Deepen your connection with the natural world for balance, calm, and acceptance. Learn to perceive and interpret nature’s profound wisdom and guidance through its many landscapes, elements, animals, and winged ones. Experience transformative healing in ceremony supported by a loving community.
This 18-week course is an in-depth exploration of how to work with the elements and various aspects of nature for healing and reconnection.
Learn how Fire, Earth, Water, and Air flow together to create the cycle of life and the energetic foundations for our physical world. Discover the rich archetypes, spiritual qualities, and manifestations in nature associated with each element, and how they express themselves through you.
This course expands upon the concepts presented in the book From the Depths of Creation: A Nature-Based Path to Healing by Liz Beachy Gómez, with additional teachings, nature rituals, guided meditations, or shamanic journeys to help you deeply experience the healing power of nature firsthand. We highly recommend that all participants have a copy of the book before the class begins.
The course is recommended for anyone wishing to profoundly deepen their relationship with nature and explore the landscape of their soul for personal healing. It is an excellent resource for therapists or healers of all backgrounds seeking to expand their repertoire of healing methodologies.
Timeline and Course Components
The course will run from August 14 through December 11 and includes three components:
- Live Classes. Live weekly classes will be held via Zoom on Monday evenings from 7pm – 8:30pm Mountain Time and recorded for participants to access anytime. These sessions offer a space to discuss the week’s lessons, answer questions, and share experiences among participants.
- Pre-Recorded Materials. The course will also include short lessons (including guided meditations or shamanic journeys) and a weekly ritual or introspective exercise to be done at home or in nature. All of these lessons will be accessible through this online portal, with new material posted each week.
- Monthly Ceremonies. We will host four days of ceremony and exploration in person at Ewassa, for participants to experience the healing power of the elements in community. For out-of-state participants who are unable to attend, we will offer a separate online event. Tentative dates for the in-person days are August 27 (Fire); Sept 24 (Earth); Oct 15 (Water); Nov 12 (Air), to be reconfirmed with participants at the start of the course.
INTRODUCTION: The course begins with an introduction to the cycle of the elements and the principles behind energetic and emotional healing and rebalancing. We’ll also discuss how to begin a regular elemental balancing practice and establish a foundation for communicating with nature.
FIRE: In this module we’ll explore the various aspects of our motivations, passions, drive and focus, and how they affect what manifests in our lives. We’ll dive deeply into four energies of Fire and their corresponding archetypes and spiritual lessons, examining our relationship to each. This module includes rituals and exercises for releasing painful experiences or heavy energies, and strengthening our inner Fire.
EARTH: In the domain of Earth we explore how to manifest on the physical plane, nourish our bodies, harness intent, practice generosity, and interact effectively with body and form. We’ll practice exercises to stay grounded and centered, healthy and gracious as we progress through life’s earthly cycles. Learn rituals to develop sacred reciprocity with our beloved Earth, and access guidance from the plant and animal realms.
WATER: Deeply examine your emotional world and learn how to keep your own waters flowing clear and strong. Explore exercises around forgiveness, heart-centered loving tenderness, emotional release, and acceptance. Discover the archetypes and spiritual qualities associated with rain, rivers and waterfalls, the ocean, and the mist. Learn and perform water-related rituals of emotional release, cleansing, spiritual baths, and more.
AIR: Bring awareness to your thought patterns, beliefs, relationship with time and connection to Spirit. Learn to shift and expand your consciousness while working with the element of Air and winged guides. This module will explore aspects of the wind, time, the place beyond time, the skies, and the qualities and archetypes associated with each. Learn to work with your breath to transform your thoughts, journey to the upper world for guidance, connect with your true essence, and align with your deepest purpose.
INTEGRATION: We’ll discuss practical ways to ask nature for guidance and remain connected to the Earth and her elements in our daily lives. This last module weaves together everything that we have collectively experienced since the beginning of the course. We also create space to recognize each course participant for their unique nature and gifts, and support one another beyond course completion.