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Peter Scanlan, Guide To Discovering One’s Authentic and Unique Purpose In The World


In these times of rapid change, crises, challenges, and opportunities, do you find yourself asking questions about your life that are beyond the reach of your ability to figure things out? Do you wonder what part you are called to play in this critical time of cultural evolution, what Joanna Macy calls "The Great Turning"?


Soulcraft™ offers a set of modern day nature-based practices for exploring these questions and the longing from which they arise. The enactment of these practices, either alone or in a group setting that provides a safe and loving container for being witnessed in the work, can facilitate a journey of following those longings and the questions they raise. By immersing oneself at times in the realms of the senses, the emotions, and the deep imagination, we come into relationship with the core and unique reason that each of us is here on the planet. In nature-based settings we learn to court the realm of Mystery from which we emerged and to gather the threads of our larger mythopoetic story, or soul story, the one we carry as a gift for our people. Conscious awareness of these threads facilitates the weaving of a pattern that becomes a guide to our way of being in the world.


In 2015 I left the Animas Valley Institute with so much gratitude for having had the opportunity to be an Animas lead guide over the past 15 years. Thank you, Bill Plotkin, for seeing me and giving me this opportunity. Thank you to all my co-guides over the years: Annie Bloom, Jade Sherer, Mary Marsden, Rebecca Wildbear, Sabina Wyss, Geneen Haugen, Lauren Chambliss, Rachel Posner, Doug Van Houten, Bill Plotkin, and Sage Magdalene.


Since that time I have been guiding a 5-day nature-based Ancestor program that my friend and co-guide, Annie Bloom, and I developed and offered for the first time in March of 2015. Since that time I have guided the program here in the US and in Ireland with Annie and with other guides. The program incorporates Soulcraft™ practices to access ancestral energies for resolving ancestral wounding and connecting with ancestral gifts and resources. See Program descriptions for more details. .


I am pleased to announce that I will be guiding the Ancestor program three times in 2018:

  On the northern coast of California in February
  In the Sonoran desert of Arizona in April
  In Ireland in July


In February I will also be guiding a 5-eay program that is an opportunity to work with Shadow, the hidden and undiscovered parts of ourselves.

Click the Programs link in the Menu to view details

I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible;
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.

 —Dawna Markova

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