Welcome to This Year Long Immersion
The Spirits of the Earth Immersion will create a container for a collective of like-minded seekers who are interested in developing a deepening a connection to the Earth. By using animistic principles including meditative communion, journey work, dream work, the practices of prayer, song, and gratitude, and use of our creative rootedness we will build and strengthen our community.
We welcome you to this year-long intensive where we will enliven our sacred container through which we are able to merge with the unseen to create balance and harmony in life.
Together we will:
- Connect and strengthen our relationships with the spirits of place, our elevated ancestors, guides and spirits of affinity
- Develop personal rituals which reinforce a connection with the unseen in sacred reciprocity
- Hold space for initiation, integration, grounding, protection, dreamwork, grief work, clearing, and manifesting
- Develop our personal skills which include compassionate listening, sacred witnessing, personal sovereignty & holding and honoring safe shared space
- Co-create sacred tools with our spirit helpers to enhance our connection to Spirit through rattle making, altar building, mask making, spirit sticks, personal transformation figures and medicine bundles
Through the process of this instructive and in-depth exploration of relationships with ourselves, our community, the Earth and unseen, we will emerge to our authentic selves, better connected to a sense of destiny, spirit, and Earth.
We hope you will join us!
Offering & Location
The intensive will be held once a month on Friday evenings from 7pm-9pm and Saturdays 10am-5pm at Heart Path Studio with once a quarter being a two full-day gathering at Woodhill (Saturday & Sunday, 10am-5pm). It will also include a once a month individual mentoring session with each facilitator to assist participants in integrating the work.
Dates and Intentions for the Group Meetings:
September 7th & 8th: Weaving Sacred Community
Visioning a new way of relating with the seen and unseen through a dedication ceremony, we will commit to
community and personal ethics, and consecrate a community ritual object.
October 12th &13th: Tending Ancestral Lineages
Connecting with the elevated ancestors along our blood lineages, we will understand the impacts of both the blessings and the burdens along a blood lineage and hold space for the any of those who need healing.
November 10th & 11th (two day): Riding the Spirits
Working within a sacred vessel, we will learn how to walk in sacred reciprocity with our lower world spirit helpers,
the elements, and the directional powers.
Co-creating with Spirit we will make Speak Sticks and Wands.
December 7th & 8th: Death and Rebirth
Following the rhythm of the Earth, we will honor the season which ritually brings us to death rites. Through
intentional dismemberment, forgiveness and grief rituals, we offer the Earth that which cannot remain. We hold space for what is birthed in its place.
January 11th & 12th: Divining with Dreams
Dropping into the sweet liminal space of dreaming, we will learn the art of tracking Spirit, the ways of tending and
turning our dreams, the compost of our soul, as a sacred means of divining for our future.
February 9th & 10th (2 day): Turning of the Seed
Honoring Imbolc, we will set our intentions towards its nurturing prowess, calling in the art of skillful Protection,
Clearing & Chakra Balancing alchemy. Our rootedness, our growth, our bounty ensured.
Co-creating with Spirit we will make our Middle World Protector Mask
March 8th & 9th: Lighting the Flame
Walking the path of the Vernal Equinox, we will acknowledge the growing of the Sun ritually. We look to our inner
flame, honor Fire, and our higher destiny and sovereignty through focused ceremony.
April 5th & 6th: Bestriding the Mysteries
Connecting with the Old Ones, we will ritually honor Air. We will journey into unseen higher realms entering into
personal relationship with Guides and Teachers, the ones who keep our personal mysteries, and who provide us with support and resources on our path.
May 4th & 5th (2 day): Sacred Earth Reciprocity
Waking up to all of the Earth’s gifts blooming around and within, we will spend our time out in nature, walk the
medicine wheel, develop enhanced skills of ritually honoring Earth.
Co-creating with Spirit we will make a Clearing Rattle
June 7th &8th: Cultural Healing, Reparation, Decolonization
Relating in equanimity with the seen and unseen, we will explore how we move in the World. We will examine the
places where we live in privilege at the expense of others and the Earth and walk the path of ritual accountability, forgiveness, offerings and prayer as a means of reparation through the ritual honoring of Water.
July 12th & 13th: Embracing the Shadow
Tracking our soul’s evolution from birth to our current Earth walk, we will enter the Hero’s/Heroine’s journey of
healing through soul retrieval, shadow work and ritual communion with the Earth.
August 10th & 11th (2 day): Honoring our Journey
Honoring our eleven months of Earth honoring and soul tending, our intentions will focus on integrating our spiritualjourney. We gather in celebration of our emerging gifts, bringing them into our lives, families, community and World.
Co-creating with Spirit we will make our personal Transformational Doll
(Individual sessions will be scheduled according to the facilitator and participant calendar each month)
Woodhill in east Athens, Georgia for 2 full day weekends and Heart Path Studio in Athens, Georgia for other dates.
We are now accepting applications until the workshop is full.
Space is limited 12 participants.
Please email interest to receive the application to Shannon at email@example.com or Barbara Odil at firstname.lastname@example.org
$100 non-refundable processing fee is required to reserve a space once the application is accepted.
Payment may be made in full or in quarterly installments of $600.
Discount of 10% if paid in full. ($2160)
Partial barter/scholarships are available based upon need. Please reach out to Shannon or Barbara if you need these accommodations.
Spirits of the Earth will be facilitated by Barbara Odil and Shannon Willis
Barbara is a community elder, teacher, healer and mixed media artist. She is grateful to live in the woods and work with Spirit and natural materials to create art. As an only child growing up in Macon, Georgia, she spent her time in the exploring the woods and creek, making altars, observing and interacting with insects, reptiles, and animals. This childhood grounded her firmly in her love of the Earth. Barbara came of age in the early 1970’s and was fortunate to be part of a community of artists and healers. In the 1990’s Barbara took numerous spirit based workshops including workshops on death and dying, shamanic practices, Holotropic Breathwork, and earth-based spiritual practices. She was also fortunate to participate in Dr. Elizabeth Sheerer’s dream groups for twenty-three years. During this time Barbara’s art redefined itself, becoming shaped by her spiritual practice. She teaches workshops incorporating guided journeying and natural materials that immerse participants in the creative flow.
Shannon is a ritual healing practitioner, teacher and founder of Heart Path Studio, (www.heartpathstudio.org) a non-profit organization in Athens which aims to create a new folk culture of relating with the unseen world through the convergence of animistic and shamanic principles. Having made a pilgrimage to Nigeria, she is a committed student in the Ifa/Orisa tradition of Yoruba-speaking West Africa in the lineage of Olúwo
Fálolú Adésànyà, She holds a Master’s degree in Professional Leadership and Counseling. Committed to Earth-honoring, individual and collective healing, she is a certified practitioner of Ancestral Lineage Healing. Her work addresses the cultural wounding of the feminine through patriarchy and focuses primarily on supporting others with their blood lineage ancestors and healing of the collective other unhealed ones through land-based ritual. She provides individual sessions, online and in-person workshops. Her ancestors hail from the British Isles, France, and Cherokee, Illini, and Choctaw nations. More information on her approach to healing.
Please note that this is an educational and experiential workshop. By doing this deep work, personal material may be released from the unconscious. While some of this material may be processed during the workshop, participants are encouraged to continue working to process and integrate it with therapists or other healers as the need arises.