Sep
23
9:30am 9:30am

2nd Annual Deaf+Autism Family Day

Who: Families with children who are dually diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and are deaf/hard of hearing.

What: Come meet other parents, professional supports, and the animals on the ranch! We will enjoy a picnic lunch and water while playing games, feeding alpacas, and getting a demo of equine therapy. You will also learn a little more about why/how equine therapy is becoming popular for supporting children with ASD. Make sure to RSVP by 4:00pm on September 18th to reserve your spot!

When: Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
10:00am-2:00pm

Where: Happy Dog Ranch
7811 W. Titan Rd.
Littleton, CO 80125

Why: Equine therapy (along with other animal-assisted and nature-based therapies) is becoming prominent in the field of Autism. However, deaf and hard of hearing children who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis may not qualify for the current research studies and programs due to linguistic accessibility. Natural Wisdom CounselingHappy Dog RanchColorado Hands & Voices, and Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blindare teaming together to make an accessible, introductory day at the ranch for families with children who are both deaf/hard of hearing and have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

Volunteers and additional sponsors are welcome! Please direct message Natural Wisdom Counseling for more information on how to become involved.

With whom: Jessica Dallman, MA LPCC; Sara Kennedy; Dr. Deborah Mood

How much: FREE

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Aug
10
to Aug 14

Wild Connection Backpacking: WYOMING

Description

Wild Connection is a 5-day women’s trip (including female-bodied, female-identified, trans-feminine, and queer womyn) focused on exploring our interdependence with the natural world, recognizing our reciprocal role within a rich ecosystem, and engaging our own wildness.

It is designed to be accessible to those new to backpacking, recovering from injuries, or returning to the backcountry after a long hiatus. Although the basics of backpacking will be introduced, experienced backpackers will also benefit from ecopsychology, and rewilding practices as we deepen in relationship with the more-than-human world.

The trip leaders have specially designed this course to acknowledge the deep healing and growth that women/womyn can experience in community with each other and Mother Earth. Ancestral ways of knowing, nature-based practices, 5-Element philosophy, and psychotherapeutic principles will guide our time together on the land.

Who: Women, womyn, and trans-feminine folks ages 18+ who are feeling called to deepen their relationship to themselves, their ancestry, Mother Earth, and each other.

What: A 5-day backpacking and earthing trip steeped in nature-based healing practices

When and Where: May 10th – 14th, Moab, UT, and August 10th – 14th, the Snowy Range, WY

Why: Women/womyn/trans-feminine people are often overtly and covertly discouraged from engaging with their wildness, honoring their intuition, and needing to play in the dirt. Wild Connection directly opposes those messages and opens the way to rediscovering our courage, strength, wisdom, and wholeness.

Investment: $595 Early bird registration (by June 10th); $675 Regular

Registration deadline is one week prior to course start. Limited space available.
Register here: https://www.womenswilderness.org/product/womens-backpacking/ 

With: Kelly Kessen, LAc and Jessica Dallman, MA LPCc (follow links for more information)

Still have questions or are wondering if this trip is right for you?

Contact Kelly at (217)979-9822 or high5acupuncture@gmail.com and Jess at (701)870-0022 or jessicadallmancounseling@gmail.com.

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Jun
2
to Jun 4

2nd Annual Summit Sisters

I will be presenting on Sunday, June 4th, regarding:

Intersectional Allyship in Nature

Amidst recent local, national, and global tragedies and policies that have prompted social media campaigns like #blacklivesmatter, #sayhername, #wejustneedtopee, and #illgowithyou, we are being called in to reexamine what it means to be an ally to people who are different from us. We are being called in to reexamine what it means to be an ally to ourselves and to the Earth. This nature-based experiential will dive into an exploration of difference in the natural world, offering lessons and applications of human allyship amidst diversity.

The early bird rate is available until March 15th. Sign up today!

