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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 ~

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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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An Easier Hormonal Journey: Workshop @ PVF

Want to have an easier hormonal journey? I’ll be holding a 1-hour presentation on Saturday from 3-4. Please join me in the luscious lounge during this wonderful festival!

Identifying Your Lunar Rhythm:

The 4 phases every female must align with for an easier hormonal journey

(this class for women only)

Based on her book, 4 Seasons in 4 Weeks, Suzanne Mathis McQueen is helping women globally to discover a homecoming to self by aligning with four distinct phases of their natural hormonal sequence (even beyond menopause) to create optimal experiences in health, business, love, and leadership.

Please join Suzanne and like-minded sisters for this interactive workshop to learn how to use the fuel and wisdom of your sexually lunar-rhythmic body, a remarkable navigational system within for taking charge of your daily experiences in order to build the life of your dreams with clarity, joy, direction, and purpose.

SEE THE WHOLE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE HERE!

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Women’s Talking Circle with Suz

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The Goddess Temple of Ashland

These dates only:

Mondays, 7-9 pm

  • August 15th

Suz will resume and hold a regular circle during the fall and winter months.

What is a women’s talking circle?
A talking circle is a sacred space for healing, celebration and speaking one’s truth from her heart in the moment. Here we nurture and strengthen our individual core essences and the feminine awakening. As women we heal and grow together, and from that light we heal humanity.

I love providing a safe place for women to gather, share, and be heard. Talking circles warm my heart.

 

*Dress comfortably, bring a wrap as the temperature can vary
*Bring water.
*Please wear little to no aromatics (oils, perfumes, etc.)

About Me as the Facilitator:
I was born in Honolulu, which I’ve come to believe, is the source of my interest in the primal knowings and spiritual connectedness within each of us. My mother encouraged me to value this land and portal thru which I entered this world.

I have been drawn to, inspired by, trained with, and learned from indigenous lineage teachers throughout my whole life. From this alignment, I have found my own particular protocol for creating a safe circle and/or ceremonial container. I ask that you be on time in order for that space to be created optimally, and to honor the other women who have shown up. There isn’t anything jazzy or far-out about what that looks like~I prepare the room before the gathering, and the creation of that sacred container is an inner job on my part combined with the creation energy of the women present. And I’ve found that if I do my job right, each woman who attends fairly regularly also begins to gain or refine that “inner job” mastery, honoring the sacred space within her own sacred temple.

The Theme:
I am the author of the book, 4 Seasons in 4 Weeks (4s4w), and all of my work is ultimately based on the lunar rhythm and womb wisdom of women, cycling or not. I usually have a theme for the evening based on that, although it is subject to change depending on the needs of the group. I follow my guidance at the time and I ask each woman to do the same. Each circle is different and subtly powerful.

I’ve truly loved every talking circle I’ve ever attended or facilitated.

Although this is not a 4s4w coached group or book study, I will answer questions for you about your cycle rhythm if there is time.

No experience necessary.Cycling and no-longer-cycling women welcome. Come alone or bring a friend.


>>>IF YOU WANT TO RECEIVE REGULAR UPDATES ABOUT THIS TALKING CIRCLE, PLEASE JOIN MY FREE LOCAL MEETUP:http://www.meetup.com/Womens-Womb-Wisdom-Circle/

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Featured Artwork: Moon Goddess of Mystery Psychedelic Tarot Art, by Emily Balivet

 

Celebrating Wellness Conference, Kent, WA

Do you feel your hormones get in the way of your life and relationships? Perhaps you’d simply love an easier way to align with them rather than fight them!

Please join me for a fun and informative presentation on, what I call, The 28-day Female Body Clock! It’s FREE, and guaranteed to have you thinking differently about the wisdom of your female body and the way it serves you as your best ally.

Please join me in Kent, WA for the Celebrating Wellness Conference on Mother’s Day weekend!

WHEN: May 6, 7, and 8th

LOCATION: 2 locations throughout the 3 days: Unity Church and Cascade Plaza, 1209 Central Plaza, Kent, WA 98032

I’ll be the featured presenter, doing an interactive workshop on the 4 Seasons in 4 Weeks approach to the hormones on Saturday morning at from 11 am-12:30 pm.  I am very much looking forward to it!

