2017 Retreat Schedule

Zion National Park - Utah

Wednesday Oct 18

4:00 – 4:45pm OPA Annual Board Meeting (everyone is invited)

4:00 - 7:15pm - Registration and Evening Welcome

OPA 2017 Retreat

Thursday Oct 19 (DAY 1)

7:30 - 8:45am Breakfast

9:00 - 9:20am Opening Statements and start of Silent Auction

9:20am - 12:10pm

Theme of the Retreat: The Art of Living and Dying

Five different perspectives on how this will influence and change your Astrology Practice 

  • KAY TAYLOR Living Like We’re Dying
  • How do our beliefs about death, and our experience of illness, loss or disability inform the way we live? If we are certain of reincarnation, does that free us? Do religious beliefs help or hinder the process? The passage of Jupiter through the sign of Scorpio will expand our understanding of truth as we cannot turn away from the fears, traumas and secrets… and the redemption, power and transformation that await those who are not afraid of the mysteries nor the darkness.
  • SANDRA LEIGH SERIO Living your Life to the Fullest 
  • ANNE ORTELEE Answering Tough Questions about Death, Illness, and Decline
  • When seeing challenging issues in the chart, how do we convey that to the client? We'll explore various responses to the question.
  • MAURICE FERNANDEZ Reincarnation in the Natal Chart - Can we see it in the Chart?
  • Are we reincarnating? And if so can astrology actually show that? Maurice will bring charts of the same soul incarnated in two separate lifetimes to illustrate these dynamics. A compelling perspective.
  • ARLAN WISE The Astrology of Past Life Regression
  • How to see and experience your past and tie it to your chart? Who is best suited to lead regressions? Who is most likely to remember past lives? You chart can tell you. I will show examples of people who have undergone regressions and compare what they remember to what we see in the chart.


12:15 – 1:00pm Lunch

1:30 - 3:30pm Breakout into Random Groups Discussion about the Theme

3:30 – 4:15pm Main room Discussion and Connect with your Track Leader

4:30 - 6:00pm Group Tour of Zion National Park

Friday  Oct 20 (DAY 2)

7:30 - 8:45am Breakfast

9:00 - 10:15am  Morning session - Short Presentations:

      • Moon Zlotnick: Using the Death Chart as a counseling Tool  

        Coming to terms with the loss of a loved one can be a very difficult and long process. A chart cast for the date time and place of the person's death can offer unique insights. Jupiter transiting Scorpio promises a deeper understanding and acceptance of using death as a tool to learn about ourselves and life's secrets.

      • Timon Harewood: The Art of Living and Dying through the Vedic Eye

        We shall exploring the four pillars of life, Dharma, (one's purpose in life) Artha, (resources to fulfill that purpose) kama (one's passion in achieving its purpose) and Moksha (the out come of it all); an introspection into the modes each plays its self through out life.

Short talkst

10:30 - 12:30pm Track immersion  Click here to view track selection

12:30 - 1:45pm Lunch

1:15 - 4:30pm Track immersion Click here to view track selection

5:00 - 6:00pm Yoga or Meetup

6:00 - 7:00pm Dinner in Springdale

8:00 - Night Sky Presentation - With Gemini Brett

Saturday Oct 21 (DAY 3)

7:30 - 8:45am Breakfast

9:00 - 10:15am  Morning session - Short Presentations

      • Angela Tiki: The Bright Side of Darkness

        How can we recognize the day if we haven’t see the night, how can we appreciate the light if we haven’t see the dark, how can we embrace life if we haven’t face death. With the new placement of Jupiter in Scorpio and the Nodes in Leo-Aquarius axis, a new self-conscience is born through the victory of the spiritual desire and the triumphant soul, initiating the cycle of the evolving man. The path leads us from the light of the soul to the light of liberation. Pluto proved scientists wrong as it turned out he’s mysteriously an active planet, despite his great distance from the Sun. In Scorpio we’re the Mystic student, who purifies by defeating his lower self and resurrects towards the light as a servant of the soul.

      • Kate Rusko: Death and rebirth in the chart: not just Pluto's game 

        Underworld processes have always existed, eons before Pluto was discovered. In ancient times, the synodic cycles of Venus and Mars informed collective birth, death and rebirth processes. In this short talk, I would like to focus on the cycle of Venus and the various ways in which she engages us with the energies of transformation and empowerment. Drawing on the extensive work that Cayelin Castell and Tami Brunk have recently put into the Venus cycle, I propose to go far beyond the Venus star points to illustrate how the Venus cycle and natal position can inform the every day "Art of Living and Dying".  

10:30 - 12:30am Track immersion Click here to view track selection

12:30 - 1:45pm Lunch

1:45 - 4:30pm Track immersion Click here to view track selection

5:00 - 6:00pm Yoga or Meetup

6:30-10pm – Festive Dinner, Raffle Prizes, Special Evening Celebration

7:30 - 8:45am Breakfast

Sunday Oct 22 (DAY 4)

9:00 – 11:30am

Astronomy for Astrologers - Special Panel

      • MAURICE FERNANDEZ - Beyond Astronomy - Understanding the Mechanism of Astrology

        What are the differences between Astronomy and Astrology? Maurice will discuss the phenomenon of constellations versus signs, the 13th sign of Ophiucus, The Age of Aquarius, and provide a visual experience of the Zodiac constellations.
      • ANNE ORTELEE - Astronomy for Astrologers: Common Terms

        What terms do astrology and astronomy share? Often astrologers wonder which "words" are used by both practices! There are quite a few shared terms as we both study the heavens! Numerous examples like perigee, apogee, meridian, zenith will be covered so you can safely chat with astronomers.
      • GEMINI BRETT - Hey Babe, Where is your Azimuth?

        Contrary to what most of our astrology texts suggest, the Ascendant of a chart is not usually East. Just as the Sunrise dances north and south on the Eastern Horizon every year, the Moon does so every Month, and the Zodiac or Ecliptic does so every day. The distance from due East of this Zodiacal Dance increases with latitude. The result is that each of us has a unique Ascendant Azimuth. Gemini has come to call this Azimuth of a Native’s Ascendant, the Shamanic Direction and has witnessed some uncanny astrological correspondences revealed through this astronomical technique. In this short presentation, Brett will quickly introduce these concepts and will show you how to use free software to find your specific birth Azimuth and to trace that Direction around the globe from the place on Earth where you rose.
      • ÖNER DÖŞER - Heliocentric Perspective and Mundane Astrology

        Zion Park

        Until Copernicus, some astrologers who were also astronomers draw charts with a heliocentric perspective and made predictions. However, the astrologers did not pay enough attention to newly discovered heliocentric perspective which was pointed out by Copernicus and a divergence occurred between the astrologers and the astronomers.
        In this presentation, after summarizing the differences between the Heliocentric and Geocentric perspective Oner Doser will mention the use of heliocentric charts in Mundane Astrology. He will also review natural disasters like earthquakes, volcanic activities along with hurricanes, civil wars, revolts and some financial and political upheavals through heliocentric charts.
      • ROY GILLETT - Solar Fire Demonstration of Astronomical Cycle

        Roy Gillett will demonstrate using Solar Fire Astronomical phenomena such as - The different Retrograde stages - The role of Parallels and Planetary Bounds - The 3D nature of the Universe - The Tropical, Sidereal, and Stellar Zodiacs - Fixed Stars.

12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Closing the Silent Auction

1:00 – 3:30pm Track Immersion Click here to view track selection

3:30pm Closing

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