Accessing the Wild! An invitation to Journey to the New Mexico Wilderness ~

I have been camping since before I was even a year old, and had a canoe paddle made for me before I was born... so essentially I was born with an invitation to explore the wild. Big thanks to my Mom and Dad!

The Wilderness is the place that I go to clear my mind.

The Wilderness brings me solace, awe, and peace.

The Wilderness builds my spirits, and strengthens my connection to that which is greater than me.

There is an incredible feeling to remember that I am a part of the earth and the universe around me! And an even greater wonder to imagine what is out there beyond just me...beyond the forest and trees, beyond the sun and into the great mystery... into the dance we partake in on this journey of life.

When I was in highschool, I remember looking at colleges and dreaming of that dream job...the one that was definitely not in an office or a cubical! I heard that wild part of me calling. That calling that eventually led me to the west, and then to become an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Jaclyn Backpacking in the Gila Wilderness, New Mexico

Jaclyn Backpacking in the Gila Wilderness, New Mexico

In 2002 I was introduced to an amazing Wilderness Area that settled deep into my heart. I have returned to explore this area in length, and have done much research on the people who once lived in dwellings in the cliffs. I am convinced that this is absolutely a magical place, a place to explore the wild part of you, and a place worth visiting again and again. The area allows us to open our energy wide, to experience many layers of existance. There are natural hot springs to soak our physical bodies in...a treat after carrying our belongings on our backs!

Steam rising off the water. We will pass this spot on our way to the deeper springs up river.

Steam rising off the water. We will pass this spot on our way to the deeper springs up river.

To Access Wild places in Nature allows us the time and space to connect with the unique Wild that resides inside each of us. As we begin to strip away the everyday noises and clutter of modern life and enter into the unknown, and into the wilderness..our senses sharpen..and our listening deepens.

I am so excited for this backpacking trip we have set up for September 2017. So excited to bring others along with me, to experience the wild and access peace, simplicity, and spirit. This backpacking retreat will be a chance to get out of the ordinary, to explore an incredible landscape carved by ancient rivers and shifting earth, and to relax in the natural beauty of the surroundings. Enjoying the Starry night skies, while living close to the Earth, and soaking and nourishing our spirits in the water warmed by the Inner Earth herself.

We would love to hear how you Access the Wild by sharing in the comments below!


To learn more or to journey with us, please visit my website


Looking forward to enjoying the wild,


A Joyful Return! Activating the Inner Star COMPASS & Stoking the Fire.. Women's Weekend Retreat ☼.

We have just returned from the "Retreat Gathering of Women & Wilderness Wisdom on the Island."

This was an incredible journey! A group of amazing women gathered and canoed to the Ancient Island in Monmouth, Maine. Navigating the fresh waters beneath an interestingly clouded but sunny sky and into the wind. We landed on the south end in the sand and walked to the north end of the 14 acre island where we would camp and explore ourselves and our direction.


I shared my process of transformation as we we walked through the 7 steps of the

"Inner Star C.O.M.P.A.S.S."

We cleared and made way for our journey. We created space inside our energy bubble to be absolutely clear in hearing our own voice and offered to the fire the blocks and things holding us back.

We opened our bodies and oriented ourselves to exactly where we are so we could begin from that place. Without knowing where you are on a map, it is really hard to figure out how to get to where you want to go!

We mapped out where we are by a process I like to use that I refer to as "Earth Mapping." It is a mythic map created with items that call to us from the earth. We create a container on the earth, a sacred space to see ourselves as reflected by the earth and to be held in a sweet and real way. This takes what is going on inside of us, inside our minds and bodies and puts them on the outside where we can see them, understand their messages and work with them.

We prepared our physical bodies for a vibrational transformation with my crystal singing bowls and a guided journey.

We attuned to the stars around the fire and beneath the starry night sky. The Star Keeper's Rites were gifted. This is an initiation that connects you with your future self and destiny star. It assists in changing the momentum of where you are currently headed based on past decisions and opens up the possibilities for new destiny lines.

We journeyed to our home star and connected deeply...strengthening the channel and the fibers between our inner star and destiny star so that we can source from that place in our lives right now, in every decision. So that who we want to be is informing our decisions and guiding us to that place.


Then we were asked to Step Into that becoming. To Step Into that transformation. We continued working with the "Earth Mapping" through this process to help us to see where we were, where we want to go, and the journey into that place of the sweetest destiny.

