Weekend Retreat & Workshop
with the rhythm of the seasons.
For seekers intent on building meaning into their days. . .
their years. . . their lives.
Prince Edward County, Ontario
June 24 to 26, 2016
Are these 7 little words your mantra?
Or maybe they just creep in at the corner of your thoughts once in a while?
Either way, I’m sure you’ve felt the little wound they make every time you think the words. . . sigh. . . and just go back to living lost in the day-to-day.
We train ourselves not to look too closely at these tiny little holes in our spirits, or at the hollowing sadness they cause. But it gets acted out . . . in the choices we make, and the longing we feel each and every day.
Because you feel it, don’t you? Some secret just beneath the surface that you can almost touch. . . Like nostalgia for something you can’t quite remember (or never knew in the first place.)
Hi, I’m Sarah Jenkinson. My longing to understand the “whys” about daily life has propelled me to be a seeker and questioner. Even as a young person, my mind often wandered into realms of the philosophic or existential. It used to make me feel like quite the odd duck. I mean, few people these days are particularly interested in, say, mythic archetypes.
But I was. And so I read the works of Joseph Campbell and Rudolph Steiner. I completed an Honours BA in Celtic Cultural Studies at the University of Toronto. I did years of research on mythology, history and archetypal imagery – mostly for my own interest. I thought it was a hobby. But then, slowly, the ideas synthesized, the research showed commonalities, and the pieces began to fit together… Until, like a dot-to-dot puzzle, the bigger picture came into focus.
In the past, seasonal periods had their own feeling, their own sense of self. The turning of that “wheel” of the year was there to guide you, to lead you through the seasons.
These days our busy weeks and months all seem to blur into each other. But what if they didn’t have to?
A DEEP SEASON is designed to guide you through the seasons of the year. You’ll get down to the roots of your own experience of each season, and learn the underlying reasons for the things we feel and do at the different points of each year.
It’s a blueprint so interconnected, that it shows up again and again in the myths we tell, in the stories we write, in the festivals we celebrate, and in the meaning we make. Innumerable iterations of one simple constant:
This workshop will give you the knowledge and tools that I’ve spent years developing. And when you’re able to connect all the dots, the picture comes into focus. You become a part of something bigger, deeper and older than yourself, and wondrous things happen.
The ego’s voice is not so loud. Worry and neediness dissipate. A simplicity fills your heart. It is grace and an ease.
This is what happens when you feel and LIVE the full depth and breadth of each season of the year.
A Deep Season IS For You If:
- You’re tired of celebrating in a superficial way. It’s not all about the pretty decor, elaborate craft projects, and meticulous tablescape. (As fun as those things can be, of course.)
- You’re a bit of a psychology or mythology nerd. Maybe you love Jung or Joseph Campbell. You definitely get fired up at the thought of deep-diving into what’s going on beneath the surface of things.
- Rather than auto-piloting through your days, you want to be more mindfully present in the seasons and in your own life.
- You enjoy inner work. Self-awareness and personal development are some of your intrinsic priorities.
A Deep Season IS NOT For You If:
- You don’t enjoy opening up to yourself or others. Participants will be exploring their experiences and feelings in an intimate group setting with other like-minded, heart-centered souls.
- You believe that if you can’t see it or test for it, then it’s just not real. A Deep Season will involve a lot of intuition and feeling work. So if you enjoy LOTS of cold, hard facts and figures, this workshop may not be for you.
- You want to be told exactly what to do. This workshop will also involve a lot of inner work. You’ll be given a framework for self-discovery, but what you do with that framework will be up to you. No one-size-fits-all solutions here.
Registration is limited to a maximum of 15 participants.
Light snacks provided on Friday evening + vegan lunches provided on both Saturday and Sunday. (Please indicate at time of registration if you have any dietary restrictions or considerations.)
Breakfasts and Dinners are not included.
MEET & GREET : 7-9PM
We’ll break the ice and get to know each other a little bit before the real work starts tomorrow.
SATURDAY: Starting at 10AM
LESSON 1 : THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR
LESSON 2 : SEASONS AND TIDES
LESSON 3 : WHAT’S HIDDEN UNDERNEATH
SUNDAY: Starting at 10AM
GROUP DISCUSSION OF HOMEWORK
LESSON 4 : YOUR PATH THROUGH THE YEAR
LESSON 5 : MAKING IT YOUR OWN + A PROJECT
What do I need to bring?
- A notebook, clipboard or binder
- Your favourite pen and/or pencil
- Your personal calendar, datebook, or whatever tool you use to organize your time
- An open heart and a sense of discovery!
Are accommodations provided?
No, but Prince Edward County is FULL of beautiful places to stay. Many charming and well-reviewed options are listed here at the PEC Chamber of Tourism & Commerce website.
Is transportation provided?
No, participants are responsible for getting themselves to and from the workshop. The VIA train does stop is Belleville, Ontario. From there it is roughly a 45-50 minute drive to Skybarn.
I will happily facilitate connections with other travelers if several participants wish to carpool.
I have a question not listed here. Can I contact you?
Yes, of course!
You can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d be happy to answer any and all questions you might have.
322 Prince Edward County Road 13
Directly across from Ellis Lane
North Marysburgh, Ontario