OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2022
MONTHLY WOMEN’S GROUP: DEEP FEMININE CIRCLES
Embodying Your Heart’s Wisdom in Art and Life
NOVEMBER – DECEMBER
Awaken and Access your Deep Wisdom Within. An Endocrine Self-Portrait Process
join me at the EXPRESSIVE THERAPIES summit 2022
Sunday October 30th
Time: 2pm – 5pm ET
I am honored to be a featured presented at this collaboration between the Expressive Therapies Summit and the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA). I have the opportunity to share deeply about the work that I offer through Mythic Life. This session is entitled: Navigating Anxiety & Cultivating Resiliency: Artful Ways for Reclaiming Stillness.
Stillness is where creativity and solutions are found. Meister Eckhart
I will offer an embodied expressive arts session so participants will:
- Deconstruct anxiety using somatic movement and expressive arts.
- Utilize a hands-on-breath repertoire to explore and identify resources needed to restore their nervous system.
- Experience stillness of a breath dance as a personal resource for self-regulation and rejuvenation.
This session features the Tamalpa Life/Art®️ methodology: somatic movement, drawing, creative writing, improvisation, and ritual. No dance or art experience needed. Please prepare a comfortable space to move in with access to your online device and a reliable internet connection. Also, have art supplies ready at hand for drawing activities, and paper and pen for journaling and creative writing exercises
This session will be on Sunday October 30th 2 – 5pm ET.
online woskhop series
EMBODYING YOUR HEART'S WISDOM IN ART AND LIFE
Fall 2022 –
October 13, 20, 27 & November 3.
1pm – 2.45pm ET
10am – 11.45am PT
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
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.
September 23, October 28, November 18 & December 16
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.
Let difficulty transform you. And it will. In my experience we just need help in learning how not to run away.
– Pema Chödron
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).
Please schedule a 20min conversation to determine if this program is right for you.
Contact me for more information, availability and fees: email@example.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.