Sacred Land Practices 2014

Vision Quest

L’Arc en Ciel, Sutton, Eastern Townships, Quebec, Canada
Sept. 5 – 14, 2014

The location of September, 2014 Sacred Land Practice is in the heart of the beautiful Eastern Townships of the province of Quebec, Canada.  The landscape is conducive to going deeply inward surrounded by forests and abundant wild life, sitting beside a stream listening to the voice of the waters or being out in a high mountain meadow. The land emanates a powerful magnetic force accompanied by many Devic Kingdom beings.  First Nations People, the Abenaki [People of the Dawn] are the ancestral spirit keepers of the land.  Their presence and guidance is keenly felt.

The ceremony begins Friday, Sept. 5 and concludes Sunday, Sept. 14th in the afternoon.  We will hold council circles and preparation classes Sept. 6 and 7th in support of going out on a traditional four day prayer and fasting time.  The actual ceremony of sacred silence and listening starts at sunrise, Sept. 8 and concludes at dawn return on Friday, Sept. 12th; followed by council practice and instructions for integration.

When considering participating in a vision quest, it is important to feel the pull from within your spirit.  There is a longing to drop the burdens of the outer world to sit in sacred ceremony, asking Spirit’s support and help.  Preparation for the ceremony begins the moment you speak with Jane and commit to the practice.  We council for up to 9 months prior to the sacred land practice and post vision quest for 6 months to aid you in your integration.

Ceremonial Elders:  Dr. Jane Ely and Rosa Bergola

Jane Ely, D. Min. is a spiritual teacher receiving training in energy medicine, dream and guided imagery, psychodynamics, peacemaking skills and, skillful means to support personal transformation including counseling skills for being with dying for individuals and families.  She is a graduate of Barbara Brennan School of Healing Science Training, and received her Doctor of Ministry in 2002 from the University of Creation Spirituality; with additional training in Conflict Partnership with international peacekeeper, Dudley Weeks, Ph. D.; the Upaya Center, Dr. Joan Halifax, Death and Dying Training for professional caregivers; Lomi lomi [Hawaiian healing massage and Ho’oponopono], Dr. Maka’ala Yates; and the Center for Intentional Living, in psychodynamics.

Dr. Jane Ely and Makahiki

Her book, Remembering the Ancestral Soul:  Soul Loss and Recovery guides the reader to the core of one of the most widespread psychological problems in western society—soul loss. . Her CD with flutist Patricia Whitebuffalo released by the Monroe Products in Oct. 2006 entitled Turtle Island, is a creation story for adults and children about our interdependence and inter-relatedness with our mother earth and all life.

Dr. Ely teaches internationally on Ecopsychology, dream work, peacemaking skills, and traditional energy medicine as a skillful means for personal transformation. Her ancestry is Mi’kmaq, Cherokee and Scottish.  Jane developed and teaches a four level program entitled Energy Medicine and Ecopsychology, a program delving into healing concepts and practices for individual transformation. Jane has a private counsel practice based upon healing therapies in Lihue, Kauai, HI. and in Santa Fe, New Mexico 505-470-5577.

Dr. Ely is presently writing Coming to Our Senses! Activating Your True Potential.

Rosa Bergola

Rosa is a Holistic Health practitioner and teacher of Energy Medicine and Ecopsychology.  She is a graduate of the Natural Health Consultant Institute, The Barbara Brennan School of Healing Science and also The Peacemaker School, USA., where she earned her ministers certification in peacemaking.  She went on to found The Peacemaker School, Canada in 2004.

Rosa is a poet.  Her first book is titled “Awakening to the Peace Within, The Journey of Spirit into Matter” it is designed to take you through the four phases of the inner peace journey. Every poem is a vision of my life and relationship with people, nature, and the ‘great-mystery-that-moves-through-all-things.’ Each chapter a manifestation of my commitment to the creative process and how the journey ignites the soul to grow.  She is presently collaborating on her second book of poetry that will include appliquéd art quilts by Patti Bear.

She has direct experience in Vision Questing as part of her ongoing personal spiritual practice.  In 1994, she established a professional practice in Montreal, P. Q., Canada in spiritual counseling, grief work, energy medicine, peacemaking skills, conflict partnership, applied kinesiology, conscious transformational dying and mediation. She also teaches these skills to groups and in ongoing programs.

Tuition:  Tuition includes pre and post counseling sessions with Dr. Jane Ely, the 7 full day ceremony, double room occupancy at L’Arc en Ciel, food and two facilitators.  To apply, call Jane for details of this year’s sacred land practices 505-470-5577.  Registration is open now and will close May 1, 2014. Tuition is $2,700. Registration confirmation fee of $500 is non-refundable. The remaining fee of $2,200.00 is due no later than April 1, 2014. Payment plans are available.

Logistics:  For participants coming from the United States, flights into Burlington, VT. will be the most direct route.  The Retreat Center is one and a half hours from the Airport.  Plan to arrive at The Retreat Center no later than 4 pm. on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.  In addition, we will try to coordinate one pick-up time from the Burlington Airport [from participants driving up from the east coast].  The return to the airport will happen late afternoon on Sept. 14th.  Participants will be dropped off at the hotel.  Plan to stay over night on the 14th at the Best Western Plus Windjammer Inn, 1076 Williston Rd. South Burlington.  There is a shuttle to the airport from the hotel.  Make your outbound reservation for return home on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.

Cancelation Policy:  There are no provisions for refunding in case of cancelation.  We evaluate case by case and usually offer the participant another place in a future vision quest.