Efecto Mariposa is please to announce the launch of one of a kind workshop to dive in the depths of soul, deep imagination and the wild, particularly created for Colombian landscape in association with Animas Valley Institute, one the most renowned organizations in ecological transformation in the United States. 

Join us in any of the three sessions we will hold in -and near by- Bogotá, next February 2017.

Deep Immersion 5 days Intensive

22- 26 February 2017

Cost: $ 2.850.000 COP

Reserva Chulajuán, San Francisco, 1 hour drive from Bogotá.

In this wondrous and mysterious place, we will immerse ourselves in the entwined landscapes of the deep human imagination and the wild, other-than-human world. We will embed ourselves in this numinous terrain and seek glimpses or intimations of our unique, individual places in the Earth community. Together we will cultivate our inherent capacities for perceiving the psycho-spiritual and ecological patterns that collaborate and conspire to draw us deeper and deeper into the territory of soul – our ultimate place within the community of life.

This intensive will take place at El Chulajuan, an astonishing private wildland and agricultural reserve an hour outside of Bogotá. In this place, the surrounding mountains trap the moisture from the hot Magdalena Valley and orchestrate entrancing dances between tree and cloud, mountain and sky, landscape and imagination. El Chulajuan is home to more than 360 animal species, including small mammals such as opossums, pacas, jackrabbits, coatis, and sloths. It is also a home for many species of uncommon high tropical birds including hummingbirds of all sizes and colors, huge turkeys, and bright green toucans. The plant, fungal, and insect life is also astounding and bewildering; in the space of 740 acres, El Chulajuan is home to more biodiversity than all of Great Britain combined. Here you will wander in relationship with fern trees, palms, beetles, butterflies, coatis, acacias, , and oaks, listening for subtle whispers or deafening cries announcing- if only you have the ears to hear- the nature of your unique and particular place in the community of life.

During our days together we will be tracking the psycho-ecological relationship patterns to which we are most drawn, including those we encounter in our deep imagination. It is precisely these patterns that constitute the deepest lives we are called to live. We will emphasize the cultivation of the psychic and perceptual tools for tracking the patterns of our lives embedded in this mysterious world, in this way enabling the journey to continue and deepen after we part ways. We will discover and explore how awareness of the others with whom we are in relationship places us in conscious relationship with ourselves and the life of our souls.

In conversation with spider and cloud, sunlight and mushroom, we will offer ourselves to the meeting place between our particular human lives and the lives of the other-than-human beings. We will dip our toes slowly at first, and dive headlong when ready, into the mystery of our human souls as ecological phenomena, our psyches as wild ecosystems, our deepest longings as the longings of the world itself.


“Your soul is both yours and of the world . The world cannot be full until you become fully yourself. Your soul correspond to a niche, a distinctive place in nature, like a vibrant space of shimmering potential waiting to be discovered, claimed… occupied. Your soul is in and of the world, like a whirlpool in a river, a wave in the ocean, or a branch of flame in a fire”

 - Bill Plotkin

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One day Workshop

Saturday February 18, 2017, 9 am to 4 pm

Cost: $450.000 COP

Farm La Guaca, Tenjo, 1 hour drive from Bogotá.

A day dedicated to awakening our innate human capacities of perception that allow us to participate, intimately and vulnerably, with the wild otherness of the animate Earth. Our uniquely personal relationship within the community of life may (further) open and deepen as we cultivate and live through a weaving of our heart-centered thinking, full-bodied feeling, full-presence sensing, and deep imagination. Given the values of the mainstream cultures and dominant institutions of our time, the deep imagination-in particular- tends to lie dormant, underdeveloped, unvalued or even feared. Deep imagination is the essential human capacity that grants us entry to the magic that lies behind the veil of our more ordinary ways of perceiving and experiencing. Join us for this experiential day of practice as we seek to consciously open ourselves in reciprocity within the earth community.

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Evening Talk

Rediscovering our relationship with the world as contemporary people.

Monday February 20, 2017

Free Entrance

We will come together for an evening -in this time of dire societal & ecological crisis, and shifting paradigms- to reimagine our relationship with the wild world; inclusive of the human world and the other-than-human world. Our soul-oriented premise is this:  Every human being is born to inhabit a particular ‘place’, a unique set of relationships, within the community of life. To do so consciously is what the world needs most from each of us. 

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Animas Valley Institute — founded in 1980 by Bill Plotkin — offers a rich assortment of journeys into the mysteries of nature and psyche, including soulcraft™ intensives, contemporary vision fasts, and training programs for nature-based soul guides.

We stand on the threshold of a great unknown. Individually and collectively, we launch into an uncertain future — at once, both perilous and saturated with possibility. Our accustomed, culturally-determined roles and identities are inadequate to navigate the sea change of our time. Our collective journey requires a radical shift in the human relationship with the community of all life — a cultural transformation so profound that future humans might regard it as an evolution of consciousness. Safe passage requires each of us to offer our full magnificence to the world. Popular culture cannot help us uncover our singular gifts; contemporary institutions do not invite their expression. Our particular genius can be discovered only in an initiatory journey — an accidental or intentional descent into the mysteries of soul. Guiding the intentional descent to soul has been the unfolding work of Animas Valley Institute for over 30 years.

