Return Home to Yourself

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Tuesdays* October 11th - November 8th

*Except that Wed. Oct. 26th 5:30 PM 

replaces Tue. Oct. 25th  5:00 PM
In person at North Central Michigan College

Petoskey, MI

Return home to your true self...

In connection with all of life through the elements. Learn from these raw forces of resilience that live within each cell of our being. You will be guided through trauma-informed, simple & nourishing movement practices that are intended to support you to deepen your mindfulness in relationship to your body and the environment for your own self healing. This is an introductory course to learn how the systems of your body relate to the larger natural systems of our planet Earth and easy techniques to come back to your inner knowing. We will be meeting inside and weather permitting will go outside and connect with the natural environment. We will also connect with others through sharing together in a circle. No previous experience needed. Bring a towel or mat that can get dirty in case of going outside.


Here’s what you will receive and learn during the 5 weeks:

  • Build up your natural immune system through tapping into your embodied resource and inner medicine

  • Learn simple and powerful movement & breath techniques

  • Learn about and practice cultivating ritual with the elements and the land to deepen your relationship with place and your own personal practice

  • Practice being more alive and present in the moment

  • Learn about feminine and Earth honoring Tibetan Buddhist perspectives and how to transform negative emotional states into generative states

  • Resource your own inner guidance through your body

  • Learn tools for decolonization, and embodied trauma healing

  • Inquiry sheets and resources to take home and reflect on between sessions

Each week we will explore a different element through our bodies as nature and nature as our bodies . . .

Week 1 - Earth - Resources - Security and Discovering our Needs vs. Insecurity, Inadequacy and Confusion

  1. Lessons: Structure, Stability, Simplicity, Equanimity and Nourishment

  2. Body Allies: Bones, Connective Tissues, Marrow

  3. Nature Allies: Rocks, Stones, Trees, Roots, Magma

Week 2 - Water - Intimacy - Safety and Cultivating Trust vs. Fear & Over Intellectualization

  1. Lessons: Flow, Release, Rhythm, E-motion, Mirror-like Wisdom

  2. Body Allies: Blood, Fluids, Notochord, Amniotic fluid

  3. Nature Allies: Water, Rivers, Lakes, Ocean, Ponds, Streams, Rain

Week 3 - Fire - Community - Sovereignty and Power vs. Craving, Seduction, Lust

  1. Lessons: Presence, Activating Aliveness and Radiant Discerning Compassion

  2. Body Allies: Digestive System, Endocrine System, Nervous Systems

  3. Nature Allies: Sun, Stars, Fire, Mycelium

Week 4 - Air - Expression - Co-Creation and Joyful Collaboration vs. Jealousy, Annoyance, Anger

  1. Lessons: Acceptance, Spaciousness, Expansion, All Accomplishing Wisdom

  2. Body Allies: Breath, Lungs, Voice, Vocal Chords

  3. Nature Allies: Wind, Breeze, Tornado, Hurricane

Week 5 - Ethers - Connection - Union of Bliss & Emptiness vs. Ignorance, Denial, Depression

  1. Lessons: Wonder, Envisioning What's Possible, Surrender, All Embracing and Encompassing Wisdom

  2. Body Allies: Cerebral Spinal Fluid, Nervous System and Glandular Integration

  3. Nature Allies: Spirit/Source/Divine

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 movement guidance connecting the body systems to the Earth systems

  • Group circle sharing

  • Invitation to personal practice with nature

  • Song for each element

  • Inquiry worksheet for each element

Here's what others are saying:


Working with Hilary 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. 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

Hilary holds a compassionate and responsibly shared space for learning, feeling, and experiencing a more integrative flow in relationship with our ancestors, the earth, her elements, and various layers of our human community - including the wild interconnected nature within! Would recommend this class to even the stodgiest of park benches. -- F.S.

Hilary holds a deeply authentic, grounded and generous human. I felt accepted and met right where I was with no judgement or expectations- safe. She shares powerful practices & tools, a way to live that connects us to ourselves, each other and the world and elements around us. I am grateful and inspired. Thank-you! -Jenn Evans

Here's an intro to similar course offered last fall to get a taste . . ..