Friends, I’m thrilled to invite you to this year’s fresh manifestation of the one of a kind and once-a-year training program and women’s circle which it is my honor and pleasure to facilitate:
Women Embodied 2018
a photo of an art piece by Yelena Bryksenkova
Also known as WE.
The short and simple details are here:
We begin our journey with two retreat days - one each in January and February, then our weekly 2.5 hour classes run from March - June.
The first gathering will be a retreat day from 1-6pm on Saturday, January 13th at gorgeous Vitalize studio.
Our second retreat day will be held on Saturday February 17th, 1-6pm at Vitalize. (I’ve made them mid-day so though it’s a retreat day, you still have your morning and evening free. Brilliant!)
After each retreat day, I'll offer suggestions for ways you might deepen your learning between our meetings.
We'll begin our weekly gatherings on the evening of Monday March 5th, 6:30-9pm, and continue meeting on Monday evenings through June 4th.
We'll have a final outdoor retreat day and ritual on Saturday, May 19th, in one of the local canyons, from 3pm until evening - whenever we're done.
Tuition includes all of the above plus some special gifts, which will include 2 books I'm thrilled to gift to you! We'll also have an online course home where you’ll have access to recordings of all classes and retreats, plus readings. These are rich resources you can return to anytime you like.
All in all, it’s going to be the most wonderful Women Embodied Circle I’ve offered yet.
I will prioritize giving space to the women who want to commit to participating as fully as possible. I know sometimes travels come up or you might need to miss a few classes, but I’m hoping you’ll be as fully IN with me and the community as I and we commit to being with you. You'll be invited to really show up.
Cost for the course and retreats is $1700. If you pay all at once you’ll save $100.
Payment plan available: A nonrefundable $600 deposit is due now to reserve your spot. The next $550 is due January 1. And the final $550 is due March 1. Please understand that if you commit to taking one of the spots in the class, you are responsible for full tuition whether you attend all classes and retreats or not. Kind of like registering for a college class. Or buying a concert ticket. Claim a spot and it’s all yours. I want you to be all IN! I put my whole heart and soul and 20+ years of deep study into this course and I only do it once a year for 22 women. You can read my cancellation policy here.
I am offering one scholarship spot for $700, with a flexible payment plan available. Contact me if you’d like to be considered for the scholarship. I will choose one from the applicants in mid-December.
p.s. This course is 100% guaranteed not to improve you at all, but rather to connect you with the intelligence that is inherent in your uncontrived, embodied presence. This course has nothing to do with burning calories, toning your abs, losing weight, or "fixing" yourself. It has everything to do with powerful life-changing learning saturated in courageous friendliness and woven throughout with powerful invitations to a new, non-objectified relationship with yourself and your life.
Want to join me? Yippee!
Email me to request your application right here:
More details for the enthusiastic readers:
I’m so thrilled for this year’s class.
It's going to be a super fun, powerfully impactful women’s circle with a wise and kickass curriculum. It will be a sanctuary of sanity and slowness in a speedy, suffering world. It will be dedicated to the well-being of all Life.
Women Embodied will include
- powerful retreats,
- somatic practices,
- writing prompts,
- positive neuroplasticity training,
- great reads,
- authentic conversation,
- transformative movement lessons,
- deep listening,
- powerful community rituals
- resources to support daily-life-integration,
- and so much love.
Stephen Jenkinson wisely says that to awaken during these times is to awaken with a sob. While as ever I will emphasize the cultivation of “less effort and more pleasure,” and profound self-respect, when we’re authentically deepening our cultivation of presence, of courage, of self-reflection and clear seeing of ourselves and our world, and when we are committed to becoming more fully embodied and awake for the benefit of all life, we are likely to discover our edges and our blind spots, our shadows and our grief, and we’ll be invited to lean in and continue to stay engaged in the work. It's not always pleasant, but it is so very worth it. You are invited to stay with the process so you can come out the other side more fully yourself, more fully in your integrity, more clear, wise, and empowered to live a life of love, courage, beauty, and benefit to the world. That means you’re invited to keep showing up and staying engaged, even when you’re challenged. You'll be so glad you did.
Each week we’ll move and we’ll be still. We’ll meditate. We’ll courageously listen to our inner lives, our bodies, each other, and our world. We’ll share ourselves. We’ll laugh and we’ll cry. We’ll expand our circle of compassion, starting right where we are, with our embodied selves, and from there grow to include more and more of our world. And we’re going to have fun along the way!!!
