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Dreaming the Flower World: A Sacred Women's Retreat in the Anza Borrego Desert


  • Anza Borrego Desert, CA (map)

I am very excited to announce this extremely special workshop, which I am honored to host alongside one of my most beloved and respected mentors, Ericka Zamora-Wiggin. Ericka carries so much sacred wisdom and offers her medicine with such compassion and integrity which is not always easy to come by. This will be a profoundly sacred journey and I am really looking forward to sharing this blessing with you all. 

Join us on a 3 day spiritual journey and retreat which honors the necessity of sacred space for women*. This retreat will be kept to a maximum of 15 people, to rest, nourish, celebrate ourselves, our communities, and ancestors in the beautiful mountains of San Diego and the ancient Anza Borrego Desert. We designed this retreat especially with Women of Color in mind, and really encourage our sisters of color to join us for this special retreat! All of our work will be held in the sacred container of the circle and supported by the ancestors.

A retreat unlike any other, together we will intentionally enter the Sea Ania, our Sacred Flower World. To enter the Flower World, is to enter spiritual time, where we meet the place of the ancestors and nature spirits to receive messages and gifts which will bless and enrich our paths. It is during this time that our senses are heightened, and we pay special attention to synchronicity, dreams and waking visions.

*This is a queer and trans inclusive space. We welcome all female-identified people across the gender spectrum to join us if you feel called.

Through participation in this retreat, you will be supported to cultivate:

  • More clarity about your purpose and spiritual path

  • A deeper connection with the ancestors and natural world

  • Transmutation and healing of your inner landscape

  • Support and kinship with like-hearted sisters on a similar path

  • Learn how to work with our dreams through an intentional incubation and discovery of meaning via the language of the sacred

  • A hands on experience working with the healing energy of the flowers, including the skills to make flower essences and understand how to communicate and work with them on your own going forward

  • A deepened relationship with the medicine of the desert

*Below you will find a sample itinerary which is subject to change given environmental conditions and the spiritual nature of the journey.

Day of arrival, Friday, April 1

You will arrive in Julian, California settle into our cozy retreat cabin where we will begin our journey together. We will be led by Ericka with an opening circle, building a community altar, and setting our intentions. We will end the evening with stargazing and restful sleep.

Day 2, Saturday, April 2

We will eat a delicious breakfast then gather for our morning circle where we will check in and receive the itinerary for the day. By late morning we will be off to our desert destination where we will be led by Herbalist, Layla Feghali in an afternoon of connecting with the flowers and making personalized medicines. In the evening, we will continue working with our flower medicines through a dream incubation to support our healing.

Day 3, Sunday

After another nourishing breakfast, we will share our dreams and honor their sacred messages through group dream work. We will have our closing circle and pack up our things to leave in the early afternoon.

Retreat also includes:

Shared accommodations for 2 nights

All guided experiences

Shared transportation to all sites

All herbal materials

Fee: $333.

*Non-refundable Deposit of $ 111.00 required  by February 15

Remaining payment due by March 15.

Paypal link (Please use the “family & friends” option)

Getting there:

While we will journey to the Anza-Borrego for our desert experience, we will be staying in the cozy little mountain town of Julian, CA. Located 60 miles northeast of San Diego, the roads to Julian contain a beautiful vista of many oaks, cedars, and manzanita and many fruit orchards and roadside homemade stands with local honey, jams, and organic fruit. Once in Julian, the lovely  aroma of cinnamon and apples will lead you to many stores selling homemade pies filled with fruit from local orchards.

Lodging:

We will share close accommodations in a local cabin among the many oak and pine trees. There will be many twin, queen, and double beds, including many thick twin folding mattresses and a queen Aerobed. You are free to bring your own bedding. Please note that these are shared accommodations in an effort to keep the cost of the retreat affordable. You are also welcome to bring a tent and camp in the yard area if you would like to sleep outdoors.

Meals:

All food and meals will be communally provided and prepared. We will form smaller groups of 3 who will be responsible for menu planning, preparing, and collectively purchasing the food for our meals throughout the retreat. Each group will be responsible for 1-2 meals (depending on the size of our group). We will coordinate a plan around this in March after registrations are complete.

Weather:

Julian and the Anza Borrego are in close proximity. Julian temps are generally mid 70's/ low 40's at night, while the Anza Borrego will creep to mid 80's during the day. It's best to come in layers and prepare for any weather. We will be located in the mountains so there can be thunderstorms and micro-storms in the spring. We don't know what the conditions will bring this year, but we are planning ahead. We will be sure to update you during the week leading up to the gathering.

Fees:

Deposits are non-refundable and must be made by February 15. Final payments must be complete by March 15. Cancellations must be made before March 25 to receive back your payment (minus deposit). Unfortunately, cancellations after this date cannot be refunded unless somebody happens to fill your place at the last minute.

*Please send Payment via this link @Paypal and please choose to send to family/friends options as to avoid additional fees.

 

About your hosts:

Ericka Zamora-Wiggin, M.S. -Yaqui/Apache/Chicana was born near the coastal waters in Santa Barbara, California. Her matrilineal family comes from the Penjamo Yaqui community in Arizona, originally from Guaymas, Sonora who fled tribal homelands as refugees. Ericka is a hereditary traditional healer and teacher, and follows the traditional medicine ways of her grandparents, and father who was her first teacher. She engages in the use of “backwards medicine”, a decolonizing approach in the reclamation and restoration of traditional indigenous knowledge for the healing of humanity and our Sacred Earth Mother through the original teachings. She serves as an elementary school counselor in the inner city of San Diego where she advocates for students and families. She is a mother of four sons, a grandmother, and auntie to many. Ericka loves to spend time in the desert gathering medicine with her father, cooking with her mother, listening to the old stories, and returning to the ancient places of her ancestors. To learn more about Ericka and her offerings, visit her website www.ancestorsmedicine.com


Layla Kristy Feghali, MSW, is of Lebanese ancestry, born and raised in Tataviam/Chumash/Tongva territories of the Greater Los Angeles area. She is a plantcestral educator/herbalist. Her offerings are dedicated to deepening relationship with the plantcestral realm, the natural world, and our ancestors towards a restoration of balance. She is the founder of River Rose Apothecary and  نجمع جذورنا - reGather our Ancestors, a program dedicated to the resurrection, re-membrance, and reclamation of the original medicine traditions of the SWANA region. She is very honored to be teaching with one of her most beloved mentors, Ericka Zamora-Wiggin! Coming from an ancestral region thick with the ancient stories and medicines of SWANA desert peoples, she weaves relationship with the aliveness and depth of the California desert in kinship, memory, and great reverence to the desert’s healing mysteries and messages homeward. If you would like to learn more about her or her work, you can visit www.riverroseapothecary.com