Nature-based programs, transformative events, private and group session counseling, courses, workshops, and retreats
Strengthening connections to nature
Community building and healing
This course centers on an aspect of nature every two weeks. We will explore how this particular aspect of nature reflects Spirit's action in one's particular life journey. We will connect with the healing of Spirit, and the gift of Spirit's nature-based teachings of change, abundance, limits, and potential.
We will use imagination to enter the enchanted reality of real communion with Nature. We will explore our dreams which suggest a longing and perhaps even grief at one's distance from Wild Nature - our own wild nature, and that of Mother Earth.
Walking the trails along the river, ceremony, and arts and crafts projects will be incorporated into the process.
Limited to 8 participants. Non-denominational. $15 per 90 minute session. NEW COURSES ARE ONGOING. Earth Circle participants meet every other Sunday (6 sessions). Refreshments will be served. Interested participants: Contact Victoria Moore at (434) 295-0635 to register.
(Begins again in September)
Participants are invited to share ideas and discuss issues of concern in an inclusive, compassionate, life-affirming community. This resilient community creates hopeful possibilities arising through our collaboration and reciprocity with others.
Guest Speaker: TBA
Please come and enjoy this free event!
DATE: First Sundays
TIME: 3 PM
CANCELLED DUE TO AN ABUNDANCE OF COVID CONCERNS
We will NOT be holding the Autumnal Equinox celebration here at The Wild Blue Heron Center on September 19, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
The Autumnal Equinox celebration is one of the greatest of the Earth festival days. It is all about harvest and gratitude—reaping what you have sown, as well as beginning the process of making space for what you’ll create next. It is a time of celebration, love, family, and friends, and it is an energy that you can use to restore harmony and balance in your life. The equinox means the Earth has moved into such a position that the sun gives us just as much darkness as light on this one day, which this year will be on September 22nd. We have six months ahead of us where the nights are longer than the days. What changes will that make in you? If our part of the Earth changes and gets darker, we must change too, to remain balanced.
As we celebrate together, we share the bounty given to us by Mother Earth--an Earth give-away to humans. It is imperative to give back to the Earth in honor of the immense gifts she has given to us throughout the warmer months. Everything in Nature knows about the give-away, and freely gives to one another. Human beings are the only ones who often do not understand the give-away. But it is important that we learn about it because when human beings are not freely giving-away to one another, they are unbalanced. This can even ruin the balance and harmony of nature.
It is essential to continually renew and celebrate our connections with the Sacred, and to know our place in the Web of Life. The Autumnal Equinox is a slower time. It is a time of pausing—to reflect about gratitude. When day and night are briefly balanced at the Equinox, may we remember how fragile life is—human life, surely, but also the lives of other creatures, trees, and plants, waters, and winds. This is also a time of counting our blessings—a time of balance.
Remember to experience the miraculous beauty of Mother Earth all around us.
These are challenging times.
These are times of immeasurable opportunity.
These are times when we discover that we are together more than we ever imagined.
These are times when the Beloved Creator calls us beyond what we have known about ourselves and life itself.
Feel the tie that binds our hearts in Conscious Love.
Invite healing for those who suffer and for yourselves.
Remember to experience the miraculous beauty of Mother Earth all around us.
Remember to sing, drum, dance, and to laugh. Laughter is the harmony of the heart.
May your connections bring harmony, beauty, and balance to you and your circle of beings.
In the name of all that is Sacred, in the spirit of our ancestors, and in the name of peace and tranquility, bring the circle of love and light to humanity, Mother Earth, and the more-than-humans. Send healing into the Four Directions.
What is ceremony, and why is it important? I think that ceremony is essential. Malidoma Some tells us that his tribe in Africa has ceremonies every day, more than once to maintain connection with our home, the Earth. Ceremony is a way of communicating. "We learn through ceremony to connect with the Earth, with Nature, with other beings on on the Earth, and with the Sacred Mystery.".Through ceremony we express what we feel and think through specific actions and movements and intentions. Ceremony is a process in which the human capacity for Sacred feeling and reverence is given form and expression. It is not the form of the ceremony that is important, but it is the intention and meaning. Here at the center, we go down to the river. We contemplate the flow of life. A river sings a holy song converting the mysterious truth that we are a river--change and flow. We build a sacred fire to gather our spirits in connection and cohesion.
