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August Abundance Bodywork PLUS Special Sale Sessions

It is August and abundantly so, and in the name of soothing our frazzled, dog-days souls I am offering a special sale opportunity on a uniquely rich and layered bodywork session that will surely restore you to balance and harmony.

less money      .      more time

That’s the main thing…Your session is discounted to $136, but your time in the bliss that is Bethel Road is increased from 90 minutes to 2 full hours.  Abundance rules! 
This 2 hour appointment will include 3 essential elements which can be arranged in any order you choose:

~an attentive and expanded intake (30 minutes)…how is it with you?  what do you need?  essential oils, sage baths, foot soaks, yoga therapy, oracle readings and journal prompts are all on the menu of ways in which we can customize your session to meet your immediate needs.
~a full-body massage or unwinding therapy on the table (60 minutes)…my own magically effective hybrid of cranio-sacral therapy, myofascial release and traditional massage techniques will hit every spot, soothe every fiber and restore your nervous system to balance.
~time to be (30 minutes)…stay.  relax.  whether in the wild field, on the breezy porch, the sun-soaked deck or fooling around in the love shack…you are invited to linger and soak in the pure peacefulness that infuses this windswept, endless-view farm.  it is sacred and healing space and I want to share that with you.

August Abundance appointments are available at the dates and times designated below ONLY.
You must pre-purchase your session on the website to reserve your spot. 
We will enjoy a brief text or phone conversation upon booking so that I can customize your time with me.
And then your hot and frenzied August will get a whole lot better…this is my vow to you!

Available dates & times:
Tuesday August 16  2pm
Wednesday August 17  12noon & 2pm
Friday August 19  3pm & 5pm
Wednesday August 24  11am
Tuesday August 30  2pm & 4:30pm
Wednesday August 31  10am, 4pm
Thursday September 1  4pm

Freya-Moon Women’s Circle…2022 dates are open for registration!

Freya-Moon Women’s Circle

The full 2022 schedule is OPEN for registration for all circles!  Some dates are SOLD OUT.  Please contact me directly if you would like to be put on the waiting list.
(Celtic Tree Circles are also available March through September in 2022.)
Freya 2022 DATES:  Aug 12, Sept 9, Oct 7, Nov 4 & Dec 2!

Our full moon circle is a celebration of our connected power as Empress Queens and you are invited!
One Friday/month…6:30-8:30pm. The cost is $40 per person.

Freya is a 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 preparing to awaken 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…”

I say we roll with that, and invite the moon too and all of our sisters and mothers and women we love to sit with us in circle and sharing and celebration!
Freya-Moon Circle is held one Friday evening every month (the Friday closest to the full moon)…each month will bring a new tale to tell.   

YOGA and BODYwork and Circles & Something Brand NEW


“…there is a field.”

The bliss of yoga & community on the farm at Bethel Road IS, with no sense of exaggeration, life-changing.  To spend time in natural beauty & Grace beyond understanding, with others, will restore your soul & peacefulness.

Tuesday Nights @ 6:30pm
Tuesday evening class is a weekly, ongoing yoga class OPEN to everyone!
Drop-In students are always welcome & there is no need to pre-register!
In rainy weather, we will duck for cover in the open-air Love Shack, so all classes are rain or shine!
The cost of class is $20.  You may pay online or in cash upon arrival.
Mats & props are available to borrow.  The setting sun across the field is your invitation to relax & restore.  Please arrive on time to visit in connection with old and new friends.  Class will be held EVERY Tuesday night as far out as the eye can see thru the end of October!  (the only scheduled no-yoga day is August 23)

Saturday Mornings @ 9am
Saturday morning yoga classes are no less magical than Tuesdays, but follow a specific calendar of “I’ll meet you there” POP UPS.  These epic mornings of reunion and reclamation are offered during these Saturdays ONLY:  July 16 & 23, August 13 & 20 & September 10 & 24.  So mark your calendars now OR pre-purchase all 6 classes for the cost of 5 ($100) as a conscious choice of commitment to our community and your expanding practice and evolution.  Each of these classes is OPEN to drop-in students on the days specified and may be purchased online or in cash upon arrival.  Summer Saturdays can call us far and away but if even one of these special days is open on YOUR calendar, devote to the treasure of yoga in the magic field with us!  The cost of class is $20 or $100 for all 6.  Mats & props are available to borrow.  Each class will be held rain or shine.  In the event of rain, the Love Shack open-air shala will provide our shelter with no barrier to the forever view!

