Spiritual Awakening Retreat

At Cabine Soleil
20 minutes East of Sherwood Park

Friday August 18th through Sunday August 20th
Arrive as early as 3 p.m. on Friday or as late as 5 p.m. (ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. Friday evening
) Leave at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Facilitated by Patrick Harbula (above), author of The Magic of the Soul and Director of the Living Purpose Institute.

Hearts will be opened in unimaginable ways!

  • Leave your societal roles and limiting beliefs far behind!
  • Learn Shamanic Divining!
  • Purify and empower through the ceremonial sweat lodge!
  • Create bonding relationships with old and new friends and/or family!
  • Learn how to truly experience yourself and others and sacred beings!
  • Get out of your head, into your body and heart to connect with Mother Earth
    and aweken to your inner most authentic and primal self!
  • No philosophy or ideology of any kind!

For a beautiful printable flyer click here.

The most ecstatic, empowering weekend of your life!!!

See more photos and testimonials below


  • $550*, which includes camping facilities. Bring your own tent, camper, or RV.
  • $600*, for indoor accomodations.
  • Everyone brings their own food to cook over an open fire as an imporant aspect of the primal fire experience.
  • Bring your family. Children under 18 years old 1/2 price.
    *Canadian currency


Cabine Soleil, 20 minutes East of Sherwood Park
51552 R.R.212A    Sherwood Park, AB    T8G 1B1
Ph: 780.922.1159

Send checks to Living Purpose Institute 2593 Young Ave. Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

To register by phone or for more info, call

Toll Free 866-204-2261

Also available for organizational team-building retreats at various locations (call for details)

Imagine sitting around an open fire beneath a blanket of stars at the beginning of the weekend with no one else around for miles except the select group of spiritual warriors who have come to reclaim their sacred power. Imagine waking up to the sunrise the next morning and spending that day forging through initiations designed to burn away social conditioning and perceived limitations. Imagine that evening crawling into the sacred sweat lodge to travel to the deepest regions of soul and purge all that stands in the way of the essential self. Imagine walking away from the sacred initiation on Sunday reborn, filled with vitality, and grounded in the experience of your deepest, truest, primal self with the most incredible bonding of community you have ever experienced.

The Circle
Sherwood Park Primal Fire 2013
The Circle
The Group
The Circle

Family Bonding
Family Bonding
The Circle
The Fire
The Circle
The Support
The Circle
The Breakthroughs
The Circle
The Circle
You said trust . . . Really?
The Circle
The Surrender
The Circle
The Freedom
The Circle
The Sacredness
The Circle
The Loving
The Circle
More Love
The Circle
The Breaking Through

For more Sherwood Park 2013 Photos CLICK HERE

Humboldt (Saskatchewan) Canada 07/2011

The Freedom

The Discovery

The Nurturing

The Ecstasy

The Connections

The Tenderness

The Sweat Lodg Fire

The Community

The Laughter

Catalina Island 10/2/05

The Circle

The Ecstasy

The Bonding

The Friendship

Check out those sexy pjs

You are truly loved!

Angeles Forrest 5/06--The Circle

The shiner and the one who gave it to her!

The Sharing

The insight and the honoring

Humboldt (Saskatchewan) Canada 09/2010

I want to thank each and every one of you for allowing Jeremy and I to join the group for Sunday and part of Monday. I truly felt your acceptance and appreciate that. Stepping inward to re-discover our true-selves can be a daunting task and groups like this sure do make it easier, so I thank Carol and Patrick for co-creating this opportunity for everyone. I am also grateful as to how much happiness I felt while being there with the group (tears of joy) and you allowed me to share that. Being there to witness each of you do your healing work was an amazing experience for me. My desire for all of you is that you attain all that you are searching for with grace and ease while on this journey. All of you are magnificent beings of this universe and deserving to receive all that is.
Kelly Painter

