You're invited to the one-of-a-kind and once-a-year experience that is my great honor and pleasure to facilitate:

Women Embodied

Also affectionately known as WE.

Our theme this year is:

{Be.Come.Home.}

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The Simple Details on Where & When: 

Our weekly 2.5-hour classes will happen at two times. Choose between these options.

The live class in Salt Lake City will meet Wednesdays from 6-8:30 pm from September-May. We will meet live in a gorgeous group meeting space above Turiya's Gallery at 1409 s 900 e during September and October. When daylight savings ends during the dark days of winter from November-February, we will meet on Zoom. We will return to in-person meetings from March-May.

 

The live, all-online class will meet on Zoom on Wednesdays from 9-11:30am Mountain Time from September-May and you can join from wherever you are as long as you have an internet connection. Click here to check your time zone.

 

Both classes will run from September 11, 2024 - May 21, 2025.

If these times do not work for you but you're interested in joining WE, please contact me to let me know your interest in joining an online cohort that would meet from 5-7:30pm MT on Mondays. If enough people express interest, I will add that class meeting time.

 

 

Women Embodied includes weekly 2.5-hour workshops over 9 months, access to an online course hub where recordings and readings are posted, and participation in an intimate and powerful community circle. Additionally, you'll receive an optional invitation to join me on Zoom for embodied meditation on weekday mornings from 6-6:50 am MT for 2 20-minute sits with a 10-minute break in the middle. (You're welcome to come for just the first 20-minute sit if you like.)  One more bonus: If you show up live to every class, I will be delighted to gift you a private session with me at the conclusion of our group.

We have 9 months to grow something beautiful. 

Might your flourishing increase with deep support, soulful community, and potent yet gentle practices to nourish your embodied homecoming?

Women Embodied will be a sanctuary of sanity, depth, kindness, and soul. It will be rich with invitations to Be. Come. Home.

Step into the radical invitation to slow down to the speed of life amidst this rushing, disconnected, violent world, "which would be, and dearly is it needed, a prayer for all of us," as Mary Oliver wrote.

What you'll learn and integrate through this immersive course will ripple benefits through your life personally, professionally, communally, and beyond for years to come.

This is your warm invitation to join us.

Be.Come.Home.

Click here to complete your application. 

During these trying times, we truly have no idea what might unfold between now and next May. It is such a gift to ourselves and others to grow a nourishing community circle that offers reliable refuge and support during unsteady times. The amazing people who join this group blow me away every time. It's a circle where you're welcome as your ordinary self in all your wisdom and confusion, in your glory and in the mess of life. It is a soft landing place in a hard world.

We can help each other flourish.

Let's commit to doing so.

These are not giant courses but intimate groups of 20 or fewer particpants. I do this on purpose so we can really see and be seen, listen and be heard, and grow intimacy with each other over our 9 months together.

I'm inspired to share a few quotes from wise teachers that have been hovering in my heart for the past several years and are exactly why I'm offering this class.

First, from Thich Nhat Hanh:

“I am inviting you to go deeper, to learn and to practice so that you become someone who has a great capacity for being solid, calm, and without fear, because our society needs people like you who have these qualities, and your children, our children, need people like you, in order to go on, in order to become solid, and calm, and without fear.” 

And second from Karen Maezen Miller:

"What do you practice? Whatever you practice, you'll get very good at. Some people become more fearful or cynical; some more arrogant or vain; some greedy, some needy; some combative or closed-minded. That's what they practice. And then there are a few who grow as solid as a mountain and as wide-open as the sky." 

Finally, from Jaiya John: 

"It is not that we have so much to learn. It is that we have so much to remember. We are alive in the colonizing centuries of the Great Forgetting. Let us journey now into this new era upon us of the Great Remembering. We need teachers gifted not at cold instruction but at Loving reunion. We need homecoming."
– Jaiya John

Let's deepen our roots and find deep support. Together. 

The world desperately needs awakened, embodied humans who are willing to feel what's here to be felt and see what's here to be seen, willing to courageously know what we know, to envision a life-giving world for all, and to live accordingly. People who are willing to be present and embodied and live dedicated to the more beautiful world we know is possible. It takes time and courage to slow down and align our lives with our values. To become the kinds of human beings I believe the world needs at this time, we need supportive community and potent teachings. We need regular reminders in a culture that constantly entices us to ever more distracted, hurried, and disembodied lives. We need to speak and be heard, to listen to others in their wisdom and their struggles. We can help each other flourish. Let's create a refuge together so we can come home to our embodied lives and support others as we do.

We do this work and engage in this learning not only for ourselves but for the welfare of Life now and into the future.

