Women's Healing Conference

Schedule 2014

Saturday May 17, 2014 (For all participants)

7:30 Morning Yoga, Herbal Hike

8:30 Early Registration Opens

9:00 Healing Blessing Ritual

9:30 Opening Ceremony

11:15 Tea break

11:30 Session 1

  • Home us of Homeopathic Remedies -Restoring Balance From Within with Anna Fastenko
  • Herbal Cleansing Rituals by Anya Tyutyunik, L.Ac
  • True Vibrancy Breathwork Journey: Embody Peaceful Vitality & Wisdom with Katherine Glasa
  • Maiden’s Circle by Shana Hafeifinger ( girls recommended)

12:45 Lunch

2 pm Session 2

  • Ancient Living Skills by Tamara Wilder ( girls recommended)
  • Mouth Matters! Integrative approach to dentistry with Dr. Svetlana Yesin
  • Tai Chi for Women by Elliote Mao

3:15 Strawberry and Chocolate Break

3:30 pm Session 3

  1. The Parthnership of Ancient Myth and the Plant World, by Ginny Anderson
  • Ayurveda Medicine
  • Mandala making, weave your dreams with Taya Shopen ( girls recommended)

4:45 Tea Break

5 pm Session 4

  • Herbal Solutions for Treating Infections, by Tamara Wolfson, the Lady Bee
  • The Healing Arts of fermentation By Kelly Dearie
  • 5 Rhythms by Stacey Butcher
  • European Hair Braiding by Maria Utyaganova ( girls recommended)

6pm Handmade Bazaar
(all are welcome to share their talents for cash or trade)

7:30pm Ela’s Kitchen Dinner is served

8:30pm- Special Concert with Ayla Nereo , voice from the heart

9:30 Fire Ceremony

10:00pm Closing Circle

 

Additionally for 3-day retreat participants ONLY

Friday, May 16, 2014

4:00 pm –   4:30 pm:  Arrival & Registration

4:30 pm –   5:00 pm:  Orientation & Wise Women Opening Ceremony

5:15 pm –   6:30 pm:  Workshops

6:30 pm –   8:30 pm:  *Dinner & Evening Program

8:30 pm – 10:00 pm:  *Evening Session (Guided Night Hike, Teachings, Stories, Dancing around Fire)

*Herbal tea and nourishing snacks will be available all evening.

Sunday May 18, 2014

7:30 am –   9:00 am: Morning Circle and Workshop

9:00 am – 10:15 am: Breakfast

10:15 am – 11:30 am: Workshop

11:30 am – 11:45 am: Tea & Snack Break

11:45 am –   1:00 pm: Workshop

1:00 pm –   2:15 pm: Lunch

2:15 pm –   4:00 pm Closing Ceremony and Dance

4:00 pm –   5:30 pm: Farewell Hike

2014 Conference Offering Details

You are welcome to partake in as much or as little as you are called to do.  The grounds at Hidden Villa are a fabulous place to go for a walk and get back in touch with Mother Nature, sit and be still or watch and observe. On-going activities include an art tent workshops, henna fun, hair braiding, all-day hands on healing, pampering oasis with Mountain Rose Herbs organic  body care products, Maiden’s circle and ceremony, Crone’s Circle and Wisdom council,  fire dances, drummers from the heart, community talent Bazaar where all are welcome to bring a blanket or table to sell or trade their handmade goods or services from 6-8pm on Saturday May 17.

Please scroll down for detailed descriptions of these offerings.

Saturday May 17, 7:30am:

  • Yoga with Camella Nair
  • Herbal Hike

Saturday May 17, 11:30am:

  • Healing Cleansing Rituals using Medicinal Plants with Anya Tyutyunik
  • Awaken Your True Vibrancy Body-Mind-Heart-Spirit Healing Breath Journey with Katherine Glasa
  • Home use of homeopathic remedies–restoring balance from within with Anna Fastenko
  • Maiden’s Circle with Shana Hafelfinger

Saturday May 17, 2pm:

  • Ancient Living Skills with Tamara Wilder of Paleo Technics
  • Mouth Matters! Integrative approach to dentistry with Dr. Svetlana Yesin
  • Tai Chi for Women with Elliotte Mao of Mao Tai Chi

Saturday May 17, 3:30pm:

  • The Partnership of Ancient Myth and the Plant World with Ginny Anderson
  • Healing Mandala: treating our body by healing our Soul with Taya Shopen
  • Healing and Celebrating the Feminine Body and Mind with Ayurveda with Acharya Shunya.

