A Foundation Course
for Being Human
Painting by Damiet Loor
Courting The Wild Natural One
The nature-based journey to insight, visionary leadership, and cultural regeneration
28th March - 2nd April 2024 Easter holiday
Treefield Tui Event Park Golden Bay Aotearoa
The Centre for the Great Turning is excited to announce the first in a series of five journeys to cultivate human wholeness inspired by the works of Bill Plotkin (Animas Valley), Joanna Macy (The Work that Reconnects), Martin Shaw and gang of other fierce, humble, truth telling, poetic, myth living human souls.
We know that reading maybe not the preferred method to get the feeling for a life changing event...call us old fashioned, but here are a few paragraphs to share why this journey is both potent and timely.
We have lost touch with our Wildness and we need this more than ever.
Our ancestral inheritance, our connection to earth has the power to show us who we really are and where we belong.
A consequence of western modern society (especially for masculinity) is the tendency to repress fundamental modes of healthy being, namely our capacity for imagination and deep play, and our ability to know and use feelings as compass for wholeness. These capacities are how we connect to our life force, they are how we will find our way to our unique gift we are born to share with the world. This training will begin the work of reclaiming and integrating these ancient energies in service to wholeness. As Robert Bly poetically states;
True wildness is not to be crazy, or psychotic
True wildness is a love of nature,
a delight in silence,
a voice to say spontaneous things,
and an exuberant curiosity in the face of the unknown.
More than a peak experience but the possibility of on going support with scholarships that mean you can really integrate the new understandings into your living.
We have spent over a decade exploring and facilitating retreats. Our work in the rites of passage has shown us that every training needs on going to support if wholesome change is to be sustained. The inertia of unwholesome habitual patterns are strong, so are the powers of media and consumerism. We seek to create peak experiences, glimpses of insight and match them with on going support which mean that the new patterns of wholesome behaviours have a better chance to be integrated skifully into the living of our families, friends and working life, especially for young adults.
Every life stage has a gift and a responsibility, and thereare not so many places that will teach you about these.
Every life stage has a gift, an archetypal inheritance that if tapped will bring energy and resources. Every life stage also has some essential development tasks, when a person tends to these the result is psychological maturity, or put another way, there is a sense of joy and fulfilment, like you are in the flow and aligned with your path of purpose. You will not read about these in our schools, universities and businesses. These are the development tasks that will lead you all the way towards and into Soul Initiation, this is the possibility of finding and offering your unique gift for the world.
What is a True Adult?
True Adults know what is wholesome and what is not, and they have self assuredness. They know something of their shadows, enough to live with responsible awareness. They also know their gifts and they offer them. Most of all they stand firm yet flowing, in the birthright of their belonging to and in service of Earth. Our experience is that these kind of people have a twinkle in their eye, and a nose for the right kind of trouble. They also know how to relax and be at ease.
The people at Animas Valley have developed a map to this and we are bringing this to life in Aotearoa New Zealand, at a third of the cost and with an appreciation and dedication to respect the people and the perspectives of the people indigenous to this land.
Intergenerational communities supporting each other to develop maps, pathways and initiations that lead to a meaningful, resilient, wholesome life.
Less gurus, less isolated therapy on mass, less indulgent fragmented life styles that rob future generations of life resource and more thriving communities where we cooperate to raise inspired and empowered future generations.
REWild is a nature-based journey to insight, visionary leadership, and cultural regeneration.
A few more words about the first training...
About the first Training...
Courting the Wild Natural One
Connect with the power & inheritance of a wild natural one within. This is not a claim to cultural indigeneity, this is about cultivating a birthright of belonging to the living earth, wild, resourced and free. Unearth the spontaneous, the creative one, the one who feels, connects and feels at home in nature.
Nourish the creative life force that lives within us all, the life force that knows, an instinct for wholeness. A creative force for goodness.
Bring healing to childhood wounds to reclaim imagination, play and creativity.
This retreat is open to anyone over age 18. There will be conscious dance, sweat lodge & sauna, guided immersions in nature, heart sharing circles, soul poetry and art making. It will be held and guided by Jaime and a team of others skilled space holders with 2 wise, joyful, experienced elders.
There are a number of generous scholarships available to anyone aged between 18-40 who wishes to attend.
Earth, isn’t this what you want? To arise in us, invisible?
Is it not your dream, to enter us so wholly
there’s nothing left outside us to see?
