The Heart of It All A Co-creation and Communion with Earth 17th -23rd April, 2019 The Northern Lands of Portugal
April 17 @ 8:00 AM - April 23 @ 5:00 PM
By Special Invitation Heaven on Earth – Spring 2019
The Heart of It All
A Co-creation and Communion with Earth
17th -23rd April, 2019
The Northern Lands of Portugal
What does it take to create Heaven on Earth?
Our immediate response is …You.
Really. You. The pulsing heart of You. The gently waking, wildly gushing allof You.
This bio-dynamically farmed land near Guarda, is lived with, worked with, played with and dreamt with.
This land, Dominio Vale do Mondego, is the calling card to what may be a whole new knowing of You.
It has called us and we are calling You.
…a six day long communion with Earth and your body. ..through sound weaving, forging and crafting, through energetic processes, through expanding our gaze and stretching our bodies we will be exploring the wider lands and spaces. Through opening out and inviting a centre from which everything springs forth to nourish us we will travel to and be present with the often not met places of your own golden source pool.
Through knowing this ‘home space’ it becomes more possible to find it anywhere.
What we know is that this green blue red earth is truly golden… We know this because we can perceive it. If you can perceive something you can have it!
If you’d like to flourish, to nourish, to be nourished and to flow with your body and your choices… have the aliveness and presence with living and dying and everything in between that really allows your awareness to expand and your life to become more like a living dance, a song or prayer of joy for the whole spectrum and more, then we totally and whole heartedly welcome you to play with us in this gorgeous place of restoration, inspiration and wondrous possibilities.
Would you like to – Develop a new relationship with your own body and the Earth?
– Learn and deepen your sensing and tracking of the language of energy?
– Receive from, engage and create with the elements and elementals – creating and inviting totally new possibilities for your future and that of the Earth?
– Allow a new paradigm of being on and with this planet to emerge?
– Deepen, shift and open your perception and perspective?
– Know yourself as a co-creator with the elements – crafting and forging a copper sound instrument in communion with the metal, the Earth and the elements?
– Experience and learn to use sound and sound weaving as an incredibly powerful tool for transformation and creation?
– Bring fluidity to what has been stagnant?
– Step into being a powerful change agent and a delight full contribution to the planet?
– Find that living with the Earth as a co-creator asks you to have more fun than you usually allow yourself?
Who would like to play with us?
And what will we be co-creating as Sound Alchemists? It’s copper that has come forward to be the shaper and to be shaped during these days … copper… soft, warm, communicative and rich with the connection to the deeper parts of ourselves and each other. We find copper opens up immense communication with the mountains and the seas of the wider earth. We have found copper facilitates the meeting of our own Heart and the Earth.
Can you sense the gift of crafting a copper vessel in co-creation with the elements and then receiving … drinking some of the wine made on that very land from the bowl you have forged…does that bring a new energetic to what communion might really be about? What did those people of these grape growing lands know about the sun, the plants, the roots, the rivers … their celtic forefathers and mothers? What do we bring towards them and what can be received and gifted through our celebration and being?
We’ve been touched and taken into new places within ourselves through the attunement with this workshop and retreat…The invitation we are perceiving is one that asks – would we be willing to have the Earth be the acknowledged co-facilitator?
We’re excited and you’re invited to come into a greater communion with all of the forces of Earth and Cosmos.
What will you take away from these days and nights? Well that’s really up to you. We are opening the lid on vast treasure chest and share it with you! These are the tools from which we craft our living . . . the software and the hardware! Living with greater ease and possibilties. More than a glimpse of magical possibilities and tools that expand awareness and perception as well as open up your own doorways of knowing who you are and where you shine – like the sun…? like a diamond…? like a crystal brought forward from the depths of the earth? You will have a beautiful hand forged singing bowl or bell that you forged yourself … an instrument that may ring out into the rest of your days…and beyond… or call you into the spaces of your own knowing of the heart from which it was gifted…
You will have tasted and lived with the kind of wonder and beauty and magic that has always been there for the choosing and will carry onwards to give you sustenance and new ways of being the creator in your of your own life…
This adventure into living as and with the earth will open the doors to a feast of riches. Through the six days and nights you will be offered a vast range of life enhancing tools and embodied experiences that you will always have access to following the retreat days. We describe these as our software and the hammers as our hardware. Through bringing them all together we offer you a whole kit bag of tools for greater conscious embodiment as you become more and more aware of the acoustical body and being you were born as. Sometimes it only takes reminding of what your body knows by giving it the space where other energies can slough off… this is one of the gifts of creating communion with your body and the Earth.
What energies are required to allow and invite all elements to contribute and co-create harmony with the whole?
