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Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat 2017!

Women’s 4th Annual Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat!

June 19 – 22, 2017

So Sorry! REGISTRATION CLOSED 

  • Soak your bones & spirit in nature’s rejuvenating waters 
  • Sleep and eat well
  • Awaken your primal lunar rhythm 
  • Sit in circle with sisters
  • Quiet your mind under the grandmother trees
  • Create some art
  • Move and rest your bod
  • Get a massage
  • Tap into your healing medicine
  • Go home feeling refreshed

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Could you use a break? ~ Are you overworked and overwhelmed? 

Would you like to feel at peace with your health, money, and/or love life? 

If you have a partner, do you feel understood and supported? 

Are you at One with your female experience? ~ Do you feel Bliss when you think of your hormones?

Would you like to add more meaning and purpose to your journey and offer your healing gifts to the world?

Or…could you just use some retreat time in nature?

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Workshop: 4 Seasons in 4 Weeks: An Indigenous Approach to Your Hormones

What if you discovered an ancient treasure chest within that holds the secrets of the ages for governing yourself and leading the world?

Based on my book, 4 Seasons in 4 Weeks, I and my team will guide participants through a profound journey of awakening, reclaiming and using the fuel of your hormones and 28-day body clock to find power, clarity, and joy in your everyday life.

I’ll break down the cycle blueprint into four guided weeks using symbolism, science, art and movement to reveal a remarkable inner-navigational system, applying practical meaning to the hormonal experience, even beyond menopause.

Soak your bones in the healing waters and deepen your wisdom through ceremony. Allow your indigenous ”knowing” to surface and unfold.

We’ll begin with a Summer Solstice circle.

~~ Come alone or bring a daughter, sister, friend, or mother! ~~

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Your Facilitator

Suz b/wSuzanne Mathis McQueenauthor of  4 Seasons in 4 Weeks, is an international speaker and mentor. She is a Keeper of women’s mysteries and the Carrier of a stone medicine bowl for water blessing ceremonies. Suzanne walks a diverse path, utilizing practices that have been passed to her innately, divinely, or by wisdom teachers in Hawaiian, Celtic, Native American, Peruvian, Feminist, Jungian, and what she calls, “left coast beach ways”. Suzanne is renowned for defining natural rhythm principles that are critical to female balance, optimal performance, & business expansion. Demystifying the female rhythm for women & men is at the heart of her work.

Our Beautiful Team

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Cynthia Salbata

Cynthia Salbato

Moriah Davis

Moriah Davis

Harmony Kephart

Harmony Kephart

Rowan Varvais

 

 

 

 

 

Space is limited  due to retreat center space and the desire to create a quality experience for each woman attending.

Secure your space now and get the early bird pricing! See costs below.

SOME WORKSHOP DETAILS:

Schedule: Begins:  Monday Dinner, June 19th   Ends: Thursday after lunch, June 22nd

Who’s it For? For women of all ages—cycling or non-cycling are welcomed and encouraged. A mature 16 yr-old would be the youngest appropriate age for this workshop.

COST: Workshop tuition plus lodging fees. This is calculated based on your lodging choice and whether you register during the early bird rates. – see below.

Workshop Tuition: $365 The workshop tuition includes the workshop and art fees.

Lodging Rates: From camping @ $67/night, to a room with a bathroom @ $132/night. We’ll be there 3 nights.  SEE ALL lodging costs BELOW. Includes all meals and use of hot springs. 

Massage available by request and pre-scheduled by Breitenbush. This is an extra cost. You’ll need to call directly.

TOTAL INVESTMENT (in yourself!): So again, depending on lodging chosen, and whether you pay early bird prices or not, your TOTAL would range between $516—$761.

Facilitators: Once again we’ll have 6 (that’s SIX!) facilitators including Suz to assure your experience feels organized, varied, interesting, powerful, supported, and FUN!  Instead of running around trying to do it all, Suzanne likes to have a rich experience too. So when others are teaching along side of her, she is as much a participant as facilitator which puts everyone on the same level of sisterhood participation.

Prerequisites: The team will be sending you a series of emails that will include things such as more info on Breitenbush, directions, and anything else that’s we’d like for you to know or prepare for.

