SHE Never Broken…..Resilience for Helpers and Healers with Catherine Ashton
Touched by trauma, wounded by living, depleted by caring and doubting our wholeness. Learn about traumatic stress and resilience. Learn to replenish your personal and social resources so that you may generously share with others. We will connect through talk and move with embodied intention using our bodies to feel more and access hopeful healing when thinking and words fall short. Experience present moment awareness, self-compassion and perhaps a little joy in the moment. This workshop combines a talk circle with a yoga and movement practice suitable for all.
Catherine Ashton, E-RYT500 is a registered and experienced Yoga Teacher, Founder of Yoga to Transform Trauma, a certified therapist, board certified Trauma Expert, Activist for many years, and the Administrator in large mental health agencies and hospitals serving marginalized populations. Catherine currently teaches Yoga full time at a number of studios in the Chicagoland south suburbs, is on faculty for the Moksha Yoga and other yoga centers, and is the Director the teacher training program at YoUnique Yoga of NWI.
Deep within your heart, you believe in magic……The Goddess and Priestess call to you……
A Circle of women provides you with solace……Creative energy dances within you……
The earth below and moon above whisper your name…….You yearn for something more, wish to
speak your truth and desire to live your purpose……
Join us as we explore the power of the Circle of Women,
shift possibility into reality, invoke the strength, courage,
beauty and power of the Goddess while coupling our intention with passion and mystery.
Kundalini Yoga to Heal the Heart, Jenny Bergold (Jagatjeet Kaur)
Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of awareness. The power of Kundalini Yoga lies in the actual experience. It goes right to your heart and extends your consciousness so you may have a wider horizon of grace and knowing the truth. We will discuss the basics of Kundalini Yoga including breath work, meditation, kriyas, mantras, and chanting. This workshop will include a yoga practice focusing on calming the mind that is suitable for all levels.
In addition, you will immerse yourself in the healing sounds of the gong tuned to the planet Uranus and healing the Sacral Chakra, balancing emotions. The gong is one of the oldest musical instruments in the world. Based on ancient wisdom, the gong vibrates at the same frequency as the body allowing the body to heal itself. The gong balances the central nervous system and aids in deep meditation. Singing crystal and Tibetan bowls will also be added to raise the vibration and heighten the experience.
Jenny Bergold (Jagatjeet Kaur) has been practicing yoga for eighteen years and teaching for seven. Jenny discovered yoga to calm the body and strengthen the mind. Jenny has her 200 Hour Hatha certification from Heaven Meets Earth Yoga in Evanston, IL and her 200 Hour Kundalini certification from Spirit Rising Yoga in Chicago, IL. Jenny’s classes focus on the mind and meditation, healing the body through asana, and uplifting the spirit through inspiration.
Bindya Yoga Dance with Saba and Gayathri!
Yoga teachers, Saba & Gayathri created BINDYA YOGA DANCE in 2007. It is a fun and energetic blend of Indian dance and Yoga. Be prepared to dance to the exotic and SOULful tunes on Indian songs with creatively added yoga postures in the routine. BINDYA is an opportunity to laugh nonstop, sweat, dance,and yoga. Let your inner child come out as you energetically flow through this moving meditation.
No dance or yoga experience needed. Just bring an open heart to soak in all the love, laughter and healing.
Being Yoga lovers since childhood, Saba and Gauathri found a “Soul Sister” in each other when they met in 2006. Their friendship grew stronger as they experienced Life together along with a growing love for dance, music, yoga, environmental conservation and much more. With a shared sense of responsibility towards supporting the local community, they explored ways of sharing the beautiful ancient practice of yoga, making it available to everyone, which led to the birth of Bindya Yoga dance combining yoga and Indian dance to create a soulful, joyous experience in which we “work out and within”! Together, they continue to develop this community by practicing Bindya Yoga dance with one message; “Anyone can do it ; all you need is YOU!”
SHAKTI Rising! with Charisse Crisci (90 Minutes)
A mix of Goddess wisdom teachings combined with Freedom, Movement & full Self-Expression.
In this Class we Play with Shakti offered by the Goddesses. Opening to the Powerful Energies each one Offers. Feel Her in You! As we Tap into Her Shakti & Open to Feel Her Expression we Un-Lock the Chained, Constricted components of our Being and Un-Leash our Potent, Exquisite & Unique Medicine we each Hold.
Together, Rising from the Earth, the Waters, the Fire, the Air; from the Depths of the Dark Void this Shakti Dance promises to Stimulate that which is Dormant within You & that which is Longing to Come Alive. Through Inanna, Durga, Kali, Aphrodite, Quan Yin & more, in the most Sacred Space of Sisters, you will be guided to Pierce the Veils of your Most Inhibited Self, to Play with the Lila, the Provocative and the Tame to Dance the Wild Dance while Embracing Your Most Loving Compassionate Self. All Dualities Merge into your very own Sacred Flowing Waters.