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May
10
to May 14

Wild Connection Backpacking: UTAH

This UTAH Wild Connection trip will emphasize themes of Mother's Day. Whether you are a mother, want to be a mother, have/had a mother, this trip is for you! Come dive into a process of deep connection with our Earth Mother and develop a more intimate relationship with the concept of mothering.

Description

Wild Connection is a 5-day women’s trip (including female-bodied, female-identified, trans-feminine, and queer womyn) focused on exploring our interdependence with the natural world, recognizing our reciprocal role within a rich ecosystem, and engaging our own wildness.

It is designed to be accessible to those new to backpacking, recovering from injuries, or returning to the backcountry after a long hiatus. Although the basics of backpacking will be introduced, experienced backpackers will also benefit from ecopsychology, and rewilding practices as we deepen in relationship with the more-than-human world.

The trip leaders have specially designed this course to acknowledge the deep healing and growth that women/womyn can experience in community with each other and Mother Earth. Ancestral ways of knowing, nature-based practices, 5-Element philosophy, and psychotherapeutic principles will guide our time together on the land.

Who: Women, womyn, and trans-feminine folks ages 18+ who are feeling called to deepen their relationship to themselves, their ancestry, Mother Earth, and each other.

What: A 5-day backpacking and earthing trip steeped in nature-based healing practices

When and Where: May 10th – 14th, Moab, UT

Why: Women/womyn/trans-feminine people are often overtly and covertly discouraged from engaging with their wildness, honoring their intuition, and needing to play in the dirt. Wild Connection directly opposes those messages and opens the way to rediscovering our courage, strength, wisdom, and wholeness.

Investment: $595 Early bird registration (by March 10th); $675 Regular

Registration deadline is one week prior to course start. Limited space available.
Register here: https://www.womenswilderness.org/product/womens-backpacking/ 

With: Kelly Kessen, LAc and Jessica Dallman, MA LPCc 

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May
7
10:00am10:00am

Queer Nature Skillshare: Self Defense and Equine Connection

Join us for the fourth of our series of skillshares for our LGBTQIA* community of all (a)genders! In collaboration with Women's Wilderness & Queer Nature, we received a small grant from the Open Door Fund to be able to offer community skillshares for the queer community. 

In the fourth skillshare, we will explore the way in which self-defense is embedded in nature as a means of survival. Self-defense extends beyond protection and warding off attacks--it also includes the protective features of healthy relationships and positive connections. After a guest instructor leads us through physical self-defense techniques, you will also get to explore the nature of relationship in a herd of horses. We will take advantage of the themes of horse dynamics, engaging in congruent communication and opening to relational contact. Self-defense and equine connection are a powerful experience for anyone, offering both new skills and personal insight!

These events are for LGBTQIA* people ages 16-99+ years old. We have a suggested donation $10-$35 to cover costs for materials. Registration works by putting down a $10 deposit to hold your space so we can purchase/prep materials and you have the option of donating an additional $0-$25 when you arrive to cover guest instructor and location fees. We will send an email with location information post-registration. If finances are detouring you from registering, please contact us at queernature.info@gmail.com. We are so excited to see y'all!

Due to the nature of wilderness skills, we are needing CONFIRMATION of your ATTENDANCE by April 30th to be able to have time to prep. There is LIMITED SPACE! We're so looking forward to seeing y'all there!

***ALLIES:*** This event is for the LGBTQIA community only. We've got awesome Nature Awareness courses via Women's Wilderness you can check out that we offer!

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Apr
22
10:00pm10:00pm

Queer Nature Skillshare: Intro to Herbalism

We are adding a couple more skillshares for the LGBTQIAP+ community this season due to demand. Join us for the fifth of our series of skillshares for our LGBTQIA* community of all (a)genders in collaboration with Agua y Sangre Healing! In collaboration with Women's Wilderness & Natural Wisdom Counseling, we received a small grant from The Open Door Fund to be able to offer community skillshares for the queer community. 

