Posted by: James Wapotich | October 12, 2013

Nature as Oracle

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I’m excited to be offering this one day retreat out on our local trails. The land has been a great source of insight and wisdom for me over the years. Many times have I felt overloaded with all the goings on in my life and the world around me, and yet time spent in nature has always helped clarify my personal landscape so that not only can I see my life clearly, but also what actions actually need to be taken and how to best go about them. It is one of the things I’ve come to appreciate about being out on the land.

Nature as Oracle

Since the time of the ancient ones, men and women have journeyed into nature to seek guidance and insight. Today, more than ever, we need to step outside the narrow trance of our intellect, technology and social structures to reconnect to the more expansive intelligence of the natural world. By slowing down and becoming receptive to the non-human realms, we open ourselves to a larger collective wisdom. Nature as mirror, metaphor and teacher can reveal to us our own true nature, and give us a direct experience of the sacred web of life we are part of.

Join us on the trails for a one-day journey out on the land and see what wisdom finds you through:

    • Body/mind & mindfulness practices that expand perception and awareness
    • A “vision quest” structure for seeking guidance
    • 3.5 mile roundtrip trail hike
    • Council circle sharing & shamanic teachings
    • An embodied experience of eco-community & interconnectedness


Maya Shaw Gale is a Mind/Body Wellness Coach and poet, and leads workshops on Embodied Mindfulness, Creative Writing and Ecopsychology. (805) 882-1893

James Wapotich is the co-founder of Revelation Dreamwork, a Volunteer Wilderness Ranger with the Los Padres National Forest, and leads trips and retreats into our local backcountry. (805) 564-6946

1-day retreat is $75 per person. Saturday, November 2nd, from 9AM-4PM.

To sign up or for more information please contact us.


  1. Please take note of my email address. This one I check frequently. The up coming retreat sounds like just what I need. I can’t make it to this one but I am very interested in any up coming retreats. Sincerely, Melinda

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