The following are titles and descriptions of some of the programs on Mary Elizabeth’s calendar. These and other seminars and retreats are given in Virginia Beach and in various parts of the United States and Europe.
As women at this particular moment in time, we hear
the clarion call that asks us to open to new
awareness and a more enlivened consciousness. We
come together during this Woman’s Gathering to bond,
to heal, to be refreshed, empowered and renewed. We
begin on Friday night with a Native American sweat
lodge, a purification ceremony which helps release
what no longer serves so we can open to change and
the influx of energy from a higher level.
Our ultimate search is for the destiny and higher
purpose that is coded into each of us. We will focus
on the universal themes and archetypal energies
veiled in the myths rising now to be woven into our
life stories and our life purpose. Stories, told
alongside ceremonies and inner processes will
illumine our spirit and stir mysterious chords of
memory. That which is stirred and awakened within
ourselves also helps shift the balance in our world
and time. We add to the critical mass which is needed
to bring about full partnership between men and
women and between masculine and feminine energies.
Geraldine and Ronnie Link have once again graciously
provided their ranch as the perfect setting for
spiritual growth, empowerment and healing. Camping
in campers or tents is available at the ranch. Hotel
arrangements can also be made close to the ranch.
Call the EFL office for more details at 888-335-7952.
The Akashic Record is also known as the Book of
Life, or the record of the soul. The akasha contains
the record of our existence-our past, present and
future in the making. Mystics, sages, and now
physicists have long maintained that there is an
interconnecting field of consciousness that
conserves information, a field known by some as the
akashic field. It is the constant and enduring
memory of the universe, holding the record of all
that has happened and is yet to happen on earth and
in the cosmos. Throughout the ages, there have
always been gifted persons who could read both the
universal akasha as the soul record of any given
individual. We can either be dependent on those
persons and/or we can develop within ourselves the
awareness and discernment needed to tap into the
book of life.
In this seminar you will learn how the akashic
record is formed, discover ways to heighten your
subtler senses, enhance your ability to communicate
within, be guided through an experience to begin
reading your record and learn guidelines for
NOTE: An ongoing study group is available for those
who have completed the akashic record seminar and
wish to continue to work with the akashic records.
Boundaries are limits which enhance a person's ability
to have a sense of self and control the impact of
reality on themselves and others. Our ability to set
boundaries is learned in childhood. Without proper
modeling, many of us learn to function with impaired
boundaries. We may have no boundaries, thus no
protection, or have damaged boundaries, thus only
partial protection. We may even totally block
ourselves off in an effort to self-protect or we may
vacillate between extremes of no boundaries and
walled boundaries. This often leads to
victim/offender issues and failed relationships.
When we learn how to set healthy boundaries, we
reclaim our power, maximize our self-expression, and
enhance our ability to enjoy healthy relationships
in all areas of our life.
In this seminar you will learn to recognize
the five major areas of personal boundaries,
identify the telltale signs of unhealthy boundaries,
understand the impact of boundary crossing,
establish criteria for recognizing and establishing
healthy boundaries, and learn effective
communication skills which will help you create and
maintain healthy boundaries.
Sculpting and Re-sculpting your current life in clay.
Many times in our lives we arrive at points
when we lack the creativity and vision to generate
new options. The archetypes within us and outer
circumstances act upon us in such a way that we
become stuck in forms that limit possibilities.
During this hands-on seminar you will sculpt
in clay your present situation (no art ability
required). This process enables you to gain new
insights about your story and the interplay of
archetypes, challenges and possibilities.
As we explore these deeper aspects of personal
myths, you will become more aware of the themes and
dynamics being played out in your current story and
more conscious of the choices which shape what
happens next. After reviewing and reassessing your
situation, you will use new insights to "think out
of the box" and reshape your original model into a
form which reflects a creative and inspired future
in the making.
Transitions are those
in-between places when we pass from one condition,
form, stage, activity to another. It is a liminal
space, a neither here nor there place . We are not
who we were and we have not yet crossed over the
threshold to where we will be settled next.
