MKP West Wind Elder Retreat June 22-24, 2012
Theme — Occupy Paradise: Are You In?
“Dancing with the paradox of a world on the brink of ruin . . .
Friday, June 22nd PM
By Noon – Arrive at Ferry dock parking lot – 3 mi from Lincoln City. Be prompt, narrow “tide window” and traffic from Portland could cause delays
2-3pm: Cross the Salmon River Estuary by ferry to the Camp Westwind
4pm: WW Orientation, finding bunks, meeting/making friends
5-6pm: Welcoming Circle: Check In, introducing theme, original poem, song and blessing!
7:7:30pm: FREE TIME
7:30-9:00pm: How can we as elder’s choice to Occupy Paradise within ourselves and to manifest this in the world? Organizing into small groups and connecting with a buddy to effectively share our ideas and feelings; Using song, poetry, movement to deepen our experience and connection (This will occur spontaneously throughout the weekend in designated areas – bring your voice, musical instruments, kites, other topics of interest)
GOAL: Touching “liminal space”—Wordless attunement or presence
Saturday, June 23rd AM
9-9:30am: Brief Keynote Address by Jed Diamond, PhD.
“Jed” Talk: Occupy Life: 43 Years on the Path from Suicide to Paradise
9-30-10am: Presentation/Discussion: Growing up as Elders and as a Species: co-creating our new story – we are wise, wonderful, and wealthy – beyond our comprehension!
Designed to be an antidote to doom and gloom: an embrace of the paradox and realistic appraisal of our chances for ruin or renaissance!
10:30-Noon: Experiential small group process: “Where do I stand?”
1:30-3pm: Workshop with Jed Diamond: Stop Killer Stress with Simple Energy Healing Tools
3:30-5pm Breakout Session/Free Space (possible beach-teach walk and learn with guide)
7-7:30pm: FREE TIME
Saturday Evening 7:30-9pm Saturday Night Live!
Fun and impactful satire on negativity, doom and gloom, conspiracy, and the reptilian brain:
Moving from lizard to the wizard.
9pm-??? BEACH BONFIRE/CELEBRATION
(Bring from home a local piece of wood or other personal contribution to the fire!)
Sunday, June 24th AM
9-9:30am: Small Group Discussion: Where do I stand now as an Elder?
9:30-11:30am: Unique Opportunity: Declaration of Elderhood for those who choose
11:30-12:30pm CLOSING CIRCLE
1:30-2:30 Clean-up/Pack-up/Final Goodbyes
3pm: Return to parking lot by Ferry
Version 1.2, April 24, 2012 (Kudos to the Ashland, Oregon Program Team!)
More Information and slide show at:
“The big question is whether you are to be able to say a hearty ‘yes’ to your adventure.”
– Joseph Campbell