Art, movement, ceremony, eating, soaking, supporting, and just absorbing nature is what this is about!

Side effects may include laughter, tears, deep relaxation, making new friends, and a sense of well-being and self-gratitude.

WOMEN’S RETREAT QUESTIONS?: CONTACT US AT suz@4s4w.com  

MAPPED OUT COSTS 

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Workshop Tuition Includes: 

  • Entire Workshop
  • Art Supplies
  • Applicable taxes

Workshop Tuition: $365

 

Lodging Rates Include:
• Three bountiful, organic, vegetarian meals daily
• Round-the-clock access to the hot springs
• Applicable taxes

Cabins

 

Lodging Total for 3 Nights:

Cabin–Toilet & Sink…………$396

*Cabin–Non-Bathroom…….$336

Lodge Room………………N/A

BHS (Breitenbush Hot Springs)  Platform Tent…$246

Your Personal Tent/Vehicle……..$201

Payment and Registration

TOTAL COST: includes workshop tuition, 3-nights lodging, meals, and hot springs

All rooms and platform tents are shared (you’ll have at least one roommate)

>Refund policy: Workshop fee will be refunded up until May 19, 2017. Lodging is a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit, based on Breitenbush policies. Please make a commitment to attend if a space is held for you. More info below. ~ Thanks and Love ~ Suz

HERE ARE YOUR CHOICES:

Cabin–Toilet & Sink.……..$761 – FULL

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Showers are at the bathhouse. All-inclusive total price includes workshop fee ($365), and lodging for 3 nights ($132/per night=$396), 3 meals/day, and fees.

 

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Cabin–No Bathroom…….$701 FULL

Cabin dorm-style

A  bathhouse is within a short distance. Some of these rooms sleep 2 people and others up to 4.

All-inclusive total price includes workshop fee ($365) and lodging for 3 nights ($112/per night=$336), 3 meals/day, and fees.

 

 

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Lodge Room………………….N/A

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BHS Shared Platform Tent…….$611 – FULL

BHS Platform Tent

There are two 5′ foam mattresses inside of these BHS (Breitenbush Hot Springs) platform tents and you will have a tent mate. All-inclusive total price includes workshop fee ($365), and lodging for 3 nights ($82/per night=$246), 3 meals/day, and fees.

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Personal Tent or Vehicle…….$566 – FULL

Personal Vehicle site

*PV = personal vehicle camping (max. 21 ft. long). All-inclusive total price includes workshop fee ($365), and lodging for 3 nights ($67/per night=$201), 3 meals/day, and fees.

 

 

 

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PLEASE NOTE! Beds come with a fitted sheet. Bring your own bedding or rent it for $17 at Checkout.

PAYMENT: Pay thru our PayPal payment system with your credit or debit card, or PayPal or PayPal credit, (which gives you 6 months to pay without interest). Your statement will say that you’ve paid “Tobacco Road Press.”

Check out with PayPal and choose PayPal Credit. Subject to credit approval. See Terms.

Please see the Breitenbush catalog for complete lodging and workshop information: https://www.breitenbush.com/

IMPORTANT! Please note: Breitenbush Hot Springs is NOT a 5-star resort and spa. Not even close! Its cabins are rustic and small (but clean, and the beds are decently comfortable) and the workshop yurts are magical.  Eating and general hanging out happen in Breitenbush’s classic mountain lodge.  The magic is in the environment and cool people, the organic food, the hot springs, the relaxation,  the beautiful workshop spaces, the people in your workshop, the trees and the amazing air. Super casual, hippie-like environment, but don’t let that turn you off if that’s not normally your thing. It’s been proven time and time again as a great atmosphere for learning, connecting, and rejuvenating. Relax and enjoy. Unplug from everything.

Deposits and Payment – PLEASE READ!
Reservations will go through Suzanne, and Breitenbush cancellation policies are followed. Payment is in full at time of registering for lodging and workshop. The cost of lodging serves as a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit. With cancellation notice of at least 7 days Breitenbush will issue a credit voucher (good for one year) for the amount of your deposit less a $20 processing fee. If you cancel less than 7 days in advance, your deposit is forfeited. The cost of the workshop will be refunded in full.