Basically, we are all in some sort of transition, if
not a major crossroads: beginning or ending a
relationship or letting go of children, entering a
new career, moving to another life stage or dealing
with an old wound that never healed.
Sometimes those transitions are short; at other times
they are prolonged and we wait endlessly for what
feels like the dark night of the soul. We may be
confused, frightened, unsure, and overwhelmed. What
do we turn to? How can we stay centered and
re-kindle our innate psychic and intuitive ability
so our new story can break through?
During this seminar we will explore:
- The nature of change,
- Three parts of any transition
- Impact of family and generational patterns
- Our personal transitional pattern
- Use ceremonies and processes to let go of that which no longer serves
- Gather the energy so our new story can break through
A profile of a person, such as a short biography,
outlines the most outstanding achievements and
characteristics of their life. If we want to profile
the journey of a soul, though, a biography is not
adequate. For soul information, we consult the
akashic record, also called the Book of Life, the
record of thought recorded on the fabric of space
Dreams are the act of a soul making an entry in the
akashic record. And dreams are our principal source
of connection with the great akasha. Each night when
we go to sleep we leave this three dimensional world
and go directly to the place of soul wisdom.
During this seminar, you will learn:
- Three levels of the akasha
- Which dreams to include in your dream profile
- How to read your akashic record from those dreams
The late Edgar Cayce, renowned psychic and seer,
called dreams “the safest path to spiritual growth”.
Approximately one-third of our life is spent
sleeping. And when we sleep we dream, six to eight
dreams a night, whether we remember them or not. The
question is do we want to waste a third of our life?
When we take refuge in sleep, we go home. We touch
the Infinite Source of soul knowledge and are given
dreams which speak to us the way wise teachers have
always spoken, in story, parable and metaphor. This
seminar dispels the confusion and misunderstanding
about dreams. It is an opportunity to learn a seven
step process of dream interpretation. This concise
method for working with dreams enables you to trust
and understand your dreams, so that in time dreams
become your best friend.
DREAM CIRCLES are an experience in sharing and
exploring dreams with others in a safe and
supportive environment. The focus of the circle is
to become a dream shaman, a man or a woman who can
travel in other realities and perceive, understand,
and apply the soul wisdom of their dreams.
Our Dream Circle is an on-going group of no
more than ten persons who share dreams weekly.
Members commit to a six week session. (New members
are added as space is available.)
Each dream circle begins with a prayer or
meditation. Every member of the circle has an
opportunity to touch-in with a brief summary about
anything relevant in their current life. Those
who shared dreams the week before are asked to
comment on any new insights about their dream. They
also report back as to how they were able to apply
the wisdom of their dream. Usually, one or two new
dreams are shared during an evening. The Circle ends
with a closing prayer or meditation.
Esoteric teachings are the hidden, veiled teachings
in any given spiritual tradition as opposed to
exoteric teachings, those teachings which are
commonly available and known. For this upcoming
study, I will draw from thirteen years
learning and co-teaching with Paul Solomon… ten
years learning and co-teaching with Joseph Rael(
Beautiful Painted Arrow) … time in with mystic Faqir Dayal…time in Israel
with kabbalist Collete Albuscar Muscat…nine years as
yoga teacher…and Life itself, the ultimate teacher.
Esoteric Studies is a series
of classes offered once a month on Saturday
afternoons from 2 to 5, beginning in March.
The topic of each session will be posted monthly on
the schedule page of my web site.
Cost per session is $75. You may attend one,
several, or all classes. Space for each class
is limited so pre-registration is required.
This series promises to enhance the journey of your
The terms fate and destiny are often used
interchangeably; yet, they are distinctly different.
How do fate and destiny interplay with one another?
What do different traditions tell us about the role
of each? And in what way do they impact the search
for the higher purpose that is coded into each one
This woman’s retreat, which takes place at the
beautiful pastoral setting of Bear Creek Tree Farm
new Houston, Texas, is the perfect setting to
explore a challenging topic. We will renew our life
stories as we explore inevitabilities, re-visit two
key juncture points in our lives, ponder the meaning
of so-called chance events and acts of choice, and
heighten our ability to pay attention to omens. We
will draw wisdom from the mythic realm and use
ceremony and ritual to help us become more aligned
with our higher purpose. As we do out inner work,
we also shift the balance of our world and time.
