Into the

Luminous

Field

In Person Retreat

When

November

04 – 08, 2022

 

Where

Charleston

South Carolina

 

Cost

$1650

All Inclusive

 

“Life is a luminous pause between two mysteries that are yet one.”
Carl Jung

About this Retreat

You will discover your spirit guides, ancestors, and power animals as Dakota Earth Cloud Walker guides you through these spiritual journeys into the liminal spaces of the Soul. Through trance dance, meditation, Soul Tracking, kayaking, and more, you will be immersed in the world of spirit as the veil between worlds is at its thinnest.

In addition to exploring Magnolia Cemetery and other haunted Charleston spots, Soul Tracking will also be used while kayaking in Wambaw Swamp. This is a blackwater tidal creek in the Francis Marion National Forest. A Nationally Recognized and Designated Trail is located in the Wambaw Creek Wilderness Area in the Francis Marion National Forest. A picturesque blackwater creek that flows into the Santee River was paddled by coastal Plain Indians thousands of years ago.

We will explore cord-cutting, protection rituals, and working in liminal spaces in this workshop as we learn how Shamans help lost spirits find their way to the Upper World by performing Psychopomp work. Our retreat also explores ancestral healing and connects you with your spirit guides and power animals.

Through trance dance and breathwork, you can explore non-ordinary reality and merge with your spiritual team.

Nature is abundant at the retreat center and will play a central role in our retreat. It is located just outside historic Charleston, South Carolina, on the quiet waterfront of Awendaw Creek.

What's Included
What's NOT Included
About Meals
Arriving in Charleston
Benefits & Who Should Attend?
About the Retreat Center
About Charleston
Kayaking in Charleston

Included in Your Tuition

  • Accommodations - Bunk-style cabins with 5-8 people per cabin.
  • Food - All meals with exception of 2 Dinners (See more about meals in the tabs below)
  • Kayaking Excursions - Kayaks, paddles, and PFDs will be supplied for all outings. (No kayaking experience is necessary)
  • Daily Shamanic Teachings - Daily teachings and exercises.
  • Daily Yoga Sessions - Early Morning yoga by the Lake Francis
  • Haunted Charleston - Private tour in downtown Charleston, highlighting the area's most haunted places.
  • Trance Dance Session - Trance Dance is a powerful way to connect with your higher self, and spirits on the other side of the veil using movement, music, trance, and meditation.
  • Fire Ceremony & Rituals - Drumming, ritual, and communing will help to connect us to the land, and to one another.

NOT Included in Your Tuition

  • Transportation to Charleston or to Retreat Center (We will run 2 shuttles to gather you from the airport if you are flying in.)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flight Costs
  • Visa Fee
  • Gratuities for various Guides

Included in Your Tuition

Nearly all meals are included in tuition, but in the evening we're in downtown Charleston, and you'll need to buy your own dinner. Charleston has food options to suit every taste and budget. Charleston is a mighty force in the nation's food scene, despite its small size. It is no longer regarded as an old-fashioned southern town, despite its dynamic mix of offerings for years now. After our kayak trip, you will also be responsible for dinner.

We will prepare delicious, healthy, and mostly vegetarian meals. If you have food allergies/concerns, you can send us a request for the menu of the meals we’ll be offering. If you have dietary restrictions, you may want to consider packing additional food for your needs. We also provide coffee, tea, and water. We do not provide alcohol, but you are welcome to bring your own. You can bring food to the retreat center and store it there and cook it in the kitchen.

The retreat center is 25 minutes away from a grocery store, so it is recommended that you stop there before arriving.

Included Meals:

Friday – Snacks, Dessert | Saturday – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Sunday – Breakfast, Lunch [Dinner in Charleston] | Monday – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Tuesday – Breakfast, Lunch

Traveling to Charleston

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

Seasonal Information

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.

When to Arrive

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 for the retreat center upon arrival. Although we will run a couple of shuttles to the airport to retrieve folks. 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.

The retreat will begin at 6 pm on the 4th and end at 4:30 pm on the 8th. If you would like to book the night before and after the retreat, you can do so for an additional charge (you can add this option on during checkout.)

Benefits of Retreat

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.

Activities & Skills

General Yoga, Trance Dance, Kayaking, Walking, Hiking

Skill Level

Beginner, 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)

About the Retreat Center

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 the 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.

About the Retreat Center

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 the 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 or in your imagination!

About the Retreat Center

Kayaking

In addition to kayaking the Wambaw Black Water Tidal Creek, you may also kayak directly from the retreat center in a self-contained lake or in a tidal river where many dolphins can be seen.

Those staying an extra night will have the opportunity to kayak the day after the retreat on Crab Bank Island in Charleston Harbor (an additional charge is required for boat rental). Dakota will lead you to find shark teeth, dolphin vertebrae, and whale bones that are thousands, if not millions, of years old.

Dakota has been guiding ocean and whitewater kayak trips for nearly 22 years and regularly teaches kayakers how to paddle. No experience is necessary because she will teach you how to kayak if this is your first time.

The Add-Ons

 

Additional Lodging

Additional nights in the shared cabin can be purchased if you would like to arrive a day early or stay a day later to ease your travel plans. Your order quantity number should include the number of days. If you are only purchasing one extra night, please let us know if you plan to arrive before or stay after.

 

Shem Creek Fossil Kayak

On November 9th, following our “Into the Luminous Field” retreat, I’ll be leading a kayaking tour at Shem Creek where we’ll paddle out to Crab Bank Island to hunt for shark teeth and other treasures. Shem is a great place to kayak and see dolphins as well as a variety of sea birds. Our two-hour tour will begin at 2 pm.

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Nov. 09 - Shem Creek Kayaking for Fossils

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