INTO THE DARK
August 7th ONLINE – First online session
CARPATHIANS, ROMANIA – journey of descending (gathering 1)
We spend the week in the vast forest areas in the Carpathian mountain range, in the Southern part of Transylvania, Romania. This area is part of a large scale preservation program aimed at saving and preserving some of Europe last prime forest, still habitat for many of the animals that once inhabited most of Europe.
October/November ONLINE – follow ups
December 19th-21th in DENMARK – reconnect (gathering 2)
We meet in the days of solstices, contemplating natures turning-point from dark into light, and deepening the understanding of perspectives and models. In Noerre Snede, ‘the highlands’ of Denmark.
January/February/March/April ONLINE – inner journey of becoming
May 1st-8th in CRETE – journey of ascending (gathering 3)
We completing the nine months ‘rite of passage’ in remote nature on the Southern slopes and gorges of the White Mountains – Lefka Ori – on the Island of Crete. As we emerge from the nine months of transformation, we complete the program and sense into ‘what life calls us to’.
Language: To accommodate participants from several different countries we will use English throughout the program. However if you speak Danish or Norwegian and have problems with English we will help with translation whenever the need arises. Since we have many Scandinavian participants it will be possible to team up with other Danish/Norwegian speakers whenever we work in smaller groups, if you prefer this.
Sprog: For at give plads til deltagere fra mange forskellige land vil programmet foregå på engelsk. Men hvis du taler dansk eller norsk og finder det vanskeligt med engelsk skal vi nok være behjælpelige med oversættelse når behovet opstår. Da vi har mange deltagere fra Skandinavien, vil det være muligt at gå sammen med andre dansk/norsktalende, når vi arbejder i mindre grupper, hvis du foretrækker det sådan.
For further details – read below!
journey of descending
September 8th-15th 2018
We spend a week outdoor in the remote nature of the south coast of Crete (Greece), at the foot of Lefka Ori – The White Mountains.
All participants meet in Hora Sfakion, a small town at the south cost of Crete (about a 2 hours drive from Chania airport). From here we travel by bus to Ioannis – a remote located village 950 meters above sea level – the starting point of our journey. We stay here overnight – surrounded by rising peaks, deep canyons , vast open sky and the view of ocean in the far.
In this powerful and pristine landscape, we start the descending process – step by step – we hike down to the sea – to Paulos beach where we make our first Camp. We continue the journey and settle our Base Camp in the Eligias gorge, where we stay for a couple of days / nights to deepen the process.
The nature will be our inspiration and support. Following the flow of day and night, the heat, the wind, the shadow – the simplicity of simple living – alone, together, in dialog and stillness, moving and resting. Together we take care of settling camps, preparing food, cleaning dishes, getting supplies etc. Except the day of arrival, all nights will be spent outdoors, under the stars at the beach or in the mountains.
In the end of the week we stay close to Aigia Rumeli for one night – before departing by boat to Sougia Friday afternoon. Here we spend the last night before departing to Chania airport Saturday morning.
December 19th-21th 2018
We meet in the days of solstices, contemplating natures turning-point from dark into light, and deepening the understanding of perspectives and models.
The opportunity is to get a deep sense and quality of the darkest days of the year – relating to nature, to oneself and each other. Over the days we will investigate the process of The bottom of the U – reflect and share our experiences – and rest. Into the Dark is also about letting oneself rest into the debts of the Yin of not doing …
The program i hosted in the faciliteies of Vækstcenteret, Nr. Snede in the center of Jutland, Denmark. During the stay you will be accommodated in private homes, we make our own food and eat together.There will be time for small hikes in the local area.
journey of ascending
May 4th-11th 2019
Completing the nine months ‘rite of passage’, we return to Crete, now to retrace our initial steps, sensing into ‘what life calls you to’, prepare for smallest possible changes and completing the program.
After months contemplating and exploring the Inner journey of becoming – we revisit the landscape of Crete where we started out the inner journey and descent – now to ascend step by step – and most likely end where we started – in the village of Ioannis at Antonis place. We close the journey and celebrate!
In accordance to the overall process and weather conditions, we will probably start in Sugia and a 3-days hike to Agia Rumeli. We plan to revisit the base Camps in Eligias gorge and at the beach of Paulos.
David Wagoner (1999)
Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.