Fringe Workshops 2015

Thursday September 10, 2015

 HALF DAY WORKSHOPS 45.00

    9:00am – 12:00noon 

Jacqui Bushell

Jacqui META pic

Wild Earth Wisdom

When you live in awareness that the world is alive, you open a doorway into sacred mystery.

 Connect your wild heart with the wild soul of nature. Journey into deep communion with land, wind, water, rock and animal, exploring your unique perception and responsiveness to the earth. As we enter into open conversation with the rhythms and scents within nature we know there is no separation between us and the swoop of wing, the brush of fur, cry of hawk, greening of leaf. Come home to that soft borderland where our skin ends and wilderness begins. Nothing is outside us.

 Max Dashu

deasophyDeasophy: Goddess Wisdom

We’ll make a visual journey into the female Divine, her stories and litanies, and chant sacred Names to her images projected in light. This will be an exploration of the continuum we call Goddess: the Primordial reflected in rock art (vulvas, spirals, sacred women), the Ancestral Mothers revered in ancient figurines in clay and stone and bone, and the traditions of female creators and cosmologies. We’ll explore aspects of Goddess as Snake, as Mother, as Waters, Sun, Spider; as Tree and Corn, as Earth or Heavens; as the numinous, primal Mystery: the Tao, Holy Wisdom, and the Fates. We’ll look at how Goddess was envisioned in statues, seals, ceramics, rock murals, megaliths, pipes, codices, ancestor carvings and masks, all over the world. We’ll talk about healing the wounds of cultural exile (of women, of Goddess, of peoples) and address colonial divides between women. We’ll come together in reverence, each bringing her own roots, to chant and dance the round.

 

Bilawara Lee

Bilawara photoHEALING CIRCLE

If you have been thinking about your spiritual well-being and want to make some changes in your life, come and join us in a healing circle where you can open yourself to healing in a trusting and confidential environment with like-minded individuals. A healing circle is comprised of a maximum of 20 participants who take it in turns to voice an issue or burden that they want to heal using the collective energies of the circle and with the guidance, support and protection of the ancestors of the spiritual world. The healing will be conducted by Bilawara Lee who is an Aboriginal Elder of the Larrakia Nation of Darwin, Northern Territory Australia. She is a healer and teacher of the ancient wisdoms of Aboriginal spirituality. Bilawara in Larrakia language means the black cockatoo. It is an ancestral spirit being and embodies the energy of change. The black cockatoo represents the power of spirit coming into your life. It could be a strengthening of your own spirit and soul, or a celebration of any spirits or gods or goddess that you happen to believe in. Black cockatoo energy tends to be celebratory and can bring about empowerment, happiness and contentment. Bilawara aims to provide a forum for the sharing of spiritual knowledge and wisdom and to promote discussion in order to assist with navigating this process of change  What you can expect  Be prepared and willing to share why you are in need of healing – choose just one issue

  • Anything shared within the circle, remains within the circle

  • Other than the facilitator, only the person with the “talking stick” may speak; participants are

  • requested not to counsel or make suggestions while the circle is held

  • Participants are given a second opportunity to speak on their issue if they wish

  • When the circle is complete, we direct white light into our crystals and out into our heart

  • chakras and call on our spiritual ancestors to assist us with healing our wounds and lifting our burdens

  • If you have a favorite crystal, bring it along so that it may resonate to the energy of the group.

Limited to 20 people

Brook Medicine Eagle

brooke medicineeagle4

WHITE BUFFALO WOMAN’S EMPOWERING GIFTS

Brooke will share with you the rich and useful teachings brought by the American goddess, White Buffalo Calf Woman, which she has deepened into and expanded to practice over the years. You will learn WBW principles so that they can become useful and meaningful to you, as we learn that cutting edge physics and other sciences are confirming her principles, and honoring the power of the unified field.

Priestesses understand well the power of the primary feminine – the ability to move beyond the physical, to dissolve, to flow,  to come into good relationship with, to expand – an ability which opens untold realms of possibility for healing, for working in the greater unity, for using the power of the Void in service of all life here on Earth. In this crucial time, these understandings may make an important difference for you and for your work.

