Into the Luminous Field
Retreat – Charleston, South Carolina
November 04 – 08, 2022
“Life is a luminous pause between two mysteries that are yet one.”
About this Retreat
During this spiritual journey into the liminal spaces of the Soul, Dakota Earth Cloud Walker leads you to discover your spirit guides, ancestors, and power animals. As the veil between worlds is at its thinnest, you will be immersed in the world of spirit through trance dance, meditation, Soul Tracking, kayaking, and more.
As part of your retreat, we’ll explore the hidden hauntings of Magnolia Cemetery and other haunted spots in Charleston. While kayaking in Wambaw Swamp, a black water tidal creek in the Francis Marion National Forest, Soul Tracking will also be used. The Wambaw Creek Wilderness Area in the Francis Marion National Forest is home to this Nationally Recognized and Designated Trail. Thousands of years ago, the Santee and coastal Plain Indians paddled this beautiful blackwater creek that flows into the Santee River.
Find out how Shamans help lost spirits find their way to the Upper World by performing Psychopomp work. During this workshop, we will explore cord cutting, protection rituals, and working in liminal spaces. The retreat also explores ancestral healing and connects you with your spirit guides and power animals.
Trance Dance and Breathwork allow you to explore non-ordinary reality and merge with your spiritual team.
The retreat center is located on the quiet waterfront of Awendaw Creek, just outside historic Charleston, South Carolina, nature is abundant and will be a central influence on our retreat.
What’s Included & Retreat Highlights
What’s Not Included
- 100% deposit refund for cancellation 40+ days before the retreat start date.
- 50% deposit refund for cancellation 29-39 days before the retreat start date.
- 0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-29 days before the retreat start date.
- A non-refundable amount of $459 is due at the time of booking.
- The remaining balance is due 4 Weeks before the retreat start date.
- If paid at the time of booking, a full refund of the amount paid minus the non-refundable deposit is available up to 40 days before your retreat start date.
- If you cancel 0-29 days before your retreat start date remaining balance is not refundable.
Activities & SkillsGeneral Yoga, Trance Dance, Kayaking, Walking, Hiking
Skill LevelBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Who is this Retreat For?
Anyone over the age of 21 can join this retreat. It is helpful to have basic knowledge of the following:
- Medicine Wheel Teachings
- Interest in Shamanic Studies & Druidry (Celtic Spirituality)
It is recommended but not required to arrive a day before the retreat. We are unable to wait for anyone who may have flight delays or cancellations. Retreat guests will be required to find their own arrangements to the retreat center upon arrival. Please let us know if you plan on arriving a day early or checking out a day late so we can adjust the pricing for your additional days.
MealsTuition includes nearly all meals. On the evening we’re in downtown Charleston, you’ll be responsible for your own dinner. Charleston has food options for every budget and taste. Despite being a small city, Charleston is a mighty force on the nation’s food scene. Though it has been known for its dynamic mix of offerings for years now, the idea of thinking of this as an old-fashioned southern city is long gone. You will also be responsible for dinner in the evening after our kayaking trip.We will prepare delicious, healthy, and mostly vegetarian meals. If you have food allergies/concerns, you can email us a request for the menu of the meals we’ll be offering. If you have dietary restrictions, you may want to consider bringing additional food for your needs. We will also provide coffee, tea, and water. We do not supply alcohol; however, you are welcome to bring in your own. Food can be brought to the retreat center to be stored and cooked in the community kitchen. Prior to arriving at the retreat center, it is recommended that you stop at a grocery store since there are no stores within 25 minutes of the center.
Included Meals:Friday – Snacks, DessertSaturday – Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerSunday – Breakfast, LunchMonday – Breakfast, LunchTuesday – Breakfast, Lunch
Benefits of This Retreat
- Refreshed, energized, and relaxed.
- Shut off your technology, and experience how amazing it feels to unplug
- Connect with your spirit guides, spirit animals, and more.
- Get in touch with yourself and nature by slowing down.
- Meet other spiritualists walking this path with whom you share a common interest.
- Take a break from daily life in a secluded location.
- Explore the haunted city of Charleston using your shamanic tools.
The Holy City
Founded in 1670, Charleston is known for its beauty, history, hauntings, and climate. Charleston has about 230 days of sunshine each year and has an average daily temperature of 65.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Charleston calls itself the “Holy City” because of its numerous churches and their steeples that puncture the skyline.
