Sacred Space

For the last seven years, we Moon Mothers have gathered for our August full moon ceremony at the Maverick’s Beach labyrinth. Mawu CroppedLast year it was destroyed, all symmetrically placed rocks had been removed.  When I saw the devastation I was appalled and vowed to rebuild it.  With fire energy, I called upon the Moon Mothers for a labyrinth rebuilding work day.  They showed up in force and we rebuilt the sacred labyrinth on the Maverick’s Beach peninsula. 13934708_10153809589073225_7587178658680387372_nThis year it was destroyed again! What? Who? Why would anyone destroy a symmetrically beautiful, meditation labyrinth? How could anyone not see the sacredness of this labyrinth?  When I saw the destruction, I paused and remembered the words of my teacher, Amy Sullivan, “Why do you choose to swim up Stream?”  This time I was not compelled to rebuild. Perhaps the universe was telling me it’s time for a change of venue.  This year we gathered at a sacred hidden labyrinth created by Lars Howlett.

In keeping with Moon Mothers tradition, we began by calling in the energy of the seven direction with the sound of the conch.  Mother Earth01croppedThe gifts from our summer babies set the tone of calmness.

 

Deliberately we walked the sacred labyrinth. Keeping rhythm with our drums, we tapped into Earth’s wisdom. It was as if the labyrinth had become the universal mind, placed upon Mother Earth. As we walked, she silently informed, soothed, and satiated our souls.

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Ceremony is a practice inasmuch as medicine is a practice, both are healing.  One of the most powerful effects of full moon ceremony is the self discovery, not found in an ordinary scheduled day.  The ability to be the speaker and the witness at the same time is a common occurrence during circle speak.

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To be truly heard by compassionate woman in a sacred space, ushers in a stong connection, both individually and collectively, to the divine feminine.

Until we meet again, walk bare foot, witness the sunrise, and smell the richness of soil.

Sincerely,  Tamara Trejo

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Thick fog shrouded the setting sun and rising moon, bringing the dark of night soon after we cast out circle.  On this chilly night, we dedicated our ceremony to the one who goes by many names ( Gaia, Tara, Mother Earth, Mawu and may more).   In respect for our African ancestors, in this ritual, we called her Mawu. Through our heart, feet and back bodies, we connected to her subtle resonance.

When we rose from our story telling circle, intuitively half the women picked up a drum and the other half silently began to walk the labyrinth.mawu  Without words, our drumming synchronized to the pulse of Mawu’s heart beat.

The labyrinth walkers connected to Mawu through their feet as they stepped to the tempo of the drums.mawu05 Like a slow moving river,  the walkers flowed from the labyrinth and began to drum as the drummers flowed into the labyrinth.  The cadence of Mawu’s heart beat stayed steady through the exchange of walkers and rhythm keepers.

Upon returning to our circle, we laid on our backs in meditation to connect deeper with Mawu.  Extending our first red root chakra deep into Mawu, and tethering it to her beautiful crystals, we became one with Mother Earth herself.

On this breezy night our altar candles blew out again and again. Surrendering to nature we repositioned our intimate circle into a cozy dark cocoon for circle speak.  I could hear the presence of Mawu in the timber of their voices as they spoke of their connection to Mother Earth.mawu01  This ancient practice of embodying Mawu had subtly changed the energy of the women in our circle.  Our closing chant was simultaneously grounding and releasing.

Until we meet again, stay grounded with a light heart.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped rebuild the labyrinth.

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Sincerely,

Tamara Trejo

http://www.newworldgoddess.com

 

Super Moon

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On this balmy night of the Super moon, we gathered at the Maverick’s labyrinth to honor Mawu, the African Earth Goddess. In mindful meditation, we walked the Labyrinth to a steady drum beat lead by Dr.Ginger.

