minutes north of Asheville, NC at Mars Hill College
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Gate Of The Mysterious Female
Women's Bodies Encode What Humankind
Needs To Know
& the Sacred Girl:
the Gate to the Mysterious Female
12 to July 17, 2011
To create a safe space for transformation, this course
is open to women only. The course title nods to Helen
Gurley Brown's book Sex & the Single Girl,
published in 1962, which helped launched the 20th century's
is code for the erotic power concentrated within your
body's center. Cultivate this pro-creative power
your power to promote creation and come home
to your sacred self.
Our focus is honoring
and energizing the tan tien the one-point,
the womb-point that, through our body's center, connects
us to Source Energy. An ancient Chinese name for the
tan tien is "The Gate of the Mysterious
Our intention is to praise and magnify
the presence of the Sacred Feminine within us, realizing
that we already embody the Goddess.
we cultivate the tan tien with movement and breath,
as we celebrate our body's center with image and story,
we pass through the gate. We meet the Great Mystery
As you center yourself all the
more in your divine nature, you will
into a greater degree of wholeness
in the life-affirming power that is dominion, not domination
into new levels of inspiration, insight, creativity,
vitality, and confidence
and enact your life purpose
your essential self-esteem
woman says this about her experience with the power-centering
exercises that you'll be learning:
the first time I experienced fully what it means to
be in touch with my belly. Now I've manifested a power
which has left me with a sense of appreciation for being
a woman. My entire being, body, mind, and spirit, filled
with a beauty sensed both inside and out. With each
pulse I grew more beautiful. This sense of being rests
with me. In connecting with my belly, I have found that
I am part of a greater whole.
During our days together, we'll
have deep fun. You'll
power-centering movement, breathing, and sounding practices
drawn from qigong, Feldenkrais, and yoga
the 23 movement and breathing exercises you learn as
in ways that enact timeless myth
ancient images of the Sacred Feminine
affirmations that uniquely answer your deepest needs
with art-making, journal-writing, and storytelling as
ways to express the wisdom that's already within you
shape the movement and breathing exercises we learn
into two rituals: a Rite
for Reconsecrating our Womanhood and a Rite
for Invoking the Sacred Feminine. Once you've
learned these rites, you can practice each in twelve
to twenty minutes.
tan tien, our body's center, will become an altar,
a place where we lay down the tensions, conflicts, doubts,
and worries we have been holding and witness the healing
that transpires. Each woman will have the opportunity
to blend the experiences she gathers into a practice
that she takes home and enjoys for ongoing inspiration
exercises and activities we'll explore follow expand
upon what you'll see on the Honoring Your Belly
DVD and read in The Woman's Belly Book: Finding Your
True Center for More Energy, Confidence, and Pleasure
a book that's already in Mantak Chia's library.
and an overview of the DVD
are available on this site.
important about this form
This form provides
a matrix through which you can embody the Sacred Feminine
all the more clearly and directly just in time
for the prophetic year 2012.
year 2012 heralds a revolution in human consciousness.
The signs relate 2012 to the emergence of the
Sacred Feminine, suggesting that
the feminine principle will be informing, and reorganizing,
every aspect of human experience.
year 2012 enfolds many layers of meaning, knowledge
phrased in terms of indigenous peoples'
prophecy, ancient scripture, sacred image, myth, legend,
music, mathematics, astronomy, and astrology. In brief,
these meanings converge in what mythologist Joseph Campbell
calls "the mystery number of the Goddess."
(See Initiation 21st Century: Awakening Your Sacred Center for more.)
than marking the catastrophic end of the world, the
year 2012 may signal the completion of one cycle and
the beginning of another. As we
embody the Sacred Feminine, we'll be equipped to participate
in and shape
the evolution of human awareness with wisdom and grace.
Whatever your level of experience with
qigong, yoga, movement arts, body image, or women's
studies, you're invited.
course is for you if
had enough of feeling bad about your body. You're ready
to feel good about yourself as a whole
think that if you could only make peace with your body,
you could tap into a wealth of creativity, wisdom, and
want to take charge of your sexual energy and fully
own your procreative power
passing through menopause and want to access the core
energy that's becoming all the more available to you
at this stage of your life
seeking a body-centered path to personal and spiritual
a qigong or yoga teacher, dance instructor, bodywork
therapist, counselor, or health educator working with
clients in relation to body-centered issues such
as digestion, reproduction, body image, disordered eating
you're new to Healing Tao practices, you'll be preparing
yourself very well to continue with qigong and internal
alchemy as you may choose. If you're already familiar
with the Healing Tao forms, you'll recognize that we're
integrating several practices. Through our exercises
and activities we will, for example, be engaging the
five body spirits as shamanic forces; we'll also be
clearing the core channel and energizing the eight extraordinary
cultivating the tan tien is central to Taoist
teaching and practice, its location within our body's
center within our bellies can be a problem
for women in contemporary Western culture. One qigong
student (not a student of Michael Winn's) reports:
have struggled with belly abuse since I was a teenager.
