Living the Emergent Quest: An Online, Small-Group Journey

Offered in partnership with the Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain

Next six-week journey begins January 20, 2019

This program is an invitation to step into the emergent quest of your own life. If you sense that greater depths of being and authentic purpose are calling, we would love for you to join us on this journey. For the past three years at the Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain, this course has served as the core inner development program for the Odyssey Fellows during their 10-week residential fellowships. Since many who wish to join the Odyssey Fellowship are unable to do so in person, the Eco-Institute has decided to make the Emergent Quest available to all through this online, small-group program.

Facilitator Simon Spire will lead a six-week journey that amplifies what’s waiting to emerge and equips participants with the skills needed on the unfolding path into one’s deeper nature and greater purpose. We will encounter layers of ourselves and our conditioning that are ready to transform, heal, and shift; we will open to the core of our being; we will listen to the authentic direction, soul, and creative expression that wants to come to life in us. Together, we will approach the threshold of the larger conversation with life that is wanting to emerge.

Ultimately, we will begin living the emergent quest by recognizing the journey that is already beckoning and saying yes. In doing so, we discover that listening to our deepest call and living in alignment with our inherent wholeness is the doorway to fully discovering and living our gifts in the world. After three years of catalyzing the Odyssey Fellows’ inner development, this transformative program is now available to you.

Your presence is so gentle, yet so strong and balanced. You are a mentor, a friend, and a brother. You just create the perfect space for things to manifest themselves. It’s like magic! Thank you for inspiring me.
— 2015 Emergent Quest Participant
Thank you for putting me in the right place to grow. You exposed things for me and handed me the tools to get to work. Epiphanies and manifestations and proclamations. I have a notebook full and a future vast and open. I am excited to live! On a high and filled, pressurized with a mass of buzzing energy. Love, I am swelling with love. Thank you for being you and helping me be me.
— 2016 Emergent Quest Participant

Included in this class:

  • 6 live group classes, each including facilitation and class content; guided meditative and contemplative practices; paired or small-group activities; group discussion; and individual reflection and exploration. (Each class will run between 90 minutes and 120 minutes.)

  • A 50-minute, private, one-on-one mentoring session with the class facilitator.

  • Suggested weekly readings, reflections, and experiential activities.

  • In addition to deeply engaging with their own individual journey within this potent, six-week container, participants will also gain skills in areas such as transformative, mindfulness-based relating to emotional content; depth psychology, dreamwork, and archetypal understandings; the creative process; models of human development and psychological growth; and foundational wisdom and principles from contemplative traditions.

  • Online discussion forum for interacting with the other participants in your class.

  • Class size limited to a maximum of 12 participants to ensure individual attention and space for discussion.

  • Adults of all ages (18+) are welcome.

  • Live sessions will be held via video conferencing using Zoom and will take place Sundays, 4pm-6pm Eastern Time, on January 20, January 27, and February 3, 10, 17, and 24.

  • Total price: Earlybird rate: $250 if paid by December 31. Standard rate: $350 if paid after December 31. Tuition payable by PayPal. (A limited number of partial scholarships are available by application.)

To Register:

  • Step 1: Complete and submit the short form at the bottom of this page (or click here).

  • Step 2: The registration team will review your application and contact you within two business days.

  • Step 3: The team will send you a PayPal or Venmo invoice. Once paid, your place in this small-group journey is confirmed!

Please direct all questions to:

It’s a gift you have—helping us to open our hearts, dive deep into our feelings, our innermost core, and discovering our light, our spirit, our soul. I can’t wait now to go out and shine my light and explore the depths of my soul even further while connecting at this level with those I already love and those I have yet to meet.
— 2016 Emergent Quest Participant
Simon is an incredibly gifted facilitator whose unique skills, intuitive insights, and integrated depth of wisdom combine to form a powerful process of authentic, somatic discovery of one’s inner dimensions. Simon has a gentle presence and creates a space for one to contemplate, heal, and reveal new aspects of self. He guides one into layers of acceptance and illuminates the aspects of self that need healing. His reflective questions, deep listening and techniques allow one to touch the core of one’s inner self where the truth resides.
— 2015 Emergent Quest Participant

About your facilitator:

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Simon Spire’s transformative framework, Emergent Inquiry, invites people into a space in which shifts can happen. He brings to his facilitation years of exploration of self-inquiry, non-dual wisdom traditions, and meditative practices; the perspectives of developmental and depth psychology; and his long experience with artistry and the creative process. Simon holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Auckland; a master’s degree in psychology from Columbia University; is a Certified Trainer of Focusing, a mindfulness-based, somatic approach to psychological healing and development; has completed a yearlong soulcraft immersion and vision quest with Bill Plotkin and Animas Valley Institute; and is currently pursuing doctoral studies. His life has been inspired by two interrelated, core questions: what is the nature of full human development and flourishing, and how can we create more life-supporting economic dynamics in our world? This exploration has also led him to involvement as a director with organizations active in the fields of leadership development, mental health, social entrepreneurship, and sustainable development. He is currently affiliated with Post Growth Institute and the Center for Ecozoic Studies. A member of the Odyssey Fellowship staff at the Eco-Institute, he has designed and facilitated the fellows’ core inner development programming since 2015. He found himself on an emergent quest of his own years ago when he was led from his New Zealand homeland to the US by his career as a recording artist and songwriter.

Register for Living the Emergent Quest

Please complete and submit this form to register for Living the Emergent Quest. Someone on our team will contact you within two business days to complete registration. Please direct any questions to

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