This event will offer an outline and illustration of The Soulcentric Development Wheel which is a nature-based model of human development. The model is based on nearly 40 years of research by Bill Plotkin and the Animas Valley Institute. The model expresses 8 stages of human development including 9 passages to mature Adulthood and Elderhood. It proposes that life-enhancing cultures are rooted in transpersonal experience and revelation.
The Development Wheel is a way of engaging with the tasks of each stage as necessary in a full and healthy life. It is a way of cultivating relationship with soul moving from an ego-centric life to a more healthy eco-centric life towards embodying our unique truth "at the centre of the image you were born with" and soulcentric living (D. Whyte). Bill Plotkin states "The human soul is a person's ultimate place in the more-than-human world" pg 31.
Each stage of the Development Wheel has important contributions to make and has both nature and culture tasks. Our current culture has focused on the Cultural tasks without the Nature tasks. It is Mystery who moves us from one stage to the next when each stage's tasks are complete enough. In this sense, it is not the Passages themselves that is of main importance but the work between them that make Passages possible; Passages are not 'a given' at any stage. The model guides us from a patho-adolescent culture to a shift in human consciousness towards a soulcentric culture. What might happen if we, for example, re-orientated our education, economic, and political structures accordingly.
This event is not a training, it is an opportunity to begin to hear about and explore this visionary model for our urgent time. Reading 'Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World' by Bill Plotkin PhD is recommended beforehand, but not essential. This event is offered with kind permission of Bill Plotkin.
Animas Valley Institute