Author: OEWF

It ONLY Works If You Work It, A Revitalizing Series of Essentials

 

This thought bubbled up:  I think we could use a workshop…or three…or seven!

Whenever I slow down and back up enough to a take a wide-angle, creator’s-eye view, I notice gaps as openings rich with possibility and usefulness.
And at this halfway point in 2024, it’s a great time to take that view…of my calendar, of our community and of what is NEEDED, what might be beneficial.

I am always drawn to emphasize the tried and true.
After all, we have everything we need inside of us…the bulk of our work as creatives and change agents is the work of remembering.

Review is critical so we remember how to practice.
Practice brings us closer to home, to our own truth and intention, to the life we desire to live out.
When we spend time in connection within the sacred space of our community, we are supported and held in our pursuit of evermore growth and expansion.
Workshops are the essential, effective standards that always benefit us through the review and the choice to welcome ourselves home to our practices and tools.

They say “it works if you work it”; and I say, “it ONLY works if you work it!”

But what are we working, exactly?
How about the nuts and bolts basics, cleaning out and updating our tool boxes, remembering to open that kit in the first place?

Join me for a comprehensive series of seven monthly workshops running from August all the way to February of 2025.
We’ll gather on Saturday afternoons from 1-4pm to learn, share and remember…oh yeah…this WORKS FOR ME!  I’ve fleshed out the first three workshops coming soon in August, September and October, but all seven dates and topics are outlined and open for registration.
Each segment is a stand-alone standout!
Or, you can save a little money by choosing to pre-register for any 3 or for all 7…an encouragement from me for you to invest in yourself in this elemental way.
Minimum registration of 5 guests/Maximum registration of 10 guests for each session.
$62 for each session 
$158 for any 3 sessions (15% discount)
$350 for all 7 sessions (20% discount)

What Happens in Vagus (The Nerve, The Legend)
Saturday, August 10, 1-4pm
Last year, our workshop series was meant to conclude with the Vagus Nerve Workshop in February but it never happened.  This is by far one of the central (not just trendy) life and health hacks you should know about by now…it is not new news!  Let’s get familiar with this wanderer and develop a clear and communicative relationship with our central nervous system.  Recently halfway through a women’s circle one of the women told us, “I’m feeling regulated”, and the rest of us agreed.
How do we get there whenever we want?  Let’s WORK on that.

Unwind/Unbind, Getting Real Loose
Saturday, September 7, 1-4pm
Train to access the etherial, intuitive body.  Not the etherial “self” or intuitive “self”…YOUR BODY in the flesh.  We’ll play and explore through movement and stillness how to aptly tap into the fascial plane, connective tissue and all the groovy, intercellular space to allow for a new awareness to arise that can only lead to increased mobility, health and energy.  I’m bringing nearly 20 years of personal exploration and professional expertise to help you in on a powerful secret.
If the “body keeps the score”, let’s get in the game!  Let’s WORK on that.

Calibrate Balance, What’s Love Got to Do With It
Saturday, October 12, 1-4pm
Balance is one of those “goals” we are always naming as a state we are after or want to return to; but what actually constitutes balance?  We’ll come at this from a yin/yang depth of perspective that will illuminate just where you stand, or have “fallen”.  Can we ever get enough ground in the land of polarity and duality?  Maybe we don’t need ground after all.  We’ll double down through bone-tending, meditation, mudra and a crafty project of drawing a line down the middle.
Let’s WORK on that.

It’s Gratefulness, Meditation, Mantra & More
Saturday, November 2, 1-4pm  
All the ways into gratitude…thank you thank you thank you thank you.

La Posada
Sunday*, December 15, 1-4pm (*not a Saturday)
Not to be missed…more than a yoga class this year.

Wheel of the Year
Saturday, January 4, 2025  1-4pm
The ritual that keeps us turning, year after year.

It’s a Date
Saturday, February 1, 2025  1-4pm
It’s a day before Imbolc, so it would be easy to review the rites of incubation, patience and fire-tending with Brigid at the hearth.  But for now, I’m just saving the date, because by the time we move through all this WORK over the next 6 months, I may choose one of the other zillion ideas I have to workshop with you…let’s see shall we?
Our continued devotion to balance, joy, peace and love requests our attention and attendance at the altar of our very bodies, minds and hearts.
Your soul says Hell Yes.
I am here.
And so it is.

Retreats: 2024 Adventures Are Here!

Retreat is your BIRTHRIGHT.
SANCTUARY is our responsibility.

