Source the W E L L. Emerge for change.

Wild Ensemble for Luminous Leadership.

WINTER 2020:

January 31-February 2

February 28-March 1

March 27-29

In this time when multiple crises of climate change, environmental degradation, social injustice, and personal suffering are completely interconnected challenges drying up the wells of the planet, the secret pools of the deep need great protection for the life giving nourishment of water.  

Living in this emergency of the world, the resourcing of the wild brings the ability to live with stress and yet feel intrinsic radiance. By deeply resting, recharging, resourcing, nourishing, we drink from the revitalizing energies of the well to create luminous leadership.

The “well” is an ancient archetype for water expressing the essence of wildness and the deep, ancient reaching into earth for the refreshment of pure water.  The well also expresses our inner life calling to dive into the dark and cold for what most sustains and to be in the wild pools below the surface, leaving the known world and moving into the unknown.

You are welcome to come to any or all of these retreats. Each will be as delicious and fresh as pure water drawn from a well.

January 31 – February 2   •   W E L L weekend


…the storyteller, poet, lyricist, minstrel, troubadour…

We each have a story, and we also have a collective story. In a time when the old story is failing, in a time when social collapse and environmental extinction are in the near edges of time, our hope is in a new story. The role of the bard is to find and tell that new story. From the depths of the well, the images and nuances for this new story emerge. We listen, sense, and attune to the imaginal realm during this weekend in all our explorations, feeling the currents of the personal and the collective story at play.

We invite the Bard in you to the W E L L.

February 28 – March 1   •   W E L L weekend


…the clown, jester, mime, trickster, mummer, joker…

Most often the fool is considered to be stupid, idiotic, and embarrassing.  To the contrary, we are making an inquiry into the divine madness of the fool. To fool us all, the figure that occurs at the edge of society may have the most brilliant, creative solution to the dilemmas of our world. The fool lives outside the realm of rules, turning the known world on its head to see the upside-down view, the realm of fresh perception and non-objectified reality. The fool embodies the quantum unknown and multidimensional fluidity. When we tap into this mysterious play of the fool, everything becomes possible.

We invite the Fool in you to the W E L L.

 March 27 – 29  •   W E L L weekend


…the leader, queen, shaman, healer, priestess, mentor, teacher…

The leadership we are intent upon with this sourcing of the W E L L becomes luminous when we move deeply into the dark waters of struggle, challenge, suffering, and grief to find that, amazingly, shimmering light emanates from this hidden realm. When we are willing to dive and fathom to the very source, we emerge with the powers and grace of initiation or a kind of passage into greater maturity. A curious rising happens, and we often feel the call to be a leader, a guide, or a healer to offer the gifts from the W E L L to others.

We invite the Guide in you to the W E L L.

We honor the upwelling emergence of collective intelligence and

want to give space for everyone’s contributions, as we create together.

Program size is limited.

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Embodied Improvisation & Co-Creation

In the safety and sanctuary of community, we stir the multimodal richness of the embodied practices of improvisation and co-creation.

We listen deeply connecting to self, others, and nature.

With our bodies as guides, we create a space for open interdisciplinary theater processes.

These lead us to experiment with emergence and co-creation.

Authentic movement, collage, drawing, painting, mandala, toning, percussion, and song stir original ritual making.

In response to personal and global emergency, these practices activate our imaginations.

They allow us to create solutions, innovations, and new ways of being.

Awakening change, a possible and luminous future emerges.

Regenerative Living

Metta Earth is a farm and wild haven. By intermingling caring for the earth with our creative purpose, we integrate practices of permaculture, regenerative agriculture, and indigenous remembering.

Living in community, we engage in processes to transform the rich and abundant harvests from the land. As we prepare food together, we learn the origins of foods and the ways to make food medicine for healing. Brewing and sipping herbal teas, we enjoy tea ceremony.

With the multi hues of corn grown on the land, we grind and bake cornbreads to complement soups made with hand shucked beans, also harvested  from Metta Earth’s organic, biodynamic, and nutrient-dense soils.

