Personal and Professional Development
North American School – January to June 2017
This program is a multi-faceted immersion in the power of poetry, with the understanding that the poems we love reflect to us the voice of our soul, and as we embody them more and more deeply we discover and reveal more and more of our true nature — to ourselves and those around us. This naturally overflows to serve others: as we meet and befriend our own depths, voice, body, nakedness, dissolution and creation, we can invite, hold and support others to unfold, to “dive” in their unique ways. Year One is focussed on personal, direct experience. In Years Two and Three this inner work moves naturally to include opportunities to learn about bringing this soul-work into service with individuals, groups and communities. Click here for information about Year Two.
The form of year one in 2016 will be the following:
- Two 5-Day residential retreats, one at the beginning of the course in January 20 – 25, 2017 and one at the end in June 9 – 14, 2017
- 4 group video calls – 2 hours
- experiential homework invitations and an online forum for posting homework and other communications (The “Temple Wall”)
- optional phone, Skype or in-person work with a partner, and/or with small groups
- optional one-to-one sessions with an “Ally” from the year two or three class
- two 40 minute private Skype meetings with Kim
- 1 or 2 optional day-long virtual retreats guided through conference calls and solo inquiry, to be scheduled in the spring.
The two in-person retreats will be at Spirit House, in Woodacre, California.
They will be January 20 – 25, 2017 and June 9 – 14, 2017. Attendance is required.
Video gatherings and private sessions will be scheduled in discussion with the group.
North American School, $2450, excluding lodging and food. Contact Kim to arrange a three installment payment plan (see below), and/or pay through PayPal. Some financial aid and work-study available. Lodging and food costs are approximately $1700 ($170/day) in North America.
PLEASE LET US KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE THAT YOU ARE INTERESTED. YEAR ONE IN 2017 WILL BE LIMITED TO 16 PARTICIPANTS. To hold your place, send a deposit of $500 in US Funds BY OCTOBER 1, 2016 to Kim at 100 Toyon Drive, Fairfax, CA 94930, or contact Kim to pay by Paypal. THE BALANCE OF THE TUITION IS DUE BY NOVEMBER 15, 2016. To arrange for a payment plan, please contact me.
For those who need a payment plan, you may pay in three installments. The installment dates are November 15, 2016; March 1, 2017; June 1, 2017. Please send to Kim post-dated checks for all three installments in advance of December 1st (address is above). If you are from outside of the US, you can pay by check in US Dollars drawn on a US bank or by PayPal on or before the above dates. You will be responsible for the payments on those dates whether you complete the course or not.
All are welcome. If you have not experienced a 7-Day retreat with Kim and would like to join us, email Kim to arrange a time to explore on the phone whether the PDMS is right for you.
If you find that you cannot attend the Mystery School, let us know as soon as possible and we’ll try to fill your space with someone from the waiting list. If we or you can fill your space, we’ll refund your payment, minus $150 administrative fee. If you cancel after November 1, 2016 and we cannot fill your place, you will be responsible for the full payment. Please contact me if you’d like more information.
“While I had no idea what I was headed for when I signed up for PDMS and even considered backing out – it’s been my salvation, my lover, my nourishment, my strength, my delight, my respite, my more than anything I could imagine!” ~Carolyn
“Letting go of the head reigning supreme, has opened me to heart and soul, and a full inner voice. [The PDM journey has been] a gateway into a new beginning, not only of the worldly life, but also a deep integration of how poetry lives in me, how it is now a lifetime companion.” ~Maryse
“I have discovered for the first time the amazing healing and transformational power of community. I have a sense of belonging I did not feel before. And I am finding a new path to give what I have to offer into the world, and realizing that offering is no small thing (and yet no bigger than anyone else’s).” ~ Carol Ann
“I now know myself as a woman who speaks and writes poems, who carries a medicine for others. I am delighting in this blossoming that has graced me at this final stage of life – I feel as though the learnings of my lifetime are coming together to allow me to share my wisdom and give back to life all that I have received.” ~Jan
“I feel I have crossed a distance. [PDM] has brought me where I never imagined being/getting to. Taking these poems in has given me a connection to all that is greater than me. I have located my place in the universe. The image of who I thought I was has vanished. The image of who everyone else thought I should be has been torched. I will never be the same…” ~Laura
“I’m feeling the shift as we drop into a Poetry Dive. Kim is speaking poems that wash over us, wave after wave of words, the rhythm and drift of music behind her rich voice pulling us deeper. Deeper. Then we are speaking back, a roomful of voices speaking back as the lines of poems echo off the watery walls of the dream chamber. This is transforming. Here the shift from this world to the world beneath the worlds, from ordinary time to time out of time. I find myself swimming in a sea of poetry, in a body of poems, riding the currents of poems that flow around us. How could I have not known the life-giving waters I have been floating in all my life? This sea-drench of poetry? This saltwater womb of poems? Like a deep water creature, my eyes are salt. Butterflies are drinking my tears.” ~ Wendy