Grounding. Meaning-making. Fostering connection. Healing. Support. Rituals, from simple to elaborate, are beneficial to us in many ways. In social and spiritual contexts, rituals have been part of the human experience for as long as we know. For me, ritual practices are one of the best tools to help me bypass my intellectual figure-it-out-and-fix-it mind. These practices help me to create a safe container to experience the fullness of life as it is, without being overwhelmed by it. At the end of a visit to the wild ashram of my yoga lineage, I commented to a friend that it was going to take a while for me to process and make sense of my experience there. Her response remains one of my most impactful teachings: "do you have to?" The idea that I could experience something powerful and meaningful without first accomplishing the work of understanding it was revolutionary. Matthew Sanford, another of my yoga teachers, encapsulates this lesson well by quoting Prashant Iyengar:
What is happening might be more profound than you know. Cultivate the happening.
I read an article recently about the myriad benefits of engaging in ritual practices, especially benefits to our mental health, like reducing anxiety and improving confidence. My favorite line in the piece is "while it's not clear exactly how they help..." I believe one of the most transformative aspects of ritual practices is our allowing it to work without understanding how it is working. In this way, ritual allows us to again bypass the obstacles of our mind in order to access deeper healing. It is my intention with these ritual and energy-focused practices to cultivate the happening.
These workshops will incorporate yogic practices (including breathwork, mudra, and some asana), meditative and mindfulness practices, and symbolic ritual elements and exercises centering around a particular theme. While workshops are led by a licensed therapist, these are not therapy groups, are not a substitute for mental health treatment, and your participation in these workshops does not constitute a therapist-client relationship.
Wrestling with Rest (coming soon!)
For those of us who struggle with a self-worth that is firmly attached to our productivity. For those of us who feel intense discomfort when we attempt to rest. For those of us with old programming that tells us we are "lazy" or "not doing enough." In this workshop, we will practice sacred rest, and work with the (also sacred) resistance to rest.
FORBIDDEN anger (Coming Soon!)
This workshop is for all who have experienced life in a body that is/has been read as female, and therefore internalized the societal messaging that tells us our anger is not allowed. We will practice creating a safe container for our own emotions, inviting them in, titrating them to a manageable intensity, and practice moving angry energy through us in healing ways via ritual, voice, and movement.