetup group that will be working with dreams. I am cross posting this as an announcement, please go to the link below to find out more and to RSVP. The first meetup is on Feb 3rd at 3 PM. For details and to RSVP, please visit the group at https://www.meetup.com/Grand-Rapids-Dream-Group/

  • Deeper into the Wilds of Landscape and Dreamscape

    Cascade Peace Park

    ************************************************************ This event is a limited-space paid retreat that I am co-facilitating. Please do not RSVP here. For more details and to apply go to http://root-and-leaf.com/events/landscape-and-dreamscape/ ************************************************************ …come explore the wilds of landscape and dreamscape in search of the in-between places where they meet... This retreat will invite us into landscapes and dreamscapes where earth and soul meet and become one. To go into the natural world with our dreams is to consciously move into and participate in the creative unfolding of the inner and outer cosmos. The day will be spent working with dream images, in council, deeply walking the land, and working with imaginal ways of knowing. Through conceptual guidance and facilitated practices, we will explore how we can open ourselves to re-discovering the wild dreamscapes of the earth and the elusive landscapes of soul. ************************************************************ This event is a limited-space paid retreat that I am co-facilitating. Please do not RSVP here. For more details and to apply go to http://root-and-leaf.com/events/landscape-and-dreamscape/ ************************************************************

  • An Evening in Landscape and Dreamscape

    Prairie Wolf Park

    Through active imagination and deeply walking the land, this meetup will engage the images of landscapes and dreamscapes where they meet... *** This will be an introduction to one of the practices that will be engaged more deeply in the coming day retreat "Landscape and Dreamscape," facilitated by Root and Leaf. Details on that day retreat are at http://root-and-leaf.com/events/landscape-and-dreamscape/ *** This is a cross-posting from the Archetype and Nature meetup group. Please RSVP and find more details at https://www.meetup.com/Archetype-and-Nature

  • Archetype and Nature: Into the April Morning Forest

    Lepard Nature Preserve

    This is a cross-posting from the Archetype and Nature group. Details at https://www.meetup.com/Archetype-and-Nature/events/248931211/ To RSVP for this meetup, please join the Archetype and Nature group and RSVP at the above link. Also, to be notified of future Archetype and Nature meetups, please join that group as I won’t be cross-posting every meetup in the future. Thanks!

  • Psyche and Nature: An Introduction to Nature-Based Archetypal Facilitation

    This outdoors and experiential meetup will invite us to deeply explore the archetypal roots of our relationship to nature. We will meet outside in a natural area and engage ways of experiencing the fullness of life that is rooted in both modern and in ancient, indigenous ways of knowing the world and cosmos as alive. “The archetypes are rooted in the earth.” (C.G. Jung, “Mind and Earth”) “The primal world is ensouled. It communicates and has purposes.” (Richard Tarnas, Psyche and Cosmos) “When we consider the world to be alive and ensouled, we must expand our concept to include nature as well. We must move from being person-centered to being world-centered.” (Stephen Aizenstat, Dream Tending) *** The natural world is archetypal and speaks to us through the images emerging from the ecological unconscious; soul reaches out to us through leaves and rivers, hills and valleys, flowers and breezes, silence and bird calls, and also through our dreams, bodies, fantasies, visions, synchronicity, and many other archetypal phenomena of life. Soul needs these images of the natural world, and the world needs us to experience them. Archetypal methods and practices offer many possibilities with which to answer this deeper call of the world soul, and can help us bridge the modern gap between soul and nature. This meetup will engage our relationship to the natural world through a form of nature-based archetypal facilitation I have developed. Known as Hilltending, this form of practice strives to nurture a healing and tending to our soulful and embodied relationship to the earth. Some Hilltending practices include medicine walks, dream work, ritual, somatic bodywork, active imagination, alchemical econarrative, council, mirroring, and many others. Rooted in Jungian and Archetypal concepts and methods, Hilltending engages the images from the natural world in much the same way as dream images, and interactions with the natural world can be understood as events of synchronicity, pregnant with meaning and creativity. This nurtures our own creativity, inspiration, new energy, and a sense of wholeness. This meetup will explore some Hilltending practices through a Jungian and Archetypal perspective that invites us to more consciously (re)imagine into our relationship with the natural world. After a brief introduction, we will engage in some of these exercises and practices. This will be followed by a “talking-stick” session for all of us to explore together how they might help us re-inhabit a healthier way of life more in tune with soul and nature. • What to bring Hopefully the weather will be playing nicely, but this is Michigan after all. Be sure to check the forecast and dress appropriately in layers. The terrain is diverse but mostly easy – plenty of paths (grass, paved, and forest), but be sure to wear sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting earthy. If desired, bring a blanket or camping chair for the council portion of the meetup. Be sure to bring plenty of water. You are also welcome to bring other personal items, such as a journal, sage, or a drum.

