Women's Warrior Retreat, Shutesbury Massachusetts
And the women gather in Massachusetts at Temenos, site
of sacred hills, ancient stone chambers and healing waters.
A power place, a spiritual place, a place of pilgrimage for thousands of years.
The hills call for an honoring of the Warrior Women. The women of strength,
courage, endurance and honor. We will come together for a magical weekend
of sisterhood consisting of circle, song, dance, workshops, hiking and
physical warrior training in the Japanese martial art Aikido and self-defense.
Women's Warrior Retreat Presenters:
**Kellianna is an internationally renowned singer/songwriter and teacher performing powerful Goddess & Mythology inspired folk music and chant at gatherings and venues in 8 countries on 3 seperate continents. She is a certified teacher of SpiritSong, a vocal healing practice and a powerful tool for freeing the voice and accessing the authentic and unique sound that is you. Kellianna facilitates SpiritSong Circles and wheel of the year Ritual Chant Circles at festivals and shops all over the US, Canada, The British Isles, Australia and Europe. She is a writer and collector of chant and takes great joy in sharing these chants in her circles. She is experienced in the art of ritual chant, and uses the song to move energy, to celebrate the ancient mysteries, to strengthen, empower, and manifest intention.
** Alexandria (Ria) Windcaller is an author, columnist, Aikido Sensei, and CEO of an internationally recognized conflict management firm. She has over 30 years of applied practice in the Japanese martial art Aikido. As a consultant and Senior Trainer at Response Training Programs LLC she helps organizations and people learn "how-to" secure safety during potentially volatile scenes. Ria integrates the principles of Aikido into her safety-based curriculum and her everyday life. Early in her career she worked as a wilderness instructor for over 10 years. At that time she also designed and consulted on outdoor clothing and equipment. Her teachings are experiential at its best with a touch of "lets have fun" while keeping the outdoors safe for novice and experts alike.
** Heather Killen is Priestess, craftswoman, and teacher. Sheis an ordained Wiccan Clergy Woman in the State of Ohio and actively practicing witch of over 19 years. In addition to being a mother of two, Heather has actively taught women's and warrior mysteries across Northern America for the last 13 years. She has received degrees from Black Thorne Temple, Silver Web and O.L.O.E, a recipient of the Leslie P. Dauterman award. She isn't a witch beholding to degrees, favoring practical application, heart, integrity, common sense,wisdom and skill. Heather does Clergy work for the Ohio Prison system when able. In addition to being the founder, organizer and director of the Earth Warriors Festival, she is also the owner of Violet Flame Gifts. Opened in 2003, VFG is a hearth based Practitioner's Shop specializing in all natural, hand blended body products, oils, and custom work. Heather is a practical, down to earth witch who is frequently called an irrepressible force of nature.
**Women's Warrior Retreat Workshops and Offerings**
Ancestral Journey - A Chant Circle dedicated to thousands of generations of Women and their teachings
In the whispering hills of Temenos we gather to sing to the Stones of the Earth. To sing to the Bones. To sing to the Grandmothers. To honor our Maternal line back through time to the very beginning. When we come together to sing in their honor we can hear their call, as they can hear our song...when we sing to the Stones, when we sing to the Bones, when we sing to the Ancestors...
SpiritSong Circle - A vocal workshop to help you discover your very own "Warrior Song".
She rests inside of you, always ready when you need her. She is courage, power, passion and protector.
Using the vocal practice of SpiritSong, Kellianna will guide you on a journey of release and personal discovery as we delve deep down inside of ourselves, acknowledging but not re-living, our wounds and scars, those things that have helped us to be become the Warrior Women that we are today, strong loving and resilient. We delve deep down inside and we claim her. And then we give her voice. And then we sing her song. She, that Warrior inside each of us, will break out with a song of undeniable power and individuality. Be it a battle cry or lullaby, we will sing our Warrior Song.
Write Your Own Medicine Chant - A creative writing workshop
Song and chant are powerful tools for healing and release. In this creative writing workshop you will learn techniques and formulas for birthing your very own personal medicine chant. Do you seek healing or release? Sing, sing, sing it out!!!
Ria Windcaller Presents:
Aikido at Temenos-
Workshop 1 with Jo
Ria will be teaching the use of the 4-foot staff known, as a "Jo" in Japanese. This morning session will have everyone moving with a jo and learning a breath Kata. The jo is an eloquent weapon, as it can be spun and twirled around in 3-dimensional space. O'Sensei, the Founder of Aikido, used the jo as part of a purification exercise, that Ria will introduce. If possible, bring along your own 4-foot walking stick, broomstick or other smooth surfaced, round staff.
Workshop 2 Walking from the Center
Aikido is based upon the principle to not meet violence with greater violence. Rarely does a full-on attack come in silently more often than not it is loud and unnerving. Not accelerating to the same chaotic state of mind as a would-be attacker is critical. This workshop will teach how to Step-off-the-line of attack(s) while maintaining a balanced center both emotionally and physically. Everyone will practice maintaining their center in a safe, fun, and friendly exercises geared for the novice.
Trail Guide for the many beautiful natural features of Temenos including:
Mount Mineral, which is the name of the high plateau where Temenos is located, has natural potholes that are said to contain different earth minerals thus the name Mt Mineral. This historic site was once a destination for early vacationers who would come to the potholes at Temenos for what was considered curative waters. Ria has hiked extensively in the vast woodlands surrounding Temenos.
Heather Killen Presents: Silk and Steel -
The path of the Warrior is one steeped in misinterpretation and misrepresentation. It is a path that often is not popular and is sometimes lonely and demands a courageous spirit. The focus of this workshop is how women approach and walk the Warrior's Path. Exploring the inner warrior in every woman; the things women fight for, the reclaiming of the Clan Mothers, and the Warrior Aspect of the Goddess. There is a delicate balance that the female guardian/warrior walks. She is as strong as a tempered blade when needed, and as soft as silk. She is strong and soft because she understands the power of wills and she understands herself. Strong and feminine, what a combo! It leaves weaker men quaking in their sandals.
This workshop is for every woman who has ever defended her hearth and family, to every woman who has honorably stood her ground on what she knew in her heart and gut to be right.
Some of the topics that will be covered: the 3 levels of will, power with vs. power over, boundaries, warding, offence and defense. The Clan Mothers and Grandmothers, Dark Alphas, being pro-active, not playing stupid white woman games, owning yourself, standing your ground, where to find help, the Queens of Olde. The Silk and Steel workshop will conclude with an empowering Women's ritual, filled with blessings and shields to aid you in your journey.
Registration Price: $150.00
Mail Registration payment to: Kellianna, PO Box 902, Wendell, MA 01379.
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If you would like to arrange your payment into 3 seperate $50.00 payments, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
(This option is being offered only to those who need it due to financial hardship)
Price for the weekend includes food and lodging in the Great Hall. There are several tent sites available right around the lodge for those who may want to enjoy sleeping out of doors, or for those who require more privacy for sleeping. The lodge is big and beautiful with some porch space outside for sleeping under the stars, or inside the lodge where there are many spaces to set up your air-mattress. If you are flying in to attend and cannot pack an air mattress and bedding, both will be provided for you. Please provide us with any dietary restrictions. The landscape is wooded and may be difficult to maneuver for anyone who is mobility impaired. From the parking lot to the lodge requires a short walk on a footpath, bags must be carted. There will be assistance to all who need help bringing in their gear.
Temenos is a "Device Free Zone". No laptops, no cell phones allowed in the lodge. No service anyway!
65 Mount Mineral Road
Shutesbury, MA 01072
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|