Danna D. Schmidt

Master Life-Cycle Celebrant®

Ordained Wedding Officiant

Funerals/Memorials Specialist

The Enchanted Forest

 A Six-Week Contemplative Journey beginning Monday, October 2, 2017! 


 
Have you ever sensed the woods were calling you in ways both real and imagined?

As though the old quirky tree in the center of the forest had her branches outstretched to you,
inviting you to be enveloped by the forest’s many charms and re-awakened, as if from a long sleep?
 

This six-week exploration of The Enchanted Forest motif gives you permission to do just that: go out and deep into the woods as a way to journey inwards to the very roots of your own soulful + sovereign Self. It’s an invitation for you to release and renew, and to allow yourself to be re-enchanted by + re-connected to nature herself. Via a weekly array of creative offerings, we’ll let Forest take us by the hand and lead us into the womb of her ancient wisdom. Together, we’ll explore self & nature through the lenses of:

Story
Poetry
Journaling
   Forest Strolls
   Foraging
   Guided Meditation
   Nature Crafts
   Sketching/Painting
   Collage
   Photography
   Earth-based Rituals
   The Seven Senses

Throughout the six weeks, we’ll be documenting our findings in our Forest Journal (composition book, nature journal, etc.), crafting weekly nature-inspired creations, and sharing our insights in a private Facebook group. By the end of the class, you’ll have collected an impressive array of resources in “The Forest Files” – which will come to you weekly in six themed PDF documents containing related resources such as articles, audio/visual links, suggested reading lists, spiritual practices, ritual ideas, photos, guided visualizations, writing prompts, simple art lessons, and over two dozen inspiring forest poems. 
 
By the e-journey’s end, you’ll also have gained a community of like-minded forest spirits both near and far. And most importantly, you’ll have embarked on a contemplative journey of a thousand miles into the deep woods of your own inner wild and wondrous self.

 

{ THE WEEKLY SYLLABUS }



WEEK 1
    EVERYDAY ENCHANTMENT
In this first week, we’ll explore the concepts of enchantment + wonder, together with what it means to lose one’s way in life. We will also be attuning our senses in the woods to what poet/author Mark Nepo calls “the seven thousand ways to LISTEN” as we enjoy an exploratory visit to the forest.

 

WEEK 2    SECRET TEACHINGS OF THE FOREST
Allowing our sense of SIGHT + SMELL to guide us in Week Two, our forays into the forest will be about honing our trail guide skills, noticing interconnection, and tracking wonder off the trail to its hiding places in the nooks and crannies of the forest.

 

WEEK 3    THE MYTHIC JOURNEY
The forest holds tall tales both famous and fantastical. In Week Three, we’ll be looking through the lens of legends and myth as a way to examine archetypes and our storied place within our heroic/sheroic journey. Our forest jaunt this week will be a tad more adventurous, and thus, will require us to have a heightened sense of INTUITION. We’ll be retrieving long lost bounty from the forest this week…and other duties as assigned along the trail. 😉

 

WEEK 4    SIBLINGHOOD OF THE FOREST
Week Four has us examining the proto-internet (aka dot calm): that of the interconnected forest network where everything and I mean everything depends. We’ll confront the notion of radical connection, community and stewardship in our own lives together with focusing on the miracle of BREATH and our sense of TOUCH this week. Our offering to the forest will be in the form of a wrapped 2G (grief + gratitude) bundle this week.

 

WEEK 5   FUN, FEAST + FROLIC
Our Week Five journey will be lighthearted and celebratory, as we honor our kinship with the forest via our sense of TASTE Not only will we be beautifying the forest with a makeshift natural shrine, we’ll also be picnicking and posing in the pines (think Enchanted Forest-style shoot and you’re onto something), as well as marveling at how food is given from a woodland perspective.

 

WEEK 6    EVER AFTER
The forest will bequeath us one last gift this week in the form of a small totem, together with wisdom for our journey forth back into life. We will explore the notion of EQUILIBRIUM and balance as a sensory intelligence and will reflect upon how to better integrate our newfound enchanted forest wisdom in our everyday urban lives.

 


{ FAQs }


 

1. WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS CLASS?

First and foremost, I wrote this class for myself . . . the adage that we teach what we wish to learn is apropos here. What can I say? I was deprived of Kindergarten, Show & Tell, and field trips as a child so guess what this class is filled with? You got it…simple wonder, nature crafts, whimsy, and long wandering walks.   

This class is honestly for anyone and everyone. It will appeal to urbanites who suffer from nature-deficit disorder or to quote Dante, those who have awoken in the dark wood in the middle of their lives, where the true way seems wholly lost. This is most of us, is it not? No matter our age, we all find ourselves stuck in murk ‘n muddle in the middle of our lives. So for those who are finding themselves at some kind of threshold, this class is for you.

Contemplative, creative and curious souls who are seeking some new reinvigoration or connection to the earth and her wisdom will want to join along. Treehuggers will also feel called, as will my loyal friends who are up for a madcap Danna adventure, but honestly, I’m most excited for the folks I would call the reticent wayfarers – those who would deem themselves least likely to choose a class such as this, but whose inner small, still voice inside nevertheless persisted in saying Yes to this journey.      


