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The Story

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A Community in the Making

drumVancouver has given birth to an emerging scene of community leaders. We are the voice of a new breed of youth who are choosing to re-inherit the profound indigenous intelligence obscured by the agenda of modernity. In this obscurity, we have undoubtedly struggled – deprived of deep connections with our peers, estranged from nature, our innate gifts and wild genius. We yearn to break the shackles of rationalism and enter the mystery, where these modern dilemmas become a catalyst to developing a living wisdom about ourselves and the world in which we live.

The Right Kind of Trouble
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In rediscovering these skills - which were the fabric of indigenous teachings - we seem to be getting a lot more than we bargained for. We are finding out that 'getting out of trouble' actually means getting into the 'right kind of trouble.' This is the trouble of embracing the challenges we face individually and as a species - of our interpersonal relationships, our interactions with the environment, and the values of our modern 'civilized' societies. Getting into the right kind of trouble has re-awakened our hunger for the traditional support structures of strong families, wise Elders, Mentors and Teachers. We know that we require supportive communities and a legitimate discourse with the non-human elements - of Nature, Water, Mineral, Fire and Earth, and that we must first heal the old to make way for the new.

Walking the Talk
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In recognition of the need for healing, on May 13, 2011, seven members of this emerging community gathered on a property in Squamish to be buried in the earth overnight. Supported by a 'village' of friends, family and community leaders, the Earth Burial Ritual - a tradition of initiation that has its roots in the indigenous practices of the Dagara tribe of West Africa - was an explicit statement of our desire for a deeper connection and sense of belonging. It was borne from sober recognition that modern culture offers our starving psyches no formal acknowledgement of major life transitions by way of legitimate Rites of Passage Ceremonies. On June 24, 2011, we organized once again to participate in a Water Healing Ritual with the intention of releasing the grief accumulated from years of living without the life skills that ought to have been imparted to us in our youth by those very support structures that have forsaken us. These powerful gatherings have been an attempt to reintroduce indigenous intelligence to a modern world still lost in its own dust.

The End of the Beginning
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We learnt finally that modern responses to systemic problems are not going to be discovered in feel-good one-day workshops. Although workshops offer some helpful skills, the reality is that without ruthless honesty about our dis-ease and a sustained commitment to a deep and ongoing process of healing it, everything is just talk. It was from this realization that the idea of the Olduvai Expedition was born.


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The Olduvai Expedition


On September 22, 2011, we will embark on a year-long journey through the knowledge traditions of the Indigenous mind, heart and soul. The Olduvai Expedition will be a sincere attempt to pass through the ancient gateways of indigenous wisdom, offering practical skills for sustained healing through a discovery of our innate potential or "Wild Genius."

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The Olduvai Expedition is experiential, life enhancing, thought provoking and challenging; it will strengthen a sense of deep community between those who undergo the process.

Module 1: NATURE

Crisis, Evolution and The Trickster

Surprise and delight are the stock in trade for our fellow living beings on this planet - and our own ability to make transitions is dependent upon factors such as safety, orientation, risk management and adaptability

Module 2: WATER

Conflict, Release and Reconciliation

How can it be that water is considered to be a technology of healing in the indigenous world? Here we will delve into the waters of grievance both old and new, both personal and worldly, and find the skill of reconciliation

Module 3: MINERAL

Oratory, "Wild Genius" and Life Purpose

All over the indigenous world, a bias is evident for working with the emergent situation rather than relying of rules and courts to make decisions - requiring that the "wild genius" of each person be balanced by the initiation of Eldership.

Module 4: FIRE

Tradition, Innovation and Creativity

Our modern world is beset by literal fire, and yet the indigenous world sees fire as a creative force that encourages the judicious balance of both tradition and innovation - and like fire itself, creativity has beginnings, middles, and ends.

Module 5: EARTH

Nature, Abundance and Community

Many thinkers today recognize the need for a strengthening of the feminine alongside a revival of healthy masculinity - this initiatory journey will uncover the reasons that "undergoing" is as important as "overcoming" on the spiritual journey.


About Randy Jones

Randy Jones is a community leader and an advocate for the revival of the conversation between the modern world and the wisdom of Indigenous cultures. Sorrowed by the very loss of the wild in modernity, Randy has dedicated much of his life to re-establishing an alliance between the two. Over the last 15 years, Randy has embarked on an indigenous training which has included dynamic studies in mythology, ritual, rhythm, dance and storytelling. He has trained and worked with such renowned teachers as Michael Meade, Daniel Deardorff, Malidoma Some, Sobonfu Some, Francis Weller, Steven Jenkinson, Martin Prechtel, Marion Woodman and Robert Bly. Randy is skilled in facilitating what has become an increasingly necessary discourse between humans, nature and the spirit world. A veritable "Urban Shaman," he has guided individuals and communities in Vancouver through powerful Initiation and Grief Release Rituals that have sparked an experiential integration of mythological wisdom in those who have participated. In a time where the very idea of the Indigenous is on the verge of being lost, Randy applies his knowledge to what he feels is his particular duty of 'calling forth voices' and awakening the 'Wild Genius' in us all.

"My interest in a situation always had been deeply aligned with the encouragement of "voices," whether they were in words or emotions or even movement…especially voices from the edge - the voice of grief, of longing for the soul to follow its own drummer, the voice of desire for true vocation, the courageous speaker of welcoming, the one whose oratory makes reconciliation, the twisting wisdom of the body which tries to emerge in movement, gesture, feeling, inclination and inspiration, the cry of the wild, hiss of the elements, keening growl of the ancestors, the orchestra of the indigenous soul, those long forgotten urges of the heart to create beauty and sing the song of ecstasy, the deep wisdom of myth and the storyteller's croaking poetry: the discarded, undervalued, and forgotten."
Randy Jones - www.mythicnature.com

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Here's what others have said:

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Randy Jones is an Urban Shaman. I have seen him read the unseen forces and respond to them with meaningful action and direction. His ability to perceive the "world behind the world", through the symbolic language of mythology, is a tangible skill that is felt in his method of teaching. His work with Malidoma Some has infused his practice with the flavour of community, a wise choice in light of the challenges that inevitably arise in the deep psychological excavations he attempts. He trusts in the African proverb that says: "if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together."
Zamir Dhanji Musician, Dancer and Storyteller
Akasha Arts

His ability to connect modern experience with ancient mythology, makes him a wonderful ally to have on your spiritual journey. RTJ is expert at guiding others through their confusing experiences of grief, anger, ecstasy and the whole array of human emotion. The space he creates allows people to find their way to the true nature of things and then, through their own interpretation, express themselves in a healing way. . . the same way we humans have been doing since we first started talking to each other.
A.G.B. Former Captain US Army

There is an intense beauty that comes from his humanity. There is a deep struggle that comes with the territory of his work, the place of crossed traditions, hurt cultures and human relationships. He is the Listener and the Translator. I value Randy's ability to give voice to the unspoken and forgotten. I respect his answer to the world's call for community, justice, recognition of the Indigenous and of the need for change. It is his wisdom and experience that makes him a powerful leader and it is his compassion and sense of humour that makes him a good friend, and a great man.
Anna Czapiewska Community Integration Worker

Summary

Sep. 22, 2011 – Jun. 28, 2012
Olduvai
A Year Long Immersion in the
Knowledge Traditions of the Indigenous Mind, Heart and Soul
COMPOSED OF 5 DISTINCT LEARNING MODULES

total of 165 hours

Official Certificate of Completion awarded

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Module 1: NATURE

Crisis, Evolution and The Trickster

Sep 22 to Oct 20, 2011


5 Evening Sessions
(3 hrs. Each)

1 Out of Town Weekend
total of 33 hrs

Surprise and delight are the stock in trade for our fellow living beings on this planet - and our own ability to make transitions is dependent upon factors such as safety, orientation, risk management and adaptability

Evening Topics:

1. Introduction to the Working Agreements
NATURE RITUAL WEEKEND
2. Magic, Elements, & the Trickster
3. BodyWise1 – Extensions & Permissions in the Body
4. Allies, Totems, & Ancestors
5. Initiation, Trouble, and Transformation

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Module 2: WATER

Conflict, Release and Reconciliation

Nov 3 to Dec 1, 2011


5 Evening Sessions
(3 hrs. Each)

1 Out of Town Weekend
total of 33 hrs

How can it be that water is considered to be a technology of healing in the indigenous world? Here we will delve into the waters of grievance both old and new, both personal and worldly, and find the skill of reconciliation.

Evening Topics:

1. BW2 – Non-patterned Movement of Kinetic Release
2. Grief, Praise and Exuberance
WATER RITUAL WEEKEND
3. The Art of Feasting and Blessing
4. The Gathering Storm: Building Support Practices
5. Rhythm1 – Practical and Theoretical Drumming

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Module 3: MINERAL

Oratory, "Wild Genius" and Life Purpose

Mar 1 to Mar 29, 2012


5 Evening Sessions
(3 hrs. Each)

1 Out of Town Weekend
total of 33 hrs

All over the indigenous world, a bias is evident for working with the emergent situation rather than relying of rules and courts to make decisions - requiring that the "wild genius" of each person be balanced by the initiation of Eldership.

