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Sunday, December 9
10 AM – 4 PM
West Marin Location

Narrative Cartography is a practice of exploring one’s relationship with place through the inlaying of a self-reflective story on a map of the living land.

Holos Institute and The Art of Shmee invite you to embark on a path of enchantment guided by embodied mindfulness and art-based self-inquiry. Using the Field Notes Workbook for Narrative Cartography, participants have an opportunity to track both inner and outer experience and witness the multi-sensory conversation present during a three-hour walk on the land. You will be guided in an expressive map-making process to mark your experience and insights.  All backgrounds welcome; no art or naturalist experience is needed.

We walk the land with deep respect of the Miwok of west Marin County who are the wisdom keepers and tenders of tradition in this region. Through the years, they have been referred to as Marshall Indians, Marin Miwok, Tomales, Tomales Bay, and Hookooeko.

S. Shmee is an intermedia artist, storyteller and educator whose work is driven by a commitment to the creative process and the potential it holds for enrichment. Shmee offers art-based interventions in higher education, at public events, and alongside therapeutic and rite of passage practices through The Art of Shmee. These research-backed programs use mindfulness, embodiment, and creative play for self-inquiry, story weaving and community building.

Shmee’s original works have been seen at the Bioneers conference, the conference for the International Association for the Study of Dreams, the SF Fringe Festival, Cucalores Film Festival, and Figment Arts, among others. With a BA in Film Studies and MA in Depth Psychology in progress, Shmee’s passion for storytelling spans from personal narrative to cultural mythology and fosters a commitment to the myriad of tales of our time.

The Field Notes Workbook for Narrative Cartography was developed in 2018 for a master’s-level qualitative research self-study at Sonoma State University. Driven by the question, “how can a holistic sense of self, inclusive of the more-than-human world, be explored?” and informed by Jung’s theory of cognitive functions, somatic psychology, and narrative cartography, the Field Notes Workbook and accompanying activities are intended to inspire curiosity and deepen a reflective relationship with the web of life.

Please dress for an easy hike and for being outdoors most all day.
For this winter event we are exploring host locations for at least one half day indoors.

Bring a bagged lunch and water.
Fruit, light snacks and Art materials will be provided.

This workshop assumes that you are in reasonable health and can manage to walk 2 – 3 miles minimum on slightly sloping terrain.

You will receive an email with detailed directions and suggestions on how to prepare for the day at least one week in advance.

For registrations received BEFORE December 1: $108 regular/ $85 student/intern/senior

For registrations on or AFTER December 1:  $120 regular/ 95 student/intern/senior

Refunds minus $25 processing fee for cancellation requests received (via email) BEFORE December 1.
No refunds for cancellations received on or after December 1No exceptions, please.


Public Programs and Continuing Education

Holos offers an ongoing series of educational programs open to both the general public and to psychotherapists. All of these offerings resonate with the Holos vision of an integral approach to healing that considers the body, mind and spirit as well as the greater community in which we live. Our presenters are each a specialist in their field and bring a breadth of vision from cosmological perspectives to the mindful explorations of depth psychology. We strive to offer innovative and creative approaches to current topics in clinical psychology.

Most programs offer continued education credit for MFTs and LCSWs.

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Holos Institute is committed to inclusivity, diversity and social justice. We are committed to creating a courageous, authentic space that welcomes a diverse group of participants in our public educational programs, across lines of race, class, gender, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. Our educational programs model ethical and clinically sound practices and follow the code of ethics described by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).

If you have financial challenges that prevent you from participating in any program, there are a limited number of work exchange scholarships available and/or discounts. If you would like to discuss any of this further, please email us.