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Location: U. U. in the Pines Retreat Center, 7029 Cedar Lane, Brooksville, Florida Dates: Sunday (4:00 p.m.) September 30, until Saturday (10:30 a.m.) October 6, 2007 The registration for this retreat is limited to 12. The Retreat Center: U.U. [Universalist Unitarian Church] in the Pines is a quiet, serene country retreat located on 14 acres just east of Brooksville, Florida, and easily accessible by several major highways. The grounds are naturally peaceful, with some cleared areas and tall shade trees. The air is fresh and clean. Outdoors, there is a gazebo, medicine wheel, memorial garden, drumming circle and an octagonal chapel of peace, all beautifully suitable for meditation and sacred ceremony. There is also a large swimming pool for your morning and/or evening dips. Indoors, all the rooms are air conditioned. Your sleeping quarters in “The Barton” are small (about 10 ft. x 10 ft.), clean and simply furnished. The single beds (two in each room) have good mattresses and box springs. All the bedding is provided. You are also supplied with towels and wash cloths. You are required to share the bathroom facilities (for 12 people, there are 3 showers, including one in “The Cedar House”, 3 sinks and 4 toilets, including one in “The Cedar House” and one in “The Lodge”). The rooms in “The Lodge” for instruction, shamanic practices and handcrafts are clean, spacious, and inviting. The charming dining hall next to the kitchen in “The Lodge” is furnished with trestle tables. For


this size of group, the vegetarian meals are served buffet style. They are prepared by a first-rate chef. Since the kitchen is not available to guests, there is a refrigerator in the handcrafts room for your snacks and other perishables. Finally, there is a cozy library next to the dining hall. This serene retreat center lends itself to a variety of sacred practices. You are welcome to bring along your altar pieces, candles, incense, sage and cedar, (all with proper containers to shield against fire), as well as your drum and rattle. There is cleared space for “bodywork” programs. There is gently wooded space for private communing with the Spirit.

Retreat Schedule: Arrival Day: Please plan on arriving by 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon of September 30. You will have the opportunity to settle into your accommodations, meet each other, receive orientation information and share supper. That evening you will have your first Sacred Circle, which will include your first “Farewell to the Day” shamanic ritual. Day #1 to Day #5: October 1 to October 5, 2007 6:30 a.m. until 7:00 a.m.: Wake up with music and get ready for the day 7:00 a.m. until 7:15 a.m.: “Greet the Dawn” shamanic ritual 7:15 a.m. until 8:00 a.m.: Free time (please include, if possible, your private sacred practices and “body work”) 8:00 a.m. until 8:50 a.m.: Breakfast 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon: Instruction combined with shamanic practices (See below for details.) 12:00 noon until 1:20 p.m.: Lunch and free time 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.: More instruction combined with shamanic practices


4:40 p.m. until 5:50 p.m.: Handcrafts (See below for details.) 6:00 p.m. until 7:50 p.m.: Supper and free time 8:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.: Sacred circle (See below for details.) 9:30 p.m. until 10:20 p.m.: Free time (please include, if possible, journaling and private sacred practices) 10:30 p.m.: Lights out Departure Day: Please plan on leaving by 10:30 in the morning of October 6. You will have shared a breakfast and a “Farewell to Each Other” ritual. Instruction: Each day’s instruction will build on that of the preceding day. The instruction, provided by Berenice (see the biographical sketch below), will include 1) ancient wisdom teachings, including mythology (our wonderful shamanic legacy), 2) the Celtic shamanic tradition (the gifts of the four directions), and 3) insights from modern science (quantum physics and psychology) combined with “New Thought” metaphysics, all of which are necessary for your 21st century shamanic consciousness. As the retreat progresses, you will learn how to create your own rituals, chants and ceremonies. Shamanic Practices: The shamanic practices, taught by Berenice assisted by Marylois (see the biographical sketch below), will include casting the circle, spirit journeying (with your “power” animal and spirit guides), shapeshifting, soul retrieval, past life regression, sacred postures and gestures, purification rituals, divination, maintaining silence and vision questing.


Handcrafts: Handcrafts, taught by Marylois, are your choice of making a mask, rattle, “medicine” bag, or jingle bell dancing anklet….your creative expression. If you wish to make more than one item, you may. Please indicate all the handcrafts you wish to make on your registration form. Sacred Circles: The daily sacred circles, facilitated by both Berenice and Marylois and later by you and your fellow students, will involve sharing, guided meditations, “cocooning”, story-telling, chanting, drumming, dancing, rituals and whatever else happens. Requirements for the Retreat:  Loose and comfortable clothing suitable for indoor (floor) and outdoor activities  Comfortable floor mat with blanket and pillow  Floor cushion (optional)  Bed sheet for “cocooning” in the sacred circle  Sheer head veil eg. a sheer curtain, for sacred dancing (optional)  Spiral note book, AND a journal and writing equipment  24 bottles (or more) of pure water  Flashlight and insect repellent  Drum and/or rattle and other ceremonial items (optional)  Toiletries (preferably unscented)  Portable tea and/or coffee maker for your room (optional)  Beach towel (optional) Additional Requirements: The purpose of these requirements is to help you to contain and maintain your collective and individual energies


