The Art of Mirroring
Mirroring is a practice that involves listening deeply to another person, then giving feedback that heightens insight, self-recognition and the sense of being seen and validated. This workshop will present information and experiential learning about the art of mirroring as a powerful tool to help people undertake and receive the gifts of a rite of passage. We will utilize mirroring in a variety of tasks, including participant assessment, working with ritual, mirroring for intent, use of a confirmation sentence, mirroring solo stories, working with shadow, and the return council. We’ll also take some time to explore its application in working with youth. This is an experiential training, and each day will include time spent in nature.
The Art of Mirroring will be of interest to those in the helping professions, people training to be rites of passage guides, and anyone interested in using the healing power of nature in their work or personal journey. It forms part of the Rites of Passage Guide Training Program curriculum.
This five-day program will be held near Santa Rosa, California on land that holds oak, madrone and fir forest, as well as diverse wildlife.
This program constitutes a portion of the Rites of Passage training program, which has been in existence for over 35 years. Please follow this link to read more about the Training Program. The Mirroring workshop may be also taken as a stand-alone event. It will be of value to wilderness guides, counselors, coaches, nature educators, and anyone in a helping profession.
Rites of passage bring us ever closer to our essential nature and gifts. Mirroring “blows on the sparks” to help ignite the flame, illuminating the journey. This poem by Rilke speaks of the journey:
I live my life in growing orbits,
which move out over the things of the world.
Perhaps I can never achieve the last,
but that will be my attempt.
I am circling around God, around the ancient tower,
and I have been circling for a thousand years.
And I still don’t know if I am a falcon,
Or a storm, or a great song.
–Rainer Maria Rilke