Charisse Crisci is a heart-centered, community building Yoga Therapist who skillfully holds space for people to grow and expand as they face challenging life and transitional experiences. Charisse is devoted to the ancient teachings of yoga in the Yogini path and strives to embody them in her daily life. She has studied and practiced yoga for more than 12 years and holds multiple certifications in Yoga, Thai Bodywork, Yoga Therapy and Energy Healing.
The depth and passion in her teaching is rooted in deep compassion for others. By way of dedicated practice of yoga, metaphysical studies, holistic health and community building, she now lives from inspiration and in connection with Source.
Charisse integrates Ayurveda, Natal Chart Readings & Ancestral Healing into her private Yoga Therapy offerings and is especially passionate & committed to serving young women challenged with life transition, trauma, stress and low self-esteem. Through her strong Presence & Guidance she Empowers her clients to Awaken to their innate Wisdom & Strength to find Courage & Self-Acceptance to feel Worthy, Loved and Complete while Opening to Joy.
World Kirtan with Lucia Cordeiro
Music is a way to the heart. Devotional music, regardless of the language, has the ability to open the doors that keep us from connecting to our endless fountain of compassion. We will learn simple lyrics in Sanskrit, Hindi, Portuguese and Spanish and sing our hearts away. Voice is powerful. Some of us fear it, some of us are deeply connected to it. As a group, our voices will come together to create a unique vibration that will make us laugh, smile and feel more self-love. Yum!
Born In Uruguay, raised in Brazil and having lived in Europe, India and now the US, Lucia has a wide exposure to music from different parts of the world. She has traveled to India each year since 2004 to study Yoga Therapy in the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya and his son, TKV Desikachar. Her understanding of the human mind comes primarily from her profound commitment to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Yoga’s foundational text. Her connection to the heart comes from a lifetime of teachers including her mother, husband, daughter, nature and Ram Dass.
Dance of the Infinite – Path of the Sacred Bee Goddess – in 2 Parts with Rosemary Curth
In this workshop Rosemary will guide us into the vibrant gynocentric shamanic tradition that works with the honey bee and hive as its central focus. We will explore how the feminine principle lay at the heart of all things. Inspiring new practices and lemniscate pathways which women may walk today.
The first part of the workshop will entail an exploration of the feminine principle within bee mythology, including the practice of ” Opening the Honeypot that will flow into the ” Dance of Infinity.
Each part and new understanding will enable the further unfolding of learnings.
While it is not necessary or required to take them together, it is encouraged.
The second part of the workshop will entail a deeper investigation into the mythology of the sacred Bee Goddess through ecstatic dance and art. Participatants will be lead into a sacred moving meditation that will culminate with a group art ritual.
*Please bring 2 small/medium stones or crystals.
Rosemary is a Bee-Guardian, Eco feminist, Red tent co-creator and Reiki practitioner. Rosemary has a strong love and admiration for Mother Gia and believes healing and social change can manifest by returning to a relationship with nature.
Grandmother Moon, Yarn Baskets, and Native American Looms with Gretchen Fitzpatrick.
Grandmother Moon Ceremony
A grandmother moon ceremony is a sacred ceremony passed onto Gretchen by a Native American Elder. It is said women gathering together to pray can make a greater impact; that the Moon our Grandmother will hear our prayers, songs and words. This is a ceremony to honor that women power and send our prayers out into the world. Women are asked to wear a skirt or wrap of some kind.
Make simple yarn baskets using a wrapping method. Class fee $5, limit 20.
Native American Looms
Native American Beading is done on a loom to create beautiful bead work. This way of beading is simple and relaxing. Cost will include a loom (to take home), needle, thread and seed beads. Class Fee $15, Limit 12
Gretchen Fitzpatrick: Licensed K-12 Art Teacher in Illinois, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Educator of Infant Massage and National Archery in the Schools Instructor. Gretchen is also a Henna Body Art artist and has done Henna at Fairs and festival locally for the past 4 years. In 2015 she became an instructor at the Art and Science in the Woods camp, put on by the Sun Foundation in Peoria. Gretchen owns Healing Arts Massage Center and Paint by Friends, both located in Mendota IL. Every year she enters sewing, drawing and sculptures into the Sandwich Fair, and has won various 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons and a Best of Show Ribbon in 2015. She lives a green lifestyle on a farm in Paw Paw, IL with her husband and 2 sons.
Playful Partner Yoga with Rachel Grundner and Saba
Join Rachel and Saba in this fun and unwinding partner yoga experience! Prepare to laugh, stretch, relax, and learn how you can positively support one another both in your physical practice and a deeper meditative state. All levels of experience welcome.
Rachel Grundner, E-RYT 200, RYPT has been a student of Kriya yoga since 2006. She realized in her early 20’s that yoga had a huge impact on healing past traumas and increasing awareness of Self and, in turn, her Life as a whole. Today Rachel’s focus is to to encourage proper structural alignment while students move deeper into a meditative state at their own pace to discover their own healing abilities. Rachel uses a number of techniques to strengthen the body, tame the mind, and improve the spirit – each session being completely customized to meet her students needs. As the Beatles sing, “When you move beyond yourself, you may find peace of mind is waiting there,” she aims to promote a sacred atmosphere for students to let go of their outside distractions and find peace within.