Convenient online pay buttons are HERE.
Cash, Paypal or Venmo are also accepted.

Massage Therapy Appointments will welcome you home to sanctuary and self.
Booking ahead is easy by contacting me directly
Appointments are available Monday – Saturday at various times.

~All Freya-Moon Circle Celtic Tree Circle & New Moon Circle dates are available for booking now.

~A Pebble in the Pond Custom Circles are available to book in 2022.
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.

~Our Steam Rebellion
is the working title of my Autumn Curriculum in development now.  As women & Goddesses, we are bereft and filled with righteous rage over the injustice, violence and oppression sweeping OUR sovereign land and lives.  Gathering to strengthen, strategize and reclaim our power in unison is a necessary component of balancing our nervous systems and restoring our faith in humanity.  And vice versa!  If we are able to balance and fan the flames of inspired action in our own lives, we WILL become an unstoppable force of change in the collective and in the world.

Our Steam Rebellion
is taking shape as a way forward in devotion via bedrock beliefs through heart-fire.
As women and Goddesses all, we challenge the status quo by:
~reveling in our beauty
~sharing our stories
~stepping firm onto sacred ground
~enchanting our practices & our very lives as spells to evolve Universal Humanity
~asking for support & remembering when we forget our birthright powers
~resting deeply into our regenerative source & connection to our Mother, the Earth

Please stay tuned to learn more about this developing program of yoga classes, workshops, online seminars and retreats.
In the meantime, I invite you to practice the Yoni Mudra shown here.  On a daily basis, devote a few moments in contemplation & ease to use this ancient & sacred hand gesture to awaken your divine feminine power to transmute personal & global suffering into elevated & conscious healing & unity.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.

 

NEW New Moon Circle

 

Welcome to the next 6 months of New Moon gatherings in 2022.  April through October (July New Moon is opening day of our Chesapeake Retreat so if you want to catch that one, you need to register soon!), you can join me here in the beauty that is Bethel Road to revive yourself in sisterhood.  The refreshing, anything-is-possible essence of La Luna as she RE-reveals herself is meant to be felt and celebrated.  Together we can amplify that emergent vibe to set ourselves on a true course of enthusiastic attunement.
New Moon Circles will be held on the evening of the day that the new moon stations exact, so mark your calendars carefully.  Each celebration will involve light-hearted and encouraging guidance channeled from the cosmos and simple acts of enjoyment which may include fire-tending, dance, meditation, night walking & playfulness.  Nothing for you to do or bring but to show up AS you, FOR you.  And together we will call down moonbeams and Grace.

Saturday, April 30  New Moon in Taurus, I Am Worthy
Monday, May 30  New Moon in Gemini, What’s Love Got To Do With It
Wednesday, June 29  New Moon in Cancer, Welcome Home
Saturday, August 27  New Moon in Virgo, You Are the Spell
Sunday, September 25  New Moon in Libra, This Temple is Mine
Tuesday, October 25  New Moon in Scorpio, Ocean of Time

Each circle will begin at 6:30pm, outdoors in the field or the Love Shack in the case of rain.   Your ticket to meet the night sky is available via pre-purchase ($20) HERE.
Bring your women, women!  The more the merrier when we share in marking our natural cycles and connection to each other and all that is.
These gatherings are created for you to increase the joyful delight of living in this miraculous world; AND, they are an active choice to embody peacefulness, cooperation, support and love.  When we gather together in this way, we actively change the fabric of the Universe.  That’s an act of purpose and power.  Let’s shine!

Retreats!

It’s Time to Retreat!
2 NEW Retreats on the Chesapeake October ’22 & May ’23 opening for registration soon!