And as my mentor and dear friend, Francis Weller says so accurately,

"This is the solitary work we cannot do alone."

 

Take a peek at the territory we'll explore:

  • September: The Great Remembering
  • October: Rehydrating our Roots
  • November: Blowing on the Embers of What Matters
  • December: Softness, Slowness, and Soul
  • January: Now I Become Myself
  • February: Healing from the Culture of Domination & Becoming Empelvised, Embellied, Empowered
  • March: Homing Beacons, Holy Longing, and Trusting Yourself
  • April: Growing Wholehearted –Your Soul Came Here for Full Participation
  • May: Become the Blessing & Brave Your Way On
“Create a holy refuge of your life that others may seek solace there, feeling the strength and dedication in the medicine of your beauty, and upon it rest and be encouraged to their own summoning.

Want to join Women Embodied?

I'm thrilled. Click below to complete your application. It's short and sweet. 

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Here’s the invitation from my heart:

In Women Embodied

I invite you to join me

to grow courageous intimacy with your life

to practice listening deeply

to rewild your curiosity

to live your life as an act of love

to remember your sovereignty

to root yourself in the depths

to make your courage contagious

to dedicate yourself to the welfare of life, now and in the future

to plant and nurture beautiful seeds

to make room for the full range of your capacity to acknowledge and feel: grief and praise and everything in between

to bow deeply to what is and to rise to your full uprightness, without apology

to be still, silent, and spacious

to move your body with clarity, flexibility, integrity, and pleasure

to tune to the living intelligence humming in everything, including every cell in your body

to grow your grounded, clear-eyed warmth and compassion

to deepen your connection with nature and your own nature

to defect from the culture and habits of domination

to live intentionally with the wish to benefit others and all of life

to embody living ancient wisdom

to play and to laugh and cry together

to blow on the embers of what matters most

to powerfully deepen your inner and outer trust

to grow your willingness to abide in not-knowing

to inhabit your bones

to relish the soft animal of your body

to revel in paradox

to empower your hara and heart as powerful foundations for a clear head

to discover and reveal the genius hiding behind your wounds

to free yourself, free others, and serve everyday

to dwell in possibility

to welcome the beautiful mess of life

to become empelvised, embellied, empowered

to do it all with your own style and your own unique way

to use whatever arises in our lives in support of these intentions

to be a beautifully ordinary, fully embodied woman dedicated to nurturing thriving life for all beings.

I hope you’ll consider joining me.
With love,

Erin

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We will be training and practicing to cultivate skills essential to navigating these times:

 

  • unconditional, courageous kindness and tender compassion toward our inner and outer lives

 

  • slowing down to reveal our grounded, centered, flexible, upright, embodied presence, as well as slowing down into a deeper connection with our inner compass

 

  • a warm heart capable of courage, wholehearted participation, and tenderness toward it all

 

  • reliable access to a sense of refuge in the spacious presence of our own awareness and our own vast heart-mind

 

  • ways of moving and inhabiting our bodies (outside the paradigm of domination or fixing) with far less effort and much more pleasure

 

  • deepening connection with soul in a culture so focused on improvement and ascension - we'll explore "slow and down" and revel in the sacred ordinariness of our soulful, embodied lives

 

  • a sense of gratitude, reverent curiosity, and good humor to sustain us through challenging times; as well as welcoming the guest of grief

 

  • a deepening relationship with our own inner authority and a growing capacity to reliably access our own wisdom

 

  • a sense of sufficiency and being richly resourced

 

  • nurturing fresh and nourishing ways of being with our bodies, our inner lives, and each other that are outside the paradigm of domination, fixing, or objectifying

 

  • a growing courtship with our unique gifts which we carry as medicine for the community

 

  • widening our kinship with the natural world and shedding the too-tight skin of individualism most of us have grown up with as well as growing the necessary capacity to "think like a village"

Tools and practices we'll use:

 

  • enlivening somatic movement lessons

 

  • embodied meditation

 

  • positive neuroplasticity practices

 

  • powerful seasonal myths as guidance and inspiration

 

  • remembering and uncovering the indigenous soul within

 

  • deep ecology practices

 

  • divination

 

  • poetry

 

  • beautiful communal rituals to connect with grief, gratitude, ancestors, and more

 

  • council circles where we can speak and listen deeply together

 

  • deep embodied listening to ourselves, one another, and the living world.

 

 

Want to join me?

Click below to complete your application! 

 

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It's going to be a potent, powerfully impactful, kindhearted women’s circle with a wise and kickass curriculum that offers deep support.

Our practice will be dedicated to the well-being of all Life, including you. 

 

 

"Ways to BeCome Home Again

 

Slip under this street.

Let the paving stones be your shelter as you tunnel deep.

