Women's Spirituality Retreats
Women's spirituality retreats are opportunities to gather and practice yoga and meditation collectively, and to rediscover the Divine Feminine through song, dance and ceremony. We offer retreats here at Hearthaven and in other locations.
24th Annual Women's Spirituality Retreat - June 19 to June 23, 2019
Every year we choose collectively and intuitively one of the Goddesses to guide us that year. We open ourselves up to the qualities of the Divine Mother /Feminine that that Goddess embodies within ourselves as women and send those qualities energetically and spiritually out into the world. She reveals Her Self to us in very deep and nurturing ways.
The Goddess and Her qualities that we are calling in is Saraswati,
who is fair like the jasmine-colored moon,
and whose pure white garland is like frosty dew drops;
who is adorned in radiant white attire,
on whose beautiful arm rests the veena,
and whose throne is a white lotus;
who is surrounded and respected by the Gods, protect me.
May you fully remove my lethargy, sluggishness, and ignorance.
Saraswati, the name, comes from the words 'Saras' meaning the essence, and 'Wati' meaning the embodiment of, thus Saraswati is the embodiment of the essence of things.
She is the Goddess of learning. She is associated with the mythical river, the Saraswati.
With respect to her association with the mythical river Saraswati, she is also associated with Sushumna the central nadi in the spine, the one that embodies Sattwa, pure Truth.
Saraswati is said to be the inspirer of learned and wise people and is invoked before discussions on the nature of Truth.
She is a muse, an inspiration.
She is the archetypal representation of wise creative language, for it is through words that we most often try to express our deepest Truths. She is the patron of the arts and music and eloquence.
She represents wisdom that is not dependent upon academic learning. Women who embody the Saraswati archetype are often students of the healing arts, as well as artists and poets. They are intuitive healers and non-conformists.
She inspires those who pursue the spiritual path and who are not satisfied till they reach the ultimate Truth.
This Saraswati embodied woman does not live a traditional life.
Her form is usually depicted as white, the light of knowledge over ignorance. She is to shine with the brilliance of the moon. The white represents her high, noble mind, which has disavowed materialism. She holds a book, representing studied knowledge, and a Mala or prayer beads representing spiritual practice.
She plays a Veena, representing her love of the arts in all forms, and Music/Sound as the source of all emanation.
Her love of music and poetry also represents a balance between the wisdom of the mind and the emotions of the heart, a place for both, the rational and the inspired.
Her symbolic animal is the Swan (Hamsa in Sanskrit). In the Vedic system those who have attained enlightenment are called Paramahamsas (Great Swans).
Exploring the Depths of Swan Meaning.
The swan is symbolism of motherhood . They are also symbolic of love, devotion and partnership.
Swans mate for many years, sometimes for life. They are waterfowl, closely connected with water, even nesting near the water. Water is symbolic of: Fluidity, Intuition, Dreaming, Emotions, Creativity.
In this respect, we can intuit the swan’s appearance in our lives as an arrow pointing to our dreamier depths and feelings. We get the sense of balance from swan meaning as it lives harmoniously amongst three of the four elements. Grounding herself on earth, lofting to great heights in the air, and winding through waters with magnificent elegance. Swan Meaning and Swan Symbolism Keywords:
- Self Realization
Retreat Fee: Sliding Fee from $295 to $195
Bring a friend discount
Call / e-mail for barter
Progressive Women's Spiritual Council at Hearthaven / Ananda Hrdaya Mata
1429 County Road 5710
Willow Springs, MO 65793
Hearthaven is alcohol, drug, and smoke free.
Dauphin Island Retreat
We gather again on this sacred island, site of the ancient shell mounds, where in past centuries native medicine women from throughout the world gathered during the winter months to share their ancient wisdom and to honor their grandmothers who came here to be buried.
This island is also a very special place to connect with nature-- discovering birds, dolphins, seashells, and your deepest self--in the beauty of sand, ocean, incredible sunrises and sunsets.
We are going back to Dauphin Island as a way to help support our island friends and heal the Gulf.
Come join us in this heartfelt service.
17TH ANNUAL WOMENS SPIRITUALITY WINTER RETREAT - Dauphin Island, Alabama
"The Presence of the Divine Mother Within"
March 9-16, 2020
We have been called to go back to the Source, to re-dis-cover our spiritual roots.
We want to remember and put back together the essential petals of our Feminine Divine Lotus Flower.
We will explore ancient spiritual practices in the light of the Mother.
