FULL ECOLOGY

IMMERSION EXPERIENCE

Gardiner Montana

Uncertainty is your Superpower

WEEKEND RETREAT

September 13 – 15, 2019

Full Ecology Immersion Experiences are designed to reconnect you with your essential human nature through guided direct experience. To deep wisdom, joy, and wholeness. Instead of therapy, instead of vacations that can yield more exhaustion than respite, choose a retreat that returns you to your innate sense of belonging and inner knowing.

This will be a fascinating journey of exploration, uncovering how the wisdom of the natural world expresses itself without fail in each of us. This is kinship at its deepest level. It offers reliable guidance through all that is beautiful, messy, and irreplaceable in being human.

Immerse yourself with us in an unforgettable autumn weekend of guided conversation, writing, meditation and hiking. Our home base will be the wild edge of northern Yellowstone, in the magnificent Elk River Lodge – an inn that was recently filmed by National Geographic. Through intimate, small-group experiences we’ll explore the power of uncertainty through Nature’s eyes; in particular, how we can align ourselves with that uncertainty to bring new levels of creative freedom and calm to our daily lives.

ACTIVITIES | GUIDED WORK & EXPLORATION LED BY EXPERT FACILITATORS


Campfire Sessions
spirits ‘n s’mores and an introduction to the power of mystery


Morning Movement
guided sunrise stretching and yoga

UNCERTAINTY AS YOUR SUPERPOWER
getting to know the power in leaning into uncertainty

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GRIEF AS THE DOORWAY TO RESILIENCE
reliable ways for finding connection, resilience, and the gift of loss, transition, and uncertainty


Writing Workshop Option
hands-on writing workshop led by celebrated author, Gary Ferguson


Picnic Lunches in the Yellowstone Ecosystem
beautiful packed lunches as you explore this abundant land

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Personal Time in the Natural World
options ranging from nearby hikes to wildlife viewing from the balcony

CUISINE | LOCALLY CATERED AND SOURCED

The Saturday evening wine dinner is a highlight of our retreat
With locally sourced ingredients, chef Michael Ruhland will create an experience that is at the heart and soul of every rich human life—a beautiful meal, shared with warmth, wine, and friends.

Connecting back to the source of food and sharing meals together is a crucial way we can combat the isolation and distractions (and therefore disconnection) of the lives that run us ragged. This exquisite wine dinner reminds us to slow down and savor every moment. All special dietary needs can be accomomdated.

Cheese Course
2018 MassAlto Sauvalanche


Organic Chicken, Sweet Corn Succotash,
Maple Miso Butter
2016 Valo Cellars Reserve Chardonnay


Montana Wagyu Tenderloin, Truffle Potato Puree,
Chanterelle Mushrooms
2016 Valo Cellars Reserve Syrah


Green Tea & Honey Pot de Creme, Brûlée Fig
2016 Valo Cellars Riesling

FACILITATORS
Mary Clare & Gary Ferguson

Across her 30 years of experience as a consultant, professor and scholar, Mary M Clare, Ph.D. has worked to repair the separation that isolates people from each other and from the natural world. In organizations as diverse as government agencies, NGOs, school districts, higher education, she supports high character leadership bridging diverse perspectives and priorities. In communities and families, with individuals and groups she helps people listen across differences. As a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, she has contributed over 100 articles to the scholarly literature and authored two books, most recently 100 Voices – Americans Talk about Change (2011), a book that reveals enduring wisdom and immediate guidance in times of sweeping cultural change. Most recently, she has joined with her husband, science writer, Gary Ferguson, to keynote and run workshops on their shared passion for Full Ecology – Reclaiming Our Human Nature.

Gary Ferguson is the author of 26 books on science and nature. The Los Angeles Times described his recent memoir, The Carry Home: Lessons from the American Wilderness, as “a big-hearted, soul searching memoir”; the work was later selected as “Nature Book of the Year” by the prestigious Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. Meanwhile his environmental piece “A Deeper Boom,” in Orion Magazine, received the “Best Essay of the Year” award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Ferguson has been a Seigle Scholar at Washington University, St. Louis as well as the William Kittredge Distinguished Writer at the University of Montana. He continues to be a frequent contributor to a wide variety of publications, including Vanity Fair, Orion and the Los Angeles Times. Most recently he’s joined his wife, social psychologist Mary M. Clare, Ph.D., merging natural and social science in what they call “Full Ecology.”

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN AN UNFORGETTABLE WEEKEND
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