Defining moments such as our first memory are outlines of our lives. Alfred Adler, a renowned psychologist often asked his patients what their earliest recollection was. His comment to the description was “ and so life goes” . First memories, though not the only defining moment in ones life, are extremely important. If we do not have even some awareness of it, we are blind to ourselves. The images and feelings of that moment continue to replay. Life can become unpredictable, irrational, needlessly confusing. Likewise, when we are not aware of what inspired us with awareness of our authentic selves, we may not be able to fully integrate that early experience in our current life.
This seminar is an opportunity to explore an early
imprint, the challenges and gifts it brought,
and to discover what we can learn and gain from
those first memories.
CONSCIOUSNESS (ILC) is a course in
spiritual development created by the late Paul
Solomon, a world renowned spiritual teacher. He
once said that we have both a lifetime intent
and a soul intent. The lifetime intent has a
specific purpose for that particular life. The
soul intent is ever the same for everyone: to
grow to mature and become one with God.
This course has been taught globally including
America, Japan, Europe, Australia and South
Africa. I owe a great deal to these teachings,
for they have been the corner stone for my
spiritual journey. For thirteen years I was
privileged to travel and co-teach ILC with Paul
in Israel, Holland, England, California, Texas,
New York and Virginia Beach. A clarion call now
urges me to pass this wisdom on to others.
On the first day of this
class we will explore the seven keys to making a
dramatic shift in consciousness. These keys open
the hidden powers of your mind and connect you
to the quantum field, the ground of our being,
the basic energy unit of life. Thus, we shift
from the limited self to the creative self.
The focus of the second day is Spiritual
Journaling, which has long been a practice for
students of the deeper mysteries. You are
enrolled in the greatest mystery school
available, the Planetary Mystery School. Your
only option is to participate consciously or
unconsciously. The purpose of the Spiritual
Journal is to help you become a conscious
co-creator of all you experience in life. This
system of “spiritual bookkeeping” brings new
awareness to the metaphors, lessons, cycles,
turning points, and initiations in one’s life.
By using the journal format, we learn the art of
reflection and inner dialogue. We listen to
life. We see our life through a different lens,
for our story is indeed unique. Wonderful in its
own way. And with a new perception, it is
possible to release what no longer serves and
live more fully that which is soulful and true.
After the initial two-day ILC class,
additional study classes are offered once a
month on Saturdays from 2pm to 5pm. Subjects
such as mastering emotions, the akashic record,
dreams: the language of the gods, and spiritual
laws of healing are some of the topics, which
are explored in depth. What is learned is
practical, real, and applicable in our lives.
Of all the challenges we face in our spiritual journey, perhaps the most demanding one is inner
trust. We want to know when to, whether to, and how to trust.
This seminar will encourage and inspire anyone who has struggled with trust. As we pinpoint The Seven Keys to Inner Listening you
will gain clarity about your own inner process, reawaken innocence, and trust in yourself.
When we trust our inner self, we are less likely to be mislead, or thrown of balance or pulled in conflicting directions. We trust our feelings and
thoughts …we know joy, creativity, love and liveliness.
Using inner processes, ritual and ceremony you will:
- Identify what you carry that limits your ability to trust
- Explore the significance of “the call”
- Understand the dynamics of betrayal, the death of trust
- Know the power of “the leap of faith”
- Learn ways to deal with doubt
- Explore the laws and subtleties of spiritual discernment
Art by Karen Vermillion
An initiation is a new beginning, a graduation from a particular
level of understanding and the embarkation on a new level.
Initiations are milestones, points along the way, which mark
growth, inner changes, and shifts in perception in a
specific aspect of our lives. As we become more
aware of the challenges, opportunities and gifts
presented along the way, we become the conscious participant in the fascinating
journey of our soul.
