Creative Pathways

Oregon High Desert: “From Insight to Inspiration”

4-days: May 28–31, 2022 (Zoom Gathering: May 23)
            June 3–6, 2022 (Zoom Gathering: May 31)

Physical difficulty rating: 3, hiking poles recommended

What is inspiration? Where does inspiration come from? Can everyone be inspired? What can block inspiration? What can unblock inspiration?

Join me on a 4 day excursion and immersion into the Oregon High Desert to explore what it is to be inspired.

I love the desert for it’s openness, it’s striking vistas, and it’s timeless silence.

All of these qualities strip away distractions. It allows you to slow down and get in touch with your mind, body, and spirit as it is, without the need to perform or produce.

We’ll spend the time gathered together exploring our imaginations with somatic and mindfulness techniques. Then we’ll walk away from camp to spend solitary time being in whatever way serves us best. There’s canyons to explore,  and open prairie to be in. And, with some luck, the small native cactus will be blooming pink and yellow.

When we come together we’ll be sharing experiences and then moving independently again to explore both the inner landscape and outer ones.

We will be camped alongside a remote road so car camping will make this trip physically easier.

Planned Location: Spring Basin Wilderness

Day 1
8:30 am : Leave Troutdale parking lot. Car Pool.
Noon: Arrive John Day Fossil beds Clarno Unit for a brief orientation and walk.
1:30 pm: Continue driving. Arrive at Spring Basin Wilderness. Circle: Make land acknowledgement, Open the Container. Set up camp, orientation, dinner, evening walk, sit to listen. Good Night.

Day 2
8:00 am: Silent Tea
9:00 am: Breakfast. Make sack lunch
9:45 am: Gather: Check-in, demonstration/presentation
11:00 am: 1-hr walk and sit 
Noon Lunch: gather
12:30 pm: Game presentation: Synesthesia games, sound as color & texture…etc 
1:15–3:30 pm: Bring something back to camp to collaborate on a celebration altar to the Land and each other. Share your story
Free Time…
6:00 pm: Dinner at Camp

Day 3
8:00 am: Silent Tea
9:00 am: Breakfast. Make sack lunch
10:00 am: 30-min walk together
10:30 am: Gather for demonstration/presentation/sharing
11:00 am: 5-hour walk together then separate. Play, be, create, rest, explore inside and outside
4:00 pm: Gather, Rest, Share (bring something back to camp to collaborate on a celebration altar to the Land)
5:30 pm: Prep and dinner/ Ready for night Walk
7:30 pm: Night walk
8:30 pm: Night silent sit

Day 4
8:00 am: Silent Tea
9:00 am: Breakfast. Make sack lunch
Last day excursion
1:00 pm: Gather back at camp. Share
2:30 pm: Gratitude. Close Circle
3:00 pm: Drive away

Physical Difficulty Rating: 3    

Moderate – Trail may include rocky or loose terrain, with steep sections and moderate elevation gain.

Transportation & Food  
Participants are responsible for all transportation expenses. Please connect with me if you can offer a carpool vehicle or if you would like a carpool ride. Those flying in will need to find their own transportation but every effort will be made to arrange a carpool for you. Please let me know if you will be joining us from afar and need some orientation.

Participants are responsible for all of their breakfasts and lunches. Dinners will be provided.

Further Information
You will also be emailed a liability waiver, and a brief health history disclosure form. Please complete and return them as soon as possible.  If you have signed a liability waiver and a health disclosure with us within this calendar year you do not have to fill out and sign another.

Fees and Registration:

Supporter: 425$
Participant: 375$
Supported: 325$

Scholarship is available. Click here for our scholarship application.

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Registration is your payment in full. Receipt is email confirmation and some additional information and study guide.

Please contact us for questions, and read our cancelation policy here. 

About Heart Fire in the Field:

Heart Fire in the Field is a branch of Heart Fire Sanctuary in remote locations.

Heart Fire Sanctuary realizes that the ultimate teacher is the divine relationship between you and mother Earth. While we understand that all spaces are inherently a part of our sacred Earth we know that opportunities to immerse oneself into a wilderness setting is unparalleled in its healing power. She offers her unconditional love, compassion, and wisdom with absolute generosity to everyone equally. We are committed to offering these opportunities so people can experience their own divine relationship with the Earth and Cosmos.

There are 2 aspects to Heart Fire in the Field:

Creative Pathways: dedicated to reawakening creativity in all of us.

Diamond Heart Path: dedicated to deep spiritual healing and honoring the phases of our life with ceremony.

We believe in low to no intrusive ecological footprint as we tread lightly on our precise home.

Richard Brandt
Heart Fire Sanctuary
14305 SE 242 Ave
Damascus, Or 97089

Photos by Richard Brandt