Communing & Initiation

‘My romantic gene is dominant and it hungers for union. Universal intimacy all-embracing. …or have I too often craved miracles?’ Björk

18-22nd MARCH 2016

Imagine a space in which we commune in a deeply connected way, with the intention to support one another, to serve and be served, take care of another and our collective health and wellbeing (mental, emotional, creative, physical, psychic) while manifesting the intention of giving to the Earth and to listen to the animated natural forces around us from a place of silence as much as sharing, moving, breathing and singing.

What happens when we step aside to create a space for these forces to nurture us and take us away from interfering with the processes within which the natural leadership and wisdom of each of us can manifest, but also a space in which we feel safe to step aside and allow the nature to unfurl its wisdom.

THIS IS AN EXPERIMENT WITH AN EMERGENT DYNAMIC HORIZONTAL STRUCTURE

THIS IS A UNIQUE EXPANSIVE SPATIO-TEMPORARY REALITY:

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This space is not a conference, neither a workshop (though it might remind us at times of either), this is not a space to aggradize one’s ego (practically this also means sharing freely while acknowledging the sources of your knowledge and your initiations where possible as a way of giving thanks to your own ‘lineage’), but to feed your soul and make each other fat on a feeling of a shared strenght, while not loosing what each of us as an individual offers to the world.

SPACE: The space for our first communing 18th-22nd March 2016 is an ‘Old School’. It is literally a converted school in a natural surrounding which specialized in providing a space for spreading knowledge useful for improving the quality of life and connecting to ‘everything that is’. Its geographic location is west Germany, close to France, a land where folktales still walk alive. There are spaces to stay in the old school building converted into a delightful studio.

The founders teach nature constelations which they’ll share with us as well as herbalism, farming, pranic healing, energy work, create musical wind pipe instruments and much more.

LIMITED CAPACITY: We are interested in working with a group big enough to bring different temperaments and bodies of knowledge, but also keeping this meeting intimate in order to avoid creating a ‘core’ and ‘margins’ within the group dynamics. Therefore we offer max 12-15 spaces at the moment.

PRICE and CONTRIBUTIONS: This is a financially accessible, ‘free’ gathering. The only costs will be a donation for three vegetarian meals per day, all prepared in situ. The total is €160 for the whole five days (of ca 30/day) . If you find this too expensive, contact us to forward you details about a possibility of an exchange of work as a support to the ‘Old School’ instead (these spaces will be limited). If you can donate more towards this gathering, feel free to likewise contact us.

You are certainly expected to contribute to the programme with your own gifts of expertise and willingness to help on the farm and some of you potentially in a run up to the event. This is a witches’ sermon of a unique type. Among gifts you can offer to share with others belong:

LAND CARE, BREATHWORK, MOVEMENT, RITUALS, PLANT MEDICINE, SOMATIC SENSING PRACTICES, ENERGY WORK PRACTICES, FIRST AID KIT FOR WITCHES IN PRECARIOUS TIMES, HEALING MEAL SHARING, VOICEWORK, DANCE, ENERGY, FRIENDSHIP CULTIVATION, PERFORMANCE, NATURE CONSTELATIONS, DEATH AND REBIRTH DOULA SERVICES, NON-ANTHROPOCENTRIC RELATING AND INTIMACY (trees, plants, animals, elements, cosmos) ETC.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN RECEIVING MORE UPDATES AND INFORMATION, PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT ATTRACTS YOU TO THIS SPACE, FEW THINGS THAT YOU VISION TO SHARE AND SKILLS YOU CAN GIVE A HAND WITH IN TERMS OF ORGANIZATION AND A PRACTICALITIES OF OUR EMBODIED FIVE DAY LIVING AT THE ‘OLD SCHOOL’ WITH OTHERS (feel free to propose only as much or as little as is currently viable for you). SEND IT AS A PRELIMINARY TO pleasuremapping(at)gmail.com

MORE ABOUT THE VISION:

These nearly five days will be dedicated to meeting your equals, powerful and empowered others (human and non-human), their complexities and simplicities in liminal yet real life and time, a simulator of an (un)ideal social dynamics na dtheir ideal handling, a space to introduce new useful patterns of togetherness and show them viable in the open, and through this communion uncovering, acknowledging and honouring your gifts. You have started following your path or are at least in a search of all it entails in these wild times and current social climate, following its unfurling changing growth, flamboyant uniqueness as well as silent dips and a deep need to rest, or maybe find yourself a someone who has been initiated into some of the above mentioned forms of ‘medicine’. Follow your callings. We will stay present and available to the processes, creating a strong energetic field from which we can nurture visions of inspired and creative activism, new networks and our goodwill. Not despite being self-aware of our individual limitations, but because of this.