Victoria Moore, Licensed Professional Counselor, Director
Elder, Wild Blue Heron Tribe
1. Trauma, Wounds, and Wholeness - A Journey of Healing & Awareness
2. Grief, Loss, and Healing
In our groups we will emphasize storytelling--sharing stories of lives and losses, learning from each other, sharing the pain of another's heart, and the inspiration from each other's epiphanies. We create a comforting secure mode through our common humanity. Everywhere, everyone gravitates to a shared secure space.
All groups will be held online from the Wild Blue Heron Center, overlooking the Hardware River; 15 miles from Charlottesville, 11 miles from Scottsville, and 5 miles from Crossroads Store Rt. 29 South on historic Plank Road.
The facilitator will be Victoria Moore, LPC. Ms. Moore has facilitated many counseling groups over the course of her career.
Call for details and registration.
All groups will be held in-person at the Wild Blue Heron Center.
$20 per in-person session.
"THRIVING IN YOUR THIRD ACT: Women Finding Fire and Fulfillment After 50"
The life experiences you've navigated, the paths you've pioneered, the work you've done in the world, is only the beginning - a launch pad into an inspiring "third act", where you give and receive in equal parts, enriching the lives of others and making a difference in everything you do. You will be inspired to walk freshly in new ways, both for yourself and for others.
"GRIEF, LOSS, & GRATITUDE"
You will explore the interwoven bond between grief and gratitude, sorrow, and intimacy. The use of art, poetry, and writing will expand your connections and understandings. You will also create tactile forms of honoring your ancestors and loved ones. These tools, as well as ceremony, will aid in the transformation of grief, allowing you to live and love more fully.
"THE ELDER/SAGE as TRANSFORMER of SELF and SOCIETY"
As you embrace a future filled with exciting new opportunities for personal growth, you will become a sage, an active and responsible elder, whose efforts help heal the family, the community, and the planet. A sage is the important role of wisdom keeper and guide - the crowning achievement of a lifetime. A time of life embraced with dignity, grace, wisdom, and unlimited generativity.
"POWER, PURPOSE, & AUTHENTICITY"
You will learn to fully own your own stories as you move into your present and future with courage and authenticity. You will be invited to open the covers of your life, to find the marvels inside. You will explore your life as an ongoing narrative, discovering the personal mythologies unconsciously lived, break free of them, and consciously create your own personal future. You will become artful in the way of the inner landscape, learning to help yourself and others reach expanded potential through your ideas, aspirations, and wishes. You will connect more deeply with yourself and others, getting to the core of who you are, embracing yourself, and trusting in your wholeness.
"THE SPIRITUALITY OF THE LABYRINTH: A PATHWAY TO THE WISDOM CULTURE"
Walking the Labyrinth quiets the mind, opens the heart and grounds the body. The Labyrinth is a mirror of the soul that reflects back to us where we are on our journeys. The Labyrinth opens the door to self-reflection and allows us to comprehend and release the psycho-spiritual issues that need clearing. In this course, you will learn the history and archetypal meaning of the Labyrinth and how it addresses our spiritual needs from an inclusive perspective. We will explore the feminine principle and why it is so central to healing Western dualism. You will learn the ancient meditative practice of walking the Labyrinth to help you nurture the innate embodied wisdom we all have access to. When we walk the Labyrinth, our intuition and imagination are open and available both to us and to our community in new and profound ways.
Each course will consist of six sessions. Each session will last 90 minutes. The number of participants per class will be capped at 10. The fee is $15 per course session. Walking the trails and the river, as well as art, poetry, writing, and ceremony will be incorporated in the process. Refreshments will be served.
Before the beginning of a course, a recommended, but not required, book list will be sent to enrolled participants. Hand-outs will be provided at course meetings.
Call for details and registration. In-person courses begin in September.
Counselor; Teacher; Psychological and Educational Consultant;
Certified Grief Counseling Specialist; Certified Eco-Spiritual Mentor
By appointment only
4645 Diggs Mill Ln, North Garden, Virginia 22959, United States