People used to do simple spirtual practices to improve their health, to reduce stress and anxiety, to stay positive and move forward and to be true to themselves.
During this retreat week we will live the life of the Ancient Mothers.
We invite you to gift yourself with an opportunity to be with Your Self in the peaceful and beautiful environment of Dauphin Island, the beaches of the Gulf, the Bay, the sand, the sky, the water and the abundant wild life.
This quiet island's atmosphere is very conducive for:
Slowing down and lovingly appreciating your self.
Relaxing, resting and just Being.
Coming back to your own center and getting re-inspired about your life.
Getting back in touch with your body and connecting with life force.
- Walking on the beach, Being and connecting with yourself, with the island, the Gulf waters , the birds and the dolphins. Walking to the peaceful west end of the island collecting shells, visiting and walking in the bird sanctuary.
- Connecting with the ancient Grandmothers presence on the island and within.. Choosing a Grandmother and her qualities for yourself for the coming year. For example: She who see far, She who heals, She who stand Tall , She who talks to creation, She who,loves all etc. (based on Jamie Samms book:The 13 original clanmothers)
- Daily Morning meditation and chanting of the Divine Mothers name: Mama Nam Kevalam: She is my very own. Feeling the loving embracing energy of Divine Mothers Spirit within and without.
- Collective Sharing circle and singing of spiritual songs.
- Collective cooking and eating of delicious vegetarian meals. ( everyone cooks one meal to share)
- Going to the sacred Indian mounds for ceremony with the grandmothers, once in the day time and once at night.
- Lots of free time in the early morning and afternoon to journal, rest and to ( for an extra fee) get massages and crystal healing.
- Visit to New Orleans, to the French Market for fun for one day.
Retreat Fee: $295. Registration fee of $125 by December 25, 2013.
Mail to: PWSC 1429 C.R. 5710, Willow Springs, MO 65793
PWSC retreats are alcohol, drug, and smoke free.
Women's Group Retreat Classes
Women's Inner Journeys
This is a series of 3 introductory retreats in Women's Spirituality,
that will take you on a journey
through the chakras (a weekend or week long):
- The Call of The Moon
- The Power of Love
- The Light of the Divine Mother
Shakti Ma Intensives
A series of Meditation and Yoga Intensives to go deeper into the matriarchal roots of Tantra and Astaunga Yoga.
Personal Retreats for Women
A weekend or week long guided personal retreat into the spiritual nature of your Self as a woman.
In the Garden of Her Spirit
Befriending the Goddess Within
From the time of Matriarchy , woman's spiritual journey has continued. In those ancient times, she was in touch with the forces of nature, her body and her nurturing qualities. Innately she was a healer. She was the mother of all. She was respected and honored. She had an prominent role in society. She knew who she was. As time passed , women's connection with her inner knowing, wisdom and strength diminished.
In the Garden of Her spirit, woman re-experiences her innate being. She opens up to the flower buds of her own spirit and awakens to the depth of her woman's spiritual power. Like a river she flows with her feeling nature and tunes in to subtle pranic energies, vibrating and connecting with the flow of life within her self. In the Garden of her Spirit she learns to recieve nurturing from these same subtle energies within nature, air,water, plants, animals and spirits. She befriends all of life as part of herself. She becomes the living Goddess, creatress from within.
Design your personal retreat. Below are some suggestions:
Take spiritual time to go within. Connect with Spirit through meditation and yoga. Deepen your spiritual practices. Maonabrata means creating sacred space within yourself and in your environment by being silent. Treat yourself to quiet contemplation, resting, a nature walk, reading or writing in your journal.
WOMEN`S INNER JOURNEYS
Reconnect with the Divine Feminine within yourself. Discover the sacredness of your feminine body, mind and spirit by experiencing the unique qualities of the chakras through yoga, meditation and women`s spirituality sessions with one of the personal spiritual guides at Hearthaven.
We offer space for personal healing to those who are ill, tired,
low energy or need special care/respite.
An experienced registered nurse as well as trained caregivers
can support your various medical needs.
Appointments with practitioners can be arranged
and accompaniment provided. When you can`t "do it all",
we can help you by caring according to your needs.
We also provide respite care for grandmothers.
Design your own personal retreat at our little piece of heaven on earth. Pamper yourself in the hot tub. Choose from a menu of healing modalities. Receive an individual yoga and/or meditation session. Enjoy scrumptious vegetarian meals.