RECLAIMING OUR HIDDEN WHOLENESS
Thursday, September 14 – Sunday, September 17
Shrine Mont Conference Center, Orkney Springs, Virginia
Each year Illuman hosts a gathering of men, typically in New Mexico, that, in the past, we have called Soularize. This year’s gathering marks a new beginning, with a new name, AWAKEN, and a new location on the East Coast, Shrine Mont, a retreat center nestled at the foot of the Allegheny Mountains in northwestern Virginia. Throughout our time together, we will gather as a community of hundreds of men for intensive inner work with the goal of reclaiming our hidden wholeness and interconnectedness within our own selves, with Spirit, and one another.
We are all born with innate resources that become increasingly hidden and disavowed through the conditioning of our dominant Western culture. As suppression, wounding, and trauma lead us into the ‘spell of separateness’, we lose access to our hidden wholeness and the gifts we all carry. Yet our longing and quest for healing does not disappear.
During our time together at AWAKEN, we will acknowledge and feel the grief of this long held separateness. Through the power of the elemental forces of nature (Earth, Water, Fire, Air/Wind) in shared rituals, we will awaken from this illusion of separation and reclaim our place as interconnected, beloved, and belonging. As we cultivate our vulnerable humanity in each other’s presence, we become vessels for the re-emergence of our hidden wholeness. This transformative process is not only self-healing, but also essential for the restoration of the entire interconnected Earth community, and the well-being of all of our descendants and ancestors. As separate beings we are diminished, but through our inter-BEing, we reclaim our kinship in true community and become powerful healing agents of change.
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