During thisseminar we will:
- Understand the difference between major and minor initiations
- Learn to identify initiations and explore their catalysts
- Define what is an initiate and what are their tools
- Discover how ancient schools of wisdom used initiation to assist the growth of their students and understand the 3 aspects of the initiation process.
Since ancient times, people have drummed and people have danced.
We dance for the collective and we dance for ourselves.
We release blocks, we surrender, we transcend limitation as we are lifted up.
And the prayers of the heart are sent skyward.
The Long Dance, an all night ceremonial drum dance,
begins around 9:00pm and ends at daybreak. (At any
time during the dance you can rest quietly on your
sleeping bag or blanket placed outside the dance
circle) When the Dance is over, a light breakfast
will be provided. You can then sit quietly and
prepare your medicine shield, a metaphorical
representation of your Dance. Be creative and
expressive with whatever art materials best depict
your dance experience.
Afterwards, the medicine shields will be hung around
the dance circle. Once the shields have been placed
around the dance area, the ceremony is complete and
you can take your shields home with you. It is
best to wait a month or so before sharing your dance
experience. That allows time for the dance to
continue to reveal itself to you.
Lakota Hasie, a Native American medicine woman, is a
student of Beautiful Painted Arrow (Joseph Rael) and
is one of his Spiritual Dance leaders; Mary
Elizabeth co-taught with Beautiful Painted Arrow for
ten years. These two women join together in leading
this Long Dance in the tradition of Beautiful
Mandala is a Sanskrit word for “magic circle”.
Thus, any circle drawing, whether it is done for
meditative and/or therapeutic or artistic reasons is
a mandala. These circle drawings by-pass
the linear mind and serve as cryptograms from the
inner self. Each and every mandala is a
product of a specific person in a specific setting
at a specific time.
In this seminar, Mary Elizabeth will guide you in a
ritual to create your own individual mandala.
She will give interpretive comments on as many
drawings as time permits. You will be
introduced to the developmental stages that we
collectively experience. The patterns,
symbols, colors and images in any given mandala are
keys to understanding which of the twelve stages you
are dealing with at the present time.
A slide show of mandalas gathered over the years
will demonstrate the uniqueness and diversity in
circle drawings and reinforce the idea that indeed
mandalas are holograms, a representative picture of
Emotions are not something that happens to us. They
are something we do, something we choose. They
are goal-oriented reactions based on unconscious
beliefs. When left unchecked, negative
emotions consume endless amounts of time and energy.
They bring toxins to body, mind and spirit and keep
us from living an authentic and purposeful life;
they are destructive habits we can discover and
Dealing effectively with emotions requires
awareness, knowledge and practice. This
seminar will explore the difference between feelings
and emotions, ask you to take inventory of your
emotional life, redefine the twenty most often-used
emotions, give guidelines for processing negative
emotions, and offer an experience in learning how to
work through and master a challenging emotional
Metaphors are the language of the soul. Meta-phor in Greek means
“carrying across”. It is that which bridges the gap
between matter and spirit, that which links two
worlds together. Transformation takes place through
metaphor. Without metaphors, energy is locked in
repetitive patterns. Myth reminds us that Medussa
traps energy into stone. On the other hand, when we
are in the creative matrix, metaphors flow between
spirit and matter, and our internal split is healed.
Metaphoric Mind (Level One) will explore the questions: How can we open
to the metaphors in our lives? How can we allow
their truth, though sometimes painful, to resonate
through body, mind, and soul and stir a realization
that leads toward freedom? How can we enhance our
ability to experience all life as a metaphor in the
Mind of God? During this seminar we will also
explore 3 levels of awareness, metaphors from the
Native American tradition, and metaphors of 7 major
archetypes. Each person will also have the
opportunity to revisit and draw a personal
experience and see that moment with new eyes. For
those who wish, I will add insights to their
Metaphoric Mind (Level Two) is a continuation of Level One. It is open to
all, whether you have taken Level One or not. Level
Two will explore the questions: How can we deepen
our understanding of metaphor in ceremony and
ritual? How can we enhance our ability to read
metaphors in nature, in events which foreshadow, in
beginnings and endings, in cycles, catalysts and
transition? Each person will have the opportunity
to revisit and draw a personal experience and see
that moment with new eyes. For those who wish, I
will add insights to their discoveries.
