The Epiphany season gives us pause to notice the deepness of the dark and the illumination of the new light arriving. This threshold space is ripe for noticing the transformation of all life each and every year as we move through place, seasons and our own lives. An ancient understanding dating back to the Greeks, it was believed to be a ripening space for sudden insights, revelation and wonder. We don’t think that has changed. We welcome this threshold space and those who wish to hold it with us.
A Five Day Immersive Program designed for maximum solo exploration and shared reflections with a circle of companions, including our other-than-human kin. Your Guides Judy & Jan will invite your participation in Welcoming the Stillness, Befriending the Dark, Sacred Tasks, and Self-Designed Ceremony.
Sinking deeply into the rounded, soft, feminine hills of this numinous and inspiring landscape of the Methow Valley, you join a small company of intrepid souls coming together to dance, sing, contemplate the stars, dream, wander, connect, share, and be allured by beauty. Moving in poetry and mystery, we will explore the sacred within ourselves and the sacred relationship with other beings who surround us on this planet.
Warm autumn days and cool bright sky nights will hold us in this landscape of contrasts. Private conservation land of returning native shrubs of red osier, cottonwood trees, beaver dens and the lives that depend on these kin. We too will meet and relate to the special and unique kin of this place.
Dropping the temporary overlays of culture, capitalism, and confusion, we will immerse in the connections we make and find here, learning once again from the wisdom of Earth. This is a gateway readiness offering (not a requirement) for Walk in Beauty, a 5-day Advanced Immersion Program in May 2020.
Join us for a fun-filled summer sleepover with kayaking, conversation, nature connection, and new friends at McIver Park in Estacada. We’ll be paddling on the smooth and beautiful Estacada Lake. Beginning and experienced kayakers are welcome! Saturday evening includes a shared potluck meal, with NatureConnect NW supplying the main course (a build-your-own taco bar!). CLEAN AND SOBER EVENT!
Join our FREE Pacific NW Tradition of Earth-Honoring with Radical Joy for Hard Times. Gatherings are world wide for this special expression of love and care for the wounded places of loss and desecration that is our current experience.
Come and transform that grief into expressions of community, kinship, attention to the beauty and sacredness of the planet, even in difficult times. You will be in good company.
Come experience the fullness of May’s gifts of nature connection and kinship at a hidden gem: the less-traveled meadows of wild Camas in this lovely park. You will meet others (human and otherwise), have fun, try something new, and be inspired to take your own connection with nature to a new level.
Just past the mid-point to summer, and under a dark moon,
this is the place to open all the senses and pores to the power
of seasonal changes in the land.
More than camping, not quite a quest, this is designed for those who are attending the sacred and communicating with kin of another kind.
If you've been curious about what it's like to come to a NatureConnect event, come experience nature connection and kinship at this beautiful nearby spot! You will meet others (human and otherwise), have fun, try something new, and be inspired to take your own connection with nature to a new level.
Do you love a celebration? How about welcoming Spring? And the Full Spring Moon? You might want to find out more about our Celebration of Creativity! You could join us…and bring some moon art too!
A brilliant dive into the dark beauty of winter and the creative mysteries of our lives with the moon and earth as our guides. This Winter Circle starts January 20th and meets four Sunday sessions of 3 hours each and for one Wednesday evening in Celebration. Join us as we track the phases of the Moon and enrich our lives in this seasonal community of the new year. Space for up to 12 women.
This annual women’s retreat is one of of deep reflection and renewal, honoring the time of dark, and ushering in the new light. It is a gathering of peers who are ready to step more fully into their powerful feminine wisdom and sovereignty. This is a retreat that invites willingness in welcoming the unknown, personal vulnerability and commitment to being uniquely you. It is a time of visions becoming real.
In a intimate group of 10 women, we will fill our vessel of this time and opportunity with riches and wonders, gentleness and lovingkindness, fierceness and trust. Are you with us?
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Excursion #3 of KIN dives deeply into the magic of Washington's south coast.
What does it mean to hold it all? To intuit the interconnected relationship we have with the sea creatures outside of our vision and the land creatures familiar to us? And what of the stars and the galaxy that are constant and mostly unseen?
