"To sing means to use one's soul voice. It means to say on the breath the truth of one's power and one's need, to breathe soul over the thing that is of one's power and one's need, to breathe soul over the thing that is ailing or in need of restoration. This is done by descending into the deepest mood of great love and feeling, till one's desire for relationship with the wildish Self overflows, then to speak one's soul from that frame of mind. That is singing over the bones."
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The Call of the North
“The north with its cold and mighty winds gives us strength and endurance.” Black Elk
I hear the call of the North distinctly - the place of the generative adult: the leader, teacher, the protector and nurturer with the faculty of caring, intelligent thought, endurance, strength and service. There is a unique quality about North - the palpable stillness is almost like an invitation to the essential.
At this time in the world, when deep listening, an uncompromising presence suffused with humility and a non-judgmental sky-like awareness of what is, are urgently required, we can move into the deep circle time of sisterhood, slip underneath the hustle-bustle of everyday life and dive into the primordial waters of Creation, with the holding of the land.
The indigenous and wild soul of the South is coming to meet the generative, caring adult of the North - this should be a phenomenal meeting! (These qualities are based on Bill Plotkin’s “Soulcentric Developmental Wheel” model and refer to aspects in each one of us)
The Call of the Wild Soul: the Great Woman
The Great Woman is alive, in flesh and bone. She’s tall, dark skinned, blond, with curly hair, big hips, slim legs, a belly full of laughter, big breasts, shining eyes, soft voice, tender hands, strong legs; speaks in many languages, moves gracefully, stomps her feet, cries generously, roars her pain, prays fiercely, rests in silence. She shows up in her truth and vulnerability and she is absolutely beautiful.
The Great Woman embodied, it’s all of us, the women who sit in circles and bow to the center and say yes to Life. It is us, sisters, daughters of Pachamama, coming Home to ourselves, to each other and the Earth. The Great Woman is not some mythical, archetypal entity; She’s flesh and blood and bone, breathing, walking, wailing, sweating, making love, laughing, crawling, trembling, REWILDING. She shows up every time we sit in our fullness, in our authentic feminine power, in humility and vulnerability, in our truth, shedding away layers and masks of conditioning.
She keeps calling us to our destiny and the center of the image we were born with…
As the great wheel of life turns, Her calling is imminent:
come Home to your essence,
sweetest, wildest, most courageous Self only you can be.
It is time to re-create the World all over, a new cycle has begun and we are the ones we’ve been waiting for! The Earth is calling our name, sisters, to re-member and revive the Wild Woman who is eager to come out and play, to create and destroy, to heal and teach, to guide and shake, in service of Life.
In this soulcentric, mytho-poetic journey we will explore new territories within and without and experience states of non-ordinary perception through a variety of practices and processes such as movement, dance, Way of Council, listening to the land, singing, ceremony, poetry, journaling, shamanic journey, conversations with more-than-human world and solo time. The core of this work is the “presence” practice through deep listening and witnessing, and thus opening space to what is ripe and ready to land in our awareness, and composting what is complete and dying. We will create space for our "personal, imminent, intimate" truth to find its way out into the World as a gift and a blessing.
This retreat is part of “REWILDING" pattern I am working with which you can read about here.
The invitation is not the right, best, safest path that lands you in the promised future; the true invitation is for a mytho-poetic journey to step beyond the right and wrong towards the center of your Soul, into the dangerous territory of not-knowing and laborious practice of Presence, where you might end up falling in love with yourself and life.
By giving up the privilege of “knowing", we open up to greater possibilities, greater stories and greater cosmologies than what we can foresee through the lens of established reality.
“Rewilding taught me that no matter where I'd go, I carry home and my village with me. Rewilding taught me that I belong to a village and a village does not judge. It does not underestimate the power of an open heart. It does not abandon. I learned that when I'm with my village, I am a supporter who is always supported, a witness who is witnessed, a lover who is loved. A seeker whose prayers are always heard. That last one is my foremost gift: Trust. Trusting that my prayers will be heard. Trusting that Bella Mamma is always listening, witnessing, holding, loving, supporting and is always THERE. Trusting that if I'm humble and true in my question, she will always answer. And that she will answer in different forms. Different forms of beauty. Different forms of love and compassion.”
Iraz Candas, Women are Medicine Rewilding participant
guide, field weaver & writer
Filiz is a social artist, process designer, poet/writer, community organizer and a transition host whose purpose is to serve the transition of the humanity and the planet to the new paradigm by awakening a sense of possibility and sacred in human heart and soul. She is a devotee and emanation of Beauty in life, the beauty of the truth of what is; a pathfinder and a trailblazer.
