The Soul of Things

With Therapist and Internationally Renowned Author

Mia Kalef

The 2017-2018 Cohort has just completed. Look for news of the next class in 2019.

Discover Your Connection To The Soul Of Things

Receive Essential Practices and Guidance for Tapping Into the Living Energies Behind All Things and to Becoming a Vessel of Powerful Intuition

Our Wordless Teachers

There is a conversation between humans and the wordless world. It's between humans and trees, winds, rivers, and snow, as well as with the worlds within us and between us. It's at these intersections where we find the soul of things. What if you could access your very own relationship with the heart of the subtle world and the greater energies that live you? Are you wishing to deepen your relationship to Nature and the Unseen, and their connection to your body, health, and life? Are you looking to relax into the healing that comes from growing your intuitive capacities? Can you imagine inhabiting a space of belonging and trust that comes from connecting with the world within and around you? The path of intuitive inquiry is not just for healers and sages, it's available to all human beings. The truth is: This world is your homecoming, even when you feel most alone.

Somato-Sensory Phenomenology

By applying intuitive practices, passed down over centuries and millenia, you can consciously attune to wisdom and love from the world around you. To be human means to develop your capacities for compassion, equanimity, integrity, intimacy, and joy with other humans, and it also means to live in concert with the souls of other living beings. The oldest of human ways included regular communication with animals, birds, trees, oceans, rivers, snow, and rains, as well as the unseen world. Many of these practices were violently interrupted throughout history, and today, we are again blessed with the safety to practice these arts. In this course of inquiry, we will re-invite, and re-invigorate these ancient and modern ways, with a particular listening for the soul of the living things around us. We do this not as tourists, seeking thrill or an experience, but as devoted learners of these important relationships.

“Sun, moon, mountains, and rivers are the writing of being, the literature of what-is. Long before our species was born, the books had been written. The library was here before we were. We live in it. We can add to it, or we can try; we can also subtract from it. We can chop it down, incinerate it, strip mine it, poison it, bury it under our trash. But we didn't create it, and if we destroy it, we cannot replace it. Literature, culture, pattern aren't man made, the culture of the Tao is not man-made, and the culture of "humans" is not man-made; it is just the human part of the culture of the whole...The question is only: are you going to take part, and if so, how?”
~Robert Bringhurst

Dr. Mia Kalef

Mia Kalef, a practitioner of rare depth and humility, will guide you through the mystical and scientific principles and practices—beyond dogma and beyond religion—to unlock your own intuitive ways. From there, you will develop your gifts for perceiving your personal relationships with Nature, the Unseen, other people, and finally, your body and psyche.

Mia is one of the newest leading voices in the field of pre- and perinatal psychology and health, and a trained practitioner in mixing healing practices with ancient ritual. Her books and other writings are read across more than twenty countries—on subjects ranging from healing, to prebirth and birth psychology, to indigenous wisdom, and embodied intuitive practices.

Having matured a step-by-step process for entering into relationship with the subtle world, Mia is an impeccable guide for your own path of inquiry into love and the soul of things.

Intuition is not just a talent or a gift, it is a redemptive skill, forming the pillar of relationship. Intuition acts as our portal, a crux, where life emerges and animates all things.

Intuition is not a tool for self gain or to bolster pride, it is a natural and hard-earned human art. It will be incorporated into your ethics, as well as your unique responsibilities to heal your past wounds. This way, you can fortify your path and restore your confidence that you do belong in the greater ecosystem. As a result your relationships will thrive, even when there's conflict.

Your everyday decisions will become more meaningful at work and at home. Navigating your health and life will be richer and more deeply informed, all by a mature and grounded approach.

Mia Kalef will re-introduce you to the love and communion that is your birthright. Her presence marries feminine grace with piercing clarity, and an unrelenting dedication to authentic listening and embodied understanding.

During this powerful practice, Mia will share with you:

  • A felt experience of love as the inter-connecting substance of life's intelligence.
  • How gently and kindly differentiating between fantasy and intuition heals the human heart.
  • How the truth can grow relationships, every time you connect.
  • How the natural world reveals itself to you, heightening your importance in the shared ecosystem.
  • That reciprocity lies between you and your ancestors, and how they participate in your dreams and life path.
  • How to use your body to attune to all the wordless teachers, and receive healing from every relationship.
  • How your longing to become ever more human can be fulfilled by experiencing the frontiers of your consciousness.
  • That ancient and modern intuitive practices are related and you can blend them peacefully.
  • How knowing the light in the other is one of the greatest gifts you can give.
  • That your perceptive experiences matter, and the world is bettered every time you share your unique, artful, and candid expression.