Stay Wild, The Great Rite in the Greening Time   Sunday, May 1, 9-5pm
Dragonfly Medicine,  The Wisdom of Sharing the Cornucopia  July 28-31 at Old Field Point on the Chesapeake
In the Gloaming, The Casting of Shadows  Sunday, September 16-18 on the water in Oxford, MD

Two of our “day retreats” got a destination glow-up!  Join us for 4 days/3 nights in the luxury that is Old Field Point on the Elk River to celebrate Lammas abundance OR settle into the time-out-of-time historic hush of Oxford, MD for 3 days/2 nights at the Autumnal Equinox.  Whether you travel to these close-by beauties that feel oh-so-far-away or come spend a day here on Bethel Road, retreat is sure to meet your every need and desire for community, healing, rest and fun!

Life is complex and kaleidoscopic, wouldn’t you say?

And therein lie the bounteous gifts of unexpected treasures bestowed…ever-changing patterns of experience, thought, inspiration and possibilities in constant flow.  How lucky we are!  And, how painful it is to be a sensitive human in a world overwhelmed with violence, injustice & destruction.  We shake our heads and try our best to be present and loving, and to be of service…it can often feel like too much and our very nervous systems stall and dis-regulate.  As messy, hopeful seekers in this time and place, we can get caught up in becoming resistant and rigid, withdrawn and full of sorrow…wishing to get some ground below our feet and some clarity about what comes next on our personal trajectory and in the future of our beloved planet and all of humanity.  And so, we change course, by making a change of course…and we change…of course.  We are not powerless in this existence, in the reality of our manifest lives.  As Clarissa Pinkola Estes reminds us ever and ever, “We were made for these times”.

Retreat is one of the proven ways we women have to restore ourselves and to employ effective and essential practices and techniques to create a living mandala of what drives our willingness to flow, adapt, activate and ultimately fly free.  When we gather to celebrate, to play, to innovate, to mourn, to tend the earth and our bodies, we finally reconnect to our vibrant self-expression and release ourselves from old fear-patterning and limitations.  It is sacred art, this gathering together, this circling with!  Let us relax here to accept our changes of mood, season, circumstance and visioning to create lasting changes in our lives and our world.

Do you recall that well-aged admonition from the elders, encouraging us to “let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open…see who is in there with you and celebrate!”  NOW is the perfectly abundant time to collaborate in the sanctity of circle to explore our most basic desires, our true and fluctuating foundations and some mind-blowing wonder that will spin our hearts in the direction of our dearest dreams for peace, love and understanding.

Whether it’s Day Retreat at Bethel Road or a get-out-of-town jaunt to the Chesapeake or Eastern Shore, retreat is both serious and playful, relaxing and invigorating…a time to be seen, understood and accepted in a hoop of women showing up for themselves and each other unconditionally.  I promise you will be nourished.  You will shed some tears and guffaw in lightness.  You’ll have time away from it all to simply BE, and at the close of day, you’ll wonder when you can do it all again.  These sacred locations and my devotion to creating events to support women are only two of the ingredients that guarantee that the whole thing is magic.

Dragonfly Medicine,  The Wisdom of Sharing the Cornucopia  July 28-31 at Old Field Point on the Chesapeake SOLD OUT (please contact me directly to access the waiting list)
Days on the River will be held Thursday to Sunday, July 28-31 at the stunning Old Field Point overlooking the Elk River.  The 3 Crones are FINALLY ready to welcome you home!  Susan and Virginia will lead you in yoga, ritual, ceremony, craftiness & frivolity.  Tamara will prepare all of our scrumptious meals!  This stellar location is totally private and completely plush.  All 6 guests will have their own private room.  Gardens, eagles, labyrinths all enchant from that birds-eye vantage above the river.  But basking on the beach and swimming…even a spiffy boat ride…will delight your senses and calm your soul.
The full cost of all programming, meals and lodging is $834.
A $180 deposit will hold your spot, don’t delay.

