Wilderness Retreat Mentoring

Wilderness Retreat Mentoring

Some day, if you are lucky,
you’ll return from a thunderous journey
trailing snake scales, wing fragments
and the musk of Earth and moon.   

Geneen Marie Haugen

—Half day, 1 or 2 day personal retreats

Conversation with Other than Humans—taking our Place in the web of all things

This is the Conversation that we have as we consciously take our place in the web of all things.  When we enter into the wild landscape as just one player in a richly diverse system, we find ourselves entering into conversations with the many other beings present.  Plants, minerals, animals, birds all have things to say to us if we take care to listen.  As we move into the wild world, we begin to tap into a different way of conversing—a conversation that is kinesthetic, sensory, emotional, imaginal.  The appearance of a face in root ball of a tree can be at once evocative and provocative, offering a perspective that can take the conversation into directions previously unimagined.

I offer mentoring for half-day, 1-day and 2-day retreats on our wild land  in the inland hills of Mendocino County.

Typically, we will start with deep listening to the stories that are working you. Using the language of dreams, of poems, of nature, of beautiful art, of active imagination/journeywork, of symbol and myth, we start courting all the different parts within, stalking them ardently.  Out of this Soul Conversation, I will offer mirroring and gentle suggestions of intentions for your wanders in the wild backcountry of the land. When you return with leaves in your hair and stories of encounters with the land, I will be there to greet you and to tend those stories with respect and glee, mirroring them back to you so that you can hear them with new ears.

“When I walked into the woods to this very specific spot just a little way in, I would feel like all my cells would line up. I would feel like I’m present, I’m here, I’m home. That’s what happens on that land every time I’m there. All my cells line up. It feels like things can happen there. Really profound, magic happens there just being in that place. That is the place where I got connected to my Self in a new kind of way, just being on the land.”
“There’s also the fact that I feel really seen by you, really supported. I feel like you have a remarkable talent for really getting to the core of what is going on. When I tell you a complicated story about what is going on for me, you pull out a core thread that gets underneath all that story to what’s real. Then I am able to see all of the pieces and bring them together.”
AK, 9 month Initiation Participant
“Private sessions with Ellen allow a deeper dive into the psyche to reclaim, heal and embrace those parts that have been pushed down because of shame, trauma, guilt or fear. It’s where the nuggets gleaned from group sessions and my own journeys/insights meld together. This work is profound and life changing. Thanks to Ellen, each day offers new opportunities to recognize and acknowledge a “part” of my internal system that requires attention, or simply wishes to be noticed, loved and appreciated for its unique contribution to Self and ultimately the Soul.” YA

To set up a retreat that feeds your soul,
Call Ellen at 707-391-9901 or

Email me at ellen@stonecottagecircles.com

Let’s Talk 

I offer a complimentary 30 Minute Session to explore how we might work together.

Ellen Grossman, M.S.

I midwife people now who are choosing to say yes to birthing their own genius into the world. If you’d like to explore further, I’d be happy to offer a Complimentary 30 Minute Session to explore how we might work together.

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