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Do you long for ritually tended space, gentle movement and embodiment education, herbal knowledge and lore, and the kind of deep quiet necessary to return home to your heart? Us too. And we’re calling together a group of kindreds to help us create it.
During this quiet and contemplative retreat, we will dive deeply into the art and practice of creating ceremonial space for ourselves and small groups, study the anatomy and mysteries of the sacrum and pelvic bowl, enjoy plant walks, explore sacred time-keeping practices, and hone practical herbal medicine skills.
The Art of Ceremony + Ritual Space-Holding
Inside a circular, earthen roundhouse called The Well, we will journey together on the wings of sacred sound—offered with medicine drums, rattles, crystal singing bowls, stringed instruments, voice, and more. We will explore plant spirit communication and inner sight with the help of a sacramental brew of Ganoderma tusgae (reishi mushroom) and ceremonial grade cacao. We call this offering "Reishi as Sacrament," and it is truly beautiful. This direct experience of creating ceremonial space together will flow directly into a deepened ability to hold this kind of space for yourself and for others.
The Mysteries and Power of the Pelvis and Sacrum
The pelvic bowl is the seat of our feminine power—our intuitive knowing, our storehouse of memory, our primary altar of cyclical release and renewal, and the fertile ground of all creation. Our study will be from a modern therapeutic perspective as well as from a sacred tantric perspective, with a final aim of fully embodying this sacred region. We will learn techniques to bring our pelvis and sacrum into alignment, release holding patterns of tension, and gently fortify and strengthen the stability of our sacrum and pelvis. Through conversation and ceremony we will invite our attention to any patterns in our lives that are clouding the basic truth that our bodies are sacred temples.
We'll be gathering about one month after the portal of the Summer Solstice and a couple weeks before the beginning of harvest time. The full, dark green canopy of leaves, vibrant music of the summer nighttime insects, and warm embrace of the air will be our container. We will be blessed with abundant fresh flowers, summer vegetables and fruits, and warm night air for lingering outside after dark.
Mid-July is a time when we are beginning to court the medicine of the Southwest direction, the thriving, buzzing, communal energy of Summer blended with the ripening of the harvest and inward, emotional, and personal turning toward the West. This is a potent time to work with our personal power and emotional patterns, exploring what practices and relationships help us bloom.
We will explore the circular nature of time and focus on developing our capacity to more deeply perceive and embody the rhythms of the earth and her seasons with lunar charting and solar wheels.
Reclaiming Herbal Wisdom
Knowing the blessings of the plants that grow around us is a birthright. Reclaiming this wisdom is a radical act of remembrance that divorces us from systems of oppression that would rather have us disconnected from ourselves and the world around us. We will venture into the forest together to meet a variety of spring wildflowers and budding trees, explore the meadows for common and abundant edible and medicinal plants, and learn practical, effective, safe, and respectful ways to work with them.
Our Shared Space
Penuel Ridge is a contemplative, interfaith retreat center located on 135 beautiful acres in Middle Tennessee. We will have the entire grounds to ourselves, ensuring both practical and energetic privacy. When we feel safely held by a place, we are often more willing to dive deeply into our personal work.
Open for exploration are miles of hiking trails where we will enjoy native plant walks, a spring fed lake, an 11-circuit stone labyrinth, a waterfall, a fire circle for our Beltane bonfire, and a large meadow that is home to the circular prayer and meditation space called The Well where will hold our ceremony work.
Meals will be prepared based on tenants from Ayurvedic traditions. A full menu will be emailed to all registrants before the event. Please reach out if you have any specific dietary needs and we will be happy to accommodate.
We are excited to have Chelsea joining us as our Ayurvedic chef. Chelsea comes from the riverbanks of southeastern Ohio where she is an Ayurvedic health counselor, registered yoga teacher, and licensed cosmetologist. Chelsea enjoys being intuitive in the kitchen and creating meals that are nourishing and in alignment with the seasons. She is incredibly passionate about helping others connect more deeply with themselves through different energetic modalities of feminine form Ayurveda and is a lover of herbs and earth medicine.
While rooms will be shared in this communal experience, everyone will have their own bed. There are multiple bathrooms and plenty of room to spread out. Beds will be chosen upon arrival, but please reach out if you have any special needs. You are also welcome to request a shared room with any friends or family that will be joining you. Camping in the beautiful meadow is also available for those who wish to sleep under the stars. It is our heartfelt desire that everyone feel supremely comfortable and at ease!
Dates and Location
The retreat will be held Friday, July 23rd through Sunday, July 25th in Ashland City, TN. The retreat space is 30 minutes from Nashville and 2.5 hours from Chattanooga.
Jeanette and Ali
Jeanette Jordan is a massage therapist, yoga teacher, and Ayurvedic coach who takes a heart centered approach to health and wellness. She believes in the body's innate wisdom and ability to heal when we support our body systems through nutrition, movement, and meditation. Jeanette is a trained Myofascial Release therapist whose bodywork focuses on the connection between the mind and body, and how traumas are recorded in the nervous system and connective tissues. Jeanette takes a feminine form approach to Ayurveda, blending ancient teachings with modern science, meditation, nutrition and sensory play practices.
Ali Banks is an herbalist and medicine maker from North Georgia. Along with her partner, she runs Forest Folk Fungi, a medicinal mushroom apothecary, and facilitates connections between people and plants through ceremonial space-holding and sacred time-keeping practices. She is a student of the Heart and is deeply devoted to the Sacred in all its forms.
Cancellation policy: If your plans change, you may contact us by May 21st for a refund.