Healing Ourselves-A Toltec Wisdom Retreat
October 22 @ 12:00 pm - October 24 @ 3:00 pm$525.
Healing Ourselves – A Fall Shamanic Retreat
October 22-24 Catskill Mountains. As the trees prepare for their next cycle, we do the same.
I am excited to offer this Fall retreat this year. We all need to take some space away from our everyday life to regroup and reset ourselves.
We gather in a safe loving sacred space in nature to awaken more clarity, peace, joy, and love in your life.
We are moving through very challenging times individually and collectively.
This weekend we learn deeper teachings and tools to support us.
Are you going through big changes and looking for deep healing, transformation, and new beginnings on a higher level?
This retreat is the perfect opportunity to take a break from everyday life and find a clear path for your next phase of life.
We will enjoy ceremonies and learn profound practices, tools, and teachings of healing and awakening mind, emotions, body, and spirit on this Shamanic Retreat.
The Mitote is the core ceremony that we expand in this weekend. This healing and illuminating experience is completed on Saturday night after some beautiful learning and healing. Then, Sunday, we have some private time in nature to integrate and complete our personal and gather to celebrate and share our group experience.
A Mitote Ceremony purifies us on all levels, breaking up stuck patterns and energy and raise our energy and awareness. The Gayatri Mantra is chanted throughout the ceremony by the smaller group rotating in the center at the fire during the main part of the ceremony.
During this weekend retreat, you go deeper into your process and understanding as I guide you through higher pearls of wisdom to have love and compassion for you as you open the doorways to deep release and resolution—inspiration, love, and clarity to help you move forward.
Working with a Shaman accelerates our healing and learning. This is my honor and calling to provide for you.
Once you sign up, regular emails will begin the journey and prepare for this weekend retreat.
$525.—includes lodging and use of the entire land and facilities including full kitchen – Send a deposit to reserve your space now. Zoom call to meet and discuss details is Tuesday, September 14 at 7 pm on Zoom. Call before 973-647-2500 for any questions.
“Janet StraightArrow provides an unparallel opportunity to bring you to the real you. It’s a well-worn path for her, and she knows every part of this amazing journey. Janet emanates love, respect, and, most of all, joy in this great adventure. So, if you are ready to walk the path back to you – there is no better guide, teacher, mentor, and friend than Janet StraightArrow.”
I have led many of these ceremonies throughout the Northeast over the years. The Mitote is a favorite among my students.
“To have a true teacher who can communicate to everyone from different backgrounds, the “truth” of “love,” loving ourselves, and loving each other is a rare and miraculous gift. Janet knows when you have a question and needs to express yourself, even if you might be afraid. She kindly helps you reframe your words about yourself, your feelings, and others to be more aligned with love and truth. What a genuinely amazing experience and teacher.”
We rent the entire property for the weekend for privacy and safety at this retreat, including full use of cabins, campgrounds, woods, and open space for our fire, quest, and group work together.
If you would like to camp, there is also a campground close to the cabins with a hot water shower and flush toilet. Everyone will bring food. As we come closer to the date, we will see what the group wants to do, share or bring their own food. There is a full kitchen. Let’s make it simple.
The owner and I are looking at safety in all of our planning. There are linens; bring your own pillow. You might want to bring your own blankets, sheets, and towels. You can also bring your own tent and sleeping bag if you choose to camp.
We are very aware of your health concerns and ask you to stay safe with us. We have a full kitchen. Bring your own food, and we will coordinate sharing food before the event. With so many various ways of eating, I found it easier to bring our own food individually and share too.
We are limiting the number of people because of the virus and maintaining distance in sleeping. You do not have to have a vaccination. We are all responsible, and agree that we have not been exposed and are well and hold one another harmless and are aware and respectful throughout our retreat. masks are also optional and we sleep a distance from one another if in the same room.
Art Farm is located in Accord, NY; we are easy off Route 209 and the Thruway. South of Woodstock and West of New Paltz. Several local airports, if needed. 2 hours from NYC and many areas in surrounding states.
Any questions? Call or text me at 973-647-2500 or email me at Info@Bethemedicine.com.
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Canceled by you for an approved reason, $200. reserved for shared costs, you can use the balance in future classes or sessions. Limited to 8 participants. If you camp we have 4 more spots available. Hot and cold running water in a beautiful spot near the main cabin.
If the retreat is closed and full, there is no refund available unless I fill your space. However, if there is an emergency, we will work out private work for half the cost.