In the Gloaming, The Casting of Shadows  Sunday, September 16-18 on the water in Oxford, MD SOLD OUT (please contact me directly to access the waiting list)
In the Gloaming Retreat to historic Oxford, MD will be held Friday to Sunday, September 16-18 only steps from the oldest ferry dock in the country!  This sweet, quiet town is truly a step back in time.  Our gorgeous retreat home will make you swoon at first sight, and the pool out back is pretty amazing too!  Privacy and seclusion just a ferry ride from St. Michaels is as good as it gets.  This intimate getaway will welcome 4 guests to luxury, private guest rooms.  Happy hour arrival, Friday night dinner and Saturday Brunch are included in the cost, with out-on-the-town excursions for Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast extra.  Yoga, ceremony & all materials included.
The full cost of programming, 2 full meals, snacks & bevvies and lodging is $420.
A $110 deposit will hold your spot, don’t delay.

Retreat promises that yoga, meditation, creativity, journaling, joint & independent study and free-time will all be incorporated into moments you can relax into.

Retreat is your birthright and also your responsibility.

Retreat is a way to employ your agency, to activate your power to be the change you wish to see in the world.

Retreat is a choice you can prioritize in a world that needs you to stand up and rise up.

Retreat whispers:  Do not lose heart.

Secure your place in this wheel of change and joy today by using the convenient pay button HERE.

We’ll welcome you essentially, sensually and with abandon as the 2022 Retreat Season whirls to life.

Fifth Element Therapy…A New Opportunity for Integration

The hybrid bodywork treatment that has always been my specialty is now available in mini-sessions for your convenience and ascendance!  Often referred to as Unwinding, my signature modality blends cranio-sacral therapy, myofascial release, Reiki and intuitive touch to release your stagnant holding and set your vitality free.

Each session will be booked for 45 minutes, which includes a bit of silent reflection for you while you gaze out into the fields and sky.  You’ll remain clothed and we’ll begin with you seated in the cozy and light-filled studio space.  A little chat and then open sesame!…reconciliation of all essential elements allows for your attentive relaxation and rejuvenation.

Each session costs only $76, allowing for a more affordable appointment with all the effectiveness and powerful punch as a full therapeutic massage.  It’s apples and oranges, as many of my clients who enjoy both types of therapy with me will confirm.  Fifth Element may be a touch more mystical, but if you’ve ever experienced my healing touch you’ve already had a taste of this sweet and sensory adjustment.  If you are new to my practice, this is a great introduction!

Booking is facilitated by contacting me directly.  Appointments are available most days and evenings (no Sunday appointments) and I am currently booking a few weeks out.

Your curiosity is the sign that it’s time for you to give Fifth Element Therapy a try soon.
The Fifth Element is ether…the origin AND the culmination of all other elements:  ocean, earth, wind and fire.
Come feel.  Come alive.

Celtic Tree Circle is Back, My Beauties!


January’s Full Moon brought me a beautiful message.  One of our yoga friends shared on Sunday, that Tu BiShvat would begin at sunset that evening and be celebrated through January 17.  He told me Tu BiShvat is the “birthday of the trees”*…
…and in a heartbeat, my roots and branches grew and a new seed was planted for the return of our beloved Celtic Tree Circles.  When I checked my calendar, March 2 stood out.
No coincidence that 3/2 is Ash Wednesday and the Celtic Tree for the Feb/March time span is ASH…whelp…who wants to join me?

“I am stately Nuin Ash.  I have come to tell you that it is safe to dive into your interior world.  Here you can receive guidance, healing, and assurance.  If you find that you are not moving forward, try to practice patience and keep your intentions clear.  Sometimes you are asked to wait for the perfect alignment between the right moment and what you desire.  Check in.  Create a strong and loving field.”  ~Sharlyn Hidalgo

Circle will be held on Wednesday, March 2 at 6:30pm
$30 per person…Pre-register HERE.
Circles in April, May & June are now OPEN for Registration!

Let’s create a strong and loving field together.  Who knows what wonder will grow then?

*In ancient times, Tu BiShvat was merely a date on the calendar that helped Jewish farmers establish exactly when they should bring their produce of fruit from recently planted trees to the Temple as first-fruit offerings. Tu BiShvat later grew to be an opportunity for Jewish people to celebrate their tree-planting efforts to restore the ecology of ancient Israel and symbolic of renewed growth and flowering of the people returning to their ancestral homeland.

