Starting OCTOBER 2022!
Guides: Jonah Ruh Roberts and Tracey Forest
An·i·ma /ˈanəmə/noun 1. the soul; 2. the feminine principle
Ter·ra /ˈterə/ noun 1. land or territory; 2. the planet earth
Come to the forest, sister!
Reach out; take our hands.
You’ve been called in whispers
Into deep, sacred lands.
Your wild soul beckons you
Come now while the light wanes.
Leave behind that which binds you.
And enter Mystery’s terrain . . .
This transformational journey is one of descent and return. The descent is into the underworld of Earth and Psyche to let go of attachments to the roles and identities of a life that has become confining, so you can encounter the pure voice and true expression of your wild feminine Soul. By courageously releasing the cultural and personal mindsets that have bound you, you will cross many thresholds, confront your shadows, your fears, and your wounds as well as your light, and explore the edges of your grief and your longing. In relationship with the clear reflections of nature, you can allow yourself to be radically reshaped by the elemental forces of wind and water, moon and sun, rocks and trees, owl and coyote, and return to your communities in wholeness, with your mythical Soul now guiding your life.
Earth willing, during this yearlong journey, you will have a genuine soul encounter that shatters illusions and makes it impossible to stay small or to inhabit any world except the one to which you truly belong. The risk is you won’t be the same woman you used to be; the reward is you will potentially be irreversibly changed into the one you were born to be. By gaining profound inspiration and fresh vision for your life, you will return to your community with precious seeds and gifts that only you can offer the world.
This 16-month journey, held at four different wild places, unfolds over five sessions – four five-day sessions and one eight-day Vision Quest session – beginning in October 2022 and ending in January 2024.
Dear Soul Sisters,
- Do you feel a longing-ache to seek your unique, yet-to-be-revealed gift for your people and for the greater Earth Community?
- Are you ready to tear away the masks of the tame and domestic self and feel your pure wildness come through?
- Have you done much work around your own healing and feel you have cultivated some real resources and inner strength?
- Do you feel like your center of gravity has shifted away from concerns about career and social belonging and toward the depths and the unknown?
- Do you feel like the life you’ve been living (even if you are “successful”) is too small and that there is something more raw and real that is drawing you in — something both terrifying and breathtakingly exciting?
- When you wake up in the morning, are your first thoughts about falling into the mysteries of Soul and Earth?
- Are you undeniably pulled to spend time delving into the realms of dreams, longings and wild nature?
- Do you feel you must dissolve your old identities and release attachments to anything holding you back from accessing the greater service and work Mystery would like you to offer the world?
- Are you ready to be challenged and encouraged by seasoned guides to look fearlessly in your own mirror with both love and ferocity?
If so, we have designed this yearlong immersion for you.
Anima Terra is for women who are already engaged in worthwhile lives and work, have achieved one or more successful, functional roles in society and have cultivated a sense of responsibility to themselves and the world, YET they hear an undeniable call to something more — to something beyond the edges of the known — something wild, rich, and even a little scary. Through murmurings and imaginings, they have been urged to uncover why they are really here and to hear what their Soul is beckoning them to embody.
By committing to this extended journey in a circle of sisterhood, you will be invited to cross more deeply into Mystery’s terrain than you ever have before. As the voices of the over-culture fade, and you leave behind the distractions of your daily life, you will finally come home to true belonging on Earth supported by seasoned guides and the wild ones in nature. By creating the space for your Soul to come through, you will finally partner with your ego to more fully live your sacred purpose into the world.
Outline of the Year
Once you are accepted into the program, preparation begins in the months and weeks leading up to our first meeting, through in-depth readings, exercises, and nature wanders that will anchor you in your wholeness and give you strong resources for the journey you are setting out on.
Session One – Preparation
We are passionate ones holding the flame of ideal and healthy culture where humans live in deep relationship with the land and with one another. Thus, the whole first gathering is to come home to these ways–to enchantment with nature, to the ways of council, to sacred speech, to our wholeness, to working with dreams as messages from the subconscious, to the deep imagery journey to access guides and soul imagery– to access the riches of the soulscape in a community of sisters to begin process of severance from the old identities you have been living.
