Summer Soul Intensive : Earth, Body & Psyche

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Susanna Raeven
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Aug 14 - 16, 2020
Group size: 10 - 14
Summer Soul Intensive : Earth, Body & Psyche
Berne, NY

Susanna Raeven
  • Facebook verified
14 reviews

$400
Deposit: $200
Aug 14 - 16, 2020
Group size: 10 - 14

About this trip

Summer Soul Intensive : Earth, Body & Psyche

A Journey into Self through Yoga, Dreams, Bees and Plants

with Doug Van Houten and Susanna Raeven 


THIS PROGRAM IS DESIGNED WITH THE EARTH-IN-MIND to strengthen your sense of embodied wholeness and deepen your connection to soul. To help bring the sacred into your daily yoga practice and your everyday life.  


We will stretch our sensory bodies and wild imaginations toward a conversation between our earthly home and our soul’s calling. We will work with shadow, be in ceremony, wander the land and practice daily Vinyasa yoga (all levels welcome) in the beautiful forested hills of Raven Crest. 


Dream plants from our herb gardens help us to deepen the connection with our dream maker and travel the landscapes of our subconscious. We will apprentice to the honey bees on how to embody the seasons and recognize our Earth mother's gifts. Sound baths and guided meditation bring us closer to the wild essence of our being. 


Our dreams, bodies and waking encounters in Nature guide us to becoming more of who we are destined to be.



Doug von Houten

As a seasoned Animas guide, Doug draws on the wisdom of the natural world, depth-psychology, eco-psychology, dreams, somatic knowing, poetry, and many pan-cultural, soul furthering practices that includes: The Way of Council, vision fasting, trance dancing and conversations with the more than human world. Doug’s true calling in life is to support others as they uncover their own unique gifts and in so doing, transform their lives in service to what Thomas Berry called ”The Great Work” of our times. Doug is also an ardent beekeeper, a visual artist, a wily wanderer, a dream tracker, a deep ceremonialist, a heart-centered activist, and yoga instructor.


Susanna Raeven

Susanna is an herbalist, wise woman, medicinal herb grower and owner of Raven Crest Botanicals. She holds in her heart a deep connection to the natural world and lives and breathes with the plants in her gardens. Her teachings are guided by Earth centered spiritual practices and cultures. Her prayers are for the Earth and all her children. While practicing herbalism Susanna calls on the wisdom of healing master plants from the Amazon. She offers herbal consultations, leads plant walks, is a guest teacher at Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism and holds soul and herbalism retreats at Raven Crest.

What’s included

• Delicious vegan and vegetarian meals with farm grown food  (bring your own lunches)

• Beautiful accommodations

• guidance and activities

• Train/bus station pickup from Albany if needed

(please let us know how you are planning to come to the farm so we can organize ride shares and pickups)

Registration

Your non-refundable $200 deposit will reserve your spot. 

Available Packages

Camping
only 1 left

There are beautiful spots to pitch a tent around the guest houses.

$400
Deposit: $200
Shared Beds
6 left

For couples and close friends our beautifully decorated cabin offers shared beds. 

$450
Deposit: $200
Shared Room
5 left

The peaceful and beautifully decorated Mullein House has shared rooms with two or three single beds available. 

$500
Deposit: $200
Single Room
only 1 left

Our lovely cabin and the beautifully decorated Mullein House offer single rooms with shared bathroom. 

$600
Deposit: $200
$400
Deposit: $200

Camping

Who’s Going

Your Organizer


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Susanna Raeven
14 reviews
Susanna Raeven is an herbalist and owner of Raven Crest Botanicals, an herbal apothecary and small scale medicinal herb farm in upstate NY. Susanna loves to sing to the plants, listen to the quiet whisper of their deep wisdom and help bring healing to her tribe and community. She guides herb walks, teaches classes in herbalism and leads retreat at Raven Crest Retreat Center.

Reviews

Highly recommend this experience. The accommodations are so comforting, the people you meet are so down to earth, the food is wonderful, the topics soul searching. I can’t wait until next season to have another chance to dig deep at Raven Crest. Susanna not only opens her property to her guests but also her beautiful soul.
Amazing experience! Thank you very much for such beautiful retreat, for the chance to reconnect with the nature, for sharing your knowledge, for delicious and nourishing food, for everything. Can't wait to be back!
Roots, Song, Prayer & Breath was a beautiful weekend of nourishment, community, empowerment, and connection with both plants and people. Our schedule was filled with wonderful experiences and experiential learning opportunities plus there was also freedom to take a walk in the woods, meditate in nature, or take time for self reflection. The meals were beyond amazing- very creative, filled with savory herbs and nourishing local foods (most from the farm). The retreat teachers were kind, generous and wise. From ceremony in the beautiful temple and drumming around the fire under the moon to mushroom walks and digging roots, it was a great weekend!
Susanna has created a wonderful sanctuary for rest, renewal, healing, and learning at Raven Crest Botanical Farm. The wisdom, love and compassion shared by her, Maryn, and Sam provided an environment that nourished my body, soul, and mind, as well as inspired me. Creating our own herbal/root medicines for immunity, learning how to breathe properly to open up our lower chakras and unleash our True Voice, and connecting with the land, plants, and each other were true blessings. The food was incredibly delicious and healthy. I found a new tribe attending this retreat! And I will gladly return for future retreats!!!
My heartfelt gratitude to Susanna for opening up her incredible home and farm and to Susanna and Doug for putting together such an enriching and powerful retreat. Words can not express what must be experienced directly. Thank you.
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