The Ripening, Golden Lammas Days on the River..
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT AND INVITATION FOR YOU…YOU CAN COME FOR ONE-NIGHT-ONLY!…ALL DETAILS HERE
The haste of early summer growth has ended, nature pauses.  The golden days of ripening are upon us.  And so sweet serenity settles across the land, upon the waters.  That brazen sun brings us to a fullness overflowing.  A season of plenty has begun and the kitchen counter becomes our altar in blessings to Gaia, in welcome to the new moon.  Come, rest and feast in beauty, in bounty.

These are the days of sweaty yoga and skinny dipping on the Chesapeake.  Languorous lounging in shaded hammocks and early morning picking in the garden.  Cocktails and caftans and a wild bonfire to celebrate Lughnasadh and cavort under a new moon and a fresh turning.  Virginia’s lux “hunting lodge” is the gorgeous setting for yet another tete a tete with Mama River and the Goddesses of Old Field Point.  Daily yoga, ceremony, swimming, walks and all manner of bounty and abundance await.  All meals are included.  Dancing will be.  Happiness is.

Retreat and those dog days of summer are what you make of them…let’s make this one lush and memorable!
10 Guests max (filling fast)
4 private rooms  $956 per person (1 OPEN)
6 shared rooms  $881 per person

$280 Deposit Holds Your Spot

 

I’ll Meet You There, A Glamping Retreat in the Sacred Field Mabon Fete
At the Equinox!  September 21-22, 2024

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
There is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
The world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
Doesn’t make any sense.

I’ve recreated the glamping format to allow for more time to luxuriate, dream & connect and have designed a sacred mandala event devoted to the vast wisdom of Rumi and Hafiz, the ancient whirling dervishes, the bountiful nature of this place and the ecstatic landscape inside each of us as wild and wise Goddesses.

Your adventure into holy space begins at 1pm on Saturday with a tea party picnic of arrival to kickstart festivities that will surely soothe your summer’s end soul.  We’ll walk the land (here and hither), perform ritual to the sun and moon, feast for dinner and Sunday brunch, practice the yin and yang of yoga, crafty-create and revel in the balance of both/and which every Equinox entices.

Rumi and Hafiz have long held revered ground in spiritual wisdom which transcends the ages and applies here and now to our daily choosing and doings.  Not only that, but as women in process of evolving and revolutionizing the way of the world, we are invited into communion with the sacred masculine.  Let’s explore that, shall we?

Amazing lodging, 2 & a half marvelous meals, yoga, circle, all curriculum & materials are included!  Retreat closes at 3pm on Sunday with a purification bonfire.
You’ll have come home to your sacred Self and won’t go back home the same as you came.

There are 8 tent spots available (in TWO tents this time!) as well as one shared room and one private room in the farmhouse!  Max attendance will be a magical 11 guests.
Exceptional feasts by Chef Tara Young!
All-inclusive total cost is $440.
Preferred lodging is assigned first come/first served.
$108 Deposit holds your spot.

Ravens in the Round, A Samhain Retreat in Black & White
Sunday, October 27, 2024  9-5pm Day Retreat
If Faeries gotta swing, Witches gotta ca-caw and spread their wings!  Let’s revel in the mysteries of the Sacred Grove, toss pizzazz into the cauldron and alchemize uncertainty to enter a new year as the Priestess we’re meant to be.  You know black and white is never black and white, so immersion into sovereign choice-making and “right” action is a practice and process we need to engage over and over again.

Day Retreats boast that convenient, local magic that is fully transformative while being easy-access.  We will yoga, ceremony, truth-tell and create our own personal blueprints (not black and white…FULL COLOR) for the revolution of love to advance our causes of equality, acceptance, justice and peace…for ourselves and for the greater good of all.

Morning cacao (ca-caw) ceremony, a lunchtime feast and happy hour tricks and treats around the fire are all included!  A max of 12 wild, winged ones will round out this Coven.
12 guests max.
All-inclusive total cost is $233.  

$88 Deposit holds your spot.

Innkeeping for December’s Daughters, A Holy Day for Tending the Dark Day Retreat
Sunday, December 1, 2024 9am-5pm @ocean earth wind fire 203 Bethel Road
Well, now it’s tradition!  Join the solemn joy of soul preparation during this 3rd Annual Retreat of Winter’s welcome.  Clarissa Pinkola Estes heart-thumping refrain begins sounding in my ribs by late November:   “We have gone through a dark night and been whipped around by memory– ancestral and common and personal and momentous…We are together in all this. No one will be left stranded. We are the new innkeepers.”

And, again, I vow to myself and my loved ones to hold the light of the season dearly and surely, in whatever small and large ways I can muster, to be a kindness in this world.  To welcome and to gather evermore sensitive humans together in support and encouragement, to BE the ones who hold the keys to shelter and warmth, acceptance and revery.

