The Art of Self-Initiation is a rite of passage process to acknowledge the death cycles in our lives, build practices for strength and sustenance, and emerge in ritual self- transformation. For thirteen weeks we deepen into self-care, self-love, story showing and sacred community, empowering the exploration and transformation of physical, mythic, and earth-based stories to create new ways of living and being in place. This course includes special attention to personal gnosis practice, reclaiming ancestral wisdom and connecting to the earth and each other.
The Art of Self-Initiation focuses on the rite of passage process. Rites of passage are those life transitions that culminate in irrevocable change. How do we honor and integrate the transformative aspects of our lives?
Initiates will develop their own rite of passage challenge through the initiatory process, culminating in a self-created ritual to embody both sacred gifts and new roles.
Ancestral connection and exploration are an integral part of this journey of initiation.
Students receive all thirteen weeks of lectures and class materials. This includes recordings of the Live classes taught in the spring of 2019, along with supplemental videos.
This Wild Soul School class is community supported. The class has a suggested donation of $240. All donations support the work of The Art of Self-Initiation and the Wild Soul School, and there are no financial barriers to access thanks to the generous support provided by my Patreon and Fractured Atlas communities.
If you wish to join the community in supporting the creative effort and energy of the class, you can make a one-time donation via PayPal, Venmo or Fractured Atlas (links below) or making a recurring donation by becoming a patron of this work on Patreon and be a part of the greater Wild Soul School story:
PayPal: [email protected]
Fractured Atlas (tax deductible donations via my fiscal sponsor): https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/sacred-art-...
Non-monetary donations and trades are also welcome! Please email me at [email protected] to chat about non-monetary contributions.
Whatever you choose, please know your contribution helps me to work sustainably with the cycles of my disability, supporting embodied difference.
Also, because of my disability, class times and dates sometimes need to be revised, extended or rescheduled. This necessary flexibility makes my work possible. Because of this I cannot offer refunds. Your donation is a gift, the classes are a gift, and by this exchange we agree to reciprocity without expectation. All gifts help support me in creating and reweaving new visions for living, including one where I can continue to offer this work while living in alignment with my body's disability and healing.
I'm a storyteller, artist and educator transforming a path of dís-ability into initiation, healing and community. My research interests include folk spirituality, ancestral lifeways, mythology, ritual and the sacred creative. I am the author of The Moon Divas Guidebook: Spirited Self-Care for Women in Transition, The Moon Divas Oracle Book and Card Deck, and Wild Soul Runes: Reawakening the Ancestral Feminine. The Wild Soul School was founded in 2014 as a supplementary space to live courses. I was a university professor of English and Writing, creating programs in Civic Engagement and Community Storytelling before I became severely ill in 2016. Chronic illness has been a transforming rite of passage, and in that time the school also transformed to hold a creative sharing, a mythic journey. For more information visit laravesta.co, or become a patron and help support this work in community: https://www.patreon.com/laraveledavesta