Shamanic Men of Wilderness
Enter the forest and nourish the soul of the Wild One
This is a nourishing, humbling and empowering gathering happening each month designed for men to reconnect with nature, with yourself, and with a camaraderie of men.
Journey with us into an old growth forest with a group of men where we allow the animals to guide us, allow the river’s song unravel lessons the silent part of us have been yearning for, and where the forest reveals the myths and stories wanting to dream through us.
You'll experience heightening your senses, deepening your connection with nature and harnessing the Wild One within. These four hour shamanic journeys weave together ritual, ceremony, primitive skills and nature connection.
A Shamanic journey draws out the personal myth you're living and empowers you to live it. We explore mytholocial themes, archetypes, and stories surfacing in our lives and explore new understanding of being a man in our times. Through storytelling, ritual, and guided wilderness journey you gain greater clarity of who you are, why you are, and the new incites to live it. We remember our strengths... we remember...
We gather around the council fire... we adventure amongst the ancient ferns... You reconnect with yourself and the experience of being alive.
The Elders have shared the wilderness is where we go to stir the remembrances within us. It's where we go to re-align with ourselves and the Spirit wanting to express through us.
We'll awaken a sense of play as we maneuver through forests, cross rivers, crawl along animals paths, and allow our child-like wonder take over our senses.
There may be drumming, fire rituals, and shapeshifting into animals discovering how to bring their medicine into our lives.
You’ll experience the ancestors of the land and the spirits of the forest… you’ll experience releasing the wild man’s call vibrating just beneath the surface of the soul’s skin.
Each month we leave the human realm behind. Here, it’s the old bones of the Mountain as teacher… the swift flight of Raven as guide. Here we enter ancestor time where it speeds up and slows down, expands and contracts in accordance to the medicine our souls is ready to receive.
We can’t share all the details of what you’ll experience as the surprise is the power and magic within these gatherings. However, as we journey through this ancient wilderness we organically weave together an inspired tapestry of wisdom and practical skills. As we follow the animal paths, you may learn the practice of shamanic sense meditation, the art of ritual, primitive fire making, plant identification and uses, totem medicine of animals and plants and explore the deeper mysteries of Shamanism. We'll be in a council of men, giving voice to the unspoken, stirring the remembrances of our own inner knowing and truths, and together hold each other accountable for our knowing.
You'll experience a powerful journey, awakening a sense of adventure and playfulness, connecting with other men, tapping into the Wild One within, and stirring the remembrances of your soul expression wanting to dream through you.
We offer two locations.
1. For the Tacoma/Seattle area we meet in Carbon Glacial entrance of Mt Rainier.
2. For Portland/Vancouver area we meet in Oxbow Regional State Park
Tacoma/Seattle Nov 10th 10am to 2pm
Portland/Vancouver Nov 18th 10am to 2pm
What to wear & bring:
We'll be maneuvering off trail, through ancient ferns, across moss covered logs, alongside rivers and through a variety of vegetation.
Wear clothes you like to get dirty in and can get wet in. Bring a pack and ensure you have rain pants/jacket, insulators, or change into warm clothes. You want to wear clothes you're comfortably moving in and one's you'll be warm while we sit and practice sense meditations on the forest floor. So bring layers.
Your Own Lunch
Water bottle (with water in it)
Three days worth of food in case you get lost (just kidding) I'll know where you are. :)
HOW TO SIGN UP
Email us at Learning@TreeOfTotems.com Let us know you're interested in the Men's Wildy Gathering and why you'd like to attend. We'll then schedule a 20 minute phone call to connect with you and ensure this is the right experience for you. This is an invite only class.
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE: ONLY 8 PARTICIPANTS.
About Your Host
Your host, Chivito (Chee-Vee-Toe) is a Wilderness First Aide Responder, has been guiding others in Ayurveda and Shamanic journeys for over 13 years. He’s a professional wilderness guide and teaches primitive survival skills for at-risks youth and guides both youth and adults through wilderness rites of passages… guiding 8 to 24 day immersion in the backcountry of Colorado Rocky Mountains, Utah Deserts and the Olympic & Cascade Mountains of WA.
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The wilderness vigil is something immeasurably ancient, and the way our ancestors tuned their ear to the furry emanations of the living earth.
The wilderness vigil is a moment when the grinding of your ambitions and your griefs settle into the ground of something far deeper. This is always the place we have gone to mark transition – from one stage of life to another. Tribal folk have always known it was where you go to die and get born. A place where big questions get asked, things bend their heads to die and green shoots spring up.