Let’s practice faithfully these gifts bestowed:  generosity, hospitality, community and communion.  The season calls for a new kind of cheer.  Let us ring the bells together.
9 Guests max
$187 per person
*meal pricing (additional) dependent on the cook, to be determined
$88 Deposit Holds Your Spot

YOGA and BODYwork and Circles

Yoga Renewal

The bliss of yoga & community on the farm at Bethel Road IS life-changing.  I say this from experience, from witnessing the impact this place itself and our beautiful community has on each person each time they show up. To spend time in thrall with the natural beauty & Grace of this land, with others, will restore your soul & peacefulness.

Outdoor Yoga is pure bliss!
And, the studio is clear for any future heatwaves or overly enthusiastic rains…a little AC can go a long way on days like these…so don’t hesitate because of the weather…I’ve got you.

Tuesday Evenings @ 6:30pm
Drop In classes for $20each

Saturday Mornings @ 9am
Wake Up Yoga 
Drop In classes for $20each

Autumn Sessions are OPEN for Registration!
Tuesday, Sept 3 – Oct 8  6-week session  $100
Tuesday, Oct 15 – Nov 26  6-week session. $100
Saturday, Oct 5 – Nov 23  8-week session $140

~Pre-registration for yoga in the fall is the perfect way to guarantee your spot when we move indoors for the season & to make a strong choice of commitment to your personal practice and our collective community.
~All of these classes are still open to drop-ins IF space is available.  Pre-payment for the session discounts the cost by one FREE class.
~Yoga Punch Cards are also always available and are valid for Tuesday AND Saturday classes and that same “buy 9, get 10” discount still applies.

For all yoga classes:  Sign up online OR pay in cash on arrival
(check the website on the day for closures or changes)
CANCELLATIONS FOR ANY REASON WILL BE POSTED ON THE “CLASSES” PAGE…please do give a quick look there before coming to the farm to avoid an unnecessary trip!

Massage Therapy Appointments
will welcome you home to sanctuary and self.
Booking ahead is easy by contacting me directly

Freedom Revival Therapy 
In addition to my traditional table massage therapy sessions, I also offer a deeply healing and intuitive alternative therapy facilitated on a warm, comfy Shiatsu mat.   I’ve created a beautiful combination of acupressure, traction (passive stretching), somatic release, cranio therapy and Reiki.  It feels like a complete REVIVAL!   This stimulating sequence of modalities plus crystals, essences, guided meditation and breathwork renews the body to a bone-deep degree, while calming the mind and igniting the spirit.  We will recalibrate chakra alignment and regulate your nervous system too.
Each session is scheduled for one hour with about 40 minutes on the mat.  This provides an alternative that costs less money and requires less time AND you’ll feel like you’ve been to the moon and back.  Wear comfy layers as you would for a yoga class.  The futon is heated and I will create a nest of props and blankets to support your every need.  $88
Get your IN HERE!

~All Freya-Moon Circle & New Moon Circle dates are available for booking now… See all details HERE!

~A Pebble in the Pond Custom Circles are available to book in 2024.
I think it’s time for you to bring the magic of women’s circle home to roost!
Contact me directly to book your private circle into the future.

A Rare & Special Invitation to Summer Bliss

 

 

 

They say it works when you work it, and we say it ONLY works when you work it.

Retreat works!
When women retreat together magic happens, it’s as simple as that. But only if you take the leap and show up!

This is your personal invitation to a rare opportunity to immerse in the bounty and restoration of retreat in a way that offers a sweet level of accessibility…less commitment of time and money on your part…the same commitment of quality and attention on ours!

I invite you to leap when Virginia, Tamara and I lead The Ripening, Golden Lammas Days on the River at the beginning of August.
We still have some space so we are thinking and moving creatively to entice a few more women to rest, splash and celebrate with us!
An idea from the archives has returned to the light…

We are welcoming guests to join our 4-day/3-night  Lammas Retreat  for a one-night-only, 24 hour respite of bliss and renewal!

We have 4 spaces available for women who can’t wait to immerse in the wonder of retreat but aren’t able to commit to the whole shebang at this time!

How does this sound?

~Arrive at 2pm on Saturday afternoon, to settle in and sun on the beach or loll in the gardens. You’ll enjoy a lush shared room in the stunning main lodge (2 single beds)

~Yoga classes will be held on Saturday at 4:30pm and on Sunday morning.

~Saturday’s dinner feast and blunch on Sunday will delight and nourish you.