An important step of my journey has been the Toltec work I studied for many years. This work integrates into all I offer. I began my Toltec study in the 1990s and found that I resonated and lived the higher teachings. More questions led me to work with a Toltec Nagual Shaman for two years. It was a profound experience that broke through many layers of me. My spiritual healing journey accelerated very quickly. I traveled with this teacher and group to the Southwest, Peru, and Mexico in new understandings of Shamanism and our spiritual journey. I later worked twice a week with another Shaman to deepen my journey.
Learn “how to” live the Four Agreements and begin to step into personal mastery. I recommend reading “The Mastery of Love.” my favorite Toltec book by Don Miguel Ruiz.
The Mitote Ceremony is a Way to challenge Limiting Beliefs of Possibility.
The Mitote ceremony is a sacred ritual in dreaming performed through the night. It has been passed down through the various Toltec lineages to transform one’s personal dream. It impacts the participant on multiple dimensions.
The Intent of the Mitote
There are multiple intents woven together in this ritual designed to push and pull an individual along their transformation.
The first intent of the Mitote ceremony is to become lucid in the dream state. Each time we go to sleep, the mind passes from the waking dream to the sleeping dream. Each time that the mind passes through this dimension of dreaming, we have an opportunity to become aware that the mind is dreaming. This is often referred to as lucid dreaming. When we become aware that the mind is dreaming, we can take control of the dream. We can start to change and influence the dream. In this way, the dreamer can practice changing the dream instead of reacting to the dream. Mastery of this aspect of dreaming has many benefits. It especially has benefits in the waking world of our daily life. One of the easiest ways to become aware that we are dreaming is in the moment that the body falls asleep and the mind continues to dream. We can become aware in other ways, but this is one of the easiest.
During the Mitote, there are multiple opportunities to take advantage of this window as we wake periodically during the night and then lay down to sleep again. The mastery of this requires a high degree of awareness.
The second intent is the breaking of patterns and routines. Most of our actions, thoughts, and emotional responses are patterned routines. These patterns are programs that keep us repeating the same dream. We could say that our actions in this state are unconscious. We do not exercise our free will in choosing our actions when we are in a patterned reaction. This is the same behavior we often experience in a dream where things are just happening, and we are just reacting. We find ourselves just doing things in the dream in reaction and not consciously choosing an action. We could say that in this experience, we are not exercising our free will. In that place, we do not even see a choice. To make a choice, one must first see a choice.
This is similar in the waking dream when we are just reacting or behaving in a patterned routine. For example, did we choose the path that we drove to work? Or did we take the same route that we usually take? Our personal power is invested in these patterned routines. Inhabits, we lose our opportunity for choice. By breaking the routine, we can recover the personal power that we have invested in it. When we have recovered our personal power, we do not have to react. The routine no longer dictates our behavior; and instead, we can choose.
One of the fastest ways to recover this personal power is breaking up the patterns that routinely run our lives. One of the biggest of these is the habit of sleep. We have a lot of agreements about sleep. We believe them, but they are not necessarily true. We can change them. When we change them, we can recover the investment of our personal power in that belief. In the Mitote, we consciously intend to break up the sleep pattern and recover our power in agreements about sleep.
When you practice this aspect in the Mitote, you can become much more aware of other places where our personal power is invested in routines that don’t serve ourselves or others. Once you realize that you can break up the patterns around sleep, it gives us more confidence and personal power to break other patterns in our life that we want to change.
The third intent is the energetic work of an experienced guide in the dream state. We are multidimensional beings. We perceive in many dimensions. However, from the time we were very young, the world trained our attention to focus on a limited number of these dimensions. In the dream state, our awareness is still working to evolve whether we are conscious of our dreams or not. During a minute, an experienced guide can work with individuals in the dream state towards this transformation. This evolution happens in realms that we are often not consciously aware of.
The general format of the Mitote ceremony: The Mitote is done with a group and should be lead by an experienced guide. Each one will take on its individual characteristics but follows a similar outline. If possible and convenient, the group gathers for a ceremony at sunset to connect themselves with the light of the sun. Afterward, the group will gather to perform the dreaming ceremony.
The group will generally break up into smaller groups which will be assigned a sequential order. The first group will hold the energy for the others through meditation and/or chanting, generally in the center of the room. The rest of the groups will lay down to dream and sleep. At intervals throughout the night, the smaller group will wake the next group. Each group will take a turn meditating and consciously holding the larger group intent. This continues until sunrise.
There are no guaranteed results from a Mitote ceremony. Each person’s experience will be different according to their point of view. Some people have had extraordinary Mitote experiences and remember many dreams, only to remember nothing in their next Mitote. One of the lessons I have learned in the Mitote ritual is not to have expectations. We set our intent, but don’t expect that things will turn out as we have intended. We must leave room for Spirit to intervene and co-create with us in Its divine way.
(Written by Gary van Warmerdam)