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Thursday, February 22nd
Arrive at Bell Valley Retreat in the afternoon, get settled and walk the land -- dotted with oak and madrone -- before we gather for tea and introductions in the yurt. On this day we'll tell the story of the Witch for the first time and begin to tease apart the many layers of this archetype-- ancient wise woman, modern day Tumblr meme, feminist icon, accusation, slur, fairytale, costume. In the evening, after dinner, we'll have our first ritual and open the portal of our work together in a sacred, connected, gentle way.
Friday, February 23rd
This day will begin our regular schedule, with a morning session, lunch, afternoon session, time for rest and reflection, and evening ritual. Weather permitting, we'll go on a plantwalk to learn more about and connect with the trees, flowers, and weeds on the land, and begin the work of delving into our own personal mythologies and lineages. We will also begin to discuss daily practice and working with the different crafts of the witch, such as divination, and exploring our personal story through writing exercises, deep listening, and reflection... searching for our own stories, and the story of our time.
Saturday, February 24th
This day, the centerpiece of the retreat, is an opportunity to go deep into healing and transformation. In the morning we'll work through some of the shadow aspects of reclaiming the archetype of the witch, including grief work, fear, resistance, and claiming our voices from the places where they have gone silent. The afternoon will be an opportunity for reflection or one-on-one work with Riyana and Leah, and then we'll come together in the evening to reenergize, reclaim our power, and reflect on how this work is moving through us and what is possible when we open our hearts in this way.
Sunday, February 25th
This day is focused on rewriting our stories and further delving into storytelling skill-building, writing, herbal medicine making, song, and ritual. We'll begin to look towards the future and the work we are called to do outside of the retreat, as witches, activists, creatives, healers, mischief-makers and visionaries, and talk about integration and creating a daily-practice rooted in fierce self-love that will continue to sustain, heal, and inspire us.
Monday, February 26th
After a cozy breakfast and heartfelt morning ritual, we'll gather our selves, our belongings, our new visions and intentions, unwind from the sacred container we have created, and plan on leaving the land around noon.
- Delicious, organic, farm-to-table meals.
- Yoga, movement, and song.
- Inspiring, guided evening rituals.
- Land-based medicine making, herbcraft and plant lore.
Sacred time to integrate & replenish in nature, surrounded by the quiet coziness of the valley in wintertime.
- Deep sleep and potent dreaming in starlit-silence, without screens, email, and the daily buzz of city life.
- Sweet, intimate community and the opportunity to align with your fellow witch-folk for friendship, networking, collaboration, and mischief.
- One-on-one work with Leah and Riyana (by appointment)
Our somatic movement pieces will be led by Stefana Serafina, M.A., who is an embodiment educator and embodied empowerment facilitator. She is the founder of Intuitive Body and Dance, a platform providing women with resources, experiences, and education for returning to their bodies’ inherent intelligence, creative and intuitive genius, and sensuous wisdom. Stefana's work weaves together embodied inquiry and expressive arts approaches, body and nature-centric practices, women’s sensuality traditions, and earth-centered spirituality. Based in the San Francisco Bay, Stefana has been teaching in California, Europe, and Central America since 2009, and, more recently, online. She is the host of The Embodied Way Podcast, and authors the Embodied Way Blog.