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Reimagining Demeter: Mobilizing the Mother Archetype in Life


Awaken and Access your Deep Wisdom Within. An Endocrine Self-Portrait Process


Rondas de Mujeres Creativas.



join me at the somatic movement summit 2022

I am delighted to be a featured speaker at the SOMATIC MOVEMENT SUMMIT 2022

Join me in my FIRST public interview/conversation where I have the opportunity to share deeply about the work that I offer through Mythic Life. This session is entitled: SOMATIC MOVEMENT, MYTHOLOGY & THE QUEST FOR MEANING IN LIFE.

The practice of somatic movement awakens the archetypal energy throughout the different parts of the body, which allows us to tap into our individual, collective and more-than-human wisdom. Somatic movement, mythology, archetypal psychology, and expressive arts support us in connecting our life story with a grand timeless narrative, and see our own life as a unique and necessary expression of the collective cosmology; revealing the meaning of our existence.

This event will go live on Thursday June 9, 1pm-1:45pm ET

LIVE Q&A after the event from 1.45pm – 2.15pm ET – Reserve your spot HERE

This conversation inspired our Summit host, Gayatri Schriefer, to invite Rebecca Amis Lawson, Suresha Hill & Susan Harper for a delicious conversation on a panel format entitled: Somatic Sensing and Deep Listening which will go live on Tuesday Jun 7, 2pm-2:45pm ET

Last but not least, I had the opportunity to engage in a lively conversation with my dear colleagues Rich Sims and Elisa Cotroneo and discuss ISMETA’s role in creating and safeguarding the credibility of the Somatic Movement profession in a panel: ISMETA: 35 Years of Moving the Profession of Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Forward. This conversation will take place on Friday June 10, from 1.00pm – 1.45pm ET

The Somatic Movement Summit invites you to strengthen your connection to your body’s innate intelligence as a pathway to greater resilience, flexibility, and vitality. Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or new to conscious movement, you’ll discover a wide range of somatic modalities to expand your awareness and inspire your healing journey. 

RSVP here for the Somatic Movement Summit — at no charge: https://shiftnetwork.infusionsoft.com/go/sms22a24544/a24544


 A safe space to share the ways you embody the archetypal energies of the feminine in your mythic journeys and life cycles.

The circle will have an opening and a short guided somatic movement practice with a central theme or question for the day. Following that, the space will be open for speaking and listening from the heart. Aesthetic interventions and responses are offered from witnesses. As we close the circle we harvest the learnings, insights, questions that each participant has identified.

Space limited to 12 participants per session.

Fourth Friday of the month. Upcoming dates:

April 22nd, May 27th, June 24th, July 22nd

Time: 11.30am ET – 1.30pm ET – Other time zones please look here.

Stillness is where creativity and solutions are found.

– Meister Eckhart

Rondas lunares de mujeres creativas

Cultivando y fortaleciendo la sabiduría femenina a través del movimiento somático, la mitología, arquetipos y las artes expresivas.

En estas rondas mensuales cultivamos un círculo íntimo, seguro y poderoso de co-creación para situarnos en el momento en que estamos viviendo a nivel personal e identificar retos, oportunidades y recursos para seguir avanzando en nuestro caminar.

Cada Ronda se abre con una práctica guiada de movimiento somático alineada con la fase lunar de ese día y que nos introduce al tema central de la sesión. El espacio se abre para hablar y escuchar profundamente con y desde el corazón. Atestiguamiento compasivo, acuerpado y libre de crítica nos permite ofrecer un reflejo y sostener la sabiduría que nace en cada una. 

Dirigido a toda mujer hispanohablante que tenga experiencia en escucha profunda y respetuosa.

Cupo limitado a 12 participantes para lograr una mayor conexión y atención a los procesos personales.



7pm – 9pm CDMX – Colombia

5pm – 7pm California

Busca tu hora local aquí: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html

online woskhop series

Reimagining Demeter

Moving the Mother Archetype Forward in Art and Life


Four Tuesdays

July 5, 12, 19, & 26


8:30am – 10:45am PDT

12.30pm – 1:45pm EDT

Find your local time here: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html


*First session is 2hrs duration


Early Registration by June 27th: $95USD for the series

Registration after June 28th: $115

Myths are timeless and so is our soul.

The Greek goddess Demeter is an archetypal mother figure that must be reimagined if we are to embody her cyclic wisdom, reclaim her courage, and harness her healing energies. Demeter’s journey is multifaceted: from bliss to loss, from grief to despair, from contentment to anger, and from victimhood to empowerment. Demeter shows us the way back home to ourselves after a loss, when at a crossroads in our life, and while facing an unexpected event. As Demeter goes in search of her daughter she sets in motion the process of searching for the parts of herself that she has neglected. Demeter’s myth sheds light into a deep lesson from grief and victimhood: radical mothering begins with oneself.

In this 4-week journey participants will be guided to identify their own individual resonances with and connections to the story of Demeter utilizing the methodology of the Tamalpa Life/Art Process: somatic movement, movement metaphors, guided imagery, and expressive arts, and Life/Art dialogues

No previous art experience is necessary.

