The Divine Feminine is the energy that relates to Mother, Woman, Goddess, and Nature. She is the nurturing, creative side of each of us. She embodies strength and softness, life and death. She is reflective like the moon and flowing like the river. Her energy and influence is in and all around us, if only we make ourselves available to see and know her.
In this third and final Walking With Divine Feminine workshop, we will meet ourselves and contemplate our own unique qualities, our journey, and how we might ignite the Divine Feminine within. An all-levels yoga class, guided meditation, art, and time in Nature will help us listen to what the Divine Feminine with and around us whispers. Finally, we will invite her to join us on a sacred Labyrinth walk.
Labyrinth walking is an ancient practice used by many different wisdom traditions for spiritual centering, contemplation, and prayer. Entering the serpentine path of a labyrinth, you walk slowly while quieting your mind. The path leading to the center can become a mirror for where we are in our lives, touching our emotions. As we physically move to the center of the pattern, we are symbolically moving to our own centers, our soul and our Divine source. This is a sacred space set aside for you to listen, look within and explore your relationship with the Divine Feminine.
Here's the layout for the day*:
9:00-10:30 All-levels yoga asana practice inspired by the qualities of our feminine character
10:45- 11:45 Session one: Labyrinth/ Meditation and Journaling
12:00-12:30 Lunch (provided)
12:30-1:30 Session two: Labyrinth/Meditation and Journaling
1:30-2:00 Closing Circle
*subject to change as needed by weather and attendees
"The setting was beautiful. Practicing yoga by the water and with nature, what more do we want?"
"I loved everything! It was enjoyable to connect with others who are exploring similar things as I."
"What a beautiful labyrinth! Wonderful to be with other women on the path."
June 4: Divine Feminine in YOU
We each have within us a current of the Divine Feminine. But so often we are cut off from this half of ourselves. We lose connection with our intuition. We force a structure around parts of our lives that want to flow. We close ourselves off to receiving love, admiration, help, or even compliments.
This day retreat is the perfect opportunity to recognize your own patterns of feminine denial, and open to the sensuality, power, love, and intuition of the Grace-filled Divine Feminine within you.
Meet Your Facilitators
Jess Goulding (E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, YACEP) has been in the body and movement world for thirty years. Her formative years as an amateur, and later as a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer, instilled in her a deep, intrinsic understanding of body mechanics, energy management, and experience of Flow. Her continued studies and experience in yoga and spirituality since 2004 have made her an expert in her field of yoga and Yoga Therapy. Jess deeply enjoys guiding her students through breath, movement, and meditation on spiritual topics so they can know themselves better and how they relate to the world and the Divine. She is a happily married mother of two and currently serving as an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) at Shepherd of the Hills in Austin, Texas.Read blog post: Your Place of Safety
Nancy Herlin is a spiritual director with certification from Stillpoint Center for Christian Spirituality. She works with individuals and groups for spiritual direction and eco-spiritual direction. Additionally, she is a Stephen Minister and a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator. She has lead Bible study groups for over 20 years in PC(USA) churches and currently leads centering prayer and enneagram groups. She is most alive when she can provide Holy Space for others to listen to God’s voice in their lives and when she spends time with her grandchildren.Read blog post: The Labyrinth: Doorway into the Interior Life
Listen to a conversation between Jess and Nancy on Ready, Get Centered, Go!
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Blog: The Labyrinth: Doorway into the Interior Life
by Nancy Herlin
When people find out that I have a labyrinth and walk it regularly as one of my spiritual practices, I find most don’t know what to say. Many confuse it with a maze, but unlike a maze, a labyrinth has only one path in and out, and isn’t designed to get you lost. Some excitedly recount their own stories of time spent in a labyrinth. Others are curious about how a walking meditation tool can help them access their own inner knowing and enhance their relationship with God.
What is a labyrinth? It is an ancient symbol and usually outdoor space used as a metaphor for our own spiritual journey. There are many uses for a labyrinth. Some use a labyrinth as a walking meditation tool to pause and slow themselves down. Others use it to connect with their soul and interior life, and still others just enjoy being in nature able to think about a problem or relationship. Many use it for rituals or celebrations. For me the labyrinth is a sacred space where any of these things can happen. It is a space that welcomes both the religious and spiritual, and those who have yet to connect with the depths of their spiritual lives.
I find that if one is open, the labyrinth walk has a way of excavating the soul, for the deeper feelings, thoughts and whispers from God that want to emerge. It is when the body is engaged in the walking of a path that is already laid out, that the soul’s desires and longings can emerge. That results in feelings of joy, fear, sadness and many times “aha” moments of clarity inspired from our own deep wisdom within. This wisdom is often difficult to access in the busyness of daily life and the labyrinth allows us to slow down enough to reconnect with this wisdom.
My interest in labyrinths began almost 30 years ago when I walked my first one and heard God speak to me about trusting and leaning on the Spirit instead of myself. This ignited a searching to understand and experience a deeper connection with the Divine and a spiritual journey that continues today. Since that initial walk, I have been intrigued by how each labyrinth experience comes to greet me and gives me just the gift that I need about who God is, who I am and how to be in the world.
Just this past week, as I paused at the labyrinth entrance, I imagined the faces of those Ukrainians suffering in another part of the world from me. I held them in my heart and asked “what more can I do?” and entered. I walked the windy path and had an image come to mind of others walking their own path, displace in that war torn part of the world. “Feel with them”, I heard. “Imagine this conflict has already ended, send them hopeful energy.” And so I did.
In my own labyrinth, the path twists and turns around the center (representing God/the Divine) seven times before it reaches its destination. In The Interior Castle, Teresa of Avila describes the inner spiritual life and the seven mansions she entered to reach the interior castle – oneness with our Creator. Sometimes I imagine that I am walking through those mansions in order to receive the clarity from and closeness to the Spirit. You’re invited to join me in walking the labyrinth on April 9th in the second workshop in our series “The Divine Feminine: A Yoga and Labyrinth Experience to try it out.
Blog: Your Place of Safety
"It came to me that the soul is like a castle made exclusively of diamond or some other very clear crystal. In this castle are a multitude of dwellings, just as in heaven there are many mansions." p. 35.
I am enamored with this image of rooms within my soul; inner places to dwell. Isn't this what we experience when we meditate on the heart? In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali writes that concentrating on the "supreme, ever-blissful Light within" helps bring calm to the fluctuations of the mind and peace to one's being. B.K.S. Iyengar describes this light as "the seat of the soul." So whether it's the light or the castle, there is a place within that is protective, calm, sacred, and secure.
Just now as I'm writing this, we here in Austin received a tornado warning that reads like this: "Take shelter now in a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. If you are outdoors...move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris."
I think we understand this easily when it comes to getting out of physical harm's way. We can see the rain and feel the wind and we know it's time to get inside. The outer world is upset, and we best go in until it passes.
It's the same with our mind and emotions.
But for some reason we often don't think to seek shelter within. We might seek wise council, talk to a friend, read a self-help book, or listen to an inspiring podcast. These are not bad ideas, for sure! Or we might numb out with media, food, alcohol, or sleeping. There seem to be endless ways we seek interior calm through exterior means.
So I'm letting this tornado warning remind me to seek shelter in my heart, just as Teresa and Patanjali have told us to do. I know from experience that the more time I invest in the worthwhile endeavor of inner contemplation, the more calm and peaceful my whole world is, inside and out. It doesn't mean there won't be tornadoes, but it does mean I have a place to go that is safe and secure and requires nothing but quiet attention and dedicated time.
I mean, who wants to get hit by flying debris??
May you seek refuge in your heart and experience the calm that is your inner light; your own interior castle.