Come ready to learn, share, chant and dance in sacred circle.

 Vicki Noble and Julie Felix

Vicki & Julie in Cabo

 This day of intuitive and ritual healing requires no particular knowledge or initiation, no esoteric or elaborated forms, but asks only of each person a willingness to make herself available for the larger forces of healing to come through her. Individually, in partners, and as a group, we will harness and direct a wish to alleviate suffering. When a collective of women joins together with the vibrational support of drumming and singing, the power is profound and oxytocin (the female “affiliative” hormone) is generated, lending itself to spontaneous healing of ailments and remission of dis-ease. This same power (Vicki Noble calls it “Snake Power” and Julie Felix sings “Healing Hands”) can be directed toward the healing of families or community, and can even be utilized for helping transform and heal what’s happening on the planet.   Wear comfortable clothing, bring a blanket or pad for the floor, and (optionally) a rattle, drum, or Tibetan bell to assist in the various kinds of healing work.

Vicki Noble is an American feminist healer, teacher, scholar, and writer, co-creator of the Motherpeace Tarot and author of numerous books, including Motherpeace, Shakti Woman and The Double Goddess. She is a professional astrologer, and has led Goddess tours, teaches in the U.S. and internationally, and works privately with women in her home in Santa Cruz, California.

Julie Felix, California-born and British-based, has enjoyed a long and varied career as a t.v. host, popular folk-protest singer, and international performer. Discovering the Goddess and earth-based religion integrated her politics with her spirituality, and she led Goddess tours for more than a decade; she performs annually at the Glastonbury Goddess Festival.

 

 Georgina Sirett-Armstrong-Smith

Georgina

Healing the Ice Mothers

Why on Earth did you choose your Mother at birth? Has she abandoned you? Abused you? Do you feel unloved and unsupported by her? Did you choose not to have children? Were you neglected? What is she teaching you about yourself? How can you heal yourself and learn to forgive her.

This workshop will explore the stories of your Ice Mothers – working deeper with meditation, art therapy and healing – open up to the learning that your Mother has been teaching you. In turn you can help heal her and your own pain. Are you ready to heal?


 ALisa Starkweather

Alisa StarkweatherShadow Work Archetypes Toolbox; Forging Powerful Partnerships from Within

In the inner landscapes of our psyche there are ancient pathways in how we are wired in our DNA coding, in our daily living, our past traumas and in our dreams of what our future holds. Though we are committed to living our highest life vision, we can also run into parts of ourselves that don’t make it easy at times to move forward effectively. With twenty years of Shadow Work facilitation, ALisa brings language, tools, and skill building to the important work of undoing our own internal oppression. Journey with her to four powerful archetypes ~the Lover, the Warrior, the Sovereign and the Magician, holding specific keys to your freedom and embrace a larger spectrum of possibility for your life. If you are ready to move through procrastination and into action, be more confident in your leadership, are ready to take risks, lift shame, face your internal saboteur, authentically express who you are, heal old generational patterns, and shift into greater awareness of you beyond your present identities and roles, this time together is magnificent support for internal emotional alliance. There is inner gold awaiting you in the stuck or disowned areas of your life—more than might have ever imagined. Join ALisa for a course that will give you specific tools and skills to harness more energy from what might be hidden in shadow and needed now for your next steps. Together we will shed some light into darkness and own the light we sometimes fear to be.

 

