We'll gather in the Western forests of Minnesota. We'll gather on sacred land to learn new skills, spark new truths, connect with the Earth, and meet soul-sisters all as an offering to celebrate the feminine and mother Earth, as well as bring balance to the masculine and feminine.
A variety of Earth-Based workshops will be offered for healing the body, mind, spirit, as well as learning the wisdom of the Earth, and healing the Earth.
Includes the option of attending 10 different earth + spirit workshops from a variety of teachers and healers plus special opening and closing ceremonies.
We view each women's workshop as an offering, a gift to be shared.
Nourishing your soul...your way. The gathering offers great workshops that allow you to explore, learn and heal. You'll also have access to beautiful hiking trails, biking trails, and a beach to enjoy at your leisure.
All aspects of the event from flyers to food were sourced in with an ecological mind with the love, energy, and care of women.
Accommodations: We share a beautiful secluded campsites at Lake Rebecca Park Reserve near Rockford (about 45 minutes West of the Twin Cities). We can provide space for up to 120 women.
Participants provide their own tents and camping gear. The grounds are very spacious and you can find your own pocket of trees to make your nest.
Bathroom facilities are within walking distance. Simple showers are available at at the beach.
For non-campers who want to part-take in the event we will help coordinate lodging possibilities nearby.
Food: Prepared with care and mindfulness, the food is gluten free and dairy free and sourced from the highest quality local and organic farmers to support our bodies and the Earth. Meals are provided Friday dinner to Sunday lunch.
Participants are also welcome to bring their own food for any reason. We'll have charcoal grills and campfire available for cooking. You may also bring gas stoves, coolers, etc.
Planning your visit: Check-in begins 4pm on Friday. Closing ceremony ends at 11:15am Sunday.
Workshops (more to come!)
Connecting to the Earth Element
(yoga and mindful movement)
On a deep level, this workshop begins to connect us to the brilliance, beauty and mystery of the body. Appreciating the body as it is, recognizing the limitations of the body, and tuning in to the wisdom of the body.
Cultivating an Intuitive Mind
(yoga and meditation)
Developing the intuitive mind brings balance to a mind that is susceptible to anxiety, self-doubt, and overthinking and cultivates a free-flow inspired way of living. In this class we'll work with specific yoga series and meditation for the purpose of developing intuition.
Tree Medicine and Ceremony
A beautiful workshop that connects us to the powerful medicine of the trees. It will be a weaving of ceremony, ritual, connecting to and listening to the medicine of trees, and how to use 2-3 tree remedies from Northwoods trees. Participants will also learn how to bring this wisdom home and integrate into their lives.
A Visit to Wonder Woman’s Island—
Embodying our Purpose, Passion, and Power!
What would it be like to live in a culture where it never occurred to anybody that women were supposed to be submissive to men and live only to support others’ agendas? Where we women joyfully inhabit our bodies and lovingly exercise our own special powers? At this time, the world NEEDS authentically empowered women whose FULL EMBODIMENT makes it possible for us to hold our own center of gravity and draw our culture into its next level of development. We must create a culture where we honor and fully value women along with all living Beings; where we heal the sexual pathologies that our present culture supports (widespread rape, commercial exploitation of sexuality, attitudes toward “beauty” that alienate women from their own bodies, etc.); where corporate profits no longer take precedence over the well-being of the Earth and all living Beings. We have fun in our community of women playfully gleaning lessons from Wonder Woman’s Amazon island for standing in our purpose, passion, and power—so that we can strengthen our energetic integration and balance as we make our way along our unique and often challenging paths in life!
A Moon Temple is a sacred circling of women coming together in celebration, restoration, and inspiration under the unique essence of the current moon phase and astrological sign. It is a safe sanctuary of sisterhood to explore and embody the rhythmic cycles of the moon, and how those rhythms reflect in our bodies, psyches, and spirit. We explore both our fierce power and our tender vulnerability, as they both emerge from the sanctity of our hearts. We presence our feminine legacy of womb wisdom by engaging in grounding, meditation, moon mystery education, embodiment practices, dancing, sharing, and more, as we source deep nourishment and profound connection to the intuitive feminine essence within.
