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Council for the Future ~ 24h Solo Quest in the Forest – 28th August until 1st September 2024

28 september @ 12:00 - 1 oktober @ 16:00

Gathering with like-minded peers and inspiring each other in our work and visions for the future is increasingly important in these times. We need the power of community. Tending our Earth for the future generations to come, asks for individual commitment and responsibility, but also for visionary exchange in community, supported by the land itself and the power of ceremony.

This ceremonial Solo vigil will be an opportunity for people to come together, to forge the bridges and sit on the land together. During our days together, we will get to know each other more intimately and share the dreams coming forth from the land. We will cling our hands and minds together in our Solo on the land. At the end of our gathering, we will hold a children’s fire ceremony, to honor, respect and invite all future generations in our circle of awareness and our daily actions.

We welcome elders as well as young people to join us for this ceremony. The strength of our circle will be the diversity of communities and generations gathering together. The importance lies in our ability to gather together and enable the exchange of knowledge and experience from one generation to another, while sitting in ceremony together.

What you are taking with you from this experience:

– Meeting and connecting with a community of like-minded peope (both experienced and new in this field of nature connection and initiatory work)

– A collective envisioning on how we could support the emerging network as peers and how we could take on mentorship for the next generations of young people. 

– A ceremonial honoring and celebration of our time together.

– A deeper insight and commitment into your personal mission towards the future generations and how other guides from the network might support you towards this vision.

– Experiential understanding of how the natural world can serve as a refuge for personal maturation and individuation, supporting an increased resilience in meeting the challenges of our times.

– The role of initiatory work in creating a life-affirming culture that experientially remembers the embeddedness of humans within the larger web of life.

Venue and accommodation

The Solo vigil will be held in the forests of Chamai, in a remote valley in the Belgian Ardennes. Each will be sent to a safe place where you will hold the Solo vigil in community. The preparatory councils and ceremonies before and after the Solo vigil will be held at the Chamai center in the village of Hodister and diverse nature locations in the neighborhood. You are housed in a spacious room with 2 or 3 people. Private rooms are only possible in case of a small number of participants. Camping in the garden in your own tent is also a possibility.

More information about the place and its story of connection:

Reservation and pricings

Reduced price: on demand via email, max 2 people: 450 euro
Regular price: 550 euro
Supporter price (if you want an invoice or if you want to support another person with less financial means): 690 euro

We want to encourage elders to bring visionary young people to the circle and the young people to bring their own elders or mentors to the circle. If you come together with an elder or a younger person, you will both receive a discount of 100 euro on your participation. 

To register for the training, please send us an email to Your registration is complete and your place secured, when the total amount of your participation is received. Bank details are: BE12 7340 4886 7292 – Sophie Vandenkerchove. Please send us the contribution with the following reference “Council for the Future august 2024 – your name”.

Cancellation policy

If the training is cancelled by the organisators, your deposit will be fully refunded. If you cancel your participation, part of your contribution will be withheld to cover the costs of your cancellation. Two months before the start of the training, this will be 25% of your participation, one month before 50% and 2 weeks before: 75% of your contribution.

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Facilitation team

Sophie Vandenkerchove

Sophie is a lover of the Wild Soul, within and without. She has followed training as a Wilderness Rites of passage Guide at the School of Lost Borders in California. She has also been a long time practitioner of Zen meditation in the Korean tradition and follows a 4 year long apprenticeship into Druidry and Celtic Shamanism. Her experience of growing up in the forests of the Belgian Ardennes, brought her a strong connection to the land of her ancestors already as a child. After roaming wild places in the cities, she moved back to her village with the strong dedication to offer her life to the well-being and healing of the land. Out of this, Chamai came into existence: a nature-based learning center in Belgium, where she offers residential workshops and experiential journeys with Nature. In her work, she always interweaves the power of ceremony with her deep love for nature and people. She is passionate about pilgrimages, solo time in nature, silent retreats and experiences that bring together a good balance of adventure, presence and gentleness. 

Karen Segers

Being in and with nature has inspired Karen since childhood. Nature is her home. Her heart lies in nature connection: how coming home to your own nature gives joy of life, inner peace and more respect for our earth and all life.

Karen is a trainer, process facilitator and nature therapist and takes both individuals and teams into nature. Longer periods alone in nature and the teachings of John Milton and Way of Nature laid the foundation of her work. The basis of her approach lies in connecting communication and a 4-year training as an integrative psychotherapist. She complemented this with training as a nature coach and psychosexual somatic coach. Her own passion for yoga and dance also inspire her work. Yet nature remains her greatest teacher. 


28 september @ 12:00
1 oktober @ 16:00
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