Unveiling

A WORKSHOP IN NATURE

  • Sunday | October 24 | 2:30-5:30 PM
  • Will Rogers State Historic Park
  • $40

On the Sunday afternoon before Halloween, come gather with fellow seekers in the wilderness of the Santa Monica Mountains as we uncover who we are behind the masks we wear. Using ritual, somatic techniques, journaling, group and solo creative practices, we will come together in the wild to witness our true nature.

This is a magical time of year when the veil thins between our world and the other, between the face we show and the no-face within; a time of liminality when we can more easily move beyond our rigid and limiting personas into the larger “I” that is more mysterious, fluid and supportive. It is the season of the harvest, of reaping the fruits of our labor, and for the past year and a half, we have all labored in our own way through a fraught and dangerous world. Let us come together now to honor our precious resilience.

We will meet in the parking lot of Will Rogers State Historic Park and journey as a group to a secluded valley where we will commune with one another and the land, opening ourselves to a deeper sense of interconnectedness with others, human and non-human. We will be utilizing ecological theories and embodiment practices inspired by Joanna Macy, Augusto Boal, David Abram and others.

In a time of hypervigilance, when we all too often feel scattered, weary and alone, we will arrive on the mountain together and call ourselves back, here, to the wisdom of the present moment and the healing embrace of the solid ground.

Your Guides:

WADE GASQUE

A queer storyteller and healer, Wade draws on a diverse background in applied mythology, archetypal systems, tarot reading, theater and film. He hosts monthly online moon gatherings aimed at re-enchanting our lives and reawakening to the magic and power within. His award-winning narrative feature film Tiger Orange is available everywhere. More on his work and his writings on the unique challenges and opportunities of our time at UncannyMeans.com.

ILANA GUSTAFSON

Ilana is an aspiring fool. She’s explored this through wandering hundreds of miles solo in the wilderness, creating theater, as a mask performer, a zen practitioner, an educator, a daughter, a friend, a neighbor. She is Manager of Performing Arts at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, where she leads a team to create theater based on the exhibitions and research. She is here to meet you all in the place where we can feel most free. The way there, she has a hunch, is through listening to our curious hearts. More at Fool-Hearted.com.

Details:

  • Limited to the first 20 people who register. Please book early to secure your spot!
  • No one turned away for lack of funds. Reach out if you need financial assistance.
  • We will be outside and socially distanced for the duration. No masks required.
  • IMPORTANT: Please plan for a 2PM arrival to give yourself plenty of time for parking, bathroom, etc. Parking is $12 in the lot. There is also limited, free, street parking available below the park entrance (about a 10-15 minute walk so plan accordingly). We will email you detailed meeting instructions once you register.
  • To maintain the integrity of the circle, please plan to stay for the duration.
  • The workshop will take place in a partially shaded, dry wash (small, flat valley between the mountains) – about a 15-minute “beginner” hike to get there. We will walk as a group to the wash. (Late entry won’t be possible.)
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, sneakers with tread, sun protection, as well as a jacket if you get chilly.
  • Bring plenty of water (and snacks if you’d like) and a journal.
  • Restrooms are a short walk from the workshop space.
  • In the event of rain, workshop will be rescheduled.
  • Reach out with any additional questions. We’re here.

REGISTRATION

*Photo of Sri Lankan ritual mask by Chris Rainier