The Circle

The Soaring

Hello Everyone! Thanks Patrick for the lovely words about the 2010 Primal Fire. You captured it very well. And I especially appreciate Elly's words. I trust that each attendee is slowly and peacefully integrating  back into their everyday world. It was so wonderful to meet everyone and  share the precious and profound heartfelt times together at PF 2010. My life is  now more inspired and whole and peaceful and I thank everyone for being there  and for all the love. May you all be filled to overflowing with good  vibes and have a joyous heart. I feel blessed to have met each of you and  I wish you a terrific Friday and weekend. May you keep well and happy and  be living each day to the fullest. Love and hugs,
Melva Armstrong

The Holding

Lighting the fire that heats the rocks that fire up the sweat lodge

The horse play (Equine Assisted Learning)

Hello Everyone. Wow that was deep and intense and gave me a lot to think
about. It open new directions that aren't  really new just ones that were
waiting for me to catch up with them. I am amazed  at the difference between
this PF and the last. The last was light and breezy. This one was rocky and
stormy. But both were very helpful to me on my journey and an experience I
would never have wanted to miss. Towards the end I remember a comment like "I have cried enough" and if teardrops do cleanse the soul then we did a lot of cleansing. I am so grateful to all of you for allowing me to share your
growth and your tears with you. Love and hugs on your journey. Yours in service,
Valerie Red Wolf

During the primal  fire I learned more about who I am as a person. This was
a contrast to my normal  relating with others. When I meet people at a party
or whatever, we talk about  less important things, houses, trips etc. I was impressed with how real everyone was. Your being  real allowed me to
let down my mask a little. When Don fell in the chair, I was  so impressed
at how he could laugh at himself. He taught me about not having  ego. He was
also realistic about the trust fall and knew that he didn't want to  do it. Don is an interesting person. And I can say that about each and everyone  of
you. The whole weekend was an eye-opening experience and there  is much to be learned. Carol is such an open, mother of the world. I know its not  easy for her and that she wants to do even more. The whole experience inspired  me to be a better person and make others more happy.
Eleanor Harbula

The guidance

I started getting a cold and cough last Thursday after 2 long days of work right after the primal fire. . . . I used a little Magic of the Soul style emotional releasing and pounded on my couch with my fist and put out some weak grunts (I couldn't shout or yell, it hurt too much). Then a thought came to me...what if I just accept it...don't fight it...let it be and trust that things will be ok. If it's only possible right now to sleep 3 minutes bits between coughs, then just accept that and you will be ok. So I  slept for 4 hours. I woke up and felt some clearing in my lungs. So, again life teaches me that 1) there's always time for self-care when I need it, 2) I deserve to take good care of myself all the time, 3) when I accept what is now, do what I can, and trust that things will work out, they do. [the overwhelming theme of Primal Fire this year]. I'm so  glad to have met all of you at the Primal Fire weekend! I hope you are all well  and enjoying the journey.
Jean-Guy Leblanc

The friendship

For more Saskatchewan 2010 Primal Fire Photos CLICK HERE

Matilija Hot Springs Ojai, CA 05/07

The Circle

The Nurturing

The Laughter

The Dance

Bathing in the Light

Let it All Go

The Hot Springs

The Thrills

The Abandon

The Ceremony

The Fire

For all ages!

The Authenticity

The Drumming

The Sacredness

Humboldt (Saskatchewan) Canada 07/2009

The Ecstasy

The Power
My experience of Primal Fire was fun, heart-warming, powerful, grounding, daft, profound, joyous and liberating. I could happily pass the talking stick for days and love hearing from everyone - I love the honesty and peaceful reflection and the openness and ease as people express and share their feelings and thoughts.
Kate O’Riley

The Circle

The Letting Go

The Freedom
Thank you for a wonderful primal fire weekend once again. I have been practicing the Release & Shift, which I found worked even better than various practices for either releasing or affirming that I had previously been exposed. The Release & Shift is so much quicker and can be done throughout the day whenever I feel I need it.
Jean-Guy Leblanc

C'mon Really? You want me to trust what?

