Mythology & Nature
November 30th to December 1st
Dive into yourself through storytelling, indigenous traditions and nature. During the weekend we will interpret ancient myths to develop intuition and reconnect with the fierce, healthy, visionary attributes of women’s instinctual nature. Our journey takes place in Dianshan Lake at the 4-star Huayi Wellness Resort surrounded by trees and water. During the weekend you will be supported and facilitated by Maria Souza, Social Ecologist and Educator.
IS THIS FOR YOU?
This weekend is designed for those who would like to take a break from the high fast pace of the city and connect to nature, for those who would like to develop their intuitive voice, indulge in storytelling and rediscover indigenous practices. We will spend time in nature, gather around the fire, experience the darkness and witness the sunrise. The myths and stories are focused on women’s psyche, however men are welcome to join.
WHAT WILL YOU GAIN
Deeper sense of what intuition means and how to practice listening to it
Learn how stories and myths can teach us to recover our natural Self
Experience nature with indigenous eyes
Develop a sense of belonging to oneself and to the earth.
8:45am – Meeting in Shanghai - At Wuding Lu with Xikang Lu.
9:00am – Van to Resort
10:00 – Arrival at the resort
10:00 – 11:00 Check In and Light Fruit Snack
11:00 - 13:30 - Opening Circle and Storytelling of the Myth The Handless Maiden
“The Handless Maiden” is about women’s initiation into the underground forest through the rite of endurance and making something substantial out of life. It teaches women how to recover their energy, reflect on the bargain every woman make and develop resilience.
13:30 - 14:30 - Lunch
14:30 - 16:30 - Interpretation of the Myth and Preparation for the Mythological Walk
16:30 - 17:30 - Mythological Walk and Journaling (Sit Spot)
The Mythological walk is an indigenous practice of seeing nature with indigenous eyes and learning to listen to one’s intuition and the signs of the natural world. The walk develops connection and belonging to earth. After the walk, participants will be encouraged to journal and write their stories.
18:00 - 19:00 - Dinner Time
19:00 - 21:30 - Fire circle and night time gathering
Gathering to reflect on earlier experiences and share their mythological walk stories.
21:30 - Sit Spot in The Dark
Experience nature during the night. Participants will be invited to navigate in the dark and find a space to sit and reflect. This activity works to dismantle fears, observe our shadow side and learn to listen to our intuitions even more closely.
4:45am - 6:00am - Dream Circle with tea
During approximately 50 minutes, before the sunrise, we will sit in circle around the fire and share our dreams. In indigenous traditions it is believed that our dreams may inform our day and to “wake up” with the sun is a form of being connected with the cycles of the natural world.
6:00 - 8:00am - Free time
8:00 - 9:00 - Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00 - Storytelling and Interpretation of the Myth Vasalisa The Wise
"Vasalisa the Wise” is a woman’s initiation story about the realization that most things are not as they seem. As women we call upon our intuition and instincts in order discern the truth from things, to extract nourishment from our own ideas, to see what there is to see, to know what there is to know, to be the keepers of our own creative fires, and to have intímate knowing about the Life/Death/Life cycles of all nature.
11:00 - 12:00 - Nature Time
Participants will go into nature looking for crafting materials, allowing them to emerge organically and listening to their intuition to guide the way.
12:00 - 13:00 - Lunch time
13:00 - 15:00 - Crafting Intuitive Objects
Learn the phases on how to craft a sacred object according to Amazonian indigenous traditions. Crafting reveals a deep connection with the feminine archetype and serves as a gateway to ancient women who worked with their hands. It's a grounding skill that connects us to the natural world and the potential for healing and transformation. Crafting reminds us that the world is animated, all that is asked from us is our intuitive mind.
15:00 - 16:00 - Final Circle
Reflection space and closing time
16:00 - 17:00 - Check out and Light Fruit Snack
17:00 - 18:00 - Return to Shanghai
4-star Huayi Wellness Resort, 50min from Shanghai near Dianshan Lake.
All meals are included from Saturday to Sunday. Please let us know of your dietary requirements.
Daily 4-star accommodation
Daily healthy meals
All activities mentioned in the schedule
Roundtrip transportation from Shanghai
All activity equipment and materials
All participants will receive a menstrual Protea Cup to support the connection with women's cycles and bodies, while also making women's periods more sustainable and free from disposable products.
BOOMI will plant one tree for each participant registered in the course. The trees will be planted in Inner Mongolia through the Roots & Shoots organization. More information here.
INVESTMENT - EARLY BIRD until November 8th
1,780 RMB person in a shared room
2,080MB for a single room
3,400RMB for 2 people in a shared room
(Book with a friend and get a discount)
INVESTMENT - From November 9th to November 29th
2,180 RMB person in a shared room
2,580 RMB for a single room
3,800 RMB for 2 people in a shared room
(Book with a friend and get a discount)
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
Maria Souza, Social Ecologist and Educator
Maria holds a Masters Degree in Ecology and Spirituality from Schumacher College and Trinity Saint David. Her mission is to engage people with the natural world and foster a reflection about our presence on Earth. Originally from Brazil she has worked for 7 years in the Brazilian Amazon with the indigenous peoples and Conservation Units. Maria is currently holding a programme entitled Women & Mythology which develops the Wild Women archetype in Shanghai. She is an expert in facilitating nature experiences and environmental education focused on Deep Ecology.
Maria spoke at the 13th United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues and participated together with Vice President Al Gore at the Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training. Between 2017/19 Maria worked with social environmental projects in South East Asia and China such as Traidhos Environmental School, East-West Seeds and Green Initiatives. Maria is part of the collective Wild Feminine Rising, a space for women to find gatherings and workshops focused on the healing of the feminine all around the world. Now based in Shanghai designing educational programs focused on ecological values, sustainability, indigenous traditions and women’s relation to nature and climate change.
If you have questions, please contact Maria at:
+86 131 6237 5382
Feel free to share this weekend with friends to make it even more special.