The mystery teachings are the esoteric teachings,
the hidden veiled wisdom of any spiritual tradition,
as opposed to the exoteric teachings, that which is
more readily available. In times of old, the mystery
schools were hidden away in secluded spots so that
only the fortunate few were able to enter. The
teachings were designed to develop character, awaken
consciousness, and train the subtler senses.
Students were taught in a variety of modalities:
ritual, drama, myths, legends, stories, music, art,
architecture, metaphors, and symbols. They also
learned various spiritual disciplines such as
meditation, prayer, chanting, yoga, tai chi,
astrology, shamanism, numerology and kaballah.
During this mystery teachings series, we will, over
time, include mystery teachings from Egypt, Israel,
Native America, the Bible, Christian mysteries and
feminine mysteries. We will also explore the
esoteric meaning of initiation, the journey of the
soul, paradox, fate and destiny. As we explore the
ancient mysteries, we will also focus on
understanding the deeper mysteries of our own lives.
The mystery teachings will be offered in a series of
one-day programs, six times a year, for several
years. Individuals may choose to attend any or all
of the programs. The subject for each session
will be posted on my web schedule.
Long before modern man invented any of the “ologies” (sociology, theology,
psychology, anthropology, etc.) the essence of human
experience was expressed in dance, paintings,
ritual, and story. Myths remain relevant because
they tell our story, individually and collectively;
most importantly, they speak to the soul. They
guide, protect, help, comfort, enliven, challenge
and encourage us. They awaken us to who we are, to
what matters, to what is authentic and real.
During this seminar, we will explore the elements of the mythic journey and
understand the difference between the hero’s journey
and the heroine’s journey. Together, we will
explore a myth where unexpected things happen, where
opposing forces meet, where the known encounters the
unknown. In so doing, we will touch the edge of
what our souls came here to learn.
PERSONAL PROCESS is a three day transformational program designed to gently guide a
small group of participants through an exploration of their major life issues. During this seminar, we
ask the essential life questions:
What Am I Here To Learn?
Of all the patterns which
exist in my life, what is the major soul pattern (s)
for me to resolve? How did that pattern become
established? How does it continue to replay in my
life? What are the family and generational patterns
that impact my current story?
What Am I Here To Do? What is that which my soul cries out to express? What is my passion?
What are my unique talents? What are my soul qualities and soul attributes?
Using the medium of spontaneous drawings
participants will have an opportunity to draw
several drawings (no prior art experience or art
ability is necessary). Each participant will be
given input on his or her patterns, issues,
abilities, creative options and possibilities. They
will also be gently guided through a personal
process tailored to their needs.
NOTE: Personal Process Level Two and Level Three are a continuation of Level One. With each sequential program, new drawings are introduced and new insights are revealed.
There are four
levels of the psyche: sensory,
psychological, mythological and
spiritual. Each level is important in
its own way. Our focus is the
mythological realm, where we juxtapose
ancient stories with our personal
journey and discover that ours is a
great story, a true myth. We learn to
de-code metaphors, recognize wounds and
gifts, place our story in a more
expansive context, gain insight on how
to deal with mythic challenges, and
uncover keys to discern the deeper
teachings in any myth. In so doing, we
gain new knowledge of self, the
“ultimate mystery”, align with our
higher destiny and live life more
connected to soul.
Mythological Realm is a series of
classes offered ( when possible) once a
month Saturday .afternoon from 2 to 5,
beginning in April. The topic of each
session will be posted monthly on my
web. Cost per session is $75. You may
attend one, several, or all classes.
Hydra, Greece, a picturesque island in the Aegean
provides the ideal setting for you to enter another
reality and allow your “phoenix” to rise. The
island’s old world village charm has been preserved
by prohibiting vehicles and limiting construction.
Our group sessions take place in Hotel Nefelli, a
beautifully appointed whitewashed structure nestled
on the hillside accessible by donkey back or by
climbing age-old stone steps. From the veranda
one has a breathtaking view of clear blue skies,
coral tile rooftops, the picturesque village below,
and the clear azure blue Aegean Sea.