Animas Valley Institute offers multi-day, experiential explorations into wild landscapes and into the wilds of soul with the goal of discovering the meaning and destiny at the heart of each life. We are guides to the initiatory journey — the descent into the mysteries of nature and psyche where the husk of outgrown ego-identity is shed; where tricksters, demons, and perhaps angels are encountered; and from which a new self emerges as a vessel for one’s distinctive genius and world-transforming gifts. Although our work evokes non-ordinary perception and ways of knowing, it is not shamanism, nor is it primarily rites of passage, wilderness-based psychotherapy, or emotional healing. Our immersions are not designed to transcend the ego, solve everyday personal problems, or help people better adjust to — or be happier in — the flatland of contemporary Western culture. Rather, our intent is a deep-structure shift that matures the ego and elicits each person’s most creative, soul-rooted response to our critical, liminal moment in the unfolding of the world’s story — on the threshold of a future shaped by those who can see beyond our own time.


Mary Marsden is a soul-centric guide and mentor. She creatively and heart-fully invites people to be in intimate and vulnerable relationship with Nature, Soul and their own multifaceted psyches. Mary is gifted at guiding individuals into their dream worlds, accessing the power of deep imagination, and supporting those who are ready and willing to be claimed by their unique, mystical relationship with the World. She guides with humor, genuine compassion, and a deeply intuitive knowing of the soul journey. With grace, beauty, and fierceness, Mary invites sojourners to discover their unique gifts and to bring them into world – to feed Life itself.Mary’s work is deeply informed by her love for the Colorado River Basin and its imperiled waters and spirit. She is a mother, river-runner, front yard gardener and tends a flock of hens in her backyard in Boulder, CO. Mary incorporates her training and experience in Hakomi, somatic psychotherapy, trauma work and creative movement into her guiding. She leads Animas programs, her own locally based soul-oriented programs and mentors individuals, near and far, on their soul journeys.



Nate Bacon lives with his family on the east flank of the North Cascades, where he delights in his great fortune of being able to raise his children on the banks of a cold mountain river. A cultural ecologist, wilderness guide, and writer, his work concerns the intertwined nature of perception, language, worldview, and identity. He is dedicated to undermining the psycho-cultural structures of our modern ways of being while remembering our inherent belonging in the world and relationship with all of life. His current writing project explores the mythopoetic relationship between evolution, human consciousness, and the ecological crises of our current moment. Nate is an avid fermenter, kitchen gardener, naturalist, wildlife tracker, and traditional bow hunter with a Master’s degree in Philosophy and Religion. He serves in many roles at Animas, including as guide, trainer, and board member. 



Adriana Puech is an Environmental Engineering graduate from Colombia and France where she worked in olfactory research, waste water treatment consulting and adaptation to climate change. Passionate about the interconnectedness of the challenges we face, she has a Master in Holistic Science at Schumacher College. In her journey looking for a livelihood where her essence and nature could unfurl as well as create a harmonious world, she co-founded Efecto Mariposa where she created and facilitates the Certificate in Holistic Science and Economics for Transition in Colombia and became a mum, unravelling both jobs in an intertwined way. Fond of improvisation and the depths of sound, Adriana is a life-long lover of landscapes, music and beauty, with a particular interest in the invisible dynamics that touches, connects and transforms us.


Silvia Gómez was born in Bogotá Colombia and since 2001 has been working and sharing life with indigenous communities in Latin America. Anthropologist with more than 10 years of experience in community work and follow up to socio-cultural processes with indigenous peoples and peasants of Colombian. 

Is a happy and proud Msc in Holistic Sciences at Schumacher College, worked as advisor for Latin America for the UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture of Colombia. Currently is the Head of Greenpeace Colombia and created and facilitates with Efecto Mariposa the Certificate in Holistic Science and Economics for Transition. 


Alejandra Balcázar is also a co-founder of Efecto Mariposa. A journalist with a long history in massive media, a writer, publisher and a documentary maker that loves to tell stories, play with language, live and sense life. Has been learning from cultivating food for body and soul with Gaia as a teacher but also with many great people that has surrounded her. She created and facilitates the Certificate in Holistic Science and Economics for Transition in Colombia.

When we loose touch with our souls, we do not know what we are good for, and this absence of a sense of purpose and self-worth can lead to increased unemployment welfare dependence and economic crisis. Shallow politics, impotent governments institutions, and our interracial and international conflicts are public embodiments of soul alienation.
— Bill Plotkin

Payment Options

One-day Workshop payment:

$ 450.000 COP payable directly to Efecto Mariposa after applying. 

10% discount paying the whole amount before September the 30th, 2016.


Deep Immersion 5 days Intensive Payment:

$2.850.000 COP payable directly to Efecto Mariposa after applying. 

  • First payment $ 1.200.000 to reserve your place
  • Second payment $ 850.000 before October 19th
  • Third Payment $ 800.000 before February the 3rd, 2017

10% discount paying the whole amount before September the 30th, 2016.


Both one-day Workshop and Intensive payment:

20% discount paying the whole amount before September the 30th, 2016. 

10% discount if taking both courses and paying until February.  

For more information please contact us

or write us to corporacionefectomariposa@gmail.com