- Etheric Medicina
An immersive ceremonial experience, Heart of the Forest: The Awakening takes you on a deep and vulnerable dive into your innermost realms. Medicine carriers, ceremonialists, and musicians Etheric, Bri of the Light, & LaDonn will invite you into a world of sacred medicine ceremonies, supportive community connection, live acoustic medicine music, personal reflective practices, Earth-based rituals, and much more. This gathering will be purposefully intimate, and is only open to 12 participants. Sacramental offerings will include facilitated ceremonies with Grandfather Medicine, Rapé, Sananga, and Cacao.
This unique gathering takes place April 19th through 21st in the mountains of Ojai, California, in recognition of the new Spring season - a time of year celebrated and honored by countless cultures across the globe. The transition into Spring traditionally symbolizes a process of reawakening and reemergence - a time when we lift ourselves out of the hibernation of winter to greet the newness of fresh life. A beautiful reconnection to self and nature, The Awakening is a potent opportunity to reflect, reorganize, recharge, and experience rebirth.
The intention of this experience is to bring you into deep connection with your heart and soul by disconnecting from your typical environment and immersing you in nature.
You are warmly welcomed as you are, whether that means joyous, sad, anxious, angry, etc., and you will be received with open, loving arms. All that we ask of you is to come with an open mind in return, willing to follow our lead into the vulnerability of transparent interaction, and honest self-expression. You will have the opportunity to commune with several plant teachers throughout this experience, including Grandfather, Rapé, Sananga, and Cacao. Your heart, mind, and body will be gently opened through this experience, ready to give and receive loving awareness effortlessly, eagerly, and joyously.
We will also provide all necessary meals for this immersion. This includes dinner on Friday and Saturday, and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Meals will be nutritious, simple, and organic, and you are welcomed to bring any specific food that you would like to have for yourself or to share with the group. It's always fun to share food potluck style, so please don't hesitate to bring something if you'd like.
Your integrative process is important to us, so you will also receive post-immersion integration opportunities to ensure that you retain the value of what is received in sacred space with us.
This is such a special offering that we are SO grateful and honored to provide.
The invitation to join us in sacred, connected space is open to those that feel called to explore themselves and others in new, conscious, authentic ways. All are welcome here, with the understanding that the container we create is curated to be a safe, welcoming, and empowering cocoon.
We have several intentions for creating this experience:
If any one of these intentions matches with a need, desire, or prayer of yours, then this gathering is probably for you!
*If, due to travel arrangements, you need to arrive on the property before 3:00pm, please arrange this ahead of time with Etheric. To maintain the integrity of this intimate gathering, we do not allow late arrival (unless due to emergency), and attendees are agreeing to stay for the entire duration of this 3-day immersion.
*We will be in ceremony for the entire day on Saturday. Bring layered clothing, healthy snacks, plenty of water (at least 2 liters), and hiking shoes to feel prepared and comfortable on this day.
*All guests are lovingly asked to be off-property by 5:00pm on Sunday, unless other camping arrangements have been made with the property owner. We highly encourage you to spend another day or two in the town of Ojai to give yourselves a gentle landing and integration process.
The donation asked for this experience is $750 per person. This includes a consultation prior to the ceremony, all facilitated experiences during the immersion, camping space on the property, 2 organic breakfasts, 2 organic dinners, and scheduled integrative support following the immersion (both privately and in group sessions). Attendees will be responsible for additional food or alternate accommodations, if those are desired.
This is a camping retreat, so guests will need to either bring their own accommodations or rent them from us. We have supplies to rent out camping sets that include a tent, a 30-degree sleeping bag, and a camping light. You will need to bring your own blankets & pillows if those are desired. We ask an additional $100 to rent a camping set from us.
To reserve your spot, the questionnaire on the registration form must be completed and a $300 non-refundable deposit is to be paid. Once these are received, we will reach out to you to schedule a phone consultation. The remainder of your payment is to be paid in cash on your arrival on the first day of the Awakening.
Medicine Man & Organizer
Born with a natural connection to his spiritual gifts, Etheric is a Medicine Man, Psychic Medium, and Medicine Musician. "Self-taught, and Spirit-guided," he has learned how to activate profound healings in others, access a myriad of psychic & healing modalities, and facilitate beautiful plant sacrament ceremonies - all through his intuitive connections to the spirit and nature realms.