Rowan Storm

Profile w big dayereh

Frame Drumming & the Feminine Principle

As women’s leadership is on the rise throughout the world, how can we amplify this exhilarating progression? With our physical being and within our own hands, we hold a key to vast untapped resources. The frame drum has been uniquely associated with women throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean for millennia. Women’s work is historically rhythmic in nature, including weaving textiles, planting seeds in orderly rows, and cleaning grain with sieves. Deeply connected with the life-birthing Pulse of Mother Earth and all creation, women continue to serve as practitioners of the sacred and celebrants for rites of passage.  Rooted in Middle Eastern music and tradition, Rowan Storm is pioneering a revolutionary method for rapid drumming proficiency and deep integration of both brain hemispheres, with the narrow frame and light weight of her frame drum designs. In addition to traditional asymmetrical frame drumming, Rowan’s frame drums can be played equally by both hands. As we develop our relationship with our non-dominant hand, we access and give voice to the dormant intuitive right brain, which controls our ability to synthesize and process information simultaneously. Challenging our rule of habit and calling the non-dominant hand into action, playing the frame drum can free us to explore expanded dimensions otherwise hidden. In this practice, we actively awaken the feminine principle within our own psyche. Including musical expression, we also have a powerful tool to develop balance between both hands and both brain hemispheres, leading to a balanced dialogue of rational and intuitive, masculine and feminine, and linear and holistic perception. The more we strive to awaken this principle and reflect it in the world from our personal lives, the more we support our world in coming to balance. In Rowan Storm’s Frame Drum workshop, you will learn to: ~ activate your non-dominant hand and connect directly with the feminine powers of intuition and timekeeping ~ basics of both traditional asymmetrical frame drumming and Rowan’s pioneering symmetrical method ~ play traditional Middle Eastern rhythms and accompany others and yourself while you sing ~ move your whole body and voice, and create your unique sound as you engage both brain hemispheres equally with the pulse of creation ~ engage with each other in the spontaneous and interactive creation of rhythmic community    Rowan teaches with the ergonomic designs of her Thinline Frame Drum and Dayereh by Remo, and her Signature Dayereh by Cooperman. Distinguished with very narrow frames and light weight, Rowan’s teaching method and frame drums expand creative expression and promote deep balance.   ~ Rowan’s frame drums are available for use at the workshop and also for purchase. ~ Your own frame drums are also welcome.

Julie Tumamait-Stenslie

PENTAX Image

Sea Kelp Bulb Rattle Making Workshop

You will create your own rattle using string, cloth, leather, beads and shells. We will learn a song or two. These rattles have a personality of their own and each one has in the handle a piece of Elderberry branch, the inside is filled with stones from the beautiful Moonstone beach in Cambria ,Ca. as well as tobacco to say” Woyo”,Thank-you

Kelp Bulbs from the beautiful waters of Grandmother Ocean will be transformed into rattles. Julie has been working with the wonders of nature to create numerous items. She was presented with the gift of a kelp bulb rattle. “I was amazed at how beautiful it was” As She stared at it, it came to life in Her mind the bulbs reminded Her of a girl She knew the leaves at the top of the plant looked like hair. braids, pig tails, an afro, a bad hair day!

Limited to 20 people

Susun Weed

Susun Weed Here’s your chance to get down and talk dirty with Susun. We will spend the day exploring orgasms, vaginas, ovaries, our bladders and our uteruses. The specific content will be crafted to your personal needs and guided by your wishes and suggestions. What do you want to know? What do you want to talk about? What is bothering you? What are you eager to share? Join Susun for a day filled with songs and stories, talking stick and solid herbal advice.

 

 

2:00pm – 5:00pm

 

Max Dashu

deasophyWoman Shaman

We’ll enter a transformative visual journey through the world of female invokers, chanters, ecstatic dancers and shapeshifters;  spirit-riders, snake-women, seeresses, oracles, and healers. “Woman is by nature a shaman,” says a Chukchi proverb from Siberia. But this knowledge has been held back from us—and these sights. You’ll have an opportunity to experience a rare array of medicine women, drummers and dreamers, serpents and staffs, and to water your dreamscape with spiritual riches. You’ll learn from witnessing these ancestors. We’ll talk about our own journeys of recovery and discovery, ways that we’ve learned to go deep and reach the Source. After imbibing the power and wisdom of these ancestral spiritual legacies—balm for the spirit—we’ll dance and chant to throw off the negative cultural spells that have bound us, calling in our beloved deities as we rise in our power and laughter.