Part 1 – Intro to Tea Meditation & Mindfulness, Part 2 – Ceremony and Connections with Tea with Suzette Hammond
Part 1 – Intro to Tea Meditation & Mindfulness
“The taste of Tea and Zen are one.” Tea has been used as a symbol of meditative practice for thousands of years. Meditation itself is an essential part of yoga study, along with breath work and asana. In this peaceful class, we’ll discuss how and why tea is used in meditation. We’ll also practice “guided sitting” to cultivate a mindful connection with tea. Cups and a variety of teas will be provided. If you have a favorite tea bowl or mug you would like to bring for practice, please do so (rounded bowl shapes are ideal). Please note: These are traditional teas from the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, and not herbal or medicinal teas.
Part 2 – Ceremony and Connections with Tea
Meditative practice doesn’t always need to be a solo effort. In fact, the greater benefit of a mindful life is the effect your efforts have on others in your presence. Through sharing tea with others, practitioners can learn how to nurture patience, equanimity and non-reactivity: the roots of mindfulness itself. In this one-step beyond the basics of Tea Meditation, learn how traditional Eastern tea ceremonies are used to cultivate mindfulness. Includes hands-on demo and tea playtime with a variety of teas. Please note: These are traditional teas from the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, and not herbal or medicinal teas.
The peaceful, quiet and humble Way of Tea often leads to great adventures in unexpected places! With more than a decade of experience, Suzette Hammond is known as one of the most passionate, engaged teachers in the global tea industry. Suzette is the founder of Being Tea, which offers consulting on tea programs and training, and her work takes her across the United States and Europe, as well as research locations in Asia. She teaches and develops curriculum for tea importers, wholesalers, retailers, specialty coffee roasters, culinary/beverage management and industry trade groups. Suzette is also the Director of Education for Tea Journey magazine, teaches regularly at World Tea Expo and the Northwest Tea Festival, and serves on the Advisory Board for World Tea Academy. When not on the road traveling for tea, Suzette resides in Chicago where she is an avid student of traditional fermented foods and nutrition.
Howl at the Moon with Slone Isselhard
Connect with your inner wild woman in this moonlit yoga class. Incorporating story-telling, asana, and, of course, howling. Drawing inspiration from the book Women Who Run with the Wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Estez, Ph.D. you can expect to laugh, howl, and connect with your wild side.
Slone’s classes are designed to help students gain strength and flexibility in the body while gaining a deeper connection with the breath, the inner workings of the mind, and what’s truly going on underneath the noise and activity around and inside them. After practicing law for seven years Slone left her job as a corporate attorney and began teaching yoga full-time, which she continues to enjoy. Slone received her 200 hour teaching certification through Moksha Yoga Chicago, has studied extensively with a variety of master teachers and is currently pursuing her 500 hour certification with Saul David Raye in Ojai, California.
For more about Slone and to check out her class schedule and workshop/event offerings, go to www.sloneyoga.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chakra Flo with Cass Justine
Chakra Flo™ centers and aligns your chakras with meditation, breath-work, and a blissful balance of yin and yang postures. Experience a creative collaboration of movement, breath, and music orchestrated to awaken and ground each of your energy centers. Ride the VIBE down the Rainbow Road and enjoy the journey inward.
The gift of Tarot has been passed down to her from her mom. She is excited to share this gift at Lotus Rising! During a lunchtime talk, learn what tarot is, what it can do for you, and sign-up for your Tarot Reading with Cassandra. Sign-up at General Store for individual readings.
“My intention is for students to grow, to let go, and to choose joy. ” -Cass, E-RYT + Reiki Practitioner
Driven by her self-practice, 8 years experience as a yoga teacher and a tumbling coach, her work as a Reiki Practitioner and her intuitive ability to read the room she created The VIBE Method™ in 2015. VIBE stands for Vinyasa. Invert. Breathe. Explore. From this method she has created classes such as VIBE Flo and Chakra Flo. Cassandra’s love for yoga keeps her connected to the global yoga community. She is a Lululemon and Trip Tribe ambassador, world traveler, and shares inspiration on Instagram and YouTube. Cassandra encourages students to step into their personal power, to feel rather than force, and to keep it light. Her classes are accessible and challenging for all.
Visit www.cassandrajustine.com for offerings, music, videos, and more. Follow @cassyoga on Instagram + Facebook for daily inspiration!
