Summer Fire Solstice Retreat – Live Webinar – June 20, 2021

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Summer Fire Retreat

A Solstice Gathering

Live Webinar June 20, 2021

Webinar Canceled

Finding Joy

In every spiritual tradition, it is the “joy irrespective of outward circumstances” that is said to be the true and healthy joy. Joy that is for a reason, i.e. “joy because of this or because of that” is recognized to be based on attachment, and ultimately will leave us stranded in grief.

And yet joy does not spring up unbidden out of nowhere. Joy is associated with the Fire element, and to harbor Fire, we need a space for it, with air, and fuel, and ground beneath. Tending our hearts, clearing the space, and making it ready for joy, is the natural task of summer—and the Solstice is the moment when nature most abundantly supports the dispelling of shadows and the re-establishment of joy.

Come join us for an experiential exploration of true joy, for no reason. This is not frivolous, light, or in any way escapist. We must bear our grief, our fear, our rage, and our worry—sometimes all at once! But to live our full lives, we must live our joy, too.

A New Online Experience

This teleconference will be like no other that you have taken. We will use a variety of gentle yet effective online health and hygiene measures to create a Group Heart that will be nourishing, palpably connected, and rich with transmission.


What people are saying about working with Thea online: “The main thing I was most struck by after a 3-4 hour practice with Thea was how energized and full I felt; I was ready to keep going when it ended.  It was the exact opposite of how I’ve felt after many 1-hour Zoom calls at work.”

– David S.

“I have never met a more gifted teacher. Thea embodies the herbs and formulas in such a beautiful and heartfelt way, that what would otherwise be mere information becomes a living immediate experience for the student. Don’t blink or you’ll miss something intensely wonderful and unique.”

– Ki Ennes, M.Ac., L.Ac.

About Thea

Thea Elijah, LAc, has been a student of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture for over 30 years. She is the former director of the Chinese Herbal Studies Program at Tai Sophia Institute and the Chinese Herbal Studies Program at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture.

She has apprenticed and studied with some of the most influential Chinese medicine teachers in the West. Thea is also a Muqaddam of the Shadhuliyyah Sufi Order.


Perennial Medicine’s Commitment to Social Justice

At Perennial Medicine, we are committed to addressing the roots and manifestations of socially constructed power imbalances without shaming, blaming, or oversimplification. We understand that social justice is a very complex topic, and we welcome people who are at different stages of exploring all the ways that we might create a more fair and equitable world together.


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