The Mystery School

Mystery School LogoA Celebration of Life’s Sacred Play

Creating Education for Awakening Hearts & Cultivating Our Diversity in Nelson, British Columbia

Dear Ones…

I am currently taking a break from offering The Mystery School. If you are interested in a future Mystery School cycle, after reading the information below, email me to explore possibilities.

This is an intense personal evolution program for which there is a limit of 8 students per class. This is to insure that each student will receive the attention that their process deserves.

Come – let’s dream the future!

“Deep in your being you hold a vast reservoir of wisdom and knowledge that barely gets tapped as you live your busy life. Your inner world holds the rhythms of your psyche, the seeds of your destiny, and the flavor and fragrance of your unique self as it has been shaped and formed by the love of your Creator and the infinite wonder of creation. In short, your inner being holds your truth. This is the treasure that resides, hidden, within you. With love and coaxing, you can bring this treasure forward into your everyday life through the practice of deep imagery.”   Jenny Garrison, Imagery in You; Mining for Treasure in Your Inner World

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. ” Albert Einstein

“What if there really are, as they have been rumored, mystery schools that harbor enlightened masters & shamanic geniuses & witchy saints who ceaselessly conspire to foment beauty, truth, love and justice?” “A Mystery School Manifesto”… Rob Brezsny

“Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shape of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being. And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it was holy.” Black Elk

Symbols are a language older than words.

Symbols are a language older than words.

Over the centuries, the archetypal Tree of Life has been a road map in many cultures, and the Tarot symbols, the ancient signposts, for awakening to the mysteries of the Soul’s journey on the Medicine Wheel of Life. We travel together into the beauty and balance of “Right Relationship with Self, Other, and Life”.

As a student of The Mystery School, an experiential exploration of these loving, sustaining vision-maps will initiate you into the mysteries of the “Sacred Play” of your own life. Similar in spirit to Mystery Schools of the past, your direct encounter with life’s archetypes enables you to gain access to a deeper wisdom and truth of your own life path.

A three year journey of experiencing guided visualization, meditations, movement, mandala art, journal writing, collages, masks, self-created rituals and ceremonies, and other creative inner work support you to meet these archetypes and to move into the deeper awareness that these images evoke in your unconscious mind. Step by step you are initiated into more profound layers of your uniqueness and its knowledge. An authentic celebration of Self in the diversity and unity of all life is a natural outcome.

Two basic themes of The Mystery School are “making the ordinary, extraordinary and the extraordinary, ordinary” and “It is never too late to have a happy childhood”. We recognize that space, time and personal attention is necessary to nurture the deep awakening possible within you. This is about maturing the sacred within you. For this purpose, The Mystery School takes place in 12 weeks of ‘workshop/celebrations’, over the three year period. Each class group is small, limited to 10 people.

As each person’s Mystery awakens ever more profoundly, we share our stories, remembering and nurturing our Souls. Ground is given to Spirit and to the often surprising abundant resource of creative power within each one of us. We give form to a mysterious beauty carried deep in our hearts. The result is an increasing and natural generosity in your own life and toward existence as a whole.

The Mystery School is offered in two 14-day workshop segments twice a year. The program is three years. Each workshop is unique and progressive. You can only enter at the beginning of the program. Commitment to the 2nd and 3rd years is made at the end of the first year.

In addition, a mentoring process, available between each workshop, is part of the program. This vital feature supports you in the integration of what is experienced in each workshop into your everyday life. There is an optional training process to share what you are learning with friends in your community.

Tree of LifeThe Mystery School Long Distance Program Workshop Themes

Four Weeks Each Year – Two Weeks in the Spring, Two Weeks in the Fall

First Year The Mysteries of Awakening Right Relationship to Your Self

Week #1 – Tarot & Tree of Life – A Symbolic Language

Week #2 – The Fool’s Holy Journey into The World”

Tarot Archetypes Explored: The Wheel of Fortune, Step 1, The Fool & The World

Week #3 “Entering the Mystery – The Call of an Inner Destiny”

Week #4 New Life Under the Sun – The Beauty Way”

Tarot Archetypes Explored: The Moon, The Magician, The High Priestess, The Wheel of Fortune, Step 2, The Sun, Step 1, & Justice, Step 1

Second Year – The Mysteries of Experiencing Right Relationship to Others

Week #5 “The Hero’s Journey”

Week #6 “The Quest for the Beloved”

Tarot Archetypes Explored: The Sun, Step 2, The Chariot, The Devil, The Lovers, & The Empress

Week #7 “The Beauty Way – the Ethics of Love, Power, & Justice”

Week #8 “The Demands of the Spirit of Time – Awakening to Life’s Call in A Vision Quest”

Tarot Archetypes: The Tower, Strength, & Justice, Step 2, Judgement, Step 1, Death, & Hanged Man, Step 1

Third Year – The Mysteries of Revealing Right Relationship to Life

Weeks #9 “Following the Light of Your Star”

Week #10 “The Offering – Mystery’s Gift”

Tarot Archetypes: The Hanged Man, Step 2, Justice, Step 3, Temperance, The Emperor, Judgement, Step 2, & The Star

Week #11 – “A Light on Top of the Mountain – The Fool’s Secret”

Week #12 Your Own Mystery’s Map. One’s Shamanism Revealed

Tarot Archetypes Explored: Judgement, Step #3, The Hermit & The Hierophant

Comments from past students

Mystery School Group“The Mystery School has started me on an incredible journey into the awakening of who I am, helping me unfold my true creativity. With each step on the Tree of Life I felt my consciousness expanding. My experience of my life changed as I started to perceive my every day choices in the context of a deeper calling. I am getting from the Mystery School what I had been looking for, to live according my purpose in life. This is so exciting! I am finally in full awareness and with joy, saying “Yes” to my life!” Eveline of Sointula, B.C.