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  • Psyche and Nature: An Introduction to Nature-Based Archetypal Facilitation

    This outdoors and experiential meetup will invite us to deeply explore the archetypal roots of our relationship to nature. We will meet outside in a natural area and engage ways of experiencing the fullness of life that is rooted in both modern and in ancient, indigenous ways of knowing the world and cosmos as alive. “The archetypes are rooted in the earth.” (C.G. Jung, “Mind and Earth”) “The primal world is ensouled. It communicates and has purposes.” (Richard Tarnas, Psyche and Cosmos) “When we consider the world to be alive and ensouled, we must expand our concept to include nature as well. We must move from being person-centered to being world-centered.” (Stephen Aizenstat, Dream Tending) *** The natural world is archetypal and speaks to us through the images emerging from the ecological unconscious; soul reaches out to us through leaves and rivers, hills and valleys, flowers and breezes, silence and bird calls, and also through our dreams, bodies, fantasies, visions, synchronicity, and many other archetypal phenomena of life. Soul needs these images of the natural world, and the world needs us to experience them. Archetypal methods and practices offer many possibilities with which to answer this deeper call of the world soul, and can help us bridge the modern gap between soul and nature. This meetup will engage our relationship to the natural world through a form of nature-based archetypal facilitation I have developed. Known as Hilltending, this form of practice strives to nurture a healing and tending to our soulful and embodied relationship to the earth. Some Hilltending practices include medicine walks, dream work, ritual, somatic bodywork, active imagination, alchemical econarrative, council, mirroring, and many others. Rooted in Jungian and Archetypal concepts and methods, Hilltending engages the images from the natural world in much the same way as dream images, and interactions with the natural world can be understood as events of synchronicity, pregnant with meaning and creativity. This nurtures our own creativity, inspiration, new energy, and a sense of wholeness. This meetup will explore some Hilltending practices through a Jungian and Archetypal perspective that invites us to more consciously (re)imagine into our relationship with the natural world. After a brief introduction, we will engage in some of these exercises and practices. This will be followed by a “talking-stick” session for all of us to explore together how they might help us re-inhabit a healthier way of life more in tune with soul and nature. • What to bring Hopefully the weather will be playing nicely, but this is Michigan after all. Be sure to check the forecast and dress appropriately in layers. The terrain is diverse but mostly easy – plenty of paths (grass, paved, and forest), but be sure to wear sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting earthy. If desired, bring a blanket or camping chair for the council portion of the meetup. Be sure to bring plenty of water. You are also welcome to bring other personal items, such as a journal, sage, or a drum.

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  • Embracing Transformation - Closing Temenos Party

    Temenos Center for Jungian and Archetypal Studies (in Blackport Building)

    Yes, The Temenos Center is closing. This is not the end of this meetup, but the winds of change are blowing for Casey and I. We have decided to close the Temenos Center, at least in its current form, and this final meetup will celebrate the past two years or so and embrace the process of transformation we are engaging. There will be light refreshments and an informal come-and-go-as-you-will gathering as a final meetup at Temenos. As a thank you to the people who have supported us over the past two years or so, we are giving you the first shot at helping us recoup some of the costs we have incurred by buying some of the furnishings and other items before anyone else. Every bit helps, and we appreciate your support! (there is a listing of items for sale below). We will be liquidating the furnishings and some of the miscellaneous items, including some of the art. We will of course also have time for socializing and hanging out… so even if you don’t plan on buying anything, be sure to drop by. The meetup will more than likely continue at some point in time in a different place… so stay tuned! --- Items for sale: Counter/desk with cabinets 65.00 (the coffee/tea counter) Crafting table and chair 65.00 (the yellow table and chair that has been home to the Red Book) 14 Stacking Chairs, blue[masked] (or 20.00 per) Red easy chair 45.00 Wicker rocking chair 40.00 Round coffee table 40.00 Handmade wool round rug from Safavieh (8’ diameter)[masked] Corner shelf unit, oak, lit 70.00 Drink refrigerator[masked] Red Ladder Shelves 15.00 Miscellaneous coffee cups, nick-nacks, etc everything is also OBO :) We hope to see you there and welcome you one last time at Temenos!

