"When women hear those words, (WILD and WOMAN) an old, old memory is stirred and brought back to life. The memory is of our absolute, undeniable, and irrevocable kinship with the wild feminine, a relationship which may have become ghostly from neglect, buried by over-domestication, outlawed by the surrounding culture, or no longer understood anymore. We may have forgotten her names, we may not answer when she calls ours, but in our bones we know her, we yearn toward her; we know she belongs to us and we to her."
Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Artwork by JennaFournier on Etsy
I am beyond excited to be pairing up with my dearest teacher, mentor and friend Melanie O'Leary for a soul nourishing day retreat!
In this space you are invited to step out of your everyday life.... immersing yourself in a day of honouring the wild woman within.
There will be plenty of time to heal, connect, relax, recharge and create. Throughout the day we will be diving deep into earth wisdom and archetypal themes presented in the book Women Who Run with the Wolves - chapter 1.
This offering will be taking place in Maple Ridge, BC. You will receive the address a few days prior to the event.
Deep Exploration of WWRWTW Chapter 1 (Digital Version of Chapter to be provided prior to event)
Sacred Art Creation's
"There is an old woman who lives in a hidden place that everyone knows but few have ever seen. The old one, The One Who Knows, is within us. She thrives in the deepest soul-psyche of women, the ancient and vital wild Self. Her home is that place in time where the spirit of women and the spirit of wolf meet—the place where mind and instincts mingle, where a woman's deep life funds her mundane life."
Singing Over the Bones
"We all begin as a bundle of bones lost somewhere in a desert, a dismantled skeleton that lies under the sand. It is our work to recover the parts. It is a painstaking process best done when the shadows are just right, for it takes much looking. La Loba indicates what we are to look for—the indestructible life force, the bones.
This is our meditation practice as women, calling back the dead and dismembered aspects of ourselves, calling back the dead and dismembered aspects of life itself."
Clarissa Pinkola Estés
This offering includes a nourishing meal, art/creating supplies, ceremonial cacao, tea & snacks and more!
Time Investment: Sunday April 30th from 11-7pm
The investment for this offering is based on a sliding scale of $180-$220.
Payment plan options are available please reach out if you would like to set one up!
Melanie O'Leary (she/her)
Born and raised into the farmlands and forests of Northern British Columbia, Melanie is no stranger to the mysteries of the wild, the whisper of the forests and the careful tending required to produce what nourishes us. In between these old cycles of birth and death, a gentle spirit was nourished with the perfect blend of curiosity, old knowing and wild tending. Her connection to creativity and deep relationship with the land, flowed gently and generously.
Like every old story that has somehow earned its keep, somewhere along the way, she got lost. In order to make her way home, she would have to learn to navigate in the dark, move beyond the seductions of the distracted, and cultivate the healing medicine for the sting of her wounds. Melanie learned that the path to uncovering and embodying one’s own personal medicine, came from facing the darkness of her own life and healing the wound that held the seed. By reconnecting and nurturing the relationships to herself, to mother earth and to her guides, they became the soil that allowed the seed to grow. She bloomed as woman of the generous heart, weaver of the healing womb wisdom, initiator of women still uninitiated, communicator to the soul.
Mother, Midwife, Medicine Maker, Soul Crafter, Land Tender, Partner, Healer, Teacher.
Combining contemporary and traditional wisdom, Melanie remains committed to preserving ancestral wisdom traditions by restoring myth, creativity, ceremony, rites of passage and animistic medicine within her healing practice.
𝐻𝑈𝑀𝐴𝑁𝑁𝐸𝑆𝑆: My name is Stacey Barclay, and my pronouns are she/her. My heritage is rooted in Eastern European ancestry, making me a visitor to this land. I spend most of my time drinking copious amounts of tea and going for strolls in the forest to admire the moss. My favourite type of day is when I lose myself in the pages of a book or create a gigantic mess, crafting up magical recipes in my kitchen. I believe dancing to be an extremely underrated cure for almost anything, and exploring the world has been one of my greatest medicines.
𝑊𝐼𝑆𝐷𝑂𝑀 𝐺𝐴𝑇𝐻𝐸𝑅𝐸𝐷: Learning and expanding perspective is something I hold dear to my heart. I am currently completing my Masters of Counselling, and my previous academic and professional background stems from social work. Aside from traditional, colonized education, I have received training in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Vedic Mediation, Sound Healing, Somatic Movement + Dance and Various Yogic Traditions. The wisdom I have gathered on this path has been from many incredible clients, mentors, teachers and space holders, for which I am tremendously grateful. Click Here for a detailed list of my completed training and education.
𝑀𝑌 𝑃𝐴𝑇𝐻: After being exposed to loss and profound grief at a young age, I stepped onto a path of deep exploration in studying and experiencing what healing looks like across every aspect of our humanness - physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. My approach is all encompassing, merging science and psychology with the traditional and cultural knowledge that lies within each of us. I have a deep desire to walk beside others as they explore aspects of themselves living beneath the surface. My intention is to provide a space where the human experience is honoured in all of its pieces.
We both look forward to connecting with you
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