JANUARY - MARCH 2024
online OFFERINGs

SPECIAL EVENTS

MONTHLY

WOMEN’S GROUP: DEEP FEMININE CIRCLES

JANUARY 2024

Resourcing your Mythic Journey

FEBRUARY – MARCH 2024

Eating the Pomegranate Seeds: Reimagining Demeter, Persephone and Hecate.

APRIL 2024

Reimagining Demeter: Moving the Mother Archetype Forward in Life and Art.

JUNE 2024

In Your Own Skin: Embodying Self-Confidence.

JULY – AUGUST 2024

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

JULY 2024

Somatic Special Topic Conference:

Somatic Movement in Dance Education: Enhancing Health and Creativity for Teachers & Students

July 19-21, 2024
Gibney: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center
New York, NY

 

online woskhop series

REIMAGINING DEMETER:
Moving the Mother Archetype Forward in Art and Life

Dates:

Four Thursdays

April 4, 11, 18, 25 | Online

Time:

10AM – 12PM PT

11AM – 1PM MT

12PM – 2PM CT

1PM – 3PM ET 

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

Registration: $105

Through Tamalpa Institute

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 contemptment 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 necessary

Facilitator: Marialuisa Diaz de Leon, MA, REAT, MSME/T.

Demeter’s posture exploration brought me back, once more, to the trauma and the grief of having had an emergency C-section. The life and opportunity taken to roll, to flow into natural life- sterile, cold, unfelt- the child being taken away for a while- searching for him. The posture unfamiliar was to be in my power, to extend, connecting to Demeter’s power to insist on not feeding anyone till she knew where her child was…that power to have over life, even others life…is very unfamiliar. To embody it, connected me to a feeling of majesty…from there, shuffling back and forth birth happened…birth, holding pelvis, screaming from my pelvis…as if the screams that had not been screamed, finally were screamed and heard….it was a release and brought me to exploring my drawing in movement:” I am done mourning”. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart, and of my family’s heart- I imagine this will be a helpful turning point! (Workshop participant, with permission to publish anonymously)

EATING THE POMEGRANATE SEEDS:
Reimagining Demeter, Persephone and Hecate

Dates:

Six Thursdays

February 15-March 21 Online Synchronous via Zoom

Time:

10AM – 12PM PT

11AM – 1PM MT

12PM – 2PM CT

1PM – 3PM ET 

**UNITED STATES DAYLIGHT SAVINGS BEGINS ON MARCH 10TH, AFFECTING INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS.

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

Registration: $600

Holiday Special $200 off with discount code: HOLIDAY

Link to Registration

Myths are timeless and so is our soul.

This six-week journey will provide an opportunity to explore, express and reflect on life cycles and transitions of the sacred feminine by re-imagining the ancient Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone.

As the season changes from winter into spring in the Northern Hemisphere, this ancient story mirrors and helps us reconnect with the cyclic beauty of our lives as women. By re-imagining these ancient goddesses, we mobilize internal energies that have become stagnant, and allow them to inform ways in which we can restore, assert, and transform our life’s narrative: past, current, and future. As a result, we reclaim that which is precious and meaningful in us and embody the courage to offer it to others.

We will engage in creative inquiry, endocrine/imaginal contemplations, somatic movement, storytelling, embodied archetypes, guided imagery, and art-making utilizing the methodology of the Tamalpa Life/Art Process and The School of BodyMindMovement.

The series will culminate in a circle of harvesting our collective wisdom and compassionate witnessing.

All levels of experience with the arts welcome.

Facilitator: Marialuisa Diaz de Leon, MA, REAT, MSME/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

Mythic Life’s Annual Complimentary Online Event & Gathering
Winter Solstice 2023:
Somatic and Creative Contemplation

This event will be online on Thursday December 21st. 

Please register here to obtain the Zoom link

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

In gratitude and appreciation for your participation and interest in Mythic Life’s classes, workshop series, lectures, and events in 2023 I am gifting YOU with a Winter Solstice Somatic and Creative Contemplation session.

Our theme is : 

Honoring the LIGHT in our BEING through somatic meditation and expressive arts

In this event we will embody the nascent light of the solstice. I will facilitate somatic movement practice to tune into the world of sensation and contemplate the inner landscape of your living body. We will enter into the creative and expressive arts exploration that will allow us to move, dance, create images, & poetic responses that we can then share with each other. 

Reimagining Inanna’s Descent:
Trust Your Intuition, Reclaim Your Truth, and Release Perfectionism.

Why has your heart led you on the road from which no traveler returns?” Neti, the gatekeeper of the Sumerian Underworld, asks Queen Inanna.

You are at a point in your life when you can no longer go on knowing that, deep down, there is a part of you that has been neglected, repressed, abandoned, denied, or hidden in order to fulfill cultural expectations. This online series offers you an embodied, creative, and compassionate container to learn how to trust your intuition and heed the call and reclaim that part of you in an embodied, creative, supportive and compassionate way.

Learning to trust our intuition is part of developing a mature consciousness. It is not about taking risks blindly. A mature consciousness has a strong and supple psychic spine and can embrace, face and transverse all situations in life and connect our thinking head with our pelvis’ ancestral wisdom. A mature consciousness is open to learning, and to die to old ways. A mature consciousness trusts the skills and wisdom gained from past experiences. A mature consciousness values vulnerability as a necessary state to forge courage and strength

But do not take my word from it, let the story of Inanna’s descent work through your imaginal body and let yourself receive the gifts and wisdom that this story has for you.

Dates:                                                           Coming FALL 2024

What is included?

  • Weekly live session.
  • Access to the recording of the guided portion of each session. Available until January 31, 2024. This allows the opportunity to revisit or ‘make-up’ for a session you miss.
  • Weekly follow up email with resources and creative activities to support you in your process.

DEEP FEMININE CIRCLES

 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. Application required.

Fourth Friday of the month.

Upcoming dates:

January 26 | February 23 | March 22 | April 26 | May 24 | June 28

Time: 12pm ET – 2pm 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.

 

Hora: 

7pm – 9pm CDMX – Colombia

5pm – 7pm California

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

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

– Pema Chödron

CARRYING TRUST
AFTER MISCARRIAGE

AN 8-WEEK SOMATIC AND EXPRESSIVE ARTS HEALING PATH FOR WOMEN

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).

Pre-requisite:

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

SOMA’S MYTHIC PATHWAYS SERIES

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.