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Oct 19

Anima Terra: A Yearlong Journey of Descent and Soul Emergence for Women

October 19, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - October 23, 2023 @ 1:00 pm PDT

New Cohort Starting October 2023!

Guides: Jonah Ruh Roberts and Tracey Forest

An·i·ma /ˈanəmə/noun 1. the soul; 2. the feminine principle

Ter·ra /ˈterə/ noun 1. land or territory; 2. the planet earth

ANIMA TERRA is a FEMININE version of the Journey of Soul Initiation—A Journey of Wild Descent and Soul Emergence for Women.
There is not a program like this anywhere else. It is a creation that grows out of our intensive, years-long guide training with the Animas Valley Institute, but also from our many years’ love of and experience with women’s work. While you can do lots of women’s programs and you can go on a journey of soul initiation, no one out there is marrying them in the way that has emerged through our own mythos and guidance.

This journey is NOT for everyone. It IS for women who feel the call from Earth and Soul to dive more deeply than ever before, to cross a one-way portal and fall back into the “source of everything,” to dissolve and open to the Muse, to Mystery, to the mythopoetic underworld, to finally gain access to their own ecological niche in Earth’s dream.

Anima Terra is for women who are already engaged in worthwhile lives and work, have achieved one or more successful, functional roles in society and have cultivated a sense of responsibility to themselves and the world, YET they hear an undeniable call to something more — to something beyond the edges of the known — something wild, rich, and even a little scary. Through murmurings and imaginings, they have been urged to uncover why they are really here and to hear what their Soul is beckoning them to embody.

This transformational journey is one of descent and return. The descent is into the underworld of Earth and Psyche to let go of attachments to the roles and identities of a life that has become confining, so you can encounter the pure voice and true expression of your wild feminine Soul. By courageously releasing the cultural and personal mindsets that have bound you, you will cross many thresholds, confront your shadows, your fears, and your wounds as well as your light, and explore the edges of your grief and your longing. In relationship with the clear reflections of nature, you can allow yourself to be radically reshaped by the elemental forces of wind and water, moon and sun, rocks and trees, owl and coyote, and return to your communities in wholeness, with your mythical Soul now guiding your life.

This yearlong journey, held at four different wild places in the Northeast, USA, unfolds over five sessions – four five-day sessions and one eight-day Vision Fast session – beginning in October 2023 and ending in November 2024.


October 19 – 23, 2023 at Spirit Hollow in Shaftsbury, Vermont

February 15 – 19, 2024 location TBA

June 23 – 30, 2024 at Spirit Hollow

September 5 – 9, 2023 in Unity, NH at Jonah’s place

November 14 – 18, 2024 location TBA

What’s this journey like? See sisters in the current Anima Terra cohort describing their experiences:

If this sounds enticing, please visit the webpage. If you get a full-bodied YES, please contact us — either by email or for a phone call (and you can fill out the application).

There are only 12 spots, and we are already 1/4 full, so let us know if you’re interested as soon as you can.


October 19, 2023 @ 1:00 pm PDT
October 23, 2023 @ 1:00 pm PDT


Spirit Hollow, Vermont
2509 Shaftsbury Hollow Rd
North Bennington, VT 05257 United States
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