with Glenn Aparicio Parry and Susan Kaiulani Stanton
October 25th – October 27th, 2019
at the Menla Retreat Center and Spa, Phoenicia, NY
Effective collaboration of sacred feminine and masculine energies is the most important issue of our times. It affects not just all human society, but the whole of nature. What will a harmonious future for humanity and the world look like?
Will it be a time of resurgent feminine energies as part of a rebalancing of consciousness that has been overly patriarchal? If so, should the men hand over the baton of leadership to the women? Or is this the time when neither men nor women dominate—and instead there is a rebalancing of sacred feminine and masculine energies within all of us.
In the Me-Too era, we are entering a period of rapid change not only in our romantic and sexual relationships, but in all arenas in life from the office to the social and political structures of power. Too much attention has been placed on the problems of this era and not enough on the opportunities. With more women coming into power, this is an opportunity to maximize positive feminine and masculine collaboration. This ground of cooperative interaction may seem new, but there is a vast tradition of sacred practices from many ancient egalitarian cultures to draw upon.
In this retreat, we first explore Native American influences on our founding fathers and our founding mothers (who gave birth to the women’s movement of the 19th century). We then take the time to openly and honestly reflect upon the power structures of the present.
We do this together – all of us, women and men, through ceremony, dialogue, and other practices. We explore what is or isn’t working; what is or isn’t changing. We listen and learn from each other, and in the process, co-create a microcosm of an alternative society. Each of us has a role to play in facilitating a transformation to a world of greater balance and harmony.
This retreat will be groundbreaking because it acts as an incubator for birthing effective practices of masculine/feminine collaboration that can then be applied to all spheres of life.
Come join us in this creative experiment as we collaboratively co-create a better tomorrow.
Fee: $750 per person includes workshop fee, accommodation and meals.
About the Leaders
Glenn Aparicio Parry, PhD, is the author of the Nautilus award-winning book Original Thinking: A Radical Revisioning of Time, Humanity, and Nature (North Atlantic Books, 2015), and the forthcoming Sacred Politics (Select Books, 2019). He is also an educator, speaker, and ecopsychologist whose life-long passion is to reform thinking into a coherent, cohesive, whole. The founder and past president of the SEED Institute, Parry is currently the director of a grass-roots think tank, the Circle for Original Thinking. .
Susan Kaiulani Stanton (Mohawk/Native Hawaiian) is the Founder and Senior Grandmother of Grandmothers Circle the Earth Foundation, an international organization that travels the world in service of Mother Earth and future generations, giving birth to new Grandmother councils all over the planet.
Susan is Vice-President of the Great Balance, bi-located in the United States and Colombia with a focus on building a culturally appropriate university and the planting of one million trees to protect and perpetuate the culture and sacred land of the mamos, the Indigenous People of the beautiful Sierra Nevadas de Santa Marta.
She is a delegate with the International Public Policy Institute to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and has also participated in United Nations forums on Indigenous rights.
Susan lives with her husband Brad Walking Bear Stanton (Narragansett) on the Mississippi River in the heartland of North America.
Schedule of Events
Friday, October 25th
4:00 pm: Opening ceremony
6:00 pm: Dinner, opening prayer and blessing
7:30 pm: Fire ceremony, storytelling by the fire
Saturday, October 26th
8:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am – 10:15 am: Susan: Water ceremony
10:15 am – 10:30 am: Break
10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Glenn: Introduction to Sacred Politics and group discussion
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch
2:00 – 5:00 pm: Group dialogue (Glenn moderator)
6:00 pm: Dinner
7:30 – 9:30 pm: Susan – Evening c eremony and Dream Group session
Sunday, October 27th
8:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:30 am: Check-out from Menla
9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Group dialogue and closing pipe ceremony
1:00 pm: Lunch
* Schedule of events subject to minor changes