We begin with self-compassion. Embodying maitri is our foundation. But we can’t stop with ourselves…. We must add to our self-compassion the practice of authentic reflection: reflecting honestly on how we show up in the greater world, and seeing clearly the cultures and the world we co-create every day of our lives. There’s an invitation to take your practice beyond your own heart, body, and mind and out into the world in ways that are meaningful to you and of benefit to more-than-you. More than ever, I believe it's time to de-center the idea of our own enlightenment, our own well-being, or our own "self-improvement project."
The world desperately needs awakened, embodied people who are willing to feel what's here to be felt and see what's here to be seen, willing to courageously envision a life-giving culture and world for all life, willing to stay present and embodied (or at least have reliable ways to return to embodied presence) as we discover life-giving ways to transform the many metaphorical toxic waste dumps back into beautiful wetlands.
We do this work and engage in this learning not only for ourselves, but for Life. This is of utmost importance.
And as Francis Weller says so accurately,
"This is the solitary work we cannot do alone."
Email me to request your application here:
We will be training to cultivate
- a grounded, centered, flexible, upright, fully embodied presence,
- a warm heart capable of courage, wholehearted participation, and vast tenderness,
- a clear mind and reliable access to our vast, spacious awareness that can welcome it all,
- and a sense of joy, gratitude, and humor to sustain us through it all.
Brilliant Feldenkrais lessons will help you grow a new and deeper relationship with your embodied self, your creativity, your capacity for attentional flexibility, and your sense of creative possibility. Feldenkrais lessons powerfully support us to embody mindfulness in every moment and every movement. It's also a potent training the powerful practice of slowing down.
Embodied meditation practice will support you in growing a sense of stable presence, a warm heart and mind that can welcome anything. Embodied meditation will help you see clearly that your thoughts are just thoughts. Embodied meditation helps us flip the dynamic - so that our thinking minds are in service to our deeper values rather than disembodied thinking running amok and running the show. Embodied meditation will help you to grow stability like a mountain, spaciousness like the sky, warmth like the sun. The world needs people who can embody such qualities.
Embodied listening will support you to learn the language of your own wise, feeling, body-mind, and thus have reliable access to integrated wisdom. (Not just thoughts, not just feelings, not just your body - but the integration of each of these together with this moment in our lives = powerful wisdom for you and for the world.) Embodied listening also gives us powerful tools and practices to listen to the others in our life, and to life itself. Listening liberates.
Poetry woven throughout our gatherings brings beauty, poignant insight, and touches our deepest hearts.
A life-giving community circle offers the power and beauty of authentic human connection, solace, laughter, hugs, powerful wisdom, tears, deep care, and love. We learn so much from each other. Community is healing, and this is a healing community. It's truly a precious gift to be a part of such a circle.
Reading excellent books together buoys our spirits and allows us to relate to specific wisdom in the field between us.
Dark times call for bright new visions of the world we want to inhabit.
We must be the change we wish to see. And the means we use must embody the end we are seeking. If we want freedom and respect for all, we must free and respect ourselves and others. If we want a world of beauty, kindness, dancing, laughter, and poetry, we must notice and nurture beauty, embody kindness, dance, laugh, and read poetry now. The world is asking for our wholehearted participation and our clarity about what we deeply care about. As Alice Walker wrote, “What we love can be saved.”
This is so much more than a course.
It's a powerful and one-of-a-kind community experience.
You're warmly invited to be a part of it.
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Here’s the invitation from my heart:
In Women Embodied
I invite you to join me
to embody living ancient wisdom
to grow courageous intimacy with your life
to practice listening deeply
to plant and nurture beautiful seeds
to make room for the full range of your capacity to feel: grief and praise and everything in between
to bow deeply to what is and to rise to your full uprightness, without apology
to be still, silent, and spacious
to move with clarity, flexibility, integrity, and pleasure
to tune to the living intelligence humming in everything, including every cell in your body
to grow your grounded, clear-eyed warmth
to live intentionally with the wish to benefit others and all of life
to play and to laugh (a lot)
to powerfully deepen your inner and outer trust
to grow your willingness to abide in not-knowing
to inhabit your bones
to revel in paradox
to empower your hara and heart as a powerful foundation for a clear head
to free the genius hiding behind your wounds
to undomesticate your curiosity
to live your life as an act of love
to remember your sovereignty
to root yourself in the depths
to make your optimism contagious
to free yourself, free others, and serve everyday
to dwell in possibility
to welcome the beautiful mess of life
to use whatever arises in support of these intentions
to become empelvised, embellied, empowered
to be a fully embodied woman of wisdom.
I hope you’ll consider joining me.
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