Blooms, Bears, and Bitters: an introduction to herbal medicine for the gut, the mind, and the transition of seasons.

In this class we will talk about how we can call on & accept support from our herbal allies to help us adjust and flow during the transition from winter to spring. We will begin by briefly introducing herbal medicine as a concept, and then dive into the importance of creating connections with plants, how to speak to them, and how to ask & receive their permission to call in their medicina & magic. We will then discuss in detail a handful of plantitas that are perfect for supporting us in the transition of springtime - when things are starting to bloom, our digestive systems are coming out of hibernation, and our minds + spirits could use some extra love. We will finish the class by making our own springtime remedio - a nourishing herbal vinegar.

Michelle Castor, owner of Agua y Sangre Healing, is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Herbal Educator, and Wellness Promotora. She weaves a passion for healing justice with her background in curanderismo & ancestral magic, western herbal medicina, and massage therapy. Central to her work is compassion and a commitment to providing transformative, empowering, and nurturing care to all people, without judgment. Learn more about her work at www.aguasangrehealing.com, and find her on IG & FB: @aguasangrehealing // https://www.facebook.com/aguasangrehealing/ // https://www.instagram.com/aguasangrehealing/ 

You MUST register online to attend! All our skillshare have had waitlists, so register as soon as possible. https://www.womenswilderness.org/product/queernature/

These events are for LGBTQIA* people ages 16-99+ years old. We have a suggested donation $10-$35 to cover costs for materials. Registration works by putting down a $10 deposit to hold your space so we can purchase/prep materials and you have the option of donating an additional $0-$25 when you arrive to cover guest instructor and location fees. We will send an email with location information post-registration. If finances are deterring you from registering, please contact us at queernature.info@gmail.com. We are so excited to see y'all!

Due to the nature of wilderness skills, we are needing CONFIRMATION of your ATTENDANCE by April 16th to be able to have time to prep. There is LIMITED SPACE! We're so looking forward to seeing y'all there! 

***ALLIES:*** This event is for the LGBTQIA community only. We've got awesome Nature Awareness courses via Women's Wilderness you can check out that we offer!

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Mar
5
11:00am11:00am

Queer Nature Skillshare: Coal-Burned Spoons

We are adding a couple more skillshares for the LGBTQIAP+ community this season due to demand. Join us for the fourth of our series of skillshares for our LGBTQIA* community of all (a)genders! In collaboration with Women's Wilderness & Natural Wisdom Counseling, we received a small grant from The Open Door Fund to be able to offer community skillshares for the queer community. 

You MUST register online to attend! https://www.womenswilderness.org/product/queernature/

Coal-burning is an ancient method of using fire to shape wood. With a steady supply of hot coals and a lot of patience, people without access to metal carving tools were able to make bowls and cooking pots out of large pieces of wood. Making wooden spoons is a shorter project that is a great introduction to coal-burning, where coals are used to hollow out the 'bowl' portion of the spoon. We will also use knives and rocks to shape and burnish the spoons. We will introduce knife safety and basic carving methods so previous experience with carving is not required. 

These events are for LGBTQIA* people ages 16-99+ years old. We have a suggested donation $10-$35 to cover costs for materials. Registration works by putting down a $10 deposit to hold your space so we can purchase/prep materials and you have the option of donating an additional $0-$25 when you arrive to cover guest instructor and location fees. We will send an email with location information post-registration. If finances are deterring you from registering, please contact us at queernature.info@gmail.com. We are so excited to see y'all!

Due to the nature of wilderness skills, we are needing CONFIRMATION of your ATTENDANCE by February 26th to be able to have time to prep. There is LIMITED SPACE! We're so looking forward to seeing y'all there! 

***ALLIES:*** This event is for the LGBTQIA community only. We've got awesome Nature Awareness courses via Women's Wilderness you can check out that we offer!