If it resonates with what you are asking for too then this workshop and retreat will undoubtedly be received as a gift!
We regard it as a gift – for us! – from the Earth and through to You. We’d like to share these days and this invitation with You.
Will you unveil You and be all you be with us?
Booking for this Workshop is open now
€1585 or £1395 or $1800
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For any and all enquiries about this Heaven on Earth Co-Creation contact us here
Our venue Dominio Vale do Mondego, is a beautifully restored bio-dynamic farm and quinta nestled into a valley within the wooded hills of Portugal’s largest National Wilderness Reserve. With beautiful gardens and orchards, river pools, tastefully appointed studios for accommodation and group spaces, swimming pool with views of the mountains and so much more we are given a vast range of choices from which to enjoy the days here.
What wonders, gifts and possibilities will these days and this land bring to you?
Acommodations are twin shared and the food will be provided from the farm’s own bio-dynamically grown resources as well as local suppliers. If you have any specific food needs or allergies the farm may ask for an additional contribution.
LOCATION Dominio Vale do Mondego is located in the Beira Alta district in the interior of Portugal, about 45 km from the border with Spain, at the height of Salamanca.
Getting To The Venue:
The lands that we go to are a huge part of the invitation. The whole journey begins from the moment you choose to come and choosing your routes to travel is one of the many ways that magic shows up along the way. It former times these passages were pilgrimages and grail journeys…
Here are some of the ways that have been recommended from within Portugal.
To fly: To Porto – with TAP, Transavia, Vueling & Ryanair with the rental car it is a 2 hour drive on good toll highways by bus to Guarda takes 3 hours / train takes Guarda 3.5 hours
To Lisbon – with KLM, TAP, Transavia, Vueling & Easyjet with the rental car it is 3 hours away on good toll highways by bus to Guarda is 4 hours / by train to Guarda it is 4.5 hours
There are also ferries direct from the UK for those wishing to travel by sea.
Public Transport from Lisbon and Porto: for the bus, visit: www.rede-expressos.pt for the train, visit: www.cp.pt
What are we asking for?
In our preparations for bringing these days into a shape we asked ourselves to dare to ask for what we’d like to have in your days of being there! This may have been the first time ever that we really asked rather than sensed what might be possible! We’d love to share those asks with you. They are the energies we are co-creating with and opening out to You! This is the language of energy that we live our lives from and we encourage you to go there – to the energy – as you read it! That way you’ll know whether your body likes it too!
The earth is a gift and thrives through our communion and our Joy!!
Here’s what Heather asked for…
“I’d like to be with people who are choosing to ask for and have more than they’ve ever allowed themselves to have.
I’d like days that are literally full through our drinking from the rich well of a sustaining and generative living that uplifts and inspires and encourages more of that! These are energies that top up the well and allow it to spill over, continually regenerating our lives as we move forward and create our futures. I’m asking for warm cool evenings under a vast starlit sky, soft sounds of the river rising up through he banks and the valley nearby as gentle laughter bubbles up from some of the beauty filled stories and inspirations being gathered and shared around the open fire. . . I find myself moving to sound from our voices and others, some gongs reach into the inner parts of my body and with a little more acknowledgment I open to allow my body to talk as she shows me what it is that is ready to leave…a wee small ceremony for death occurs as I reach open and wide and find more space for me inside. It is fluid and it is free and together we become the players and the instruments for creating change and lightness of body and being. I’m asking for a conscious hand to come towards me and know where my body asks for a kindness that she has rarely met… opening and allowing so much more to what my body knows and would willingly contribute … if asked!
These are the days for calling forth the nourishment that sustains the choices that follow on from here…these days are the days where our gratitude and love of the earth and our own embodiment can be truly celebrated and shared, brought into the singing bowls and bells that are being crafted and resounding out into the wider cosmos. These are the days that have me know how incredibly grateful to be alive and that I am overjoyed to co-create with the planet with every choice I make!
The people I would like to share these days and nights with are some of the most precious people on the planet … they are creators and movers and connectors and wielders of swords and chalices or words or brush…they know they have gifts untold and delight in the exploration of those gifts coming towards them… happy to have them brought out of hiding and to be shared and celebrated by others! They are people who know that we are each being asked to continually go to the source of their greatest magic and sharpen and hone their energetic wands, their tools of conscious creating and they are willing to know who they can be in any moment if required.
They know that every moment is a miracle and every star a reminder of an earlier home and that here on this earth there is only awe and wonder for what miracles are continually available and that they are the miraculous beings they perceive others to be!”
It’s quite an invitation! It’s an energy that so many of us actually are and are asking for more of. It’s a frequency that if lived with and from continually builds and raises itself not from effort but from having created a wider expanse of willingness to Be that. It’s an invitation that is open to all if they’re willing to know that it’s a choice to Know, Perceive, Receive and Be.
