Vision Initiation Project
Click here to listen to Leadership, Purpose and Vision: Walking our Path in this World with Jon Young and Sal Gencarelle with information on this amazing opportunity.
In a time when historic trauma has caused a widespread disconnection and loss of mentoring in community, many of the cultural elements that have evolved over time in deep relationship with nature have become lost. From this loss, we may find ourselves struggling with blocks which prevent us from reaching our potential as individuals and as a collective species. We find ourselves stuck in patterns which can be damaging to nature, ourselves and each other. We cannot think our way out of these patterns, they can only change though actions that impact the deepest aspects of self.
As taught by many ancient indigenous cultures around the world, we are born to manifest our creative potential. Our lives are meant to be inspired with creativity. This creativity is the very thing that the Earth needs – and we need also.
We recognize that people have an innate need to step into our most creative and powerful self. Transforming out of stuck patterns into our personal genius is possible. The methods which support this are held within the ancient teachings and rituals of nature based cultures.
These powerful connective practices support each of us in discovering our deepest gifts and purpose, healing from grief and trauma, and bring intergenerational community together in harmony with the earth and each other.
The Vision Initiation Project is an opportunity to be mentored and participate in experiences that are designed to revivify you and awaken your deepest gifts and purpose.
Through in-person gatherings and mentoring phone calls individually and with a group, this year long experience aims to support you in healing grief, awakening your deepest purpose and illuminating a vision for your life and your unique contribution to humanity and the world.
If you are you called to:
• Undergo Rites of Passage that you have missed growing up, so that you can access your full power as an adult
• Find an access to your own genius and unfold your personal gifts and qualities
• Experience ancient, very alive and very powerful nature based rituals
• Strengthen your intuition and ability to receive vision of what is coming and what is needed
• Immerse yourself in an intensive process of learning and discovery that will help you to grow beyond limiting ideas of yourself
• Enter a unique nature based mentoring lineage with Sal Gencarelle, Jon Young, and other 8 Shields mentors
Then, this opportunity may be for you.
*The Renewal of Creative Path Toolkit is included with the VIP. We higly recommend doing both the ROCP mentoring program in conjunction with this offering.
Eight Group Calls starting March 3rd - 1st Friday each month at 5:00 - 6:30 pm PT
Four 1 on 1 calls with Sal Gencarelle
Village Talk Weekly group mentoring on Tuesdays (3 call times to from)
March - 9 - 12 (Starts 5pm ends at noon)
June - 5 - 11 (Starts 5pm ends at noon)
Oct - 12 - 15 (Start at 5pm ends at noon)
Sept 23 - Oct 1 (5pm start ends noon)
Sal will be travelling to the UK, Canada and beyond to support gatherings in other areas as well. If you have a group and would like Sal to come to your region to support a gathering in conjunction with this offering, contact [email protected]. It is very possible a gathering can be organized in your region for your community or group enrolled in this offering.
*This offering is the new first year of the Leadership Initiation Project. The gatherings are held concurrently with the LIP second-fifth year participants. Once completing VIP you can apply to go on to a second year and beyond learning how to facilitate advanced connection practices and earth based ceremonies for others.
Gatherings are Family Friendly!
Creating a village—where the whole family is welcome, supported and growing together—is so important.
In that spirit, there are youth nature connection opportunities for children aged at the gatherings.
"The Leadership Initiation Project has assisted me on my personal journey in multiple ways. First by enabling me to deal with past traumas and/or personal blocks which inhibit true health and happiness. Then through daily routines and Advanced Connection Practices I was able to understand and utilize my personal gifts in a more beneficial way to continue to transform myself and to support the needs of others around me.
The LIP processes cultivate intuition. Which fosters self-esteem and self-confidence while also obligating me to take full responsibility for my actions. And, ultimately, empowering me to becoming my own self leader."
“The LIP gatherings are an incredible immersion in deep nature connection, cultural mentoring, and healing ceremony. It is the closest to an intact healthy village I have experienced yet. The deepening and expanding connection to nature, self and others that I experience at the gatherings I have found nowhere else. Practices that effectively heal grief and lead to transformative well-being are learned at these gatherings and they can be taken home and shared with others.”
