Announcements

Memorial Day Weekend Changes

All classes will be held on Saturday, May 27:  8:15am WAKE UP YOGA w/Susan & 9:30am VINYASA YOGA w/Ann

Sunday classes will be held May 28:  9:30am WAXING MOON VINYASA FLOW w/Megan & 4pm YIN YOGA w/Bev

We will be CLOSED on Monday, May 29.  Please enjoy a safe and loving holiday, and pray for peace upon the earth.

Woman Most Wild = Danielle Dulsky = published author = HERE NOW!

If you haven’t yet heard the news, our very own (as if anyone could “own” her!) Danielle Dulsky has published a book and it’s out in force this week!  We are celebrating her here at ocean earth wind fire on Saturday, May 20 beginning at 4pm and YOU are invited!  The FB event is below…have a look and come raise a glass to our favorite wolfwomanwitch!  There will be signed copies of the book on hand to purchase too!

I think what I want to impart, even more than this celebration, is that Danielle is HERE!  She is leading yoga teacher trainings and Wolf Camps and Moon Circles and classes all the time at OEWF…and you have the extraordinary opportunity to study and explore and learn with her.  This is no small thing!  If you haven’t take her yoga class or sat in circle with her yet, you just don’t know what you’re missing and I encourage you all to do so soon.  There’s no telling where this one could fly off to in the future!

As a member of her first 300 hour TT a few years ago, I witnessed her gifts in wonder and she changed my very life!  You can read my thank you to her via The Unwritten Chapter, a blog the 6 of us began together…it’s the note tag I would have put on her congratulations gift…but you have to use a lot of words to honor a special woman like her!

All love!  I hope to see you on Saturday for the partay!  Blessings,  Susan

SUSAN’S TRIBUTE TO DANIELLE (AND SNAKES!)…CLICK HERE!

WOMAN MOST WILD LAUNCH PARTY…CLICK HERE! (Bookstore Launch in West Chester too!)

ORDER THE BOOK ON AMAZON…CLICK HERE!

LINK TO TEACHER TRAINING WITH DANIELLE & MORE…CLICK HERE!

 

Need Space? Rental Opportunities in Our Thriving Sanctuary!

Phoenixvillians…Need space? Looking for the perfect studio-share mate. We have 3 unique and wonderful rooms for rent/share, studio space, classroom space and private therapy rooms, lots of natural sun light, right in the heart of historic Phoenixville, but quiet and calm in the 100 block. Perfect for bodywork, movement classes, workshops, therapy, tutoring, consulting offices, group shared workspace. Great for chiropractor, acupuncturist, healer, photographer, entrepreneur or artist. Teachers and facilitators welcome. Plenty of storage. Usage of yoga props and supplies if you’d like. Share space and time with ocean earth wind fire. Lots of time available! Be advised that we have a variety of options at pertinent price points. Become a member of our teaching cooperative for as little as $107 per month, enter our time-share cooperative of healers by sharing therapy space and offices for as little as $150 per month. Utilize a gorgeous 225sq ft room with floor to ceiling windows, exposed brick and new floors for as little as $450 per month…this option can be considered as a multi-use shared space OR leased outright as an exclusive use, a studio within the studio yet under our roof with the attendant perks! All details upon inquiry…don’t hesitate to find out how this opportunity may be the perfect one for you! Please contact Susan for all details if you are interested🙏🏾

http://https://www.facebook.com/oceanearthwindfire/videos/10156018139722576/

We Have a NEW Massage Therapist! Meet Mary Edmonds:)

Welcome Our New Massage Therapist!
First time clients $60/hour; $90/90 min
Regular rates apply thereafter $80/hr; $110/90 min
Packages available at reduced rate.
Mary Edmonds, ThM, LMT
Professional Member AMTA

Mary is a Licensed Massage Therapist trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Lymph Drainage and Reflexology. A graduate of the Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks in Pottstown, she also holds an MA in Theology and Certification in Transpersonal Psychology. As a Pastoral Counselor and Social Therapist for 19 years, she has accompanied many through physical pain and emotional trauma through active witnessing and authentic listening. Her massage sessions can be a silent haven created to induce deep relaxation and centering of the body, mind and soul.  Yet, she also enjoys working on athletes for a more intense session of deep bodywork and breathing exercises to help heal and rejuvenate.

 

OUTDOOR YOGA SEASON BEGINS MAY 2 AT AUDUBON…yep!

 

Outdoor Yoga at Audubon BEGINS on May 2 at 6:30pm!  Be there!

from Susan:

…this morning, I was organizing my supplies for class tonight. I came across a beautiful card given me by a dear friend that was tucked inside the “cash box” I used at Audubon last year. It says “Life adventures guaranteed…instructions not included.” I left it in the bottom of the box:)

Well, apparently, no truer words were ever writ! The news from Audubon this morning is that we may need to use a slightly different location on the grounds for yoga tonight because of a construction project! And I won’t know where/what/how/if until I get there!

