Men’s Retreat on Mt. Pinos, Southern California
Co-sponsored by Soldier's Heart, Mythsinger Foundation, & Western Gate Roots and Wings Foundation
April 12-15, 2012 | El Camino Pines on Mt. Pinos, 11900 Frontier Road, Frazier Park. CA (map)
Reclaiming Our Sanctuary
and the Seeds of Our Community
When a veteran returns home with his soul frayed by war, or when a man survives prison or the meanest streets, his intense experiences make for an extra-ordinary transformation of his life. Such a transformation often comes as an “accidental initiation.” Yet, without the care of elders and mentors “accidental initiations” leave one incomplete, at best; and a few become more violent and destructive.
April 12-15, 2012
El Camino Pines on Mt. Pinos, 11900 Frontier Road, Frazier Park. CA (Google map)
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THE HARD CLIMB UP THE MOUNTAIN
Reclaiming Our Sanctuary and the Seeds of Our Community
When a veteran returns home with his soul frayed by war, or when a man survives prison or the meanest streets, his intense experiences make for an extra-ordinary transformation of his life. Such a transformation often comes as an "accidental initiation." Yet, without the care of elders and mentors “accidental initiations” leave one incomplete, at best; and a few become more violent and destructive. True rites of passage can only be finished when a living community confirms the value of our wounds and welcomes us home. For thousands of years, when men felt their souls unraveling, they went with other men into the natural world to find and restore a balance to their lives. In nature men can re-create balanced relationships with the primal elements-- fire, water, earth and air. Men can renew acquaintances with other living beings.
On mountaintops, beside lakes, and in the deep woods, men can gather to recognize and validate one another’s experience in the presence of elders, wild beings, and other men. With an exchange of stories, with ceremonies and rituals we can create our sanctuary. We can remember the veterans who served and fell. We can honor those who served and are still with us. We can address the grief and sorrows lodged in men’s hearts. We can re-weave the disparate strands of self and soul in the sanctuary of a living community. And we can plant seeds that allow this sanctuary and this created community to strengthen and spread its roots and branches into our homes and in the communities where we belong.
Please join us on the forested slopes of Mt. Pinos at El Camino Pines with teachers and elders MIguel Rivera, Ed Tick, Doug von Koss, Tom Gambell, Danny Deardorff and many other men to reclaim our sanctuary and to gather, spread and plant these seeds into our hearts, our homes and our communities.
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Co-sponsored by Soldier's Heart, Mythsinger Foundation, & Western Gate Roots and Wings Foundation.
a musician and drummer, is a man who is in love with the language of sound. A regular teacher at this conference since 1993 it is always an honor to have Miguel teach drumming, read poetry, and in leading rituals and reaching out to new particpants. We are priviledged to have his guidance for our journey together during this conference
author of the groundbreaking book “War and the Soul” and founder of Soldier’s Heart, is a practicing psychotherapist specializing in veterans with PTSD. Ed received his master’s in psychology from Goddard College, Vermont and his doctorate in communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Ed has been in private psychotherapy practice since 1975 and began focusing on veteran’s issues in 1979. His pioneering work with Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or, in his words, ‘loss of the soul’, is the basis for his recent book “War and the Soul”. He continues his healing work with veterans and other trauma survivors with innovative yet time-honored methods. Ed has extensively studied both classical Greek and Native American traditions and successfully integrates their methods into modern clinical work. A widely published writer, he is also the author of “The Golden Tortoise: Journeys in Viet Nam”, “Sacred Mountain: Encounters of the Vietnam Beast”, and “The Practice of Dream Healing: Bringing Ancient Greek Mysteries into Modern Medicine”.
As a gifted singer, musician, and storyteller, he brings the luminous mythological to the conference. Danny Deardorff carries mysteries into a new place. "Myth is a story that tells a sacred truth without the use of facts."
Tom walks the warrior path as a practitioner of compassionate self-defense. He is the Founder and Chief Instructor of East Bay Aikido in Oakland, CA. Having taught for more than 35 years, Tom is an insightful guide who, with humor and beauty, assists people in tapping into the power inherent in their own centeredness and presence. His classes emphasize bringing the metaphors of a martial practice into our daily lives as a source of strength and guidance. He is a 6th Degree Black Belt and a veteran of the Vietnam era.
Doug joyously returns again this year to lead early morning chanting. Many participants return to this conference just to begin each day in “one voice” under his guidance. He teaches the vowel sounds as well as chants from the Near East and the West. He has published two CD's and a songbook, and travels widely to bring the magic of voice to communities worldwide. Join for a special tour of Bali each year! Greet the sunrise with him each day in a whirling circle of song! Doug was a veteran of the Korean Conflict era.