The Four Directions 2018
Nature Vigil Program

The Four Directions programs are designed to support full engagement in your personal, work and community life. These tools are cross-cultural and can be applied in any environment where leadership, wellbeing, creativity and wisdom are valued.

In 2018 we’re excited to offer a Nature Vigil experience during the third gathering of the four-session program. We hope you can join our community of practice.

"In many shamanic traditions, optimum health is considered to be the equal expression of these archetypes. Indigenous peoples consider it vitally important to be balanced in all four areas: leading, healing, visioning, and teaching. For most people, however, this balance is far from reality." -ANGELES ARRIEN

In her seminal book, The Four-Fold Way, Angeles Arrien provides an ancient, cross-cultural map for living a healthy, balanced life. She identifies four archetypes: the Leader, Healer, Visionary and Teacher. Each archetype corresponds to a cardinal direction. Each direction contains a set of practices synthesized from worldwide shamanic traditions.

The Four Directions programs are intended to deepen our knowledge, and application of these practices. Whether you are new to this work or a returning student, the programs are designed to support deep personal congruence and greater harmony with others and our world. Patrick O'Neill is a management consultant and teacher with an international client base. He taught with Angeles Arrien for twenty years and is committed to carrying on the work that Angeles pioneered.

The 2018 Four Directions with Nature Vigil Program is held in California as follows:

The North: February 24/25 – San Rafael, CA
The South: April 21/22 - San Rafael, CA
The East: June 20 – 24 – Nature Vigil at Four Springs Retreat, Middletown, CA
The West: September 22/23 – San Rafael, CA


THE NORTH – The Warrior

The North (Winter) is devoted to the practice of leadership and the wise use of power. The powers of presence, action and communication are the foundations of leadership. We will explore the principles and applications of personal leadership and group leadership. The practices of the North help us show up, make positive contributions to our families and communities and avoid the abuses of power that plague our times.


THE SOUTH – The Healer

The South (Spring) is devoted to the healing power of love. The practices of the four-chambered heart - full, strong, open and clear - is humanity's most powerful healing salve. These perennial wisdoms support us to be in right relationship with others, our world, and ourselves. South work helps us choose compassion over fear; cooperation over divisiveness; forgiveness over retaliation. _________________

THE EAST – The Visionary – Nature Vigil

The East (Summer) is devoted to vision and our life dream. This is the home of the authentic self, of truth telling without blame and our gifts and talents. Summer is the time for dismantling the false-self system and of releasing patterns of indulgence and denial. The East supports us to drop fixed perspectives and open to expanded vision.

This is the Nature Vigil period. It is a five-day experience that includes four days and four nights supervised camping on the land. Self-care and personal safety is the order of the day.


THE WEST – The Teacher

The West (Fall) is devoted to loving detachment and gathering wisdom. To do this, we must become comfortable with uncertainty and learn to trust. The fall is associated with shedding. The West teaches us about letting go of being positional, judgmental and controlling, the barriers to wisdom. We become more flexible and fluid when we are open to outcome. Here we can listen to our own inner guidance in the stillness of the quiet mind. Clarity, objectivity and discernment grow as a result.


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Coming Into Your Power: Six-month Individual Coaching With Patrick O’Neill

Patrick has helped people create breakthroughs, start businesses, write books, face life-threatening illness, transform difficult relationships, and recover from personal and professional setbacks.

His commitment is to listen deeply, create a safe space for you to change and grow and respect your process. At the same time, he will ask you to step outside your comfort zone. There you will discover your best self is always available to help you seize your dreams.

This intensive development opportunity is designed to get results. Your program is objectives driven and supports developmental, behavioral and performance goals set by you. Together, you will set success benchmarks and accountabilities and drive results through weekly or bi-weekly Skype calls.

In between calls you will have unlimited access to coaching by phone or email. Patrick can provide just-in-time advice, review your work or help you prepare for an important engagement.

This is not a casual coaching relationship. The work is rigorous and demanding. Coming Into Your Power includes:

• A six- month engagement
• Creation of developmental, behavioral and skills objectives
• Bi-weekly Skype meetings
• Unlimited email access and additional phone calls
• Unlimited review of work

For more info please contact or call 416-361-3331

2019 XPO Meetings

Investment: $937.50 USD