2. WHAT DO I NEED TO BE/DO/HAVE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE? 

In addition to your already awesome Beingness, you need to bring with you an open-heart and mind, of course, together with a willingness to suspend any disbelief you might have around magical thinking, because we’re going to be talking about that intangible thing called magic. So that said, grant yourself permission to be spellbound by the ordinary, at least for this season in time. And be open to trying out new practices and ways of doing – like say reading poetry, journaling, picking up a paint brush, or going off the beaten trail and into the heart of the forest.  

The supply list will cover the things you will want to have for our weekly activities, the most important being a camera phone, a binder to keep your curriculum materials in, some kind of journal, decent pen, pencil, crayons or markers, scissors, glue stick and a couple of magazines with nature images. 

And most importantly, you’ll need to have a forest nearby for our weekly field visits (Sorry, desert dwellers + prairie peeps!). Your friendly neighborhood forest is the true Master Teacher of this class. 


3. WHAT DO THE WEEKLY ACTIVITIES INCLUDE?

Each weekly theme will include some anecdotal teachings relative to the concept. We’ll engage with stories, poems and video clips, as well as reflective journaling prompts, sketching, collage, forest photos, guided meditation, nature crafts, and healing rituals throughout the six weeks, as we explore the weekly themes and content. Your weekly packet, “The Forest Files,” will also include bonus resources like extra poems, inspiring forest images and quotes, digital badges to cut and paste into your journal (in case you’re a wannabe badge earner like me), and a hodgepodge of miscellaneous links and resources related to that week’s concept. 


4. I’M NOT AN ARTIST. DOES THAT MATTER?

Art skills are not required for this class but a sense of daring in order to reclaim your inner child’s creative eye, sense of play and other early but largely forgotten intelligences will be part of the mandatory fun in this e-class.  We’ll be studying the forest in the most “elementary” and tactile of ways. Weekly activities might include blind contour drawing, leaf decorating, nature shrine, nest and altar building, forest mandala making, headpieces/adornments, and mixed media collage that meshes soil, moss and pine needles, etc. 


5. WHAT’S THE STRUCTURE OF THE CLASS?

Once registered, you’ll receive a weekly email with a pdf attachment each Monday from October 2nd through to November 6th. Upon initial enrollment (PayPal link below), you’ll receive a registration confirmation with the supply list attached, as well as an invitation to join the secret Facebook group. There, we’ll share insights and epiphanies, and photos of our local forest homes and weekly creations, as the spirit moves us. 

I’ve crafted and curated these activities/prompts/resources to inspire you to connect with that week’s theme(s) through an eclectic variety of creative modalities. Anything you opt to partake in ~ from the full forest findings to the pithy pine pickings ~ is just perfect. The curriculum is yours to keep, savor and cycle back through at any point, so in theory, if you did just one thing each week, you could likely spend an entire year immersed in this curriculum!

You’re encouraged to work at your own pace. New content will be posted and sent weekly but I’ll leave the group open indefinitely for those who want to continue to revisit concepts and assignments.
 
 

6. WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY MEDICINAL? DOES THIS CLASS INCORPORATE HERBAL OR INDIGENOUS TEACHINGS?

We’ll be touching upon the concept of “original medicine” relative to our own inherent gifts and stories but otherwise, I use the term medicinal from the perspective of eco-healing and forest therapy. The Japanese have a term for that: Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing).

There’ll be ritual healing activities (of course there will – I’m a ceremonialist). And yes, we’ll explore indigenous wisdom teachings as a way to help us find our way back to self through nature.


7. ARE THESE ACTIVITIES DESIGNED TO DO ALONE OR WITH FRIENDS?

This is a contemplative pilgrimage so most of your reflective explorations are best done solo, however, if you’ve signed up with a friend, you can support each other by checking in on the activities, meeting up to do some of the art-making homework together, or planning an additional weekly forest walk together.

 

8. I HAVE LIMITED FREE TIME. WILL THIS BE TOO MUCH FOR ME TO TAKE ON?

You can expect to spend a few hours each week engaging with the readings, practices and nature craft assignments. You’ll also want to allot anywhere from an hour to at least a half-day for your forest visit each week.

Content-wise, there will definitely be myriad artisanal offerings included each week which might seem overwhelming to some. Give yourself permission to choose only the ones that appeal to you. The content will be delivered each Monday from October 2nd – November 6th, but you’re welcome to work at your own pace, so please, please give yourself permission to do so without fear you have to bust your creative butt each week. This is meant to be fun! And remember, this is not The Amazing Forest Race, it’s The Enchanted Forest. So work at a pace that beguiles not bedraggles you. 

Future offerings of this class will be delivered bi-weekly for a total duration of 12 weeks and will be priced much higher. And while I far prefer the pace of a bi-weekly creative offering, I deliberately chose to condense this inaugural beta-class into the span of just six weeks in order to launch the class with momentum, avoid inclement November weather (for those living in regions where that’s a factor), and to stay ahead of the holiday/holy days hoopla.

 


SO…


 

{ CLASS REGISTRATION }



Your special intro rate of
 $59.00 (US) 
includes six weekly email packets of “THE FOREST FILES” (yours to keep) and optional participation in the Facebook group.

{ Participants needing to cancel will be issued a full refund for cancellations received on or before October 1st, after which time the class fee will be 100% non-refundable. }

Are you ready to go Into the Woods?


Register now by clicking the link below:


Once I receive payment, I’ll add you to the class list and Facebook group (optional).

 

Still have questions about The Enchanted Forest? Send me an email at danna (at) waypointceremonies dot com. 

 

 

Say it RITE…the Ceremonious Way!

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