Into the Heart of the World:
An Animal Communication and Spiritual Practice Retreat for Women
with Nancy Windheart and Anne Dellenbaugh
Green River, Utah
September 21-30, 2016
*As of August 1, we have one spot available on this trip. Please contact me if you’d like to join us!*
In this 10-day canoe retreat on one of the most beautiful waterways in the country, you will have the opportunity to shift your perspective, nourish your soul, and experience the deep connection with the natural world that is a foundation for both animal communication and spiritual practice.
Autumn in the desert is exquisite! We’ll canoe through the spectacular red rock Labyrinth Canyon of the Green River from our put-in outside the town of Green River, Utah, to Mineral Bottom, on the edge of Canyonlands National Park. This is some of the most beautiful calm-water canyon paddling in the country, passing through a splendid landscape.
We go to the desert, and to this beautiful river flowing through it, to pare down, to become simple and open to the whole world, our beloved world. We’ll rise at dawn for meditation and yoga, paddle, hike, rest and swim, share simple meals together, connect with the wild animals and the spirits of the river, rocks, plants, and trees, and close the day in circle around a fire.
In this retreat, we will practice living from the open-hearted truth of our oneness with all that is. The animals, plants, rocks, and water of the Green River and the canyon will be our teachers and guides as we open to the many dimensions of awareness that are available to us when we become still, quiet, and open. This is also ancient Puebloan country, and we will have the opportunity to connect with ancestral wisdom through the ancient sites of this waterway. In nurturing our connections with each other, the animals, plants, water, and land, we’ll create a sacred circle of connection and support for deep inner work, transformation, and playful joy.
Every woman is welcome—newcomers to animal communication, paddling, yoga, or meditation will learn everything they need to be comfortable on the river and in camp. We do ask that you come prepared to fully participate in our group practices which include an hour or more of yoga and meditation each morning, our evening circle, and periods of silence. We are in social silence as a group from the end of our evening circle until breakfast, and for shorter periods throughout the day, such as at the beginning of most meals and occasionally while paddling.
These practices are gateways, providing each woman individually and the group as a whole with both time and inner space to enter more deeply into the landscape, her experience, and indeed, the heart of the world.
If these practices appeal to you, please join us! If you have any questions about whether this trip is right for you, please get in touch with us.
How can a single trip contain so much beauty, inspiration, challenge, laughter and companionship—not to mention the best food on the planet? From the morning chant that woke us, the silent time as we gathered, the gentle yoga that restored us, the time on the river that fed our souls and strengthened our bodies I was as deeply engaged and joyful as a child. I am so grateful for these women and this river with its red rock expanse. Sharon Young, San Diego, CA, USA
I received so many gifts while journeying along the Green River. So much of the outer fell away; the mind became quiet. Being on the river, close to the earth, allowed the majestic, exquisite beauty of the wild Canyonlands to encircle and enter my heart. I felt a softening and an expansion beyond the edges of the physical body into the vastness. A deep peace arose. It was as if I was remembering an ancient feminine language. There is something very special when women come together in circle in the wilds of the earth. It seems so necessary for our time. Both Anne and Nancy bring compassionate holding with sacred knowledge and a love of the wild. This journey is strong medicine, drink deep. Laura Forman, United Kingdom
I was blessed to be on the 2014 and 2015 trips on the Green River. I love being outdoors on the water. I love meditation and the stillness to be found in millions of stars above my head and walls of canyon rocks surrounding me. I loved both the physicality and emotional refuge of the trip, under the gentle guidance of two wonderful human beings. I loved being with a wonderful group of accepting women and stretching my limitations with morning yoga (literally). It continues to bubble inside me. Do I want to return? You guessed it—I’d love to. Cheryl Nason, Ontario, Canada
GENERAL TRIP DETAILS
Plan to stay in Moab the night of the 20th, as we will have a final dinner together in town after we come off of the river.
September 20 : Arrive in Moab, Utah
September 21 : Morning departure
September 30 : Return to Moab
October 1: Depart for home
No previous experience in yoga, meditation, paddling, or camping is required. Come with an open heart and a willingness to explore inner and outer worlds. When you register you will receive trip information including guidelines for preparation, a description of the group practices, all the logistical information you’ll need, and a detailed equipment and clothing list. (Please note that Her Wild Song provides all canoe and camp equipment; you are responsible for your own clothing and personal gear, including sleeping bag.)
WHERE WE MEET
Our trip begins early the morning of September 21. We will meet you at a designated motel in Moab. We recommend that participants arrive the night before (September 20) and stay in that motel. Lodging for that night or the night of Sept. 30th is not included in the price of the trip.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
Her Wild Song provides all canoes and camping gear, including tents and tarps, cook set, stoves, and food. Our mostly vegetarian meals are delicious, hearty, and nutritious. We use local, organic food as much as possible, and natural sweeteners. You need only provide your own personal gear.
A TYPICAL DAY
Our days begin at dawn with Anne’s celebratory chant to the morning. We gather shortly after for coffee and tea, sitting together in silence. Yoga, meditation, and breakfast follow. Silence is broken in the middle of breakfast, with a briefing about the day. Most days we will break camp, load the canoes, and paddle until late afternoon, with plenty of breaks for lunch, swimming, bird watching, and photography. We always aim to have at least one layover day for program presentation, resting, hiking, and other quiet activities.