We will create a sacred space to touch the eternal
and sense the mysteries in the great stories…. and
translate their message in personal terms, to listen
within….to dreams, meditation, rituals,
and inner processing, to shift perspective …to let
your spirit soar, to see all life as a metaphor of
the mind of God, to share deeply, to have time to
reflect, to be inspired by and through others, to
have memorable moments, laughter and deep joy…..to
be nourished by what you feel and know and dream.
Mary Elizabeth has been teaching retreat programs in
Greece for some eighteen years. Some years ago she
and Carien Rietberg, a much beloved Dutch astrologer
and kabbalist, began to create and co-teach a
program called Phoenix Rising. Over the years,
this program has been well received. In fact, it is
not unusual for persons to return to Hydra after
several years and take the seminar again.
Though the theme is the same, the program varies
from year to year. The consistent feed-back is that
Phoenix Rising is provocative, inspiring, and often
We were born a magical child….a child with a natural
intelligence and a driving intent to express this
gift. We were spontaneous, full of wonder,
imagination, play, fantasy and creativity. Somewhere
along the way some of that magic was lost. For
natural intelligence can be injured or nurtured,
stimulated or starved. There were the expectations
of others to meet, the culture and the values that
we were taught to embrace. We may have been
dismissed, criticized, discounted, or ignored,
leaving us less in touch with who we authentically
are. Or we may have been stretched prematurely into
adult roles with no time to be a child.
It is affirming to know that Nothing is Ever Lost in
Spirit. The magic that is inherently ours was only
suppressed and lies dormant waiting for us to call
it back. Using stories, play, inner processes,
drawings and ritual we will reclaim that which was
temporarily lost. Our intent is to recover the
knowing that is in us and rekindle our personal
power that can flow in the midst of all things and
never be exhausted. Come to be valued, to play, to
laugh….to see yourself with new eyes and reclaim
your magical child.
Recoding the journey of the soul using
Spiritual Journaling has long been a practice
for students of the deeper mysteries. This
journal is the externalization of the akashic
record (the Book of Life) and trains our
consciousness to see clearly. For this system of
“spiritual bookkeeping “ brings new awareness to
the metaphors, lesson, cycles turning points and
initiations in one’s life and makes spirituality
real, practical and applicable in our everyday
By using the journal format,
insights are brought to the surface from the
subconscious and superconscious that otherwise might
elude us. We learn the art of reflection and
inner dialogue and begin to see the correlation
between inner and outer worlds, We see our life
through a different lens, for our story is
indeed unique. Wonderful in its own way. And
with a new perception, it is possible to release
what no longer serves and live more fully that
which is soulful and true for us .
Reading Soul Patterns through
Impromptu Drawings is an original model created by Mary
Elizabeth Marlow with both therapeutic and
diagnostic benefits. These drawings are a window to
the soul. They go direct to the heart of the matter,
by-passing the linear mind and revealing deeper
levels of the psyche which otherwise could take
months, or even years to discover. In a very real
sense they are cryptograms, coded messages from the
inner self. Spontaneous drawings reveal the soul’s
code, the unique imprint of an individual with
his/her challenges and possibilities. Indeed, they
are a pathway to the akashic record (the record of
the soul). Thus, learning to read these drawings is
a subtle art.
For some thirty years, including some sixty trips to
Europe and widespread travel in the United States,
Mary Elizabeth has been using drawings with
individuals, families and groups, She has fine-tuned
the art of interpreting spontaneous drawings and is
ready to pass on this work.
There are two levels to this program.
level has two segments. Segment A and Segment B.
The cost for each segment is $595.00. Each level
and segment is offered separately and is taught
in successive order. Each segment is a two full
day session and the segments are typically
taught within a six month time period.
This training is for anyone who wants a spiritually
accelerated program for their own growth and is also
serves as an adjunct for those who work in human service
capacities, such as: practitioners, counselors,
teachers and therapists.
