You’re invited to honor your aliveness as well as the spark of connection and longing for deeper connection that lives within you.
Join us to return to your truest self in connection with the elements and to learn from these raw forces of resilience that live within each cell of our being. I am called to go deeper and am calling others in to join me and my friend Will Michael, Advanced SOMA Breath Instructor, in the inquiry of how the wisdom of our bodies, the wisdom of the land and of the elements can support our deepening growth within ourselves as the life of spring returns.
You will be guided through trauma informed practices that are intended to support you to deepen your relationship to your body through the body systems as they relate to the larger natural body systems of our planet Earth. Will offers breathing practices that have been adapted to the element that we are working with each week. We will also connect with others through authentic movement that allows for vulnerability and authenticity to emerge from the body in both moving and witnessing that we can then bring into a group sharing in circle.
Here’s what you will receive and learn during the 5 weeks:
Build up your immune system through tapping into your embodied resource and inner medicine
Practice renewal and regeneration through connecting with the elements in the body
Learn simple and powerful breath-work techniques
Learn about and practice cultivating ritual with the elements and with the land to deepen your relationship with place
Practice being more alive and present in the moment
Sacralize your life through deepening your relationship with yourself and/as the elements in simple rituals
Resource your own inner guidance through our body
Connect deeply with yourself and others even on zoom! It is possible!
Each week we will explore a different element through our bodies as nature and nature as our bodies . . .
Week 1 - Earth - Security and Discovering our Needs
Lessons: Structure, Stability, Simplicity, Nourishment
Body Allies: Bones, Connective Tissues, Marrow
Nature Allies: Rocks, Stones, Trees, Roots, Magma
Week 2 - Water - Safety and Cultivating Trust
Lessons: Flow, Release, Rhythm, E-motion
Body Allies: Blood, Fluids, Notochord, Amniotic fluid
Nature Allies: Water, Rivers, Lakes, Ocean, Ponds, Streams, Rain, Ice, Snow
Week 3 - Fire - Sovereignty and Activating Aliveness
Lessons: Passon, Power, Presence
Body Allies: Digestive System, Glands, Nervous Systems
Nature Allies: Sun, Stars, Fire, Mycelium
Week 4 - Air - Co-Creation and Joyful Collaboration
Lessons: Spaciousness, Expansion, Communication
Body Allies: Breath, Lungs, Voice, Vocal Chords
Nature Allies: Wind, Breeze, Tornado, Hurricane
Week 5 - Ether - Union of Bliss & Emptiness
Lessons: Wonder, Envisioning, Surrender
Body Allies: Cerebral Spinal Fluid, Pineal Gland, Glandular Integration
Nature Allies: Spirit
Each Session will include:
Grounding and land acknowledgement
Short personal check in
Sharing about the element as well as body and earth allies of each week
Trauma informed somatic movement guidance connecting the body systems to the Earth systems
Breathing practice with Will Michael
Authentic movement embodiment and sharing practice in diads
Group circle sharing
Invitation to personal practice with nature
Song for each element
Inquiry worksheet for each element
Recording of Intro Gathering for Deepening Connection to get a taste of the practice:
Here's what others are saying:
Working with Hilary and Will in Deepening Connection supported my spiritual alignment and growth. Before I thought of the elements as "outside of myself" and separate energies. Now, I understand how interconnected these forces are with my body and breath. My experience of the world is richer, more textured and delicious! I highly recommend this experience to those ready for embodied connection with the natural world. - Aria Everts
"It was a pleasure to be part of Hilary's elemental sharing and verbal connections expressed thru her personal communal experiences. Also learning more and more about deep breathing from Will has helped me tremendously. I'd recommend this course of study to all to support inner peace, awareness of our surroundings, and new connections to the natives of our land who offer so much more than I knew before." -Darlene
"The best I can describe the experience is something like the magic school bus crossed avatar and fern gully without psychedelics." -Maoly Molinos
Will Michael, PhD, CHt, Advanced SOMA Breath Instructor has over 50 years of experience with conscious breathing and has worked with and/or studied with all the top names in the field of breathwork. He is a certified transpersonal life coach, a certified clinical hypnotherapist, a holistic health and integral life practices educator and a lifelong student and practitioner of natural healing and energy medicine.
Classes are currently being offered in person in Petoskey, Michigan June 12th and July 10th. Email
Hilary at to learn more and stay tuned for the next offering.