Part 1 – Healing Power of Double Gong & Mantra, Part 2 – Woman as the Adi Shakti with Shakta Kaur
Healing Power of Double Gong & Mantra
Experience the deep vibrational healing accessible via the sound of the gong and your own voice. We begin with light Kundalini Yoga to prepare the body for what’s to come (the yoga is appropriate for all levels). Then we move into deep relaxation with not one, but two, beautiful Paiste symphonic gongs! Your mind will have no defense to the gong after 90 seconds! After the gong we use sound (mantra) to remind us that the entire universe was built on sound, on vibration. And, as we vibrate a particular combination of sounds we tune into a different level of consciousness; one that allows us to heal and be healed. (Includes Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and the Gong
Woman as the Adi Shakti
No creature on the planet has the beauty, the strength and the power of a woman. But, how do you connect to this ‘Adi Shakti’ (primal feminine) energy when you need it most? Come learn how to invoke the primary creative power which manifests on the earth plane as ‘woman’ whenever you need it. Come break through the blocks to find within your heart (and head!) your unique self. Come enjoy your primal power, complete and perfect, contained and content–that which manifests on the earth plane as woman—you! Appropriate for all levels, beginners included. (Includes Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and the Gong)
Shakta Kaur opened Kundalini Yoga in the Loop (KYL) in downtown Chicago in 2003. She teaches Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and Breathwalk (walking meditation) both at KYL and at conferences and festivals worldwide. She leads 200- and 300-hour Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training courses both in the US and internationally. Shakta also brings students on yatra to India where she teaches at the Punarnava Ayurveda and Yoga Conference. She has released two DVDs, ‘The Lunar Woman’ and ‘The Invincible Woman.’
Feminine Medicine Dance, and Drumming Workshop with Shanti Kumari
Feminine Medicine Dance with Shanti Kumari
Join us going deep into our entrails to connect to the source of what makes us dance and sing.
Shanti will share her many years of sacred and ceremonial dance experience in this class of movement and song while incorporating yoga aspects.
Feel free going deep within and reaching the outer limits of infinity through this profound practice.
Drumming Workshop with Shanti Kumari
Bring your drum. If you do not have one, we will share drums so that everyone gets a turn.
Connect to our strength.
Shanti will share basic drum rhythms she has learned through recitation and drum playing from Indian and Mexica tradition
Shanti Kumari Johnson was born in Tlatelolco, Mexico City to Belgian, Mexican (Oaxaca, Yucatan), Norwegian and East Indian (Maharashtran) ancestry.
She started practicing yoga at the age of 5 as a gift from her Mom, by gently starting to follow in the footsteps of her maternal Brahmin grandfather who would rise at dawn to recite the slokas and practice yoga.
Her strong indigenous connection brought Mexica / Aztec dance into her life, which she first perceived before the age of 5 on the Plaza de las tres culturas where she was born in Mexico City.
Her choreographic work has been nominated for a Dance Achievement Award by the Chicago Music and Dance Coalition.
Shanti works as a language interpreter, teacher and translator. She can also be found teaching ballet to advanced students and yoga to all ages in the homeschool, Montessori and all kinds of school communities.
Her greatest mentors and teachers are her mother: Maya Khankhoje and her father: Charles W. Johnson.
Some of Shanti’s writings and artwork may be found at: www.montrealserai.com
Crystal and Metal Healing Bowls with Yolanda Lozano
Yolanda is a spiritual guide and healer. She has studied with many Masters from the East learning yoga, ancestral healing techniques, shamanism, oracle and angel card reading and oneness blessing. The tools that she uses are practical and affordable and most of them are already within you.
She is here to share from several points of view:
- as a practitioner of energy work and sound
- as a mother
- as an entrepreneur
- as a sound teacher that acts as a bridge between heaven and earth, assisting individuals to reconnect themselves.
Yolanda has spent the last thirty years assisting individuals, groups and families clear past traumas, heal their relationships, emotions and sense of well being which allows them to reconnect to Source and their inner guidance. What she does during personal sessions varies according to what she senses and feel about the client in that moment. She meets them where they are and give them the tools to follow their own journey to balance. Divine Intuition is her guide and she relies on her life’s journey to assist the individual to create solutions.
Servants of the Sacred Dream with Dana Lundin
Many traditions maintain that women have within their wombs a piece of the cosmic womb. Called by some the Mother Mind, this esoteric capacity gives us ready access to cosmic intelligence. In the Hindu tradition, women are considered the embodiment of Prakriti, a human manifestation of Nature and the unlimited substance of creation. We can nuture our dreams, the dream of the earth, the dream of our highest collective potentials through a regular practice in the new moon phase of the Lunar cycle as the Goddess Tripura Sundari begins to wax into her full glory.
At menarche, our wombs if awakened to this capacity, begin a process of communication and expression of this higher intelligence and supreme creativity. We will learn how to activate this potential through attunements and orientations in our subtle bodies both in seated meditation and in asana practice. If you have sensed that there is more to being a woman that is culturally proscribed, you will delight in experiencing this opportunity to enter into a lively and vibrant relationship with the Goddess and serve the evolutionary impulse with joy.