Session Two – Severance
And now you are ready to begin your descent into the underworld where Soul/Mystery is hunting you, and you are hunting it. You enter the stage of the Wanderer- shedding your former identity, and allowing disintegration of previous ways of living and being. You will exist for this time (from the end of session one until session three) outside of old limitations, social roles and cultural norms. You will lean into the not-knowing, listening to and following the call from the depths, and be supported to allow yourself to feel all the grief and gratitude for what you are leaving behind. By falling apart, you are falling toward the underworld. By listening, feeling, seeking, answering the invitations, letting go, you are creating space for Soul.
Session Three – Soul Encounter
Our third gathering is the deepest dive of the year. You will enact a vision fast ceremony alone out on the land for four days and three nights–just you and Earth in that timeless space where Soul can come through. Through this death-rebirth experience and revelation, you will open to receive new vision and clarity for your life and understand more of what your personal mythos is, which includes soul imagery, inspiration and numinous encounters with Mystery, including dreams that weave the lyrical story of who you truly are and the unique and beautiful way you show up in the world. Our hope is for a genuine Soul Encounter which reveals to you your ecological niche– the unique role Earth has dreamed just for you.
Session Four – Shape Shifting
What shifts and changes is your Soul asking of you? How are you being rearranged by Earth, your own consciousness and Mystery? What metamorphosis is underway? How is your Ego being reshaped into a form capable of carrying the formidable vision you received on your fast? How can we continue to make ourselves vulnerable to the shape-shifting interventions of Soul?
As Bill Plotkin says, “The Ego gets transformed directly by making itself vulnerable to the vision, by inviting the holy thing, the revelation, to do its alchemical work on it. How this happens and how the Ego cooperates with and amplifies the process are what we are exploring– a transformation that enables you to enact your vision, to ‘carry what is hidden as a gift to others.’ “
Session Five – Emergence and Embodiment
How is your more mature ego now of service to the missive of your Soul- that unique expression of mythos that is your way of showing up in the world? What strengths, what skills, what tools are needed now to do your Soul’s work? How will you embody and deliver your gifts?
This is the time of fulfillment and celebration–a rite of passage into a more mature and mythopoetic identity–knowing your self, knowing your place, your power, your voice. You will work with many tools and resources to build clarity, strength, resilience, self-care and depth in walking your soul truth into the world.
Anima Terra Philosophy
The gift you carry for others is not an attempt to save the world but to fully belong to it. It’s not possible to save the world by trying to save it. You need to find what is genuinely yours to offer the world before you can make it a better place. Discovering your unique gift to bring to your community is your greatest opportunity and challenge. The offering of that gift—your true self—is the most you can do to love and serve the world. And it is all the world needs.” — Bill Plotkin
In an intact, soul-centered culture, a child grows through the stages of healthy ego formation, into the stage of wonder and belonging in nature and culture, to then create a strong social identity with a secure place in community. From here, supported and guided by their elders, they enter a fourth stage of development to release attachments to that early adolescent identity by exploring the mysteries of nature and Soul. Alone on the land, the initiate enacts a Vision quest or Walkabout in the forest, the mountains or the desert, to understand their own direct relationship with Self and Earth and align fully with their own Soul. Once this stage is completed, the wanderer is initiated into soul-rooted adulthood committed to inspired service in the world.
In this modern age, in our unhealthy culture, most humans never embark on what we call the Journey of Soul Initiation. Instead they remain in an egocentric adolescent limbo, either conforming into society’s “approved” roles, while their Soul quietly atrophies inside, or rebelling with increasing cynicism and frustration. Many end up turning to excessive entertainment and substance use to satisfy the need for magic and heroic adventure which normally would be in the realm of the Soul journey.
Anima Terra facilitates this journey to initiate women into true adulthood with Soul clearly guiding their work and life. It was crafted to help facilitate the radical shift that our species urgently needs to make to build a mature, beautiful, healthy, soul-centric and life-enhancing culture that is in tune with Gaia and the entire Earth community. It is part of our offering to this wild and precious world.
The things that women reclaim are often their own voices, their own values, their imagination, their clairvoyance, their stories, their ancient memories. If we go for the deeper, and the darker, and the less known, we will touch the bones.” –Clarissa Pinkola Estes
As loving, devoted, and highly skilled guides, we will support you in all stages of this journey. We will hold you in a sacred container and push you toward the unknown, naming places you might be hiding from or hijacking yourself, as well as mirroring your strengths and powers. Expect nothing less than transformation.