With such an eerie and dark past, it should not surprise you to know that almost every major building in Charleston has a ghost story. The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, for example, is one of the most haunted locations. Another famously haunted location is the Old City Jail on Magazine Street, where it is said that over 13,000 people lost their lives. The Old City Jail has been featured on every major ghost program on TV and is considered the most haunted building in Charleston. Another well-known establishment is Poogan’s Porch restaurant, which is named after Poogan — the dog that still haunts the restaurant. Poogan will, according to some sources, rub against diners’ legs while they eat.
Some haunted locations will surprise you, though. Places that are seemingly harmless. A few examples that come to mind include the Dock Street Theatre on Church Street, City Hall, and the Library Society building on King Street. I know what you’re thinking, “what’s the worst that can happen at a library?!” Well, the Library Society is haunted by a man in a bulky period coat. Several staffers report seeing him, plain as day before he disappears from sight. He also reportedly plays with the microfilm during the day.
The Dock Street Theatre on Church Street was originally the Planters Hotel and has nearly 350 years of history to it. There are several ghosts said to haunt Dock Street, but Nettie is the most frequently spotted. Nettie lived in the 1800s and was a prostitute who frequented the Planters Hotel. She is usually seen floating on the second floor of the theater wearing a red dress.
If you want to see a ghost, the best way to go about it is to take photographs. There are professionals out there and a lot of recommendations on how to take the perfect ghost photo, but realistically any camera at any time can pick up a ghost. You do not have to be an expert. Ghosts are said to leave behind their energy, which is almost thermodynamic and allows them to show up in photos. One expert recommends that you not use a flash when you take pictures, as that will tend to create strange light reflections and give a “flash bounce” that could easily be mistaken for a ghostly image. If you do not have a steady hand, you can use a tripod to steady the camera. If you suspect that a ghost is present, take 3-5 photos of the same spot and check for differences, subtle as they may be. Ghosts will show up as anything from orbs, to streaks of light (usually their energy in motion) to full figures or shadows.
We will be doing a haunted tour as well as Soul Tracking in the historic areas of downtown Charleston, you will have ample opportunity to capture a ghost on film!
About the Retreat Center
Bishop Jordan Conference Center is located in McClellanville, South Carolina. This 77-acre property is perfect for any outdoor activity you can imagine. It is owned by the Dioceses of the Southeast of the Reformed Episcopal Church. Located just off Highway 17 and less than an hour’s drive from downtown Charleston, it is surrounded by the Francis Marion National Forest on three sides and the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge on the fourth. On the property, there is a 6.5-acre freshwater lake that provides excellent fishing and paddling opportunities.
This property offers great hiking and off-road biking opportunities along the iconic Awendaw Passage of the Palmetto Trail. The island boasts a wide variety of habitats that make it a naturalist’s dream. The properties offer plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities and walking trails that are easily accessible.
The campground overlooks the Cape Romaine National Wildlife Refuge and is located on the lake or along the intercoastal waterway. Additionally, there are bunk bed cabins that sleep 10-16 people. Two showers, one sink, and one toilet are provided in these cabins. Additionally, they are air-conditioned and heated. The Cabins are bare bones, allowing us to keep our cost of the retreat down.
The meeting space has an industrial kitchen which can be utilized by retreat attendees to prepare their own meals.
In addition to kayaking, paddle boarding, basketball, ping pong, archery, fishing, biking, hiking, and horseshoes, there are plenty of other activities on site. Several spectacular restaurants can also be found nearby, including TW Graham and Co., McClellanville Diner, Sewee Restaurant, and The Rusty Rudder.
The retreat center does not have Wi-Fi access. Despite not having full bars of service, there is cell phone reception.
Arrival by Air
Please book your flight to arrive at Charleston International Airport (CHS). You will need to rent a car or hire a shuttle to the retreat center which is located 39 miles (45 minutes) away from the airport.
Arrival by Car
The retreat center is located at 1010 Reverend Perry Rd. McClellanville, SC 29458
The month of November is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit Charleston. Despite the fact that it’s getting colder in most areas of the country, Charleston will be a mild 65′ to 70′. Layers of clothing will be a good idea to accommodate the temperature changes in the evenings, which can go down into the low 50s.
About Your Retreat Leader
Communing with Dolphins
Dolphins frequent the Awendaw Tidal Creek, where the Retreat Center is located. Our kayaks are often visited by dolphins swimming near them and we enjoy their show and interaction.