So…follow your nose when you arrive! And bring your willing spirit. The energy of May is about relaxing into learning to ride waves of chaos and instability, so we will be needing our yoga for this and that and all the rest.
Adventure is guaranteed!!!
6:30pm…at the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove

Retreat to the Chesapeake Bay Open for Registration…DOWN TO 2 SPOTS!

Making Vows…A Chesapeake Retreat for Leaning Into A Bright Future…NOW!
Summer Solstice, June 22-25, 2017 ~ Old Field Point in Elkton, MD…looks good, huh?

Details are RIGHT HERE!

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New Moon Dreamwork Circle Every Month…next up Wed, May 24@ 8pm

Join Megan for a New Moon Dreamwork Circle, every month on the Wednesday closest to the new moon! In this circle we will delve deep into dreamspeak, the unique language of your dreams, and the messages your dreams are trying to gift you. In addition to group discussion, we may use guided mediation, oracle cards, tarot cards, ritual, or reenactment to get closer to the dreams. After dreamwork has finished, we will make moon wishes for the upcoming lunar cycle.

All are welcome to join, as we are not alone as we sometimes fool ourselves into believing, but instead are ALL ONE. To prepare, bring at least one dream that you are interested in discussing. Suggested donation is $15.

All of life goes through cycles. While full moons are a time of high manifestation and activity, new moons are a time of introspection, stillness, and intention setting. A new moon is the space between breaths, the momentary void between death and rebith. The light has fully receded into darkness, and the sky has an emptiness where the moon used to be. During the time of the moon’s retreat, we too have the opportunity channel into ourselves to let go of stale energy and prepare for the new cycle. As Demetra George puts it, “the point between destruction and creation, where a matter becomes energy, is called transformation.”

By incorporating dreamwork into new moon rituals, we can begin identifying the patterns of our subconscious, such as our unconscious beliefs, fears, aspirations, desires, and even our shadows. Once we understand the language of our our dreams, we can absorb the messages they offer us, allowing us to integrate disparate parts of ourselves and come into a more comprehensive self-awareness.

Plant-Based Cooking Revolution! June 11, 1-5pm…love is in the kitchen

Now is the time to revolutionize our relationship with food. Here we will focus on cultivating an eco-sustainable and mindful eating practice: to respect our planet, honor our hunger, and to transform our diets with seasonal plant-based, whole-foods.

Cooking is a sacred act. Through cooking we alchemize ingredients into nourishment for our bodies, empowering us to take an active roll in our own well-being. The more awareness we put into our food prepation and cosumption, the more benefits we will receive, as the love and good intentions pass from our fingertips into our food. What we eat affects our thoughts and our thoughts affect how we eat. To honor our hunger and nourish our bodies creates a solid foundation for our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

In this workshop we will evaluate our beliefs towards food, tune in to our energy centers during a guided chakra dialogue, and set intentions to develop mindful eating practices. We will compare common ingredients to their more healthful equivalents, evaluate how to properly read nutritional labels, and review how to pair ingredients so that they compliment instead of contradict one another. Finally, we will learn how to preapre four plant-based recipes (breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert) and receive a shopping template along with a weekly meal plan suggestion.

Anyone interested in reevaluating their relationship with food or learning about a plant-based diet is welcome.
Cost for the workshop is $75, with a $25 deposit due by June 1…please register here!

Starting tonight!!! Prenatal Yoga Is Back-OPEN to Drop-Ins:)

Prenatal Yoga Series! Mondays @ 7:15pm, 5/15-6-19

This 6-week series will meet every Monday at 7:15PM and is taught by Cassidy Carre (RYT 200 certified and advocate for maternal self care).

Pregnancy is an exciting and emotional time as wild growth happens inside us.
It’s imperative to nurture ourselves and cultivate the tools that will help relax and strengthen our bodies and alleviate anxieties during pregnancy and prepare the body for labor.

To assist with this time of change, we designed a class series dedicated to the expecting mama that includes safe yoga postures for pregnancy (including hip opening and pelvic floor strengthening postures), breathing techniques, connecting with baby, and meditation all in a supportive and cozy environment.

Meet other pregnant woman to share each other’s company, advice, concerns, and excitement within our safe space. This class is for all mamas, all trimesters, and preconception and Postpartum are welcome too! Pre-registration is required:http://oceanearthwindfire.com/registration Please email wildheartcollective@gmail.com to reserve your spot! $90 for 6 classes plus online support group❤️ email us with any questions or concerns.


Safe House, A Prayer & Some Thoughts In Difficult Times

Be reminded that EVERYONE IS WELCOME HERE.  
“…we are a decent and loving people.”  ~CPE
This excerpt from a post by Clarissa Pinkola Estes was the prayer I used while teaching WE RISE yoga Tuesday night. Eleven strong and stunning women gathered to move and dance and rage and stomp and sing and cry and laugh. We blew the roof off the place and emboldened ourselves to trust that we were on the verge of a brilliant and historic affirmation of our own lifeblood and heart wisdom, pulsing in various degrees of certainty and hope that our next leader would be a woman. We prayed our fervor thus: 
 
“We pray for ourselves, because
We still stand
And because we are
Many and much ourselves.
 