“This isn’t a journey for the faint of heart but rather a journey for those full of heart.” Jacqueline of Essex Junction, Vermont

” I feel that The Mystery School has been one of the most significant experiences in my life. When I began the program I was 55 years old and I had just gone through the breakup of a 25 year relationship. The Mystery School helped me to get through this process and it gave me the tools of self knowledge which allowed me to realize the richness of my life and to gain a perspective on my life which gave me joy such as I had never experienced since childhood. The Mystery School has changed my life and changed it for the better. I cannot praise the Mystery School too highly and I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to enrich their life and grow in spirit.” Catherine of St. Pierre, Manitoba

Mystery School Circle“I feel as though The Mystery School for me is fearful yet I continue to be drawn to uncovering something that I’m unsure about but intuit is there. I believe it’s a Soul search and I won’t be whole until I claim or reclaim what is there. There are definitely painful moments in this process and many surprises along the way. With this comes an inner wisdom that is so deep, it often is unbelievable for me. I am pushed to the edges of trusting in myself as well as others in the group and am hopeful of finding my truth.” Mary Jane of Virginia Beach, Virginia

On mentoring: “Thank you for your support as witness, mentor, friend and co-creator in my process. Your willingness to be vulnerable and at the same time, to be a mirror of strength back to me as I engaged in the challenges of my journey, spoke to me of your passion for our process, your caring for me and the richness and depth of your inner world. You encouraged me as I learned to be my own champion, even in the midst of some very difficult struggles. Out of this journey, I have integrated what I needed to now live more fully and more consciously. Thank you for all that you invested and offered from your heart as well as your knowledge, experience and wisdom.” Sandra of Winnipeg, Manitoba

“I have worked with Carol for 30 years. In my judgment, Carol is highly intuitive, and has an intellect able to conceive of and implement systems capable of shifting individuals from a limited reality to a more expanded, life giving reality.  She is a compassionate and loving innovator. Her passion is life, her gift is love, and her Mystery School is genius. I am certain you will find more of yourself than you knew was there, and fall in love with what you find to boot! Treat yourself.”  B. McIntyre, Seattle, Washington

“You are one of my biggest supporters, and that support gives me the confidence to risk living my life. Carl Jung said that the opus of the Soul is in three parts: insight, courage, and endurance. One of the most beautiful things about The Mystery School is unlike many growth and development opportunities; it doesn’t only give insight The risks you create space to take help practice our courage and the consistency and on-going effort teach persistence and endurance. Jung said psychology can only help with the first part (insight) so I think he would be quite pleased to see how you have discovered a process to integrate all three.”   Jack Hovenier, Bellingham, Washington

As You consider joining The Mystery School…

Imagine…Engaging your life as a powerful prayer to Love growing strong in this still dawning Millennium.


Imagine…A new flowering of your own Body, Mind, Heart and Spirit.

Imagine…A discovery of what the Soul longs for: Living in Love for the Great Mystery of You and Life.

Imagine...Manifesting, Welcoming, Co-creating this opportunity of a lifetime.

Imagine…Discovering your unique relationship to the whole range of Life’s Archetypes such as The Magician, The Fool, The Hermit, The Lovers and The Empress .

Imagine…Activating the Cellular Memory in your Body and the Spiritual Potential of each energy center or Chakra as you explore The Tree of Life within you.

Imagine…Awakening a deeply enriched sense of Soul and Self resulting in the Profound Creativity arising from Connection to your Life Vision and its Purpose.

Imagine…Journeying in the company of “like-hearted” others at this vital historical time.

Imagine…All this imagination is the opportunity of The Mystery School!

“Readiness is all!” Shakespeare

You are invited on a Pilgrimage into the Center of your own Heart & into the Love, the Joy, the Challenge, the Fun, the Prayer & Wonder, the Tears & Laughter, the Co-creativity & Great Adventure of … The Mystery School

Join Us for Step 1, (to be announced)

“The Tarot & Tree of Life – A Symbolic Language” & “The Fool’s Holy Journey into the World”

The First Question: Who Am I?

The First Issue: Right Relationship with Your Self

“Be careful what you ask”, answered the Messenger, “since to ask a question involves you in a search for the answer: more than the answer – for the Truth which lies behind the answer. Are you sure you wish to know?”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                -Marion Zimmer Bradley

“I’ve got some of the strangest good news you’ve ever heard. Ready to open your mind to the odd opportunities?

Get this:

1. Your wild speculations could serve you better than your educated guesses.

2. Your experimental urges might be smarter than your cautious plans.

3. Your “stumbles” may lead you to brilliant detours.

4. You just may be able to create lucky breaks out of apparent mistakes.”                  –Rob Brezsny

“If we maintain holy intercourse with the little world entrusted to us, if we help the holy spiritual substance to accomplish itself in that section of creation in which we are living, then we are establishing in this place, a dwelling for the divine presence.”                                                                                                                                                                                                  – Martin Buber


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