Her work focused on mainly creating resilient communities by bringing people together around their passions through participatory organizing principles, tapping into collective intelligence. In recent years, she was called to work with the power of beauty and creativity, inspiring and encouraging people to step into their authentic lives through narratives - visual and written - of possibility and interbeingness. Her immediate focus is being present to herself, her Soul and to Life. She offers the practice of being present through deep listening and witnessing to individuals and groups she works with. Currently, along with her work with women, grief work and bringing men and women together in circles of restorative and intimate connection is calling her deeply.
VENUE: SHAMBALA GATHERINGS
Shambala Gatherings opened in 2005 out of a desire to live in a natural environment of co-creation, creativity, loving-kindness and beauty. Situated in the Swedish forest, Shambala aims at holding space in the current changing times and providing an opportunity, for those that are called, to explore themselves in art, different alternative healing modalities and spirituality, whilst living in communion with nature. Our passion is to hold space for you. For you who is desiring to grow in whatever way you find natural to yourself.
We welcome you wholeheartedly to our nest.
The Shambala Team
For directions, please visit this page.
To honor and nurture the work and those who put their creative life force into the creation of this retreat, you are invited to contribute: 275 Euro + 1650 SEK for food & accommodation (1050 SEK if you bring your own tent and camp)
We would like to support those who would like to attend but might not be able to afford the whole fee, so if you feel inspired, you can contribute more and we’ll allocate these funds towards women who need financial support to attend. Thank you.
You are expected to arrive at the venue by 5 pm on Friday, August 12th.
We will officially begin the retreat with an opening ceremony after dinner.
We will close our time together at 1 pm on Monday, August 15th.
For registration, please fill the application form:
For questions, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
This is not a workshop, nor a training.
This is a collective inquiry, an enlivening prayer, a sacred ceremony.
May we find the truth in the center of our togetherness.
May we gift each other the seeing and hearing of compassionate witnessing.
May we walk and meet one another in beauty and grace.
PARTICIPANT TESTIMONIES from WOMEN ARE MEDICINE REWILDING
"Rewilding taught me that no matter where I'd go, I carry home and my village with me. Rewilding taught me that I belong to a village and a village does not judge. It does not underestimate the power of an open heart. It does not abandon. I learned that when I'm with my village, I am a supporter who is always supported, a witness who is witnessed, a lover who is loved. A seeker whose prayers are always heard. That last one is my foremost gift: Trust. Trusting that my prayers will be heard. Trusting that Bella Mamma is always listening, witnessing, holding, loving, supporting and is always THERE. Trusting that if I'm humble and true in my question, she will always answer. And that she will answer in different forms. Different forms of beauty. Different forms of love and compassion. My rewilding sisters were that beauty, that love and that compassion. They were destinations to my quest for where and what home is. They were Bella Mamma in bone and flesh. Those beautiful, loving and compassionate women. I feel deeply loved and I feel love deeply."
"This sketch came out of a really--hmmm, amazing is too trite a word, let me see....homecoming experience I had recently while attending Filiz Telek's phenomenal Women Are Medicine Rewilding retreat. I have attended a number of similar events in my life, but never have I come away with such a deep inner transformation. The combination of Filiz's mindful and compassionate facilitation, the authenticity of the other women in attendance, and my own need for a breaking-open resulted in pure magic. Words cannot express....
I bow to the ladies I witnessed and who witnessed me, I bow to dear Filiz, Alexa and Veer Le, and I bow to the Great Mother who cradles us all. May our fires be ever lit and tended, and may they always be a source of warmth and light for the world."
Julia Steils Pacacioglu
"Rewilding was a deep, joyful, profound experience for me. Through the circles, dance, song, council and the support of a group of women sharing the journey I was able to really 'let go'. My feelings, grief, my true self in fact, were really seen, were witnessed. The more they were seen the more they came to be expressed. It was like coaxing out this small creature, the inner child I suppose, with love and tenderness and without judgement. She was eager to be let out. I think this is the beauty of the feminine nature of the process, things are not forced or pushed but allowed and loved. I was able to break open and be softened in the sacred space created by Filiz and our beautiful sisterhood. For me this is what rewilding is, it is about finding our true nature, our authentic and instinctual self, the self that belongs to this earth. Shedding patterns, opening the heart and being in community. Remembering our place again in the order of things. Remembering home."