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SAVE THE DATE - Winter Retreat

  • Koinonia Retreat Center 7768 Pilger Avenue Northwest South Haven, MN, 55382 United States (map)

Beneath the Ice

A Winter Journey into Gender Wholeness

The future of humanity will be decided not by relations between nations,

but by relations between women and men.

~ D. H. Lawrence

At birth we are assigned a gender based on our physical anatomy. From that moment forward, gender-based familial and cultural expectations, pressures, opportunities, and limitations begin working on us, shaping our choices and behavior, often outside of conscious awareness.

Eventually significant parts of our internal gender spectrum become repressed and disavowed, hidden out of awareness as Shadow components, leading to a fracturing of our wholeness.

During this intensive, nature-based experiential gathering we will have opportunities to explore and reclaim the continuum of feminine and masculine aspects inherent in us all. We will wrestle with such profoundly important questions as: Who are we? And who would we be if gender were not such a dividing line, not only between people but also within each of us? How might reclaiming our gender wholeness lead to both personal and cultural transformation? We must grapple with such questions in order to recognize the harm that male privilege and unbalanced patriarchy inflicts upon us all. By reclaiming our own gender wholeness we can then contribute to the necessary healing of gender-wound driven divisions that continue to cripple our culture.

To help guide us, we will use the four-direction, nature-based model of the psyche developed by Bill Plotkin in Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche. The intensive will include a combination of council sharing, directed wanders, journaling, dream tending, and other Soulcraft™ practices in a natural setting.

Everyone at any place on the gender identity and sexual orientation spectrum is welcome. In fact, the more diverse our group is, the richer and more “wholing” the experience will be for us all.

Retreat Leaders:


Glenn Siegel

Glenn Siegel, M.D. has been facilitating personal transformation through the privileged position of his profession as a psychiatrist for over three decades. Now retired from psychiatric practice, Glenn has retrained as a nature-based guide for those courageous enough to risk an encounter with their soul gifts and the psycho-spiritual upheaval that may result. It is only through a journey that deepest healing can occur and our most profound contributions to both humanity and the larger Earth community can be realized.

Glenn graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and trained in adult psychiatry at UCLA. After several years in private practice, he received further training in psychotherapy, completing a four-year fellowship at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. He subsequently co-developed a unique treatment model based on Authenticity as the healing force of optimal health and expansion from internal prisons.

Although educated and trained traditionally, Glenn has more recently become aware of the limitations of a medical system based on disease, diagnosis, and intervention at the expense of one’s inner resources and innate wholeness, which are best accessed through continued immersion in natural living systems. Glenn has been a wanderer, trekker, climber, musician, and poet, expanding the conversation beyond human confines to embrace the language of the wilderness. Glenn resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas.


Bryan Smith

Bryan is a Presbyterian pastor, an ICF credentialed life coach, a trained spiritual director, and a certified nature-based human development guide through the Animas Valley Institute. Bryan underwent his men’s rites of passage at Pilgrim Park in 2014. He has a particular interest in helping men to discover, embrace, and manifest their fully authentic God-given identity. Bryan is a founding partner of both Sacred Dance Coaching and Guiding and Seminary of the Wild.

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