Hot Springs: Be nude, wear a suit, cover up completely, or don’t go in. No pressure to be anything except yourself. Do your best to not worry about what your body looks like. It’s not Malibu. Other people of all shapes and sizes may be nude at the tubs (including men who are in other workshops going on at the same time), but everyone tends to be discreet and respectful. Much of the hot springs time is at night, so its dark, if that helps your comfort level. Once you’re there you’ll be surprised at how quickly you relax into it all. Go to the website for more info and please call the facility with questions. http://www.breitenbush.com/

Airports: Closest airports would be:

Portland (PDX) http://www2.portofportland.com/pdx

Eugene (EUG) http://www.eugene-or.gov/173/Airport

RETREAT QUESTIONS?: CONTACT US AT 4s4wContact@gmail.com 

Summer Solstice ~ Hot Springs ~ Talking Circles ~ Movement ~ Art     

resting ~ eating ~ exploring our feminine lineage ~ accessing our lunar-rhythmic intelligence

>>>> Mostly, you’ll rest, recharge, be honored, deepen your heart, and have fun!

~ You’ll be glad you came ~

sun Ceremonies

As in plural. They are sweet, they are centering, and they are important for helping to align one’s earth/spirit balance. Ceremonies honor what is important in our hearts and helps us to tap in when our hearts won’t open. Ceremonies and rituals help us to connect to the source of all living things. Suzanne is the Keeper of a stone medicine bowl which she uses for ceremonial purposes and will bring to this workshop. Jaya EagleHeart will create and oversee the sacred circle at all times.

Steps

Here’s MORE of what you can expect:~

~~Enjoy meals with our group, other Breitenbush visitors, or on your own

~~Have fun cruising the tubs in your bathrobe (animal print is always popular!)

~~Hang out in the lodge library or visit the gift store

~~Go on a tranquil hike

~~Talking Circles (always more than one!)

~~Honoring Ceremony

~~Sacred Water, Sacred Pools, Sacred Land

~~Exploration of our Ancient Feminine Rhythms through archetypes, movement, and artwork

Come and spend quality time and real relaxation with some sisters at the gorgeous hot springs in Oregon! Explore your feminine lineage. Do some art. Listen and be heard. Learn to integrate your lunar rhythm into your daily experiences.

We’ll tap into the aligned core power in each of us by exploring our sacred feminine lineage and the primal wisdom of our hormonal blueprint, cycling or not.

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Awaken the primal wisdom of your hormonal intelligence!

 

Join us at this beautiful getaway…

Medicine of the Feminine

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Women of the Sacred Water

Women of the Sacred Water: Please join Suzanne Mathis McQueen, Kearsley Schweller, and Laura Carmody for this lovely afternoon of sacred circle, water blessing ceremony, lunar-rhythmic embodiment, and herbal elixirs!

Where: Goddess Temple of Ashland

When: Monday, Oct. 10th

Time: 1:30-4:30

Cost: $5-10

Wear: Layers and be comfy!

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13-Weeks: The 4 Seasons in 4 Weeks Book Study Circle

This course is FULL for this round. To receive updates on future courses, please sign up for the email newsletters at 4s4w.com home page. Thanks for checking it out!

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Does your cycle get in the way of your life?

Do you feel:3

  • Misunderstood? Embarrassed?
  • Put down? Angry?
  • Cursed? Resentful?
  • Confused? Hopeless?
  • Overwhelmed? Scared?
  • Do you often feel that your cycle is something that you just have to tolerate?

You’re not alone.

Few of us were given the right information and tools.

Help is HERE.

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Hi. I’m Suzanne. I wrote the book, 4 Seasons in 4 Weeks to help you understand that you don’t have mood swings, you’re not  unpredictable, and you’re not crazy. As a woman, you’re lunar rhythmic. What that means is that you cycle thru phases throughout the month in pretty much the same way each time. This is not something most of us have been taught.

