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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…

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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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/

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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Release Your Raw.

Are your friends good for you?

I feel good about myself when I am working with this team!

I hope this message finds you well and feeling fully loved after Valentine’s Day!

Whether by an intimate partner, your family and friends, or a new found way to accept yourself, this juncture of the year provides an opportunity to analyze how much love flows in and out of your being. The question primarily is: How much self-love (or even self-like) is present in you? A good way to evaluate whether those around you are good for you or not is to observe whether you like who you are when with them, or if you find your more frustrated or darker side coming out.

You’ll notice that when around certain people, you feel smarter, more attractive, and peaceful. When with others, you may feel less intelligent or inferior. Perhaps you feel you are always in survival mode, in constant resistance or defensiveness.

Choosing which friends or family members to be around has little to do with what you think of them. It has to do with what you think of yourself when you are around them. Tap in and take note. If your body and mind feel relaxed and comfortable, your thoughts and contributions will flow easily. If you’re on guard, your body will constrict, and your gifts, your better thoughts, and your health will not flow smoothly.

Our relationships are directional indicators (act as compasses) for showing us when we are getting closer or getting further away from alignment with our core truths and authenticity. It’s like playing the “you’re getting hotter, you’re getting colder” game. When in alignment, your core essence and gifts for the world will come out more often until they become your way of life. Here, doors open and abundance flows to you as effortlessly as breathing in and out.

Find the calm and you’ll find the love.

Let’s Talk. Period

Let’s Talk. Period.

A post from http://www.thedailystar.net/lifestyle/lets-talk-period-20824

blog unicef articleIn 2009, a UNICEF report showed that “in countries where menstrual hygiene is considered a taboo, girls going through puberty are typically absent for 20 per cent of the school year”*. Societies across the world still treat menstruation as an unmentionable topic. With so few people willing to broach this subject, most of the information being passed on is based on myths, superstitions and false beliefs. Girls are taught to stay a little afar, especially from religious practices or partaking in public/social events if one is menstruating.
Dealing with menstruation is challenging enough, especially for young girls who are still getting accustomed to the turbulence that is puberty. With limited to no space to talk about menstruation openly, these myths and half-truths are constantly perpetuated, which leads to many women feeling isolated and baffled by what’s happening to their bodies. Not to mention continuation of unhygienic practices leading to severe health problems perpetuated by these myths and half-truths among adolescent girls and women**.

At a social level, increasingly, girls are expected to compete with their male counterparts. Whether it’s in education, sports or their careers, women and girls are breaking down barriers and showing that whatever boys can do, they can do equally well, if not better. This is all being done with period cramps and other discomforts that are well hidden from the public eye.
Women and girls attend school, college and the workplace often without usable toilet facilities; not to mention the non-existent sanitation options for women while travelling long distances or in public transportations such as trains and launches.
With health and social issues directly and indirectly connected to issues of menstruation, we still do not talk about it, address it, and educate our daughters about it.  If every girl gets it and every girl knows about it, why not talk about it?

Let's talk. Period.

Why is it important to talk about periods?
Looking at it from a medical perspective, there are hundreds of health conditions and diseases related to menstruation (the period) and menstrual cycle (the time from the beginning of one period to the next), so dealing with periods in a clean and smart manner is imperative.
It is very important for a woman to have regular periods, especially if she is trying to conceive. During each menstrual cycle, levels of the hormone oestrogen rise, resulting in an egg developing and being released by the ovary (ovulation). The womb lining thickens in preparation for a possible pregnancy.
The egg travels down the fallopian tube and if it meets a sperm and is fertilised, a pregnancy can occur. The egg lives for about 24 hours and if it isn’t fertilised, it will be absorbed into the body.

The lining of the womb will come away and leave the body through the vagina mixed with blood. This is a period.
So by now you should be able to understand that if there are no regular periods, there won’t be regular ovulation and no pregnancy.
If the period doesn’t start by 16 years of age, it’s called “delayed menarche” and needs medical attention. If the period starts and then stops it may be due to stress, extreme weight loss, medications or even conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
If the period starts on time, but is too heavy or happens too often, it may cause too much blood loss which can eventually lead to anaemia if supplements or adequate nutrition is not given.
Periods may be irregular in the beginning which is normal but it can also be caused by unsuspected pregnancy, PCOS or thyroid problems. Periods can often be painful (the pain can range from mild to severe), due to the uterine muscles contracting to remove the blood, but in few cases this may indicate an underlying disease such as endometriosis, fibroids, pelvic inflammatory diseases, etc.
These are few examples of the diseases related to periods. Maintaining proper hygiene alone can get rid of many complications and infections.

What are the dangers associated with poor hygiene?
It is extremely important that the girls are taught about the importance of hygiene and the potential risks if hygiene is not maintained. The risk of infection is higher than normal during menstruation. A plug of mucus normally found at the mouth of the cervix is dislodged and the cervix opens to allow blood to pass out of the body.
This creates a passage for bacteria to travel back into the uterus and pelvic cavity. In addition, the pH of the vagina is less acidic at this time which can increase the chances of gaining yeast infections such as Thrush (Candidiasis). Some examples of poor hygienic practices include unclean sanitary pads which can cause infection; infrequent change of pads that can cause local skin irritation and rashes; and wiping from back to front, which can lead to bacteria from the bowel to move to the vagina.