Once we arrive in camp, the boats are unloaded and hauled up on shore for the night. You’ll choose your camping spot and set up your tent, unless you choose to sleep out under the stars. Meanwhile, water is heated for tea, and soon dinner preparation begins. Our chef always welcomes help in the kitchen, and we’ll ask you to volunteer, as you’re able to. Dinner is relaxed and leisurely as we watch the day draw to a close. After clean-up, we gather in the evening circle, with or without a fire depending on wind and weather. As we say goodnight and leave the circle, we enter into the healing silence, and sleep.
ANIMAL COMMUNICATION PROGRAM
The deep stillness of the canyon and our spiritual practices support us in discovering and remaining in the place of pure presence which is the foundation for connection and communication with all life.
As part of this journey, Nancy will provide an all-levels program in animal communication. Whether you are a newcomer to telepathic animal communication or an experienced student, this program will give you an opportunity to experience and refine your animal communication skills, as well as to receive expert guidance and mentoring from Nancy.
We’ll have extended time on our layover days for instruction, practice, and discovery with the wild animals of Labyrinth Canyon as well as special animal teachers at a distance. Connection with all life will be included throughout the trip as part of our daily practice of meditation, silence, and deep presence.
TRIP FEES AND REGISTRATION
Deposit: $300.00 (nonrefundable after May 15; before May 15, refundable less a $100 processing fee)
Early Registration: $2175.00 (full payment due by May 15)
Regular Registration: $2375.00 (full payment due by August 1)
(Double-occupancy tents are included in the trip fee; you are welcome to also bring your own. Single-occupancy tents are available to rent for an additional $75.00, due with final payment.)
To Register for This Trip:
1. Contact Nancy and let us know that you are registering
2. Send deposit or full payment to:
P.O. Box 1223
Cornville, AZ 86325
Include the following information with your check:
Name, address, and email
“Green River Trip” on memo line
3. If you’d prefer to submit payment via credit card/PayPal, contact Nancy.
REFUND AND CANCELLATION POLICY
A deposit of $300.00 is required to hold your place. Deposits are nonrefundable after May 15, 2016. Balance is due by August 1, 2016. Trip fees are nonrefundable after August 1, 2016. We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. (We have used Travel Guard, but there are others equally good.) If we must cancel a trip you will receive a full refund.
Upon receipt of your registration form and deposit we will confirm your place on the trip and send trip information including a detailed packing list, suggestions for preparing for the trip, an optional reading list, directions to our meeting place, transportation and lodging information, a medical information form, and a release form.
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS
Anne Dellenbaugh began guiding wilderness trips in 1983. In 1990 she founded Her Wild Song in the belief that women’s spiritual lives are vitally important and that nourishing our spirits with wind and trees and river and sea is restorative not only to ourselves, but to others around us and even to the Earth herself. Inspired first by the teachings of feminist philosopher Mary Daly and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, from the beginning Anne has combined the insights, principles, and practices of feminism and Buddhism with her work as a wilderness guide and teacher. Anne is particularly interested in the intersection of spirituality, psychology, and the body (our individual bodies and the body of the Earth).
Anne is a registered Maine Guide, a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and of the Outdoor Leadership Program at Greenfield (MA) Community College. She holds certifications in canoe and yoga instruction and Wilderness First Responder. She received a BA from Smith College and a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. She created and named the Ordered Chaos of the Wild and Original Lotus, a contemplative lay community, in 1997. Anne is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing, and a former Zen priest. Visit Anne’s website for more information about her work.
Nancy Windheart is an internationally respected animal communicator, animal communication teacher, and Reiki Master-Teacher based in Cornville (near Sedona), Arizona. She teaches animal communication classes and provides animal communication consultations for clients worldwide. Nancy is a Reiki Master-Teacher and professional member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals, Registered Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance RYT 200), and an ordained minister through the Universal Life Church.
In her animal communication classes and retreats, Nancy integrates her training in yoga, Reiki, and meditation to help people become more fully grounded in their bodies, and open to their intuitive, receptive awareness. Nancy guides people to experiences of deep presence, which is the state of being where we are able to receive telepathic communication most clearly.
Nancy’s yoga practice has been most influenced by her teacher Rama Jyoti Vernon, and Buddhist teachers in several traditions. Nancy holds a BM and MM in Music Performance and is a former professional pianist. She brings her musical experience to the trip with her Native American flute.
Nancy and Anne’s professional collaboration and friendship originated in the yoga teacher training programs and retreats that they have done together, including those with Amy Weintraub, Angela Farmer, and Rama Jyoti Vernon. They also share a deep resonance with the somatic meditation teachings of the Vajarayana Buddhist tradition as held through Reginald Ray and the Dharma Ocean lineage. Through experiencing and sharing these deep practices, they discovered their common calling to help women connect deeply and intimately with themselves and the Spirit within all life.
Together, Anne and Nancy bring a synergy of their gifts, experience, and expertise, as well as their love of outdoor adventure, the natural world, and deep spiritual practice to their work as facilitators and trip leaders.