Walking the Ways of the Summer Light

A retreat-in-everyday life

to cultivate personal and collective transformation

with Carolyn Cushing and Yesbelt Fernandez

You are invited to join fellow seekers in honoring and opening to the illumination of the Summer Solstice. We’ll be wandering, connecting to nature, contemplating, and divining in the places where we live. Then gather virtually for ritual and sharing our experiences. The retreat runs for 6 weeks from Sunday, May 24th to Sunday, July 5th. Join us for all or some of the weeks.

2020 E-retreats ~ Different prices for different situations
$17 for those that have lost income because of COVID19
$47 A middle-way fee to make this affordable to many
$97 for those that can assist with making this work sustainable for facilitators
Price: $17.00
Support Level :

Why Walk the Ways This Year

The global pandemic has upended our lives. The brokenness of so many institutions that should support us is revealed. Some are pushing for a return to normal life, but that normal is the place from which the current crisis springs. 

The energy of the Solstice season offers us a different way: the path of transformation from which a more beautiful, just, resilient, and loving world can emerge.

Walking the Ways Retreat supports you to travel this path of transformation by: 

  • Creating support for pausing within our daily lives to tap into new consciousness.
  • Cultivating a connection to the Greater Than ourselves to receive guidance for going beyond our current limitations
  • Supporting us to create nature-based and divinatory practices for reducing worry and fear while increasing joy and resiliency
  • Connecting us to a community of fellow seekers walking the path of transformation.

This is the 6th year of Walking the Ways. Carolyn has created a tested container for soul tending from her home base in a river valley in Western Massachusetts. This year Yesbelt Fernandez joins the facilitation team bringing fresh energy and herbal wisdom from the wilds of New York City. Inspired by the Herbcrafter’s Tarot, she’ll lead us in making herbal preparations.   

The Flow of the Retreat

The hinge of Walking the Ways is the Summer Solstice on June 21st. This year’s Solstice comes during a global pandemic on an eclipse of the new moon associated with Great Mother energy. This potent mix calls us to break down the boundaries that keep us from living led by Love.  

To prepare for the Solstice, we wander toward this day of greatest light guided by the elemental energies of earth, air, water, and fire. Wisdom Wanders – which could be walks or sits or gazing out your window – loosen the hold of our usual roles over us. As we connect with the elemental wisdom, we are invited to listen, see, and feel in new ways. We travel seeking not answers but questions to inspire transformation.

On the Solstice, we select the Wisdom Wander question that will best serve personal and collective transformation to focus on.

Moving out from the Solstice, we undertake a pilgrimage to find an answer to the question that can illuminate our path of transformation

When – Our Schedule

Opening the Season ~ Sunday May 24th at 4pm ~ Zoom session to orient ourselves and set intentions for the season. This will be recorded.

Free Call Walking the Ways of the Summer Light
Free Call Walking the Ways of the Summer Light
Learn about the themes, practices, and benefits of Walking the Ways. Sunday, May 24th at 4pm via Zoom. Recorded for later viewing.
Price: $0.00

Wisdom Wandering with the Elements Seeking Questions ~ May 25th to June 20 

  • Daily emails to prompt practice. 
  • A recorded ritual to connect with the element of the week shared mid-week.
  • Sunday Sharing Circles at 4pm ET via Zoom to share our insights and questions from the week. Not recorded.

Summer Solstice ~ Sunday, June 21st ~ Virtual celebration

Pilgrimage to Find an Answer to Your Question ~ June 22nd to July 5th 

  • Emails to help you plan your pilgrimage.
  • Gathering on Sunday, June 28th at via Zoom to charge and bless each other as we begin our time of seeking answers to our questions.
  • Concluding ritual and sharing on Sunday, July 5th via Zoom

How

This is a retreat, an offering to help you slow down and tend your soul. You’ll never need to catch up or do something more. All aspects are optional. Find what works best for you and your unique rhythm, drawing from one, some, or all of these: 

  • An overview booklet to see the flow of the whole season.
  • A journey guide / diary to track patterns of your journey.
  • Daily emails to bring a burst of inspiration into each day.
  • A private Facebook group for connecting wih others walking the ways with you.
  • Weekly Zoom sessions and celebrations for sharing with others.

About Us

cac-in-arcadiaFrom Carolyn: When my partner John died in a car crash in November 2012, my beliefs about death were a flimsy paper cup, immediately ripped apart. But the practices I’d developed through working with Tarot, nature, and poetry led me through creative mourning to find in grief a “secret medicine for those who hurt too hard to hope” (to gratefully borrow Rumi’s words).

I spent a few years regenerating through a devotion to the dark. Tending of the dark offered me personal healing and a connection to the Divine, my beloved dead, and the ancestors that makes me feel very supported and loved. This tending also became the gateway for emerging into the light’s energy of creative flow, action, and service.

In 2015 I spent the summer wisdom wandering, taking a pilgrimage to Acadia National Park in Maine, and finding a new and surprising connection with the joy of the sun! This luminous time filled me with new energy. I felt a connection to the solar world that didn’t diminish my lunar devotions. You can read more in my Wisdom Wander posts from 2015.

 

From Yesbelt: Years ago I made the choice to say yes more often. Soon after I noticed a lot more invitations were coming my way and I was exposed to diverse subjects and people. This is when I noticed I was in a constantly evolving spiral of synchronicity, leading me on a path of Tarot, Yoga, and Herbs. I find them to be foundational to any lifestyle. Tarot facilitates a connection to the spiritual and mental realms. Yoga grounds the body and mind connection. Herbs preserve and support the body in self-restoration.

I was born, raised, and still live in Manhattan, New York, a a small and congested island filled with millions of people, thousands of skyscrapers, and hundreds of parks, amongst other things. Finding and sharing bits of nature and beauty amidst the paved streets and towers is of great nourishment to me.  I have practiced Walking the Ways with Carolyn since 2017 and I look forward to sharing it with you.

 

2020 E-retreats ~ Different prices for different situations
$17 for those that have lost income because of COVID19
$47 A middle-way fee to make this affordable to many
$97 for those that can assist with making this work sustainable for facilitators
Price: $17.00
Support Level :

Free Call Walking the Ways of the Summer Light
Free Call Walking the Ways of the Summer Light
Learn about the themes, practices, and benefits of Walking the Ways. Sunday, May 24th at 4pm via Zoom. Recorded for later viewing.
Price: $0.00

 

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