Teaching our daughters, helping the future
Parents, guardians, older siblings, especially sisters play a crucial role in teaching girls about their bodies particularly on this important rite of passage.  Girls who were taught about their bodies, menstruation cycles and how to hygienically manage their periods, are found to be more confident, able to participate in school and other social events.
Different girls become women at different ages and the first period can start anytime and anywhere, so it is good to start preparing yourself early on. Once she starts her period explain to her what is happening and slowly answer her why’s and how’s.
Most parents avoid talking about periods because of the uncomfortable topic of sex and reproduction, but these topics can be better handled in a culturally sensitive way if you start preparing yourself to have the “talk”.
Given cultural barriers, sometimes it is easier for an aunt or an older sister/cousin to talk to your daughter. Reaching out to close female confidants will show your daughter that she has a community, a support system. Teach her how to manage her first period, and whom she can go for help with how to use a pad, how often to change it and the importance of maintaining hygiene.
Show her how to dispose used pads. Help her to be prepared for leaks, unexpected irregular period dates and stomach cramps.
Take her shopping. Let her decide what kind of sanitary napkins she wants, and what form of undergarments she might be comfortable using. If she’s uncomfortable shopping with you, give her some space. Instead of giving her a list of dos and don’ts, take her out and celebrate the day. Boost her confidence with some compliments. Let her know that what she’s going through doesn’t have to be scary and that she always has someone to talk to.
If you think you still have questions of your own, remember, as a parent, there is nothing wrong in admitting that you don’t have answers to everything.  Mothers please remember that realities of today’s girl children are far different from what you had experienced during your adolescence.  If you are unsure about any topic related to menstruation (irregularity, cramps, sanitary napkins and feminine products, etc.), you can find important and culturally relevant information on the web at sites like Maya.  If you are still unsure, make an appointment with a health professional to have a candid conversation that will be beneficial to both you and your child.
If mum isn’t around, your daughter should be comfortable asking you — the Dads — to get her a packet of sanitary napkin instead of wearing the same dirty one. Braving an uncomfortable moment now can help your daughter from avoiding major medical complications in the future. For her health and happiness, be as supportive as you can, be as open as you can. You will raise a more confident and self-assured woman if you acknowledge her new womanhood in a positive manner.
For more information on menstruation, please visit www.maya.com.bd.  For medical advice, ask your question to our doctors on “Maya Apa Ki Bole”.

Sources:
*http://changeobserver.designobserver.com/media/pdf/unicef_girls.pdf
**http://www.realising-rights.org/docs/monograph_menstruation_BRAC.pdf
By Dr Kazi Mashfia Fardeen, Medical Specialist, maya.com.bd

 

Published: 12:02 am Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Last modified: 1:42 pm Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Moon Lodge Celebration, May 24, 2014

I am “over the moon” about being asked to be the “pillar” for our local “moon lodge” created by the Goddess Temple of Ashland!

A moon lodge is basically the same idea as a “red tent”—a place where females can go to rest when on their moon time. This is a tipi. To be clear, although I am a trained indigenous ceremonialist and a medicine carrier of a sacred stone healing bowl, this moon lodge follows no Native American tradition. We simply honor the practice and what it represents. Our moon lodge will be expanding on the concept.

WHAT IS GOING TO BE VERY DIFFERENT about this moon lodge:

I’m very excited to announce that instead of honoring one “phase” of a female’s monthly hormonal journey, that we will be honoring all 4 phases, following the 4 Seasons in 4 Weeks practice. The space will have 4 alters instead of one. When a girl or woman goes inside, she will sit in the area that reflects the “week” she is on in order to support, at that time, her own greater self-care while also  preparing for the next. Because 4s4w holds the idea that this 4-phase cycle is the imprint of being female and surfaces during our reproductive years to show us the “blueprint” of it, it is held that it is a supportive rhythm that is still available after menopause, sans the reproductive challenges.

Right now we have a very small tipi which would result in 1 or 2 women going in at a time. I’ll know more soon if a larger one is going to be loaned to us. If you have a larger tipi sitting in storage or on your land that you don’t use anymore and would like to donate to us, please me at: 4s4wContact@gmail.com.

We will erect the lodge mid-May and then hold a celebration from 1:30-6:30 pm on Saturday, May 24, 2014. We’ll have a moon labyrinth and live archetypes to help everyone embody the natural lunar rhythm of women, and a ceremony to officially open our Moon Lodge.. Event is open to women, men, and children of all ages. Please join us!

 

The Perfect Time for Attracting What You Desire

Now that we are one week into 2013, I hope this new beginning finds your various energy systems rested, rebooted, and ready to put into action your many visions for balanced success in the coming year.