Dana Lundin is a healer who has maintained a practice in the Chicago area for 34 years integrating Chinese medicine, bodywork, yoga, visceral manipulation, shamanic healing and lifestyle coaching to support the resolution of health issues and enable the fullest expression of health. She began her daily practice of Yoga in 1971 and it soon became the impetus behind her interest in holistic healing methodologies.
Presently pursuing a 500 hr certification in Classical Tantric Yoga, Dana is certified in Yoga for the Pelvic Floor and Yin Yoga. She also draws on her longstanding study of Iyengar Yoga to encourage attention to alignment, engagement of muscular action and use of props to maximize the energetic and structural benefits of asana practice. For more about Dana, go to her website www.ancientenergetics.com
Mala Making Workshop with Beth Marano
Beth’s calm presence and approach to traditional yoga, breathing and spirituality will welcome you. Her core belief is that we are all strong and beautiful and that by tapping in to our inner wisdom, we can find peace.
Join Beth and let your creativity flow … a mala is a string of 108 beads used while reciting mantra or simply to adorn the body … all supplies will be provided to create your own personal mala … or … bring some of your own beads to incorporate into your project.
Materials fee, $30
Your Moon Cycle: Connecting with your Superpower with Natalie McGreal
Connect deeply with your body’s natural rhythms to relax, restore, and reflect so that you can realize your dreams and illuminate your goals.
In this workshop you can expect to:
~Learn more about your natural superpower: your menstrual cycle, and what makes it so special
~Acquire the knowledge to modify your physical practices to specifically support your moon cycle
~Practice journaling and reflection techniques to focus your energies and unearth your desires
~Celebrate the manifestation and creative power of women in a safe and supportive community
Natalie believes in the power of self-care. Be it via yoga, daily mindful practices or self massage we all have the power to facilitate healing of body, mind and spirit. She is forever on the lookout for new ways to support mental and physical health and well-being. Natalie believes that taking ownership of our bodies via self care and relaxation is vital to a sustainable life, and the greatest gift we can bestow on ourselves. She love sharing gifts of self care and self empowerment with people. Natalie is a Certified Trauma Informed yoga teacher, 500hr certified through Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago, a co-founder of Relaxapalooza yoga festival, and has been a body worker since 2007. Connect with Natalie at nataliemcgreal.com
The Goods on Greens with Patty McPhilips
Take a trip into the Green Galaxy where the kitchens are warm and bright,the children are smiling and the dinner plates are heaped with the life boosting power of delicious leafy greens (and I don’t just mean salad!) Incorporating dark leafy greens into our daily diet remains a mystery to many so join Patty for a spin around the green planet. You’ll learn about what to do with greens once you get them home; discover a variety of ways to eat them both cooked and raw (even drinking them); how to grow your own supply of greens both in your garden and in your kitchen. You’ll walk away with some solid know-how and a simple, inspiring plan for eating greens!
Patty has spent the last 13 years farming organic vegetables and operating a Community Supported Agriculture farm (CSA). Getting down and dirty under the open sky with the plants and critters is definitely her inspiration for living well. Passionate about sharing her experience of the strength that simple, whole foods have to transform lives; the joy of finding beauty and inspiration in the natural world, and the power held in awakening to the sacredness in everyday events like preparing and eating simple meals, being present with a child, pet or plant, or dancing in the rain and snow; Patty enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through her Writing and Speaking as well as providing more personalized guidance through her Wellness Coaching Practice and Organic Gardening Mentorship Program. Her entertaining essays have been published in the Rodale Institute’s NEW FARM publication, The Daily Southtown newspaper, the Fresh Harvest Farm newsletter and the Earth & Skye Farm Field Notes. She has been a guest speaker at several local health, wellness and yoga studios, The Center in Palos Park, and Hart Wellness in Flossmoor.
Chanting with Dianna Oles
Dianna Oles holds an MA in Eastern Philosophy with a concentration in language and culture. Literary Chinese, Sanskrit and Tamil source texts inspire her practice and teaching. A practitioner of yoga and Ayurveda for 15 years, she is initiated into Sri Vidya. Dianna is a longtime student of Yogarupa Rod Stryker and Matt Huish, along with other master teachers. She studied and taught in Shantivanam Ashram in India 2004 – 2005. Dianna enjoys long hikes along Lake Michigan and studies classical Indian singing. She currently teaches throughout the Midwest. Learn more about Dianna and her offerings at www.subaashita.com.
Burlesque Therapy – with Elmo Painter
The purpose of this class is to teach people to understand their emotional selves on a biological, psychological, and spiritual level, with a focus on sensuality as a modality to personal and emotional empowerment. Skills taught in this class are meant to expand emotional and social comfort zones.
The first part of the class is an entertaining presentation discussing contemporary ideas about emotional science, from neuroscience and evolution to philosophy, anthropology, and linguistics. In order to understand our own emotional lives, it’s important to understand why we have these pesky feelings in the first place.