We pray to be steady like
The many lodge pole pines
Who withstand much
In high winds
Bending, limber,
Hair flying
Trunk creaking
But not breaking
 
…we pray
Because we are a decent people
 
We pray
That whatever others say
That is not decent
Whatever others do
That is not decent
Can have no part of us
Seizes no part of us
Infects no part of us
Poisons no part of us
 
That we remember
The living forest
Holds the mountain
To this earth,
The living forest
Holds the waters
To their beds,
And most of all,
Most of all my babies,
The living forest
Transmutes poison
Into
Oxygen
For all
 
…we pray
Because we are
That living forest,
We are a living,
Walking forest
In full force,
Because we are
A decent, loving people.
 
~Clarissa Pinkola Estes
 
There are no “wrong” responses now. So many of us are heartbroken, incredulous and frightened. Some are getting busy. Some are ranting. Some have taken to their beds. Some just need to talk it out. Admittedly, a few responses are annoying if not worse. I mean there is NO place for swastika graffiti. And, to those of you suggesting that we all just get over ourselves already…I mean, pardon me, but NO. 
 
I went to sleep late thinking it would all be different in the morning and those last states would clinch the Clinton presidency I was praying for. I awoke early in disbelief and stumbled to teach a yoga class. I carried yet another bag of rose quartz into the studio and offered a practice of gentleness and centering meditation that I trusted in my bones could be helpful to the three weary souls that showed up in the rain.
 
The first thought to float across my mind was this: ocean earth wind fire is a safe house.
 
A SAFE HOUSE.
 
I don’t yet know exactly what that means, but I know it’s true. I hope to God/dess that I was indulging the dramatic, apocalyptic me (still in shock from three hours of nightmares) when I pictured our yoga home in a flash as a makeshift hospital or a staging base for the revolution. But as a sacred space born of my tiny seed vision nine years ago that has been nurtured and tended by so many since then to manifest brilliantly into a school, a sanctuary, a temple, a healing center, a respite, a family hearth and a temple of freedom and presence…”it” has taken on a life of it’s own and will become exactly what is needed and what is helpful.
 
Entering on Wednesday, I took a deep breath and created a small circle of stones in the middle of the floor. I realized that nothing had changed since the night before. I knew the physical practice would be gentle and quiet rather than wild and bold; but the prayer still held and I read it out loud again and then shared this message in my teaching: 
 
As yogis, we are blessed. We have been, over all these years, practicing the ways in which to remind ourselves that we are beings of light and love. We have been exploring all the avenues to personal peace and presence. We have been filling our tool boxes with all the implements we need to hammer out and tighten the screws of our own balance, awareness, self-care and connection.
 
In addition, we KNOW that each bright light is born of darkness. That each blissful crest of the wave will dissolve into a deep trough. We KNOW this. And we also know that we “know” very little…that we are on a journey of discovery, that cycles begin and end and that this thing we call life is ephemeral and changing and full of challenge. Indeed, we know that we are strengthened by the challenges and become lazy in our complacency. We welcome the honing fires of struggle. We learn to relax into ALL experience as necessary on our way towards Grace.
 
Right?
 
Ok, so we are prepared and equipped for this day and all the days to come.
 
Step One: Be kind to ourselves. Step one was never any different than this.
Step Two: Be kind to others. Step two was never any different than this.
 
That’s probably enough to tackle for now. Kindness.
 
There are two very critical factors, that I must continually remind myself of, so I’ll remind you too.
 
1. This kindness is for everyone. Not just the ones who think like you and act like you and voted like you yesterday. If we get caught in that trap, we are “going low” and it is clearly a time to “go high”.

2. I recognize my own white privilege as a woman who can go to yoga classes a few times a week (or own a yoga studio). I realize that the advice to utilize the tools we have to re-center and move and act from our own balance just isn’t going to fly with those souls in our country who battle poverty and disenfranchisement and prejudice and hatred every day. Each of us is made of love and light, still, and kindness is our birthright. May we each find a way to BE that.

So it’s deep breaths. And nice music. And good company. And walks in nature. And prayer.
 
It’s back to buying coffee for the person behind you in the drive-thru and random acts of kindness. It’s walking the talk and voicing hard truth which may involve the admission that we each carry bigotry and sexism and that, we too, need to purify, rectify and end the violence we may be perpetuating through our own thoughts and actions.
 
I’ll be napping and laughing and listening to the rain. I’ll be offering plenty of free loving at the studio, our safe house, during the days and weeks to come. I’ll be here listening and writing and wondering and transmuting the poisons I find in myself and in this wide world into freshness and love. I’ll be grounding in on this Mother Planet and looking up at a forgiving sky.
 
Let me know how I can help you. I’m here to serve. I am love. I am light.
I pray because we are a decent, loving people.
Susan
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