I’m thinking of you, if you are reading this, it’s likely that you are a man or a woman of heart. We all are, but some are more inspired to live from this place than others.
I want to honour you as one of the tribe of hearts that is making a mark on this world. Whether you are doing it through your family or your work, or both, you make a mark. Know this. Your heart, your words, your actions leave an impact on this world, daily. There is no one like you. Not one. And if you feel downtrodden or disheartened at the moment, it’s not your fault, because it’s a mad world out there sometimes.
But there’s a brave new world, your inner world, the only one you really have any choice over that calls to you every day, in your whispers, your cries, your yearnings and your longings. Know you have a place among this fierce tribe, meeting your heart, whatever state it is in, is the only way to find your balance, your home, your true north.
As I write I am in Boulder Colorado. I’ve just come out of 5 days of training with a woman that has inspired me for more than 25 years, Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estés. Her ground breaking 1993 book, Women who run with the Wolves spent years on the New York Times bestseller list and is published in over 45 languages. A Jungian psychoanalyst, activist and artist, her work is steeped in the ancient storytelling tradition and gives us inspiration for our lives through the hero’s journey. Dr Estés's work has profoundly influenced my writing and women’s work over the years (including Womantime Retreat), so to experience in person training with her will remain with me for life.
I feel inspired to come full circle and return to my roots - personally using Art and writing as a way of knowing on a day to day basis. In 1993 I graduated with a masters degree in Experiential and Creative Arts Therapy. So all the work I do is experiential - being with the here and now, entering the body with awareness moment by moment. The body is so intelligent, so real. It never lies. It’s no surprise then why The Making Love Retreat® is so dear to me, the entire retreat is experiential, a safe space where couples can be present, aware and step authentically into their intimate relationships with heart.
So know that one moment, one hour, one day of feeling, being with and living from your heart is impacting this world. This is not some mushy endeavour, it’s fierce, powerful and strident, it gives life meaning. I encourage you to lay your hand on your heart now and say a little prayer for it, a little inner smile and I guarantee it will lift you for the rest of your day.
I'm really excited for 2020. I can feel something changing in the wind. And I can't wait to share with you. :)
All my love
Events in 2020
One day workshop 8th February Art of Feminine Presence [Learn More/Book Now]. Would you like to move through 2020 with the ability to respond not react, become visible where you were once invisible, establish and maintain clear boundaries and feel sensual, confident and valued? This wonderful one day workshop will reconnect you with the innate feminine wisdom we are born with but for some reason or another becomes overshadowed. A not to be missed workshop that will serve you for the rest of your life.
I’m taking names now for women who want to join me for my six month Womantime Immersion – here’s the link if you’d like to know more about this truly transformational way of honouring the woman you are. There will be some new changes to this journey, incorporating what has deeply inspired me here. I'll be sharing more of that in the months to come. April - Sept 2020 Womantime Immersion [Now Taking Enquiries] It is advised that women have attended Womantime Retreat or Art of Feminie Presence workshop or have worked with me privately to participate in the Immersion.
My 4 day Womantime Retreat in August is now open for bookings. It really is the ultimate retreat to learn and apply ancient wisdom for the modern day woman. A getting back to self every woman needs to experience. Womantime Retreat. Numbers are limited.
For years I have written about women closing down sexually. I'm kind of known for it.
But the thing is that men close down too. We all do - it is not necessarily gender specific.
It's just that men usually have naturally high testosterone, rising by 800% in a boy's teens, which makes him highly sexually driven, also give that it is his dymanic pole, in a Tantric sense.
Testosterone can remain high until his 50's - 60's and still quite a reasonable level into his 70's, as long as he is healthy.
But some men find that they have absolutley no drive for sex and no erection at all, even at younger ages - 30's - 40's. And the heart breaking thing is - like women, is that they don't want to be closed....
There's an acceleration of consciousness sweeping the planet right now. Can you feel that?
Things that were 'fringe' 30 years ago are now mainstream.
Conversations that were behind closed doors are now open and in the nightly news - abuse, depression, anxiety, sex offenders and narcissistic leaders being called out etc etc.
The world is now wanting authenticity. Not a glossed version of 'I have it all together' - it's about realness.
There's one real conversation that I am glad is being had now too and it's about another change - 'the' change - yes the change women go through anywhere from their late 30's, 40's, 50's. Menopause, peri-menopause.
There's nothing more real than your body changing unexpectedly or even gradually - looking down at it and seeing what once was up is now down!
There’s something I’ve observed over my decades of life that is having me fascinated lately.
The couples I know that have had lasting and secure love over many years have all had something in common.
These couples would always be attentive to each other, always sit together or be in close contact at gatherings, always be cueing each other and watch out for each other.
I used to wonder if they were a little ‘co-dependant’, relied on each other too much, perhaps even a bit controlling....
Back in 1971, when I was in Grade 7, all I wanted was to become a ‘Sister of Mary’. They were the high school girls, who glided like angels into church every Saturday morning wearing these soft blue capes over their dresses. Like an apparition, they appeared so pure, so beautiful, so mysterious. Oh, I so wanted that!
You can imagine how disappointed I was when they abolished the practice just as I came into Grade 8!
Even though I have not been a practicing catholic since the age of 16, I am profoundly aware that those early years formed a deep impression on me and an appreciation of the sacred, of devotion, of dedication, of kindness and of love.
And it also left its mark...
Unwind to re-wild .... as in return to your instinctive self. That's Womantime.
August 27th - 30th will be the fifth Womantime Retreat.
As this work is all about the body, I am finding that the Womantime process is getting deeper and deeper, as each retreat unfolds. So I'm creating more spaciousness for this depth.
Each day is carefully threaded by important ancient wisdom about the female body. Today I thought...
The Making Love Retreat
17th - 23rd May 2020
Sunshine Coast, Qld
Womantime Retreat Dates
Montville, Sunshine Coast, QLD
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