at a high vibration and to keep you focused on your inner work. You will be requested to commit yourself to these requirements, at the time of registration.  This retreat will be held in a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drugfree (except for prescribed medications) environment.  This retreat will be held in a celibate environment.  Couples will be paired off with other people during the shamanic practices.  All cell phones, pagers and other electronic communication devises, including laptop computers, will not be used, except at designated times.  There will be no radios, televisions, or CD, tape or DVD players.  All participants will remain on the property for the duration of the retreat.  All participants will attend all the classes and other scheduled activities.  All participants will ensure that they arrive on time for each class and scheduled activity. Your Instructors: Their “Being” Biographies Berenice Andrews Berenice began her life’s journey on this Mother Earth seventy-three years ago. Since then, her path has taken some very interesting twists and turns. Her childhood, spent in a gold mining camp, was a time of interacting with many people from various parts of this world. So, at a very early age, she learned to “see” the many varieties of humanity given to us by the Great Spirit of all Life. And she realized, even that early, that she loved to teach. In a makeshift classroom, she would


gather up the little kids of the neighborhood and impart to them what she had learned in Daily Vacation Bible School! This was the beginning of a lifelong love of guiding human minds into expanded “knowingness”. And it was her very first awareness of being connected with her Divine Source. After that, her path took her to other locations. She got married, birthed children and raised them. There were also other “worldly” matters to attend to, including obtaining an advanced university education. Thereafter, she continued to teach and then integrated this passion into a career in librarianship. Meanwhile, she had drifted away from her early childhood consciousness of connection with her Divine Source. But the Spirit had never lost Its connection with her. Years later, her path took a major turn. And, as is the case with many people, Berenice underwent a spiritual “crisis”. It was a time of great personal turmoil and grief, but the help was there. The Spirit was knocking at her door. She met up with her shamanic teacher/healer and her life really began. For the next few years, she studied with her teacher and with others who followed the shaman’s path. She awakened her inner shaman. She learned to explore the Otherworld and to relate better to this one. She learned to trust her spirit guides and to live her truth. She learned the real meaning of being a teacher. And she learned the healer’s craft…an undeveloped skill that had also been given to her by the Spirit. The connection with her Divine Source was renewed and then made foremost in her life. She had, at last, stepped into her Power. Then, her spirit guides led her to St. Petersburg, Florida and there she has practiced her shamanic teaching/healing calling. What an adventure it has been! And it continues. Berenice looks forward to helping you to awaken your own inner shaman.


Marylois Schott A half a century has passed since my walk in this life time began. I am one of six children born to a farming family - displaced when the value of small farms was lost. I spent most of my childhood in a children’s home. There I learned that true peace came through my spiritual practices. I could not wait to attend any and all activities with the local church. This continued until my adolescent years. Then, I met my husband of 33 years and the needs of family and the demands I placed on myself for a livelihood took over. My life looked like I was nurturing my spiritual well being. I had in fact drifted off to a part of my life I now refer to as automatic pilot. As the story line goes for so many of us, there was a crisis in my life. My story line went something like this. I would not live to 45 with the health issues I had. This set a new pattern into my life one of learning to care for self first. (Believe me when I say this has been an on-going lesson for me). My story began to change and I reached out to find a way different than I had known before. (When the student is ready the teacher appears). My teachers have been two Reiki Masters, a Herbalist, a Shamanic teacher/healer, and a teacher of the Red Way, and every being green, two legged, four legged, crawling, winged, or water beings. As my life opens to the wisdom of what it has always known, I find that the gifts of this life are to be shared with others. One of my great joys is hand crafting. I use many modalities and have for over 40 years. This has opened me to the ways to open creativity for others. This I do


through crafting with my hands and through the spirit journey of the mind. The power of who I am is in the walk of the Divine I take with every step. In my walk as Sundancer, I walk the way of beauty, peace, and balance from the ancients’ to the plateaus. I am the Great Spirit’s Joy. I welcome this opportunity to share the expansion of who we are together. Retreat Costs: The $795.00 retreat package contains the following: six nights and five days accommodation (double occupancy), all meals (vegetarian), outdoor facilities, materials for one handcraft project and all the instruction. A single supplement will cost $85.00. Each additional handcraft will cost $25.00. Extra costs will involve your transportation, bottled water, snacks etc. Please note that this retreat does NOT qualify for tax deductions. Payment Schedule: Registration fee of $250.00 which includes a non-refundable deposit of $50.00 is required to ensure your place. The balance is due and payable in two payments of $272.50: one in August 2007 and one by mid-September 2007. Any single supplement and/or monies for additional handcrafts are due with the registration fee.


Cancellation Policy: If you cancel before August 1, 2007, you will be refunded all of your payments except the $50.00 non-refundable deposit. If you cancel before September 1, 2007, you will be refunded 1/2 of your payments except the $50.00 non-refundable deposit. If you cancel after September 1, 2007 but before September 15, 2007, you will be refunded $100. If you cancel after September 15, 2007, there will be no refund.

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