Water Spider

April 30- May 3, 2020
Bethel Horizons, Dodgeville, Wisconsin

KEYNOTE: Lucid dreaming; Comfort in new environments



  • Are we ignoring our dreams?
  • Are we not indulging our creative and artistic inspirations?
  • Are we getting lost in dream worlds?
  • Do we need to become more practical and grounded?

The water spider lives under the water most of the time. It is an ordinary looking spider. While most female spiders are larger than the male, in his species the female is smaller. It lives on small water animals, insects, and larvae. The water spider must breathe air, even though it lives in the water. It adapts to the watery environment by constructing a small diving bell out of its silk, which it attaches to stems and leaves of water plants. The water spider then traps a bubble of air from the surface between its hind legs and dives to the bell with it, repeating the process until the bell is filled with air. The spider lurks in the bell until a small water animal, insect or larvae swims near it, and then it captures and eats it.

Because of this, the water spider can show us how to adapt to environments we wouldn't normally think we could survive in. Many spiders show us how to move and live between worlds. The web is a bridge between worlds, and all "tween" places are places where our world meets and intersects with other dimensions. The water spider awakens lucid dreaming, where we become aware while dreaming that we are dreaming. When this occurs, we can change the dream or leave it entirely. A lucid dream is a half-step from a conscious out of body experience, and the appearance of the water spider will open the doors to these happenings.

The water spider also teaches us how-to live-in environments that otherwise would suffocate or drown us. It teaches us that we can survive successfully and creatively in environments that may seem alien and can show us how to move between worlds and dimensions.

The water spider is also a wonderful totem for helping individuals who may have a fear of water or swimming. It is an excellent totem for those who are into scuba diving.

Who Should Come?

The workshop is designed for people from all walks of life. It is focused towards expanding the awareness of spiritual explorers, healing and shamanic practitioners, and the delightfully inquisitive.

What to Bring

Please bring any rocks or crystals that want to come along. A journal notebook is encouraged as well as any comforts for sitting on the floor, such as floor chairs, back supports, blankets, pillows, etc.

Plan for

We will be in the outdoors of the many sacred energies of Bethel Horizons Camp. Plan for hiking and spending some in nature. Plan to learn to clear your subtle energy field and to adjust it with each moment by being a living, healing presence.


The workshop is residential and will be held at a beautiful Lutheran kids camp at Dodgeville, WI. You will receive detailed directions and a list of what to bring with your registration.

Please include your email with any registration. Suzette will send out registration confirmation. These emails will come from rocksandsouls@gmail.com . Suzette and I will both be able to read any replies. The fee for the workshop is $545, which includes lodging for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, a light luncheon on Thursday evening, 3 meals on Friday, 3 meals on Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. Payment in full is due by April 15, 2020. There is a fee of $10 for linens and towels or you can provide your own. Class size is limited to 26.

To Register

Please send a refundable $100 deposit or the amount in full to Marie Smith 19126 Campbell Hill Dr, Richland Center, Wi. 53581 by April 1st. We eat gluten free at these workshops and you can preview the menu upon request. All special needs like vegetarian or dairy-free can be honored. I will take names for the waiting list if/ when the class fills.

We will begin class at 9 am on each day and end at 2:00 pm on Sunday afternoon. If you have questions, please contact Marie Smith at marie@hawkrdg.org or (608) 647- 2366.


Herb "One White Horse Standing" Stevenson (Shawnee and Cherokee) has been exploring indigenous healing practices for over 20 years.

Resources: Ted Andrews, Animals Wise