there be a season
when holiness is heard, and
the splendor of living is revealed.
Stunned to stillness by beauty
we remember who we are and why we are here. There are inexplicable mysteries."
is primordial intelligence, consciousness itself." E. Tolle,
without accompanying experience,
is a skeleton without the flesh of life."
where I am.”
"I heard against the stones of my dungeon of syllogisms
the humid tender, insistent onset of Spring, and the return of spirit." -Octavio Paz
Penny offers Retreats on various themes throughout the year (see below) along with the opportunity to design retreats for individuals, partners and groups in Paradise Found.
Self-Directed Personal Retreats in Paradise Found
Personal Retreat offers time to let go of habitual ways of being in thought, movement, relationship and life. Time for reflection and rest allow regulation and integration of that which we are meeting in everyday life.
Come for a day, a weekend, a week or more. Create your own personal retreat in the embrace of Paradise Found, six acres of simple beauty on the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, where the imagination and mirror of nature can restore our capacity to re-dream and refresh the longing and necessity for living authentic lives.
Come to Paradise Found on a self directed personal retreat. Download the Personal Retreat Brochure (2.5 Mb).
Gather a small group of friends, colleagues or family to celebrate a significant birthday, graduation, rite of passage or important moment in your life where you wish to pause, integrate, and deeply experience the moment through ceremony and celebration.
Penny has created "rites of passage" and ceremony for weddings, baby blessings, celebrations of life and other soulful moments. Penny welcomes any opportunity to co-create with you!
Note: Any of the retreat or class themes can be incorporated into a weekend for individuals, couples and groups.
Into Wild Her Ness: Embodying Soul
2013 dates coming soon...
Wilson Creek, Sunshine Coast, BC
Land in the fertile soil of belonging.
Hear the ancient song of Soul Sisters in the spirals of your ears.
Taste the wild shoots of summers emergence.
Smell the fecund perfume of earths breath.
See, in the mirror of nature, your wild her ness.
Stand in the place you are called to "occupy" uniquely - your wild and fruitful flesh.
Directly experience embodied soul.
To register: email@example.com or 604 803 4607
Please call very early to reserve a room in Paradise Found for the weekend or to know of reasonable accommodations nearby.
Dreaming in the Dark, Honoring the Hibernative Call
- Friday, Dec. 7 - Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012
Throughout history Mystics, Healers, Medicine Men and Women, Yogi’s and Monks have honored the “hibernative call”. Nature mirrors this same incubation process with the season of winter, in order to bring forth new life in the spring.
Honoring the hibernative call serves to channel prana (energy) through alternative portals of life giving and inspiring pathways, perhaps not accessed in our habituated lives. The stillness cultivated is beyond the absence of movement, and we are better able to greet the life that is flowing into the present.
Explorations in breath, sound and movement, based in Continuum Movement, invite us into the unfolding potential of what it means to be an embodied human. Perceptual inquiry and explorations in evolutionary movement offer fresh resources and deepen personal meaning making in these times of change.
As we journey towards the Winter Solstice and the darkest day of the year we will take up practices that support slowing down and resting into resonance with the rhythm of the natural world. We explore what it means to receive, to directly experience movement in stillness and the stillness in movement.
THE RAPTURE OF BEING ALIVE, An Summer Immersion in Creativity
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning to life…I think that what we’re really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we can actually feel the rapture of being alive.” Joseph Campbell
2013 dates coming soon...
- Land in the primordial ooze of creation, through explorations in breath, sound, movement and inquiry in the wisdom of our evolutionary movement lineage.
- Embody the elemental nature of the body and recover illimitable resources of vitality and creativity.
- Deepen in perceptual inquiry, dream exploration and writing practice.
- Create , through process oriented painting, an image that is longing to live through you at this time.
- Linger in long dives of exploration, embodiment and integration into the human bio-need to be in the living activity of co-creation.
- Enter an extended period of silence together to deepen and allow the inner teacher time to inform and integrate experience.
- Dream and be dreamed into new possibilities for living an embodied and authentic life.
- Directly experience the rapture of being alive!
This retreat is a wonderful opportunity to enter a period of reflection and incubation with others, and allow creative ideas to germinate and gestate in the collective field of inquiry, in order to bring them more fully into the living body of creation.
Being Green Again: Reconnecting to our Evolutionary Movement Lineage
with Amy Kiara Ruth and Penny Allport
2012 dates are full, 2013 dates to be announced soon.
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"We began as a mineral
We emerged into plant life and into
the animal state, and then to being human
And always we have forgotten our former states,
except in early spring,
when we dimly recall being green again." Rumi
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Stewarding Soul with Penny Allport
- February 1 - 3, 2013
- April 26 - 28, 2013
- August 2 - 4, 2013
- November 1 - 3, 2013
An invitation to enter a Circle of Soul Stewards, called at this potent time on the planet to gather together in the spirit of community dreaming and inquiry in a year of committed personal and planetary service to Stewarding Soul.
Practical embodied exercises and tracking explorations in the theme and energy of the earth's seasonal medicine will be offered at each gathering, along with daily practices to share in a field of nonlocal resonance between gatherings at home. Each weekend will unfold in the richness of our collective dream offerings through tracking dreams, painting process (optional), writing, storytelling, movement inquiry, in circle and ceremony. On the first weekend we will create a mask to accompany us on the journey.
Saturday evenings will offer Dreamtime Dives, in order for each participant to bring personal dreams to share in community and receive medicine both, personal and planetary. Altars will be both created and co-created in devotion to the sacred web of life.
Dates are chosen as perennial portals of Earthing wisdom, through which our Ancestors participated with and in the "world behind the world." The "midpoints" of the calendar call to the liminal place we are tending at this time. Meet Mystery~Live Origin~Unfold Myth
To inquire: firstname.lastname@example.org or 604 803 4607/604 885 4663