Movement, Myth and the Mysteries of Water

We live in a time of unprecedented change and turmoil.

It offers the opportunity to create a fresh vision of the sacred within you and within the world.

You sense that something greater than you is emerging collectively
that requires great risk, imagination, and creativity.

You hunger for more time, ease, and grace-filled beauty to restore your sense of well-being
and magic in a life overwhelmed by busyness and responsibilities.

You long to feel grounded in the part of yourself that’s timeless and wise, pulsing with possibility and aliveness.

Movement, Myth and the Mysteries of Water immerses you in this connection.

Join depth psychologist, Anne Davin PhD, and two-time Grammy winning Native American artist, Robert Mirabal, for a unique opportunity: a 3-day summer intensive within Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, a World Heritage site built 1,000 – 1,400 years ago, which is the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America.

Drawing from the wisdom of earth-based mother cultures, you will experience traditional storytelling, music, personal ritual, visionary council, dream tending, deep ecology, embodied movement, and work directly with sacred archetypes.

The intensive includes attendance in the annual Taos Pueblo Pow Wow where nearly 100 Native American dancers and drum groups participate in a cultural exchange of dance, drumming, art, crafts, and food. Under the beautiful outdoor grass arbor circle of the Taos Pueblo pow wow grounds, you will witness the pageantry and timeless beauty of the gourd dance, grass dance, men’s fancy dance, northern and southern traditional, traditional buckskin, women’s cloth, women’s fancy shawl, and women’s jingle dress.

We will be joined by guest teacher Rochelle Schieck, founder of Qoya, and Evan Trujillo, a traditional style pow wow dancer and singer from Taos Pueblo.

 

This intensive is an invitation to imagine a new personal and cultural story, a regenesis of society.

By encountering yourself and the world through the lens of an indigenous mythos, you can imagine a new way of being that restores the sacred within you and your relationship to an animate world.

In this program, you will learn:

+ the importance of what lies beneath the surface of conscious awareness
+ how you can contribute to the leap in human spirit of our times
+ to create a tangible connection to the more than human world
+ to receive visionary experiences that can guide and inform your life
+ to deepen your unique relationship to the sacred, whatever your beliefs may be
+ to restore your sense of village through direct experience of the Pow Wow intercultural exchange

Intensive Schedule

Friday, July 7, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Session 1: Watery Soul
Come home to your watery soul. We begin among the ancient petroglyphs next to the sacred Rio Pueblo river. The secrets of water reveal our point of origin as spiritual and human beings. Echoes of our ancestors locate us in the eternal now where creation seeks to express itself through your every breath.

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Session 2: Sacred Farmer, Social Activist
Dining on locally grown food next to the Taos Pueblo buffalo pastures, we explore the sacred farmer as social artist/activist. Feeding the holy in ourselves and life through acts of beauty and grace. The movements of Earth’s seasons, cycles of planting and harvesting as teachers of necessary death, re-birth, and restorative change.

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  – Session 3: Currents That Connect
Social movements that liberate turn rigidity to fluidity. Changing your mind changes your body. Amplify the holy other within you and the world. Song, drum, and dance as curators of spiritual intelligence. Experience Qoya directly from its founder, Rochelle Schieck, and pow wow dance from Taos Pueblo dancer, Evan Trujillo.

Saturday, July 8, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Session 4: Infant Ancestors
Surrounded by 1,000 year old mud and straw adobe walls of the Taos Pueblo, we tour the ancient village and cross into the spiritual borderlands. Birthing new culture through our imagination and creativity. Choosing constantly changing identity formations makes us infant ancestors. Re-imagine the world into being with fresh vision.

Break: Own your own
Visit local art galleries, museums, or day trips to Ojo Caliente or Abiquiu. Drive the Enchanted Circle to see the spectacular Sangre de Cristo peaks or the High Road to the sacred church of Chimayo, legendary for its soil that brings about miraculous healing.

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Session 5: Cross-Pollinating, Diversity That Thrives
Arrive at sunset to the Taos Pueblo Pow Wow for Grand Entry. Witness the pageantry and beauty of nearly 100 Native American dancers and drum groups compete for top prizes under the grass arbor and stars of northern New Mexico. Stroll the dozens of booths and enjoy the art, crafts, and taste local and traditional foods. A campfire talk and salon style conversation will close out the evening session.

Sunday, July 9, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Session 6: New Eyes, Blind Faith
Trust in the unseen, yet to be revealed, and not yet named. We will plant our individual and collective intentions into the the belly of the mother atop the towering Rio Grande Gorge. Living as vulnerable observers, we prepare through Qoya movement our return to the world as cultural creatives and stewards of life.

 

By practicing the spiritual principles of earth-based mother cultures, a sense of place, magic, and connection will be reawakened in you.

About Taos Pueblo

harvest3-bwharvest3-bwTaos Pueblo is home to 1,500 Tiwa speaking residents. Nestled into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (the blood of Christ), the five-story adobe straw and mud buildings rise up against 14,000-foot high peaks and 365,000 acres of reservation wilderness, including the pueblo’s sacred “Blue Lake.”

Taos has been a gathering place for peaceful trade for the Pueblo, Navajo, Apache, and 22 other Native American tribes in the state for thousands of years. There is also rich Hispanic culture, originating in 1540 when the Spaniards believed they had found the “golden cities,” and known for its Catholic mysticism, as seen in the beautiful adobe Churches and Guadalupe symbolism.

harvest4Since the 1960s–70s, many spiritual communities and temples have settled in and near Taos, such as the Hanuman Ashram, the Lama Foundation, Mosques, Zen Dojos, Lakota Sun Dances and Sweat Lodges, Yogi Bhajan’s Sikh Temple, a Thai Buddhist Monastery, and Tibetan Buddhist Stupas, making Taos rich in diversity of spiritual ideologies and practices.

