Bat Night Adventure – A Journey into Mystery, Art, and Sky

Setting up & preparing for our evening

Setting up & preparing for our evening

On Sunday evening, August 24, our little group of adventurers gathered in the Rillito River near dusk to await the evening flight of the beloved, gentle bats. We journeyed to the drumbeat at these mysterious winged mammals of the night swooped and swirled above us. Many messages and insights were received. Thank you bats. We support you always. Love!

Bat Night screenshot

Bat Medicine Journey with Watercolor by Priya Lin

Bat Medicine Journey with Watercolor by Priya Lin

3rd Annual Bat Night Adventure Journey – August 24, 2014

Bat Night Adventure Journey 2013

Bat Night Adventure Journey 2013

Join us for a mysterious evening adventure on Sunday, August 24 at 6 pm. Our sunset journey will be guided by Tucson’s famous shamanic flyers of the night–our own Rillito River bats.

Each evening at dusk, all summer long, thousands of bats swoop and swirl out from their daytime roost (under the Campbell bridge) and into the night. Watching this evening ritual is an awe-inspiring event in itself . . . but tonight we will do more than bear witness; we will journey with them ourselves! With the steady beat of the shamanic drum, you will be invited to enter a journey/trance state to receive messages and inner guidance.

Alyson drumming with the bats in 2012

Alyson drumming with the bats in 2012

In various tribal, shamanic cultures, Bat is a symbol of rebirth. Often bat accompanies those undergoing great change, transformation, or ego death (release of old habits, old identities, old ways of being). At this potent time in history, what inside of you is being let go . . . Or being reborn? Bat is a fabulous ally in such times.

Bat Night Adventure Journey is back again by popular request. We had much enthusiasm and enjoyment during Bat Nights in 2012 and 2013. One participant commented, “It was magical and awe-inspiring when Alyson drummed and we watched the bats fly into the sunset.”

CLICK HERE for all the details.

Ocean blessing prayer

Ocean waves


♥   Prayers of biggest love and deepest dedication of merit today towards: the Pacific Ocean (for the wisest-possible solution to Japan’s nuclear oozing, clearing of the waters, and protection of all marine & coastal life), and for pacifying Earth’s erratic weather patterns and calming of climate warming, and toward bountiful rains wherever needed on Earth at this time, and for abundant and accessible drinking water for all beings who drink water, and for an immediate ceasing of any killing of whales and dolphins, and for fully enlightened environmental & social justice (& LOVE) for all beings everywhere in all realms for all times starting in this very moment! Thank you.   

Green Tara Nature Retreat – Our Blessing Circle of 10

These photos offer small glimpses into the blessing field of our Tara nature retreat on Sunday, April 27. Much loving energy was felt within our circle of 10 retreat participants, and many blessing were sent outward toward all. ♥!

Photo 1 (left) – Altar (before the food offerings arrived, and before our sticks and rocks and flowers were gathered and added around) . . .

Green Tara: luminous emerald-green female Buddha of compassion, Mother of the Buddhas, and Dakini of wise actions already-accomplished!




Photo 2 (right) – The sweet spring weather was kind to us . . . such a lovely morning for a nature retreat (after Saturday’s sweet rain).

Photo 3 (below) – With ancient, purifying chaparral as our guardian and clearer of obstacles, we carried little soft seeds into the center of the stone labyrinth . . . to release the old and to set intentions toward our heart dreams coming in anew, fully supported.



Photo 4 (below) – Ceremony, story, journey, meditation, “Praises to the 21 Taras” practice, food offerings enjoyed, and blessing woven and wished into the world. May great benefit for the Earth and all beings arise! ♥!! Thank you everyone, thank you, thank you, thank you!


Photo 5 (below) – Here we are at the end of the retreat (4 more private participants not present in photo). Also, around us – felt, but not photographed – fields of Taras of many brilliant colors!! :) Thank you, thank you, thank you! ♥

Thank you to everyone who was present, and also to all of you who supported this retreat happening (support that occurred in many different ways and forms)! Thank you especially to beloved retreat assistant and partner Don May, and to my little 3-year-old niece Uma (and her mom, my sister Alycia) who have inspired so much of everything. Much deep gratitude. Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha!! ♥!GTNR 6

Save the Date! Green Tara Nature Retreat: Luminous Wisdom & Action

khadiravaniYou are invited to join us for a beautiful and powerful half day retreat on April 27th, 9 am – 1 pm. To read all details and register, click here.

The Tibetan goddess Green Tara is beloved the world over as the luminous, emerald-green female Buddha of compassion and wise action. She has the remarkable ability to remain in meditative equipoise while simultaneously being out in the world helping all beings.

Symbolically, Green Tara holds her left leg inward (in a centering, meditation posture) while her right leg steps boldly outward, ready to help any and all who call upon her. She teaches us how to do the same, and she guides us to be extremely effective in overcoming obstacles, manifesting beneficial worldly goals, and coming to the swift support of others. 

In our lovely half-day retreat, we will connect deeply with Green Tara & her 21 colorful aspects though ceremony, story, and a variety of contemplative practices. We will dispel personal obstacles, release limits and fears, and call in support for bringing our deepest heart dreams to fruition.

We will also discover beauty way hummingbird at rest from Latisha FBconnections with the wild and medicinal shamanic plants surrounding our retreat setting in the park. Finally, we will create a blessing field to support, protect, heal, and transform Earth and world issues that are calling to each of us, and that need deeply luminous wisdom and enlightened action. 

To read all details and register, click here.