Saturday May 17, 5pm:

  • Herbal Solutions for Treating Infection by Tamara Wolfson
  • Women in Full Blossom, 5Rythms Dance Practice by Stacey Butcher
  • Art of Fermentation by Kelly Dearie of Creative Cultures
  • European Hair Braiding by Maria Utyaganova (girls recommended)

Look out for these informal offerings on May 17:

Art Tent all day long

6-8pm Bazaar: trade or sell your goods and services  (bring your blanket or table to display your goods and services)

8:30pmVoice from the Heart – Evening concert with Ayla Nereo

9:30pm Fire Ceremony

10:00pm Closing Circle

3-DAY Retreat Participants Only:

Friday May 16 (Retreat Only):

6:30pm: Sacred Women’s Circle with Katherine Glasa

7:30pm Creative Dance Psychology with Dr. Rachel Jordana

Sunday May 18 (Retreat Only): 7:30am

  • Rising Star Movement Practice with Taya Shopen
  • Healing Herbal Hike with Hidden Villa

Sunday May 18 (Retreat Only): 10am

  • Mystical Yoga Mudra Journey with Marti Foster
  • The Next Generation of Women’s Health, Dr. Aumatma Shah (Dr. Aum)

Sunday May 18 (Retreat Only): 11:30am

  • Embodying the Goddess Osun with Deanna Andersen
  • Women & Mysticism with Camella Nair

Sunday May 18 (Retreat Only): 2:30-3:30pm

  • Honoring the Gifts Ceremony & Closing Circle, with Katherine Glasa & Anya Tyutyunik

Workshop Descriptions

Saturday May 17, 7:30am: Yoga with Camella Nair

Inspired by the magic of motherhood, Camella has been teaching yoga to women and leading womens groups for over a decade. Camella has been practicing yoga since she was 17 years old, and is one of a few women priests from an unbroken lineage that goes back thousands of years. She has written 2 books on yoga, and travels the country presenting at yoga conferences, running yoga retreats for women and training teachers. Please visit www.camellanair.co

Saturday May 17, 11:30am: Healing Cleansing Rituals using Medicinal Plants with Anya Tyutyunik L. Ac & Herbalist

Cleanliness is next to godliness may not mean the ” squeaky clean with soap”. All of the indigenous cultures around the world had a cleansing, purifying practices that would clear spiritual impurities and unnecessary energies. Such rituals included the uses of herbs fresh, brewed or smoked, steam, ritual baths, fresh water, sweat lodges, fire, contrasted waters, prayers and energy movements that help to release all acquired negative emotions and attachments, that are not innate and harmful for the person being treated. Learn to do your own Limpia (cleansing) ceremony using medicinal plants. Hands on workshop. Medicinal knowledge of herbs is useful but not required. Please visit www.anyaspractice.com

Saturday May 17, 11:30am: Awaken Your True Vibrancy Body-Mind-Heart-Spirit Healing Breath Journey with Katherine Glasa

The word for breath in many languages is also the word for Spirit. Breathwork is an ancient and sacred tool for cleansing, rejuvenating, connecting and harmonizing body-mind-heart-spirit. Awaken your aliveness, intuition and deepest wisdom! Join Katherine for a gentle yet deeply sacred and healing breath journey embraced by Mother Earth. 30 minutes a day of direct physical contact (without rubber insulating you) with the electromagnetic energy of the earth has been scientifically proven to decrease stress, anxiety, depression, and inflammation. We will begin with a short mindfulness-based standing yoga practice then will lay down on Mother Earth (blankets will be provided, feel free to bring your own if you wish). Katherine will guide a breath journey while sharing hands-on Reiki energy healing. This will be a deliciously soothing yet enlivening start to your day! Please visit http://www.truevibrancy.com

Saturday May 17, 11:30am: Home Use of Homeopathic Remedies–Restoring Balance from Within with Anna Fastenko

Homeopathy, the leading alternative medicine in Europe, is easily used at home for minor acute conditions and simple ailments. It is safe at any age (even for pregnant women), and has no side effects. We will touch on the main principles of homeopathy and how the remedies stimulate our bodies to change in a particular way. We will also talk about resources where to find the right remedy, and will do a demonstration of 5 most typical female states of imbalance and corresponding remedies, in a fun and memorable theatrical manner. For more info: Anna Fastenko, CCH, BayHomeopathy in San Jose www.bayhomeopathy.com

Saturday May 17, 11:30am: Maidens Circle for Mothers and Girls by Shana Hafelfinger

This is an opportunity for our emerging goddesses to be honored. We as women need to teach and lead these young ladies towards there own feminine power. Our culture and media bombard us all with false images and expectations in what it is to be a woman. I invite mothers and aunties and grandmas to join me in supporting these lovely maidens in a circle of unity based in love and empowerment. Format will begin with opening circle and chanting followed by anonymous questions placed in a bowl that we can answer as a group. The young ladies will be encouraged to confirm with their own mom if advice given is in alignment with her heart. Following that will be a symbolic string wrapped around a wrist within a ceremony to represent that we are all connected. In closing we will choose an affirmation card from deck and then proudly declare the affirmation, and anoint the goddess third eye crown (face painting) with glitter.

