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A Step Into Wholeness part 1- Wholeness in Northeast Kentucky – SOLD OUT

September 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am - September 24, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Cost: $ 700
Guide: Brian Stafford, MD, MPH  &  Doug van Houten
Limit: 20 participants
Includes: Paleo-Vegan Organic Meals
Venue: Private Estate Farm near Lousiville, Kentucky

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If you are interested in taking both part 1 and 2, the total cost is $1,200, a $100 discount.

A Step Into Wilderness, part 1: Wholeness

This 2-day experiential program addresses the deficits in wholeness related to our narrow information and skill-based education and training, and is a 2-day intensive and experiential exploration of our human psyches as unique expressions of the universal forces and patterns of wilderness and nature. Our “wilder” minds possess astonishing resources, untapped potentials, and depths that we might not even know exist until we discover how to access them, cultivate their powers, and eventually integrate them into our everyday lives. In this intensive, we’ll access these depths and potentials — which we call the four facets of the Self, or the four dimensions of our wilder human wholeness.

We will, specifically, explore, discover, and consciously cultivate the following:

  1. the Nurturing and Generative Healer who embodies deep heart-centered thinking and leads us to our deepest Healing, Teaching, Leading, and Mentoring
  2. the Emotionally- and Bodily- Connected Healer  who embodies mature and embodied emotionality (know how to experience emotion, understand what it means for her, and can respond in alignment with her values.
  3. the Wise and Innocent Healer whose gifts of full-presence sensing allow us to become wise, clear-minded, and light-hearted so we can see the big picture and embrace paradox.
  4. the  Deeply-Imaginative and Inspired Healer whose gifts are the imaginative, idealistic, visionary, who can bring forth the never before seen, clearly something needed in our age.

We will discover how each facet of the “Self” provides essential resources for the underworld journey (the descent to soul), its radical transformation of personal identity, and for living as a visionary artisan of cultural evolution.

We’ll explore the landscape of the psyche through a variety of practices, including creative expression, self-designed ceremony, solo exercises while wandering on the land, group work, movement, voice dialogue, journaling, and deep imagery work.

We will be employing the Nature Based Map of the Psyche developed by Bill Plotkin and adapted for the Healthcare Practitioner by Brian Stafford, MD, MPH.


Whole Faceted North: Cultivating the Nurturing, Generative Healer

Whole Faceted East: Cultivating the Wise and Innocent Healer 

Whole Faceted South: Cultivating The Emotionally and Bodily Connected Healer

Whole Faceted West: Cultivating The Deeply Imaginative and Inspired Healer


Brian Stafford, MD, MPH:  Brian Stafford is a guide to the wilderness of nature and soul. He was called out of academic medicine to serve as a guide to the depths and to serve as an agent of cultural awakening and transformation. He guides with humor, playfulness, compassion, discernment, and a deep remembering of the fullness of what each human life can, should and was meant to be. He graduated from the University of Kentucky Triple Board program (Peds/Psych/Child Psych), went on to be training director at Tulane School of Medicine, and eventually the Anschutz Family Chair of Perinatal and Infant Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

He guides individuals and groups in wild locales around the globe to the place they most long and fear to go – the numinous depths of their soul, the place of deepest medicine for themselves, their profession, and the Earth. Brian makes his home in Ojai, California.

Doug van Houten:  Doug has an eye for the heartbreakingly beautiful and a wild heart that sings in the dark night of his own soul. He is beekeeper, artist, brave explorer of the “darker than darkness”, student/facilitator of the Great Work.  In his own backyard of the rolling Kentucky hills, Doug organizes retreats/conferences/workshops/drumming circles, and festivals in celebration of Earth spirit. Lit by the luminescence of his own dreams, wanderings, and visions.

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Venue: Private Estate Farm near Lousiville, Kentucky



September 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am
September 24, 2017 @ 2:00 pm


Private Estate Farm near Lousiville, Kentucky
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