The Nurturing

Carving out this new path can be extremely exciting and at the same time can awaken sadness and grief within us. Now that I realize I can live with both simultaneously and still remain in Joy and Love, the path will be a lot more fun. I feel that I have been accelerated to top speed of discovery of myself and the universe. I felt so much power in each ceremony while in the sweat lodge especially the giving away round...wow!!
Kelly Painter

The Sweetness

The Movement
This 2009 Primal Fire (my second one in three years) was another life changing experience for me which commenced within the first hour of my arrival. For days after arriving home my mind/body continued to float in the rapture of it all. Looking forward to another primal fire next year. Love to all.
Don Shine

Everyone is getting into the act!

Check out that sky!

I'm going to take a picture of Sugar eating that hat!

Hey look at me guys, I ate a hat today!

The Competition

The Intimacy

What are you people doing?

The Bonding

The Drumming

The Love
“You have no idea what you have brought to my life. Words alone can not thank you enough...I so look forward to next year.”
Bobbi Preseski

I am not exaggerating when I say that the PF weekend was a life changing experience for me.
Valerie Red Wolf

The Triumph

For more Saskatchewan 2009 Primal Fire Photos CLICK HERE

Humboldt (Saskatoon) Canada 09/2008
The Primal Fire was all I hoped it would be, and more. My first morning back . . . I walked around my beautiful acreage crying and laughing. A giant step on my journey to self-discovery and love. I am deeply grateful to all of you. What a Blessing being together with such a compassionate group of loving people, horses, dogs and land.
The late and loving Lorraine Boucher

The Circle

This is my first day back at work. I decided to take yesterday off and called in. I wouldn’t have called in on short notice in the past to ask for the day off but I said I was going to find my voice and use it. I feel like I am back on track with new tools and knowledge about myself. It was an amazing 3 days. I went home and told my husband about all the activities and lessons I learned. He initially was going to come with me but as things turned out this summer, this wasn’t possible but next year we both would like to come.

Building of the sweat lodge

The Horsing around

We're all number 1

The Trust

I have so much I want to share. I just felt so connected to all of the people at Primal Fire...Patrick has played a huge part in my ongoing spiritual growth...the unconditional love and respect, the encouragement, support , and inspiration he has given me, there's just so much I can't contain it in writing or talking about it...I just try to feel it and live it because it is so Good. Deep Gratitude and respect to all the spiritual warriors at Primal Fire, I am truly amazed at how every one of you has spoken and I have understood. The drumming felt like a part of my being, it helped me feel accepted in the group, it was so powerful

The holding

I wanted to thank you so much for such an amazing weekend. Today is the first day that I've felt back in my body (bummer)! LOL! I am looking back in my mind at our group and how magical it was to be there with everyone, Alberto, Carol, the herd, and you!!!

Dancing with horses

The tenderness
I have been saying affirmations for about one month, and this weekend, I have come to believe it. I AM LOVE! I am taking away gratitude that all that has happened in my life has brought me to this weekend, this time, this soft place to fall called Ravenheart Farms.
I see each of you at different moments in my mind's eye... often I see you dancing with Sugar and the tears well up again at the beauty of those moments.. I expect we will all continue to process the experiences in our own ways as the weeks pass. I am more mindful today of my internal (and external) dialogue, I feel well and at peace. But more than anything, I feel hugely grateful. Thank you Patrick for your humanity and your courage and generosity in becoming the great teacher that you are. Thank you Carol. You know how much I love you. You have taught me so, so much in this life and as time passes, I see your light shining brighter and brighter in the lives of all those you touch. Thank you for [horses] Brownie and Lacey and Raven and Sugar and [dogs] Polly and Charlie. Thank you for the peace of Ravenheart....
You are all with me every day, in my mind and in my heart, as I remember each and every one of you and your kindness and sincerity. I remember your strengths and your smiles, and I feel your love. In all of my years, I have never felt as safe as I did with you all! Thank you for allowing me to feel free and to express myself without any judgment, only acceptance and love. It is quite impossible for me to describe in words to you what this Primal Fire weekend has done for me!
Joyce Ollszewski

Let's shake it up again

The Lodge

The fire that heats the rocks that heat the lodge

The fire runner that tends the fire that heats the. . .
I want to thank once again for the wonderful experience I had at the Primal Fire. I learned a lot about the human dimension. The outcome of the event was wonderful and fulfilled its purpose. Furthermore, I got a full load of energy that I needed so much to keep moving along my path. Building the sweatlodge was so much fun, and I felt like I was part of something meaningful, a creative power. I enjoyed the physical activities, like the ropes and the trapfall. And I wanted to tell you that the chants were so cool.

