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Ecology of Awakening emerged in response to a personal journey as well as the collective moment we are in as a planet. In truth they are one in the same. The seed for the journey was planted almost 20 years ago when I was guiding wilderness vision fasts and other nature based programs. Over and over I saw the clarity and sense of homecoming people experienced on those programs; yet I also saw how difficult it was for people to maintain any sense of lasting transformation. In response to my own leading edge questions around what would support a new way of being in the world, beyond peak experiences that often faded away, I stopped guiding for many years to allow the questions to gestate.
Over the next decade I was taken through a process that woke me out of the worldview I had been unconsciously shaped by, eventually leading to what is now Ecology of Awakening. During the years that I navigated the disorienting 'space between stories', I often felt lost with no guideposts or context for what was unfolding. It wasn’t easy to trust the deeper process that was re-shaping me towards something more vibrant and life sustaining. The programs offered here are a blend of the many elements that most encouraged the unwinding of conditioning in support of what wanted to bloom.
Ecology of Awakening is not a model or prescriptive formula. Rather, it is a framework made up of unfolding elements that weave together to create an ecology that supports a new way of being: out of what is conditioned, into what is receptive, ever evolving and connected with all of Life. While the following is a way of describing the core framing of our programs, it’s important to remember that the journey is a process – a verb, rather than a thing, a noun. It is re-informed with each group and each collective discovery of what it is to let go into the 'space between stories'. We are all in this process of discovery, and it takes allies to collectively shed the old and live into our essential nature.
Kerry Brady, MA, SEP, Founder, Director & Lead Guide