The Alchemy of Becoming
Part One: Lammas, July 29th, 2018, 10am-5pm
Part Two: Mabon, September 22nd, 2018 10am-5pm
Part Three: Winter Solstice/Yule, December 21st, 2018, 10am-5pm
Part Four: Imbolc, February 2nd, 2019, 10am-5pm
Heart Path Studio
160 Tracy Street, Suite 2C
Join in one or all of the transformative alchemical journeys tracking your destiny into 2019 and discovering the unique gifts you will bring to the world, the beauty way, in the year ahead.
When we honor the rhythms of the Earth’s seasons, as our ancestors have for thousands of years, something happens to us internally. Our current world demands take us farther and farther from our center, our truth. However, when we are in reciprocity with the seasons, we are grounded and not easily thrown off course. With a deepening understanding of our place in the larger cosmos, we then live with fully embodied joy for the well-being of the world.
The Alchemy of Becoming is a series of four sessions which follow the ritual of the upcoming festivals held reverently by the ancestors. The ritual container follows us through the death and rebirth cycles. We begin with the practice of gratitude for the bounty in our life, (Lammas). We then track what falls away and what resources are needed to prepare for our long winter, (Mabon). Turning to the dead of winter, we release what needs to go, address grief, as well as celebrate our inner light which warms us through the remaining of winter, (Winter Solstice/Yule). Finally, we reach Imbolc where we dream of our awakening, celebrate the fertility of the Earth, and the birth of our new beginning.
All four of these sessions are helpful to take in succession but not required. You can choose to participate in all four or just the ones that speak to you directly.
If you make the commitment to sign up for all four you may pay the total of $400 upfront or divide into payments of 2 for $200 each. (This option is now closed). Each individual workshop is $125. Payment is required for registration.
Space in each workshop is limited to 10
All sessions will be held at Heart Path Studio
160 Tracy Street, Suite 2c
Athens GA, 30601
Registration is secured through PayPal Or if needed to pay by check, please message me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alchemical Process: Dates and Specifics
Part One: Lammas
Sunday, July 29th
We begin our endeavor by meeting to honor the holy day which traditionally takes place on August 1st. We will gather here as a cohort to greet each other and the Spirits of Place/ Earth which will anchor our intentions. We’ll engage in a practice to track where our gratitude flows and where it is stifled. We’ll drop into an Earth-honoring ritual giving thanks to our ancestors, to the Earth for bringing us to this point in our life. And we will conclude by celebrating our lives together as a cohort.
It’s pretty clear to me that this is a beautiful way to begin the process, a ritual nod to all the powers who have helped us thus far in our journey on the Earth. It’s also a reckoning with ourselves on how we can be accountable for our own happiness through foundation self-love practices, a ritual nod to ourselves!
Part Two: Mabon~ Autumn Equinox
September 22nd, 2018
This day is the perfect equilibrium between night and day and is a moment to pause, reflect on what needs attending as we cross the threshold to the waning year. We turn inward, measure the mood of the trees on the mountain and roots deepen and leaves begin to litanies of surrender. We slow our pace and turn our attention to what is falling away and where our roots sink deeper areas into the Earth. We gather our much-needed energies as we begin our march into the long nights of winter and the season of our elderhood.
What projects need completing before we reach the longest night? What loose ends need tying? What needs to be brought in to sustain us and what seeds to we have that need our nurture so that it may blossom in the spring. The rites of the Fall are important in many cultures because they help us release those inherent lessons we have learned but no longer serve. We then work the alchemical process of transmutation for those lessons which remain and become our highest source of wisdom as we move forward on the Earth.
Part Three: Winter Solstice/Yule
Dark and Light
December 21st, 2018
In part three of this series, you will experience the burning away of all things that do not need to be carried forward in your life. It is no easy task to enter into a ritual which asks you to lay upon the altar all that isn’t working for you. As such we hold ritual space for grief and engage in a practice to intentionally dismember burdens along your unique karmic contracts so that you may enter into the next season with renewed purpose and clarity. We are here at the longest night and the shortest day. This session will also remind us of the inner light hidden in the darkness warming the seeds of our future growth, lighting the path for our emergence from the Earth.
I’m feeling you may be thinking it will be a bit of a stretch to meet this close to Christmas. I’m giving you advance permission to give yourself a day to take care of yourself in the best way possible, if you need that! It ensures all your family who may be missing you this day is waaay better off as they benefit from all the ritual prowess you will emerge with and you get a break from the Holiday hoopla if you need to! 🙂
Part Four: Imbolc
Rebirth: Dreaming Your New Liminal Self
February 2nd, 2019
Here, we celebrate our emerging. The Earth begins to shake off the Winter, the tiniest of seeds begins it’s journey up through the soil looking for Sunlight. We are asleep but are dreaming the dreams of our awakening. There are some cultures who have a viewpoint which holds that we dream this life first before it comes into reality. As we shape our new consciousness for the new year, what are your dreams showing you of your becoming? This is a deep time for personal introspection and sacred dreaming as our dreamtime becomes evocative and provides us with the nutrients that are needed to prepare for our emergence in spring.
This session highlights the dream process, and also brings you into contact with your higher self. In western culture, we are programmed to set intentions at the beginning of the year. Often the resolutions begin with firm commitments only to the surprise that by the spring the energy towards pushing the work forward wanes. This can be in part due to the complexity of our identities. When these goals are set, mostly they are set by some outward socially driven force which has dictated to us how to show up with no clear sense of our own purpose. So how do we discern what is uniquely ours from say our blood lineage ancestors or from social constraint?
It is at this critical place where you can meet who you are, and what you signed up for when your soul inhabited your body. It’s helpful to lean into what particular contracts your soul made when you decided to put both feet on the earth plane. It’s even more helpful to know how to bring support to your unique life force: your inner light so that you may walk closer to your path, how to navigate with more fluidity the contracts that are yours, and how to, if necessary, renegotiate those contracts.
You emerge from this session in equilibrium with your highest truth and in a community with like-minded folks who witness you in all your beauty and truth!!!
Interested in the process? Please Register or contact me if you have any questions. (706) 612-3816 or email@example.com. Thanks for your deepest consideration of joining us!
Cancelation policy: Refunds are available 30 days prior to each session. All refunds within the 30-day envelope will be provided minus a 10% fee if space is filled by another registrant. In the event of an illness preventing you from attending the day of credit will be applied towards one of Shannon’s next offerings.