We are committed to your evolution; likewise, we expect a full commitment from you in return. This journey will ask a lot of you–psychospiritually, maybe physically. It’s NOT for those who are currently in a healing crisis or actively in trauma response.
It IS for you if you have come far on your journey, done significant healing work, and are emotionally and psychologically strong. It requires you to be willing to take risks and confront fears, to lean IN to edges and be willing to enter new, rich territory in yourself and in the natural world. It requires your ability to sever attachments with a fierce devotion to creating and protecting the space required for your Soul to come through. It requires you to spend extended time alone out on the land, doing the work we offer you to do. You will be uncomfortable, you will be challenged, you will have to find deep courage, and you will find your strength and your gifts.
If your body is not ringing with a full yes, then we can recommend other programs to prepare you. If you are feeling an undeniable magnetism to the words we speak here, then we welcome you to apply.
Earth, isn’t this what you want?
To arise in us, invisible?
Is it not your dream, to enter us so wholly
there’s nothing left outside us to see?
What, if not transformation,
is your deepest purpose? Earth, my love,
I want it too. Believe me,
no more of your springtimes are needed
to win me over — even one flower
is more than enough. Before I was named
I belonged to you. I see no other law
but yours, and know I can trust
the death you will bring.
— Rilke, From the Ninth Duino Elegy
October 6 – 10, 2022 at Spirit Hollow in Shaftsbury, Vermont
February 16 – 20, 2023 in Western massachusetts
June 22 – 29, 2023 at Spirit Hollow
September 7 – 11, 2023 in Unity, NH at Jonah’s place
January 25 – 28, 2024 at the Orchard School in Alstead, NH
Lodging and Food
For Sessions 1 and 3: Spirit Hollow has tent cabins (shared with one or two others) with bunk beds, or you can stay in your own tent for more privacy
Session 2 will be at a big house in Western Mass with shared rooms.
Session 4 is camping
Session 5 is slumber-party style (and you can camp in a tent if you wish)
You are responsible for your own food, except for some suppers. All venues have cooking facilities and hot showers.
Enrollment is limited to twelve fully committed women, so apply early. Application required.
This application is to help both your guides and you determine if this program is a good fit for you at this time in your life.
A $500 non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance to the program.
MAKE A DEPOSIT
We have found that women really benefit from the private mentoring calls and so we have created an optional offering of an additional 12 mentoring sessions for $900 that can be wrapped into your payment plan. Of course, you can add private sessions in later, but we wanted to offer them upfront to encourage women to do it as it deepens the transformational work between gatherings.
The full cost for the core program is $3900.
Core program plus 12 additional mentoring sessions is $4800.
Deposit is $500 when committing to the circle. This deposit is applied toward your full tuition.
There are options to pay in full, pay monthly or pay in five payments.
Jonah Ruh Roberts and Tracey Forest
Jonah is passionate about helping women rewhole their soul, awaken to spirit and get strong and resourced on their soul path. She is devoted to Earth and Spirit and to helping humans come back into right relationship with earth and all the myriad beings and spirits that we share this world with. She sees that we are being asked to mature, to step up, to lead and to become the medicine people that will bring healing and wholing to our species.
Jonah is a teacher, herbalist, craniosacral practitioner and soul midwife empowering self-healing, resiliency and soul path alignment through the wisdoms and culture of sacred earth medicine. She leads women circles and events, a yearlong program for women, and collaborates with a number of other movers and shakers on events that awaken responsibility, healing and culture creation. Learn more about her!
Tracey (KeyTurner) is passionate about helping others step through the doorway into the mystical and the mythical, the sacred and the sublime, the earthy and the erotic, the dark depths and high heights. She is a fearless and compassionate facilitator who has “been to the mountain” and descended into the abyss to lament for the earth, to celebrate the beauty and pain and who knows the rich gifts that lie in the dark to be mined. She stands in the portal, with outstretched wings and a broken-open heart, holding a lantern, singing ancient songs, dangling a key, inviting you to step through into the vast landscape of your Soul.
Co-founding Director of Spirit Hollow, Tracey is a shamanic healer and teacher, yoga teacher and singer of soul-stirring songs. With 30 years of experience guiding others, she is currently in the Soulcraft Apprenticeship and Initiation Program (SAIP) with Bill Plotkin and the Animas Valley Institute learning the nuances of Soul Initiation Guiding and cultivating more tools to assist in the Wholing and Healing of this broken, beautiful world.