The honoring

Drumming around the fire

Tell me what you need
It sure was a wonderful weekend and it has been a wonderful week since then as well. I found myself [this week] seeing so much beauty in the people I was interacting with. I was giggly and moved by the humanity in. That was different for me. It has also been really nice to be more loving, kind and gentle with folks at work, to listen more attentively and trust that things will work out for the best. I am truly grateful for experiencing the Primal Fire with you all.
Jean-Guy LeBlanc

The double rainbow that prepared the space

All I can say is WOW!

For more Saskatchewan 2008 Primal Fire Photos CLICK HERE

Humboldt (Saskatoon) Canada 09/2007
Being here with nature was rewarding and peaceful. Sharing and feeling the pain and hurt from others was sad but very healing for me. Working with the horses has been an experience that I couldn't have imagined without being here. Carol has been a great co-facilitator with a big heart!

Thank You to Our Equine Guides

The Circle

The Bliss
I have been saying affirmations for about one month, and this weekend, I have come to believe it. I AM LOVE! I am taking away gratitude that all that has happened in my life has brought me to this weekend, this time, this soft place to fall called Ravenheart Farms.

It's Starting to Heat Up

Thank You for Volunteering to be the Human Sacrifice
Just Kidding
I learned that I can still have pain and grief, but use it for power, when Patrick helped with the words at the trust fall. I am power! What Patrick said about me made me feel so strong!

Dancing Eagle

The Love and Intimacy
If you think what Patrick promises through this workshop [that it will change your life forever] is just promotional hoopla, I challenge you to give it a try. You won't be disappointed. It really will change you, in any way your soul needs to. I loved being able to be who I am, just as I am in the moment, fully supported and accepted.

The Lodge

The Connection
What I loved most was the love and kindness that Carol is and gives, the natural setting, and learning to be silent and listening in my own silence.

The Hugs
What was most meaningful was the acceptance and hilarity from the giggling girls. Transforming, allowing me to laugh and to cry again. I am printing more evening tickets for the next Primal Fire [inside joke].

Did you just paint me? And you say it is a way of honoring me?
What . . . ever! I Appreciate the Sentiment, Though!

Shaking it Up!

The Deepening of Friendship

Why are We Smiling Again? Oh Yeah. Just Because.

Try Bending Your Right Knee Like This.
No, Really--These Horses Know Exactly What is Going On.
My shoulders are down; my chest is lighter, more open. Coming here with my boyfriend has put my relationship back on track. I loved that people would be there to catch me in the trust fall and sitting around the fire at the end of each day.

The Fellowship Around the Fire

The Dance

3 Hours After the Closing No One wants to Leave

Everyone's In Love at the Primal Fire

For more Saskatchewan 2007 Primal Fire Photos CLICK HERE

Come and rediscover YOUR primal fire!!!


Words cannot express the feelings I have about this weekend - I truly feel as if my life will never be the same . . .

After years of being alone, I have met my soulmate at the Primal Fire. I am so grateful and blessed.

The soulful experience of our weekend is generating such positive energy into my soul. Despite my immediate return to work and obligatory tasks, I am integrating the lessons from our primal fire experience into the "everydayness" of my life. I am blessed to have spent such quality time with all of you. I embrace the unknown......... and welcome what is to come........ I am in the moment.

Patrick is an enlightened facilitator. He drew us together in such a strong bond of community. F.R.

After getting in touch with my primal energy this weekend, I had the best sex with my husband in a long, long time. I rediscovered my primal sexuality. C.V.

The exercises were phenomenal and the permission to be just who I am was just what I needed. I connected with my mother in a way I never had before. J.E.

I have always had challenges being around people. The Primal Fire allowed me to be in community in a way I have never experienced.

