Reclaiming Our Lives, Reclaiming Our Earth

How often have we found ourselves in a foreign skin, disconnected from ourselves through accommodation, duty, habit or fear? How do we find our way back inside our natural skin?

In this retreat, we will follow the story of the Selkie, a seal woman whose seven-year pact with the human world has left her diminished, depleted and untethered from her true home… until she can find her way back! We have all accommodated to the structures of the patriarchal cyber/industrial world, and long to reconnect with what is lost, disavowed or hiding within ourselves.

In our 15th year of offering this retreat we will gather as a community of women to explore this story through the messages of our dreams, our bodies, our meditations, the creative arts, and the natural world around us. Diving into this wellspring, we will work to reawaken, nourish and reclaim our vibrant, authentic embodied selves.

A BodySoul Community Workshop for Women

Inspired by the original Marion Woodman Foundation Mission Statement: To continue the tradition of BodySoul Rhythms® work, as developed by Marion Woodman, Mary Hamilton, and Ann Skinner through trained teams. The BodySoul Rhythms® work has a strong base in C.G. Jung, and supports the individual’s process of working towards consciousness, and the contained group process of descending into the unconscious and the body.  The BodySoul Rhythms® work holds that psyche and soma are inseparable, and must be worked on together to come to consciousness—to the positive feminine in our bodies and the positive masculine in our creative pursuits.

Reclaiming Our Lives, Reclaiming Our Earth

A Workshop for Women

In these deeply polarized times, we feel the wounds of the body politic, the body of the earth, and our own bodies, all at once. It is ever more important that we come together as women, allow all these wounds to breathe, and, finding their beauty as well as their pain, let them germinate into something entirely new, born to us and to our communities.

Every year our workshop Reclaiming our Lives, Reclaiming our Earth, works with a myth or fairy tale because tapping into archetypal wisdom deepens our understanding of ourselves and our world. This year we will be examining the Norwegian tale Prince Lindworm, the tale of the queen who gives birth to boy twins, one human and one a serpent. She conveniently puts the birth of the serpent twin out of her mind and when he comes of age he challenges her entire kingdom to examine its “forgetfulness.” The results are dramatic and transformative.

Join us at the Menla Retreat Center in Phoenicia, NY (http://www.menla.us), April 3-8, where through body work,  dreamwork, meditation, and the expressive arts we will investigate what remains hidden in our unconscious and bring it to light, in the warm embrace of our women’s circle.

Janice Stieber Rous

Janice Stieber Rous, ACAT Body Therapist, is the creator of Body Dialogue (http://www.bodydialogues.com), a practice of present moment awareness.  Drawing on the Alexander Technique, Carl Stough’s breathing coordination, and yoga, Body Dialogue is a tool that helps one listen to the messages of the body, its structural restrictions and daily movement patterning. Body Dialogue is used to release the body’s fears, pain and memory and restore vitality. Working alongside psychotherapists, Janice has worked with trauma and many psycho/soma disturbances.  As a graduate of the Marion Woodman Foundation BodySoul Rhythms® Leadership Training Program, she has co-facilitated women’s retreats, each six days, for the past ten years.  She is the board chair of Tree Sisters (http://www.treesisters.org). Email: janice@reclaimingourlives.com

 

Reclaiming Our Lives, Reclaiming Our Earth

Janice Steiber Rous, Jean Esther and Polly Howells
April 14-19, 2015

Inspired by the tradition of BodySoul Rhythms® work as developed by Marion Woodman, Mary Hamilton and Ann Skinner, this workshop has a strong base in C.G. Jung. We will share our dreams, silent meditation, integrated body awareness practices, expressive arts, play, and the world of nature.

In our 2015 retreat, we will return to the Sumerian myth of Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth, the oldest myth in Western civilization. We call on this ancient story to guide us while our world undergoes such enormous, destabilizing change. As we join one another in Inanna’s timeless descent, we will identify what we need to release in order to be more whole, more human, and more responsible in these trying times. We invite you to join us in the majestic beauty of the Berkshire where, in early spring, we will be held as a group of women in the wisdom and love that will naturally emerge.

Dates:
April 14-19, 2015, Tuesday 6 pm-Sunday 1pm

How to Register:

Contact http://www.reclaimingourlives.com

Fees:

Single room is $1,575, Double room is $1,400, triple room is $1,310 ($750 is tuition, the balance is for room and board)

Reclaiming Our Lives, Reclaiming Our Earth

Janice Steiber Rous, Jean Esther, and Polly Howells
April 22-27, 2014

Inspired by the tradition of BodySoul Rhythms® work as developed by Marion Woodman, Mary Hamilton and Ann Skinner, this workshop has a strong base in C.G. Jung. We will share our dreams, silent meditation, integrated body awareness practices, expressive arts, play, and the world of nature.

 

The theme of this year’s retreat is “Waking Sleeping Beauty.” The familiar fairy tale read anew presents us with a metaphor for the condition of our earth and ourselves within it. Through its symbolism, we’ll investigate the places we find ourselves asleep, and in so doing, uncover what is waiting dormant within. As we widen the doors of our inherent wholeness, our interdependent relationship with others and with the earth will be revealed. No longer can we sleep, as we are held in our circle of women by the wisdom and love that will naturally emerge.

Fees:

$1,225-1,475 (depending on accommodations)

Reclaiming Our Lives, Reclaiming Our Earth

Polly Howells, Janice Stieber Rous, Jean Esther
April 21 – April 25, 2010

Today we as women are increasingly called to leadership. As we move into this role we run the risk of losing our relationship with the earth, both the earth we stand on and the earth of our own bodies. In this workshop we will follow the mythological trail of our ancient Sumerian sister Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth, who descended to the underworld to meet her shadow sister Ereshkigal and reclaim her authentic ground. We three, as workshop leaders, pledge to honor and support you wherever you are on your journey, and be with you on your next step.

We invite you to join us in the majestic beauty of the Berkshire Mountains, where we will weave silent meditation, music and movement, art, dreams, and poetry, to reveal the threads of our stories and enhance our deep connection to our selves and to the earth we inhabit.

Prerequisites:

 

How to Register:

A registration form is available from Polly H. Howells, 475 Fourteenth St., Brooklyn, NY 11215. Please mail a $300 deposit check payable to Polly H. Howells. Deposits are refundable, minus a $75 processing fee until April 1. Scholarships are available. Space is limited; early registration encouraged. For more information contact Polly Howells (see below)

Accommodations:

Breakfast, lunch, dinner (including tax and service charges) for 4 nights and 3-1/2 days.

Single: $627, $156.75/night;
Double, $488, $113/night
Triple, $434, $108.40/night.

Fees:

Tuition: $500

CEU’s: