Guests arrive by 2 p.m. to the yurts, heated by wood stove and smudged, providing a welcoming and neutral field. It is a 30-foot circle lined with foam mattresses and centered by directional altar candles. Each guest chooses their location in the circle and sets up their bedding. Individual meetings are hosted with each participant throughout the afternoon, providing guidance and strengthening connection. All are welcome to tour the farm and the river after their meeting with the providers.
As the evening draws near, there will be less and less talking and after the opening circle, it is silent. Guests will be on their mats and, after respect is given to the Four Directions, we will pass the ‘talking stick,’ a first nations tradition allowing each in the circle presence and the opportunity to introduce and express. After this, the majority of the session is conducted in silence. Necessary communication will be as whispers, with respect to all in the space. Medicine offerings are gradual, allowing each person to acclimate slowly.