And…the good news is that your natural monthly hormonal rhythm is very easy to understand and follow. Your hormonal cycle is not something to get away from, but to learn from and to follow. It’s a remarkable navigational system within that will help you make optimal daily decisions in health, business, relationships, and sexuality. It’s incredibly accurate, especially when it comes to your sex drive.

 

Please join me for a 13-Week online book study circle to discuss the book. Each week I will ask you to read one chapter, reflect on some questions, and then attend a video conference to discuss that chapter.

You really can master your monthly hormonal cycle with ease and skill pretty quickly. It’s amazing how fast you’ll begin to discover more clarity and direction for your life, as well as joy. Just understanding your rhythmic sex drive can be a life-changer. This is not going to be a cycle-tracking course, but will prepare you to do so.

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The Plan

We’ll meet once a week via Zoom Meeting, a video conferencing platform that is super easy to use. We will be on the video call for 2 hours. This may sound like a long time, but because we’ll do “talking circle” style, it will go by very quickly! I’ll send out course assignments the week before each gathering. At the moment, I plan to meet on Tuesday evenings @ 7pm pacific (pdt), but it will also depend on where attendees live and I will adjust accordingly. For now, our first gathering will be on March 29th @ 7 pm pdt.

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The Course Outline

Course Week 1: Opening Circle and Intro

Welcome! Here we will set our circle and get acquainted. I'll talk about what to expect for our time together and give out the first assignment here.

Course Week 2: Societal Rhythms

The Female Rhythm & Living in Sync with Others

We'll begin our study circle by exploring the lost language of the Feminine, women's history, and indigenous wisdom.

Course Week 3: Universal Rhythms

The Female Rhythm and Living in Sync with Nature

We'll discuss Sacred Geometry, being in sync with nature, and how they relate to the female hormones.

Course Week 4: Primal Rhythms

The Female Rhythm and the Land of Milk and Honey

In this chapter we'll get into the relationships and triple purposes between the cycling, sexual, and pregnancy bodies.

Course Week 5: Intro to the Four Weekly Seasons

Here is where we get into the 4 Seasons in 4 Weeks approach to the hormones.

Course Week 6: Cycle Week 1, Fall

Here we will discuss the first week of the cycle, which I identify with Fall and the New Moon. I also consider it the "resting" phase, and yes, we'll talk about why!

Course Week 7: Cycle Week 2, Winter

Also known as the Venus Week®, we'll have a great time talking about this intoxicating phase!

Course Week 8: Cycle Week 3, Spring

Ovulation kicks off this week---so many things to talk about here! Can't wait!

Course Week 9: Cycle Week 4, Summer

I get rid of the idea of PMS and replace it with the Fire Walk. Once I learned how to master this one, my entire life was changed. Looking forward to sharing many insights here!

Course Week 10: Challenging and Non-Cycling Rhythms

A variety of women share their stories with us. I'm betting this will trigger many stories from you as well.

Course Week 11: Daily Rhythms

Deciphering Your Personal 4s4w Code

Here's where we'll talk about how to track your cycle.

Course Week 12: Conclusion

Our last call, this is where we'll tie up loose ends and close the circle

Course Week 13: BONUS Gathering!

September 2016: Twelve (12) weeks after our closing circle, we'll gather together for a follow-up to our book study circle. This will give you three months to track your cycle with your new insights if you have a desire to do so. You may have been tracking for awhile or you might be new to it. This video conference will give you a chance to ask new questions and reconnect with your circle sisters!

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 All images are copyrighted and featured in the book, 4 Seasons in 4 weeks. Many thanks to the phenomenal artists who are credited there. Such beauty!

Why Join This Book Study Circle?

Here's the Deal:

YES! You can certainly read the book on your own, connect with it, and track your cycle (or not) and need nothing more. Perhaps you've already read the book in its entirety, and perhaps even more than once! Many of you have told me this is the case. I am honored beyond measure. Thank you!

But for most of us, doing all of this is easier said than done. These days we have great intentions of following through. We swear WE WILL get to the book sitting in the stack of other books on our bedside tables and that we are also going to get to---someday.

