In this workshop we will get Diana (Goddess of the Moon) and Auntie Flo (your Menstrual Cycle) on a conference call for a Strategic Planning session to synchronize and thrive - in our business, in our personal lives, in 2019 and beyond.
We all require the grounding energies of safety and support to flourish. Some may call this “Home” — where we can process emotions and experiences, rest deeply within to receive the nourishment of our life experiences, and where we can feel freedom from fear to dream, create, and take action in our lives.
“Home” can be thought of as a place or location—where we grew up, where we live now, or a "home away from home." We might think of it in terms of the people in our lives — constellations of relationships such as family, friends, etc. It might even be defined as more of an intangible state we travel to — in our minds, in our creative works, in our spiritual practices, in our hearts. Or, more physically, like a snail that carries its "home" on its back, we may consider our own Body as Home, or the breath, our hearts, as home.
As adults we are empowered to create our own identity and relationship to Home, one that is uniquely ours, which may or may not be built upon the bedrock of our birth home or family.
CLOSE THE YEAR WITH REFLECTION & CELEBRATION
GAIN SELF-INSIGHT & LEARN POWERFUL SELF-MASTERY TOOLS
CREATE A FOUNDATION FOR AN ENERGIZING & EXPANSIVE 2019 AND BEYOND
In this workshop, you will learn and apply The Whole Human Life Model ™, a method and set of tools for self-inquiry & advancement developed over a decade of research and experience.
You will also learn and use Design Thinking (a human-centered framework for creative problem-solving), and specific techniques (drawing upon Neuropsychology, Energy Management, Somatic Wellness, Transpersonal Psychology, and Eastern Philosophy) you can use on a daily basis to troubleshoot challenges, and design your life with greater self-leadership on your unique path.
This New Moon on December 6th is the perfect capstone to a wild ride of year filled with retrogrades, an extra eclipse, and significant truth-telling and clearing both on a personal and societal level. For some individuals, major changes manifested externally - new careers, ending of marriages, falling out with friends, overseas moves, significant rearranging of life circumstances like finances, health, etc. While others may have been affected more internally, drawn to do shadow work and address childhood and family wounds, and establish a new relationship to self, money, body, etc. Whatever our assignments for this year have been, they have been leading us to now and this New Moon to cap 2018 - The Year of Mastery - with a sense of victory.
Everything in this life is for you. The difficult experiences are the grit that makes the pearl. By tuning within in the dark of the New Moon, we can hear the whisper of our intuition that tells us All is Well. And from that place of trust and alignment with our higher wisdom, we can plant seeds of intention that manifest from a place of soul-level Truth, rather than our ego.
This time of year the darker days invite us to turn within, get quiet, reflect. Yet the holidays and end of year work pressures call us to direct our energy outward. These invitations can be quite emotionally exhausting and taxing on our bodies and nervous systems. They can even trigger past traumas or abuses, making it even more challenging to create and enjoy the many gifts of this season.
How do we chose to respond?
What choices will be in the healthiest alignment for us — for our mind, body, psyche, and soul?
How can we resource ourselves and create safe boundaries?
How can we work with challenging situations and difficult emotions, and embrace them as they truly are — invitations for us to affirm our own power, our own choice and intelligence?
Our Souls speak to us when we sleep, shower, meditate, make love, make a peanut butter sandwich … The Soul is always humming in the background and Beyond, supporting our Free Will and providing invitations to support our expansion and growth.
Meanwhile, our Personalities, what we tend to think of ourselves as our identity, ask, "What is my Life Purpose, my Meaning?" "What is my 'Why'?" "Why am I not happy, why do I not feel fulfilled even though I have so much, have done so much, etc.?" … And we get frustrated when we can't seem to figure out a satisfactory answer, despite all or our well-meaning thinking and worrying about it.
Personal Development is a Radical Act of Love and Justice.
Our individual healing work supports the transformation of the collective. When we are willing to take inventory of all the ways we choose to judge, withhold love, and to place conditions on our own selves, and in relationship with others, we begin to stand witness to our own self-created suffering and pain.
We can choose to create a new right relationship to our inner world; we can stop kicking our own asses in our heads, taking out our pain on how we relate to our bodies and emotions, and relax into receiving and sharing the wisdom of our hearts, the compassion that fuels true peace and harmony.
When we choose to right the scales of how we love ourselves, we create an energy of grounded self-leadership that allows us to stand fully in our power, in our truth. We become emblematic, victorious in our own “be”-ing, able to fully “do” in the world from a place of righteous selfhood.
Under Virgo we are to Honor the gore in the glorious mess of this time of Soul growth; it is a process of distillation, purification back to essence. And we are to be Gentle with our soft, tender new skin from shedding so many layers. Virgo is also here to help us in-corp-orate the change as she rules digestion in the Body, our Yin & Feminine energy. She provides us a home within ourselves to lead our lives with both Intuition and Logic, in service to our highest expression of Self and for the betterment of others.