Bilawara Lee

Bilawara photoHEALING CIRCLE

If you have been thinking about your spiritual well-being and want to make some changes in your life, come and join us in a healing circle where you can open yourself to healing in a trusting and confidential environment with like-minded individuals. A healing circle is comprised of a maximum of 20 participants who take it in turns to voice an issue or burden that they want to heal using the collective energies of the circle and with the guidance, support and protection of the ancestors of the spiritual world. The healing will be conducted by Bilawara Lee who is an Aboriginal Elder of the Larrakia Nation of Darwin, Northern Territory Australia. She is a healer and teacher of the ancient wisdoms of Aboriginal spirituality. Bilawara in Larrakia language means the black cockatoo. It is an ancestral spirit being and embodies the energy of change. The black cockatoo represents the power of spirit coming into your life. It could be a strengthening of your own spirit and soul, or a celebration of any spirits or gods or goddess that you happen to believe in. Black cockatoo energy tends to be celebratory and can bring about empowerment, happiness and contentment. Bilawara aims to provide a forum for the sharing of spiritual knowledge and wisdom and to promote discussion in order to assist with navigating this process of change  What you can expect  Be prepared and willing to share why you are in need of healing – choose just one issue

  • Anything shared within the circle, remains within the circle

  • Other than the facilitator, only the person with the “talking stick” may speak; participants are

  • requested not to counsel or make suggestions while the circle is held

  • Participants are given a second opportunity to speak on their issue if they wish

  • When the circle is complete, we direct white light into our crystals and out into our heart

  • chakras and call on our spiritual ancestors to assist us with healing our wounds and lifting our burdens

  • If you have a favorite crystal, bring it along so that it may resonate to the energy of the group.

Limited to 20 people

Brook Medicine Eagle

brooke medicineeagle4

DAWN STAR WOMAN, GODDESS OF THE HEART 

To walk this sweet Mother Earth as the goddesses we can be, we must walk the Path of Heart. Brooke will share profound teachings from her FlowerSong lineage about the primacy of the heart and love in our awakening to the Golden Age, and about Dawn Star Woman, the high goddess of our time. More than simple emotion, this way is a rich and full pathway to a good and blessed life in which we offer our highest gifts, manifest our dreams, and serve our world.

Come ready to learn, share, chant and dance in sacred circle.

 Vicki Noble and Julie Felix

Vicki & Julie in Cabo

 This day of intuitive and ritual healing requires no particular knowledge or initiation, no esoteric or elaborated forms, but asks only of each person a willingness to make herself available for the larger forces of healing to come through her. Individually, in partners, and as a group, we will harness and direct a wish to alleviate suffering. When a collective of women joins together with the vibrational support of drumming and singing, the power is profound and oxytocin (the female “affiliative” hormone) is generated, lending itself to spontaneous healing of ailments and remission of dis-ease. This same power (Vicki Noble calls it “Snake Power” and Julie Felix sings “Healing Hands”) can be directed toward the healing of families or community, and can even be utilized for helping transform and heal what’s happening on the planet.   Wear comfortable clothing, bring a blanket or pad for the floor, and (optionally) a rattle, drum, or Tibetan bell to assist in the various kinds of healing work.

Vicki Noble is an American feminist healer, teacher, scholar, and writer, co-creator of the Motherpeace Tarot and author of numerous books, including Motherpeace, Shakti Woman and The Double Goddess. She is a professional astrologer, and has led Goddess tours, teaches in the U.S. and internationally, and works privately with women in her home in Santa Cruz, California.

Julie Felix, California-born and British-based, has enjoyed a long and varied career as a t.v. host, popular folk-protest singer, and international performer. Discovering the Goddess and earth-based religion integrated her politics with her spirituality, and she led Goddess tours for more than a decade; she performs annually at the Glastonbury Goddess Festival.

 Georgina Sirett-Armstrong Smith

Georgina

 Healing the Ice Mothers

Why on Earth did you choose your Mother at birth? Has she abandoned you? Abused you? Do you feel unloved and unsupported by her? Did you choose not to have children? Were you neglected? What is she teaching you about yourself? How can you heal yourself and learn to forgive her.

This workshop will explore the stories of your Ice Mothers – working deeper with meditation, art therapy and healing – open up to the learning that your Mother has been teaching you. In turn you can help heal her and your own pain. Are you ready to heal?

