Embracing the Divine Feminine: Guides to Holding Balance in Difficult Times
November 13 / 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Throughout history humankind has had two parallel streams of creativity; one has been the masculine and the other the feminine. In western culture the masculine has dominated while in most eastern and native populations the feminine has been more evident – or, even, dominant.
Throughout nature we see that a balance of the two dynamic energies are necessary for wholeness, harmony and centeredness. Many believe that much of the current turmoil we are seeing in the world is a direct result – and outgrowth, really, of a world out of balance with the natural interplay of the masculine and the feminine.
In this daylong Nov. 13th retreat we will explore the rich tradition of the Divine Feminine goddesses as holding the seeds of both creation and destruction. We will honor the teachings of the Divine Feminine as the sustainer of heritage, cyclic time and rites of passage and pay homage to woman as healer and seer of guarded mysteries.
Nature’s balance of feminine and masculine is a model of the kind of balance and centeredness one needs in life and most especially in the kind of stressful times many are now experiencing.
By examining the goddess energy as exemplified by such goddess figures Kali, Durga, Radha, Parvati, Kwan Yin, Tara and White Calf Buffalo Woman we can see another path to consciousness which speaks to all, both male and female, who desire the kind of balance and serenity essential to all during difficult times.
- Have a broader understanding and deeper appreciation for the presence of the Divine Feminine in nature and our nature.
- Have an understanding of several Divine Feminine goddesses from different traditions and the qualities they embody and how to bring that awareness to heart and soul.
- Identify and exemplify several ways to utilize goddess energy and qualities in one’s personal life and to use that insight to achieve greater balance during these difficult days.
- Understand the tradition and qualities of a labyrinth and experience the 3-fold path of walking a labyrinth as a way to walk always in balance.
- Participate in creation of a group altar to the Divine Feminine with the idea of creating a similar sacred setting in one’s home.
- Kim Hammer: Kim Hammer is a long time student of Iyengar style yoga, a sometimes artist and a visionary entrepreneur. She travels to southeast Asia to directly source artisan- made goods for her business SUTRA Fair Trade Imports. She has a special affinity for India and its long and uninterrupted worship of the goddess. She especially identifies with Kwan Yin, the goddess of compassion and Saraswati, the goddess of art and wisdom.
- Mark L. Taylor MA LPC: Founder of the RoundRiver Institute LLC, in the Romance Valley near Genoa, WI. In his work as a psychotherapist and teacher he incorporates principles of Buddhist psychology and mindfulness and is a strong believer in the necessary balance of the feminine and masculine tones to be found in nature and the self. He identifies the Buddhist goddess Tara as a special influence on his work and life.
What to bring: Yoga mat or blanket, journal, pen water bottle and dish to pass. Dress for the weather in loose-fitting comfortable clothing. Round River is in a rural setting so please dress for the weather in loose, comfortable clothing and wear appropriate foot wear. Slippers or warm sock for indoors.
Lunch details: In order to keep the cost of this valuable retreat as affordable as possible the lunch is potluck. We will provide fruit snacks and a hot soup.
Personal investment: $56. Register and pay in full by Nov. 9, 2011 and receive a 10% discount ($ 50.40). Register and pay in full with a friend and both can receive an additional 10% discount ($ 44.80).
For more information or to register:
Call (608) 483-2730
Checks can be made out and mailed to:
RoundRiver Insittute LLC
PO Box 35
Genoa, WI 54632-0035
How to register:Click here for a registration form you can print and mail
or register by phone at at (608) 483-2730