I want to thank all of you for creating a Sacred, safe space that opened the door to a very deep healing for me. I didn't have any expectations and my intention was to just get away from the city and relax. I told myself I wouldn't participate too much and I'm glad I didn't follow it.
I am very, very grateful for the idea to have a partner to continue processing our feelings for the next month. [Please see the poem below.]

The experience was something I could never imagine. I had gone without knowing what I wanted, except to experience an adventure and create peace and joy in my life. What I got was being reconnected with fears, frustrations. I really saw how controlled I am in life and got to experience how to let go of control. I could actually see the stress involved in how I have been living. I got to experience peace in just being with people and being open in ways that I have never thought possible. In the sweat lodge I got to the most vulnerable place possible, and as a result, I received peace in the moment. I experienced the life I want to live in that moment--the life I was trying to figure out in my head was there all along. The freedom and safety that I experienced is something that I now carry with me and that I write down daily. I got to see courage first hand in all of my group friends. I did not want to even leave the mountains. I actually felt the experience that I have read about in books of being one with Earth. Things that I studied and later lost all came together in the experience with the group. I encourage anyone to go and be in the space of experiencing and being in their heart.

For me, my experience was being given the gift enabling my presence there with Patrick, Corina and the rest of the PF group! You never cease to amaze and bless me. This group was unique, loving, supporting, and caring, as they provided the space for me/us to experience just what was ready to come up and take a good look at. The safety and aliveness that I felt to just "be" the exposed, non-conforming, late person that I was, was so valuable to me and provided me the opportunity to dig even a little deeper in my quest for self discovery and enlightenment. Thanks for not letting me cover the "garbage" with cream and a cherry! And as my intention was for clarity about relationship, the sexual "serenade" in the nearby tent allowed me to see how open and ready I am for the tenderness of loving to come into my life. It's been a long time since I fell asleep with a smile on my face!
To all my PF buddies, I send you big hugs and continued support for all your good intentions!!!
Yes, DO keep in the new exercise, the Primal Grope! It provided a great space for the healing tinkle of good, clean laughter!

I never would have believed that a trust fall would be so "enlightening." When I got up on the rock and faced the hills, saying what it was that I wanted to release, and then fell backwards; it did not "hit" me until I was in their arms that I felt a joy that I just don't normally experience. It was like for a moment all negative feelings were gone, I and the source were one.

I am feeling so empowered and, of course, healed. Putting up and taking down a tent (of course, with my tent mate, Opal), falling off a rock into loving arms, and just enjoying the outdoors with like-minded people--what an experience! I also was willing to face a great fear in the sweat lodge which was really enlightening. Thanks to all of you who shared and thanks Patrick for leading this magnificent group of people. I'm looking forward to the one in April. Sign me up, Patrick!

As I was driving home from the primal fire and looking at the scenery, I was totally present in the here and now and realized I would never look at the world the same again. B.B.

I had never experienced a sweatlodge before and it was awesome! I have never felt this much like a family with a group of people who I didn't know. J.G.

I have long felt like I don't belong and now I do. I belong to this group and I belong to my own primal fire. A.G.

I am on medication that keeps my libido in check, but after the primal fire, I got my mojo back. D.O.

POEM FALLING Primal Fire 2006

Written by "Jaguar Speaker”

I am FALLING into the abyss of “I DON'T” KNOW”
I feel the fear shaking my whole body
I hear words of encouragement:
Doubt comes in and I wonder if I could really trust
When I don't even KNOW where I'm going…

I stumble and now I'm even more afraid
I CENTER myself and choose to trust my friends,
I let myself go… Will they catch me?
It is only an instant and I am totally SUPPORTED!
My body is cradled in the strong arms of my friends:
I feel SAFE, loved, cared for,

I hear a sweet melody that sounds like angel's whispers
I am going HOME again.
My heart opens wide, trusting completely!
Yes! I have arrived home safely!
I OPEN my eyes and see the clear skies.
I SCREAM with all my power to the heavens,

This is your child Alicia “Jaguar Speaker”
I am ALIVE and FREE!
I accept my REBIRTH!
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

May 22, 2006


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