~By sunset on Saturday, we’ll be traipsing the field, sparking the beach bonfire and taking a swim beneath the moon…it’s a celebration of blossoming and fullness not to be missed. (the photo above was taken during retreat last June on that deliriously fun Saturday night!)

~Everything culminates on Sunday after lunch with a closing ceremony that will surely inspire you to ask when our next retreat will be held!

~The luxury location makes you feel like you are a world away, but it’s just a 90 minute drive from our area and if you take the windy windy way like I do, retreat begins the moment you jump in the car!

Click thru if you haven’t already to read more about all of the deliciousness in store! 

One-Night ONLY  on  Saturday-Sunday, August 3-4
Everything is included for $333…
your easy deposit of $166 is due no later than July 4(boom!)
Venmo is preferred @Susan-Madden-Cox or a convenient pay button is available on the website.

This rare opportunity is offered first come/first served and we promise you will not regret the leap! Of course, if somehow you didn’t realize this retreat was happening and would love to join us for the whole enchilada…we would be beyond delighted to welcome you!
Additionally, if this won’t work for you at this time, please spread the love by sending this on to women who may be waiting for an invitation exactly like this!

Remember…It works if you work it.  But it ONLY works if you work it.

Women’s Circle…Freya-Full Moon, Celtic Tree & High Holy Night Revels

Women’s Circle 3-Pack Pre-SALE
With the pay buttons for August through December Women’s Circles I am  offering a limited-time pre-sale discount when you sign up for any 3 of those circles…
your deadline is August 1 and the discount brings you back to OLD SCHOOL prices $37/circle…only $113 for all 3! 
When you make your purchase, I’ll reach out to find out which months you are IN for!

Women’s Circle…Gathering for ourselves and for the greater good.

Our monthly circle is a celebration of our connected power as Empress Queens, empaths, Priestesses and ordinary/holy women…YOU are invited!  Absolutely every woman is welcome here and there is no need to worry that you won’t “fit in”…you are worthy and wonderful.  Come sit.

It all began with Freya…the Nordic Earth Goddess of fertility, celebration and passion, and no wonder, then, that the day of the week Friday was named in her honor!  Freya’s message to all who are awakening is this:

“Don’t play it safe right now.
Instead, take bold action in the direction of your true heart’s desire.
Success comes not from timidity but from committing yourself fully to realizing your dream.
Hold the clear intention of success and it shall come about.
Enjoy the excitement of taking risks, of being bold, and of being daring.
And be sure to celebrate…”

And that central energy and intent weaves like a golden thread through every, monthly circle…though each month has a new tale to tell and enchantment to conjure;  we celebrate not only the Full Moon, but the New Moon, the Celtic Tree Year and the high holy Celebrations around the Wheel of the Year!  Always on a Friday night from 6:30-9pm. The cost is $44 per woman with all curriculum, materials, and sometimes treats included.  At maximum, we welcome 12 women each month and spaces fill quickly.  If the pay button is down, it means the circle is full but please contact me directly if you would like to be put on the waiting list!  Be advised that if you must cancel at the last minute, you may reapply your payment for another circle or service by contacting me directly at the time of cancellation or as soon as you’re able.  Refunds are not available for these events.

OPEN for registration

February 2  Imbolc, the Feast of Brigid
March 22  Freya-Storm Moon (Things You See At Susan’s Sale Exclusive PRE-Sale) (Closed)
April 19  Freya-Wind Moon (Fairie Sleepover Retreat occurs this night, but anyone is welcome to come for the circle-only)(Closed)
NEW!  May 23  Flower Moon
June 21  Freya-Moon Litha Celebration of Strong Sun
NEW!  July 5  Celtic Tree Circle HOLLY
August 16  Freya-Moon
September 13 Celtic Way of Vine & Friday the 13th
October 2  New Moon Solar Eclipse!  (this is a Wednesday:)
November 15 Mourning Moon
December 13  Long Night’s Moon

Get your IN here.

A Pebble in the Pond, Sacred Circles & the Ripple Effect


Sacred Circles are for everyone.

The mysterious and moving power of circle is undeniably felt in the moment and reverberates with positive impact far beyond our understanding.  Whether you attend circles regularly or don’t really have a sense of what I’m talking about, I want you to perk up your ears and pay attention.  This new offering is about to bring some brilliant vibes into your life!

Welcome to A Pebble in the Pond, a new opportunity to access your own vitality and presence while bringing your friends, family, colleagues & community along for the ride.  For years, I’ve been holding sacred space for circles of women and yogis and retreat guests and friends.  And every so often I’ve been hired to lead a private and customized circle which has ever been my honor.  Now those fine-tuned, personalized, inspirational and celebratory circles are about to become a mainstay of my work.  I hope you will leap at the chance to bring the alchemy of ritual and ceremony home to your inner circle.