What is included:

  • Weekly follow up email with resources to support you in your process.
  • Weekly live sessions
  • Access to the recordings of the guided portion of each session. Available until August 30th. This allows the opportunity to revisit or ‘make-up’ for a session you miss.


Marialuisa Diaz de Leon, MA, REAT, RSME/T.

Art by Mariana Osorio, July 2022

Marialuisa is a gifted and generous facilitator, who guides with a combination of gentleness and passion. She has a special talent for leading people into very personal and sacred places in a way that feels safe and transformative. Her work is always grounded in the physical and emotional realms of embodied learning and the breakthroughs can be life-changing. I have studied with her for years, and every class is a new discovery.          Elaine Rose




Fall 2022 – To Be Announced


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From a physiological perspective the human heart is an organ central to the circulatory system.

From an archetypal perspective the human heart is an organ central to our imagination, intellect, and aesthetic sensitivity.

The intention for this 5-week series is to explore, express, embody, and bridge into your life, the wisdom of your own heart. Participants will enter the somatic, imaginal, and relational realms of their heart and will learn that there is a connective tissue, a fluid rich membrane, between those realms. At the end of the series participants will gain embodied and creative resources to cultivate a practice of connecting with the heart, speaking from the heart, listening to the heart and, most importantly, trusting the heart’s wisdom in their day-to-day lives and relationships.

No previous art experience is necessary.

Marialuisa Diaz de Leon, MA, REAT, RSME/T.

Therapist, movement specialist, mythologist, educator, researcher, and performer born in Guadalajara, Mexico. Marialuisa’s professional experience in psychology, somatics, and the arts spans over twenty years and includes work in education, private practice, and community intervention. She served as Program Director at Tamalpa Institute and is rejoining the faculty for the Level 1 training program. Marialuisa is the creator of Mythic Life: Embodying Wisdom, Beauty and Courage where she brings her expertise to work with women empowerment through a forward thinking integration of myth, arts, somatic movement and archetypal psychology(mythiclife.net). She is on faculty at SouthWestern College in Santa Fe, NM and holds the office of President for the ISMETA Board of Directors.

Marialuisa’s work has provided rich nourishment for my mind, body and soul in it’s unique blend of theory, practice and spiritual depth.  She offered scientific knowledge as a scaffold through which to enter somatic experience, which in turn acted as a gateway into a deeper connection with myself and the mysteries beyond. Her gentle focused presence, attentive listening and heartfelt aesthetic responses created a safe and trusting space despite the limitations of an online connection. Katy Menell

Let difficulty transform you. And it will. In my experience we just need help in learning how not to run away.

– Pema Chödron



Two days after having had a miscarriage I barely felt my pelvic area. I was teaching my weekly Somatic Dance class and when I tried to do some movements like rolling the hips, I could not do them. It was as if my uterus, bladder, cervix were all hardened making a fist. I was scared, disappointed, angry, and sad. I decided to let my body lead the way of my next steps, I needed to come to terms that I was pregnant and then I wasn’t. It sounds simple, but it was complex: something in me was alive and then something in me was dead.

For many women, miscarriage is a wounding experience of loss for which they need adequate support to heal. Healing from miscarriage entails a grieving process often accompanied with symptoms of PTSD, including numbness, hypersensitivity, or pain often localized in the pelvic area. Health care professionals and family members usually downplay the effects that miscarriage has on women and overlook the emotional pain. Women are left to their own to deal with a sense of mistrust, guilt, and shame over their body. How does somatic movement and expressive arts support women in healing after having a miscarriage and regain trust and vitality in their body?

Pelvis is associated with the cycles of birth/death/rebirth. With miscarriage, the pelvis goes from being a fertile womb to a cold tomb. A frozen pelvis is experienced as lack of sensitivity, mobility, hypersensitivity, or pain. I desinged this 8-week program to support women in completing and integrating the grieving experience of miscarriage and reclaim trust and joy in their body.

Throughout the program I will hold space for you, support you, guide you and offer you effective tools so you can:

  • Encounter and express your grief, and the variety of feelings that you are experiencing.
  • Identify parts of your body that have gone numb or are hypersensitive, and recover sensation and mobility.
  • Guide you safely into creative ways to express your story.
  • Create your own healing ritual(s).


Please schedule a 20min conversation to determine if this program is right for you.

Contact me for more information, availability and fees: mythiclifecenter@gmail.com


Pelvic Wisdom Series: Embodying the Cycles of Life and Death

How are ancient myths rooted in particular body experiences? How does somatic movement help us become aware of our shared humanity? And how can myth be used in somatic movement practices as a tool to better develop this awareness?

Ancient myths sprang from the body experience. Myth and somatic movement are two ends of a spectrum and metaphors are the vehicle to travel between the two. Both, somatic movement and myth are modalities of the imagination –for image is not just visual but it is also a felt sensation. From an archetypal psychology perspective, somatic movement is a myth making and soul tending practice. Somatic and expressive movement takes us across into the phenomenology of myth and leads us to an embodied understanding of our life as a unique and living expression of a larger myth.