Mystical Portugal Pilgrimage
Megaliths, Mythology, and the Poetry of Place
October 2 - 7, 2016 FULLY BOOKED!
Join us on an experiential journey through the subtle energies that animate sacred sites at the westernmost edge of continental Europe, the last grounding point of Europeans before they set sail during the Age of Discovery, and the first node of modern global trade connecting Europe with Asia, India, Africa and the Americas. Our theme for this pilgrimage is drawn from the words of Allen Ginsberg: “it is the quality of attention that makes things sacred.” This “quality of attention” sets the context for our engagement in Portugal’s landscape, where we practice skills that enhance our perception and connection with the energetics of place.
Our explorations during this week-long pilgrimage take us to four places which were inhabited during the Neolithic age, and more recently settled by diverse populations, including Celtic, Roman, and Moorish peoples: Lisbon, Evora, Sintra, and Cabo Espichel. Each of these locations presents us with a kind of interactive memory theater, a poetry of place, in which we will examine in various ways the nature of our reciprocal relationship with places we inhabit, the resident vibrational patterns available to us left by master builders and people who have interacted with these sites before us, and the expression of the latent wisdom within us that these vibrational patterns may activate.
We are sailing into new territories that require us to draw on ancient ways of knowing to inform new ways of navigating being human. Scientific discovery is still catching up to ancient wisdom, and Calen Rayne is standing at the crossroads of the two. The Nobel Prize was recently awarded to a group of scientists who identified “grid cells” in the brain that enable precise positioning and navigating in our environment. Calen works with this internal mapping system in a method he learned in the Himalayas, called genesis point vibrational radiesthesia, which enables us to identify a particular point at a sacred site where we can connect with the energetics of the land. By learning how to identify these points, we will be able to interact with the mystical energies of the various sites we visit in Portugal.
Complimenting our energetic explorations we will inquire into the archetypal energies represented in Portugal’s mythology, legends, urban art and Fado music, guided by Laura Esculcas. Informed by her research and immersion in the Portugal ecofield during her seven years of residence in Portugal, with a deep enthusiasm for Portuguese history and a way with storytelling, Laura will take us into the imaginal realm of mythology and metaphor where a cast of Portuguese characters come alive. Take part in our explorations, and register now to join us in Mystical Portugal.
Explore Other Ways of Knowing
We call all adventurous and curious souls interested in an experience of land energetics and exploring sacred sites, or who seek a deeper engagement with new places beyond what the average tourist sees. Earth Shamans Co-Founders Calen Rayne and Laura Esculcas take us on explorations into other ways of knowing in Mystical Portugal.
Rev. Dr. Calen Rayne is a Unitarian Universalist Lay Community Minister and Spiritual Director in Asheville, NC. In both his Spiritual Direction and Earth Medicine practices, Dr. Rayne draws on experience and training in following disciplines: labyrinth, reiki, kaballah, meditation, energy healing, Himalayan singing bowl, earth energies, feng shui/space clearing, dowsing, contemplative brush, Egyptian Bio-geometry, alchemy, sacred geometry, Druid geomancy and medical intuitive work. He has trained with alchemists of the first religion of the Himalayas (nameless religion), known as “patterns of heaven and earth” or “sacred conventions.” Dr. Rayne serves as President of Healing and Expressive arts chapter of UU Society for Community Ministries and is a member of Spiritual Director’s International, American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Association for Transpersonal Psychology and American Academy of Religion.
Laura Esculcas is a leadership and spiritual development coach, Advanced Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, a member of the Veriditas Council, and holds both an M.A. in Wisdom Studies and a B.A. in Chemical Engineering, and a guide to sacred sites in Portugal. In workshops and pilgrimages, Laura invites participants to explore practices for experiencing sacred space in our secular time. Originally from the US and having worked in Silicon Valley for over 10 years in high tech operations and management, Laura moved to Portugal to pursue her dream of an integrated life lived as a sacred journey shared with others. She lives near Lisbon with her husband and their two dogs.
Earn Graduate Level Academic Credit
Open to everyone over the age of 18, this Earth Shamans pilgrimage is also offered for graduate level academic credit in partnership with The Wisdom School of Graduate Studies at Ubiquity University. Contact the University Registrar for additional academic requirements and to pay the university fee for academic credit.
Welcome to Lisbon, Portugal!
The birthplace of fado music and a city mythically founded by Ulysses, Lisbon is our base for a pilgrimage in which we delve into the archetypal influences of birth, death, rebirth, initiation and the union of feminine and masculine. Through Portuguese mythology, poetry, music, urban art, and sacred sites, we reflect on the how the archetypes within ourselves mirror and embody wisdom relevant to our current need for a transformation of consciousness that demands a new way of perceiving our world.
Our home base, will be our newly renovated center in one of the most ancient parts of Lisbon. Lodging choices include a variety of hotels, apartments, and hostels less than five minutes from our center, allowing you to choose a place that best suits your pilgrimage preference. Please note that lodging is not included in the pilgrimage price. See your registration packet for complete details.
Some of the places we will visit on this pilgrimage...
Pilgrimage Registration Information
Registration Fee: $1100
Early Bird: $100 discount if paid in full by July 1, 2016
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