Embodying the Dark Beloved:
A Retreat for Women
December 7-14, 2019
Syngergia Ranch, Santa Fe, NM
with Anne Dellenbaugh and Nancy Windheart
$800 + food, lodging, & tax
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THE THEME: Embodying the Dark Beloved
There is an Iñupiaq word, qarrtsiluni, which means “sitting together in the darkness, waiting for something to happen – to break or burst forth.” It comes from Iñupiaq traditions of honoring a whale with a new song. The [men] retreat to a special house, in darkness and in stillness. They sit there in qarrtsiluni and speak of beautiful things until a new song bubbles to the surface. In this extreme time, we are listening for a new song. In the potent and magic company of our sisters, we side-step past the old songs, into a new and complex harmony. We trust that we will not simply repeat the same old song, the one that has now backed us into this shocking, precarious and still exquisitely precious moment.
We gather in the dark of the year to sit together, to let what is known fall away so that the great unknown may settle Herself in our hearts, our bodies, our cells, not to be known, exactly, but to be danced, sung, and most deeply felt and embodied. Daily practice of somatic meditation continues to be our foundation, to which this year we’ll add somatic heart practices (traditionally called bodhicitta practice, meaning practices of the awakened heart). As in prior years, we’ll also take our practice outdoors in both formal and informal ways. Anne will offer daily yoga/movement in the late afternoon and evenings we’ll have council and darkness practice. Nancy will again bring the wisdom of the cetacean master teachers. There will be time in the afternoon for you to do your own practice.
Retreatants will be asked to formally commit to holding silence throughout the retreat, except during council circle and other discussion/Q&A times.
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Retreat Fee and Registration
$800 (program, venue, water, Stardreaming entrance Fee)
- Option 1: $400 (private room/shared bath) — queen bed; 1 room w/large twins
- Option 2: $650 (private room/private bath) — queen bed (We may have one left.)
- Option 3: $550 (second person in queen bed)
Total fees (including NM 7.125% tax):
- Option 1 lodging $1550.00
- Option 2 lodging: $1800.00 (Email to check availability)
- Option 3 lodging: $1700.00
Deposit to hold your place in this retreat: $350 (non-refundable) *Retreat begins with dinner on December 7 and ends with lunch on December 14.
To register for this retreat:
- Fill out the registration form HERE.
- Send your $350 non-refundable deposit to:
Wild Lotus Path
P.O. Box 6628
Santa Fe, NM 87502
*If you prefer to pay with credit card, we can invoice you through Paypal with additional fees of 2.9% US, 4.4% international. Please read the cancellation and refund policy (located on the right side) before you send payments.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Frequently Asked Questions
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What kind of experience do I need?
How do I get to Synergia Ranch?
AIR TRAVEL: The nearest airports are in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. There is no shuttle service to/from the Santa Fe airport, so you will need to use Uber if you fly into Santa Fe. Shuttle service to/from Albuquerque is provided by Groome Transportation, formerly Sandia Shuttle. (Groome Transportation). Take the shuttle to Rail Runner: SF County-NM 599 @ I-25. Shuttles depart hourly at 45 minutes past the hour. We will meet shuttles leaving Albuquerque beginning at 12.45PM. The last shuttle we will meet leaves the airport at 3:45. For your return trip, please make a shuttle reservation no earlier than the one leaving Water Street at 2:00 PM. Please be clear that you will pick up this shuttle at the 599/Rail Runner stop.
DRIVING: Synergia Ranch: 26 Synergia Road Santa Fe, NM 87508
Please refer to the directions on their website: https://synergiaranch.com/
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About Anne and Nancy
In 1990, Anne wrote that she “founded HER WILD SONG in the belief that women’s spiritual lives are vitally important and that nourishing our spirits with wind and trees and river and sea is restorative not only to ourselves, but to others around us and even to the Earth herself.” Thirty years later, she agrees and feels it is even more important for women (alone and in community) to explore meditation practices grounded in our female bodies.
Anne was diagnosed with “terminal” cancer in 1996 and healed almost entirely with complementary protocols, including Zhineng Qigong. Since then, she has continued to explore and train in many somatic and healing traditions/lineages. For over 20 years, she had a spiritual counseling practice, specializing in work with cancer and other life-threatening illness.
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