Saturday May 17, 2pm: Ancient Living Skills and Ancestral Earth Connection with Tamara Wilder

Tamara Wilder has been practicing, teaching & demonstrating ancient living skills since 1989 and has been running school programs across Northern California since 1998. She regularly teaches at the Solar Living Institute, California School of Herbal Studies, Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, Pt. Reyes National Seashore, the Mendocino Art Center & the Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium, helps organize the annual Buckeye Gathering, is coauthor of the book Buckskin and demonstrates ancient living skills for museums, fairs & schools. More info at www.paleotechnics.com

Saturday May 17, 2pm: Mouth Matters! Integrative approach to dentistry with Dr. Svetlana Yesin

Dr. Yesin will highlight the connections between the mouth and systemic health though the Science, Traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda and share about how in today’s dental practice we can combine modern sciences and technologies, wisdom of different cultures and knowledge of complementary therapies to help our patients. She will also cover the importance of education and collaborative care of dentistry, medicine and other health care modalities for optimal health. Controversies on amalgam, root canals and fluoride, ozone therapy and re-mineralization strategies will also be discussed. Please visit http://www.dryesin.com/

Saturday May 17, 2pm: Tai Chi for Women with Elliotte Mao

Try it, you’ll LOVE it! No athletic ability or martial arts skills needed. The Qi energy harnessed for centuries for its life giving force has ironically been underutilized by the most giving souls – women! Here are steps culled from nature’s best movements. Discover for yourself why this ancient exercise can fortify us against those nagging issues plaguing womenkind, such as osteoporosis, depression, fatigue, loss of balance and focus. Instructor Elliotte makes the course learner-friendly and FUN! You will walk away feeling energized, balanced…and wise. No flying Kung fu kicks. Promise! www.MaoTaiChi.com, elliottemao@hotmail

Saturday May 17, 3:30pm: The Partnership of Ancient Myth and the Plant World, by Ginny Anderson, PhD

Connect with your humanity, destiny, and the natural world through storytelling, shamanic journeying, dialogue and writing. Ginny will use the story of Balder, norse god of blindness, truth, death and light to help you connect with the truth you have allowed yourself to become blind to due to fear. Three rare plants which only grow on San Bruno Mountain (near SFO) which support the 3 endangered butterflies, will also act as guides and messengers for inquiry. This workshop will help cultivate a personal connection with earth as healer and guide. For more info please visit www.eco-psychology.com

Saturday May 17, 3:30pm: Healing Mandala: treating our body by healing our Soul with Taya Shopen

Mandala is one of the oldest symbols known by humans. In many cultures, mandala represents the structure of the world. The tradition of weaven mandalas comes from Central and Southern America. American Indians believe that by weaving a mandala you are not only creating a beautiful work of art, you also weave your life as you want it to be. You weave your deepest desires, bringing them closer to realization. You weave your own inner world, getting answers to your questions and improving the vision of obstacles that disturb the flow of life. You weave yourself, getting to know yourself better. The yarn weaven mandalas, Ojos de Dios (God’s Eyes) originate from the Huichol tribe in the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico. The Huichol call them ‘Sikuli’, which means “the power to see and understand things unknown.” Taya can be reached at tayashopen@gmail.com

Saturday May 17, 3:30pm: Healing & Celebrating the Feminine Body & Mind with Ayurveda with Acharya Shunya

Ayurveda is a natural wellness system of mind, body, and soul healing from ancient India that is once again becoming popular all over the world because of its ability to transform lives. Join master Ayurvedic teacher, Acharya Shunya, as she unveils Ayurveda’s fundamental principles. Learn how the five great elements weave through your female body and also command your mind. Discover what elements dominate you, and what this signifies for you and your feminine self. In this workshop, Shunyaji will teach how to deeply nourish the various layers of a woman’s body and mind using Ayurveda insights that go back 5000 years. Take away practical tips to easily energize your being, manage stress, achieve a more balanced life and discover a stronger sense of direction and life purpose. Yes, Ayurveda can help drastically improve your feminine experience on all levels of life through understanding your connectedness to Nature and Spirit. Come join Shunya ji as she offers participants useful Ayurvedic practices to celebrate their shape, improve their self-image and love themselves inside and out. Please visit www.vedikaglobal.org

Saturday May 17, 4pm: Herbal Solutions for Treating Infection with Tamara Wolfson, LAc