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Feb
12
10:00am10:00am

Queer Nature Skillshares: Wildlife Tracking

Join us for the third of our series of skillshares for our LGBTQIA* community of all (a)genders! In collaboration with Women's Wilderness & Queer Nature we received a small grant from the Open Door Fund to be able to offer community skillshares for the queer community. 

In the third skillshare, we will focus on the art of wildlife tracking. You will be introduced to track identification, movement (re)patterning, and signs of wildlife activity. Tracking requires (and elicits) attention and focus, heightening our senses and awareness. We will also demonstrate the art of inner tracking—the awareness of the movement patterns within us, and how they relate to external tracking. Wildlife tracking was an intimate process for our ancestors. In light of the current cultural themes around romance and love, join us in a deep exploration of self and Other—who knows, you may just fall in love with the intimate details you discover! 

These events are for LGBTQIA* people ages 16-99+ years old. We have a suggested donation $10-$35 to cover costs for materials. Registration works by putting down a $10 deposit to hold your space so we can purchase/prep materials and you have the option of donating an additional $0-$25 when you arrive to cover material/harvest and location fees. We will send an email with location information post-registration. If finances are detouring you from registering, please contact us at queernature.info@gmail.com. We are so excited to see y'all!

Due to the nature of wilderness skills, we are needing CONFIRMATION of your ATTENDANCE by February 4th to be able to have time to prep and gather materials. There is LIMITED SPACE! We're so looking forward to seeing y'all there!

***ALLIES:*** This event is for the LGBTQIA community only. We've got awesome Nature Awareness courses via Women's Wilderness you can check out that we offer!

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Jan
8
10:00am10:00am

Queer Nature Skillshare: Pine Needle Baskets & Cordage

Join us for the second of our series of skillshares for our LGBTQIA* community of all (a)genders! In collaboration with Women's Wilderness & Queer Nature, we received a small grant from the Open Door Fund to be able to offer community skillshares for the queer community. 

In the second skillshare, we will focus on the art of weaving. You will be introduced to the coil-method of basketry required for pine needle baskets, and you will also get to explore the process of making cordage (i.e. rope) from natural materials. We will take advantage of the themes of winter, engaging in an indoor nature-based craft that lends itself well to internal reflection and emotional processing. Creating baskets and cordage in these ancestral ways is a powerful experience for anyone, and crafting taps into our creativity and problem-solving capacities, offering both insight and a practical product!

These events are for LGBTQIA* people ages 16-99+ years old. We have a suggested donation $10-$35 to cover costs for materials. Registration works by putting down a $10 deposit to hold your space so we can purchase/prep materials and you have the option of donating an additional $0-$25 when you arrive to cover material/harvest and location fees. We will send an email with location information post-registration. If finances are detouring you from registering, please contact us at queernature.info@gmail.com. We are so excited to see y'all!

Due to the nature of wilderness skills, we are needing CONFIRMATION of your ATTENDANCE by January 1st to be able to have time to prep and gather materials. There is LIMITED SPACE! We're so looking forward to seeing y'all there!

***ALLIES:*** This event is for the LGBTQIA community only. We've got awesome Nature Awareness courses via Women's Wilderness you can check out that we offer!

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Sep
25
to Sep 27

CMV Conference

I will be attending the national CMV Conference in Austin, Texas. During this time I will not be in the office or seeing private clients.