What you will discover in every class

Since you were a child, there is a place in you that knows wholeness. It might not always be palpable or even conscious, but with or without you, something alive lives between you and this world. By sheer nature of being born in a human body, you have access to understanding that is as old as this planet. It evolves out of the experiences of all our ancestors. Previous "lived" experience of our work is not necessary to tap into the natural energies and intelligence available to you.

While you will come to it in your own way, perhaps entirely unrecognizable to that of your fellow journeyers, you will know it by its depth, and by having traced the raw edges of your keenest subtle senses, and even, perhaps, by your contented wakefulness come end of day.

Through ancient and modern practices we will move, concentrate, speak, dance, journey by drum, create, ritualize, and track, all to make steps towards love and the soul of things.

Opening Night Gala: December 1st, 2017, 7:15-9:30pm *COMPLETED*

As winter arrives and beds down the world, gather together and open your dreams to the mistress of the long night. Seed her dark folds with the well-used gems of your life, welcoming the quiet and a hopeful return of light.

You'll listen, speak, and dance the poetry of your life, one that begins out in the arms of the world, and wends slowly inwards to the footstep of your soul.

We will gracefully sample an arc of all four classes, as a peek and a prayer into the work to come next year!

All our welcome for Opening Night, come discover how the Soul Of Things prepares you for a season of meaning, groundedness, and purpose, even while the world moves fast and bright. *Class Full!*

Class 1 : Homecoming~February 2018 *COMPLETED*

We gather and step into the story of rememberance, of a time when we knew no separation. This practice is what Martin Buber called, the "I and Thou", and what Owen Barfield called, "Participation". By examining our cultural and historical experience of separation, we make steps back to relationship, and back home.

How can we resolve isolation through relationship without surrendering freedom?

By opening the senses, movement practices, and ritual offering, find the unique intuitive perceptions you were born to use, and discover what questions the work asks of you. It's from here that we open our practice towards the soul of things.

February 23rd-25th, 2018. More details to follow after registration. No pre-requisites necessary. Weekend retreat $225. Friday night only, $40. All classes at Tapestry, 3338 Wesbrook Mall, UBC, Vancouver.

Class 2 : The Wordless Teachers~April and June 2018 *COMPLETED*

Hands filled with offering, imagination alive and senses open, we journey to the wordless teachers in Nature to court a new relationship. How can we encounter the poetry of trees, flowers, and the elements? What do they teach us today, after everything they've seen? Can we discipline ourselves to connect with Nature without asking her to fulfill every one of our needs? Using Goethe's scientific phenomenology, including art, poetry, and ritual, we come to know the great beings who precede us. Movement and council work in accompaniment to our expeditions. Choose one of April 13th-15th, 2018 or June 1st-3rd, 2018. Or attend both. More details to follow after registration. Registration opens January 7th, 2018. Weekend retreat $225. Friday night only, $40. All classes at Tapestry, 3338 Wesbrook Mall, UBC, Vancouver.

Class 3 : Hearing Our Song~ July 2018- *COMPLETED*

We journey again in ritual to the natural world to petition for continued support in our work. Who are the ones who bring us our gifts? Who are the people who made it so we are adept at our greatest talents? The ancestral world lives not far from here. How might we take our best laid plans and put them, as an offering, at the feet of the ones we cannot see? Together we map our ancestral Family Fields, make gestures of inquiry, and move towards greater health and coherence with the Old Ones through council and dance. July 27th-29th, 2018. Registration opens April 15th, 2018. Weekend retreat $225. Friday night only, $40. All classes at Tapestry, 3338 Wesbrook Mall, UBC, Vancouver.

Class 4 : The Singing Bone~ September 14th-16th, 2018 *OPEN TO THE PUBLIC*

Now, after requesting support from the Otherworld, we finally journey within. By gently courting and seeking contact with the earliest forms of our bodies, we then examine our own gestures of human to human connection. How can we rely on one another without eliminating our relationships with the worldess teachers? Through story, movement, and healing, we encounter the world living us from within, and explore the experience of becoming ever more human. Sept. 14th-16th, 2018. Registration opens July 29th, 2018. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Weekend retreat $225. Friday night only, $40. All classes at Tapestry, 3338 Wesbrook Mall, UBC, Vancouver.

Will You Join?