Surrender.

Between these rocks, slither.

Slip through layers of moorland.

Be-come the landscape.

Slide across cars.

Find your way through traffic to the ditch.

Slither under tarmac, past Shepherd’s purse and Dandelion roots. Be low.

Slip, slide. Surrender to the ground under the ground.

The ground where death becomes life and the future is born.

Be the bones of us, the still hot centre of us.

Be. Come. Home."

- Toni Spencer

 

Details:

Those who identify as women as well as non-binary or gender non-conforming folks who feel called to the circle, are all warmly welcome to apply. We warmly welcome people of many diverse backgrounds. A note for those on Zoom, please know that it's my honor to welcome mothers of young children. Having babies or children with you or in the background on Zoom is most welcome. 

Please note: 

All of our practices center the cultivation of deep support for our embodied mindful presence, our courageous commitment to kindness in a crazy world, and deepening our roots in our vast-hearted sanity and our unique gifts while resourcing our sense of humor and workability.

For me, all of these practices are deeply embedded in my own study, work, practice, and heart-vows in the realms of dismantling white supremacy and creating anti-racist culture, in soul work, in deep ecology, in my meditation and somatic lineages, and in the call, in the midst of this climate crisis, toward a great turning toward a more sustainable way of being human. The circle is infused with a deep commitment to supporting the thriving of future beings.

While we won’t center these themes explicitly, (I do that in other workshops and courses) they are implicit in every facet of our time together.

If anti-racism, anti-oppression, dismantling the myth of white supremacy, recognition of the great climate/extinction crisis, and a commitment to a great turning toward a more life-giving way of being are not aligned with your values, this group will not be a good fit for you.

 I love soulful swearing. If you find occasional swearing to be terribly offensive, you won't enjoy this group. 



Tuition for the full 9-month program is $3500.

If you pay all at once you’ll save $100. 

 Your tuition includes weekly 2.5-hour workshops over 9 months. It includes an invitation to weekday embodied meditation practice on Zoom. We'll have an online course hub where you’ll have access to recordings of all classes, plus poems, articles, and other additional readings. These are rich resources you can return to any time you like.

It's my strong preference to prioritize giving space in the class to people who want to commit to participating as fully as possible. I know that sometimes travels or illnesses come up and that you might need to miss a few classes, but I’m hoping you’ll be as fully IN with me and with the community as I and we commit to being with you. If you're only in it for yourself, the village we co-create will not thrive. This is important to consider. 

 

Payment plans are available:

One option is this: A $1000 deposit is due now to reserve your spot. Ten monthly payments of $250 will follow.

You may also choose to pay $350/month over ten months. 

I'm open to making a payment plan that works for both of us - if you need something different, please ask.

** Please understand that if you commit to taking one of the spots in the class, you are responsible for paying the full tuition whether you attend all classes or not. Kind of like registering for a college class. Claim a spot and it’s yours! **

Please read my cancellation policy here. 

Once your application is accepted I will send you a payment link based on your preference of how you'd like to pay. Once your deposit or full payment is made, your space in the group is officially reserved. Yay!

I am offering two need-based scholarship spots in each cohort for a reduced rate of $2000 (a $1500 tuition reduction), with a flexible payment plan available for people who could not otherwise afford to attend. Click here to fill out an application if you’d like to be considered for a scholarship. I will choose from the scholarship applicants by mid-August.

I put my whole heart and soul and 30 years of deep study and practice into the creation of this course and I only do it once a year for a rather small number of participants. If the cost is out of reach for you, please know I have many other offerings that are less expensive, free, and/or offered by donation. This is one of the few extended live courses I offer for a small group of peopls and into which I pour my whole heart, attention, deep care, passion, and all my training, tools, and skills to support you with life-changing learning. I deeply appreciate your support of my family and my work in the world.

A Disclaimer: This course is 100% guaranteed not to improve you at all, but rather to connect you more deeply with the intelligence and life-force that is inherent in your uncontrived, embodied presence. It is intended to help you remember what matters and to remember the unstained wisdom at your core. 

It has nothing to do with becoming a goddess or transcending our lives; it has everything to do with showing up as our fully ordinary human selves.

Though centered in embodiment, this course is not about burning calories, toning your abs, losing weight, or "fixing" yourself. It has everything to do with powerful life-changing learning saturated in courageous friendliness and deep respect and is woven throughout with beauty and powerful invitations to a new/ancient, non-objectified relationship with yourself and with life. 

 

Brilliant Somatic Movement lessons will help you grow a new and deeper relationship with your embodied self, your creativity, your capacity for attentional flexibility, and your sense of creative possibility. Feldenkrais-inspired lessons powerfully support us to embody mindfulness in every moment and every movement. It's also a potent training in the powerful practice of slowing down and stepping out of internalized habits of domination and aggression.