New Year’s Eve and Day is always an auspicious time of the year and one of many phases in our cyclical calendar—the rhythmic time clock of our lives. The New Year, like the New Moon phase, is an end and a beginning, finishing the year with reflection and ideas—shedding the old to make room for fresh anticipation of what is to come with the growing winter light. New Year’s Day is one of rest and enjoyment. A ceremony and celebration of life with parades, footballs games, or perhaps organizing like crazy. Maybe it’s one of silence and relaxation or a hike in the woods.  It’s the day we reboot.

Today is January 7th and it feels different. We’ve moved on. We’ve transitioned, and we’re ready for action.

This is a perfect example of the beginning of what I call Week 2, Winter, of the female monthly rhythm. This logical and predictable pattern has ended its resting and rebooting week and has transitioned into the action week. Like Fall, the first week of a woman’s monthly rhythm finishes the former cycle by shedding the uterine lining in order to begin building a new one, just as a tree sheds its leaves, getting rid of one cycle of growth before beginning a new one.

Week 2, Winter, of the female monthly rhythm is the week of Love and Connection—home, hearth, and romance, as well as building projects and attracting those we wish to do business with. Hormonally, our estrogen goes from it’s lowest to it’s highest all in one week in order to build a uterine nest, making us as beautifully brilliant as a snowy mountain peak, growing more stunning by the minute. Mother Nature is primping and coaxing us to attract a mate as we approach ovulation (Week 3, Spring fever).  Just as Week 1, Fall, was compared to the New Moon, I compare Week 2, Winter, to the waxing, growing moon, heading toward our fullest phase. We are eager to take action on the seedlings of vision we had during our resting phase, and excited about communicating with our loved ones, building more connected relationships. “In the same way that the Moon is filling with light, you are filling with energy” (page 142).

Just as women can follow this January 7th advice during the 2nd week of their rhythm every single month, this time of year gives everyone the opportunity to set into motion all that one desires. Organize, connect, and take action to make things happen! Put on the music you love, dress well, and get out there to network, meet friends for coffee, or snuggle by the fire with your sweetheart. Have heart-to-hearts talks with your loved ones NOW to create a year-long environment based on love and good will. For women, these Week 2, Winter connections establish a solid foundation for a mindfully heartfelt month.

May you have fun carrying out your intentions and attracting good people into your life. I wish you health, good fortune, and the courage to continue making positive change in 2013.

Ovulation: a Moving Target

Ovulation only happens for an approximate 24 hour period, which means you can only, really, conceive during this short window of time, with the exception of something rare happening.

However, ovulation can be like a moving target, being very unpredictable as far as when it is going to happen exactly. And then there is the fact that sperm can live inside of you up to around 7 days before, waiting to be the one that gets to merge with your beautiful egg when she makes her showing. This increases the number of days you are contributing to the conception process. If you do not want a pregnancy at this time and are not on some sort of the Pill, then you need to learn as much as you can about this. If you end up ovulating on Day 11, let’s say, then you’d better start using birth control around Day 4!

In my upcoming book, Four Seasons in Four Weeks, I talk a great deal about the symbolism of ovulation. Some of the best articles on the biology of ovulation and the natural monthly hormonal rhythm of women are found online at fertility sites.

Here’s one that I found today when doing some research on ovulation that helps to explain why ovulation can be difficult to pinpoint.

Thank you to BabyHopes.com for this article.

http://www.babyhopes.com/articles/ovulation-conception.html

How Soon After Ovulation Will Conception Occur?

Technically speaking, it is extremely unlikely for conception to occur any time other than during ovulation. Once ovulation is over, there is not generally egg for the sperm to fertilize. Having said that, it is important to understand exactly how the process of conception works, and how it relates to ovulation.

Conception occurs when a sperm meets up with an egg and fertilizes it in a woman’s fallopian tube. That fertilized egg then travels into the uterus, where it implants in the wall of the uterus several days later. The only time during a woman’s monthly cycle that there is an egg in her fallopian tube is, by definition, when she is ovulating. The egg can survive for only about one day when it is in the fallopian tube. For some women, it is possible that an egg could survive as many as three days after ovulation, and thus conception could occur. This is extremely rare. For conception to occur, the sperm has to meet the egg pretty much immediately when you ovulate.

Still, there are things that may make it seem like conception occurs after ovulation. For example, during a given month, it is possible that ovulation would occur later than it usually does. Any number of factors can cause this to happen, including illness, dietary changes, increase in physical activity, and even stress. Ovulation can sometimes occur as much as a week after it normally does.

In some extremely rare cases, it may be possible for it to seem as though you conceived while you are on your period. For example, if you have an extremely short menstrual cycle, it is possible that you could begin ovulating right as you are done menstruating. Another possibility is if you tend to bleed for a long period of time during your period. If this is the case, it could be that you are still bleeding long after you are actually done menstruating, and while you are actually ovulating.

If you are trying to conceive, there are certain times surrounding ovulation that you will want to try to conceive. Sperm can often survive as long as one week in a woman’s body. Thus, trying to conceive on the 10th, 12th, 14th, and 16th days of your monthly cycle are the optimum times for conception to occur. This assumes that you have a regular 28-day cycle, and it allows for later-than-normal ovulation.

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