However, I will say to you that this work is DIFFERENT. This work is IMPORTANT. It's important because getting a handle on your female body is probably the most urgent thing that needs to be done in order for you to gain control over your health, your wellbeing, and your relationships. When you go from loathing to loving your cycle and body wisdom, everything in your life changes for the better---I promise.

I know, it's easy to get depressed about your female body, when it feels unpredictable and confusing. When it seems to betray you right when you think you're doing everything right.

You want to feel good on a regular basis, right? You want to look in the mirror and feel like you've got it going on, rather than looking tired and overwhelmed, right? You want to feel like you have some sort of control over your day-to-day life, yes? In addition, how does it feel when you can't get in sync with your partner or pull up your sexy right at the time you need it to serve you and your love life?


I was given your book by a friend and have found it empowering and mind blowing. I hope you see an upkick in sales because I have pretty much told everyone to buy this. It is like a survivor manual. Thank you for writing it.



- Kerry J. Young, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

What it's NOT

This work is NOT about tracking your fertility or planning your contraception needs (which I highly recommend you learn to do too by taking a Fertility Awareness class of some sort. This work is about tracking your physical energy, your mental viewpoint, your sexuality, your beauty cycle, and your communication cycle in order for you to know your patterns. This adds a layer of understanding of your cycle that is practical and relevant to your day-to-day situations. You'll be blown away at how accurate this system is for helping you to gain knowledge and confidence. AND, it's VERY SIMPLE as long as you actually track every day for a few months. All you need is 5 minutes or less!

Creating the habit to track everyday for 5 minutes seems like it would be easy. But really, its important to change our mindsets about WHY we want to change the habit first.  And that's why I've created this course. By studying my book, 4 Seasons in 4 Weeks in a group setting, you'll not only have read the whole book by the end of the course, you will have discussed the concepts with me, the author, and a sister circle, and be in a better position to make wiser choices for yourself in no time. No longer will your body be such a mystery! You'll recognize optimal times to act or receive, among other things. So many women continue to tell me that this is the way we need to be teaching our girls as well.

If you can be open to embracing the fact that you already have this natural rhythm within you---one that is waiting to be awakened and is so easy to understand, then you're so close to changing the way you view your female body---FOREVER. And when you change your view of yourself---in the most powerful way possible---you are helping to change the way the world views women, shifting the paradigm to a world that honors and respects women globally.

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Registration

We will have 13 meetings all together. I want to make this as affordable as possible, so that as many women as possible can join if they want to. I expect this to be a small group of women because I'm not going to take the time to promote like crazy. I will be recording this class and using it for future courses.

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If you try the book study circles and don’t care for them, for whatever reason, just contact me through 4s4w.com and I’ll return your money (minus PayPal fees) without question.

  • Feel great on a regular basis Offering-of-Love(c).-Earth._edited
  • Master your cycle with grace and skill
  • Understand your rhythmic sex drive
  • Use the flow of your hormones to make great daily decisions
  • Know how to align (have fun) with today and prepare for tomorrow
  • Have more clarity and direction about your life's path
  • Realize the healing medicine you have to offer the world
  • Recognize that you hold a power that can change the paradigm for the good of all.
  • Hold the light & be an example for women & girls all over the planet

Thanks and Love. I look forward to being in circle with you! ~ Suz

>>>PS: Please share this event with your friends!

You really can go from loathing to loving your cycle.

You really can have the life you desire and deserve by following the sequence of your hormonal rhythm and wisdom. It's real.

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Go Raw

let your hair down ~ forget your mask ~ find your primal ~ answer your indigenous

Release Your Raw.

Does your body image ~ lumps and bumps, out of shape, in shape but not happy, visible flaws, hair, skin, etc. keep you from getting into water or showing your vulnerabilities? We understand. This is a retreat where we invite you to forget about it and allow yourself to just enjoy. You don’t need makeup or your hair done at this place (it’s also OK if you do want these things).

Breitenbush is a clothing optional retreat center and often there are other retreats happening that have male attendees. We’ve never found it to be a problem—only freeing. The pools are serene, discreet, and separated out into different locations. We suggest bringing a bathrobe and towel. Disrobe, get in, get out, and cover up. All shapes and sizes take in the healing waters.

Women’s Annual Retreat @ Breitenbush Hot Springs, June 9-12, 2015

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The Archetypes are Here!

The Archetypes are Here!

Hello Friends!

Well, at long last, the Archetypes are here!

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It’s FREE!

This is simply a fun gift from me to you as a THANK YOU for hanging in with me as 4 Seasons in 4 Weeks develops its products and courses. I so appreciate you—more than you can imagine!

I’m very, very excited about the many things in the developmental stage as we speak. I talked about some of them in the last newsletter, but much, much more is happening. I think  2015 will be an explosive year for 4s4w in terms of reaching and helping more women and couples find harmony by following the female’s lunar rhythmic wisdom.

Even though I use symbolism to convey this wisdom of the hormones, the 4s4w system is very real and tangible. Based on the BASIC and GENERAL science of the hormonal landscape, I talk about something that most medical practitioners DON’T talk about: how the hormones RELATE to our daily experiences as women—the psychological and societal journey of it all and how our individual happiness and ability to manage ourselves influence the world.

It’s been a long project, but one I’ve never wavered on. NOT ONCE. I’m so clear that this is the missing link to our empowerment as women, and something simple, yet life changing. It has been for me. I’ve been tracking and aligning with my cycle for 17 or so years now, and because of it, I understand the super subtle changes in my approaches to my passions.

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FOR INSTANCE: In making these Archetype “cards”, I experienced two different creative forces. One, sort of obsessive, and the other, where I had to force myself to sit down and finish. Nothing crazy, just noticeable. And I knew it wasn’t because I was tired of making them. I LOVE THESE CARDS!  I knew it was due to my natural rhythm because it happened over the course of a couple of weeks.

When I first began creating them, i was in my first week, a very internal and creative time. I didn’t want to crawl out of my self-indulged, artistic, visual cocoon. All I wanted to do was create these cards from a very connected, ancient place. But because there are quite a few of them (12 archetypes), the project ran into my 2nd week, which is the ACTION week—an extroverted week. When estrogen rises, life gets very colorful and one wants to be moving and shaking. I needed to get back to the cards, but I wanted to be taking care of home, friends, and business in all kinds of active ways. I had to finish but I COULD NOT COMPROMISE the quality of the cards still left to complete.

Sooo, because of my 4s4w system, the template of my female lunar rhythm, not only did I know what it was, but that I needed to bring tools in. And I knew what tools to bring in for finding that sweet creative spot again, even during my active time. I implemented and got right back into my creative ancient zone. loving every second.

The entire 4 Seasons in 4 Weeks “understanding” is about COMFORT and BALANCE. In our day to day lives, when we know it is cold outside, the tool we use for finding comfort and balance is to put a coat on. The fact that winter feels different than summer is not something we think of as crazy! And needing to access a tool for our comfort, such as putting a coat on is not considered crazy, it is considered smart! In the same way, we women experience different seasons in a month’s time because of the radical design of our bodies. It’s smart to understand what tools we need to bring in for our comfort and balance in order to have a smooth experience! We can feel great everyday and be in love with our lives.

The Archetypes are concentrated examples of what most of us morph through every month, however, when we experience them ourselves day-to-day, they will be fleeting and super subtle. You see, it’s the subtleness that creates the need to become pros at detecting our phases so that we recognize what’s happening and master it with skill and ease.

Again, it’s FREE. Sign up to receive a new Archetype daily for 12 days. You’ll also receive 4 extra cards that show the seasonal overview of each week. On the 13th day, you’ll receive a video mini-workshoop to create your own archetype that’s all about you.

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With love and thanks,

Suz
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When Santa was a woman — five Christmas histories you want to know

Thank you to iPinion Syndicate for this great post:

When Santa was a woman — five Christmas histories you want to know

 

Challenges and Purpose – an excerpt

Week 1, Fall, by Mara Friedman

Week 1, Fall, by Mara Friedman

When it comes to “Periods”, Mother Nature doesn’t care if you’re black, white, purple or polka-dotted, Republican or Democrat, straight or gay, as long as you’re a human female and somewhere between the ages of 7 and 55-ish. Minus pregnancies, nursing, hysterectomies, or some unusual health challenge, women cycle day-in and day-out for about 40 years of their lives. Yet this basic function of what makes us female is an uncomfortable, if not taboo subject. Due to lack of information, embarrassment, or violence against them, women worldwide often suffer in silence from its sometimes chaotic effects, which influence their lives in every way, including parenting, friendships, and sexual relationships.

