Event: 2-Day Retreat: Sacred Earth, Sacred Me.
Facilitator: Brian Anderson.
Venue: Water of Leith Visitor Centre, 24 Lanark Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1TQ.
Dates: Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 October 2018.
Time: Registration: 9.30am-10am. Retreat Days: 10am-5pm.
Event Description: How would you like your life and the world you live in to be, and what action are you willing to take for this?
Sacred Activism can be thought of as a way of life and being in the world, where our own life is offered as a vessel for personal and collective healing and we find spiritual solutions to our personal and collective challenges.
We focus on our own healing, evolution and wellbeing but always in mind of the impact of this for the collective as we come to know and experience that beyond what we might call our conditioned self is a powerful and creative potential which grows as we work with the support of each other.
The heart of this two-day retreat which is fully experiential and works with this creative potential is the understanding that healing is always a community event and is therefore the responsibility of all. Along with the knowledge that our own personal wellbeing, health and vitality is governed by the quality of our relationship as the natural world and we include the expression of our own unique nature in this.
With this understanding beating throughout, the weekend offers an exploration of personal and collective transformation using traditional healing principles and methods including movement, song and music, prayer and talking circles with ceremonies to envision and empower bringing a new world vision into being.
Working as one circle we become a living community that acknowledges and celebrates the unique contribution we all make, we follow and grow to trust in our companions and a process that holds the intention to directly and ethically effect change in our world.
Some of the work the focus will be our personal healing while at other times we will be working to bring our vision to the wider community of life on the land and earth we walk upon.
If we can create this then it exists as we not only imagine this vision we live it in how we are with each other and our environment during our shared time together. Then we will support each other for the challenge to integrate and bring this experience from the weekend back out into our everyday lives.
The intention being that what we create together brings a positive and felt ripple throughout the world and beyond the circle of our retreat. Thus, we become sacred activists and once the sacred touches us life can never be the same.
No experience is needed just your open heart and a willingness to open up to new possibilities the limits to this are only the limits we place on ourselves.
Two consistent elements have accompanied Brian Anderson’s life; One a desire to experience and understand what it is to be human, the second is an inherent connection to nature.
By 10 he was banned from talking and bringing books about the natural world to School. By 13 he was creator and editor of a young person’s magazine on local wildlife and serving on a management committee of his local nature reserve. Conservation had become his life more recently he has been involved in field research in north east Bulgaria on the impact of windfarms on Red Breasted Geese.
He has over 30 years’ experience in various roles in the therapeutic profession. Working in such settings as the NHS, various charities as a counsellor and group facilitator with people addressing addiction and mental health issues and as a trainer to health professionals where he developed a peer led program for positive health for people with Hepatitis C and HIV.
He has also worked in education and criminal justice systems and was part of a pioneering team that piloted restorative justice in the UK working with Young people and the wider community. In the last 10 years he has moved focus and worked mainly in private practice as a shamanic practitioner.
In 2004 he came to shamanism and has studied with leading western teachers as well as the natural and traditional ways of indigenous people from the Americas and his hearts home of Ireland.
Brian works with shamanism as it brings his desire to understand and live fully a human life as well bringing him deeper into a connection with the natural world as a part of it and offers the living of a more respectful and natural way of life.
He now lives in rural Perthshire where he offers shamanic healing sessions, workshops and sacred activism events, he describes a vision for his work as coming to nature, both expressing our own unique personal nature in our everyday life and living as nature.
Brian brings a wide experience from his own personal healing story as well as his professional training and practice in counselling and psychology along with experiences in ancient and traditional healing methods together this mix brings a pragmatic approach for our modern world.
Cost: £80/£60 (Concessions). For a Registration Form: