Are You on a Healing, Transformational Journey, Walking the Spiritual Path, and Seeking Your Soul Tribe?
There is a Providence that brought us here and gave us to each other at this time. In and through us, a greater tapestry to creativity is being woven. . . . The great traditions tell us that community somehow already exists. When we come together in compassion and generosity, this hidden belonging begins to come alive between us. . . . Perhaps community is a constellation. Each one of us is a different light in the emerging collective brightness. A constellation of light has greater power of illumination than any single light would have on its own. Together we increase brightness.
In May, 2016, Lissa Rankin, Rachel Naomi Remen, and Karen Drucker joined forces to participate in a social experiment. We wondered . . . what would happen if we gathered people together with the intention of creating a Soul Tribe focused on healing? For one night, 120 of us gathered together to explore this experiment. We sang together. We meditated. We told stories. Lissa’s 11-year-old daughter sang Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. One man performed an original song he wrote about soul tribes. We invited everyone in the tribe to contribute their wisdom. We laughed together. We cried together. We joined our hearts in a coherent field of pulsing vibration and performed a group energy healing. It was pure magic.
After a year and a half of gestation, now it’s time to deepen the experiment.
Join Lissa Rankin, MD, musician Karen Drucker, and Native American Del Laverdure as we gather together to heal, awaken, explore, celebrate love, and create the Soul Tribe leaders of the future. A Soul Tribe Gathering will begin as a three-day workshop in Mill Valley, California October 27–29, followed by six weeks of virtual exploration via teleclasses, a group forum, and practical instructions on how to lead a Soul Tribe of your own.
Your vibe attracts your tribe, so let’s uplift ourselves and one another! Our intention is to create a vibe that magnetizes those who are ready to create a space where unity consciousness is the guiding principle that binds the tribe together, where tribe members are spiritually and psychologically mature enough to give to and receive from the tribe in equal measure, and where love flows like a river between the hearts of everyone who participates.
This program is intended for anyone who yearns to participate as part of a Soul Tribe, but it is also for those who wish to be trained as leaders of Soul Tribes in their own communities.
A Soul Tribe Gathering is for you if:
- You are ready to be part of a global experiment intended to bring people together, first in person, and then online, so we can co-create ways to unite Soul Tribe community offline in your neck of the woods.
- You’re interested in creating safe, sacred space so every voice in the Soul Tribe matters and gets heard.
- You refuse to participate in “the story of separation” so widespread in the world right now. You choose to be a force for unity, not polarization and divisiveness, even if your opinion is challenged.
- You’re tired of communities polarized solely into either practice (like yoga or meditation) or purpose (activist communities) and you yearn for a community that marries the two.
- You sense that participating in a Soul Tribe will deepen your quest to find and fulfill your calling.
- You’ve read Mind Over Medicine, you’re struggling with a health issue, and you sense that Soul Tribe will be part of your healing Prescription.
- You consider yourself “spiritual but not religious,” but you’re yearning for the benefits of the kind of spiritual community you might get if you resonated with organized religion.
- You’re devoted to a particular religion, but you’re curious about exploring authentic spiritual community—free of dogma or judgment—outside your preferred religion.
- You yearn to relate more intimately and authentically with others on the spiritual path.
- You’re craving a safe place to bring up some of your trickiest challenges, knowing that every issue is Divine (even sex, money, and politics!).
- You have a sense that there’s a deeper, more fulfilling way to let your life unfold than trying to strong arm your way through life with control and force.
- You had experiences as a child to opening to Divine Love and you long to recreate that feeling of connection again outside of dogma and rigidity.
- You want to practice practical ways to open to, receive, and discern spiritual guidance.
- You’re exhausted from trying to get what you want—and it’s just not working.
- You’re a disciplined spiritual practitioner but you’re still missing out on the experience of a very intimate relationship with the Divine.
- The spiritual circles you’ve hung out with have a tendency towards “spiritual bypassing”—using spiritual practices to try to bypass painful feelings and conflict in a way that interrupts basic human kindness and true intimacy You’re looking for a Soul Tribe where all your messy human emotions are not only tolerated but appreciated.
- You’re ready to see that spiritual community can be FUN.
- You commit to giving and receiving respect to/from all Soul Tribe members.
- You’re done trying to “manifest” everything your ego wants, and you’re ready to surrender yourself to Divine Will—and would benefit from support from others who are committed to the same.
- You move quickly through your victim stories and are committed to gleaning the soul growth from life’s inevitable challenges.
- You’ve done enough psychological and spiritual work to show up in Soul Tribe in a healthy, reciprocal way without unnecessary drama.
- You’re willing to offer and receive both gentle, compassionate tenderness and fierce love when needed.
- You’re committed to taking responsibility for your own triggers, cultivating self-awareness of your needs, communicating with non-violent communication in order to get your needs met, and showing up with the intention of meeting the needs of others in your Soul Tribe.
- You’re willing to commit to your Soul Tribe, avoiding the tendency for “drop in intimacy” that can keep relationships too superficial.
- You’re not looking to rescue anybody or be rescued.
- You’re overflowing with love and looking for a place where your love may be of service.
- You know how to resist the temptation to blame, shame, and make people “other” if you don’t agree with them.
- You’re committing to honor and respecting healthy boundaries.
- If you have attachment issues from childhood abuse or abandonment, you’re actively working on healing these barriers to intimacy that make healthy community challenging.
- You’re willing to show up, be seen, participate, and contribute your spiritual wisdom, rather than just sitting back and expecting others to take the lead.
- You’re interested in more than just comfort. You also want to grow and help others grow.
- You have a spirit of generosity and wish to not only get your soul needs met, but to show up for your fellow Soul Tribe members.
- If anyone in your Soul Tribe gets bullied for being different, you commit to standing up for your tribe members and keeping the container of unconditional love safe.
- You’re willing to keep your sense of humor intact and help lighten things up if things get heavy! (Soul growth can get heavy sometimes . . . and we all need to be able to laugh at ourselves and each other. We humans are adorable.)
- You realize that experiments can get messy, and we will be learning our way through this process together imperfectly. You’re interested in being part of the Discovery Model that co-creates something that serves a collective need, and you’re okay with contributing your feedback, constructive critiques, and wisdom to the co-creation process.
“How we need another soul to cling to.” ―Sylvia Plath
A Soul Tribe Gathering is not for you if:
- You’re lonely and you expect to get spoonfed by a tribe without doing your part.
- You’re an energy vampire looking to suck the life force out of well-meaning but often overly generous and discernment-handicapped tribe members.
- You’re stuck in your victim story and not interested in getting out of it.
- You judge, shame, or belittle those who don’t share your spiritual beliefs or world view.
- You get off on being righteous and condemning those who aren’t as “spiritual” as you.
- You’re allergic to the word “God."
- You expect spirituality to free you from all painful human emotions.
- Your spiritual beliefs lead you to care more about “truth,” “enlightenment,” or being “right” than about being kind, gentle, tender, and open-hearted.
- You’re a died-in-the-wool “law of attraction” practitioner and you’re more interested in using your spiritual superpowers to get what your ego wants than in surrendering to the mystery and uncertainty of Divine Will.
- You can’t see (and aren’t interested in seeing) how your unhealthy (but loveable!) patterns get in the way of intimacy, connection, and tribe.
- You have a long history of co-dependent relationships and aren’t interested in breaking those patterns.
- You will not be capable of welcoming into the Soul Tribe someone who voted on the opposite side of the current political divide than you did.
- You have a personality disorder (narcissistic personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, etc) and you’re not actively seeking treatment with a qualified therapist/physician.
- You have a current mental health disorder (major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD) and you’re not actively seeking treatment from a qualified therapist/physician/trauma expert.
- You’re not capable of asking “What is it like to be you?” when you disagree with someone.
“We are each of us angels with only one wing,
and we can only fly by embracing each other.”
—Luciano De Crescenzo
What Is a Soul Tribe?
A Soul Tribe is a group of heart-centered individuals who are walking the spiritual path together, at various stages in our journeys, coming together with the intention of marrying practice and purpose. Many communities gather together to engage in spiritual practice—through meditation, prayer, yoga, dance, singing, and praise. Other communities organize around an activist cause, like saving the rainforests or civil rights. Our intention as a Soul Tribe is to bring the two impulses together, since practice without purpose can lead to a kind of spiritual narcissism. (“It’s all about me and my meditation practice.”) On the other hand, purpose without practice can damage the very causes we’re passionate about devoting our energy too. (Think the “angry activist” who demonizes the very people whose help we need in order to effect lasting change.) When we stop polarizing Being (practice) and Doing (purpose), bringing the two together in nondual awareness and surrendering our separate minds to Divine mind, personal and global transformation becomes not only possible; it activates a kind of white magic that can make real life miracles accessible to anyone.
Our intention as a community is to commit to:
1) PRACTICE: We intend to grow, transform, learn, and restore a deep, meaningful, authentic, soul-based connection with Source and with other members of the Soul Tribe. We devote ourselves to the spiritual and transformational practices that allow us to show up fully as healthy, contributing Soul Tribe members.
2) PURPOSE: We intend to take the transformational, evolutionary impulse and channel it towards a mission beyond the Separate Self, taking the love and heart-opening that arises from our practices and alchemizing it into compassion in action.
How Would It Feel to Be Part of a Soul Tribe?
Imagine meeting someone you’ve never known before in this life, and you feel a strange, instantaneous sensation—“I know you. We belong together.” Imagine being in a community of spiritual seekers where you feel safe to be truly yourself, even if you disagree with the dominant narratives of the tribe. Imagine a community where you feel free to play, laugh, sing, dance, meditate, pray, celebrate, engage in ritual, and share meals together. Imagine a safe haven where you can seek support when you’re in crisis, and you can offer support when your tribe members are experiencing life challenges, and your boundless, generous, service-oriented love is looking for a place to land.
Imagine a place where spiritual principles can be safely shared, explored, and challenged from a place of compassionate curiosity, where open, respectful, safe dialogue and free but kind expression is welcomed and valued by all, where those who are unable to tolerate diversity of beliefs and opinions are held accountable by the group, and where unity is encouraged and polarization is gently but firmly brought together in the open heart space. Imagine a community committed to helping each other grow, gently but fiercely illuminating blind spots and exploring shadows, where we acknowledge, accept and are gentle with each other's wounds, but we don’t coddle them in co-dependent ways.
Imagine a community with healthy boundaries and shared values but without rigid dogma, where you can feel safe to keep your heart open, and you’re not at risk of getting shamed for being different or questioning the spiritual leadership or the group’s teachings. Imagine a spiritual community where you are not asked to follow the compass of someone else who has caused you to believe that your spiritual compass is broken, where you retain your free will, your intuition, your right to speak up, and your sovereignty.
A Soul Tribe Is Not a Religion or a Cult
A Soul Tribe Gathering is not affiliated with any particular religious background. All religions are welcome. Those with no religious affiliation are welcome. Those who don’t believe in God but are seeking the Divine spark within are also welcome. Those for whom nature is your church are welcome. This is a strict “no judgment” community where dogma and rules will be thrown out the window. If you have a genuine desire to be more in alignment with Spirit, you are welcome here. This will not be your typical spiritual gathering. There will be four letter words. They will be tattoos. We may talk about sex and money and health and romance and astrology and past lives and angels and spirit guides and Jesus, so if you’re allergic to any of that, you’ve been forewarned. Nothing is off limits in the Soul Tribe except small-minded thinking or being critical of anyone else’s individual spiritual beliefs or practices.
A Soul Tribe Gathering is not a cult. In a cult, people relinquish their autonomy and give their power away to a charismatic leader who holds a particular view of reality, one which, if you question it, leaves you at risk of exile from your tribe. A cult depends upon dogma, fear, disempowerment, manipulation, and threat of rejection in order to keep the cult unified. If anyone questions the often sociopathic authority figures, they are shamed, belittled, and threatened with exile.
On the other hand, a healthy, spiritually mature Soul Tribe is more like a gimbal, the mechanism used on 16th-century sailing vessels to hold a candlestick level on shifting seas. When this candle flame is the only light you’ve got to steer your ship in the darkest of nights, and when a fallen candle could burn up your whole ship, you depend upon the steadiness of the gimbal that swings freely and keeps the candle upright, even when the ship is pitching in stormy waters. Centuries later, after the advent of safer electric lights, the gimbal was used to float a compass upright.
A Soul Tribe functions the same way, calling forth the light/compass gimbal in the hearts of every individual in the tribe, so that no one leader, not even the leaders, can tip over and burn the community so that no single outlier can lead the tribe astray from True North. Each one of us is necessary and must be trusted to hold the flame of a spiritual community upright when the ground seems to shift. This is where true safety lies, and this is what has gone off the rails in many spiritual communities, whether in the realm of conventional religion or spiritual cults.
A Soul Tribe Is A Place Where You Belong
A song from the Broadway musical Even Hansen touches the nerve of how desperately we want to belong.
Have you ever felt like nobody was there?
Have you ever felt forgotten in the middle of nowhere?
Have you ever felt like you could disappear?
Like you could fall, and no one would hear?
Well, let that lonely feeling wash away
Maybe there’s a reason to believe you’ll be okay
‘Cause when you don’t feel strong enough to stand
You can reach, reach out your hand
And oh, someone will coming running
And I know, they’ll take you home
Even when the dark comes crashing through
When you need a friend to carry you
And when you’re broken on the ground
You will be found
So let the sun come streaming in
'Cause you’ll reach up and you’ll rise again
Lift your head and look around
You will be found.
Knowing that you have a Soul Tribe protects you and helps you protect your loved ones. If you’re in crisis and you feel lost and broken, you can count on your Soul Tribe to hold the vision of your wholeness until you remember again. Knowing that your Soul Tribe has got your back in a world that can feel hostile and scary is a blessing more wondrous than words.
But don’t misunderstand! This doesn’t mean that you’ll be magically rescued from the aftermath of life’s inevitable traumas or that you can just sit back and wait for some mysterious “other” to come and save you. As true as it is that we humans are interdependent beings and we need each other, you won’t be found by your Soul Tribe because you’re not a helpless victim, broken on the ground, unable to get up. You also will not be expected to rescue other weakened, broken Soul Tribe members when they’re struggling. Those patterns of garden variety co-dependence can harm more than they bless. As part of a Soul Tribe, you will serve and be served, but you will not rescue or be rescued.
“Serving is different from helping.
Helping is not a relationship between equals.
A helper may see others as weaker than they are, needier than they are, and people often feel this inequality.
The danger in helping is that we may inadvertently take away from people more than we could ever give them;
we may diminish their self-esteem, their sense of worth, integrity or even wholeness.” —Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
In a true Soul Tribe, you will find within the Soul Tribe everything you need—love, support, wisdom, confrontation, and accountability—to find YOURSELF. More accurately, you will find the Divinity within you, and this wiser, unconditionally loving, expansive part of you will find, heal, and transform the smaller wounded parts that live within us all.
Why Do You Need a Soul Tribe?
People used to gather in spiritual community at the church, the temple, the mosque, the sangha, or the sanctuary. Many still do, and they are getting their need for spiritual connection and soul community met from these conventional religious gatherings. But what if you consider yourself “spiritual but not religious?” What if you suffer from what Reba Riley calls “post-traumatic church syndrome?” What if conventional religion is only meeting part of your soul’s needs? What if you’re yearning to devote yourself to a Divine force of love, while retaining your authenticity, sovereignty, and freedom to express yourself?
While some people find exactly the guidance and soul tribe they need through organized religion, others find themselves lost at sea, adrift without a flame that might bring them back into alignment with the deepest essence of the Divinity within, feeling alone in a sea of seemingly disconnected others. Yet we cannot truly deepen our spiritual lives without one another. Yes, we can go vertical and connect directly with Source, but to practice our spirituality, we must also go horizontal, connecting heart to heart with others so that we can learn to put our spirituality into compassionate action.
Traditional spiritual communities operate from a top-down model. The pastor on the pulpit or the guru on the stage preaches to the congregation or disciples. But times they are a-changing. Thich Nhat Hanh said, “The next Buddha will be the sangha.” In other words, we all have spiritual wisdom and life experience to share, if only we are given the chance to sit in a circle of equals, where a field of unconditional love, acceptance, and non-judgment can flourish and everyone in the Soul Tribe can participate in sharing spiritual wisdom.
Yet where can you find those who resonate with you spiritually? What are you to do if you don’t fully resonate with any of the conventional religions? What if you are longing for spiritual community but can’t find the place where you feel you belong? Do you long to participate in co-creating a soul tribe, but you don’t know how to start?
“A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea. For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate.” —Seth Godin
True Intimacy Requires Admitting That We Need Each Other
Many of us were raised in the era of John Wayne and James Dean, when the rugged individualist was prized as the pinnacle of success and neediness was perceived as a shameful weakness. We were taught to rely on no one, prove ourselves to be self-sufficient, and avoid ever putting our vulnerability or neediness on display. We were conditioned to neglect our own needs and focus on the needs of others instead, never making ourselves vulnerable by asking for help. Such patterning leads people to operate from an unhealthy, lonely, self-sacrificing, intimacy-averse “Savior Complex” that leads to burnout, resentment, and social isolation.
Others were raised differently, growing up with a dependency and entitlement that leads them to believe the world owes them something. This kind of “It’s all about me” conditioning breeds excessive focus on the self and leads people to take advantage of the generosity of those who were patterned to rescue the “weak” or prioritize the demands of the self-oriented “victim” or the self-centered narcissist. Regretfully, these two patterns of conditioning—the rugged individualist and the entitled victim/narcissist—interfere with the development of healthy Soul Tribe. Such patterns depend upon the Drama Triangle—the Victim, the Savior, and the Perpetrator. In unhealthy relationships, people take turns oscillating between these three archetypes, and the ensuing drama interferes with the development and sustainability of healthy spiritual community.
As long as the reference point lies centrally, focusing solely on the self, or externally—focusing only on the others without attention to self-care, true, nourishing intimacy is impossible and a feeling of chronic loneliness ensues, even if we’re surrounded by people.
By nature, we are tribal beings. We need each other like oxygen. We need to know that we belong to a Soul Tribe in order to feel safe enough to fully self-actualize. As Abraham Maslow expressed in his “hierarchy of needs,” we must first have our most basic needs met before we can feel free and spacious enough to express our greatest gifts. First, we must have our basic physiological needs met—food, shelter, clean water, clean air, medical care. Next, we must feel safe, free of war zones, abuse, and emotional trauma. Once these two sets of needs are met, we yearn for love and belonging, then esteem. Finally, at the top of Maslow’s pyramid lies self-actualization. Towards the end of his life, Maslow expressed that he missed one facet of the Hierarchy of Needs. He came to believe that another pinnacle is possible, beyond self-actualization. After the impulse towards self-actualization, there is an impulse of service—to find and fulfill one’s calling in the world.
A Soul Tribe depends on Unity Consciousness, the spiritual and psychological shift from me-centered to we-centered. As one Australian physician said to me, “The problem with community is that people want ‘Communi-ME.” In order for Soul Tribe to function, we need Communi-WE.
As Katherine Woodward Thomas writes:
"Functional families allow for the individuality of each member. People are free to express their needs, their wants,
and their feelings. Those expressions are met with respect and with love. They are then taken into account in all subsequent decision making. True ‘we-ness’ allows each person to be a fully formed ‘me,’ with likes and dislikes, beliefs, opinions,
and attitudes. In true community, there is a spirit of inclusiveness and expansion. There is room for everyone. We don't have to agree; we can just agree to disagree, thereby making space for all of it, with an underlying foundation of respect and appreciation for differences. If we ever hope to have peace in the world, we will first need to be able to do this in our homes."
We need each other, and we need to relate to each other in healthy relationships so we can free ourselves from the unhealthy conditioning many of us experienced growing up.
Finding Your Soul Tribe Improves Your Health
According to an AARP study, approximately 43 million adults over age 45 in the United States are estimated to be suffering from chronic loneliness. This kind of loneliness not only inhibits spiritual development; it causes disease. One meta-analysis involving 148 studies representing more than 300,000 participants found that greater social connection is associated with a 50% reduced risk of early death. Another meta-analysis involving 70 studies representing more than 3.4 million individuals found that social isolation increased the risk of premature death as much as obesity. Another study found that air pollution increased the risk of death by 6%, obesity by 23%, alcohol abuse by 37%, and loneliness by 45%. Loneliness is as dangerous for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes/day.
These numbers are not meant to scare you. They’re meant to change the conversation about what predisposes you to illness and what true wellness requires. A healthy lifestyle requires more than a nourishing diet, regular exercise, and toxin-free habits. We must also have healthy, nourishing, growth-filled, spiritually mature relationships in community as medicine for the soul.
“She was a collector of reflections looking for souls that could see deeply inside her soul.”― Shannon L. Alder
Finding Your Soul Tribe Helps You Find Your Calling
Global change is afoot, and many of us feel the call to participate in what’s happening. How can we tell what we’re being called to do? For many of us, this requires a sincere shift in how we orient our lives—from ego-driven to soul-led. Many of us are surrendering our lives to Divine Will, asking to be shown our life purpose and committing to finding and fulfilling our calling. To learn to open to, receive, and discern spiritual guidance is a practice, and we need our tribe to help us learn to listen deeply to the quiet (and not-so-quiet) whisperings of the soul. Together, in community, we can help each other make decisions in a new way, one that is less analytical and more intuitive. Such spiritually guided decision making can feel uncomfortable when you’re the only one you know operating that way. Having a community of practice committed to living in alignment with Divine Will, even when it requires letting go of what your ego wants, helps facilitate this vital shift.
Finding your Soul Tribe can also help you find and fulfill your calling by putting you in touch with those in your “karass,” who are here to help you complete your spiritual mission.
Excerpt from The Anatomy of a Calling
By Lissa Rankin
In Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut writes about how God organizes the world into units which he calls a “karass.” A karass is a unit of incarnated beings whose job it is to bring into being one of God’s holy ideas. Members of a karass all further the collective purpose seamlessly, though many never even know they are part of this karass. Even if they never meet, they work together in harmony, in impeccable service to God’s holy idea. Everything about their lives furthers the purpose perfectly, even though they may be furthering the purpose unconsciously. When you meet someone who is a member of your karass, even though it may make no sense to you on a human level, you will recognize them as a family member instantly. Your souls will resonate, even if you appear to have nothing in common on the human level. This is how the Divine gets important things done in the world. Your karass is like a peaceful army that activates to bring light into the world.
Vonnegut compares the karass to its polar opposite, which he calls “The Granfalloon.” The Granfalloon is a group of people who think they are connected to each other in some way, but they have no spiritual connection whatsoever. For example, the Harvard class of 1986—or the Republican party—or Mets fans. They are completely unrelated to each other when it comes to their soul purpose. They may think they belong to the same tribe, but the bond is shallow, whereas the bond between members of a karass runs deep and pure. Members of the same karass are held to their purpose like electrons around a nucleus. Some live very close to the purpose. Some are further out. But all are held to the purpose by a spiritual magnetism. They may have never met each other, or they may be married to each other. They may work in the same field or they may have very different careers. But their lives fit together in service to this shared spiritual purpose.
We are all here for an unknown purpose. Serving this purpose makes us feel fulfilled and enriched. But if we get seduced off purpose—by ambition, fame, money, or the ego’s grasping at comfort—our vitality gets stolen from us. When we commit to this purpose we’re here to serve, when we give ourselves to serving it with great impeccability, everything begins to fall into place.
What People are Saying About Lissa's Workshops & Programs:
This workshop was pure magic. As Lissa and her team taught the group how to tune into their own inner guidance and tap into the magic all around us for support. We literally watched the physical world line up to join in on the fun in support of each of our journeys! Songs played spontaneously, windows banged at the mention of a certain presidential candidate, and it even culminated in an impromptu wedding! What can always be guaranteed with Lissa is a safe space, lots of heart, and an internal shift in oneself towards the deeper knowings we all have and hold and just need permission to let guide us in each and every moment.
Renewed sense of myself, ability and confidence to actually teach others about "true" healing (not what I have been doing in medicine for 21 years), a deeper connectedness to the One, a commitment to the world in carrying out this work and a commitment in myself to always listen to my inner pilot light. I am more HAPPY and JOYFUL, for sure!
Jennifer Wood Haiman
I thought I knew what I needed and wanted to get from spending such valuable time with Lissa, what I got was nothing I was expecting. Instead, it was so much more. And, it was exactly what I needed to transform myself both personally and spiritually. I recently read a quote in a book that describes perfectly what it was like: “The role of spiritual guides isn’t to help people know anything. It’s to help them not know—to hold the space of not knowing so that the deeper wisdom of the heart space can make itself felt” (From the book Your Soul’s Compass, by Joan Borysenko and Gordon Dveirin). Lissa held the space of not knowing for me (which was a scary place for me to be!) so my heart wisdom could emerge and propel me forward on my journey. Lissa's guidance has been a huge blessing in my life and enabled me to transform my life in ways I never imagined possible.
Working with Lissa has been nothing short of transformative. I felt deeply heard and incredibly supported. Not only did she help me reflect on my personal and professional goals, but also catalyzed within me a connection to what is most meaningful in my life. I have found and strengthened, a place of profound peace within myself. I now “get,” in my very bones, that I am capable of living my life in alignment with my deepest truth. Words cannot begin the express my gratitude.
The Workshop literally changed my life. I was not anticipating the powerful, soulful journey that was to mark the beginning of a new life for me. The expert leadership and complete dedication to creating a dynamic and safe place for everyone attending created many personal revelations and heart openings for the whole group. Through deep soul searching, the love shared by the group and gentle skillful guidance by Lissa and her team, I experienced what it is like to hear and trust your intuition, face the fear of uncertainty with grace and excitement, and know the unconditional love that connects us all. By the end of the week, I was able to begin to recognize and anticipate the beautiful way the universe leaves clues in my daily life leading me to the manifestation of my higher calling and higher good.
The healing that I have experienced through this period of deep contemplation is what I will always remember. Gratitude for the support to be vulnerable, still, awakened, and transformed in my professional practice. The journey now continues . . .
What Does the Soul Tribe Gathering Include?
Soul Tribe will be an evolving journey which begins as a live, in person gathering of explorers and branches into a virtual, online community of practice among leaders who bring others together across the globe as we co-create together.
A Soul Tribe Gathering Retreat
with Lissa Rankin, Karen Drucker & Del Laverdure
Where: Acqua Hotel, Mill Valley, California
When: October 27–29, 2017
What: The 3-day retreat will begin Friday night by opening the group field through singing. Singer-songwriter Karen Drucker and Lissa Rankin will lead the group in heart-opening singing together with the intention of healing and bonding the Soul Tribe. After a good night’s sleep, Lissa and Native American Del Laverdure will lead the Soul Tribe in a powerful ritual clearing and blessing for Mother Earth, which is intended to deepen the coherent group field so we can call upon this field for healing, transformation, heartfelt intimacy with one another, and spiritual connection to Source. Del and Lissa will open the circle for discussion about Soul Tribe, engage in tribe-building exercises, and participate in an experimental model of the kind of Soul Tribe gathering each of you will be invited to take home and co-create in your neck of the woods. For those who are interested in leading a Soul Tribe at home, you will be given the seeds to re-create what we experience at the retreat in your own home town as a one-time event or a weekly/monthly gathering. Group facilitation and leadership skills, how to attract like-minded tribe members, space-holding, and ethics will be discussed.
You will also be invited to PLAY! Lissa will lead us all in “Magic Camp,” where we will experience real life magic that will open the doors of perception to Divine powers of healing and transformation, which may feel miraculous or even impossible to you. Experiential exercises will be utilized to open your awareness to blind spots that may be causing you to limit your capacity for joy, fulfillment, and true service, while reflective, meditative, expressive, and creative time will give you the chance to deepen your self inquiry, know yourself better, love all parts of yourself rather than judging or rejecting them, learn how to play with synchronicity and nature, and open yourself to Divine energy, which can be used not only to heal yourself, but to heal and serve others. Practical tools for tapping into Source energy will be shared and practiced. You will also be given the tips for tuning into intuition, receiving and discerning spiritual guidance, and allowing yourself to surrender your personal will to Divine Will, so that you may be a clear channel for true service in the world.
In addition to engaging in the delicious union of Soul Tribe in deep practice together, we will laugh, sing, dance, make art, play with intuition, curl up in “cuddle puddles,” and invoke a spirit of playfulness, heartfulness, and soul healing. The retreat will close with another extremely powerful ritual intended to invoke the kind of white magic that can not only transform your life; it can heal the planet. With ethic, integrity, and wide open hearts with clear boundaries, we can be the ones we’ve been waiting for—together, in community, attuned to truth and love, and called to service in the clearest, most pure ways.
*You will be responsible for: Air and ground transportation, lodging, and meals.
Teleclass #1 Post—Retreat Integration Call
November 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. PT
After an intense retreat, we can get fired up and inspired to change, only to find that when we’re back in everyday life, we experience a kind of post-workshop hangover. This call with Lissa and Del is intended to help you digest and integrate what you learned into daily practice. Unless we can integrate new ways of being into our practical, day-to-day lives, we depend on one “workshop high” after another. But with proper integration support and ongoing connection to like-minded community, you can set yourself up to make real change and experience true, lasting inner freedom that feeds your outer service.
Teleclass #2—Follow Spiritual Guidance on the Road to Soul Tribe
November 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. PT
Finding your Soul Tribe isn’t necessarily an act of the mind; it’s a leading from the heart. But how can you hear the often subtle whispers of the heart? How does the Divine give us instructions on how to commune with like-minded, open-hearted tribe members? The good news is that every single one of us have within us an “Inner Pilot Light,” a spark of the Divine that not only makes us inherently worthy; it also offers seemingly magical but also practical guidance about how to live in alignment with Divine Will in communion with your Soul Tribe. Developing this kind of consistent contact with your inner guidance is accessible to everyone, yet we may receive this guidance in very different ways. For some, your Inner Pilot Light speaks through your body, offering clearly somatic “Yes” and “No guidance when something is or is not aligned. Some get their guidance intuitively—from visions, auditory messages, contact with spirit guides, emotions, dreams, direct knowing, or channeling. Some are exclusively dependent on guidance from the outer world, through synchronicity, when Divine Will interfaces with the outer world to give us “Signs from the Universe” that point us in the direction of our highest good. Some rely on psychics or the I Ching or oracle cards, or they use such outer guidance to double check their inner guidance as a way to hone their discernment. This interactive dialogue facilitated by Lissa is intended to help you open to the ways in which spiritual guidance arrives for you personally, so you can be more finely attuned to the quiet (and not-so-quiet) leadings of your own heart.
Teleclass #3—An Indigenous Perspective on Soul Tribe
November 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. PT
Lissa will interview Del Laverdure about what it’s like to be born into a real Native American tribe. What can those of us who were not born into a tribe do to create that kind of belonging? What are the benefits and challenges of belonging to such a tribe? Does participating in tribal living interfere with your individuality, and if so, what is that like? What might we learn from the Crow tribe about how to (and how not to) take care of one another? Del will take questions from those of you who feel inspired to deepen this inquiry, and through our discovery, we hope to emerge with wisdom that might inspire our own co-creative journeys into modern Soul Tribe.
Teleclass #4—Group Facilitation 101
November 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. PT
Lissa will lead a 90-minute teleclass teaching you the basics of facilitating a Soul Tribe for those who are not experienced at group facilitation. While many of the people in the workshop may be skilled one-on-one practitioners, the skills necessary to do successful one-on-one work are quite different than the skills required to hold a safe, sacred container for a group process. While it takes time and experience to learn to develop a group field of heart space energy, this virtual workshop will give you the basics to get you started. Whether your first Soul Tribe gathering is a simple gathering of three friends in your living room or a larger group, the simple tools taught in this virtual workshop will help you understand how to hold space for a live Soul Tribe gathering.
We’ll address how to lead effectively without force or dominating the group. We’ll talk about the difference between leadership and “being led-ship.” We’ll address the trend towards leaderless groups and how you can find your sweet spot between total anarchy and controlling things so rigidly that there’s no room for flow. This class will also address the issues every Soul Tribe facilitator hopes to avoid. What happens if one troublemaker threatens to ruin the whole gathering? What do you do if the group turns on you? How do you deal with embarrassment and shame if things don’t go the way you hoped? This class is intended to boost your confidence and help you anticipate what works and what can go wrong so you’re prepared to deal with what arises when facilitating a Soul Tribe gathering.
Calling In Your Soul Tribe: An original eBook by Lissa Rankin
In indigenous villages, people were born into a soul tribe. From the time you were born, you knew your place in the village, and you knew you belonged. These days, most of us aren’t born in tribal villages, and many of us don’t live physically close to our birth families. While there is a great cultural loss in the breakdown of the native village, this breakdown offers us a unique opportunity. We have the choice to be proactive about creating, attracting, and calling in the Soul Tribe where we belong perfectly. That’s the intention of this eBook, to help you facilitate this process of participating with the co-creation of the village that will help you self-actualize into the greatest potential of your soul’s natural magnificence. Such lofty aspirations require an inner journey. Instead of simply finding the place where you belong to a Soul Tribe, you will become the person who belongs to a Soul Tribe. This practical, step-by-step guide to calling in your Soul Tribe—and co-creating real, live tribe in your own life—offers daily teachings and practices intended to help you become the person who holds the vibe that attracts your tribe. The book also includes a manual of practical tools, guidelines, tips, and instructions for how to run a Soul Tribe gathering in your hometown.
Private Soul Tribe Facebook Forum
You will be invited to join a closed Facebook group where you will have the opportunity support one another and dive deeper into the conversation together. You'll also be able to interact with one another after the live weekend and in between calls. You never know where new friendships, and Soul Tribe connections will arise!
Please note that joining the Facebook group is optional and not required to participate in the 6-week program.
Optional Add On: An Intimate "SpiritMind" at Lissa’s House
Go deeper with fellow Soul Tribe members at an intimate “SpiritMind” gathering in Lissa’s home. What Is SpiritMinding? Inspired by the current “mastermind” concept, SpiritMinding arose from the indigenous traditions, whereby those in need of advice, support, guidance, or decision-making called upon the intuition and healing gifts of the others in the tribe. In the mastermind process, individuals gather in small circles and take turns being in the energetic center of the circle. Everyone in the circle co-creates the group field that links each person to the collective consciousness, allowing each individual to be a human mouthpiece for the Divine. Each individual has the opportunity to call upon the wisdom, guidance, knowledge, intuition, and healing gifts of those in the circle. For example, you might want guidance from the group regarding how to find your Soul Tribe, or you might want support around a personal issue that might be interfering with your ability to attract conscious community. You might want to brainstorm your life purpose, a book proposal, or the structure of a healing practice. You might want feedback regarding your marriage, issues with your children, your physical health, a limiting belief that’s holding you back, or your spiritual practices. Anything goes when you’re in the center of the circle. All focus in upon you, and everyone in your Soul Tribe can be trusted to serve you. When the next person is in the center of the circle, it’s your turn to contribute your gifts.
While some modern day masterminding relies upon mental knowledge, rational thought, and “fix it” advice, the original indigenous SpiritMinding relied heavily upon creating a group field that enabled every individual in the group to access Divine Mind. By accessing this kind of organizing intelligence, every person in the circle would have equal access to knowledge that goes beyond what the individual mind can possibly know. In other words, when a group taps into a healing energy field, we are all intuitive, and we can access mystical healing gifts that might be otherwise out of reach. In our SpiritMind, Lissa (and the natural beauty and tranquility of Muir Beach) will help to facilitate invoking this kind of field, calling upon the numinous to guide and inform what we offer to those in the center of the circle. With access to an intuitive, guiding, loving group field, the cognitive mind may offer useful and appropriate information, but you will also have access to a whole field of information that goes beyond what the human mind can know with the five senses. When the intention to serve that which is in alignment with Divine Will is activated, real magic can happen!
Who Is Best Suited for SpiritMinding?
This process works best if you’re clear about what you need help with. What yearning in your heart bubbles to the surface? What creative vision needs brainstorming (or heartstorming) aid? What is in need of healing in your life? What unanswered questions swim in your thoughts? What repetitively triggers you? What decision have you been struggling to decide? What is getting in the way of you and your life purpose or your most illumined relationship? What is impeding your spiritual development?
This process is most effective if you are committed to the heart-opening, authentic, loving container of the Soul Tribe. Successful SpiritMinding requires being open to magic, willing to be vulnerable, capable of holding unconditionally loving space for others who are vulnerable and daring to allow the Divine Spark in you to come alive. You certainly don’t have to be a healer, mystic, intuitive counselor, therapist, life coach, or transformational growth leader in order to create a powerful SpiritMind, but if you are, all the better! Come ready to share your gifts and receive the gifts of others.
Healing Ritual for the Earth
At the end of the day, we will put aside our personal issues and focus the healing field we’ve created outwards. Focusing all of our love towards global healing, we will perform a group ritual in the labyrinth in Lissa’s yard. Plan to bring a sacred object from your own home that represents healing or transformation. This object will be activated through this ritual and you will be able to take it back home with you, fully charged by the group as a healing totem.
When: October 30, 2017
Time: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. PT
Where: Lissa’s House in Muir Beach, CA
You will need to arrange your own transportation to Muir Beach (about a 20–30 minute drive from Mill Valley, CA). Lunch will be provided.
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PLUS OPTIONAL MASTERMIND ADD ON
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PLUS OPTIONAL ADD ON: An Intimate Healing SpiritMind at Lissa's House.
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You will know if you are meant to be at this Soul Tribe Gathering. Some intuitive part of you will cry "Yes! Yes! Yes! These are my people!" Your mind might try to talk you out of it. "It's too expensive. I can't take the time away from my commitments. I don't deserve this." Go ahead and listen to what your mind says so you don't do something reckless. But remember that the mind makes a wonderful servant but a terrible master. Let your heart be your guide. This will be one of the core principles of Soul Tribe. Those of us who gather together will commit to ourselves and each other to let our souls guide the way, even when our minds think we're doing something impractical, irrational, or crazy. As you decide whether A Soul Tribe Gathering is right for you, experiment with all the ways you can let your intuition be your guide. Let someone muscle test you "A Soul Tribe Gathering is aligned for me right now" or "A Soul Tribe Gathering is not aligned for me right now." (If you don't know how to muscle test, we'll be teaching this in Magic Camp at the retreat!) Try checking in with your body compass. Pick an oracle card. Surrender the decision to Divine Will and ask for a sign. Ask a tree for guidance. Seed your dreams before you go to sleep and ask your subconscious to help you. Intuitively pick a book off the shelf, open to a page, and choose a paragraph. See if it helps you know what is most right for you. Be open to synchronicity. This is the first step to preparing to participate in A Soul Tribe Gathering, so you might as well start the process with how you make your decision about whether or not to participate!
Regardless of whether or not this gathering is right for you right now, our prayer is that the right Soul Tribe finds you soon, and that you prepare yourself to be ready for that kind of belonging. Know your worthiness. Trust your yearning to connect, grow, see with magical eyes, and be seen by the "Inner Pilot Lights" of others. Find your tribe, wherever you are, and know that no matter what, you are safe. You are loved. You belong.
With so much love and gratitude,
Lissa & the Soul Tribe leaders
Meet Your Soul Tribe Leaders
My prayer is that every person on Earth awakens to his or her Inner Pilot Light and has the courage to find and fulfill his or her calling so that together, we can ignite our hearts and come together in unity consciousness. I hope that all spiritual seekers become spiritual finders, since there is no “there” there. There is only here. I’m passionate about helping people view adversity as an opportunity for awakening. I’m fired up about healing our broken health care system, one empowered patient and one conscious health care provider at a time. I doctor not just bodies, but souls. I’m on a grass roots mission to put the “care” back in health care, to reunite healing and spirituality, and to inspire sacred activists to participate in the transformation of consciousness that is revolutionizing the world with acts of love, compassion, and kindness. I am a love revolutionary, praying that we can end the story of separation, stop polarizing into “us” versus “them,” and bring our hearts together in service to Mother Earth and our beloved planet.
I believe that the key to living a long, vital life is an optimistic attitude, the willingness to love expansively and receive love in return from a wide circle of people close to you, engaging in work that lights you up, tapping into Source, allowing your creativity to flow boundlessly, being unapologetically Who You Really Are, avoiding toxic people, environments, jobs, and substances, moving your body in ways that make you smile, and drinking as much green juice as you can.I relish helping spiritually-attuned visionaries find their callings and realize their visions. I’m inspired by people brave enough to transmute adversity into spiritual growth, vulnerable enough to let their imperfections be witnessed, and courageous enough to keep their hearts open, even when those hearts are at risk of getting hurt. I’m moved by hiking in redwood forests, skiing in fresh powder, live music of all types, painting with beeswax, singing with my Soul Tribe, and dancing barefoot.
Karen Drucker has recorded 19 CDs of her original inspirational music, and is the author of an inspirational book, “Let Go of the Shore: Stories and Songs That Set the Spirit Free.” Among her many accomplishments, she has been a professional comedienne, led her own band for corporate events, and has been the music director of New Thought Churches, as well as music director and “ music weaver” for many spiritual conferences and retreats. Karen has been honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Music for her work within the Religious Science Community, and a “Grace Note” award for her work within the Unity Movement.
In following her passion, Karen sings, speaks and leads workshops at women’s retreats, mind-body & health conferences, and various churches around the country, as well as working with authors like Joan Borysenko, Alan Cohen, and many others.
Karen Drucker has been called “a master of communicating presence and spirituality through music.” She loves making music, making a difference, and touching hearts.
Del Laverdure is an enrolled citizen of the Crow Nation and is a member of the Ties the Bundle Clan on his Mother’s side. He is a descendant of the Little Shell Band of Chippewa Indians on his father’s side. Over his career, Del has served many tribal nations in a variety of capacities and assisted with large scale gaming development projects, assessment, negotiation, and implementation of several federal Indian water settlements, energy and tax counsel on several large projects, tax and energy legislation in Congress, and intergovernmental relations at all levels on a wide spectrum of issues.
Prior to private practice over the past 4 years, including positions as counselor to the Crow Nation and Strategic Advisor with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP in Washington D.C., Del was appointed by President Obama and served 3.5 years at the Department of the Interior as Acting Assistant Secretary, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C. Laverdure had oversight of 10,000 employees, a $2.5 billion dollar annual budget, numerous programs and policy initiatives, and also engaged in political relations with the entire federal government on Indian issues (e.g., staff on Capitol Hill, the White House, and other federal agencies).
Before his federal appointment, Mr. Laverdure was Chief Legal Counsel for the Executive Branch of the Crow Nation and worked on federal Indian water legislation (culminating in a $460 million dollar settlement), tax issues (federal, state, tribal and county), large scale energy projects, and submission of tribal and state legislation. Mr. Laverdure has held numerous tribal judgeships, was an assistant professor of law, and was a director of two Indian law centers.
Del has testified more than a dozen times before Congress. Mr. Laverdure earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1995 from the University of Arizona and his J.D. in 1999 from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
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