This journey was soooo beautiful to watch unfold. Each woman approached the fire, and the fire responded differently. For some it was sweet and gentle, for some a great intensity, for some sharper flames, and some soft. A metaphor of how they interacted with this process and the energy guiding the weekend. A metaphor of the interactions with our own Inner Star Fire. A reminder that each of us have our own journey and experience...and in group we support each other in many ways. The ceremony is the act of participating in our own life and asking for what we want. To participate and interact with creation in an intentional way.

The circle of women, coming in as individuals, quickly became a very supportive community. Sharing stories, experiences, and wisdom.... We cooked over the open fire and shared meals together.. There were jokes, laughs, and concerns.. over this whole process and journey through the wild, we grew closer to ourselves and to each other.


My favorite part is to watch as each woman lit up with spiritual messages heard and discovered within their Earth Mappings, or messages received through the birds and see each one of the women light up with the joy of a new understanding... to share our spiritual journeys, both the clarity and also the confusion. The sharing of dreams, and symbolism. To see each connect more deeply with their Inner Star COMPASS...To hear how spirit is translated through each one of these women was, to me, a very, very sweet gift.

Always humbled by these experiences, It is a great journey we are on. Please feel free to share your thoughts, comments, and questions below!

I look forward to seeing you on the next journey,

Jaclyn A. Ouillette



The Inner Star C.O.M.P.A.S.S. Are You Navigating Life Guided by your Own Light?

How are you Navigating your life? From the Inside Out or from the Outside In?

When we are born into this world we have an inner star that guides us on our journey. We know who we are, what we want to experience, and our direction back home. But as we go about living our lives we have many experiences. Our parents, grandparents, family, friends, and teachers help to guide us. As we grow sometimes that inner star gets gets clouded by the outside world and what people want for us. Over time we can lose our connection with that guiding star within.


The world around us is the past. it is all the things we have asked for, it is a map of our mind. If we lose track of that inner star then what we are living by is generated by what society thinks and sees for us. We are living on a map that is created by the outside influences.

When we find ourselves unhappy with our jobs, relationships, living situations, and when we find ourselves to be stuck, stressed, and unfulfilled it is time to stop and listen...and take a look.


Most of the time we just need to dust off that Inner Star Compass, Unroll the Map we came here with, Shine up the Magnifiers we are looking through, Set Our Sights to our Destiny Star and get back on that path towards our happiness.

The COMPASS will help guide us~







Step In

Clear our energy. To become clear in seeing exactly where we are in our lives and on our path. We can use breathing techniques to stoke the inner fire to combust the extra energies floating around in our luminous energy field and our bodies. The extra stuff clouds our vision and makes it hard to see for ourselves. We can stand barefoot on the earth to physically ground out the extra energy. Do you ever feel overloaded? Can't separate your thoughts from someone else? Clearing is a good place to start. We need You, and just You to begin with.

Orient...We need to open our soul maps and orient ourselves to see exactly where we are. The ego tries to trick us every time and convince us that we are somewhere else to avoid being seen and to avoid change. Orient yourself to who you are, where you are, and where you really want to go. This is where we begin to see the bridge of transformation between the two mountains of where you actually are, and where you really want to be.

Map. We have a map that we are currently living on. This map often times has been created by the outside world. It is created by society...When we live on a map that someone else has created we can easily become lost, confused, and unhappy. Society often builds maps such as: "you need to graduate high school then go to college to get a good job so you can buy a big nice house and car and have a family." But chances are your map looks really different! This is where we begin to see the bridge of transformation between the two mountains of where you actually are, and where you really want to be. We can then see the journey in between to bridge the gap, we can see the direction of travel.

Prepare. We are about to go on a journey. A quest. A transformation. We know where we are and where we want to go. Things are going to change, how can we best prepare for the change, and to continue holding it beyond the retreat? How do you prepare mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually?

Attune. We attune ourselves to the earth, the universe, and our destiny star. All is vibration and so we are attuning ourselves to specific energies and pathways. We let go of the lower densities in our fields and our bodies, and now we connect with our destiny star. We connect to the vibration through receiving the rites and initiations of the Star Keeper's. This connects you to your future self, to who you want to become. To the remembrance of your true nature and who you really are. It strengthens the pathway so you can create your life based on who you want to become.

Source. You connect with your Inner Star Compass and Your Destiny Star. You connect to your future self so you can source information and direction from that place. These are magnetic to each other and help to guide you in your life. You are your own navigator, so you choose where you want to go. You connect with your places of power, your support, your guides, and the channels for which your information comes. We work to help you to recognize and to tap directly into source energy and to those places that nourish and feed you. You no longer need to go to others, you are connected directly to source.