What are you asking for? We found this to be a powerful moment in totally changing the direction of our choices to travel to Portugal. Give it a try. Let go of everything and dare to Ask. What would you like? What are you willing to receive? What would you like to co-create?
Resounding Earth Team
The Resounding Earth collaboration grounds our work more deeply into a real alchemical process through the embodiment of craft, where sound, as vibration, becomes physical form.
Gabriella Kapfer Gabriella Kapfer is passionate about teaching co-creative partnership with nature and the earth and has been co-facilitating workshops, retreats and transformational journeys and pilgrimages with sound, nature and craft for many years. She has evolved a new modality called Sound Weaving, creating vibrational fields of coherence and possibility through sound and vibration. She has repeatedly found that this work facilitates healing, change and transformation in subtle but powerful ways. As a skilled craftswoman, experienced and deeply intuitive sound alchemist she creates alchemy with the forge, fire and metal as she smiths sounding instruments of energy and vibration. It is a dedicated work of love that contributes to the future of the planet. She also has a background in process orientated psychology/ psychotherapy, group-work, music and working with the land/gardens in co-creative partnership, all of which comes into play through her sensitive and attuned facilitation. She learnt the craft of metal smithing and instrument making with master coppersmith and blacksmith Ton Akkermans since 2004 and started offering workshops of singing-bowl making in 2011. She is particularly skilled at facilitating the alchemical process with metal, fire, the elements and the vibration of conscious heartfelt connection as a way to consciously invite, birth and/or transform energies in our personal lives and in the world. As such the making of the singing bowls becomes a tool of creation way beyond the instrument itself. Through the embodiment of the craft, sound, as vibration becomes physical form.
Heather Cowen Heather Cowennee ‘Smith’has a wide reaching background in facilitation,teaching and hosting. Heather empowers others to widen their lens and perceive beyond the evidence based surface. She gives people access to more of themselves through sound, music and creative mentoring, intuitive and well developed skills of deep listening as well as energy healing and one to one facilitation. She has been crafting singing bowls and bells since 2010 and has been hosting and co-facilitating the work since having first met Ton Akkermans in that same year. It is a work she thrives on. Engagement with all of the beauty and possibiities in the physical process of making opens up so much for the shifts and changes that the people themselves are asking for. Many have described her as a Bowl Whisperer, a Muse and Midwife to new Creations. She is also called upon for Doula work with those who are dying and have died. She has a wide experience of and a wild love of intuitive cooking, co-creating meals with the plants and bodies she is feeding! Heather also offers a wide range of tools for change and living with greater ease and is a facilitator of Access Consciousness Bars and Body Processes and is always learning more about her own capacities and opening doors to others having more of their own. See Heather’s website www.fieldsofbeing.com for more of her work.
We are so delighted that our friend and long time play mate in co-creation and transformational work, Margaretta McIlvaine has joined us in the Creating Heaven on Earth Retreat in Portugal. Margaretta is the founder and director Bridge Between The Worlds, a centre in Virginia for the study of subtle Energy Medicine and for studying and connecting with the essence of spirit in Nature. In addition to her private practice, teaching classes and running the retreat center, Margaretta has been co-creating journeys as part of a group that includes Gabriella and Heather, guiding spiritual and conscious tours to magical localities such as Ireland, Scotland, Iceland and Malta and now Portugal! A gifted intuitive healer and clairvoyant she assists clients in connecting with all aspects of their multidimensional selves so that life can be lived and experienced from a larger perspective and a higher frequency. She has learned how to access wisdom directly from the higher planes. Her approach to transformational healing draws from a vast body of formal training that includes the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, The Virginia School of Massage, Earth Acupuncture, Shiatsu, guided imagery, numerous Buddhist retreats, and all levels of Reiki training. As a certified Integral Hatha Yoga teacher she will be offering our group invitations to experience bodies and touch in profound and beautiful ways. Her love and appreciation of nature inspired her to create Bridge Between The Worlds, a retreat center with a mission to assist others to connect with the essence of spirit and intelligence in nature and to recognize the healing power of the elements in the natural world. Margaretta’s approach to transformational healing brings together her extensive formal trainings with discoveries based on her own experiences of self-healing and self-transcendence. Her work takes her all over the world with regular clinics in Tokyo, New Mexico, California, Colorado, Maryland and home base in Virginia. If we were to sum it up in a few words we’d say something like …Margaretta is totally heart based … through her heart she draws everything together from a wisdom path that extends to beyond the the human realm… she lives from an abiding and deep commitment to conscious and joy fully embodied living! For more about Margaretta and Bridge Between the Worlds see here.