FOR ALL INFO AND TO SEE ALL OF THE SPEAKERS, please see this event PDF:

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I hope to see you there!

Suz

 

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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3rd Annual Red Tents in Every Neighborhood Global Summit

For the past two years, DeAnna L’am has been presenting the Red Tents in Every Neighborhood Global Summit, featuring the world’s leading female voices on our sacred cycles and female self-care. I’ve been invited back to speak and will present on February 11th!

Please join me for another wonderful month of FREE daily videos, delivered to your inbox, offering insights on how we can each know our bodies better and have the sisterhood to support that.

This year’s topic is called, “Freedom in Our Wisdom Years.”

All videos are less than 5 minutes long. Perfect and doable.

Please CLICK HERE to register for this FREE event!

Ovulation: The Queen Bee

All is particularly peaceful at the pirate ship this morning. The quiet reward for living a little more ruggedly in a rural environment is the welcomed sound of the winged ones: the birds, the flying insects, and even a couple of roosters in the distance.

It’s 5 am and I open all doors and windows to allow the heat to escape in exchange for the relief of a respectable temperature. The downside is that a mosquito or two rushes in, but I take that as a gentle reminder to create my mosquito traps.

I’m tired. Super tired. Not the kind of tired where there is something to worry about, but the kind of tired that happens after too many big events in a row. It’s the kind that is necessary; a survival mechanism triggering a person to now take time to rejuvenate and regroup.

I specialize in the hormonal lunar rhythm of women and how it applies both realistically and symbolically to our day-to-day lives in order to be in harmony with it. If you were in a workshop with me right now, you’d hear me telling you that when a woman is tapped-in and practiced, she can feel the day after ovulation.

Today, for me, is exactly like the day after ovulation.

Ovulation is the zenith of the whole female operation and basically a 24-hr or so event. It’s the queen bee of the hive made up of female cycle days. It’s what the whole fuss is about: the party our bodies work so hard to prepare for every month. Symbolically, it represents full moon, full expression energy among many other things.

Once the event of ovulation is set into motion and parties in a raw and primal way all night, hormones dip as others begin to rise. This creates a dip in body energy that feels like relief, which activates reflection, as well as wisdom. One can also feel tired and not even realize why.

This scenario can happen metaphorically in one’s life as well.

Building toward a non-work-related production, I reached my symbolic ovulatory fullest expression yesterday and it came in the form of a dancing in Ashland’s 4th of July parade.

My friend, Wendy and I put a call out for fun-seekers and created a doable dance routine for people who dance well and who don’t dance so well in order to just have a great time and add our bit of spice to the parade. In 2007 we created the Firecracker Queens since our big local parade is the 4th of July. We hadn’t done it since then and didn’t have time to do it now, but we knew it was now or never.

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Photo by Michelle Zundel

Like ovulation, there is a tremendous amount of prep and build-up leading to the event. In many ways, preparing for the parade is a little like preparing for a half marathon. Training happens over several months and a huge amount of emphasis is placed on having the right personal set-up, hydration, and comfort to make it through without fainting. In our case, it was two months of dance practice in extreme heat temperatures, gathering and paying for the costumes and accessories, sound system, vehicles, etc., and constant communication with each other on our secret Facebook page. I personally got up at exactly 3:46 am yesterday morning to gather last minute items and race to get two vehicles in place at the front of our assigned street to hold our spot so as not to be at the end of the parade (first come, first serve is the short version of how this works).

Lots and lots of thought was put into planning every detail of our routine, including what a dancer would do if she felt she were going to pass out. The morning graced us with cooler temps and a slight breeze. Judging always happens before the actual parade and we won 1st place in our category. Once out on the parade route, we had a total blast, the crowd responded, and we nailed it. It felt incredibly magical. Every dancer made it through and did really, really well. Like the female cycle, the preparation takes many days and the actual act it is supporting only lasts a few hours. In the case of our parade routine, we put an enormous amount of effort into it and were probably out on the parade route for a total of 25 minutes. Then it was over.