When I was 24, I discovered "nourishment,"
but only after years of feeding myself garbage. At 34,
I discovered Qi Gong, an ancient Chinese exercise which
centers all energy in the lower abdomen. But I cannot
keep energy focused in my belly! My teacher (male) doesn't
understand my problem!
thousands of years, and continuing to this day, our
culture has devalued women's bellies. Accordingly, many
of us have made our bellies the focus of shame and self-denial.
But when we withdraw our awareness and appreciation
from our body's center, we cut ourselves off from the
healing, creativity, and intuitive knowing that's already
need these powers, for our own sanity. We need these
powers, too, if we're at all interested in co-creating
humankind's just and sustainable future. These powers
are ours to express as we pass through the Gate of the
Mysterious Female and into the Presence dwelling within
our center of being.
Reading and Viewing
seasoned workshop leader, I love to create the comfort
and safety through which women discover and celebrate
their own brilliance.
been teaching yoga since I was certified as a Kripalu
yoga instructor in 1979. I've also trained as a yoga
and bodywork therapist. From 1981 to 1988, I served
on staff at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in
Lenox, MA. During that time, I taught yoga to thousands
of guests, conducted a practice in bodywork therapy,
and led workshops on many aspects of holistic health.
graduated from Brown University with honors in biology.
The highlight of my academic career occurred one afternoon
as I walked past the bioscience library and heard a
whisper: "The purpose of life is the evolution
articles on honoring the body's center have appeared
in publications including Yoga Journal, SageWoman,
Radiance, and Personal Transformation.
My workshops have been sponsored by colleges and universities,
health education agencies, and holistic learning centers.
The Woman's Belly Book: Finding Your True Center
for More Energy, Confidence, and Pleasure (excerpts
shares what I've learned during twenty years of writing,
research, and teaching as I've explored the mystery,
wisdom, and power of the body's center.
of the book include:
create health, you have to trust your gut. And to trust
your gut, you've got to reclaim the wisdom of your belly.
The Woman's Belly Book shows you how. Christiane
Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
do we live a life that is ours instead of the life we
think we should live? We don't think our way there
we feel it, we intuit it, we listen to our breath, our
heart, and our bellies. Lisa's book is brimming with
incredibly powerful ways to listen to your life through
your belly. This is a fresh, delicious body treat!"
Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman's Comfort
a culture obsessed with tightening the abdomen, The
Woman's Belly Book is a refreshing and practical change
of pace. Open it anywhere and practice the techniques
Lisa suggests. Not only will you feel better, but you
will also have fun connecting with your powerful belly
and its innate wisdom. Judith Hanson Lasater,
PhD, author of Living Your Yoga: Finding the spiritual
in everyday life
been studying qigong and internal alchemy with Michael
Winn for several years. I'm always thrilled to experience
how his teaching affirms, deepens, and expands what
I've been unearthing in my own ways.
in past workshops have been enthusiastic about their
experience with me and my teaching. Their comments
need to take this workshop and read [The Woman's
Belly Book]. We have lost touch with who and what
we are as females. Historically, the ancient wisdom
of women and their bodies was honored and respected,
rather than demeaned. The workshop and book have helped
me break down a barrier that has stood for many years
decades even. This barrier, the shame and disgust
I felt because my stomach was not flat and taut as society
and the media has decreed it should be, kept me from
truly loving my body. Now I can listen to the wisdom
held deep inside me inside my center, my belly.
course to empower the self. Thank you. The workshop
was very gently and well led. Wow, wow, wow I
love everyone and myself and have power to shower everyone
with blessings of love and compassion!
I felt the energy, confidence, and peace I'd been needing
for an extraordinarily long time. I hope to take what
I've learned today and utilize it in my crazy, chaotic
look forward to sharing a valuable, playful, and rewarding
experience with you. Blessed be!