The Psychopomp: Spirits, Shades, Souls, and Shadow-Walkers
January 13, 14, 2018 taylor hall Dekoven Center, Racine, WI
The psychopomp has arguably never been more needed. What are often called near death experiences (NDEs) occur with greater frequency given medical technologies that save and extend life. Natural and human perpetrated disasters, as well as mass casualties in modern warfare have engendered large numbers of souls who are stuck, who become shades that knowingly or unknowingly haunt locations and spaces to which they feel attached and unable to move on.
There is a certain type of person who feels comfortable interacting with the energies and spirits of these liminal places. Not everyone can do it; it is a calling. Trust your instinct.
- Do you occasionally feel a pull to leave the familiar paths and ways of being in the world?
- · Are you drawn to look behind the veil and explore the places ‘Between’?
- · Do you sometimes sense the pain, despair, or weariness of those who wander those liminal spaces and have perhaps become lost in them?
- · Do you intuitively know when someone who has recently died still struggles with the transition, and feel called to assist them?
- · Do you experience a part of you as existing somehow outside of the accepted stages of life, and long to guide and support those who are caught within them and moving through them.
Trust the call. It is real and true.
As the shadows grow longer in the waning of the year, we gather to awaken and forge strong strong connections to the Psychopomp, the Inner One who senses these things. We pay heed to the whisper that calls us to a path not well traveled and even less understood in these times when preoccupation with technology serves as a distraction from the need to face death and anything with which it is associated.
The psychopomp is found in tradition and myth archetypally as elusive, liminal figures who serve as guides for souls into the afterlife, or who may appear to assist those souls who are stuck or lost in their transition. In contemporary times, individuals may also serve in the role of the psychopomp when she or he assists those who have encountered difficulty associated with dying and helps in their crossing over into the great Mystery. A person may also be a psychopomp in taking the role of Initiator in a rite of passage or initiation rite that involves a symbolic or ceremonial death and rebirth.
This 24-hour weekend intensive is designed as a group journey into the mysteries and role of the Psychopomp, utilizing meditative states and our dreaming during sleep to awaken and invoke the Psychopomp. In large groups and dyads, we will discuss the nature of the Psychopomp, journey to awaken and enhance our own Psychopomp capacities, connect to the Psychopomp in our dreaming and bring those dreams to life the following day through psychodrama exercises.
This weekend workshop, co-presented by Drake Spaeth and Angie Buchanan, is intended for any who seek to deepen and enrich their ability to work with others in transition. This is an experiential immersion in the mysteries of death and transition.
12:30 pm Arrivals - settle in
1pm: Orientation, and Introductions: Why are we here?
3:00 pm The Psychopomp in History and Myth (Lecture and Group Discussion)
4:45pm Drum Journey and Journal Time: Encountering the Psychopomp Within
5:30pm Light dinner
6:30pm Discussion/Processing of Psychopomp Journey
7:15pm Drum Journey: Helping each Other with Transitions
8:15pm Journal and Dyad Discussions
9:15pm Large Group Discussion Processing
9:45pm Introduction of Dream Incubation Task
10:00pm Dream Journeys
8:30am Continental Breakfast
9:00am Dream Theater
11:00am Dream Theater (cont’d)
1:00pm Break - light lunch
Cost is $200.00 per person, includes meals and accommodations. (vegetarian and non- vegetarian) Refrigerator and microwave are available, for those with other dietary restrictions who may need to bring their own food. We regret that we cannot make a price adjustment for this.