So let’s play at the outer edges of those ripples, shall we?  Who, what and why would a custom circle be right for you?  Think birthdays and blessing ways for bridal showers, marriage, births & baptisms, mother’s day or to memorialize a loved one who has passed away.  Multi-generational family gatherings and reunions, or a celebration to bless or cleanse a new home or mark an important milestone.  Circles can repair discord in a group, inspire environmental or social activism and connect members of a neighborhood or community.  In the work or corporate realm, circles are great team-building events, enhancing alignment and revitalizing project cohorts and workplace environment.  Circles are great for book groups and study pods and are epically transformative when life and direction council is called for.  Circle for holidays or for special moments on the wheel of time, moons and seasons and just for the joy of it.  Maybe the most perfect reason of all to hold a circle is to have fun…gathering to relax and get grounded and simply BE.

A sacred circle is a potent and effective tool of self-care, a chance for rest and renewal and remembering.  In connection with the others in the hoop of focused awareness and heightened alignment, you can finally be yourself, show up for yourself, share yourself and accept yourself.  It’s a mini-retreat for the soul, a spiritual touch point.  Did I mention fun?

You can book A Pebble in the Pond Circle at your convenience beginning as early as January 2022.  You choose the event date and invite 3-8 guests.  Circles can be held here in the peaceful bliss that is Bethel Road (in our cozy indoor studio or safely under cover in the open-air Love Shack) OR at your home or other chosen location.  Plan on a two hour gathering with every detail tailored perfectly for you and yours.  A phone consultation will be facilitated at the time of booking to make sure every aspect is just so.

The full cost of A Pebble in the Pond is $320 for any size group ($40 per person if you invite the maximum 8 guests).
Your $160 deposit holds your date at booking and advanced booking is advised. 
Potential 2022 dates:  June 3, July 8, Aug 5, Sept 16 (these are upcoming Friday evenings that are available, other days or times may be chosen)that A menu of optional add-ons is available…think crystals or candles or journals as “favors” or canvases for plein air painting.  And who knows what else we will come up with for your beautiful event!

Holding space for sacred circles is my expertise, my passion, my love let loose to channel higher consciousness, create change and spread joy.
Please contact me directly with any questions or for more information.

The beautiful truth is that my very first event at ocean earth wind fire when I opened the studio doors on Bridge Street in 2007, was a private, customized circle created for a family who held tradition of gathering all of the females together annually to learn and experience and enjoy life together.  Four generations of women came aged 83 to 12 to practice yoga & meditation & togetherness with me that day.  And over the years I have grown in my understanding of the magic of circles by attending, immersing, creating and holding them as often as seemed possible.  But anything is possible, so I want more!  Bringing this project to a wider audience spins the ripples out wider than I can ever imagine…we all come “full circle” and so the love grows.

What kind of circle can I create for you?

Raising Wildflowers Podcast ~ From Longing to Belonging

I am so honored to have been invited to talk with Ashley & Lori of the Raising Wildflowers Podcast.  Our episode, Longing to Belonging, aired on January 11 and I’d be so thrilled if you would give a listen!  We talk about yoga, motherhood, spirit, silliness and what brings us along the path.

I feel, listening back to my own voice, that I’ve shared fluently and authentically here.

May my words have meaning for you.

May our energies of love and connection ripple out infinitely and for the greater good.

THE COMPASS OF EVOLUTION ORACLE…Now Offering Private Readings In-Person or Virtually!

THE COMPASS OF EVOLUTION ORACLE
Holding ceremony and reading oracle cards is one of my greatest pleasures; and the guidance and inspiration I’ve gleaned has been breathtaking and transformative.  Setting time for ritual and readings on your own is highly recommended, but sometimes the BOOST of drawing and discerning with support makes all the difference.  I am offering private sessions both virtually and in-person.  Your reading will be fine-tuned to your needs and intentions and my support will open up realms of mystery and delight.  It’s FUN!

*Virtual appointments may be booked for 30-minute Zoom connections (more powerful than would have been thought!) and are priced at a pay-what-you-like value (minimum suggested payment $5).
*In-person appointments may be booked for 1-hour salons in the Cacao Chalet and include Cacao Ceremony for $55.  Whether you’ve drawn oracle or Tarot cards a million times or are brand new to the beauty and magic of the oracles, I promise a fulfilling and fantastic experience.

How will the points on the compass guide you to the heart of your becoming?