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As each woman exited the labyrinth, she picked up a rhythm maker and joined in the twilight beat.  We drummed for peace, we drummed for healing, we drummed for Mother Earth, and we drummed for joy.  The rhythm quickened to a pace that beckoned our voices to spirit.

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Like an ocean wave that crests in a spectacular high, then returns to the ocean from which it came, we returned to our circle and laid on our backs for some Earthing.

Resting in the energy we created, our heart beat slowed to the resonance of Mother Earth. The Super moon was shrouded in fog and twilight had turned to night.  The only sound was the fog horn and our heart beat.  Our connection was palpable.

Mawu, Gaia, Terra, Mother Earth; the Goddess of many names.

We connect

Your fiery core, our passion.

Your oceans, our emotions.

Your trees, our knowingness.

Your mountains, our strength.

Your rivers, our creative flow.

We are one.

Returning to a seated position in our candle lit circle, each woman spoke of her favorite season and place on earth.  Kim Acker was the last women to speak and she said, “right here, right now.”

Time to dance; Earth my body, water my blood, air my breath, and fire my spirit!

Releasing the circle we called down the moon.

Bold Goddess Freyja circle

 

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Gina Chang

We opened our night with a circle outside, under a lavender sky. The sound of the ocean cradling our voices, as we called out to the goddesses, seven directions, ancestors, and those near and dear to us.

We circled and sang to the women who chose to be born in June: Donna, Leah, Amy. We gave these three our love and blessings and received theirs in return…the image of a poppy and the advice to open to our light from Donna, wise words and a beautiful song from Leah, ring of fire in the form of a warm and fuzzy necklace from Amy.

We moved inside for a few moments to learn about Freya, the Norse goddess of love, sexuality, fertility, prosperity, and magic. One of my favorite days of the week, Friday, was named after Freya – a day to stop working and start playing. With Freya we celebrate our boldness.

And then outside again to experience one bold act together, running out into the cold ocean, with pants and skirts hiked high (some higher than others…celebrating Freya and the Moon quite literally 😉

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As we washed our feet in the flower petal and ginger laced tubs of cold and warm water, we gathered around the fire to warm up with celebratory belly laughs.

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Inside for circle speak, where we bravely shared our boldness. Some said YES! to bold acts of accepting love and moving into new places and into the unknown…some said NO! cutting people or situations or environments out of their lives. And some spoke of bold acts yet to come. We spent time sending our loving thoughts of support and encouragement to one another.

Our closing circle and end of night conversations continued the spirit of our bold celebration into the night and beyond.

Mother Moon was at turns wearing her veil of clouds and sailing out from behind them to be seen and called out in all her glory and wild woman boldness.

By Gina Chang

 

Thank you Gina, for your wonderful writing.  Thank you Barbara for the great pictures.

Below are some upcoming  offerings by the Moon Mothers.

Drum Circle

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This small group of women (beginning drummers) gather once a month to drum for souls sake.

Sunday June 22nd Noon lunch (potluck) 1pm to 3pm drumming.

Please RSVP  Annette Ward (650) 355-9134  divinegrace914@gmail.com

 

Half-day Women’s Retreat

Facilitated by Donna Scheifler

Sunday, June 22, 2014
To avoid the heat of the noonday sun  we’ll gather 2 – 5 pm.

Mindfulness, meditation, and journaling will help you get back in touch with your deeper self and with what wants to blossom in you. Let the beauty in nature and power of a women’s circle restore you. Leave inspired with a sense of how you want to step into your summer.

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Open Space Preserve



Entrance on Edmonds Rd
Redwood City, CA
(near Hwy 280 & Edgewood Road)

Cost: $30
Bring a friend and
you can both attend for $50

RSVP by calling 650-366-5510

 

 

 

SoulCollage®

Portrait of Self  in Half Moon Bay

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 New Moon Goddess Celebration

Sunday, June 29th, 630pm at Dina’s home.

