24

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12

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06

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Healing from Trauma: Journey of the Warrior Mystic

May 02 - May 05, 2019

PTSD is not a modern phenomenon.Throughout time immemorial, the Warrior has returned from battle, traumatized, and thus been sent for healing to the mountains and the guru, the jungle and the shaman, the woods and the yogi, and the monastery and the priest.There, he or she would learn the path of the Mystic, in order to integrate their experiences, face and accept their daemons, and find communion, transmutation, and transcendence with their Higher Power. This is the healing archetype of the Warrior-Mystic, and yet it is essentially unknown in today’s Western world, haunted as it is with millions of trauma survivors, both from endless war and the sufferings of modern life.Warrior Mystic Therapy seeks to reintroduce this archetype into contemporary therapy, by fusing ancient mystic yogic practices and techniques with cutting edge healing modalities.Led by Owen Powell, a 25-year military retiree (USMC, US Army) and combat veteran of Iraq, the Warrior Mystic retreat will incorporate an Interfaith, interdisciplinary approach to healing from trauma. Topics include:Kundalini Yoga. Guided meditation and visualization. Sound healing. Mindfulness training. EMDR. Jungian depth psycho-analysis. Joseph Campbell and the 17 Stages of the Monomyth. Archetypal psychology. Shaman circle and journeying. Fire pit and drum circle. Group meditation hikes. Communing with Nature. Transmutative Alchemy. The study and practice of Interfaith Spirituality, Mythology and Mysticism. Individual and team-building events. Anima and Animus: your inner Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine. Chakras and the Subtle Body Energy System. The Warrior-Mystic throughout History: Celtic, Nordic, Teutonic, Shamanic, Sikh Dharma, Taoism, Tantric Hinduism, and Tibetan Tantric Buddhism.The aim of the course is to help introduce the participant to their own sense of the Divine, the joyous Light within, which is the key common denominator in all esoteric practices, and the experience of which is deeply, even magically, healing.Interfaith, Open to all levels of experience.
ScheduleThursday, May 2nd
  • 3 - 8pm Check-In
  • 6 - 7pm Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9:30pm Course Orientation (Powell/Nanavasti)--Overview--Introductions--Archetypes of the Warrior-Mystic through History--'Battle Buddies’ pairing
  • 9:30pm Fire pit
Friday, May 3rd
  • 6:30 - 8am Mandatory Shambhala Yoga class (Powell)
  • 8:00 - 9am Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 11:45am Class: Introduction to Interfaith MysticismEMDR personal sessions (Bulin)
  • 12 - 1pm Lunch
  • 1 - 4pm Spa, Free Time and Student-led discussions/activitiesEMDR personal sessions (Bulin)
  • 4 - 6pm Shaman Circle and Guided Meditations
  • 6 - 7pm Dinner
  • 7 - 9pm: Introduction to Introspective and Transcendental Meditation/Visualization.
  • 9 pm Drum Circle/Fire Pit
Saturday, May 4th
  • 6:30 - 8am Mandatory Shambhala Yoga Class (Powell)
  • 8 - 9am Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 11:45am The Cadeceus and the Subtle Body Energy SystemEMDR personal sessions (Bulin)
  • 12 - 4pm Day Tactical Meditation Hike with Nature Circle and Cairn BuildingLunch: MREs
  • 1 - 4pm Spa, Free Time and Student-led discussions/activities
  • 4 - 6pm The Cadeceus and the Subtle Body Energy System
  • 6 - 7pm Dinner
  • 7 - 9 pm Dusk: Qi Gong/Tai Chi
  • 9 pm Drum Circle/Fire Pit
Sunday, May 5th
  • 6:30 – 8am Shambhala Yoga (Powell)
  • 8 – 9am Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 12 am Comparative Enlightenment: Ascension and Gnostic Light (Powell)-Closing Ceremony
  • 7:30 - 11am Check-out
  • 12 – 1pm Lunch & Departure

ABOUT THE TEACHERs

Owen Powell

Owen is an Interfaith minister and the founder and president of the Warrior Mystic Therapy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the effective treatment of PTSD through spiritual-consciousness based therapy.  Owen is a 25-retiree of the US Armed Forces, having serve...

Shaun Nanavati

Shaun Nanavati is a neuroscience researcher, professor and clinician with a lifelong interest in Eastern philosophy. He is on the faculty at the Nalanda Institute, Menla Retreat & Spa, and visiting teacher of Cognitive Science at CUNY. His research interest is in authentic Mindfu...

Tara Bulin

Tara Bulin has extensive clinical and administrative hospital-based and outpatient experience, including co-developing a nationally recognized, inpatient treatment program (The Military Wellness Program) for members of the military and their families who were experiencing Posttra...

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