I will be offering three presentations during the conference:
No Such Thing as Resistance: Reframing Difficult Cases
Preventing Burnout: Self-Care for the Well-Being of Providers
Feeling the Impact: Self-Care for the Well-Being of Parents

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Aug
20
10:00am10:00am

Deaf+Autism Family Day

Who: Families with children who are dually diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and are deaf/hard of hearing.
What: Come meet other parents, professional supports, and the animals on the ranch! We will enjoy a picnic lunch and water while playing games, feeding alpacas, and getting a demo of equine therapy. You will also learn a little more about why/how equine therapy is becoming popular for supporting children with ASD. Make sure to RSVP by 4:00pm on August 17th to reserve your spot!
When: Saturday, August 20th, 2016
10:00am-1:00pm
Where: Happy Dog Ranch
7811 W. Titan Rd.
Littleton, CO 80125
Why: Equine therapy (along with other animal-assisted and nature-based therapy) is becoming prominent in the field of Autism. However, deaf and hard of hearing children who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis may not qualify for the current research studies and programs due to linguistic accessibility. Happy Dog Ranch, CO Hands & Voices, and Natural Wisdom Counseling are teaming together to make an accessible, introductory day at the ranch for families with children who are both deaf/hard of hearing and have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. 
With whom: Jessica Dallman, MA LPCC; Sara Kennedy; Dr. Deborah Mood
How much: FREE

Note: In case of inclement weather and/or cancellation, information will be posted on Facebook and on the Natural Wisdom Counseling website.

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Aug
14
9:30am 9:30am

Diversity and Allyship with Nature

As part of the "Beyond Hope and Fear: Social Courage and Climate Change" symposium hosted by the Boulder Shambhala Center, I will be leading a nature hike on Sunday, August 14th.

Description:
Amidst recent local, national, and global tragedies and policies that have prompted social media campaigns like #blacklivesmatter, #sayhername, #wejustneedtopee, and #illgowithyou, we are being called in to reexamine what it means to be an ally to people who are different from us. We are being called in to reexamine what it means to be an ally to ourselves and to the Earth. This nature-based experiential will dive into an exploration of difference in the natural world, offering lessons and applications of allyship amidst diversity.

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Jul
30
to Aug 3

Wild Connection Backpacking

Wild Connection is a 5-day women’s trip (including female-bodied, female-identified, trans-feminine, non-binary, and queer womyn, etc.) focused on exploring our interdependence with the natural world, recognizing our reciprocal role within a rich ecosystem, and engaging our own wildness. 

It is designed to be accessible to those new to backpacking, recovering from injuries, or returning to the backcountry after a long hiatus. Although the basics of backpacking will be introduced, experienced backpackers will also benefit from ecopsychology, and rewilding practices as we deepen in relationship with the more-than-human world.

The trip leaders have specially designed this course to acknowledge the deep healing and growth that women/womyn can experience in community with each other and Mother Earth. Ancestral ways of knowing, nature-based practices, 5-Element philosophy, and psychotherapeutic principles will guide our time together on the land.


Who: Women, womyn, and non-binary and trans-feminine folks ages 18+ who are feeling called to deepen their relationship to themselves, their ancestry, Mother Earth, and each other.
What: A 5-day backpacking and earthing trip steeped in nature-based healing practices
Where:  The Snowy Range of Wyoming (just 3 hrs from Boulder)
When: July 30-Aug 3 (Saturday morning to Wednesday evening)
Why: Women/womyn/trans-feminine people are often overtly and covertly discouraged from engaging with their wildness, honoring their intuition, and needing to play in the dirt. Wild Connection directly opposes those messages and opens the way to rediscovering our courage, strength, wisdom, and wholeness.

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May
14
1:00pm 1:00pm

Caregiving with Compassion: Parents of Children with Diagnoses

WHO?

Parents and caregivers of children (of any age) who have a diagnosis or difference (i.e. cerebral palsy, ADHD, deafness, autism, diabetes, etc.).

WHERE?

Colorado Therapies and Aquatic Center (Office Complex)
5412 Idylwild Trail
Boulder, CO 80301

WHY?

Being a parent/caregiver is hard work. It is even more difficult if you are navigating a significant difference in your child. Come explore how to manage that additional stress with grace.

HOW MUCH?

$10 (suggested)

WITH WHOM?

Jessica Dallman, MA, LPCc, Wilderness Therapist, Gestalt Equine Psychotherapist

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