In this hemisphere, in our world, winter 2015, it is a dark time, both physically and politically. It is tempting to go into despair, to give up struggling.
This is the 12th year that I’m joining my collaborators Janice Rous and Jean Esther (that's us in the photo, right) to offer a “Reclaiming our Lives, Reclaiming our Earth” women’s retreat in the Massachusetts Berkshire Mountains.
This year we are turning to the oldest, and surely one of the darkest, myths about women in Western civilization: the Sumerian myth of Inanna.
Instead of avoiding the dark, Inanna, the supremely gifted and privileged Queen of Heaven and Earth, goes into the underworld to visit her beleaguered sister Ereshkigal. What happens there is both horrific and miraculous, leading to rebirth and, inevitably, spring.
We will be doing this workshop in early spring. Participants will work with their personal night dreams and day visions as we tell the Inanna tale, and they will take their inner work into movement, visual/tactile expression, and experiences in the natural world.
We would love you to join us. It will be a deep dive, but only when we dive into our own darkness can we truly contend with the darkness that covers so much of our world. Participants in the past have found this five-day workshop to be a healing, transformative experience.
Check out our website www.reclaimingourlives.com and send in a deposit to hold your place! Or if you can’t come, but can make a contribution that will allow someone without the necessary means to attend, that would be next best.
Warm winter wishes,