We are invited to embrace wise Discernment - Viveka ("right understanding," in Pali & Sanskrit) - as we plant seeds under this New Moon in Virgo for how we shall carry our plans for 2018 into the final quarter stretch of the year.
This is an online class that shares astrological information to support your growth and conscious awareness, and to set intentions during this powerful New Moon in Virgo. A channeled, chakra-aligned Yoga Nidra practice is offered to deeply relax & restore the body, and clear & transform belief patterns stored in our subconscious and unconscious mind.
Design & Live a Whole Human Life: An Intensive Day-Long Personal Growth & Self-Leadership Urban Retreat [Austin]
An Intensive Day Long Urban Retreat for a Total Life Realignment using Design Thinking, Neuropsychology, & Somatic Wellness Techniques
We create our experience of life. We either do this unconsciously, following outside expectations and patterns of our past, and the fears and worries of the future. Or, we can consciously create how we move through this life with the awareness and empowerment that comes from conscious choice-making.
When we engage our Whole Human wisdom (head, gut, and heart, or mind, body, and soul), we make decisions from a place of empowerment. We cultivate confidence to make choices that are for our highest good, rather than out of obligation or fear. We build grit and resilience, taking risks from a place of self-generated safety and passionate curiosity.
We find greater ease and joy as we learn to consciously create our own experience of life.
How we Lead our Lives is How we Lead Others.
During this New Moon in Leo, we are asked to consider our relationship to ourselves - how we lead our self, what is our relationship to our energy and power, and how we take the stage to express our influence, our power in the world.
Making Conscious Choices is the first step in Self-Leadership.
We cannot expect we can show up for others - our family, friends, colleagues, partners - as our best selves if we don't first show up for ourselves with the Courage and Strength (Leo qualities) to choose a higher choice for the expression of our Be-ing. To make the necessary internal changes to then be expressed on the world's stage. This is how we begin to live a whole human life, with Self-Leadership for our thoughts and choices, Self-Responsibility for what we create in the world, grounded in the Wisdom of the Body, the Truth of our Soul, crafted with Love and Care for Self and Others.
Breathwork, or Pranayama (Sanskrit; Prana = breath, life; Yama = control), is an ancient style of meditation practice that activates the 72,000 nadis or psychic channels (the body's energetic circulatory system).
This nearly four thousand year old practice is a simple, easy process to learn, and a great way to start your own daily meditation practice.
It can be used to clear energetic blocks, change the biochemistry of the brain, promote relaxation and healing, improve immunity, reduce stress, and create altered states of consciousness.
The Spiritual is Political. In today's society it seems a radical act to take personal responsibility for what we say and do in the world, and how we say it and do it. Yet, more than ever our world needs us to step into self-leadership as a way for our individual example to light a path for healing and right action in the world.
Enter the energy of Aquarius, retrogrades, eclipse season, and the Full Moon at 4°44' (a sacred number signaling spiritual awakening) in Aquarius on July 27th to remind us - What we chose to feel, we can heal. What we put effort to heal in ourselves, helps to heal the collective.
We can't solve our problems, the world's problems, using the same level of consciousness with which we created our problems.
We need to go deep into our feelings, and understand them with the energy of divine consciousness. To re/member ourselves as source, to re/connect to our feelings as Truth so we can repair our individual lives and the collective experience.
When we feel grounded, centered, and secure, we are able to take risks that grow our life experience. We are comfortable with experiencing our creativity, sexuality, and play. We can relax into presence, and are comfortable being alone as much as with others. We can trust ourselves to take good care of ourselves, make positive self choices, and listen to our feelings and intuition. Even in the best of childhoods, few of us learned what it looks like to take good care of ourselves and how to make ourselves happy.
Using the lenses of Margaret Paul's "Inner Bonding," and Richard Schwartz's "Internal Family Systems (IFS)," we will learn and experience techniques to connect and dialog with our Inner Child. We will discuss the experience of trauma in the nervous system as it relates to "parts work" in IFS, and the spiritual tradition of "calling back" the soul fragments that occur during traumatic events.
We will also experience trauma-informed breathwork, gentle movement, journaling, and a special Yoga Nidra practice designed to connect and facilitate healing with your inner little one. This workshop is designed with love and honor for wherever you are in your process.
You do not have to identify as a trauma-survivor to benefit, however, special attention will be given to discussion of trauma, PTSD, and C-PTSD.
Your feelings are your Truth.
Too often we give away our power by letting someone else tell us how to feel about an experience, a person, a difficult situation that has come up in our lives. This blocks us from knowing what we truly desire in life - What our purpose is, and what is right or best for us in any given moment.
We may desire to follow our feelings, to make big changes in our lives - to quit that job, leave the relationship, move to a different city, make a major lifestyle change - but end up holding back, staying stuck in what is no longer true for our best selves out of fear of rejection from our family, social groups, coworkers, even society at large that is invested in telling us how we "should" live our lives.
This is your life to live. What is best for you is what is true for you.
During this New Moon in Cancer, we are asked to understand and redefine what we share with others and what we keep to ourselves. To trust our intuition through having the courage to feel our own feelings and honor them as truth, rather than what is expected by family, friends, society, etc. We will also dive into discussion on the influence of the partial Solar Eclipse and this period of Mars Retrograde.
If you're seeking to connect with your intuition, feeling blocked on how to move forward on your goals, wanting clarity to release unhealthy patterns, or just need a way to deeply relax and do some self-care, this class is for you!
This Full Moon in Capricorn on June 28th shines a light on what has come to fruition since its corresponding new moon six months prior. It is an opportunity for inquiry into our "shadow side," allowing us to see our habits, mental patterns, addictive patterns, relationships, and other elements that can be shed to support our soul's continued growth.
Capricorn helps us set our minds on a goal, and have the willpower, grit, and tenacity to reach the finish line. And yet, Capricorn's earth sign energy can become so fixated on the goal that the pleasure of the journey, and the gifts of the present moment, can be overlooked.
To find balance with this, we work with the energy of Anja, the "Third Eye" or 6th Chakra. The six chakra is about our ability to Perceive in the mind's eye and to Command the body to action. It is a blending of intuition and determination, spirit and matter, earth and air energies. It is a fitting compliment to the restrictive energy of Capricorn by its ruling planet Saturn.
We can dream big, but need the solid ground to walk upon to carry out these goals.
We need imagination and "Magical Thinking" to see things beyond the way they are right in front of us so we can innovate and create lasting change.
We are not alone.
We are biologically wired for connection. However, sometimes it can feel challenging to reach out, or scary to share vulnerably what's going on for us. Maybe we've endured past traumas that have guided us to protect our hearts. Or maybe there is fear around not knowing how we will be received, if connection is safe.
We must learn to create a healthy balance between intimacy and autonomy to integrate the benefits of relationship -- with others, and with ourselves.
New Moon in Gemini on June 13th
New Moons are a time to set intentions - to question old habits and behaviors, and make a fresh start. This is a perfect time to take inventory of your relationships with others and yourself.
How well do I take care of myself, or do I tend to invest more energy in others? What needs to change in my approach to relationship? What can use some space, some air to breathe? Where can I be more nurturing to myself, to others? How do I communicate? What kinds of relationships do I tend to attract and what might this reveal about my own inner world?
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Do you struggle to get your point across and be heard? Do you feel out-of-synch in some aspect of your relationships, or don't seem to resonate with the people and world around you? Do you find yourself compromising on your own truth to keep the peace with others? Are you feeling an urge to purify and simplify the inputs around you and your routine behaviors (e.g., social media consumption)? Do you crave greater beauty, elegance, sensuality, and stability, security, stronger boundaries?
New Moons are a time to set intentions - to question old habits and behaviors, and make a fresh start. This Tuesday, May 15th at 7:47am EST the New Moon in Taurus provides a beautiful invitation to Say What You Mean and Speak Your Truth, to clarify, ground, and thus transform your world to the benefit of your own and the greater collective experience.
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If you've been feeling emotionally unbalanced, experiencing guilt and self-judgement, desiring to reconnect to your creativity and purpose, wanting more play and pleasure in your life, or just need a way to deeply relax and do some self-care, this class is for you!
Full moons are an opportunity for completion, harvest, inquiry, and release. They shine a light on what has come to fruition since their corresponding new moon six months prior. A full moon illuminates our "shadow side," allowing us to see our habits, mental patterns, addictive patterns, relationships, and other elements that can be shed to support our soul's continued growth.
We are not meant to stay the same. We are meant to be reborn again and again in this lifetime.
Creativity is our birthright.
"Too much, too soon, too fast." Trauma biologically alters our brain chemistry, nervous system, and genome. Psychologically, it leaves an imprint that influences behavior, thoughts, and future responses to internal and external experience.
Fortunately we are socially waking up to the very real affect of trauma, C-PTSD and PTSD. We are learning more about trauma through advances in neuroscience and epigenetics research. Integrative techniques from somatic and transpersonal psychology are expanding our mental health repertoire. And culturally, movements like #metoo are giving voice to long-held, institutionally codified forms of systemic, intergenerational, compound trauma.
If you've been lagging on your New Year's resolutions, feeling a bit all over the place and unfocused, or just need an easy way to deeply relax and do some self-care, this class is for you!