This immersion invites you to join with Nature at the deepest possible level: becoming it.
True North Nature-Mentoring is an intimate, introductory mentoring cadre of five women and men exploring and sharing together to empower our continuing life path.
This Autumn Equinox weekend is an initiatory introduction that asks you to locate your own true north through a mentoring and learning experience. You’ll take a deep dive, working and playing as you explore ways and reasons to navigate the challenges and hidden opportunities of your near future.
Excursion #2 of KIN takes us to the peaceful and majestic forests of Mt. Adams.
Excursion #1 of KIN finds us in crisp and pristine high desert along Oregon's Crooked River.
NCNW's 2018 Immersion Program, KIN, provides a web-like, integrated and whole program structure in a variety of evocative landscapes. Our areas of focus for each experience make nature connection available and real, with access to all the healing, restoration, and joy that is present when deeply connecting with the natural world.
The program is built to empower participants in discovering their hidden gifts and capacities, developing a grounded strength of being and robustness from which to be fully present and engaged in life on the planet.
If you've been curious about what it's like to come to a NatureConnect event, come experience nature connection and kinship at this beautiful 350+ acre homestead in nearby Corbett, Oregon. You will meet others (human and otherwise), have fun, try something new, and be inspired to take your own connection with nature to a new level.
Stories teach us how to live. They anchor our experiences and our relationships. They change us. They make sense and meaning of our past and create our future.
Gather with us in community to enhance and sustain our relationship to Nature over the season of dark nights through a deep exploration of the stories in which we live. Together let us visit the wellspring of bountiful mystery and infinite flow.
Our Annual Epiphany Retreat for Women opens a doorway to completing the year with quality time and attention as we begin to turn towards the new year and the challenges and gifts it offers. This year's program will be a reflection of 2017: unprecedented and extraordinary.
Join us to prepare yourself and the path you will choose to travel in the days ahead.
Register soon for this annual community completion opportunity. Occurring on the New Moon, just before the deep time of Winter Solstice, we will use quiet, reflection, story, art, song and sharing as gateways into the tender pathways of our hearts. Always held in good company.
Please plan to come dressed in layers, bring a warm blankie, your journal, a hot beverage cup, and herbs or small dry sticks for feeding the fire. A donation basket will be available if you wish to contribute to our work in restoration projects, or to the scholarship fund. This is a free gathering.
It's a party, and YOU are invited!
We have reserved Caldera Public House, a cozy, comfy and convenient location near Mt. Tabor to share the evening with the NatureConnect Tribe and friends to celebrate NCNW's 2nd Birthday. We have a great celebration planned and we want you to be part of it!
Tracking is an ancient skill; it may be our oldest form of storytelling. Tracking reveals the hidden lives and movements of the creatures we long to see and understand.
We will be in the wild along the Sandy River at Oxbow Park where nature offers forest, river, wildlife, and tracks of all kinds! It's a treasure-chest of discovery!
FULL WITH WAIT LIST
Nature Connect NW returns to its favorite Eagle's Nest location along this special stretch of the Wild & Scenic Crooked River.
Click for more details, camp and event information. You can join the wait list because plans do have a way of changing!
On this special Earth Exchange near Summer Solstice, we will turn our attention towards the waters and other places we love and bring gratitude and kindness to the wounds we see and feel. We witness what is lost, celebrate the beauty and use art and attention as we gift our thanks back to Earth's waters.
Join us for Saturday's Ceremony and Art from noon to dusk or continue on Sunday at our Rivers Honoring Camp.
Explore the floodplain of the Tualatin River Basin at its National Wildlife Preserve where we'll look for the protected Nelson's checker-mallow. Then on to White Oak Preserve, a 30-acre private preserve in the Newberg foothills. This lovingly stewarded land has distinct ecosystems and plentiful opportunities to enjoy all the signs of spring, including rare plants and butterflies.
What could be better than combining habitat restoration with making nature art! We'll plant milkweed grown for us by Gayla Jay, and special Guest Barbara Mickey will provide instruction and practice making pine needle baskets.