The second part of the class focuses on sensual movement, and how we carry our bodies in relation to how we feel about ourselves. Included will be two guided meditations, quick, simple ways to ground your emotions, tips for recognizing and dissolving unhelpful thoughts, a guide to optimal sexuality, and, finally, a burlesque movement and seduction workshop.
Elmo Painter is an Emotional Wellness Coach, Certified Reiki Master, Writer, Sensual Educator, and Love Enthusiast residing in Chicago, IL. She is currently in the Counseling Psychology Master’s program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and the Somatic Experiencing trauma healing certification program through the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, and frequently presents on topics such as Queer and Trans awareness, BDSM Education, Emotional Awareness, and Spirituality. Her role in this life is to be a Muse, an emotional healer, and an implement of whimsical awakening.
The Red Tent with Charlotte Raasch
The Red Tent is a safe space where women creatively express and share in divine feminine energy, and traditionally a space space where girls receive initiation into their role as young women. In the company of wise and loving women, they understand their inherent beauty and worth, and embrace their evolution into women. Join us in song and story, ritual and silence as we gather in the Red Tent throughout the weekend for respite and support.
Charlotte Raasch is the Mother of two grown children, and Oma to a magnificent Grandson, 20 months old. She has been happily practicing the art of bodywork and eclectic massage for 32 years, with certification in Ayurveda in 2004 from the California College of Ayurveda, and yoga certification in 2011 from the Himalayan Institute in the tradition of Swamji Rama. A dear hobby of hers is to grow Medicinal Herbs from which she makes medicated oils and practices mixology.
Rewriting Your Self Contracts with Melissa Renzi
Our lives are based on relationships—with ourselves and with others. Our relationships are based on “contracts” or agreements and many of these contracts are unconscious and unspoken. To grow and live consciously, we must choose contracts that align with our truth, health, and love.
Join me as we:
- Use mind-body awareness to identify our unconscious contracts.
- Own our right to have our needs met and rewrite our contracts.
- Explore mind-body techniques to shift anxiety and help us follow our contracts.
- Honor our voices as we communicate our needs.
- Celebrate the freedom of conscious contracts.
We will explore, share, and change old beliefs using reflective exercises, interactive discussion, meditation, and movement techniques.
Movement Meditation with Lyndsae Rinio
Existing somewhere between meditation and dance, movement meditation is an invitation to play and discover your own authentic movement expression. Drawing on natural elements we will explore movement qualities as a means of developing inner listening. Free form, unguided movement is the pinnacle of this contemplative practice. No meditation or dance experience necessary!
Lyndsae Rinio began dancing at age seven and has worked at the professional level in the Chicago dance community since 2001. She founded dance company Linden Dream in 2010 and is a regular collaborator with PosterChild Art with whom she performs improvisational movement. Her experimentation with meditation and contemplative sitting began in childhood, blossoming into a formal sitting practice 8 years ago. She holds teaching certifications for yoga and yoga for cancer recovery. Lyndsae teaches yoga and meditation full time with a specialty in serving the cancer community. www.lyndsae.com
The Path of Bhakti and the Divine Mother with Tapasya
Many yogis in the West are just beginning to become familiar with the path of Bhakti, the path of devotion, though it has played a key role in the evolution of yoga throughout the ages. We can be devoted to many things, whether we realize it or not- our family, work, cell phones, public image, asana, you name it. In this workshop we’ll explore what devotion to the Divine Mother is, what it means to be committed to and ecstatic about the deepest Truth within our very own selves, and what it means to live in devotion to that Truth. Through guided meditation, journaling and group sharing we will discover what it feels like to align ourselves with the inner essence of the Divine Mother within us all.
Mantra Chanting Intensive: The Thousand Names of the Divine Mother- 2hr- with Tapasya
Mantras are powerful tools given to us by the ancient sages that can directly connect us with divine frequencies. The specific words and sounds vocalized through mantra, when repeated with sincerity and intention, harmonize the mind, cleanse the energetic field and bring us into resonance with our clearest self expression. In this workshop, we will delve deeply into the practice of chanting The Thousand Names of the Divine Mother, the Sri Lalita Sahasranama. This practice is commonly known as the Archana, translating to “honoring” (of the Divine Mother), and is a compilation of 1,000 unique Sanskrit mantras chanted over the course of about an hour in the style of call and response. After a brief introduction to the practice and a few points to be aware of, you will be lead through the mantras and are invited to respond and participate in the chanting as you like or sit silently listening to the mantras, being immersed in the divine atmosphere. No prior chanting experience is necessary, only a willingness to be present.