LEVEL ONE: THE EARLY YEARS: Your Training Ground
This first of a two part series on the early years
is both lecture and lab (both information and
hands-on experience) During this session you will:
- Learn about the nature of Change
- Understand how Beliefs and Patterns are established
- Work with Higher Levels of Consciousness
- Enhance Intuition and Awareness
- Establish Guidelines to Read Patterns
- Practice with Sample Drawings
- Receive a recommended Reading List
- Be given assignments for Practice Drawings
MENTORING - For those who wish feedback on their assignments, two options are available.
- GROUP MENTORING: Participants bring a folder
with their practice drawings and paragraph
write-ups of their insights about the drawings.
The mentoring programs are typically afforded
within a six week time period following each
segment. It meets for one day (Sat. or Sun.)
from 1pm to 5pm. Cost: $150
- INDIVIDUAL MENTORING: Dates for these sessions can be arranged as needed. Feed-back on drawings can be done in person or long-distance via the internet and skype. Cost: $100 per hour or $150 for two persons
Once family of origin
issues and generational patterns have been clarified
and dealt with, it is time to take the next step.
The Next Step is a shift in perspective, a quantum
leap in consciousness. We move beyond the
psychological level to the mythological and
spiritual realm. We see our life anew. For indeed,
ours is a great story, a true myth.
path we have taken, whatever loss and pain we have
experienced, our story can be remythologized to
reveal its deeper meaning. As we celebrate our
strengths rather than ‘working on our problems”, we
develop new capacities, new habits which allow us to
be infused with spirit and sustain our new insights.
When all is said and done, perhaps there are only three important questions we must ask ourselves:
We have chosen Bear Creek Farm Tree (an hour from
Houston) as the location for our Woman’s Retreat.
This pastoral setting is a sacred space which allows
reflection on life’s most important questions.
It also invites learning, truth, laughter, kindness
and wisdom. Through stories from the mythic
realm, ritual, spontaneous drawings and inner journeys, we will discover
what has been forgotten or suppressed in our
depths….and return transformed or with something of
value. With a shift in consciousness, we
become aware of synchronicities and come into
communion with the larger life around us.
- How can I love more fully?
- What am I here to give?
- What am I here to heal?
Changing Woman is an ancient story from the Native
American culture and is the theme of this year’s
Woman’s Wisdom Retreat. Our setting is the enchanted land of New Mexico.
The expansiveness of the desert terrain allows us
to see with greater clarity and be refreshed and
restored with a new sense of self. The location of
our retreat program is a charming adobe structure
approximately five miles from Santa Fe. (Cost includes
program only. Participants make their own lodging
arrangements.) As is customary during our
Southwest retreat, we leave one afternoon and
evening free to appreciate some aspect of native
American culture, such as visiting a sacred site or
going to the ceremonial dances at one of the nearby
pueblos. This year, we visit Santa Clara Pueblo on August 12th
for their annual Feast Day celebrations. We will
have an opportunity to experience first-hand aspects
of the life, culture and customs of the Picuris
people. In particular, we will attune to the natural
wisdom inherent in pueblo women and the ways in
which they embody the essence of Changing Woman.
During this seminar, each participant sculpts in clay their
current life (no art ability required). This process
enables you to gain new insights about your story
and the interplay of archetypes, metaphors,
challenges and possibilities. After reviewing and
reassessing your current story, you then reshape
your original model to reflect a more authentic and
inspired future in the making. As we integrate more fully our inner and outer world, we
become Changing Woman, a wise woman who knows
what to release and what to preserve.
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The Dalia Lama says that it is western women who will light the way.
To call on our feminine wisdom, we summon the ancient stories and myths about women. They remain relevant because they tell our story individually and collectively. Most importantly, they speak to the soul. And when we hear them, something deep inside resonates, stirring mysterious chords of memory. Myths point the way to infinite possibilities. They protect, heal, enliven, challenge and encourage us. They awaken us to who we are, to what matters, to what is authentic and real. They help us reenchant our lives and become the creative mythmaker that we are.
Come join in this circle of wise women where we dialogue about the insights we glean from the stories and where we value the wisdom that each woman brings to the circle.
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