Evening Topics:

1. Protection, Boundaries, and Power
2. Wounds, Genius, and Redemption
3. Announcing your gift to the world
MINERAL RITUAL WEEKEND
4. Your Gift to the World
5. Rhythm2 - Skills for Drumming at Rituals

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Module 4: FIRE

Tradition, Innovation and Creativity

Apr 12 to May 10, 2012


5 Evening Sessions
(3 hrs. Each)

1 Out of Town Weekend
total of 33 hrs

Our modern world is beset by literal fire, and yet the indigenous world sees fire as a creative force that encourages the judicious balance of both tradition and innovation - and like fire itself, creativity has beginnings, middles, and ends.

Evening Topics:

1. From Problems Solving Mode to the Creative Mode
2. Rhythm3 - Preparation for Earth Cycle
FIRE RITUAL WEEKEND
3. Prayer & Poetry – the Art of Wooing the Beloved
4. BW3 – Ensemble Work and the Forms of Decision
5. Dialogue in the Body – Methods for Articulation

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Module 5: EARTH

Nature, Abundance and Community

May 31 to Jun 28, 2012


5 Evening Sessions
(3 hrs. Each)

1 Out of Town Weekend
total of 33 hrs

Many thinkers today recognize the need for a strengthening of the feminine alongside a revival of healthy masculinity - this initiatory journey will uncover the reasons that "undergoing" is as important as "overcoming" on the spiritual journey.

Evening Topics:

1. Masculine, Feminine, and Conversation
2. Welcome, Healing and Integration
3. Mentors, Eldership and Leadership
EARTH RITUAL WEEKEND
4. The Elder Project
5. Closing Comments

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Single Module: $440
Single Weekend Only: $350

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*Space is Limited*

*Space is Limited*
*Weekend Food & Accommodation Included*

1) Full Expedition Enrollment, $1875
(a) September 22, 2011 to June 28, 2012
(b) 25 Evenings + 5 Weekends (165 session hours)
(c) Weekend food & accommodation included
(d) Enrollment Deadline: September 21, 2011
(e) Enrollment Deposit: 20% ($375)
(f) Balance due September 22, 2011 (Payment Plans Available)

Payment Plans Offered:
(Credit Card Withdrawals)

Option 1: Instalments (includes 2% surcharge)
4 x Instalments (every 2 months)
Payments Withdrawn: Nov 15 / Jan 15 / Mar 15 / May 15

Option 2: Monthly Recurring (includes 3% surcharge)
10 x Monthly Recurring Payments (once per month)

2) Single Module Enrollment, $440
(a) 5 Evenings + 1 Weekend (33 session hours)
(b) Weekend food & accommodation included
(c) Enrollment and Full Payment prior to the beginning of Module
**Special Discounts available for Enrollment in multiple Modules**
If enrolling for multiple modules, contact us first for discount details:
enrollment@olduvaiexpedition.com or 604-721-6227

3) Single Weekend Only Enrollment, $350
(a) 1 Weekend (18 session hours)
(b) Weekend food & accommodation included
(c) Enrollment and Full Payment prior to the beginning of Weekend
**Special Discounts available for Enrollment in multiple Weekends**
If enrolling for multiple weekends, contact us first for discount details:
enrollment@olduvaiexpedition.com or 604-721-6227

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Option 1: Full Expedition Enrollment, $1875 ($375 deposit)
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*Space is Limited*
*Weekend Food & Accommodation Included*

1) Full Expedition Enrollment, $1875
(a) September 22, 2011 to June 28, 2012
(b) 25 Evenings + 5 Weekends (165 session hours)
(c) Weekend food & accommodation included
(d) Enrollment Deadline: September 21, 2011
(e) Enrollment Deposit: 20% ($375)
(f) Balance due September 22, 2011 (Payment Plans Available)

Payment Plans Offered:
(Credit Card Withdrawals)

Option 1: Instalments (includes 2% surcharge)
4 x Instalments (every 2 months)
Payments Withdrawn: Nov 15 / Jan 15 / Mar 15 / May 15

Option 2: Monthly Recurring (includes 3% surcharge)
10 x Monthly Recurring Payments (once per month)

2) Single Module Enrollment, $440
(a) 5 Evenings + 1 Weekend (33 session hours)
(b) Weekend food & accommodation included
(c) Enrollment and Full Payment prior to the beginning of Module
**Special Discounts available for Enrollment in multiple Modules**
If enrolling for multiple modules, contact us first for discount details:
enrollment@olduvaiexpedition.com or 604-721-6227

3) Single Weekend Only Enrollment, $350
(a) 1 Weekend (18 session hours)
(b) Weekend food & accommodation included
(c) Enrollment and Full Payment prior to the beginning of Weekend
**Special Discounts available for Enrollment in multiple Weekends**
If enrolling for multiple weekends, contact us first for discount details:
enrollment@olduvaiexpedition.com or 604-721-6227


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