Embodied meditation practice will support you in growing a sense of stable presence, a warm heart, and a mind that can be spacious and open enough to welcome life. Embodied meditation will help you see clearly that your thoughts are just thoughts. Embodied meditation helps us flip the dynamic so that our thinking minds are in service to our deeper values rather than our deep hearts being hijacked by ungrounded thinking. Embodied meditation will help you to grow stability like a mountain, spaciousness like the sky, and warmth like the sun. The world needs people who can embody such qualities. 

Embodied listening will make you kind. It will support you to learn the language of your own wise, feeling, body-mind, and thus have reliable access to integrated wisdom. (Not just thoughts, not just feelings, not just your body - but the integration of each of these together with this moment in our lives = powerful wisdom for you and for the world.) Embodied listening also gives us powerful tools and practices to listen to the others in our life, and to life itself. Listening liberates. 

Poetry, mythology, writing practices, divination, and invitations to deepen our kinship with the more-than-human world woven throughout our gatherings bring beauty and poignant insight and touch our deepest hearts.

A life-giving community circle offers the power and beauty of authentic human connection, solace, laughter, support, wisdom, acceptance, tears, deep care, belonging, and love. We learn so much from each other. Community is healing, and this is a healing community. It's truly a precious gift to be a part of such a circle.

Throughout our time together we’ll practice intentional movement and intentional stillness.

We’ll courageously practice deep listening to our inner lives, deep listening through our bodies, deep listening to each other, and deep listening to our world.

We'll learn from and through our bodies. We’ll share ourselves.

We’ll laugh and we’ll cry.

We’ll expand our circle of compassion, starting right where we are, with our embodied selves, and from there grow to include more and more of our world.

And we’re going to have so much fun along the way!!! Because this work is far too important to be taken seriously.

 

This is so much more than a course.

It's a powerful and one-of-a-kind community experience. It's life-changing learning. It's an island of sanity in a world that's going crazy. It's a sanctuary. 

You're warmly invited to be a part of it.

I'm deeply committed to supporting women:

 

  • To cultivate an unconditional, brave friendship with ourselves and all that is alive in us as a foundation to grow a life-giving relationship with our world.

 

  • To nurture our calm and steady presence so we can be sources of wisdom and support to others. To become wise, compassionate, embodied beings, powerfully capable of blessing the world.

 

  • To discover reliable ways of finding the buried treasure in the stuck or difficult challenges in our lives.

 

  • To deepen our intimacy with life and awaken to the stunning beauty of the world, so rich in blessings, even on hard days.

 

  • To know our wisdom is much greater than the voices in our heads and to learn reliable ways to access it.

 

  • To water the seeds of the qualities we want more of so we become resource-rich.

 

  • To grow our sense of physical resilience and somatic intelligence; to move with more pleasure, grace, and power through our lives.

 

  • To nurture the courage to show up and wholeheartedly give our gifts in service to life, now and into the future.

 

  • To lighten up, have fun, connect, and enjoy this precious, temporary aliveness.

 

  • To deepen a sense of workability, a sense of humor, and a commitment to not give up.

 

  • To deepen an ongoing inquiry into reducing unnecessary harm & effort & growing our capacity for pleasure & sustainability in many facets of our lives.

 

  • To deepen our capacity to welcome the whole range of gratitude and grief.

 

  • To feel at home in our bodies and at home in the world, grounded, centered, and open to life.

 

  • To become ripened adults and elders the world so needs. 

 

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Dark times call for new visions of the world we want to inhabit.

We must be the change we wish to see. And the means we use must embody the end we are seeking. If we want freedom and respect for all, we must free and respect ourselves and others. If we want a world of beauty, kindness, dancing, laughter, and poetry, we must notice and nurture beauty, embody kindness, dance, laugh, and read poetry now. The world is asking for our wholehearted participation and our clarity about what we deeply care about. As Alice Walker wrote, “What we love can be saved.”

This is so much more than a course.

It's a refuge of sanity and soul in a world that's losing its way. 

You're warmly invited to be a part of this beautiful community circle. 

Surviving is not more important than living well in a beautiful way. - Martin Prechtel (1)
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I hope you’ll consider joining me.
With love,

Erin

Erin Geesaman Rabke

Somatic Naturalist & Embodiment Mentor

Teacher of The Feldenkrais Method, The Embodied Life & Somatic Meditation

Facilitator of The Work That Reconnects

Community Grief & PraiseTender 

writer, podcaster, deep listener, asker of good questions & convener of inspired communities

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