Tapasya Katarina Stanisavljevic has a rich background in spirituality from the days of her young adolescence. She began seriously practicing meditation, Shiatsu Bodywork, and yoga in her early 20’s with a thirst for self-knowledge and wisdom, that has since lead her to three trips through India, living and learning from her beloved guru Amma. Tapasya has been professionally practicing Shiatsu for 6 years and teaching Shiatsu in the certification program at Zen Shiatsu Chicago for nearly 3 years. Learn more about her work and love at www.livingheartcentered.com
An Introduction to Tantra with Petra Silwiak
The word tantra literally means technique, derived from the art of weaving. Tantric techniques weave movement, breathwork and mantra together to create a deeper connection with All That Is. Bringing us into harmony with the energy of the Sacral Chakra, Tantra allows us to realize and experience oneness with the creative force to which we are all connected. It is a stimulating practice designed specifically to enhance both our physical and emotional Being and takes our creative process to the next level. This workshop will end with a 20 minute gong meditation to assist with releasing stuck energy to make room for inspiration and growth.
Petra has spent this earthly journey living around the world, studying with shamans, doctors, and healers of many different modalities and has been an entrepreneur for most of her life. After 10years of practicing Hatha Yoga she yearned for something more, that is when the powerful spiritual practice of Tantra entered her life. Because the Tantric practice connects us directly with the energy of the Sacral Chakra it is one of the most powerful techniques we can use to manifest the things we desire.
She is living proof, having used it to straighten 4 vertebrae in her neck, heal scoliosis, chronic sciatic pain, bulging discs, depression and insomnia. Her Tantric practice continues to serve herewith growing her business, maintaining her health, and helping others with the Self-healing process as it is now a way of life.
Qi Gong with Lisa Ujiiye
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese healthcare practice that integrates effortless flow, breath synchronization, with focused intention. Qi means “energy” or “life force”. Gong means “the practice of”. So, it is the art of energy cultivation.
An unlimited supply of energy (qi) exists in nature, and by performing certain movements, you are able to connect to this boundless supply of qi. Qi Gong mimics the dance of nature; clouds moving across the sky, a tree growing into the sunlight, or a river flowing own a mountain into the lake.
Leading a happy life is the goal of Qi Gong, and through this practice, as we become more balanced and integrated, so does the rest of our life.
Benefits of Qi Gong: Strengthens Organs, Increases Injury Recovery, Decreases Stress, Balances Emotions, Improves Circulation, Reduces Pain, Lowers Blood Pressure, Improves Asthma, Builds Immune System, Improves Flexibility, Improves Memory, Aides in Digestion, Improves Kidney Function.
Lisa’s purpose and passion is to expand awareness of energy healing, and share how it can bring a deeper connection within yourself. By facilitating this energy practice, her intention is to help guide exploration for the consciousness potential for wellbeing.
Her primary teacher is April Epstein, who has studied under Master Yi Xiang and Lee Holden. Lisa has also trained with Lee Holden, who is an internationally known instructor in Meditation, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong. Another influential and inspiring teaching Lisa has studied under is Robert Peng, a world-renowned Qi Gong Master and healer.
Music as Medicine with Carly Visk
Music has the power to heal, inspire, and carry our intentions and prayers. In this song circle, we will allow our authentic voices to flow through us and join together in harmony as a prayer for peace and unity. Carly will be sharing simple but powerful songs that have been passed on to her by strong and inspirational women. Let us celebrate the reemergence of the sacred feminine, our beloved Pachamama, and our divine sisterhood with this ceremonial circle of sacred music.
Carly is a student of consciousness, yoga teacher, lady of Lua, and lover of singing and music. While researching the psychology of nondual consciousness at NYU in 2011, she took part in an Indigenous medicine ceremony and immediately knew that she had found her home. Since then, she has been studying with many different teachers from North America, South America, and Europe to learn how to honor the Divine and our beloved Mother Earth through music, prayer, and ritual. In 2013, she became a yoga teacher and has enjoyed finding her authentic voice and tapping more deeply into her intuition by teaching yoga classes in Chicago. For a living, Carly co-creates transformational gatherings, including Greenheart summits that bring conscious leaders together to collaborate towards a new peaceful and sustainable global society, Ladies of Lua moon circles, and Sweet Aum Chicago visionary art and music celebrations. She has found that one of the most powerful ways to hold space, create transformation, and pray is through singing, and she is honored to be holding a song circle as a session at this year’s gathering.
Reducing Fear and Stress from the Bottom Up and Top Down: Integrating Yoga, Psychology and Neuroscience with Serena Wadhwa
When the first chakra is unbalanced, we may experience fear, stress or anxiety. This workshop explores how to maintain balance within the first chakra by integrating asanas, breathing, affirmations, and other skills to maintain or re-balance our root energy.
Serena Wadhwa, Psy.D., LCPC, CADC, RYT , is an assistant professor/program coordinator and an individual /group therapist. Dr. Wadhwa works in a variety of roles as a consultant, creator, presenter, trainer, lecturer, radio talk show host, yoga instructor, blogger and author. She currently is on a different path and working on figuring that out. Yoga, writing, comedy, and awakenings, are definite parts as well as global citizenship. Her book, Stress in the Modern World is coming out in 2017. She is the founder of the Stress Intelligence coaching program and book by the same title (2016). Her website is www.drserenawadhwa.com.