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The New Goddesses

Happy Birthday to my BABY, Myan! (That’s MYAN not MAYAN as she points out). It means, “water from the spring (or source)”. I tell this story in the last chapter of 4 Seasons in 4 Weeks. 
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The New Goddess

 

Water that comes from the source represents the womb water of Mother Earth and the return of the Feminine.

Myan was born in the water at home. She was also born right in the middle of her due date, which just happened to be International Women’s Day. I love that, of course.

At the time of Myan’s birth, I would not have guessed that my life’s work would present itself in my 50s and would be about teaching an entirely different (new but actually old) way of viewing a woman’s monthly womb rhythm. Nor was it on my radar that a Lakota woman would have a vision about me and tell me I was to be the Keeper of an ancient stone medicine bowl for water ceremonies (and then actually gift it to me).

Also, the number 19 is a particularly auspicious number for the return of Feminine honor and rightful say on the planet. It has to do with the Celtic Goddess, Brigid, and interestingly, the sacredness of “wells” along with a host of other powerful and fascinating influences. It’s my feeling that the story of Brigid needs to be taught in history classes. She is the originating heart, soul, and force behind much of the British Isles symbolism, legends, and ways. If interested, there is much to know and many blogs about her: www.druidry.org/library/gods-goddesses/brigit

My ancestry is all British Isles at least as far back as 1505, Wales. I believe I must have some strong, early Celtic women in my DNA who have been surfacing and speaking for a very long time. I believe Myan carries strong Celtic women in her as well, probably stronger. At 19 years old, she’s just coming in to her own visions on how to best serve the planet as a strong woman. There are many young women in her generation (and the one just prior) who I consider to be the “New Goddesses”. Since I am teaching the ancient “way” of the female, they are coming to me and speaking their truth and knowings, so I’m experiencing this firsthand. It’s very powerful.

Life is so, so interesting. I’m grateful for the ever unfolding surprises that are put before me as I walk this Earth path.

~ Love and Thanks,

Suzanne (the proud mama)

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You are More than Your Cycle and Your Cycle is More than Your Period

By 4s4w Lover and Guest Blogger, Sheri Croy
Fall-low-res (2)Chances are, if you were raised in the modern Western world you’ve been conditioned to think of your female cycle at three distinct moments: the moment you have an emotional, passionate, irritable or angry response that someone else deems unreasonable for the circumstance; the moment you see blood, and the moment you don’t see it when it’s expected. Even if you have been raised in a family with a more human centered, body-conscious, healthy view of being a woman, if you are reading this, chances are you’ve been at least witness to the larger Western societal paradigm that has demonized the period — and women with it. If you’ve ever been asked “Where are you in your cycle?” In response to sharing your opinion or stating your feelings, you’ve experienced the demonization first hand. If you’ve ever posed that question to another, or discounted your own feelings and experiences as “PMSing,” you’re (at least a little) conditioned.

What our evolving Western society has done a very good job of with their pills and potions, perfumes and protocols over the last few decades is compartmentalizing the period. Women’s cycles have come to be addressed in terms of PMS and periods — with a focus on the inconvenience, mess and expense of “handling the problem.” Society’s evolution from a family and community centric model in which grandmothers, mothers, aunties and wise women handed down their wisdom to their daughters, nieces and valued young girls is all but lost for the majority of women today. I can sum up what my mother shared with me about my cycle in just a few words, “There are paper towels in the kitchen, just use those.” And when my little sister asked questions I needed my mom to help me answer, her response was, “Your sister can learn about it at school, just like you did.”

