“In the Light of interbeing, peace and happiness in your daily life means peace and happiness in the world.“– Thich Nhat Hanh
INTERBEING is a series of immersive events and retreats focused on experiencing the connectedness of all things.
Guests will deepen their relationship with the natural world while holding space for personal development. Each event and retreat will highlight different wellness modalities and activities, with a unifying theme of open-minded, open-hearted support rooted in nature. Step away from the stresses of modern life and practice living from the new and ancient story of connection and interdependent reality.
We do not come into this world, we come out of it, as leaves and fruit from a tree; let’s discover all the ways we can help each other grow.
“It is when we connect to nature with all our senses that the magic happens and our lives can be transformed. Immersed in the natural world, we can experience the miracle of life and connect to something larger than ourselves. Nature takes our breath away and breathes new life into us.”– Dr. Qing Li
Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness
UPCOMING INTERBEING EVENTS
Interbeing 05: Ancestral Connection
Saturday, October 28, 2023
Under the full moon and just prior to Samhain (pronounced “SOW-in”), the ancient Celtic observance honoring those who have passed, Interbeing 05 is a single day retreat tapping into ancestral and living wisdom through Forest Bathing, Circlework, Meditative Sound Immersion, Earth Medicine Art Practice, and Crafting Ritual. The evening will conclude with a bonfire + drumming. Sessions will be held both indoors and outdoors. While all are welcome, this retreat has been designed with people in mind who are walking with loss; grief will be respected here.
ABOUT INTERBEING EVENTS AT SILVAE SPIRITUS
We focus on the wisdom at the center of the circle:
At Silvae Spiritus, we embrace a philosophy of personal awakening and development within a context of “progress, not perfection” – an attempt to meet people wherever they are on their journey, and an acknowledgement that each step along that path is necessary and can be offered spaciousness.
Our events and retreats give participants an opportunity to slow down, shift from your everyday routine, and re-focus your attention toward yourself in relation to community. In contrast to the vast majority of wellness events, ours are a more interactive experience: rather than solely absorbing what we and our guest facilitators offer, participants are invited to contribute their own insights and unique gifts, thereby co-creating a more richly nuanced and memorable experience for everyone.
One of our foundational beliefs is that when we come together to immerse ourselves in shared authenticity, a deep wisdom may be accessed; one which emanates not from any particular individual, but arises from the center of the circle: the point of intersection which joins each perspective and coalesces into something greater than, and more true than, any individual would be capable of on our own. We don’t come with any answers or prescriptions for how to best navigate these complicated times, but we are honored to hold space for the conversation to unfold.
We believe effective ecology starts with love:
One of the most simple and accurate definitions of the word “love” is the expansion of self to include another. Within the context of deep ecology, the term “ecological self” describes how a natural maturation of the human is toward ever-widening fields of relevance and caring, as your self-interest expands from being just what affects you (constrained by long embedded notions of yourself as a discrete and isolated entity) to encompass your family or community or country, to eventually include what happens to Earth.
People protect what they love.
The levels of energy, buoyancy, optimism, and compassion available to a person actively enraptured in the process of falling in love are unequaled in the vast scope of human experience. This abundance is just what we will need to meet the challenges ahead. Join us as we remember how to fall in love with Earth.
We encourage nourishment for body + mind:
All Interbeing events and retreats at Silvae Spiritus include Nature as an active participant, not just a setting. Whether Forest Bathing, thermic cycling through the practice of Sauna + Cold Plunge, Star-gazing, Bonfire-sitting, or immersing in an ambient sound exploration, we believe an embodied interaction with the community of flora and fauna are what supports full, grounded wellness.
Physiological benefits include:
- Boosted immune system
- Decrease in stress hormones
- Regulation of blood pressure
- Enhances activity of anti-cancer proteins
- Increases parasympathetic (rest & restore) nervous system
- Improves respiratory functions
- Improves cardiovascular functions
- Improvement of sleep quality
Psychological benefits include:
- Stress reduction
- Easing of depression
- Improved mood / overall sense of wellbeing
- Clarity of intention
- Accelerates attention fatigue recovery
- Decrease in rumination
- Heightened sense of community
- Enhanced empathy
- Boosted creativity
What to expect when you arrive at an Interbeing retreat:
Whether you’re new to the practices and modalities on offer, or an experienced enthusiast, and whether the totality of your experience with nature is a houseplant or you’re a lifelong wilderness backpacker, we believe that nature is for everyone and all are welcome here.
Upon arrival you will be greeted, checked-in, and given an agenda and an overview of the land and available facilities. Coffee, tea, water, and healthy snacks are always provided.
We’ll fully communicate with you to ensure you arrive prepared and have anything you might need to comfortably participate.
Questions? Contact us anytime.
PAST INTERBEING EVENTS
Interbeing 01: Revive, Reveal, & Inspire
Monday, September 5, 2022
A full-day guided retreat featuring meditation, forest bathing, writing exercises, thermic cycling, and ambient audio immersion / sound bathing designed to attune the body, mind, and spirit; all are welcome.
Interbeing 02: A Music Production Interactive Immersion
Friday – Sunday, September 9-11, 2022
Two days of music production insights, including creative, technical, and business education + two nights of camping. Supported by thermic cycling (sauna + cold plunge), drum circle, stargazing, group listening / feedback, and a woodland dance party.
Interbeing 03: Embodying Abundance
Saturday, June 24, 2023
A single-day guided retreat featuring forest bathing, ambient audio immersion / sound bathing, plant wisdom / herbal medicine, and thermic cycling: sauna + cold plunge. Designed to guide the body, mind, and spirit into our fullest expressions; all are welcome.
Interbeing 04: (((sound + wellness + community)))
Friday – Sunday, August 18-20, 2023
A weekend camping retreat (day passes available) with an intention toward embodied experiences, co-creation, and nature connection. Featuring ambient immersion / sound bath, collaborative jams, sound healing seminars, production clinics, late night dance parties, wood-fired sauna & hot tub + cold plunge, all on 30 private acres. Presentations & explorations from Michaelton, Leon J, Tunnel, Mama Rose, Thomas C Gorton, Dendrotic, Amanda LaFrance, and more…