After that, some of us walked over to the after-parade festivities at the park and then trekked all the way back to our cars, which were at the beginning of the parade route, still in full costume. It was super hot and we were exhausted. I went home, literally peeled my dress off my skin, removed my wig, made a cold bath, got out, and fell onto my bed. Later I went to a pool party and then another party – both very sweet. I ate decent snacks, a good dinner, and drank no alcohol, only hydrating stuff. I finished the day with watching fireworks going off at various parts of the valley from the 3rd floor deck of the pirate ship.

I woke up this morning not being able to move very well, but in a good sort of way, kind of. I got up and went into the bathroom. I had a blue sparkly heart sticker stuck to my chest (maybe someone hugged me who had it on them?), traces of long-lasting red lipstick on the edges of my mouth, a bruised knot on my forehead, and my hair doing what I call its ratty toddler thing, along with not only one bobby pin but a small French clip still embedded in its twisty layers. I removed those, as well as the sticker, and left the rest to deal with after breakfast. Oh, and the bruise came from moving a poolside lounge chair by the arms yesterday and having the heavy metal backrest slam forward and down onto my forehead.

Standing out on the pirate ship deck totally naked this morning, screwed up hair and makeup, taking in what coolness I know is not going to stay for long, I reflected on this morning-after day.

I’ve been going full throttle for 6-weeks or so: too many hours of travel but loved a family wedding, held a 4-day retreat at a hot springs resort, worked a 3-day festival and held a workshop in extreme heat temps. Normally I might be able to rest the right amount and keep going. But in the middle of it all was the inevitable decision to put my cat down, which was the devastating low for all of this high energy.

My sweet friend, Darryl pointed out that sometimes we have animals that become our right-hand person. Todd the Loverboy Cat was that for me (for too many reasons to list), so in the midst of all of these metaphorically reproductive references, I am really only aware of one thing: I’m grieving right now. I know many people can’t understand why you would grieve an animal like a person, but we do for certain ones, and I am.

So, I’m going to continue with my work-related commitments and meetings, but am going to lay low in all other ways for a bit. Now that I’m on the other side of my symbolic full-throttle building and full expression ovulation phases of my right-now life rhythm, I am going to take the time to reflect, honor, and go inward. Love and thanks for all of your beautiful messages and your always lovely support. I’m going to step away from posting for a bit and be back when I’m ready. ~ Suz

7 Wonders of the Womb

Sharing from http://karamariaananda.com/blog/wonders-of-the-womb

7 Wonders of the Womb: Discover the Powers of the Amazing Uterus

By Kara Maria Ananda

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Women’s bodies hold within them an incredible organ filled with sexual and creative power.

It is time that we celebrate the astonishing capabilities and mysteries of the fantastic uterus!

Every single human being that has ever been alive upon this planet, now and throughout all of history, has achieved this existence thanks to this very organ.

Thus, we have all been intimately acquainted with the uterus, since the dawn of our lives, whether or not you have one personally within your own body.

However, the uterus is an endangered organ. Hysterectomy (the removal of the uterus) is currently the #2 most common surgery performed in the United States. The #1 most common surgery in the US today is Cesarean Section, the cutting of the uterus to remove a baby.

The uterus is sensitive and permeable to the industrial chemicals now inundating our environment. Hundreds of toxic chemicals are now finding their way into the wombs of women, and thus into the amniotic fluid of pregnant mothers and detectable in the blood of newborns.

It’s important to raise awareness today about the power, purpose and potential of the amazing uterus, so we can focus more energy on the health, vitality and preservation of this amazing female organ.

#1: The Uterus is Super Strong

The uterus is the strongest muscle in the body by weight. The uterus has multiple layers of muscle tissue that run in every direction, spiral together, and are ultra-strong. A laboring uterus exerts incredible pressure to push a baby out into the world, and is the strongest force exerted by any muscle in the body.

The Guinness Book of World Records lists the jaw muscle as the strongest muscle in the body due to a biting contest that measured pressure, but that’s just because people haven’t thought up a good way to make measuring the power of a women’s uterus in labor into a contest. Some people don’t value the uterus as the strongest muscle because not everyone has them (ahem, men) but that doesn’t mean it’s not still the strongest. We know what’s up. Womb power, that’s what.