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Please Join us for Stories, Poems, & Ceremony
Bring your journals, Dress Warm, Bring a Blanket
Host- Dina Ayala, CMT 650-557-0544
My new website address:
http://www.healingintentions.abmp.com
My Blog:
http://soulfullyinfused.com/2013/08/27/be-my-witness-to-having-a-soulinfused-life/
Shelley Moore, Soul Purpose Reader 650-303-9250
http://soulfulillumination.com/

Where: 912 Anza Drive Pacifica
Please RSVP to Dina
650 557-0544

Donations Appreciated ($10-$30)

 

First full moon ceremony of Spring 2014

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Enchanted April

 

La Nebbia Winery greets us with open arms—as dusk falls softly—under boughs of purple wisteria—reminding me of that line in Enchanted April: “To those who appreciate wisteria and sunshine”—We are here! Immense gift of ripe spring night. Our surroundings kiss us and we blush. Soft lush hills unfold in green waves—testament to the blessed recent rain. Fecund scent of earth fit to burst. Rambling roses pink and giddy. Somehow without having asked or feeling deserving I’ve arrived in a place so beautiful my body aches, breaks open—pastoral hush, sentimental rush

Sweet Leah places feathers in our hair—mine is blue with a tinge of yellow—sky with a streak of sun

I wonder who will take the largest electric blue feather—

Opening

We stand in a circle incanting our spirit ancestors.

With conch call and sacred words we bless each corner of the earth—north, east, south, west

We smudge and bless each other with fresh sage—I feel aura cleansed my every corpuscle smokes and releases up to the heavens

Lisa is an April baby—we circle round her, sing “Sha la ma, Sha la ma beta”—offer our blessings for her birth path—She gives us each a sea green rock—to cleanse and keep media at bay—giggling, we put the rocks in our bras, heart-close—to take out later by moonlight

Weave Dance

Holding hands, we make ourselves into two circles and knot ourselves up— “like a bridge over troubled waters”—winding serpentine and then unknotting—loosening—resurging into clean round whole

Our energy pours and merges; tumbles and surges—we are one knot; we are not other

Music plays gently on air—our bodies are songs without words

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Circle time

Cool spring evening— the fire holds our warmth—around her core we sway

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Tammy teaches us, graceful and sure

Spring is here and with it comes a sense of urgency—gone are the dreamy dormant days of wintering. Now is the time for action, for manifesting ethereal—Can you feel it—dream seeds sprout real.

Our goddess this spring eve is Maat—Egyptian goddess of fairness—who, upon death

weighs our hearts against a feather, and if the feather is lighter we must

rebirth and try again to live Light

“Hold a feather in your left palm and your heart in your right—

Now weigh which is heavier”

Sage Tammy reminds us—

“Spit happens”—everyone has her share of troubled waters—but it is criminal to go through this life with a heavy heart—So you keep moving through, bending on—continuing to create

Recipe for a Light Heart

Cleanse—release past anger and wounds

Be grateful—this lightens your load

Laugh—hard to hold a heavy heart while laughing

We practice her preach—

Cleanse

Purge pain on paper then

Throw our regret into the fire and watch it burn

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Grateful

Look our moon sisters in eyes and tell of what beauty we find in the looking

This giving and receiving is only of women born

“Was it hard to receive your praise?”

Consecrate gratitude on paper— place this close to breast

Laugh

Tell jokes (even though most of us admit to being terrible joke tellers)—two of us share the first jokes we ever heard—jokes from childhood, recalled—several of us share past moments of embarrassment; now able to relish our own foibles

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How did I arrive here?

