26-28 February 2021
Gaia is life. She is calling us back, the very soul of the earth. She is a goddess who, by all accounts, inhabits the planet, offering life and nourishment to all her children. After this year of turbulence, chaos and isolation we need to rehabilitate our body, mind and spirits. Gaia was/is the ultimate goddess of raw, maternal power. In the beginning, there was chaos, nebulous ethers waiting to take form. This primordial landscape awaited direction; the spirit of Gaia arrived to give structure to the formless and the Earth was conceived.
She became the Earth, birthing all forms of landscape, plant and creature. Though her creation was majestic, her solitude was great. She longed for love and created the sky with whom she mated, igniting a creative force which birthed countless offspring. On the Sacred medicine wheel, the earth lies in the south and is the ruler of bounty, expansive growth, passion, peace and relationships. To work with the earth energies of the south ensures we are in communion with the spirit of abundance, joy and creation an all-loving, nurturing and intelligent cosmic force which oversees life on earth.
We begin this workshop/retreat during the Chinese New Year of the Ox, ready to return from the underworld, the destruction and chaos of the previous years. Supported by the strong intelligence and determination of the oxen, as they help to shoulder our burdens and push through the challenges and obstacles with humility and purpose. We will invoke the spirit of Gaia as we do our psychodramatic work to bring order and nurturance back to ourselves and our world. Writing our prayers into the sacred incantation bowl of life.
Friday 26 February 6:30-10pm. Please arrive by 5pm
Saturday 27 February 9:30-9pm
Sunday 28 February 9:30-2pm
Total Cost $ 695 ($345) for workshop with Accommodation and all meals ($350).
This includes 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners. *No alcohol during workshop
Meals are healthy choices and include meat, fish, dairy and vegetarian options.
Deposit: $200 by check or direct deposit by 27 January, total due 21 Feb by check or direct deposit, Direct Deposit, mark as Kangaroo Valley retreat, BSB 732-003 A/C 633915 (Westpac).
Venue: Ellywan is surrounded on three sides by rainforest with a pool and fire ring.
10 minutes from Kangaroo Valley (see Kangaroo Valleys getaway website).
* Space is limited to 12 participants. Book early.
*We will be mindful of healthy practices to maintain our health and well-being.
Who should come: Women who need healing, empowerment, rest, or spiritual’ renewal’.
Bring: favorite pillow, swimmers, yoga mat /beach towel, torch, any special needs.
In this 3 day retreat you will experience, Gentle yoga, Meditations and Reflections, Psychodrama‘s deep storytelling and interaction through group process. There will be expressive arts and rituals, music, massage, swimming, fire circle and time to walk in the bush or rest and dream.
Presenter: Rebecca M. Ridge PhD. TEP, Registered Health Psychologist, has been a psychodrama trainer for over 25 years, incorporating body mindfulness and the expressive arts into her work. She is the author of The Body Alchemy of Psychodrama. Becky teaches Psychodrama internationally. Over the years many participants have experienced her workshops and women’s retreats as a richly creative and restorative experience and as a unique opportunity to experience the healing power of community.
Contact by email firstname.lastname@example.org or 0434049881
A welcome letter will be sent one week before workshop with directions and arrival information.
Some Medicare rebates applicable for this workshop.