This work is the work of becoming ever more human, emerging out of our prehistoric and modern inheritances. We discover and articulate that which moves us from within our bones, and that which we have a lived memory of.

For this, then, there is little to know and yet much to remember.

Come return your words, steps, and actions to the vine of your people and our human and non-human ancestors. Bring your ancient, but not forgotten knowing, plus your lived experience of your own life to your fellow journeyers, and the living world herself. Your presence divines the future through the revealings of these precious days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is phenomenology?

A: The word comes from the ancient Greek, "phainomenon" (that which appears) and "logos" (study). Sahius practice for somato-sensory phenomenology studies what appears. It is a practice that uses the five senses, the extra-sensory perceptions, movement, ritual, and creative explorations to discover and articulate the soul or subtle nature behind and within matter.

In a modern historical context, particular phenomenological philosophies developed at the beginning of the 20th century, and had even earlier roots in the 17th century. These earlier roots arose as a response to the largely physicalist and materialistic ethos of the Enlightenment. It was an era in which philosophy, science, and medicine proceded with the belief that we, and all of life are machines, without souls. Although easy to criticize now, this belief that god or soul lives outside of the body, and outside of nature, was an attempt back then to release the dogmatic chains that conservative religion had placed on the European world. The Sahius Practice engages in the phenomenological methods of Johann Wolfgang Goethe and the phenomenological principles that evolved out of his work, namely those of Rudolph Steiner. It also draws from an even older form of phenomenology: Shamanism.

Q: Can you tell me more about what happens during each class?

Classes are divided into four main points of inquiry: 1. Somato-sensory phenomenological principles and practices 2. Communication with Nature 3. Relationship with Ancestors 4. Healing Trauma and Somato-Sensory Interpersonal Communication.

By focusing concentration, clearing distraction, opening the senses, honing movement, and following lines of inquiry, we look for what rises anew in our communication with our "other". Through drum journeys, developmental movement practices, discussion, intentional dance, ritual, and phemomenological methods, you will enter into deeper relationship with the soul of things.

Each class begins on Friday night and continues through Saturday and Sunday. Come for the entire experience, where you will significantly deepen your experience, or come for a taste just for Friday night.

Q: Are there scholarships available for this practice?

Once registration opens, an invitation will be made for those who can, to donate, so that scholarships can be made available to those who could not otherwise attend the full weekend. If your request for scholarship is not met immediately, your name will go to the front of the scholarship list for the following weekend class. For those who extend their generosity by donating, Sahius Practice does not offer a tax-deductable receipt.

Q: What is your refund policy?

A: Up to two weeks before class begins, you'll receive a 100% reimbursement if cancellation is necessary. A 50% refund will be granted if you cancel within the week before the scheduled class, and no refund within 48 hours of class start time. Should there be extenuating circumstances, or reasons for cancelling once the course begins, these will be taken into consideration and discussed on a case-by-case basis. For Opening Night, a 100% refund will be offered up until one week before, a 50% deposit up until two days before, and no refund within 48 hrs.

Q: Do I need previous experience to take these classes?

A: The easy answer is, "no". Bringing your curiousity, your interest in the nature of life, and your courage to explore—these are the best qualitfications! Many of the practices will require participants to "forget" what they already know and to use different tools and skills than they are used to using. Each activity explored, whether working with trees, ancestors, movement, or your own life's story, will rely on yours and each participant's connection to humanity. How this arises in every moment will vary and evolve. This dynamism and diversity are pillars in this work.

The philosophical background to the Sahius Practice is Animism, that all things are animated with a living force. This might be new to some participants, but will not conflict with any religious beliefs, or with atheism.

Q: I hear that we sometimes work outside. What happens when it's raining or cold?

A: Your comfort is important. Every class will focus on balancing the work at hand with ease and safety so you can enjoy and focus. It's true, sometimes class will take place in the forest, and occassionally at the ocean. You will be given lots of notice so you can bring warm clothes, and if needed, waterproof outerwear.

If you have any other questions please feel free to contact Mia directly.

Registration Will Re-Open For Next Cohort in 2019

This journey will be like no other. Your presence in the Sahius Practice gifts the world with capacities only you were born with. This place of practice is dedicated to gently and respectfully courting our human relationships with our surrounding world. We are honoured for you to join us for this exceptional, expansive, grounded, and transformative experience.

Your privacy is important to us. As a registrant of Sahius Practice For Somato-Sensory Phenomenology, we promise to keep all contact (personal and financial) information confidential.