Judith Seelig - changemaker

retreats

Each year there are two residential retreats - in a quiet, rural environment close to Glastonbury. The venue is EarthSpirit, an award-winning centre with a huge, beautifully converted stone barn as the main meeting space.  Each retreat has a different theme, but always includes working with the voice, body and breath to develop more awareness and mastery of one's own energy field and personal presence. On the last night there's a sweat lodge, based on the Native American tradition, where we use our voices to help alter our awareness or our consciousness. These are very tender moments, full of physical beauty. You can opt in or out of the sweat lodge, or simply sit in silence around a huge open fire under a night sky. 

Residential retreats at EarthSpirit in Somerset 

Dates for 2017 are March 11 to 15 and August 9 to 16, each retreat beginning with supper on the first date and ending at tea time. You can come for the weekend only.

This March retreat focuses on sensual you. All inclusive costs are from £492, depending on choice of accommodation, or from £290 for the weekend. Here's the background: We use the word "ungrounded" to describe someone who's away with the fairies, disconnected from the physical or stuck in the territory of the mind. Obviously no one is literally ungrounded, unless they can out manouvre gravity. Ungrounded usually signals a scant regard for the senses. And in that lies a remarkable state of impoverishment, not only for the loss of pleasurable sensuality but also for the lack of that shared field of companionable communication that comes through feeling. Feeling involves the senses, all of which would once have been vital to survival. But in our times we are often in a state of sensory overload. We shut down, ignore, separate ourselves and communicate without physical contact across time and space.

A few days' saturation in sensual awareness will produce a clear mind as well as sensory pleasure. It will help you to distinguish between emotion and feeling, a useful tool in laying to rest hopeless, self-limiting old habits. Email me if you'd like to read more on this.  For more information contact me >

journeys

Every now and again a place, or something at a particular place, "calls".  This could be in my imagination, so I usually do nothing for a few years. If it's for real, the call comes in lots of different ways. The longest incubated place of calling - 15 years or so - is finally getting some action. I'm planning a trip to the Northern Territories of Australia in 2015. This is not just to learn to listen to the land, nor to live in a different way, but to highlight the consequences for us all of destroying the cultures that could teach us to live in honourable relationship with all that sustains life.  For more information contact me >

White Lions
This is how I finally arrived at Sanbona in the spring of 2009. Sanbona is a private wildlife reserve in South Africa where white lions roam free. Some consider the white lions to be sacred, perhaps messengers from the gods. Their colour, which comes from a recessive gene, makes them stand out in many areas of the bush, so simply to survive and breed without natural camouflage is remarkable. White lions were first recorded in the Timbavati region of South Africa, where the light-coloured sandy riverbeds are a good colour match.

At Sanbona the hills are scattered with near-white rocks. You can look up and easily miss the white lion looking out from a high point. Two young males and two females, all born to white lions in captivity, were learning last spring (their autumn) to fend for themselves. One tawny lioness at Sanbona had allowed them to hunt with her. Her role in their naturalisation was therefore significant, but when I arrived she was recovering from surgery.

In South Africa the role of the sangoma, or shaman, is recognised. Invited to see if I could help the tawny lioness, I found a natural intimacy with both her and the white lions. They came when I called. I was scheduled to return to Sanbona in April when the Icelandic volcano blew. Two thirds of the party intending to visit the white lions did so without my company. Again there was an extraordinary intimacy. Some of us went again in November to listen to the land, to observe other mammals and their social structure, and to learn in a semi-desert landscape how abundance is possible when no one grouping dominates and humans adapt continuously to perpetual change. Lessons for our time perhaps. There will be further visits to Sanbona. 

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