Step in. With all of the work of letting go, and Igniting that Inner Star ignite that inner flame and tend to it, growing it stronger, building the heat and the is within you, it is you, now you step into your life holding that. Step into the more authentic You.

And now you live guided by your own light. As you walk your path, there may be obstacles in the way, bumpy roads, but if you keep clearing and orienting and mapping and attuning, and sourcing, and stepping in, you will continue to grow on your path and grow in your light.

And of course Enjoy!

How do you Navigate with your Light? What is your Compass?

Share your ideas and comments below.

For assistance working with your Inner Star Compass ☼ please contact Jaclyn



Women's Wilderness Wisdom Spring Retreat & The Inner Star C.o.m.p.a.s.s.

Soooo excited for the Women's Spring Retreat coming up the first weekend in June! A time for women to gather, to canoe together and to stay on an island on a lake in Maine where we cook our meals over the open fire. We focus on connecting to our own truth, our own light, and nurturing and nourishing that inner star in a small setting with supportive women.

When we ignore our inner light, our inner navigation system, we can become confused, lost and even sick. When we don't connect, or see our inner truth, it is magnified on the outside through tough relationships, unsatisfying work, and overwhelm in most living situations. On the Island Retreats, we work to see where we really are, where we want to go, and move through the obstacles in between using the Earth as a way to map out our journey.

I utilize a system that was shown to me in my own process of healing and navigating and a process in which I have worked with hundreds of other women. This was shown to me in an acronym as we worked to find our Inner Star C.O.M.P.A.S.S.

I'll be sharing more about the Inner Star Compass soon, in the meantime please enjoy these photos of some of the moments from our past Women's Wilderness Wisdom Journeys.


The Water Keeper's Library

This week I was blessed to be invited to play my crystal singing bowls in Boston by Artist Faith Johnson to participate in the opening reception of Aether.

During the opening, Faith Johnson Guided us on an amazing journey through her interactive installation "The Water Keeper's Library" to activate the memory of water and experience an exploration of the water libraries that were gathered from around the world.. we connected with drops of water from different samples and ventured through our imagination guided by the story she told, that led us from earth to the very outer reaches of the cosmos and the beginning of water in its elemental form to the wisdom and memory that the water held. I was invited to play my crystal singing bowls along with this journey. We placed local water from Jamaica Pond inside the bowls while we played.... what an honor to participate in this amazing mind expanding and soul deepening experience! You can read more about Faith's ongoing water project "The Water Museum" here

Jaclyn's Crystal Bowls set up at the "Water Keeper's Library".. ready for the journey!

Jaclyn's Crystal Bowls set up at the "Water Keeper's Library".. ready for the journey!

"Aether combines the cross-disciplinary works of five artists: interactive installation and performance artist, educator and community artist Faith Johnson; multimedia and performing artist, educator and organizer, Maria Molteni; performance, film, and interdisciplinary artist Sue Murad; mixed media artist and children’s librarian Meaghan Schwelm and composer and sound artist Amber Vistein. Each artist navigates one of the elements—water, earth, fire, or air—connecting conceptually through a fifth element aether that contains them all. This fifth classical element is said to fill the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere. It was considered in the 19th century to permeate all space, providing a medium through which light could travel. Aether is the quintessence, or poetic/spiritual confluence, where all the elements connect, arching between the physical/material world and the world of the ethereal. "

For more info on this show Click Here

Hiking to play my Crystal Singing Bowls in the Desert

I just returned from Tucson, Arizona from the Gem Show where I first purchased my singing bowls 7 years ago! I can't believe it has been that long. I connect with these bowls, carrying them up hills, over mountains, and to the beaches...I play them beside the lakes and from Maine to North Carolina, Utah, to Arizona. I use them as tools to help me to find resonance with my body, mind, spirit, and world around me.

Hiking just outside of Tucson, Arizona to play my bowls

Hiking just outside of Tucson, Arizona to play my bowls

The Crystal Bowls for me are a way to tap into the universe and new experiences through exploring imagination & journey through traveling with sound vibration. I invite you to journey with me this New Moon! We will be in one of my favorite cozy spaces in Falmouth, Maine, Meadow Wind. Many have shared they experience deep and clear journeys and feel a vibrational shift during these guided sessions.

This is a gathering to celebrate the new moon with a guided journey accompanied by my crystal singing bowls, crystal singing pyramid, and other sound. We try to gather once per month on or near the new moon to deepen our practice and further our imagination. The new moon is a perfect time to look deep within, to plant the seeds of your dreams, and to find guidance to grow your dreams on earth.