Women's Zikr: Experiential Power, Knowledge, and Love from the Sufi Muslims
The Sufi Ceremony of Divine Remembrance (Zikr): Sitting, standing, and moving circles of music and prayer invite ecstasy as souls meet beyond personality. Our zikrs flow from the traditional mystics of Turkey and the Middle East. This time we'll draw from the female aulia: Friends of God and hidden Prophets. All religions, traditions, and genders welcome! Supplemental handouts provided.
Exploring Our Divine Purpose
(Qoya, dance, and mindful movement)
Qoya is a movement class based on the idea that through movement we Remember. We remember our Essence as Women to be Wise, Wild, and Free. Wise, Wild, and Free also draw reference to the movement forms we practice. Wise - the Wisdom of Yoga. Wild - the creative expression in Dance. And Free - expanding our capacity to enjoy our bodies through Expressive Movement. Qoya is open to Women of all levels of movement or dance. The focus in Qoya is more on how you FEEL than what it LOOKS like. In this Qoya offering we will be moving with the theme of Soul Purpose. As we listen to and move with our bodies we Remember why we are really here. Your body is your Guide. It is the Compass that directs you. Join me as we Remember our Divine Purpose.
Merging With The Elements: A Vinyasa Flow w/ Cacao + Sacred Sound Healing
Explore the fusion of the ancient internal practices of Yoga and Shamanism. Yoga (union with the Divine) and Shamanism (interaction with the spirit world) both are practices traditionally designed to lead us to the direct flow of wisdom. We begin the class with a cup of Sacred Cacao to connect us to Spirit and to help expand our Heart Chakra (30 min). We then use the ancient teachings of Nature's Five Elements for this intense and transformational yoga practice (90 min). Our experience will be deepened by the constant thread of Sacred Sounds performed live.
Guided by the cycles of the Five Elements, we will embody the energies of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether. As we become each of these elements, we will learn valuable lessons that will allow us to reveal our passions, to shift perceptions, and to dream our world into being. You will leave the practice feeling spiritually cleansed, emotionally empowered, and expansive....ready to live life the life that wants to live in you! Now is the time to reveal yourself to yourself. As the Hopi Elders stated:
“We are the ones that we’ve been waiting for.”
Awakening Your Sixth Sense
Ever wonder how to open your third eye, home to your “sixth sense?” Your intuition, insight and higher wisdom come alive when this energy center is fully open and balanced. It gives us access beyond time and space and is the source of our perception beyond our ordinary sight. Some refer to the third eye as the Seat of the Soul, other traditions refer to it as the gateway into the inner realms, a portal into higher states of consciousness. Often referred to as the sixth chakra, is where intuition and transcendent consciousness take priority over ordinary logic. Unfortunately, for most of us, developing our third eye chakra and its abilities is challenging at best, and may even sometimes seem out of reach. There is an entire art and science to awakening and working with the third eye. Learn some simple steps and recommendations to help you elevate your senses to gain higher levels of perception and intuition.
What is your relationship to your menstrual cycle? How intimately knowledgeable are you with the subtle nuances and powerful patterns as this sacred cycle moves through you? As women, we carry a direct physical and emotional reflection of the moon’s rhythms. When we investigate and track these rhythms through our own bodies, we access the empowerment of the wisdom of our wombs. In this class you will learn to chart your personal menstrual cycle in relation to the current lunar phases. When you commit to a practice of continual charting, the unique rhythm of your inner moon will be revealed, offering galaxies of insight into the shifting terrain of your body’s physical, mental, emotional, sexual and psychic landscapes.
Woman as Divine Messenger: From the Spiritual Traditions of the Earth
Join in Dances of Universal Peace from the Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Native American traditions, offered as love and healing for our Mother Earth and her beautiful creatures. We move together in song, dance and prayer at "the blue lotus feet of my Divine Mother," a feminine aspect of the One Being Who is known by a thousand billion names. Supplemental handouts provided.