NEW! reFIND Unwind Online Study with Susan…Coming in 2022!

 

reFIND Unwind, A New Season of Virtual Study Based in REALITY
I am currently developing a 3-part ONLINE Course addition to the reFIND Series that will launch mid-January and open for registration later this month.
Study with me once weekly to reFRESH, reMEMBER & reBEL!  Course work will cover essential REAL logistics of cutting edge self-care, Inner explorations to build and strengthen self-trust and (so excited!) step by step guidance in leading your own women’s circles and magical fetes!  Live webinar classes will be held on Mondays, but you can access the recorded session anytime at your convenience.  Stay tuned for details coming soon…

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?

silence and sounding

On Saturday, it suddenly occurred to me that it was time to go into
the cave. Seems queer for a woman who has basically lived in
solitude for the past year (for many years, truth be told) to feel an
intuitive and insistent urge to isolate…um, more.

But there it was…the simple, and loving, inner invitation to quiet more, to
become still more, to embody and body-tend more, to BE more.
The call to grounding and self-care is and has been ever-present.
Listening for the sensual cues of the oft-ignored wisdom of the
body is, after all, what I teach, advise, entreat and encourage. And
it’s not that I don’t practice and honor silence, natural rhythms and
contemplation; but now, again, I am recognizing how doubling
down on winter’s sacred and saving solace could amount to
something new. Something profound, a fresh finding…a sense of
being found.

At the same exact moment that I began to envision my days, those
coming at a pace I’ve not experienced before…faster and fasterer…
slowing down into less media, less connection to the outside at all,
less dialogue, less people, less promotion, less achieving, less
interaction, less stimulation…I simultaneously saw in my mind’s
eye a cascade of words, those witty, cheeky instigators of liveliness
and inspiration.

Words are my angels, come to guide me on or drag me forward.
Words my avenue of stately trees banking the trajectory towards a
new beginning down the way. Words my balm, read aloud, prayed
aloud, sung aloud soothing ache and weariness. Words the poke,
the pluck of heartstrings, the knives sunk deep to tender spaces
within, the thorns that provoke, finally, the wash of healing tears.
Words strung together in just the unexpected way bring a big-ass
laugh, guttural and unhinging. Words, spiraling around unspoken
in my head, the kaleidoscopic whirl of infinite options as yet
unorganized. Words, a way out, a way through. Words, a wonder.

What will a period of time disconnected from expectation and
busy-ness outside of myself SAY to me? I’ve chosen a month’s
passage for this initial project path; I’ve made many rules, drawn
many boundaries, in the mere thirty six hours since the twins of
silence and sounding arrived at my threshold. The loudest message
by far, thus far, is “hell yes”…and I edit, hell yes-ONLY.

Let’s see (hear) what comes of that, shall we?

What word wakes you up? What phrase soothes your soul and
sounds like home, whispering “you belong here” as you cavort
wildly through sunny days and sink below the dark surface as you
drift, restful, into holy sleep?

Say them.

true voice do-true
Get a new journal, or tear the used pages out of an old one, OR
staple or stitch some blank pages together to create a fresh and
clean and open and bare space to express yourself.

Take time. To insert something new into your day, you must
remove something…did you know this? What behavior do you
regularly engage in that you know in your heart does not support
your aliveness, your health, your vibrancy, your hell yes? Take 15
minutes (or more if you’re feeling feisty) away from THAT.

TAKE TIME, for you.

Then use this prompt to free-write (that’s “in freedom” of edits,
normalcy, expectation, grammar, critique, etc) for as long as your
pen, or pencil moves across the pages.

When it’s really quiet, I _____.

Now take a few moments and a few deep breaths. Then go back
with a colored pencil, marker or crayon and circle the words or
phrases that pop off the page at you. Then whittle those down to
ONE word or one phrase that truly sounds like you. That truly
speaks of your heart and speaks to your heart. You’ll know. Print,
paint, doodle that on a post it note or archival parchment and hang
it up somewhere that you will see it often throughout your days.

Give thanks.