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Reclaiming Connections Workshop & Healing Hike

  • Oakland SOL - sustaining ourselves locally 1236 23rd. Ave Oakland, CA 94606 (map)

In times of challenge, transitions, or turmoil we are often left feeling lost or needing more support and direction from outside of ourselves. Nature provides an opportunity to connect and communicate with our inner-self This workshop is the reminder and the exercising of the physical and spirit connections we have with nature.

Join this radical self-care workshop to reclaim methods of communication between nature, our human existence, AND condition. I will introduce the guides given to us in nature and society that support us in remembering who we are by understanding their differences and function in our lives. In this workshop we will:

  • Understand both guides that I present; nature's guide and society's guide
  • Connect ourselves to these guides to understand how they show up in our personal lives and professionals work. From here we can find balance
  • Put those guides into practice (reclaiming) as we go about our daily lives 
  • Apply these guides in a real time experience with a field trip to a local park and natural area. Learn how to walk in nature in a new, intentional way for self improvement.

The benefits of this workshop will:

Learn the mechanics of how Nature provides clarity and grounding in any challenging situation you may be faced with currently, manage daily stress and anxiety, and provide a first step in formulating a direction towards a more balanced and healthy walk in life

  • Help you understand a more deeper connection to nature that is rooted in indigenous spiritual principles
  • Develop a more intentional way of engaging with nature as the cycle of giving and receiving each time you are outside
  • Find a momentary reprieve from the noise of our world while being held in safety in nature and a supportive community
  • Practice flexing your intuition to solve your own problems and challenges with little guidance

Other aspects of this workshop:

This workshop is designed to implement a coaching approach to supporting individuals as a group with supportive dialog and processing

Some healing modalities will be offered in the form of oils, scents, placement of healing hands, etc...Please notify facilitator of any concerns or restrictions you hold with these modalities

The facilitator holds this space to be safe for everyone to participate in full presence of mind, body, and spirit

Details & what to bring

Please bring an object that represents your connection to nature or an object of significance you are open to sharing with the group for the workshop. Don't worry if you don't have an object, there will be materials available for you at the workshop.

Bring your own reuseable bottle of water for the hike.

LIGHT FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED. Please let the organizer know of any food preferences/allergies/needs. It is advised you bring your own food/snacks if you have severe food allergies or particular dietary needs

Materials will be provided for activities, but you are welcome to bring your own journal

About The Space

Oakland SOL (sustaining ourselves locally) is a collectively run volunteer organization of 6 members who live and work together in a large store front and expansive garden lot.  We work on social justice and food justice by opening our doors to events, hosting urban gardening days, and sponsoring political education through a paid youth summer internship. Please consider this critical community space by making a contribution of any size along with your ticket purchase! 

Workshop Information

Presentations of the guides will start us off in understanding this concept of "Reclaiming Connections" Various hands-on activities, writing, and discussions will bring us to a place of deeper understanding of self. Opportunities for self reflection in silence will be honored throughout.

Healing Hike Information

This field trip to a more natural area is an important component of the workshop and is intended to put into practice the tools we were given during the workshop. We’ll meet in a local park (location to be given after registration) that will be suited for a fairly intimate meeting so we can begin applying the conceptual guides into a real practice. We will gather, ground ourselves for the process, walk in meditation, and practice the steps in reclaiming your connection to nature.

This workshop and field trip are scheduled for late afternoon so we can hike as the sunset approaches. Sunsets are a great time to process these connections and connect to the cycle of life. Please bring layers and appropriate layers and footwear as weather can shift dramatically and terrain will vary. Rain out dates are scheduled as follows and can be honored on the next offering of this workshop.

Rain out date 1- Sunday, July 30th
Rain out date 2- Sunday, August 6th

Please arrange for your own transportation or carpool before or during the workshop. Location will be a local park no further than a 20 minute drive from our workshop location.

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