The experience aims at taking both joy and freedom and accountability and responsibility and see how we can all get on a level abd self-organize in a least hierarchical way. We will look how we can take our knowledge from the ‘self-improvement marathon’ paradigm of our times into a more sustainable ways of handling our resources of all types and will respect and humble in front of our collective and individual boundaries and limitations, while allowing our experience to be rich and far from the ordinary. We will do things we love and which nourish us and we will just simply be. We acknowledge this is not a utopian scenario, but each participant attending takes a pledge of transparency, honesty and a heart-felt solidarity with and care for the fellow witches and themselves (independently on their gender, ethnicity, orientation or paths they have walked so far).

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‘to commune’ – v. to get very close to something or someone by exchanging thoughts, feelings and energy

                                     – n. a group of individuals or families sharing ideas and responsibilities

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The possibility of the five days spent together is based on loving gentle care toward yourself and one another, honouring your’s and others’ boundaries and a to negotiating a wildness within a collective consent (which is not equal an individual approval), useful ways to release that support us collectively as well as each body within. This means that a particular sensitivity will be placed on tracking the needs of the moment toward the collective body. Obviously, each organ of this unique mechanism needs to be aligned, so individual needs will be attended in a sustainable way too, honouring an individual as a perfect manifestation of a nature’s microcosm (which far from imperfect is worth awakening other’s fascination). We will have time to slow down, check in, wait. As a collective body we will bear in mind our higher goals, but wil not dismantle an individual to reach a certain imagined utopistic point in the future, remembering our bodies (physical, emotional and psychic) have varied ways they circulate and share energy with the ecosystems and diverse sensibilities, capacities and limitations. See this as an opportunity to give back what you’ve received and share the best of yourself and communicate clearly the needs that will allow you and support you in doing so. The idea is to initiate one another into our individual bodies of knowledge-wisdom so we have more to support ourselves and the land that has shown patience to us by supporting our populations. The aim is to become powerful and use power as a service to the world. This power is however based in a capacity to listen and in a receptivity, imagination and offering. On a microscale, we will work for the land around the school (details of the location sent after receiving your application), expressing our liminal space for this five-day-long ritual immersion as well as a place where we deposit our bodies to play and rest in a way that is ‘natural’, in alignment with energies present (that is beyond a fast food styled consumption of an immediate gratification), building a bond of trust and an air of collaboration and inclusivity that is necapsulated within the safe space of the liminal equinoxical meeting yet goes beyond.

The idea of initiation follows a belief that we are here to guide one another and at times embody different roles and that a mere embodied and energetic presence of each of us transmits certain qualities that manifest also materially. We will do so in a way that is harmonious and sustainable for our temporary kith and kin, social and environmental ecosystems we create with consciousness of an alignment rather than ‘improvement’ or ‘ascent’. Undoubtedly, this will still provide enough space for ecstatic and joyful moments without keeping us in a (nowadays common) state of a hypertension.

This gathering is a soulchild of running in the forest in Portuguese mountains shared with Kaya Thomas, who is a studied farmer, becoming witch, plant and seed activist currently studying law to help us to protect nature’s lands and crops from at times senseless legislation, helping us to live, eat and love in a more harmonious world.

wet goddess

March 2016

— Heart-CentredEcology – BodyLandscape – SomaticSensing – InitiatingOneAnother – UncoverYourMedicine – Self-Love – TakingCareOfOneAnother – Ritual – Listening – Leadership – TheOccult –  ThePolitical – Acceptance – Generosity – Seeds – Plants – LandCare – Light-Heartedness – Depth – Devotion – Dance – Lov(e)age – Silence – Laughter – Liminality – Responsibility – Support – Discovery – DroppingIn – LettingIn – Sprouting – Hatching —

On continuitous renewal, witchcraft, creativity and sustaining the future:

In much patriarchal theology, creation took place only once, in the past as ordained by the Father God. Cunctipotent theology instead speaks of the potential of all being for participation in, and influence on, an ongoing and continually unfolding creation, of a Divinity (like the Witch) who is, in Mary Daly’s (1973, 43) words “form-destroying, form-creating, transforming power that makes all things new.” Such Divinity is indeed much like Fire, but it is also much like a boundless ocean of potential, opening us to the possibility of, as they say, living happily ever after.” http://www.triviavoices.com/cunctipotence.html, 10/2015


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