This is an introduction to the basic natural and western medical understanding of infections and how they are treated. We will examine both viral and bacterial infections and the herbs that can treat them. We will discuss antibiotics and the emergence of pharmaceutically untreatable diseases and the role of plant medicine as the most powerful tool for healing as plants have been dealing with bacteria for 700 million years. We will review tincture ratios and medicine making instructions for several of our most effective herbs! More info at 415-378-1666 and: www.tamarawolfson.comwww.thebeehealer.comwww.ladybeebotanicals.com

Saturday May 17, 4:00pm: Women in Full Bloom, 5Rhythms™ with Stacey Butcher

Join us as we dance to honor who we truly are. Through 5Rhythms™ movement meditation practice we’ll uncover the sacred feminine that lives in each and every one of us. The 5Rhythms comprise a simple movement practice designed to release the dancer that lives in everybody, no matter what its shape, size, age, limitations and experience. To find your dance is to find yourself, at your most fluid and creative level. While the practice itself is the essence of simplicity, it has the power to catalyze deep healing and creative expression. The primary teaching of this work is: If you put the psyche in motion, it will heal itself. The world needs us women to gather together, dance, connect, and heal. Come join us! Please visit http://www.staceybutcher.com/

Saturday May 17, 4:00pm: The Healing Art of Fermentation with Kelly Dearie of Creative Cultures

Empower your Body and reclaim your digestive and immune health through three classes on lacto fermentation!The Healing Art of Fermentation: Beet Kvass and Kefir. Uplift your mind, body and spirit through the ancient art of fermentation! Beet Kvass and kefir are probiotic drinks that have both been used for centuries to keep people healthy and strong. Beet Kvass is known in slavic nations as a “cure all.”  It is a nutritional powerhouse that cleanses the liver, builds blood, reduces hypertension, aids digestion, and much more.  Kefir can improve digestive health and provide an excellent, bio-available source of protein and calcium. For more info please visit http://creativeculturesfoods.tumblr.com/

Friday May 16 (Retreat Participants Only), 7:30pm: Creative Dance Psychology with Dr. Rachel Jordana

Creative Dance Psychology is an expressive movement therapy that cultivates joy, connection and healing by teaching people to embody traditional psychological interventions through movement. In this practice, the main premise is for participants to experience a safe space so that over time, they can learn to become their own healers. For more info on Dr. Rachel Jordana who offers individual talk therapy sessions in the Santa Cruz area, plus movement classes and workshops including Creative Dance Psychology, please visit: http://www.creativedancepsychology.com/

Sunday May 18 (Retreat Participants Only), 10am: Mystical Yoga Mudra Journey with Marti Foster

Join Marti Foster for an empowering yoga class that will begin with each participant picking a card from a deck of ancient mudras (sacred symbolic hand gestures) cards. Marti will guide you through various yoga postures which will include embodying your mudra using your hands, and your voice chanting the Sanskrit word for your mudra to help to energize and awaken these powerful gifts in your life. Please visit http://www.yogasolution.com/

Sunday May 18 (Retreat Only): 10am: The Next Generation of Women’s Health, Dr. Aumatma Shah (Dr. Aum)

Our grandchildren’s genes are determined by our health. Will our race survive? And, are the rising rates of infertility a sign that we should pay attention to? Women’s bodies have an innate wisdom for healing, birthing, and transformation. In this talk, we will explore how to utilize our innate body-wisdom to optimize our health, prevent problems such as PMS, infertility, and PCOS, and positively influence the health of our children and grandchildren. This talk will leave you empowered around your own fertility, keeping your eggs healthy, and how you can get your body healthy and hormonally balanced, regardless of whether you want a baby now or in the future. Currently, Dr. Aum sees clients in San Jose and Oakland. More info about her can be found on conceivenaturallynow.com.

Sunday May 18 (Retreat Participants Only), 11:30am: Embodying the Goddess Osun with Deanna Andersen

Osun is the Spirit of Love, Rivers and Sensuality. We will invoke her spirit through the primal rhythms and elegant movements that belong to this unique Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian Orisha (Deity). The unique function of Oshun within the Mysteries of Nature is to teach humanity that the secret of life is love. Deanna Andersen is a masterful dance teacher, dancer and performer well known for performing with dance companies and for her deeply moving one-woman theatrical performances. Contact Deanna at dmoves@pacbell.net to be kept up-to-date on her local classes and workshops.

Sunday May 18 (Retreat Participants Only), 11:30am: Yoga and Mysticism for Women with Camella Nair

Inspired by the magic of motherhood, Camella has been teaching yoga to women and leading womens groups for over a decade. She will be sharing some inspirational insights during this class, enabling us to cultivate our connection to The Divine Mother within us and in Nature. Camella has been practicing yoga since she was 17 years old, and is one of a few women priests from an unbroken lineage that goes back thousands of years. She has written 2 books on yoga, and travels the country presenting at yoga conferences, running yoga retreats for women and training teachers. Please visit www.camellanair.com