With closeness to nature’s elements of  water from the well, earth from the gardens, fire from the woodstoves, air from the mountains, and the space of mindfulness, we become alchemists of the wild and are nourished in the richest, most healthy way.

Contemplative Practice

Winter is wonderfully protected and a deepening time for contemplative practice.

In the dawn of each day, we dive into the knowing of the body for morning practice, feeling the rhythm of inwardly guided movement and breath.

We are within the warmth of beeswax candlelight and the companionship of others.

Also, many other pause moments and attunements in the day help us center in this deep knowing.

Opportunities for guided yoga, meditation, and other contemplative practices enrich the days.

Leadership, Activism, and Social Justice

Observing and aligning with wild nature, the great natural intelligence of Earth and Cosmos perhaps will touch and guide us.

With this approach as an essential devotion, we explore theories of oppression, social change dynamics, and models of leadership.

We hope these become processes for the wild ensemble for luminous leadership.

In returning to our diverse worlds, may each of us infuse the waters of W E L L into the sacred vessels of our lives—projects each of us alone and together can originate for activism and leadership.

Refresh in the luminosity of our co-creative leadership.


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W E L L Program | 2020

  • Designated for up to 8 participants.
  • Designed for participation in one or more or all retreats.

Includes meals, shared accommodation, & program administration:

January 31 – February 2 W E L L Weekend
By Donation for a Gift Economy

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February 28 – March 1 W E L L weekend
By Donation for a Gift Economy

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March 27 – 29 W E L L weekend
By Donation for a Gift Economy

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Be Part of a Gift Economy Project

Metta Earth is interested in economic processes that create paradigm CHANGE. We we would like the Winter WELL to move into an exploration of gift economy versus modern capitalism. Tapping into the wisdom of earth connected cultures, we see this as a form of radical activism, a change of narrative from the current systems that are creating enormous social injustices. Inspired by the Buddhist tradition of dana (donation) we want to actualize regenerative processes together.

A donation for each of the W E L L retreats supports a gift economy practice.

Please attune to your capacity to make a donation.

Gifts in kind are possible also.

Please note that each of these weekend retreats cost $100 for food, $100 for lodging, and $100 for program. If you can donate more than this, others are supported who need to donate less.


Metta Earth is nestled in the quietude of the mountains, the stunning headwaters of the New Haven river with abundant waterfalls and pools for swimming, wilderness trails to walk or bike, and 158 acres of Metta Earth land to explore. The nearest town is Lincoln, VT (see full directions).


Image 2 (9)Meals are vegetarian and lovingly prepared with seasonal, local and organic foods. Much of our food comes from our own organic garden and farmstead. Participants have the opportunity to learn about harvesting, cooking, food storage, and other aspects of organic local food.


Options for sleeping accommodations feature peaceful rooms in the main Metta Earth house. The Metta Earth main house provides bathrooms, laundry, phones, wireless internet, library, kitchen and dining facilities, and teaching, study, and practice space.

“Gillian & Russell have co-created with the land, ringed with mountains, a perfect place to drop into the well of images, poems, dreams, deepening expectations, and intentional space for discovering, recovering, and planting of seeds. The nourishment of organic food from the land, deliciously prepared, and the nourishment of soul connections with others, with oneself, and with the land, mountains, and sky are both sustaining and renewing. Many thanks!”

– Laurie Crosby

“Welcomed into spaciousness, a held container, room for all of me, an opportunity to be with myself completely, an opportunity to be with others wholly, each supporting the other—each voice transmitting the inner world, the outer world, transmitting the collective story—who I know myself, who I am becoming—each moment a doorway in, an invitation, a gateway to further deepen, encounter, and be changed. Nourishment, invitation, awareness of power, attention to what is being communicated, what is ready to be released, what has already gone, and what we are creating. Each step forward, an invitation to create the new story through movement, sound, word, food, care, ritual, and collective attunement. Such gratitude for the recalibration and re-seeding.”

– Camille Grec

“The W E L L series at Metta Earth is a decadent dive into our collective awakening as leaders, as we serve the planet and its people. It is both nourishing and activating. And most all, it is joyful and inspiring!”

– Katherine Elmer