“The body has a wisdom of its own. However, slowly and circuitously that wisdom manifests, once it is experienced it is a foundation, a basis of knowing that gives confidence to the ego. To reach its wisdom requires absolute concentration: dropping the mind into the body, breathing into whatever is ready to be released, and allowing the process of expression until the negative dammed up energy is out, making room for the positive energy, genuine Light, to flood in.” - Marion Woodman
“The body is the only way in which the spirit can be seen.” - Barbara Hannah
“For what is the body? The body is…the visibility of the soul, the psyche; and the soul is the psychological experience of the body. So it is really one and the same thing.” - Carl Jung, Nietzsche’s Zarathustra
In this weekend retreat for women only, participants will have the opportunity to strike up a new relationship, a friendship, a dialog with their bellies. Working with the insights and wisdom of Western depth psychology as well as Eastern understanding, and exploring the myths that honor a woman’s center, through body, breath, dreamwork, myth, sound, imagination, creative expression, discussion and community-building, participants will directly access new experience and awareness of both the negativity and also the wisdom that live in their bellies and bodies. We will explore the incredibly rich potential and endless possibilities that emerge from the universe within, the womb of creation, which the ancients understood and venerated as sacred space.
Participants will learn simple, powerful and effective body and mind practices which they can use on their own at home to continue to build a positive relationship with their bellies once they leave the weekend. They will take home a tool box of practices that hold the possibility for deep change in every area of their lives.
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“The Belly Retreat was a completely positive experience for me. I enjoyed and embraced every single minute.” – Julie B., (Chicago)
LOCATION53 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 438, Chicago, IL 60660MAP
FEE$350 | 12.5 CEs ($15 Fee)You must receive approval from the facilitator to register for this course. Please email email@example.com for brochure and further info.
Learning ObjectivesThis course is designed to help you:
1) Develop an appreciation of the archetypal and sacred role of the woman’s belly;2) Practice body and breath exercises which can be used to access the wisdom and power of the female belly and body;3) Utilize creative expression as a method for active imagination with the body;4) Experience a shift in attitude and behavior toward the feminine body;5) Practice methods for releasing negativity held in the body.
Amy Sprague Champeau, MS, LMFT, is a Jungian psychoanalyst and licensed marriage and family therapist. She is currently a staff therapist in the trauma program at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. She is a certified Level II provider in TRE. She has taught intuitive painting for over 10 years and is a long-time practitioner of Zen meditation.
Everett Ogawa, MA is the founder and teacher of Integral Bodywork®. He is a Certified TRE® Provider. Everett received an M.A. in Buddhist and Western Psychology from Naropa Institute in 1978. In 1980, he underwent intensive zen and hara training at Chozenji Zen Monastery in Honolulu. Everett practiced and taught bodywork, zen and hara training in Chicago for 35 years working with people from every station and walk of life. resides and teaches in Tucson, Arizona.