Teachers (more to come!)
Ascentia Fox is a devotee of the great, mysterious truth that animates all of life’s experiences. A devout student in the Mystery Traditions that span across cultures and time, cultivating deep presence, awareness and wisdom whisperings to share with the tribe. Located in the forests of Northern California, she is a woman of the Earth, passionate gardener, plant enthusiast, and medicinal alchemist. As a Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Craniosacral Therapy Educator, Bodyworker, Yoga Instructor, Flower Essence Practitioner, Kundalini Initiate, Birth & Death Doula, Spoken Word Poet, Plant Medicine Ceremonialist, and Ordained Priestess, she is a passionate guide, teacher, and friend for women walking the path of empowerment and remembrance of their own inner wisdom. Ascentia views every woman as a temple, every opportunity to serve their growth, healing and empowerment as a ritual, and is always honored to share sacred space.
Jill Marie is a Mother, Bodyworker, Teacher, and Singer. She is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Reiki Master with further education in Aromatherapy, Raindrop Therapy, and Qoya. Qoya is a movement class based on the idea that through Movement we Remember; we remember our essence to be Wise, Wild and Free. Wise, Wild and Free also draw reference to the movement forms we practice. The Wisdom of Yoga, the Wildness of Free Dance, and the Freedom to move Expressively in our bodies. Aside from her massage practice Jill leads a monthly Full Moon Qoya gathering where Women come together, celebrate, and align themselves with the Lunar Cycle. She also leads various workshops and retreat throughout the year.
Laurie Wondra, Shaman, channeler, energy worker, and teacher. Laurie’s earliest memories are of talking with Archangel Michael in the hallways of school when she was in 2nd grade. In 4th grade she began to channel and write with the help of a lovely ‘green energy’ that later became known to her as Archangel Gabriel and the Collective Light. For as long as she remembers she’s been able to see loved ones that have crossed over. Today she uses these gifts as a clear channel while working with people from all over the world to help them connect with their loved ones, angels and guides. Her ability to tune in to the varying frequencies of the universe allow her share this information and insight about past, present and future.
Susanna McCan is a longtime meditation teacher, Ch’i Gong practitioner, student of sacred sexuality, and architectural designer and consultant, specializing in applying the ancient Vedic system of sacred architecture (Vastu) to modern architectural design. This has deepened Susanna’s appreciation of the human body as a Temple and of the female body specifically as the original Home of every human being born on Earth. She now teaches a holistic approach to women’s sexual healing and self-empowerment that draws on all of the above to guide women to the full embodiment and fearless expression of their unique gifts. (See www.wholebodygoddess.com and www.radiantembodiedwoman.com.)
Susanna is passionate about women’s empowerment—especially through integration of spirituality and sexuality (sacred sexuality)—which she sees as the most powerful leverage point for bringing about the cultural change that is needed in the world today.
Lisa Pugh is an adventurer, explorer, outdoor educator, budding herbalist, and Reiki practitioner. As a wilderness instructor with over 700 days of backcountry experience leading canoeing, kayaking, dog sledding and cross-country ski expeditions, Lisa has made a life lived on water – frozen or not - her passion, playground, and office. In recent years, Lisa has uncovered a natural ability to assist healing through challenge, connection with nature, and reflection. She has supported hundreds of people on their journeys of self-discovery, self-mastery, and purpose through facilitated wilderness experiences.
With a BS in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from the U of MN, Lisa has been applying her scientific understanding of native plant and animal communities to her social, emotional, and spiritual experiences in the wilderness. She is currently supplementing her years-long informal exploration of native plant medicine and healing rituals with a more formal education and practical experience in herbalism. She is now helping to open and operate a comprehensive wellness center in Ely, MN while deepening her study of healing herbs and plants as an herbal apprentice.