What, if not transformation,
is your deepest purpose? Earth, my love,
I want it too.
Believe me, no more of your springtimes are needed
to win me over —
even one flower is more than enough.
Before I was named
I belonged to you. I see no other law
but yours, and know I can trust
the death you will bring.
See, I live. On what?
Childhood and future are equally present.
Sheer abundance of being
floods my heart.
Intention & Motivation
The 4 retreats are aimed to help humans of all ages develop a embodied sense of belonging to this living earth, to touch, taste, glimpse the mystery behind all appearances that may speak to them of their unique gift for the human and more than human community. While the retreats are aimed to support young adults aged 20-40 I am inviting people of all ages because every life stage brings a gift, it takes a village to grow a child psychology into an adult one. This is a vision of a learning village where each life stage supports each other. The aspiration is to facilitate the foundations of Wholeness as described in Bill Plotkins helpful book, Wild Mind.
After many decades of being an educator I have come to value that to do inner work requires a strong container, both inner and outer. Transformational education involving spirit in my mind must be ethical and mature. There is a responsibility to create the foundations for spiritual understanding and growth. We will do this by inviting worthy elders and offering a number of events that will feed off each other and lead to a complete foundation work. A summary of the four foundational themes which are the basis for each of the seasonal 5 day journeys are:
Cultivating the Wild Natural One within - 5 days residential to connect with your innate wildness through the cultivation of heart, mind, body connection with in and of nature; exploring the healthy expression of feelings, healing the wounded child; exploring life force, instinct and intimate relatings to self, other and our world.
Cultivating the capacities of the inner adult- how to self care, self regulate, live with awareness, be in service to life, clues to maturing the ego to be in service to human spirit/soul. Skills of mindful awareness and compassion.
Weaving a Cocoon to Encounter Soul - Soul here is referring to our unique gifts that we may become aware of when we dare to listen deeply. Dream work, myth work, Shadow work. I am imagining a kind fo vision quest for this part.
The harvest of Pure presence- the final retreat will bring us toward a universal awareness of being. A resource to centre, for calm, creativity and caring. It will bring the other four facets of wholeness into the centre.
Jaime is a trained Wilderness Rites of Passage guide, Work That Reconnects facilitator and experienced teacher of Open Floor movement practice. He is the founder of the Centre for the Great Turning. Inspired by Joanna Macy, Bill Plotkin, Tarchin Hearn and many more. Jaime is a humble life apprentice to offering Inepi (Sweat Lodge) and is growing into the guiding role of offering Vision Quests with the flavour of natural awakening as taught and demonstrated by Tarchin Hearn. These powerful initiations can help humans remember their innate sense of belonging to the natural world. Jaime has a Masters in Education, a mean blues guitar and a passion for songwriting
I have been exploring and sharing progressively since 2007, contemplative practices/meditation moved by a passion in the area of ecology and community care. I worked for more than 15 years in Brazil with NGOs, the environmental movement and research projects focused on wild animal ecology. I am beginning to explore more deeply and delivering The Work that Reconnects for communities and in retreats. I am a NVC passionate and do my best to put it into practice. I am an enthusiastic supporter of community building. Me and Jaime are a couple in awakening, singing, meditating and building a home together. We have the deepest aspiration to support each other in our growth and collaborate in the Great Turning.
Facilitators and Support
Adge has 30 years experience working in a variety of ways with people, family
and Community. The last 20 have been in Golden Bay where he’s been a close
part of developing and directing the Rites of Passage Foundation and the
He’s a student of the ‘human condition’ and a firm believer in people’s
instinctive knowledge, good nature and ability to assist one another in
I’m a 76 year old retired counsellor with an academic background in Agricultural Science and Theology. I live in Blenheim with Lois. In 2015 I felt overwhelmed by an ignorance of climate awareness in Marlborough and sat in the centre of Blenheim for a week with my son Robbie and fasted. That led to the formation of Climate Karanga Marlborough. I’m giving a lot of attention to ways of being an older person in an adolescent society. I am a work in progress and treasure close listening, silence, patience, emotional warmth, tenderness with shame and support for the broken-hearted.
I am a seventy year old retiree with a professional background in education and mental health.
I’m passionate about the well-being of the eco-system - in the widest sense of the word - and all that interconnects within it.
Running alongside this is a love of making collages, singing, poetry writing and playing an indigenous North American flute, all of which are expressions of my internal world.
Family, friends, humour and adventure also play an important role in my personal well-being.