We will journey and then learn ways to embody the vibration and implement the messages, by sharing this in community it helps us to pull the pieces together and to dream bigger. Our collective imagination is much bigger than just ours alone.

Each month has different teachings and are for everyone who wishes to join.
All abilities and experience levels are welcome, This is open to everyone.

There will be a basket for offerings. Suggested Donation of $10-20

This helps with supplies, rental of spaces, website fees, and toward the livelihood and continued education of the teachers and guides...also sadly one of my bowls has broken and I am working towards replacing it. I will be holding many more crystal singing bowl journeys to help me raise enough to purchase the 3rd bowl in my set again, which was $1100 when I bought it 7 years ago!

New Moon Journey Circle, Imagination, Dream, & Guided Journey

February 26, 2017

6-7:30 pm

Meadow Wind Institute

100 Gray Road, West Falmouth, Maine

Contact Jaclyn for questions or for more info

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A Wonderful Year of Exploration, Women's Wilderness Journeys in 2016

A Wonderful Year of Exploration, Women's Wilderness Journeys in 2016

These Wilderness Journeys pull us slightly out of our comfort zone..with a little adventure and uncertainty we are asked to see ourselves in a real way, held by a small community of supportive women. Many enjoyed relaxation, connection, and time away from the everyday to recharge and find spiritual direction. Many were called to offer gifts, some planned and some spontaneous to empower ourselves, deepen our wisdom, and let each other shine. Some offerings in addition to my own this year were different styles of Yoga, Plant Medicine, Edible Plants, Nourishing Meals, Songs, and Unique ways to Connect with the Earth. It is such a blessing to be a part of this community and sooooo Grateful for your Wisdom Sharing! Thank you to all who participated. Below enjoy the journey through these pictures.

Fall Foliage Island Retreat, A Women's Weekend!

Hello, What a beautiful Fall it is here in Maine! I've been enjoying the cool weather and the cool water on my feet. We had a fantastic Women's Wilderness Wisdom Journey in October with 9 strong women connecting with their sweetest destinies.

Earth Mapping... Listening to the Earth's Voice, the sand, the stones, we see the overlay of our future self and our present self
Slow down and Listen, The Earth is speaking. Will you Be Open to the Earth as a Reflection of your own Wisdom.
— Jaclyn A. Ouillette


We completed the journey with the Star Keeper's Rites, and a calm paddle back to the Mainland. We had a wonderful Weekend, Looking forward to the Next!

Jaclyn A. Ouillette

Wilderness Wisdom Guide, Registered Maine Guide,

Certified Practitioner of Shamanic Energy Medicine & Generational Healing Method

Wisdom Gathered. The Island Retreat, A Women's Weekend

We just returned back from an incredible Women's Wisdom Journey to "The Island", a 14 acre island in Annabessacook Lake in Monmouth, Maine. We paddled some mild choppy waters toward the island where we camped for two nights and 3 days..immersing ourselves in a beautifully supportive community of women, cooking and talking around the campfire and supporting each other on our unique journeys in life. We were a group from many generations of women, sharing wisdom and our spiritual quests together.

The teachings came through the transformation of fire, the willingness to be seen by the self, to see the ego with compassion, with the group as sacred witness to set the intentions for the weekend. Sleeping close to the earth encouraged deep rest, grounding and connection. A sunrise singing bowl session below a fluorescent deep pink morning sky to greet the day. Time to explore our selves, to listen to our bodies and our spirit. All meals were prepared together directly on the fire....We had a crystal singing bowl, crystal singing pyramid and voice journey that awakened deep memories, and a session to help us to see our path in symbolic space time through Earth Mapping where we live on the edge of the wheel of life and seeing our journey back to center. We had time for walking, rope swing, and swimming as well as space for solo exploration and journaling. The morning brought a deep healing circle in the waters and a journey up the Vision Tree to get a glimpse of the next steps to take after leaving the retreat. Smiles, laughter, tears, and "heavy energies" left on the island, we paddled back to the mainland riding the tall waves home......

I'm deeply grateful for this weekend experience and look forward to guiding the next group very soon....

~ Jaclyn

A Quest for Freedom .. A Journey to the Jungle and the Pyramids at Chichen Itza, Mexico

This journey began long before I realized my spiritual connection to the ancient sites on this planet. Since 6th grade I have been called to the Yucatan after learning about the people who lived there and the massive pyramids and structures that were left behind while the population seemingly disappeared over night with no clues as to where they had gone to.

While I was on an 88-day journey through the American Southwest in 2002, I began to have vivid dreams that told me about ancient people, the stars, and humanity. In one dream a Mayan grandfather appeared to me. He told me that the fall from consciousness was only from the height of a horse. It is as easy as standing up and climbing back up on that horse..  the fall has only been from the height of a horse, and in the bigger picture of the universe, that isn't far at all. Its just that we as a collective need to make the decision to do it.. to get back on that horse and ride it to freedom.

And so I began to study the energy of each day while living in the wild, out of a backpack, on a journey across the American Southwest. Through the deserts and down the Rio Grande....Along the way dreams came to guide me. Animals came to speak to me, visions appeared to me that showed me a new earth, anew and familiar way of living curiosity of the world beyond what I could physically see was peeked.. and questions formed. I began to seek, wondering what this dream was really telling me, how do I stand and jump back on that horse? I stuck my straw into the universal milkshake of knowledge and I began my quest for the truth that would lead me to freedom.

This quest for freedom has led me on a journey across the US and back more than 13 times by car..and countless times by air... I have sought out many teachers and experiences... to break free from one's own limiting beliefs and mind doesn't seem as easy as just jumping on a horse. But perhaps in the story of humanity as a whole, this evolution will come more quickly than the number of years it has been since we have fallen. Each time I fall, I get back up...I searched for that freedom in the Mountains in Peru from the descendants of the Incas, the Islands and ancient sites in Greece..and just recently, Mexico.

I just returned from my first visit to the Yucatan in Mexico. I have been called here through dreams many many times. I am filled with light, delight, wonder, and inspiration. We traveled to the jungle where I connected with the plants and the land. We visited ancient temples and ancient sites. Each location that I visited, I was shown something new to help me break through the limits of my own mind and bring me closer to that freedom I have been seeking. Seeing beyond the ruins into the purpose of these temples..receiving insight as to ancient technologies..and being more fully and clearly guided by the ancestors.


I felt as though I were torn apart, all parts of my being devoured by the energy of the be spit out and birthed again in a new level of consciousness. Thousands and thousands of people travel all over to visit the ancient sites and to look..but there are more and more ropes that prevent us from getting closer and really experiencing these. We aren't allowed to climb the stairs up to the top of the pyramids. These have been closed to preserve the site, yet because of this we are not fully receiving all of the technology that these sites are offering.


What is it that the ancients wanted us to remember? I'd love to hear your thoughts ~





Returning Refreshed from the Winter Reflections Women's Weekend Retreat

We just returned refreshed, renewed and more aware of ourselves on many levels of perception from our Winter Reflections Women's Weekend Retreat. This was an amazing group of women who came together in a small community to reflect, to do some deep inner work, and to enjoy the wilderness setting while being cozy in the off-grid yurt and rustic cabin.

All the aspects of the retreat left me feeling fulfilled. Even the weather cooperated! The sauna was the icing on the cake! It was much appreciated! Just the right touch to lighten things up and build the bond among us. Your guidance and wisdom are such a blessing to me.
— Joanne Weiss, Winter Reflections Women"s Weekend Retreat February 2016

We gathered in circle to share wisdom and to see ourselves more deeply..with the knowing that seeing what is uncomfortable and being witnessed in this process brings about deep healing and awareness. We began with clearing by working with our energy fields and to create boundaries and energetic space for us to work in over the weekend.

We viewed ourselves from the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels of perception using archetypal energies of serpent, jaguar, hummingbird, and eagle to assist us in shifting those perceptions and seeing ourselves through those eyes. We used gazing and energy tracking exercises with actual mirrors to provide an actual reflection back to us, and also we saw ourselves in others in the circle.

We realized through these practices and techniques when we see ourselves in others, what we tend to notice first is the shadow pieces of ourselves. Those aspects of ourselves that we don't like and don't want to see. Those places of annoyance, anger, and frustration. And that it is those who are closest to us who provide those most difficult mirrors to us..our partners and family.

We practiced seeing those places and going into them and through sharing these in circle they become seen and are easier to move through.

We practiced seeing the light in each other...because that too is a reflection of ourselves....

Maybe as we practice seeing the light in others, we will more easily see it in ourselves?

This was a fun weekend of deep work, reflection, letting go, and also of great laughs and fun in the snow. I'm looking forward to the next journey!

Join us for The Gila Wilderness Backpacking, Ancient Sites, and Natural Hot Springs in September 2016


Wilderness Blessings,