24

Days

12

Hours

06

Mins

Somatic Ecology: Embodying Sustainability

July 19 - July 21, 2024

Iquwah Bezuyen

Aaron 'Water' Piepszny

Your whole being is invited to open and hear the Earth speak. Utilizing the principles of sustainability as a guide, this weekend immersion will explore how our physical and energetic bodies can interface with the Earth, Self, and Other in a balanced, connected, and regenerative way. Forest bathing, mindfulness practices, and nature walks will accompany learning basic and intermediate gardening/permaculture skills, including starting plants from seed, transplanting, propagating perennials, and identifying wild plants/foraging for food and medicine to align our beings with the cycles of Earth’s abundance.We will practice Qi Gong to attune our whole beings in receptivity to the nourishing energy of and profound messages from nature. Supporting an increase in our vitality while reducing stress in our bodies and minds, simple Qi Gong concepts will be taught for you to easily weave into your life after returning home. Plant identification and uses, eating directly from mother Earth, mindful breathing, ecosystem education, and presencing in nature will foster a deeper sense of centered stewardship of ourselves and our environment. We will recharge, empower, and connect with the core of our natural selves and our living planet with a renewed sense of direct support of and from Nature.
ScheduleFriday, July 19
  • 3 - 6 pm Arrival & Check-in
  • 3 - 6 pm Integrate into your surroundings/Explore the Land
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7 - 8:30 pm Welcome/ Intro/ Sound bath
Saturday, July 20
  • 7:30 - 8 am Qi Gong
  • 8 - 9 am Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 10 am Pollinator Meditation
  • 10 - 11 am Garden Attunement/Plant Identification
  • 11 - 11:15 am Journaling & Reflection
  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm Cloning Perennials/Starting Plants From Seed
  • 12:15 - 12:30 pm Journaling
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:45 - 3 pm Forest Connection/Education Walk/Composting Discussion
  • 3 - 3:30 pm Qi Gong
  • 3:30 - 4 pm Forest Bathing/Mindful Breathing
  • 4 - 4:30 pm River Gazing & Water Meditation
  • 4:30 - 5:45 pm Forest/Hugel Bed Construction
  • 5:45 - 6 pm Journaling & reflection
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 - 10 pm Bonfire
Sunday, July 21
  • 7 - 11 am Check-out of Rooms
  • 7:30 - 8 am Qi Gong
  • 8 - 9 am Breakfast
  • 9:15 - 9:30 am Pollinator Meditation
  • 9:30 - 10:30 am Sitting With Plants/Earth Communication Meditation/Nature Bathing
  • 10:30 - 11:30 am Plant Propagation, Planting, Pruning
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Closing Circle
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch & Departure
*Please note that the schedule is subject to change. 

ABOUT THE TEACHERs

Iquwah Bezuyen

Iquwah Bezuyen is a naturalist, herbalist, Master Gardener, long time community builder, and equal housing activist. She’s been caring for plants and animals her whole life. Iquwah has been running greenhouses for over 20 years. She was an outdoor education and farm specialist ...

Aaron 'Water' Piepszny

Aaron Piepszny teaches Chi Gung, Buddhism, and somatic embodiment studies online as well as at Menla Mountain retreat where he is the head of horticulture. He received his Permaculture Design Certificate in 2016 at the Paititi institute in Peru.  Aaron has studied, supported, an...

UPCOMING EVENTS

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