I’m not upset about these beginnings; I have tried to do things differently with my daughters — probably to the other extreme (maybe things will even out once I have granddaughters!) In my mom’s case, maybe there was a stigma about discussing “it” with me and my sister. Perhaps my mother had never heard it from her mother. Maybe she was bought in to the cultural idea that your cycle really is nothing more than an inconvenient show of blood once monthly interspersed with some cramping and a few mood swings. Perhaps she was just embarrassed. Or, maybe she just didn’t have anything nice to say, so she chose nothing at all.

The single thing that has made the biggest difference for me — not only in being able to have something nice to say about my cycle — but also having something to hand down to my daughters and help them rise above the stigma and demonization they are plummeted with hundreds of times daily through media, peers and even just interacting with other humans has been the new understanding that my “period” is only one aspect of a vital, dynamic, recirculating cycle. The 4 Seasons in 4 Weeks insights have facilitated such a refreshing and smooth transition for me in thinking and being, I wish I’d had access to this wisdom when I was emerging into womanhood, or at the very least when my girls were younger and I first noticed their mood cycling.

Had I known then, as a young mother, what I know now, I would have known that the predictable moods and behaviors I was seeing acted out in my 5 and 7 year old daughters were just their female blueprints coming into view. I would have been able to guide them better to find times that felt good for talking about the big things affecting their hearts and other times for the big things affecting their minds. I would have been able to show them there are some times that are ideal for playing with our friends and other times that we need to be by ourselves a bit. I would have been able to talk to them about the prime time for building relationships with all their important people and how that time can affect the entire rest of their lives. I would have been able to help them attune to their little bodies and recognize the times for resting and being still and the times for exuberant activity. I could have helped them better to identify the times that felt right for reading, writing or drawing as well as the times that felt right for tackling a big, important project or performing some great feat. I could have done all this in the context of the four seasons.

Even the smallest child can observe the changes in the seasons. The chill of autumn sending us to our cozy jammies and blankets to observe the leaves turning red and falling to the ground; the way the world becomes more quiet under the weight of the sky, the way the plants turn in to the earth, pushing their roots down to prepare for winter. The way winter sends us indoors to play and connect with our families, to snuggle close and watch movies or play games or do crafts activities; the feasts and family celebrations that define our holiday celebrations; the slow building of the light after the winter solstice and the way tiny green shoots appear signaling the approach of spring. The arrival of spring with its lengthening days and bursts of color, birds singing, flowers blooming, rosy cheeks and laughter, the return of shirt-sleeves weather and the joy of spinning and spinning in the sun or rolling down grassy hills. And summer, with its hot, sticky don’t-touch-me, she’s-breathing-my-air days, grass that’s browning with too little water and too harsh of sunlight, flowers in need of dead-heading, and all around, too-hot-for-too-long uncomfortableness. Mother Nature’s seasons, so easy to observe and interact with in my little girls’ lives would have been so easy to translate to their own miniature rhythms, their personal 4 Seasons in 4 Weeks, just as they have been for mine as an adult.

I am finding it easier and easier to navigate my own ebbs and flows, to recognize Week 1, Fall as a time for inward focus, for drawing, writing, resting and recouping; to feel the pull of Week 2, Winter to strengthen my relationships with my spouse, my children, my friends and coworkers, and have the deep heart-to-heart talks at a time when I am closest to my own heart-truth and ability to express myself; to embrace the burgeoning fullness of Week 3, Spring, to acknowledge my inner and outer beauty and allow myself a few indulgences with my partner, to allow my world leader to step forward and offer my truth on the mind-to-mind level; and to steal myself for Week 4, Summer, to face the personal hot-spots head on, to take note of the areas in my life that are breathing-my-air this too-hot week. Instead of pushing off my emotions and passions as a symptom of “PMS,” I’m seeing them through the lens of my pre-menstrual truth telling — journaling and processing in anticipation of releasing what no longer serves me, and taking note of the things I will need to bring up later in my heart-to-heart talks. There is an ease to this way of being, a flow. And every month, every cycle it becomes a little more a part of me. My own rhythm is revealing itself in the most beautiful and powerful way. I’m glad to be finding it now, even at 40, it’s making all the difference for me.

4s4w Week 1, Fall, artwork by Cecile Miranda, 2012

 

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