Yggdrasil is a school for visionary contrarians and a forest retreat for souls reinventing themselves, intended to be housed within a self-sustaining community - currently in the early stages of manifestation.
Yggdrasil will be a sanctuary enabling us – its residents and guests – to feel our way into a deeper sense of being, out of which meaningful doing might arise. It will serve those who sense the need to stop what they are doing, and begin again – after a period of self-reflection, healing, and reconnection with a deeper mythopoetic place within themselves. Away from everyday life, we'll dialogue with each other, with our dreams, with the Earth, and with the living inhabitants of the more-than-human world.
In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil was the World Tree on which the storm god Odin hung for nine days and nights, channeling the magical language of the runes. Through his initiation, Odin gained the power to realign the world with the axis mundi – the natural order – by giving voice to wisdom absorbed in dialogue with the World Tree.
In naming our retreat Yggdrasil, it becomes a sacred space where the visionary contrarians who participate in it are altered in profound ways, and empowered to help realign the world with the natural order as they absorb the wisdom of the World Tree with which they commune and for which they care on daily basis.