#2: The Uterus is Incredibly Flexible

A uterus is stretchier than Gumby! During pregnancy a women’s uterus goes from being the size of a pear and tucked behind the pubic bone, to being as large as a balloon and reaching all the way to the ribcage and stretching the abdomen outwards visibly. Then it shrinks back down after birth. That’s totally amazing! Not only is the uterus super strong but it’s super stretchy too!

#3: The Uterus Heals

Menstrual blood is rich in stem cells which are found to be adaptive within the body to heal a wide variety of diseases. Each month during her fertile years, a woman’s body creates a rich endometrial layer in preparation to grow and nourish a whole new human being. When a baby is not conceived the body releases this extremely valuable and nutritive substance during the menstrual cycle.

The abundance of stem cells in the menstrual blood are being researched to treat a wide variety of conditions from stroke, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s, diabetes, wounds, neurodegenerative diseases and more. Women create the most abundant free source of stem cells during monthly menstrual flows, which is much more ethical to harvest than from cord blood of newborns or from aborted embryos, yet it is slow to catch on because of cultural taboos still surrounding menstruation.

#4: The Uterus is Orgasmic

When a women orgasms, she experiences not just pleasurable and euphoric sensations, but waves of contracting muscles throughout the uterus, as well as the vagina and pelvic floor. The whole uterus has waves of muscular contractions which helps to facilitate the movement of sperm from the vagina into the uterus.

Some women also experience deep pleasure from their wombs during orgasm, and say that relaxing and deepening into the feeling allows a whole body orgasmic release.

#5: The Uterus is Connected to the Universe

A women’s menstrual cycles and stages of life are intrinsically linked to the cycles of the Earth, Moon and Sun. The moon cycle is 29.5 days, and the average woman’s menstrual cycle is 29.5 days. Women who’s cycles are closest to the 29.5 day cycle have higher rates of fertility.

In addition, there are 13 moon cycles in a calendar year, and the average age of menarche (a girl’s first menstruation) is age 13. The average age of menopause is 52, which is also the number of weeks in a year. There are an average of 4 weeks to a women’s menstrual cycle and 4 seasons in a year.

Women’s ancient menstrual calendars consisting of notches carved into bone or stone are said to be some of the earliest forms of calendars known. Women’s wombs hold a powerful connection to the astronomical cycles of the Earth, Sun and Moon.

#6: The Uterus Can Grow a Placenta

The uterus is the only organ that can grow a whole new organ within it. The placenta is absolutely amazing, and is an organ that is grown within the uterus when a woman is pregnant that nourishes and feeds the fetus with exactly what it needs every moment for the entire pregnancy. The placenta connects the mother and baby, through it’s attachment to the uterine wall of the mother and to the baby through the umbilical cord. It’s a physical manifestation of the nurturing of the mother for the child and is released after the birth of the child.

The placenta and umbilical cord have a pattern visible in the arteries that looks like the tree of life and is an ancient symbol of life and vitality. Placentas have been highly honored by cultures around the world since the beginning of humanity. The word “placenta” comes from Old English and actually means “a round flat cake”, and the tradition of honoring our placenta continues today as we celebrate around a birthday cake each year on the anniversary of our birth.

#7: The Uterus Can Grow a HUMAN!

It’s totally mind-boggling but true. Within the womb of a woman it is possible to conceive and gestate a whole new human being! WOW! Every single one of us is here alive on the planet today because we we started life growing within the womb of our mother, and we come from a long-line of ancestors born from the wombs of their mothers.

The first time I ever attended a birth as a doula, I was totally amazed at the power of a woman to birth a baby, and walked around for days in total amazement at every woman I saw, thinking how miraculous it is that women have wombs and that we can grow other humans within us. AMAZING.

Now you know why they called her WONDER Woman! Right?

The Universe Within the Uterus

Women can use the power of our wombs not just to grow babies but to tune into the creative potential of the Universe and birth great ideas, businesses, projects, art and more. The womb is a women’s unique connection to a primal source of creativity and can be used for not just procreation but conscious co-creation with nature and spirit.

Let’s honor and celebrate the wonders of the womb and keep our uteruses healthy and loved!

Many blessings,
Kara Maria Ananda

 

http://karamariaananda.com

Art by Emma Plunket: http://www.missplunkett.tv/tagged/womb-art/

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