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September 22-24
(Wed eve-Fri noon)

Womenspirit Institute
The Mountain
Highlands, NC

This program is part of a festival of women's spirituality
taking place September 22-26.

The Goddess In Our Midst

In myth, ritual, and sacred image, woman's belly is a goddess. She is the power of life to reach beyond death.

Although contemporary culture shames woman's belly and makes it a target of assault, native cultures around the world have recognized the body's center as our connection to the Power of Being, the source of life itself.

The names describing this sourcepoint include Sea of Vitality, Energy Garden, Throne of the Creator, and Gate of the Mysterious Female.

During this three-day workshop we'll learn how to energize our bellies with power-centering moves and dynamic breathing patterns drawn from yoga and other healing arts. Enacting these moves, our bodies shape ancient symbols of the Sacred Feminine; our gestures become a ritual that reconsecrates our womanhood and invokes the presence of the Sacred Feminine.

Through movement and breath, we'll enliven the source energy concentrated in our bellies. With several of the playful yet provocative inquiries for deepening awareness presented in The Woman's Belly Book, we'll use dialogue, reflection, journal-writing and art-making to bring forth the deep wisdom and pro-creative power concentrated within our body's center.

With laughter, ritual, and creative expression, this program enables women to experience, learn, and take home a life-long practice of celebrating the goddess in our midst.

Suggestions for preparation:

  • Read The Woman's Belly Book
  • Record your thoughts, feelings, images, and sensations related to your belly for at least a week
  • Notice the use of the words "guts" and "gutsy" in the media and in the conversations surrounding you

Supplies to bring from home:

  • Journal
  • Pens or pencils
  • Colored markers or crayons
  • About 50 sheets of blank white paper
  • A pair of cotton underpants in your favorite color
  • Fabric paints and brushes, if you have them
  • Smooth round river rock, 5 or 6 inches in diameter
  • Mat or blanket for floor stretches
Lisa Sarasohn draws on more than 20 years' experience guiding women to love our bodies and ourselves. Certified as a Kripalu Yoga instructor at the advanced level, she has created the Honoring Your Belly project and The Woman's Belly Book as ways to support women in claiming and cultivating our creative power.





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