At the turn of the twentieth century, artists and writers like Mabel Dodge Lujan, Georgia O’Keefe, D.H. Lawrence, Ansel Adams, Mary Austin and Frank Waters were drawn to the area because of its beauty and grace. There are multiple natural hot springs as well as scenic drives and historic Native American sites for viewing. Taos is also home to the world’s first Earthships and Solar Public Radio Station. The town has grown in size to nearly 6,000.

 

By encountering yourself and the world through the lens of an indigenous mythos, you can imagine a new way of being that restores the sacred within you and your relationship to an animate world.

Who are we?

There is something inside you that is greater than statistical probabilities, your culture, skin color, how much money you make, or what you’ve accomplished.

You struggle to identify that point of origin in a Western culture of rugged individualism, competition, and comparison where big houses, cars, ambitions, and attitudes cannot hide the spiritual bankruptcy of a world that has lost its rootedness in the spiritual soil that could grow us into our true magnificence as people.

We were called to create this program so you can find that spiritual soil.

Through our experiences as a young intercultural, interspiritual, and interracial couple in the Taos Pueblo, we were initiated through our marriage and divorce into our individual indigenous souls, and discovered our points of origin as beings beyond culture or religion.

We each provide opportunities for this discovery, remembering your true spiritual shape in a world that has lost its sense of enchantment.

As a depth psychologist and educator, Anne works across cultures with communities and individuals to heal the wounds of personal trauma and cultural oppression. She tends to the soul of the world by assisting others to find a source of renewal, liberation, and faith in the presence of adversity and loss.

As an artist, Robert transforms the moments of our modern day into a mystical landscape of a timeless presence, invokes the past into our now, and restores the loneliness inside each one of us. Robert’s artistry helps us to remember who we truly are. Haunting ancient chants, tribal beats, and dance transports us into an indigenous mythos where spirit comes alive inside of us again.

Anne is a licensed psychotherapist and executive leadership coach who grew up in the wheat fields of southeast Washington state, and has traveled extensively, living among the people of the fourth world, serving Indochinese Cultural Refugees, and creating mental health programs within Indian Country here in the U.S. She received a Doctorate in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she also taught as adjunct faculty. For nearly two decades, Anne directed the nation’s largest comprehensive systems change project for the California State Department of Education. She also served as the Director of Alcohol and other Drug Studies program for the University of California, Santa Barbara Extension. Within her clinical work, Anne specializes in the treatment of post-traumatic stress and addictive disorders in women. Anne lives in Marin County, California and Central Oregon where she maintains a private counseling and coaching practice for local and international clients.

 

Two-time GRAMMY Award winner, Robert Mirabal, lives with his family at the foot of the sacred Taos Mountain in northern New Mexico. Maintaining a traditional life, keeping the centuries-old customs of the Taos Pueblo people, Robert has been described as a Native American “Renaissance man” – musician, composer, painter, master craftsman, poet, actor, screenwriter, horseman and farmer – and he travels extensively playing his music all over the world. His dozen albums of traditional music, rock and roll, and spoken word present a contemporary view of American Indian life that is unequaled. His 2002 breakthrough PBS Special, Music From a Painted Cave, is unsurpassed in Native American theatrical expression. As a theatrical performer, Robert is no stranger to transforming himself. He portrayed Tony Lujan (Taos Pueblo), the famed husband of Mable Dodge Lujan, in the movie Georgia O’Keeffe, a retrospective about artist Georgia O’Keeffe starring three-time Academy Award nominee, Joan Allen. In August of 2012, Robert premiered Po’Pay Speaks, his one-man show in Sante Fe about the leader of the Pueblo Revolt (1680) that is now touring internationally.

 

GUEST TEACHER: Through movement, we remember our essence is wise, wild, and free. We are thrilled to include Rochelle Schieck and the Qoya movement system she created to engage the deep spiritual wisdom of the human nervous system. Rochelle has led 4,000 movement classes and over 20 retreats on 6 different continents. The underlying assumption of Qoya is that wisdom exists in all of us, and movement is the best way to access it. Qoya means Queen in the Mayan language of Quechuan or “a female manifestation of higher consciousness.” Rochelle will lead us in two Qoya sessions magnifying the themes of the intensive into an embodied experience.

GUEST TEACHER: Evan Trujillo is a celebrated traditional pow wow dancer and singer who is well-known and respected as a role model within his tribe and the pow wow circuit. He is a husband and father of two growing children and lives a traditional life on the Taos Pueblo. As a performer, he has traveled extensively with Robert Mirabal, performing for audiences nationwide including taking center stage on Robert’s PBS special, Music From a Painted Cave. Evan will be demonstrating various styles of pow wow dance and teaching “not only to dance the dance but to dance with prayer and blessings for the people of all relations. When I dance, I dance and pray for all.”

 

You can APPLY NOW

The intensive is limited to 20 participants.

Three-day intensive cost is $1,800, which includes:
-light beverages and snacks during all sessions
-lunch on the first day
-admission fees into Taos Pueblo and Pow Wow on all days of the intensive

The cost does not include lodging, airfare, or transportation to Taos Pueblo.

Join us and take your true shape. By doing so, you keep the world’s diversity of possibility alive.