Medicine Wheel Teachings for Men
April 1-3… April 29 -May 1… May 27-29… and July 1-3 (Western MA)
The medicine wheel is an ancient teaching tool that places our human concerns within the larger framework the natural world and its creative processes. As such, it allows us to experience these core issues, not as individual dysfunctions, but as lessons that need to be addressed on our journey to becoming co-participants within the great cycle of life.
The Four Seasons of a Man’s Soul is led by Sparrow Hart and Blase Provitola and the cost is $350 per weekend. Payment may be made monthly, but we require a commitment to the entire 4-month program.
A deposit of $350 is required to reserve your space and will be applied to the final weekend. If special circumstances require an alternative payment plan, these may be negotiated on an individual basis.
Upon receipt of your deposit you will be sent further information and directions to Earthlands.
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Medicine Wheel teachings are found all across the earth. The archetypal energies represented by the four directions — north, south, east, and west — are also associated with the seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter); elements (earth, air, fire, water); the human life cycle (birth, childhood, adolescence, adult/ elder; and our multi-dimensional nature (body, psyche, mind, and spirit). The symbol of the medicine wheel is powerful, both simple and elegant. It steps outside the polarity and -duality of our rational mind to combine two fundamental and seemingly-opposite core truths. It affirms and celebrates diversity — evoked by the particular elements, seasons, and directions — while recognizing our essential unity and oneness represented by the circle.
…a wonderful program that engages the soul in profound ways… simply the best.”
— C. Mott, Harvard, MA
In the tradition Circles of Air and Stone is known for, this workshop — for men — is intensive and experiential. Each month we’ll explore a direction, beginning with the relevant teaching. Then — through ritual and ceremony, assignments in nature; storytelling, mirroring, and evocative processes that reveal inner and outer landscapes — we’ll find the spaces where polarities — known and unknown, heaven and earth, light and shadow — touch and dissolve.
To apply and ground the lessons learned, this program includes coaching calls in-between the weekends, guiding men in using this ancient system of knowledge to face their demons and find support on the journey to become whole and fully human.
My wife was feeling scared in seeing the changes in me — even though they were positive. I am different and sometimes the unknown is scary, but now I communicate better and am more honest with how I am feeling.”
— H.F., New Ipswich, NH
The South Shield — Trust and Innocence: The Lessons of Childhood — April 1-3
Trust and Innocence form the foundation for a passionate and engaged relationship with life. Focusing on those forces that have damaged or limited our love of the world and ourselves, we will say goodbye to what no longer or has never served us and claim our birthright to fully express ourselves.
West Shield — Creating the Separate Self: The Lessons of Adolescence — April 29 – May 1
Leaving childhood behind requires creating a separate sense of self with our unique identity, values, and meaning. Too little separation results in codependence and approval-seeking; too much creates isolation and disconnection. We must learn both the dangers and the delights to navigate the passages that lead to soulful and deep connections between others and ourselves.
North Shield — Wisdom and the Giveaway: The Lessons of Adulthood — May 27-29
Adults keep all healthy communities together. An adult must possess wisdom, know the right use of energy, and make a meaningful contribution to his/her people. Our focus is on creating energy-sustaining habits of thought and action and finding our purpose, combining vision with direction and determination to allow us to give our gifts to our people.
The East Shield — Illumination: Life Beyond the Self — July 1-3
We need not be defined by the roles we play or limited by the forms we take on. Call it spirit, energy, light, or vibration; we are more verb than noun, more river than shore. Embracing and celebrating the fundamental mystery and fluidity of our nature leads us to freedom and joy. This weekend invites us to see our true face, to meet and welcome the self beyond the self we think we know.
I came not knowing what I was seeking. I felt challenged by many of the activities, but each weekend I found something in myself I had never imagined was there. Wow, I grew!”