I am immensely blessed— not since college have I felt able to open within a group –bare souled—naked I-ed—without fear of judgment—cradled in love, light—encircled by creative-force women

We are a palimpsest of generations and stories

A patchwork godly vibrant and ever-flowing

Incantatory

“Earth my Body ~ Water my Blood ~ Air my Breath ~ and Fire my Spirit”

The sound stops, but I keep moving

“The temple bell stops, but the sound keeps coming out of the flowers”

Departure

The Moon hides from us as we wane—but her glowing can be seen over the tips of hills

By the time I reach seaside/home,

She is full—“bald and wild”—sitting in the crook of cypress—watching over my inspired newborn

 

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Heather, Thank you for your wonderful writing, you are a true poet.

 

In keeping with this season of action and movement, we Moon Mothers have a lot of offerings in the next few weeks.  Hope you can join us.

 

Sunday             April 27th 5pm New Moon Ceremony.

Tuesday            April 29th 6:45pm Yes, you can speak class

Wednesday       May 7th 6:45pm Yes, you can speak class

Friday              May 16th 6:30pm SoulCollage®

Saturday          May 17th 10:30am SoulCollage®

Sunday            May 18th 1:30pm SoulCollage®

Sunday            May 24th Noon Drum Circle

Friday              June 6th 6pm Embodiment Art

Details Below.

 

New Moon Ceremony

Sunday, April 27th, 5pm at Dina’s house.

Honoring  The Sky Goddess Nut

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Please Join us for Stories, Poems, & Ceremony
Bring your journals, Dress Warm, Blanket (we will be outside)
Dina Ayala, CMT 650-557-0544

912 Anza Drive Pacifica
Please RSVP to Dina
650 557-0544

Donations Appreciated ($10-$30 )

 

Yes, you can speak! Free Intro class FREE INTRO APRIL MAY 2014

 

 

SoulCollage®

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Discover your wisdom, change your world.

An intuitive collage process for self discovery and community

To keep these circles intimate I am offering three different days. You may attend one or all three. The SoulCollage gatherings are open to all women who want to create SoulCollage cards. Beginners are welcome, no experience necessary. Advanced collagers bring your deck and create more. Supplies will be provided, although you are welcome to bring any images that speak to you. Suggested token of appreciation 20 to 50 dollars per gathering.

Friday      evening       May 16th 6:30pm to 9pm

Saturday   morning      May 17th 10:30am to 1pm

Sunday    afternoon    May 18th 1:30pm to 4pm

731 Main St. Half Moon Bay  Coastside Photography Studio

 Please RSVP Tammy Trejo 650-303-5515  or email tamtrejo@pacbell.net

 

Sunday Drum Circle

This is a small group of kind women (beginning drummers) we meet once a month to drum for souls sake.

Sunday May 24th Noon lunch (potluck) 1pm to 3pm drumming.

Please RSVP Annette Ward (650) 355-9134

divinegrace914@gmail.com

 

Embodiment

 The Art of Being in the Body

mm blog“One of the most radical things women can do is to love their body.”

Eve Ensler

 

Are you feeling bold? You are invited to embark on a heroine’s journey like never before, and explore, experience and express your whole and true Self. This workshop is designed to guide participants through the process of creating a life-sized Body Being Painting of their authentic, divine, mythical, natural selves. Who are you really?

 

Friday, June 6th at 6pm through Saturday, June 7th at 8 pm.

Cost: $225.

Where: Naui – Island of Now Studio & Getaway in Sebastopol

 

 

Register before May 15th. To reserve a spot, please mail a check to:

 

Amy Sullivan

7934 Juanita Ct.

Sebastopol, CA 94044

Questions? Please call Amy at 650-455-2145 (cell)

 

Amy Sullivan, MFT, is an artist, therapist and healing guide. She has 20+ years of experience helping people realize their true natures through art, mindfulness and deep healing work. www.amysullivanmft.com

Suzanne DeVeuve, has been an artist for 30 years. Her art represents her inner journey of self-discovery and the mystical divine. It embraces the wisdom of nature, and indigenous teachings, opening us to other dimensions and realities. http://www.suzannedeveuve.com

 

 

Hope to see you at some of our offerings.

Sincerely,

Tammy Trejo