I came to the 2019 Fall Vision Fast program at a time of significant change in my life. Having newly moved to southwest Colorado to pursue guiding work with a wilderness therapy organization, I was eager to ceremoniously mark the transition I was going through, both inner and outer. Colleen, Thompson, and I have been friends since our time together as members of an ecopsychology cohort at Naropa University. Having forged deep bonds of connection during our academic escapades, I became invested in tracking their journey to become wilderness guides; a title that cannot encapsulate the complexity of what these two powerful humans provide the world as, Alchemy of Prana. Participating in the Fall Vision Fast, I was astounded by tBird and Colleen's ability to create a container that not only held my experience with profound love and compassion, but one that gently encouraged me to ask deeper questions of myself I wasn't aware needed to be asked at the time. Witnessing tBird and Colleen mirror my solo story through reenactment, improvisation, and storytelling, felt like receiving some sacred gift of magnificence. Watching two lover's dance their souls together in partnership, sharing their unique giftedness towards enhancing the experience of others within the context of mother nature, is something I wish everyone to have the good fortune of receiving. I am blessed to have been part of the Fall Vision Fast. It brought clear meaning and much needed grounding to what seemed to be a chaotic chapter in my journey. I encourage anyone who is curious about committing to a program with Alchemy of Prana, allow themselves the permission to benefit from such an opportunity.
- Jakob (Osiris) Ledbetter
Jakob (Osiris) Ledbetter, Wilderness Guide
This past September I was guided by Tbird and CollFeathers on the Vision Fast. From the moment we stepped on to the land, they both made me feel so safe, secure and SEEN. They helped me gain clarity on my intentions and so beautifully helped me understand and articulate why I was there. I felt so supported during every step of the journey. CollFeathers and Tbird mirrored my experience back to me so beautifully, the memory of it lights me up! What a gift to be led by these two incredible souls. I am so grateful <3 I could not recommend an experience with Alchemy of Prana more! THANK YOUniverse!
Los Angeles, CA
Gratitude, love and deep appreciation for Alchemy of Prana. With the guidance of Colleen and Thompson, I feel as though I am waking up. Each program with them brings me closer to myself and closer to this great mystery. Colleen and Thompson radiate with loving and genuine authenticity. I feel heard, understood, supported and rooted as a result of their programs. These programs give me the strength and inspiration that is necessary to walk through reality. Alchemy of Prana is the teacher we all seek.
It has been a true privilege to work with Alchemy of Prana. My husband and I have participated in 3 of their events now: one weekend in South Carolina, a 4-day Wilderness Immersion in the mountains of North Carolina, and most recently the 5-Day New Years Vision Passage in Colorado. All 3 events have bern transformational for us individually and as a couple. With each event we see, feel and experience the growth in Colleen and Thompson as teachers & humans which, in turn, enables us to grow deeper as well. I am so grateful to all that they bring to every program every time. They truly pour all their energy and soul into this amazing body of work helping us, as students, to connect to the breadth of our landscape both without and within. I highly recommend Alchemy of Prana to anyone looking to deepen their connection to this beautiful Life.
Danielle & Ged Duvall
Myrtle Beach, SC
I've had the opportunity to attend two different retreats with AOP with my partner. Both experiences were extremely valuable in teaching me things about myself that I hadn't been tuned into before. I learned that nature is a place that I can always go for support and answers and I feel so much more connected to the land in a spiritual way that I never really felt before.
Coll & T are amazing guides. Both have the gift of seeing into the heart and soul of other people and reflecting that back using the power of story. Time with them gave me a clearer picture of who I am and helped me learn to be more loving and compassionate with myself. Their insights and stories about my partner were also a gift to me in that I was able to see my partner through the eyes of someone else, making me love him even more.
As a couple, these retreats have helped us to connect and grow closer. Our communication has improved (he often offers a "check in" as an invitation to communicate) and we've learned how to be better partners to each other. I really feel that seeing Coll & T's strong relationship and how they interact has helped us to improve our relationship and have taught us how to be more loving and kind to one another.
AOP retreats have given me incredible insight, not only for myself individually but for my romantic relationship. The retreats require a lot of (sometimes difficult) introspection and inner-work, but certainly worth the time and investment. I recommend this experience whole-heartedly for anyone who is interested in personal development or who needs a shift in perspective.
My experiences with Alchemy of Prana have felt so nurturing and fulfilling. I learned new ways to communicate with nature, and I felt so safe with Colleen and Thompson. They offer a space of unconditional support and create communities where we can heal and see each other.
Programs attended: Finding Wholeness in the Wilderness, New Years Passage, New Moon Councils
When I first met Colleen, she was the quiet young woman who always stood in the back row of the yoga classes I taught. I've been privileged to witness her walk a deep and committed path over the course of almost a decade, and I'm blown away, but not surprised, by the facilitator and guide she has become. I went on a wilderness immersion with Col and Thompson in North Carolina, and was blessed to also be able to experience Thompson as a facilitator. He effortlessly engaged us with a playful but profoundly grounded guiding style. The two of them together are truly magic, and have developed immense capacities to hold safe space for all who join them to traverse dark and light within themselves.
Angel Grant, Death Over Dinner Co-Founder
I have had the deep honor and privilege of sharing Council with Colleen and TBird. Each of them embodies a clear sense of dignity, courageous self-responsibility, compassion and deep wisdom. Together they bless our world with their undeniable commitment to truth, beauty, freedom and loving - honoring our Earth and humbly serving humanity. To be with them is to be transformed, uplifted and profoundly healed. What a gift they are to our community!
Sonny Conley, MA
This is a strong, heart felt call out for the Alchemy of Prana. Using great training, natural gifts and the beauty of the natural world, Colleen and Thompson provide their guests an opportunity to find what is calling to them. Amongst beautiful settings and in a safe place, you can shed the exteriors of your daily life and go deep to find what it is you are there for. Through councils, medicine walks, sacred circles and nourishment, you will be renewed and whole to re-enter life, but from a more understanding, powerful and loving place from within. Aho you two, you have created a safe place for some beautiful transformations. Thank you. Any time with these two and AOP comes highly recommended. Good for all ages.
Lindsey Sterling-Krank, Environmental Scientist & Director, the Prairie Dog Coalition