  Alisa Starkweather

Alisa Starkweather

Shadow Work Archetypes Toolbox;

Forging Powerful Partnerships from Within

There is inner gold awaiting you in the stuck or disowned areas of your life—more than might have ever imagined. Join ALisa for a course that will give you tools and skills to harness more energy that are presently hidden in the parts of yourself that are in shadow. Shed some light into your darkness and own the light you fear to be.

 

Rowan Storm 

Rowan Storm

Frame Drumming & the Feminine Principle

As women’s leadership is on the rise throughout the world, how can we amplify this exhilarating progression? With our physical being and within our own hands, we hold a key to vast untapped resources. The frame drum has been uniquely associated with women throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean for millennia. Women’s work is historically rhythmic in nature, including weaving textiles, planting seeds in orderly rows, and cleaning grain with sieves. Deeply connected with the life-birthing Pulse of Mother Earth and all creation, women continue to serve as practitioners of the sacred and celebrants for rites of passage.  Rooted in Middle Eastern music and tradition, Rowan Storm is pioneering a revolutionary method for rapid drumming proficiency and deep integration of both brain hemispheres, with the narrow frame and light weight of her frame drum designs. In addition to traditional asymmetrical frame drumming, Rowan’s frame drums can be played equally by both hands. As we develop our relationship with our non-dominant hand, we access and give voice to the dormant intuitive right brain, which controls our ability to synthesize and process information simultaneously. Challenging our rule of habit and calling the non-dominant hand into action, playing the frame drum can free us to explore expanded dimensions otherwise hidden. In this practice, we actively awaken the feminine principle within our own psyche. Including musical expression, we also have a powerful tool to develop balance between both hands and both brain hemispheres, leading to a balanced dialogue of rational and intuitive, masculine and feminine, and linear and holistic perception. The more we strive to awaken this principle and reflect it in the world from our personal lives, the more we support our world in coming to balance. In Rowan Storm’s Frame Drum workshop, you will learn to: ~ activate your non-dominant hand and connect directly with the feminine powers of intuition and timekeeping ~ basics of both traditional asymmetrical frame drumming and Rowan’s pioneering symmetrical method ~ play traditional Middle Eastern rhythms and accompany others and yourself while you sing ~ move your whole body and voice, and create your unique sound as you engage both brain hemispheres equally with the pulse of creation ~ engage with each other in the spontaneous and interactive creation of rhythmic community    Rowan teaches with the ergonomic designs of her Thinline Frame Drum and Dayereh by Remo, and her Signature Dayereh by Cooperman. Distinguished with very narrow frames and light weight, Rowan’s teaching method and frame drums expand creative expression and promote deep balance.   ~ Rowan’s frame drums are available for use at the workshop and also for purchase. ~ Your own frame drums are also welcome.

 

Julie Tumamait-Stenslie

PENTAX ImageSea Kelp Bulb Rattle Making Workshop

You will create your own rattle using string, cloth, leather, beads and shells. We will learn a song or two. These rattles have a personality of their own and each one has in the handle a piece of Elderberry branch, the inside is filled with stones from the beautiful Moonstone beach in Cambria ,Ca. as well as tobacco to say” Woyo”,Thank-you

Kelp Bulbs from the beautiful waters of Grandmother Ocean will be transformed into rattles. Julie has been working with the wonders of nature to create numerous items. She was presented with the gift of a kelp bulb rattle. “I was amazed at how beautiful it was” As She stared at it, it came to life in Her mind the bulbs reminded Her of a girl She knew the leaves at the top of the plant looked like hair. braids, pig tails, an afro, a bad hair day!

Limited to 20 people

Susun Weed

Susun Weed Here’s your chance to get down and talk dirty with Susun. We will spend the day exploring orgasms, vaginas, ovaries, our bladders and our uteruses. The specific content will be crafted to your personal needs and guided by your wishes and suggestions. What do you want to know? What do you want to talk about? What is bothering you? What are you eager to share? Join Susun for a day filled with songs and stories, talking stick and solid herbal advice.