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  • G.R.een Professionals of West Michigan Meet and Greet

    Temenos Center for Jungian and Archetypal Studies (in Blackport Building)

    The Temenos Center will be the site of the first meeting of the new G.R.een Professionals of West Michigan meetup on October 10th. I’m cross posting this here as I thought it might be of interest to some in this group. ***If you are interested in attending this and future meetups, please join the G.R.een Professionals group and RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/G-R-een-Professionals-of-West-Michigan/ About the G.R.een Professionals of West Michigan meetup group: The purpose of this meetup group is to empower ecologically-minded professionals to contribute to a thriving human-earth community and to more effectively respond to the complex ecological realities of modernity. By providing a forum and networking platform for professionals from all approaches, The G.R.een Professionals meetup aims to bring our varied efforts into a dialogue to help transform the way we relate to the earth. Whether you already are a “green professional,” or if you feel called to an ecologically-minded vocation, or if you wish to incorporate your ecological sensibilities into your professional life, this meetup group intends to create a space for peer support and networking opportunities. So let’s all come together and do our part toward co-creating a better human relationship to the earth, between our community and our environment, our home, here in Grand Rapids. Please help us spread the word to anyone you think might be interested in this group! https://www.meetup.com/G-R-een-Professionals-of-West-Michigan/ The first meetup is on the 10th of October and is an informal meet and greet: “This first meetup will be a meet and greet, and after (very) brief opening remarks and introductions, the meetup will be spent informally getting to know each other over refreshments and light snacks. Come and go as you like! So be sure to come by and get to know other green professionals interested in networking, and explore together the future possibilities for this meetup group, and for ecologically minded work in Grand Rapids and West Michigan. Bring your ideas for future meetups! If you can’t make this meetup, please message us and let us know – if there is enough interest, we will schedule another one. Please help us spread the word and let anyone who you think might be interested know about the group.” *** If you are interested in attending this and future meetups, please join the G.R.een Professionals group and RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/G-R-een-Professionals-of-West-Michigan/

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  • Meeting an Irish Hero: The Rise of Finn MacCumhal

    Temenos Center for Jungian and Archetypal Studies (in Blackport Building)

    We are learning what other cultures always knew: to know ourselves we must know the Gods and Goddesses of myth. We must face the Gods. ~ James Hillman In this meetup we will be engaging the archetypal images in the second half of the Irish myth The Coming of Finn According to Hillman, “psychology shows myths in modern dress and myths show our depth psychology in ancient dress.” In mythology, we find the unconscious images from the deep past that are still very much alive in the contemporary psyche. Cultivating a mythic view toward life opens us to the fullness of Self and Other. Jung worked much with mythology in his psychological practice, showing the importance of knowing that we are living a myth and that engaging our psychospiritual lives through a mythic approach can contribute to our overall wellness. Soul and myth are connected, and engaging this connection is essential to being fully human. Studying the universal archetypal and mythic images from around the world allows us to move into a broader understanding of our shared humanity and deeper into the meaning of our personal lived experience, leading us toward a profound psychospiritual understanding of life. This meetup will deeply engage the story of Irish hero Finn MacCumhal / MacCool as he reclaims his heritage, exploring what this figure says about the psyche and what we can learn for our own individuation journey or soul making process. A reading of Finn's story and a short talk introducing the archetypal motifs will be followed by a guided “mythdream” meditation and open discussion. In the process of studying this story, we will also learn about the core concepts of Jungian and Archetypal thought as well as how to connect these figures to our own psychospiritual life, such as in dreams, synchronicity, or personality types. [Reading adapted from Lady Gregory's "Gods and Fighting Men" (1904)] ****This is a free meetup but a voluntary $15.00 donation at the door is greatly appreciated to help us offset our costs. There will be a donation basket at the meetup. Thank you in advance for your support! This meetup is part of a series by Temenos exploring the stories of Finn MacCumhal and other stories of the Fenian Cycle.

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  • Archetypes in Tarot

    Temenos Center for Jungian and Archetypal Studies (in Blackport Building)

    Experiences of birth/rebirth, growing, inspiration, learning, change, balance, indecision, fear, transformation, and letting go are all universal / archetypal to human existence, and the psyche processes such complex events and potentialities through the language of images and story. The images in the Tarot, and the story of the Major Arcana in particular, can resonate so well with our lived experience as to seem predictive precisely because they capture the imaginal essence of these archetypal experiences and sequences in life common to all people. We can be enabled by these artistic and symbol-woven representations to interact and dialogue with the whole psyche, conscious and unconscious, using the images as a focal point for exploring life's currents and possibilities. Each participant will be invited give a brief introduction (under 5 minutes) on their connection with Tarot, depth psychology, and present a deck that they will be exploring. If you have your own deck, feel free to bring it (not limited exclusively to Tarot, oracle decks are acceptable as well); the hosts will also be bringing nearly two dozen decks for participants to choose from. We'll each draw a card(s) from the deck we've chosen and then discuss / work with the archetypal images using depth psychological methods such as active imagination and amplification. ****This is a free meetup but a voluntary $15.00 donation at the door is greatly appreciated to help us offset our costs. There will be a donation basket at the meetup. Thank you in advance for your support!