“One of Sal’s strengths as a teacher and mentor is his depth of knowledge of such powerful teachings and that that knowledge is embodied and integrated. He has an ability to translate spiritual teachings from a particular lineage into a language that is very understandable and engaging. He gracefully lives and teaches from a place of humility and confidence.”
A truly wonderful experience of connection with nature, people, and myself. If you are feeling a pull toward nature and healing, are open to working hard with like-minded grounded individuals, and especially open to experiencing ceremony lead by transformational leaders steeped in strong Lakota linage – this work is well worth your time!
“I am deeply grateful for the LIP program and for having Sal G. as a mentor in this way of living and giving to the world. LIP has given me a foundation of understanding, of not only Lakota and a few other earth based cultures, but has helped me pull together and recognize the teachings I have gained from other indigenous mentors in my life and other earth-based cultural traditions I follow. LIP has given me great insight in my own life and guidance in how to use my unique gifts combined with ceremony to help the various communities I am involved with as well as my own family. The group journey, combined with one-on-one mentoring, has been a powerful way for me to learn. I have gained so much when listening to other participants, learning together, and supporting one another as we explore and adopt these advanced connection practices. LIP is not just a mentoring course, but an artfully skilled woven basket. A basket that opens opportunities and insights to a life journey of deeper awareness and heart-led service to help heal the earth and all life for future generations. I am so grateful to be connected to a web of others on this path and to be guided through LIP.”
“The LIP program impacted me on such a deep level with personal growth and healing. My family and friends noticed I am more joyful, and I am loving life and experiencing life with greater depth and passion. Thank you for this tremendous program!”
“I have been on a self discovery journey for many years. The Leadership Initiation Project has sped up my journey and made me aware of possibilities that were beyond my scope of reality. When learning, I will try different things and if they work, I will continue to do them. The LIP tools work!”
“The Leadership Initiation Project has been beneficial to all areas of my life. After this first year I am feeling, in my body and mind, a new level of groundedness that I have not felt in all the years of prior personal growth and healing work. It is a lasting felt sense that is different, a shift in thinking that seems permanent. I find myself bringing a new beautiful level of depth and connection to my personal life and my work with clients.”
“Most of us have lost our deep connection with nature and don’t know how to find and keep it. Many are too numb to realize what has been lost, yet it is vital to our individual and collective health and happiness. The Leadership Initiation Project is an immersive way to awaken leaders in connecting people to themselves, to others, and to nature in a profound way. I went from seeing the woods I live in as a beautiful backdrop for my activities to relating with all the beings that make up the woods with no separation between myself and them. I am so grateful to have effective healing practices that work for myself that I can share with others, and to know I have an important role to play in helping us all make this necessary shift to deeper connection.”
“LIP has unexpectedly reconnected me with a sense of purpose in life, that I had become jaded and swept under the rug. I am aware, that this first year has really only been a preparation for deeper work within myself, in relation with the invisible world. It is comfort, that cultural practices and vocabulary and other people exist, who can give the solitary seeker of a spiritual reality, community and belonging.”
“My experience in the LIP program scratched deeply under the surface of my persona and poured in something of universal wisdom in a warm and playful way. I say playful not without reverence for the many practices we learned but because there was an interplay of the elements, the personal, the community of humans and the spirit. And yes we did have fun, and we worked hard together. We learned to understand and to think for ourselves and to put into words the surprising experiences that working/playing with the practices mysteriously unfolded. And the people connections we made, the sharing, the uncovering life together has grown my heart, which in the end is my true aim.”
“The Leadership Initiation Project has assisted me on my personal journey in multiple ways. First by enabling me to deal with past traumas and/or personal blocks which inhibit true health and happiness. Then through daily routines and Advanced Connection Practices I was able to understand and utilize my personal gifts in a more beneficial way to continue to transform myself and to support the needs of others around me.
The LIP processes cultivate intuition. Which fosters self-esteem and self-confidence while also obligating me to take full responsibility for my actions. And, ultimately, empowering me to becoming my own self leader.”