• May 29, 2014
  • 4:00 pm to 1:00 pm
  • Mountain Home Ranch Retreat Center
    Calistoga, California
Add to Calendar 05/29/2014 4:00 pm 05/29/2014 1:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Heroic Journey: A Four-Day EXA Retreat/Workshop with Maria Gonzalez-Blue EXA faculty Maria Gonzalez-Blue Mountain Home Ranch Retreat Center
Calistoga, California
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Various cultural myths through time have outlined the hero's journey, the path toward individuation. Either by choice or synchronistic "accident", we are forced to undergo change. This mythic journey takes us through a series of stages. If we are lucky, guides appear along the way to assist us. We undergo trials and initiations as we enter new terrain. We are forced to access deeper wisdom in order to ascend back into our lives with new vision

Calling on the work of Joseph Campbell's Hero With a Thousand Faces, Carl Jung's concept of individuation and an exploration of goddess and indigenous cultures, we will explore the classic stages of the Hero's Journey. Through discussion, meditation, ritual and the arts, we will reflect on our own lives through this framework, reclaiming our power and accessing deeper knowledge. Compassionate elements of the Person-Centered approach will help create a loving and supportive environment that encourages inquiry, self-reflection and gentle regeneration.

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PLACE: Our Heroic Journey will take place at Mountain Home Ranch retreat center, located in the hills of Calistoga, California. The retreat sits on 300 acres, with a swimming pool, hiking trails and a natural warm springs within hiking distance. There will be time to visit and explore quaint Calistoga nearby.

Maria Gonzalez-Blue, M.A., is an Expressive Arts Therapist and Educator. She teaches Person-Centered expressive arts therapy at California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. and has taught in Mexico, Argentina and Guatemala. Maria has been in private practice for 35 years facilitating personal and spiritual growth with diverse populations. She has maintained a 30-year relationship with Huichol Shamans from the Sierra Madres of Mexico, which has influenced her belief in art and ritual as medicine.

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