Ahimsa: Non-Violent Communication in Relationships with Merry Waters
Merry will hold a talking circle and share information on how to practice Non-Violent Communication. NVC is a way of seeing and hearing the world in a more compassionate and loving way. We will explore the 4 step process of NVC and include real life examples in order to live our yoga. We will discuss how to heal realtionships and set boundaries that empower women to step into their own strength in relationship.
Fluid Yoga with Merry Waters
From the rhythm of our breathing to the pulsation of our heart beating, our bodies are dynamically changing, vacillating, and regenerative. Get in touch with the organic movement that naturally arises in alignment with your fluid body. Like the Earth, our bodies are made up of somewhere between 70-90% water. Let’s move together with fluidity and ease, “thawing out” the asanas with the breath, (breath is also called “inspiritus” in latin, “prana” in sanskrit, describing your life force energy). We will explore spontaneous movement guided by your breath. Allow Merry to guide you in this healing, energetic work emphasizing svadhisthana chakra, refreshing your own inner capacity for creativity?
Mary has been teaching yoga since 2003. She has studied with master yoga teachers from around the world. Mary has taken teacher trainings with various well known master instructors. She has been most inspired by prana vinyasa flow teacher trainings with Shiva Rea. Mary completed her Yoga Alliance Certification through Moksha Yoga School in 2007. In January of 2009, Mary founded Green Yoga Spa in Urbana, Illinois, where she hold space for a weekly Non-Violent Communcation Circle. Committed to the process of learning, she believes that we are all students of what our life has to teach us. Sharing knowledge of yoga’s 5,000 year old tradition gives her great joy. She loves to incorporate the knowledge of the past (asanas, meditation, bandhas, mantra and mudras) with what is relevant in the here and now.
Guided Meditation on the Divine Feminine with Monica Yearwood
According to ayurveda, a women’s energetic strength waxes and wanes with the moon cycle. If she is in alignment with the moon, her menses occurs during the new moon period, and she ovulates when the moon is full. Her menses, is the return of solar energy to the earth that has built within her body all month long. When a woman enters menapause the energy that went to creating an egg each month is redirected toward higher levels of consciousness. This makes her more naturally receptive to reach enlightenment at this time. Join Monica Yearwood, founder of Hamsa Ayurveda who will guide you through a series of mantras (sacred sounds) and mudras (hand gestures) that express different aspects of the feminine form from young adulthood to old age.
For as long as I can remember I wanted to understand the nature of balance. When I discovered Ayurveda I found an ancient philosophy that grew from an understanding of nature’s balance that still applies to how we live today, an approach that offers guidance for our various, individual constitutions and reveals our interconnectedness to the earth and its seasons.
My commitment is to make Ayurveda accessible in our modern world. In 2013 I created Hamsa Ayurveda and Yoga Center in Chicago. Hamsa is a full service Ayurvedic Center that incorporates workshops, spa treatments, cleanse programs, and private consultations in a luxurious, but intimate setting.
Bodywork and Special Services Available during Lotus Rising
Thai Body Work by TranquiliTHAI with Jenn Cooper
Available Sat and Sun afternoons
Mary Wolters, Ashiatsu
Mary is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Bodyworker (NCTMB), studying a wide range of massage modalities. She has been practicing Thai Yoga Massage Therapist since 2005. “Lazy Man’s Yoga”, as it is referred to in Thailand, is a form of partner yoga that combines gentle stretching, acupressure, and breath work in one beautiful and meditative experience. The effects of Thai Yoga Therapy include more energy and a deep sense of relaxation.
Mary was trained in Ashiatsu: Deep Feet Massage Therapy in 2011. “Ashi” means foot and “Atsu” means pressure. This very special type of bodywork blends the western comforts of having your massage on a soft, padded table, which the therapist stands on to deliver the deepest, most luxurious massage on the planet, compliments of the feet!
Healing the Light Body—Shamanic and Energy Medicine Sessions with Dana Lundin
Hour-long sessions for $90 available:
Saturday at 1:00, 2:15 3:30 4:45 and 6:00,
Sunday at 11:00 and 1:00.
Purchase tickets online, schedule session on sign-up sheets by General Store/Office on site.
Henna by Shivani and Shivangi
Culturally, Henna is used for many reasons including: self-expression, celebration of special occasions such as weddings, holidays, and birthdays; inspiration; reminders; beauty; cosmetic treatments; medicinal uses; blessings and well-being; as part of an ancient tradition; and an alternative or precursor to a tattoo.
For body decorations, the leaves of the henna plant are dried, crushed into a fine powder, and made into a creamy paste. This paste is then applied to the skin, staining the top layer only. In its natural state it will dye the skin an orange or brown color. Although it looks dark green when applied, this green paste will flake off revealing an orange stain. The stain becomes a reddish-brown color after 1-3 days of application.
Lauren Vargo, deep tissue massage
Available Sat and Sun mornings
Selena Nichols, deep tissue massage
Available Fri evening and Sat morning