Karima is Director of the Light Upon Light Sufi Center in Minneapolis and a khalifa (Circle Guide) within the Nur Ashki Jerrahi lineage, a women-led sufi order. As khalifa of the Circle of Ishq (Divine, Passionate Love), she initiates into the Sufi path and leads zikr, the ancient experiential ceremony of music, movement and prayer. Karima has also led Dances of Universal Peace for many years.
A Sufi Muslim who has spent her life immersed in world religions, Karima taught intercultural communication at Metro State, University of St. Thomas, and Antioch's Weekend College and has given workshops on intercultural relations and cross-cultural mysticism for over 20 years. She is author of numerous articles and exercises and co-author of "Cultural Detective: Islam," a training in use world-wide as part of the Cultural Detective (TM) series. She also wrote Voices on the Waves: A Multicultural Comedy-Drama in Two Acts, which was performed by Christians, Muslims and Jews in a synagogue as part of Duluth's 2007 weekend festival "Celebrating Interfaith Peace Work Around the World."
Karima loves the outdoors with all its beautiful forms and creations and was a founding board member of Sustainable Nevada. She sings and plays fiddle, bouzouki and guitar in the Irish duo, TentaTively Tea Time.
Amy Heilman is a Birth Doula, Yoga Teacher, and Ceremonial Guide. She walks the Earth with gentleness, courage, and self knowledge. As a Lightworker, Amy is humbly devoted to the basic goodness of human life and radiates that goodness out into the world for the peace and sanity of others. Her calm, nurturing nature and playful spirit support students on their journey of self-discovery and transformation. Her presence as a healer embodies qualities of mother, sister, and best friend. Through simple, creative sequencing, she creates a welcoming environment for students to explore their bodies, their voices, and their spiritual presence. She is inspired by her own practice of nine years where she has laid her yoga mat and bright spirit on top of mountains in Spain, on sidewalks in Italy, and inside numerous hostels around the world. Amy is fascinated by the ancient practices of Shamanism and Zen and has a deep love for plants and the wisdom of Nature. When Amy is not teaching yoga, you can find her in the kitchen cooking wholesome meals, walking around the lakes, and shakin’ her booty to some good bluegrass music. She is committed to a lifelong practice of healing and transformation.
Lori Bestler is founder and owner of the Mindscapes Unlimited Mind Coaching Center, and creator of the Strategic Mind System of Success, and the Rapid Results mind empowerment coaching program and audio series. For over 30 years, Lori has transformed thousands of professional men and women's lives with her holistic approaches and self-empowering coaching style. She is an influential change agent and intuitive guide, using clairvoyant skills to assist her clients. Lori specializes in empowering busy minded business professionals, entrepreneurs, empaths and HSP’s who are ready to break down their inner barriers and begin living the extraordinary life they know they are capable of creating. Lori’s passion is to bring the latest cutting-edge stress-reduction, esteem building and performance-enhancing methods to empower millions of people for greater success. Ms. Bestler’s commitment to the health, wealth and well-being of the busy minded population has made her a sought after speaker and coach. She has been interviewed on numerous radio programs such as The Business Forum, World Talk Radio-Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life Program, The Prosperity Student and WGSN-DB Going Solo Network. She has also been featured in The Edge Holistic Magazine, and on North Metro TV. You can learn more about Lori’s coaching and speaking programs, products, and useful resources at www.mindscapesunlimited.com
Laura Adrian is a healer, spiritual teacher, and empowerment business/life coach. Laura'a offerings empower people to learn skills to overcome obstacles, align with a deeper purpose, spark new truths, and bring more love into the world.
Laura has been studying and applying the healing and spiritual arts actively for 13 years in modalities including yoga (Kundalini, vinyasa, hatha, yin, Iyengar), meditation (mindfulness, breathing, and chanting), CranioSacral Therapy, shamanism, Traditional Chinese Medicine (herbs, diet, and lifestyle), and Reiki.
Laura weaves together inspiration from these modalities in her classes, training programs, retreats, and coaching offerings. Laura also offers business coaching which helps those with an entrepreneurial spirit get their ideas off the ground and share their inspirational work with others.