Etheric is passionate about educating people on the use of herbs & plants as medicines, and teaches people how to heal their traumas & illnesses while unlocking their own spiritual gifts. He has been studying with plant teachers for over 7 years and facilitating ceremonial experiences for 6 years. His plant sacrament facilitation includes work with Sananga, Rapé, Grandfather, Grandmother, Niños Santos, Cacao, and Blue Lotus.
Following the guidance of his plant teacher allies, Etheric created the structure for this immersion with passion in his gut, unconditional love in his heart, visions of transformation in his mind, and intentions of profound healing and clarity for all that he serves. Etheric is a queer person of color and welcomes those of any identity into his experiences.
Medicine Woman & Musician
Bri Summers aka "Bri of the Light" is a heart-centered medicine musician, Reiki-attuned intuitive healer, and certified Priestess. She is fiercely dedicated to using her gifts to manifest the new Earth. Fueled by intentions of healing, awakening and connecting, Bri's heart songs inspire growth, increase awareness, and integrate the idea of oneness. Her personal process of incepting light into the shadows by diving into the darkness has given her an ability to hold sacred space and be an anchor of Love amidst storms of fear.
Bri is grateful to serve her tribe, the Earth, and Creator with her abilities in music, healing, and energy work and looks forward into how our choices today shape life for the generations to come. With her intention set upon the goal of ascension through personal work supported by musical medicine, healing arts, and plant medicines, her vision of a future of unity and harmony together with all life becomes crystal clear.
Mahalo nui loa.
Medicine Woman & Musician
A powerful force of healing and sound, LaDonn embodies passion, play, and precision in her work. She is a devoted Kundalini practitioner, singer, sacred space holder, and a bit of an organizing guru. She believes that everyone carries songs and that every person has a voice that deserves to be heard. LaDonn seeks to create sustainable and equitable communities by utilizing her passions for negotiating and gardening.
As a modern medicine woman with a deep spiritual connection to the plants, LaDonn is a humbling example of reverence, respect, and readiness to serve. She has studied plant medicine in Costa Rica, Mexico, and the United States, and values traditional teachings. She uses her voice as a vessel to channel beautiful light language and sounds, her soulful songs awakening all of the senses. LaDonn has been working in facilitating ceremonies now for almost 6 years and is deeply grateful to bring light and inner wisdom to you, through you.
What LaDonn brings to a space is protection and safety for all to be able to deeply relax into their most authentic selves. She is a spiritual songbird with a tender heart and incredible childlike wonder, offering a joyful balance of prayer and play.
Chef & Creative Doula
A creator of delicious dishes, Michael will be our chef for the Awakening. When preparing food with limited supplies, in the outdoors, for almost 20 people, having someone resourceful, creative, and emotionally nourishing is a necessity - and Michael is all of that, and so much more! He will provide us with two organic breakfasts and two organic dinners during our immersion, along with his natural ability to create safe, compassionate, and vulnerable spaces of support and expression.
Michael is a lover of transformational experiences and a steward to the land, sea, and all of its inhabitants. As a sailor, rock climber, and firekeeper, he dances in the omnipotence of the elements and finds great purpose in connecting people with the natural world as a catalyst for reconnecting with themselves. He acts as a liaison between humans and Pachamama (Mother Nature) herself, gently guiding people into the innate luminosity of their hearts and souls.
A short 30-minute drive outside of downtown Ojai, California, we will host this intimate experience in on a spacious 45-acre private property. With a beautiful and unique geometric building that will house us for our gathering times, multiple showers and toilets, and a dedicated kitchen structure, we will get to experience the healing serenity of the quiet outdoors while still having some creature-comforts that we all appreciate when camping! This unique location in the mountains actually has a clear view of the coast & ocean, while being secluded in the nearly-neighborless wilderness.
Something great about this location is that while it is private and secluded, it is only a 30-minute drive to the lovely town of Ojai. We recommend stopping in town on your way to the property to get gas, stock up on snacks & water, and procure any last-minute items that you may have realized you want.
You deserve to take a break from your typical routine, disconnect from the noise of the busy streets, and choose solace in nature for a few days. Accept this invitation to find peace, expansion, activation, and unconditional love in the Heart of the Forest with us.