Creating and Living From Wholeness
Six-Week Program:Creating and Living From Wholeness
~Develop a daily practice/regime that will help to ground and strengthen your body, shift your energy, balance your emotions, calm your nervous system, cultivate inner peace, and connect you to your divinity through expressive arts.
~Become strong and resilient in your body, mind, and soul.
~Learn how to strengthen your own inner resources and become your own teacher/healer.
~Learn how to surf the waves of transition in your life with courage and playfulness.
~Welcome the thrill of a new opportunity and shift fear into excitement.
This program teaches 5 different healing modalities to help you become more grounded, peaceful, and expressive. I offer the program in person and via Zoom.
Cost: $800 (art supplies included)
Week 1: Yoga Class or Conscious Dance Class (1-hour instructional time)
Week 2: Breath-Work Class (1-hour instructional time)
Week 3: Sound Healing Session and Personal Mantra (1-hour instructional time)
Week 4: Meditation Training and Practice (1-hour instructional time)
Week 5: Mask Creation (2-hour instructional time)
Week 6: Character Development and Mask Journey (2-hour instructional time)
Total Course Hours: 8 hours
In the ancient tradition of yoga, it is said that we are composed of layers or sheaths. Like the layers of an onion, our physical body is the most external and dense part of our being. As we move inward, the layers become more subtle and refined.
The healing modalities offered in this program start with the physical body (yoga) and end with the artistic body (mask-work). Each week, a new class is delivered with techniques to strengthen and stimulate the physical body, energy body, vibrational body, mental body, and creative body.
Oftentimes in life, when we encounter trauma, loss, abuse, shock, etc., our systems can become compromised and challenged. We are not one-dimensional beings. For example, if we sustain a physical injury, there is an emotional impact, a mental impact, and sometimes a spiritual impact. If we truly want to heal, we must learn how to strengthen ourselves from the outside-in and develop the tools to maintain balance and health. I can help you do this!
As the program facilitator/coach, I will guide you through a series of practices and modalities that will help you to become more confident and stable. I create the container for you to practice and learn but ultimately you become your own teacher, wise guide, best friend, and creative co-conspirator. The whole process is fun, insightful, dynamic, playful, creative, and empowering. Over the duration of 6-weeks, your regime gets a bit longer and more involved. Eventually, a strong daily practice is established.
"Establish a routine to meet the sacred every day." B. Dametto
Week 1: Healing Through the Physical Body
This is where it all begins- in the body. Here we have muscles, bones, blood, organs, glandular systems, etc. My job is to create and teach an hour-long yoga class that stimulates, stabilizes, and strengthens the body. The participants agree to do the class every day for 6 weeks. I am available for extra help throughout the week if you need it.
Developing a routine to strengthen the physical body fosters a sense of safety, determination, and courage. It helps us to become more grounded and trust our bodies.
We can customize the 6-Week Program by starting week one with either a personalized yoga class or a conscious dance class. I will teach and explain the benefits of both physical modalities as forms of wellness, self-expression, healing, and spiritual practice. I create and share your yoga routine and/or playlist of music (via Spotify) for you to practice every day.
Week 2: Healing Through the Energy Body
Now we move inward from the physical body to the pranic/energy body. Breathwork helps to move stagnant energy through the nadis (pathways) and strengthens the lungs, heart, and digestion. Here, I create and teach a pranayama practice that stimulates and stabilizes each of the 7 chakra energy centers. Your breath practice will be added to the yoga practice that you learned in week one. I am available for extra help throughout the week if you need it.
Developing a routine to strengthen the energetic body fosters a sense of willpower, determination, and confidence. It helps us to get “fired up” and take action in our lives.
Week 3: Healing Through the Vibrational Body
Now we move inward more deeply from the physical and energy bodies to the vibrational body. I will guide you through a sound healing journey using a pre-recorded soundscape and live musical instruments (Paiste gongs, singing bowls, tuning forks, drums, etc.). I will share the soundscape (via Spotify) for you to listen to every day. Oftentimes, the sound healing experience instigates the theta brain state. Theta activity has a frequency of 3.5 to 7.5 Hz and is classed as “slow” activity. This brain state inspires creativity, intuition, daydreaming and is a repository for memories, emotions, and sensations. Participants are also encouraged to create (and recite daily) their own healing mantra/prayer. Your sound practice will be added to the yoga/dance and breath-work practices that you learned in weeks one and two. I am available for extra help throughout the week if you need it.
Developing a routine to strengthen the vibrational body fosters a sense of musicality, awareness, and deep brain states of relaxation. It also fosters attentive listening and helps us to connect to the vibrational frequencies of the universe.
Week 4: Healing Through the Mental Body
Now we move inward more deeply again to the mental faculties through meditation. A still mind is a strong mind. Here, I'll teach you how to meditate in order to help you observe your thoughts, breath, and body sensations (Vipassana style mindfulness). I will guide you through the practice either in person or on Zoom and send you a recording to practice each day. Your meditation practice will be added to the yoga/dance, breath-work, and sound practices that you learned in weeks one, two, and three. I am available for extra help throughout the week if you need it.
Developing a routine to strengthen the mental body fosters a sense of inner peace, equanimity and mental clarity. It helps us to connect to our intuition, insight, and inherent wisdom.
Week 5 & 6: Healing Through the Creative Body
Here we move into the realms of the sacred clown and mask work. It is through our creativity that we merge with the Divine. Throughout previous sessions, we have grounded and strengthened in the body through yoga asana and conscious dance, energized our pranic body and calmed our emotions through pranayama, vibrated our etheric energy through sounding healing, and mantra, and observed and silenced the mind through meditation. Now we are ready to dive into expressive arts and archetypal personas.
Developing the artistic body fosters a sense of freedom, playfulness, and mystery. It helps us to connect to our creativity and child-like spontaneity and wonder. It's direct communion with the Divine. For weeks 5 and 6, you will create your own “inner guru/wise teacher” mask and develop its character. Through this process, you will come to understand the inherent wisdom that the mask conveys (which is, in fact, your own inner wisdom).
Mask work is a powerful modality of expressive arts and serves to develop creativity, play, curiosity, insight, and self-reliance. I say self-reliance because, once the actual mask has been created, it can become your friend, confidant, helper, and wise teacher. The mask is a personification- an extension of your own psychology. Through creativity, you can bring light and intrigue into the shadows of your psyche. You can gain insight into the unrealized parts of yourself- the unprocessed traumas, the misguided personas, the fantasies, the dreams, etc. Mask making and character development is a very direct, safe, and playful way to access your own archetypes. The possibilities are endless.
I will get you set up with the materials you need to create your mask. It's a simple process. Through guided contemplation, journaling activities, and a guided process, the mask eventually becomes an extension of you and will reveal and communicate whatever you need to know. Because creativity comes through you directly from the Divine/Source energy, you can trust whatever unfolds in the mask-making/character process. Whatever emerges will be exactly what you need at this point in time and will culminate as the final part of the 6-Week Program. You will have your sacred guru/ sacred clown character for life. They will always be there for you for love, guidance, and support.
"I had the pleasure of working with Barbara through her six-week program: Creating and Living from Wholeness. Each class explored a different aspect of Yoga (movement, breath, meditation, sound, etc) tailored to my unique goals and needs. The classes were thoughtful, well put together and meaningful. Barbara provided a warm, safe space for me to experience profound growth and healing! I am a different woman from having taken this course. I would highly recommend any of Barbara's offerings!" Jessie. O.
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At the very end of the program, we will review and discuss everything that you learned and contextualize it into your life so that you can continue to practice and deepen your routines every day.