Plant Spirit Retreat
5-day retreat with Juin Gibson
8th - 13th May, 2016
at Orizon Center for Life & Creation on Crete
During our five day retreat on the magical island of Crete we will focus on the wonderful local flora which will be in abundance in May. We will get to know individual plants in depth as we develop our sensory acuity, walking the landscape and paying attention with deep listening. We will also journey to find a personal plant ally and then embody it. On our final day together we will create a despacho to give thanks for the gifts we have received and our dream seeds, those gifts yet to come.
During our retreat there will be ample time for everything. Time to relax, to learn directly from the plants as well as time for reflection.
‘Plants are living beings, in deep relationships with the land. They are in a state of constant movement, change and growth. As we allow ourselves to breathe them in we can start to feel this growth, experience this change and know that something within us is transformed. Their very existence can be the catalyst of transformation; as such they themselves can be the alchemists of healing. If we invite them in, they gradually start living within us, sharing their wisdom and their potential for healing. The wild has wisdom if only we make the space and time to hear it.’
– Nathan Hughes, Weeds in the Heart
Day 1 – Introduction to the theory of plant human relationships, biognosis and the bands of connection.
Day 2 - Plant meditation, developing sensory acuity, walking the landscape.
Day 3 - Plant observation and journeying, meeting your plant ally.
Day 4 - Embodying your plant ally, free time or trip to plant distillery.
Day 5 - Walking the landscape, making a despacho to give thanks our thanks back to nature.
The retreat begins with gathering and welcome dinner on Sunday evening and we will close the retreat with a lunch on Friday 13th May.
(If you arrive by Saturday, you might also be interested in attending our Flower Essences Making Workshop - check out the dates here >>)
“As you move through these changing times… be easy on yourself and be easy on one another. You are at the beginning of something new. You are learning a new way of being. You will find that you are working less in the yang modes that you are used to. You will stop working so hard at getting from point A to point B the way you have in the past, but instead, will spend more time experiencing yourself in the whole, and your place in it. Instead of traveling to a goal out there, you will voyage deeper into yourself. Your mother’s grandmother knew how to do this. Your ancestors from long ago knew how to do this. They knew the power of the feminine principle… and because you carry their DNA in your body, this wisdom and this way of being is within you.
Call on it. Call it up. Invite your ancestors in. As the yang based habits and the decaying institutions on our planet begin to crumble, look up. A breeze is stirring. Feel the sun on your wings.” – Excert from the 13 Grandmothers
About the teacher
Juin Gibson has worked with plants and plant energies since she was a child. As an adult she studied Bach flowers, Australian Bush flowers and Living flower essences among other ranges. She also trained as a teacher of adults, kinesiologist, counselor, rebirther and conflict resolution coach. Juin also teaches the Munay Ki and brought it to Athens back in 2010 and the Andean and Celtic medicine wheel teachings inform her work.
Juin’s passion is in helping others to reconnect with nature inside and out. She is continually deepening her understanding and connection with the plant kingdom. Please visit Juin’s website for more information: www.juingibson.com
350 Euro including materials and tuition.
Shared double room, with full board € 50 per day per person
Full apartment for single occupation, with full board € 80 per day per person
Single room with full board € 70 per day per person
Please see accommodation details here >>
The retreat will be limited to 8 participants, to reserve your place please first contact Juin Gibson by email or phone +44 079 694 52008 or send your request via the form below.
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Stay in our beautiful apartments
Enjoy a short or extended stay in the Akrimios Holiday Apartments. All rooms have a beautiful view of the sea from a large private balcony. Enjoy a romantic getaway together or bring a group to enjoy all that the area has to offer. Contact for reservation >>
Restaurant & Pool Bar
Enjoy our authentic Cretan food
Indulge your taste buds in authentic Cretan food. Not only is it delicious but it is biological food most of which is grown on the Kokotsakis Family Farm. The Cafe is open May - October. Special events with an outstanding menu are always a possibility.
Host Your Seminar on Crete
Orizon Center for Life & Creation is also the place where many Cretans and foreigners present their own seminars. Guests can stay in our comfortable holiday apartments and food service is available from our Akrimios Cafe & Restaurant. Package deals are flexible and can be designed to suit groups of any size.
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