New Moons are a time to set intentions for the next cycle of the lunar month. This Sunday, April 15th is an important one as it takes place in the fiery sign of Aries -- The start of the zodiac calendar that sparks the flame that carries us through the rest of the year.
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"As children we were taught not to play with fire, so we closed ourselves off and kept ourselves safe, forgetting about the flame within our hearts - forgetting about the spark within our souls." - Bianca Sparacino, from the poetry collection "Seeds Planted in Concrete"
We carry many core beliefs from childhood unconsciously into adulthood. These can sometimes be the source of struggle in repeating negative patterns and failures to make change "stick."
We need to clear out deeply held ideas that do not align with our future goals - a better job, relocation to another city, break an addiction, connect with a loving partner. We have to get at the base of where these are stored - the subconscious and unconscious mind - to release that which no longer serves our personal development.
We can create lasting change by transforming our root beliefs about our own power and place in the world.
We are here to heal - ourselves, and our ancestral, karmic lineage - for our futures right here and now, and for the greater good of our planet and future generations. At a spiritual level, trauma can be understood as part of the soul-level contracts we made before incarnation; it is through the toughest of weather that the core wood of the tree grows strongest. But first, we must learn how to take care of ourselves, and hold space for those parts of us ready to release and transmute pain into medicine.
Yoga Nidra is an ancient Tantra Yoga meditation technique designed to deeply relax the body, and enter the hypnogogic state, the state between being awake and being asleep. In this state the body engages the parasympathetic nervous system to deeply relax, allowing emotional and energetic blocks from the subconscious and unconscious mind to arise and clear. The practice is performed lying down (or can be seated), and is suitable for all physical conditions.
This workshop is designed with love and respect for wherever you are in your process. In the workshop we will combine Yoga Nidra with trauma-informed breathwork and gentle movement, discussion, and journaling.
In just a 15-20 minute practice of Yoga Nidra, the body and mind receives the equivalent benefits of 4 hours of sleep.
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Yoga Nidra is a technique derived from an ancient Tantra practice. BUT, you don't have to "do yoga," or "be a yogi," or even know how to meditate to benefit from this practice.
It is so simple, and yet a ridiculously easy way to combat fatigue and deeply rest. It is suitable for all ages and abilities.
“Be wild; that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing. That is creative life. It is made up of divine paradox." - Clarissa Pinkola Estés, "Women Who Run With the Wolves"
We cannot give birth, create anew from stagnant waters. Old resentments, judgements about ourselves and others, internal tapes of "shoulds" on repeat, and fears about our ability to meet our highest ideals for our lives are often in the background this time of the year, despite our best of intentions as we set new year goals and resolutions.
Just in time before the first New Moon of the New Year, we will combine meditation, journaling, and group exercises to pause, reflect on the past year, take stock of what is present in the NOW, and listen for what most wants to be present in your leadership, work, and life.
During the workshop, you will:
• Review the year past to discern your inner most compass
• Identify what is present in this moment seeking to guide your year
• Connect with your intuition and inner wisdom through guided Yoga Nidra, breathwork, and meditation practices
• Translate your intentions into focused and integrated aspirations for 2018 and its first quarter
Through the practice of Yoga Nidra we energetically clear the subconscious and unconscious house of the body, and release tension, emotions, and memories we no longer need to carry.
Timed to correspond with the Winter Solstice, and the end of Mercury Retrograde, in this event we invite our bodies to flow with these cosmic energies, and engage in a gentle letting go so we may expand with the light of the lengthening days, allowing new seeds to take root for the year to come.
Between the holidays, travel, and end of Q4, we can experience a lot of anxiety, stress, and insomnia, and have difficulty connecting to ourselves to truly enjoy the blessings and symbolic nature of this time of year.
We begin our experience with some aromatherapy, light breathing exercises (pranayama), and a gentle, restorative yoga series to connect to and open the body in preparation for Yoga Nidra. During the practice, the parasympathetic nervous system (“rest / digest” phase, opposite of “fight / flight") is activated, and we enter the hypnogogic state between being awake and being asleep. When we stay in this place for 20 minutes it is the equivalent of 4 hours of sleep. We seal the experience with a sankalpa (intention-setting) practice to close the session, carrying the message our heart and soul reveals to us after quieting the mind.
During F Congregation: The Vent we will dismantle and eliminate what holds us back. Fear and anger are common suspects of our shared experience. These feelings are heavily employed by media to effect our psyches. It might be a crazy time, but let's learn not to go crazy, how to vent properly, and then channel our anger and frustration into positive implementation to help our community and our city.
Speakers from media, medicine, and mindfulness discuss effects of fear and anger has on the body and mind and explore ways how to effectively release this energy into a positive way.