by Debra Vickroy
May 3-5, 2002
Sky Meadow Retreat Center
15 Practitioners participated in the first Practitioners’ Retreat on May 3-5, 2002 at Sky Meadow Retreat Center near Greensboro, Vermont. It was a relaxing setting in which to explore our concerns about being Practitioner’s, to heal some old wounds, journey into our own growth work and begin to form a Council.
On Friday evening after dinner we had a lovely ceremony led by Dianne and Debra. It was quite wonderful to see old friends and meet new ones – quite like a Festival, in that way. On Saturday, after a talking staff, everyone journeyed to determine how they most needed/wanted to spend the day. Some people found others to journey with, some just enjoyed time with nothing to do and nowhere to go on the beautiful land, others simply napped. What was enchanting was that everyone was able to get their needs/ wants met and there were no demands on anyone. In the evening staff there was some deep sharing of life situations that were deeply moving to us all.
Sunday was spent addressing practical concerns such as how we envision the Practitioners’ Retreat evolving and the needs we would like to see it meet.
It was agreed that we would plan two meetings a year; one in the Spring and one in the Fall. The next meeting will be September 20-22, 2002 at Sky Meadow. In Spring 2003, Jeannette Samanen agreed to organize the meeting at Temenos Center in Pennsylvania (Tentative dates of March 7-9, 2003). Fall 2003 may be in the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky with Spring 2004 in California.
The areas that we most want to explore together included: development of special projects, promotion of the work and professional exchange of ideas and concerns. We began the process of exploring how we might work with IIVR to develop imagery projects and find funding for them. We began exploring some of the issues involved in promoting the imagery work to the general public.
Practitioners shared some of their successes and their failures. We identified the four steps toward commitment to the imagery work: 1) awareness, 2) interest, 3) involvement, and 4) commitment.
We agreed to explore this topic further at the next meeting. We also agreed to allow time during the next weekend for Practitioners to explore their experiences as guides and to exchange information on dealing with difficult situations.
We hope that you will be available in September and will considering coming to our next gathering.
September 20-22, 2002
Sky Meadow Retreat Center, Greenboro, VT.
Cost: $150.00 including dormitory sleeping and vegetarian meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch)
For more information contact: Debra Vickroy at debvickroy [at] aol [dot] com