In the dark, Persephone is dreaming. She is floating. She is resting. She is ruling. She is at peace. At home. Asleep under the earth in a place that has become comfortable. And whether this is the rest between lives, or the rest between cycles of life... into this darkness comes a call. To rise. To be reborn. To re-engage. Over and over again the coming of the light calls us out of the darkness into... what? This spring, as we re-engage with Life, can we do it with intention? What if the stakes were very, very high? How do you know they aren't? How do you know that what you choose to give birth to, in this next phase of your life, is not in fact your savior?
During this weekend, we will use this ancient story as a template for exploring our own purpose and passion. We will look at Persephone's ascent, her return to life in this time of new beginnings, and ask what it can teach us, no matter our gender, about what calls us into our own lives. How do you know that you're in that fertile darkness, waiting, and what is within you, waiting, wanting to be born? What might your life look like if that birth comes to be? What might your life look like if it doesn't? What light calls you, out of darkness and comfort, into your new cycle? How do you recognize that call? And how do you answer it?
On Friday evening, we will come together as a group and begin to explore the meanings of this story through discussion and ritual. On Saturday, we will deepen our understanding as we personalize Persephone's challenge, seeking to understand how her choices can help us understand our own challenges and gifts. After a late-afternoon break, we'll re-convene and come together in ritual to finish the story and integrate the work. On Sunday morning, we will reconvene for reflection, closure and farewells.
If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you.
If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.
--The (Gnostic) Gospel of Thomas
The presenters are all graduates of Diana's Grove Mystery School's Rites of Passage (Leadership Training) Program, and spent a collective 25+ years on staff at the Grove in programming, planning, presenting and leadership roles. We welcome River Roberts, Jason Frey, Laurie Dietrich, Elizabeth Wilson and Lucinda Sohn.
Registration: $125 includes lunch on Saturday.
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This is a drug and alcohol free event.