Our March Circle is underway ... it's a 4 part series ... but keep your eyes peeled for more clues as to what it's all about. And of course, message me if you have any questions!
For something new ... an all genders group called "Journey Into the Self".
I will be offering this with my colleague, Art Therapist Cammi Manchur.
We will be exploring together over 4 weeks 4 Jungian concepts: the Persona, the Anima/Animus, the Shadow and finally... the Self.
I LOVE jungian psych! It is deep but can also be fun-filled and revealing in a way that adds new depths to intuitive insights. We will work with art, dreams and meditation and we will be traversing the territory together so people will always have say in how much is revealed!
For those who know therapy, this is not a process group so much as it is meant to invite more avenues of curiousity and perhaps awaken new possibilities in your life.
It was a pleasure and an honour to have this conversation with the creator of Circlework and author of underground classics like "Aphrodite's Daughter's" ... my beautiful teacher JALAJA BONHEIM.
I LOVE DANCING!
I've always loved dancing. I find it fun, freeing and also ... a place where I actually discover stillness through movement.
I really struggled finding stillness in formal meditation at first, and still do much of the time, but somehow every time I dance, (as long as there are some good tunes) my thinking mind agrees to soften into a space of curiousity, trust, and exploration.
And I can surrender to my body's ideas. And that is profound for me because I'm normally a think-aholic.
In her book, "The Serpent and the Wave", Jalaja Boheim talks about women's journeys with kundalini and the power of dance and movement:
"To lose oneself in the rapture of movement and enter states of trance or ecstasy is quite natural. Children do so all the time and in their play rediscover the most ancient ways of altering consciousness. Movement meditation is a conscious continuation of this journey into our bodies, into ourselves".
Can't wait to tap into this power and wisdom of our bodies together soon!!
(Photo Credit: Helene Cyr)
I just spent 6 days in circle with 15 beautiful women in a "Goddess island", as one woman called it, in the mountains of Itahca, New York. I miss it.
Jalaja taught me so much, and with such humility, and always with a sense of respect for the circle.
Carl Jung called the circle: “the archetype of wholeness and divinity.” I think I'm starting to get it.
Jalaja describes how "humans have been gathering in circles for hundreds of thousands of years, and have always revered the circle as a powerful healing agent".
This work is different from other women's groups because the circle invokes the sacred. That might sound religious, but no one had to subscribe to any specific beliefs or dogma to fit in. It wasn't about any set of beliefs or norms really. We just had to be present to ourselves, to the other women, and OPEN to other sources of guidance too... whether that be feelings, dreams, or whispers from beyond.
The Circle cultivates qualities traditionally associated with the feminine, such as gentleness, receptivity, compassion, nurturance, and beauty. Our world so needs these ways!!!
The quality of The Circle that I felt personally most impactful was the spaciousness. Inner and Outer. I was reminded that a busy achievement-oriented mind can really get in the way of embodying our deeper wisdoms. It's so valuable to honour the many facets of the mind, and its mental concepts, yet, we must remain open in heart too.
When women gather in circle, the work we are doing is not just for us as individuals; we really are doing collective work. Jalaja says that "war would not exist if it were up to women". She says: "Unless we can muster the courage to lay down our weapons, let go of our defenses, own our vulnerability, and connect in intimate and authentic ways, our species will not survive".
I feel this truth on so many levels.
Look forward to sharing our deepening in heart with you ... hopefully in circle ... I'll be holding one in the New Year so keep your ear to the ground!
Would you like to set intentions in your home or work space for more love, ease and beauty?
I was reflecting on a practice that would be fun to share and decided to offer you a few simple tips on Creating an altar ♡
The first thing to do is to gather some items that feel sacred to you. That could mean a Buddha or Goddess statue, but could also be rocks or stones, candles, incense, something with colours you love, or my personal favorite: a photo or photos of a person or people you love!
Choose a special space. Even if it's just a corner in your living room, make it a special space by moving any objects that don't bring you joy out of the way. Clear the space with sage, palo santo or incense.
Arrange your items with intention. Hold each item and ensure it brings you a felt sense of joy (Maria Kondo style!) before intuitively placing it somewhere that is appealing to you. You can always reposition it, but most importantly, pay attention to how it feels to create; notice if your mind is soothed by the act of creation.
Finally, commit to tending your inner world and visit your sacred altar each morning or night, light a candle and pay attention to your breath for at least 5 mins.
(The word sacred does not have to be considered religious. If Sacred means "having something to do with Holiness", and "Holy" means "revered", than you can think of the word sacred as an indication of special Intention).
For women curious about igniting more vitality and passion in your body & in life,
I am holding workshops with two other women this Fall.
The workshops involve dance, meditation, and sharing our experience safely with one another.
We've had the first session of Inviting Aphrodite "Deepening our Pleasure" and it was a success!
Some of the feedback we received:
“I loved every part of this event. I loved the sensory activation and all the smells and food…
Thank you for the sharing. It rejuvenated my strength”.
“I loved the empowerment and energy we all created …
I love the dancing moment, the interaction, love and presence that we all shared”.
“Thank you. I feel whimsical, sensual and hopeful.”
Come one, come all!
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Saturday December 10th, 2016, 10am-4pm
Welcome, Soulful Woman! Come rest, nourish, heal, and rejuvenate, as we near the darkest day of the year.
Join holistic therapists Angela Caruk and Sarah Jarvis for a full-day retreat.
We invite you to:
*Rest & care for your body
*Connect to your inner wisdom
*Enter the present moment
Together, we will weave wisdom practices to nurture mind, body, heart, and spirit.
Mindfulness meditation. Self-Compassion. Presence.
Movement. Honouring and celebrating who we are, as we are.
Come away from this retreat feeling closer to your own self, at home in your heart, and at ease in your body.
As someone who gives to so many all year long, this is a gift that you can give to yourself as we near the end of 2016, and prepare for a new year.
Throughout this day, we’ll explore what it means to:
*Become your own greatest support
*Give yourself permission to let go of unhelpful expectations & self-pressure
*Honour your inner rhythm, intuition, & knowing
As a group we will support one another, share, receive, integrate mindfulness & self-compassion through exercises and dialogue, and tap into our innate women’s wisdom. This is a space where ALL of you is welcome, is invited to be celebrated, is honoured.
ABOUT YOUR FACILITATORS:
Angela & Sarah are both long-time meditators, counsellors, yoga teachers, and experienced group facilitators.
They are committed to integrating & sharing the principles of mindfulness, fierce self-compassion, women’s wisdom, & heart-based living.
ARE YOU READY TO JOIN US?
When you take care of YOU, everything follows. What would shift in your life – even a little – if you felt more aligned with your heart, available to the present moment, and able to care deeply for yourself? Want to find out?
Join us and a tribe of like-minded women on Saturday December 10th at a beautiful private studio in Kerrisdale, Vancouver.
We look forward to sharing, growing, and being nourished together.