The women gather in Massachusetts at Temenos, site
of sacred hills, ancient
stone chambers and healing waters.
A power place, a spiritual place, a place
of pilgrimage for thousands of years. The hills call for an honoring of the Warrior
Women. The women of strength, courage, endurance and honor. We will come together
for a magical weekend of sisterhood consisting of circle, song, dance, workshops,
hiking and physical warrior training in the Japanese martial art Aikido and self-defense.
EARLY BIRD Registration Price through May 1st: $150.00
price May 1st - July 1st: $175.00
Mail Registration payment to:
PO Box 902
Wendell, MA 01379
Register Online at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/340321
If you would like to arrange your payment into 3 seperate $50.00 payments,
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
(This option is being offered only
to those who need it due to financial hardship)
Price for the
weekend includes food and lodging in the Great Hall. There are several tent sites
available right around the lodge for those who may want to enjoy sleeping out of
doors, or for those who require more privacy for sleeping. The lodge is big and
beautiful with some porch space outside for sleeping under the stars, or inside
the lodge where there are many spaces to set up your air-mattress. If you are flying
in to attend and cannot pack an air mattress and bedding, both will be provided
for you. Please provide us with any dietary restrictions. The landscape is wooded
and may be difficult to maneuver for anyone who is mobility impaired. From the
parking lot to the lodge requires a short walk on a footpath, bags must be carted.
There will be assistance to all who need help bringing in their gear. Temenos is
a "Device Free Zone". No laptops, no cell phones allowed in the lodge.
No service anyway!
Women's Warrior Retreat Presenters:
an internationally renowned singer/songwriter and teacher performing powerful Goddess
& Mythology inspired folk music and chant at gatherings and venues in 8 countries
on 3 seperate continents. She is a certified teacher of SpiritSong, a vocal healing
practice and a powerful tool for freeing the voice and accessing the authentic
and unique sound that is you. Kellianna facilitates SpiritSong Circles and wheel
of the year Ritual Chant Circles at festivals and shops all over the US, Canada,
The British Isles, Australia and Europe. She is a writer and collector of chant
and takes great joy in sharing these chants in her circles. She is experienced
in the art of ritual chant, and uses the song to move energy, to celebrate the
ancient mysteries, to strengthen, empower, and manifest intention.
(Ria) Windcaller is an author, columnist, Aikido Sensei, and CEO of an internationally
conflict management firm. She has over 30 years of applied practice
in the Japanese martial art Aikido. As a consultant and Senior Trainer at Response
Training Programs LLC she helps organizations and people learn “how-to”
secure safety during potentially volatile scenes. Ria integrates the principles
of Aikido into her safety-based
curriculum and her everyday life. Early in
her career she worked as a wilderness instructor for over 10 years. At that time
she also designed and consulted on outdoor clothing and equipment. Her teachings
are experiential at its best with a touch of “lets have fun” while
keeping the outdoors safe for novice and experts alike.
** Heather Killen
is Priestess, craftswoman, and teacher. Sheis an ordained Wiccan Clergy Woman in
the State of Ohio and actively practicing witch of over 19 years. In addition to
being a mother of two, Heather has actively taught women's and warrior mysteries
across Northern America for the last 13 years. She has received degrees from Black
Thorne Temple, Silver Web and O.L.O.E, a recipient of the Leslie P. Dauterman award.
She isn’t a witch beholding to degrees, favoring practical application, heart,
integrity, common sense,wisdom and skill. Heather does Clergy work for the Ohio
Prison system when able. In addition to being the founder, organizer and director
of the Earth Warriors Festival, she is also the owner of Violet Flame Gifts. Opened
in 2003, VFG is a hearth based Practitioner’s Shop specializing in all natural,
hand blended body products, oils, and custom work. Heather is a practical, down
to earth witch who is frequently called an irrepressible force of nature.
**Women's Warrior Retreat Workshops and Offerings**
Ancestral Journey - A Chant Circle dedicated to thousands of generations of
Women and their teachings
In the whispering hills of Temenos we gather
to sing to the Stones of the Earth. To sing to the Bones. To sing to the Grandmothers.
To honor our Maternal line back through time to the very beginning. When we come
together to sing in their honor we can hear their call, as they can hear our song...when
we sing to the Stones, when we sing to the Bones, when we sing to the Ancestors...
SpiritSong Circle - A vocal workshop to help you discover your very own "Warrior
She rests inside of you, always ready when you need her. She
is courage, power, passion and protector.
Using the vocal practice of SpiritSong,
Kellianna will guide you on a journey of release and personal discovery as we delve
deep down inside of ourselves, acknowledging but not re-living, our wounds and
scars, those things that have helped us to be become the Warrior Women that we
are today, strong loving and resilient. We delve deep down inside and we claim
her. And then we give her voice. And then we sing her song. She, that Warrior inside
each of us, will break out with a song of undeniable power and
Be it a battle cry or lullaby, we will sing our Warrior Song.
Write Your Own
Medicine Chant - A creative writing workshop
Song and chant
are powerful tools for healing and release. In this creative writing workshop you
will learn techniques and formulas for birthing your very own personal medicine
chant. Do you seek healing or release? Sing, sing, sing it out!!!
Aikido at Temenos-
Workshop 1 with Jo
Ria will be
teaching the use of the 4-foot staff known, as a “Jo” in Japanese. This
morning session will have
everyone moving with a jo and learning a breath
Kata. The jo is an eloquent weapon, as it can be spun and twirled around in 3-dimensional
space. O’Sensei, the Founder of Aikido, used the jo as part of a purification
exercise, that Ria will introduce. If possible, bring along your own 4-foot walking
stick, broomstick or other smooth surfaced, round staff.
Walking from the Center
Aikido is based upon the principle to not meet violence
with greater violence. Rarely does a full-on attack come in silently – more
often than not it is loud and unnerving. Not accelerating to the same chaotic state
of mind as a would-be attacker is critical. This workshop will teach how
to Step-off-the-line of attack(s)
while maintaining a balanced center both
emotionally and physically. Everyone will practice maintaining their center in
a safe, fun, and friendly exercises geared for the novice.
Trail Guide for
the many beautiful natural features of Temenos including:
Mount Mineral, which
is the name of the high plateau where Temenos is located, has natural potholes
are said to contain different earth minerals – thus the name Mt
Mineral. This historic site was once a destination for early vacationers who would
come to the potholes at Temenos for what was considered curative waters. Ria has
hiked extensively in the vast woodlands surrounding Temenos.
Presents: Silk and Steel -
The path of the Warrior is one steeped in misinterpretation
and misrepresentation. It is a path that often is not popular and is sometimes
lonely and demands a courageous spirit. The focus of this workshop is how women
approach and walk the Warrior's Path. Exploring the inner warrior in every woman;
the things women fight for, the reclaiming of the Clan Mothers, and the Warrior
Aspect of the Goddess. There is a delicate balance that the female guardian/warrior
walks. She is as strong as a tempered blade when needed, and as soft as silk. She
is strong and soft because she understands the power of wills and she understands
herself. Strong and feminine, what a combo! It leaves weaker men quaking in their
This workshop is for every woman who has ever defended her hearth
and family, to every woman who has honorably stood her ground on what she knew
in her heart and gut to be right.
Some of the topics that will be covered:
the 3 levels of will, power with vs. power over, boundaries,warding, offence and
defense. The Clan Mothers and Grandmothers, Dark Alphas, being pro-active, not
playing stupid white woman games, owning yourself, standing your ground, where
to find help, the Queens of Olde. The Silk and Steel workshop will conclude with
an empowering Women’s ritual, filled with blessings and shields to aid you
in your journey.