Events on Bainbridge Island
Upcoming Women’s Transformational Kayak Journeys:
July 28-30, Aug 26-28 2017
A Spa for Your Wild Soul
Leave from Ft Ward on Bainbridge Island and paddle to Blake Island, weather permitting, with a supportive group and experienced guides. We camp two nights on the island and experience a blissful combination of nature based activities, yoga on the beach, personal time, delicious food, and a delightful circle of women.
3 day journey $325 Kayak Rentals Available
Check out this wonderful article about our trips HERE.
Feedback from trips:
Laureen Lund’s awesome blog post: myfabfiftieslife.com about her paddle with us.
I appreciated the open format of the weekend, and the organic nature of everyone helping out with tasks as needed. I felt in very safe hands throughout the weekend, from both a kayaking-safety standpoint and emotional-safety standpoint. The physical challenge of the first day was a great start to the weekend for me, leaving me feeling empowered and capable. I am holding gratitude and grace and a commitment to more adventures in my heart. So powerful to meet such incredible women of such diversity and depth. Your food was outstanding, your love and wonder were contagious. I look forward to joining you again on the water—and perhaps another weekend next year?
Wonderful trip, I would not change a thing. Thank you Maria and Spring.
Five element classes:
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Align with Spring handout with exercises
Breath of Joy
Dip your knees and sip your breath in with each movement- 1) arms swing to cross in front, 2) arms swing outward, 3)Arms swing upward. Then exhale as 4)arms go forward and down as you bend forward, dropping your head and rounding your back exhaling.
Feedback from other sessions:
Thank you for this delicious, open, warm and informative session- I love your depth, and sincere effort in providing and sharing so much of yourself with others. – A. R-G.
Your flow of expamples was outstandingly creative- you made whatever you were trying to get across so accessible. I loved the breathing exercises- also how we can communicate both with head and heart was a very revealing exercise- and very helpful. Thank you so much. -S.K.
Loved the handouts and the various exercises that tapped into so many individual aspects of us. Useful tools to take with and practice at home. Learned some new things and got my creativity flowing. Thank you!- J.S.
This is a new language for me- the words are familiar yet their meanings seem different. And yet it is also familiar- related to other ways of being more intentional and reflective. You have given me much food for thought. I especially like the physical ways we practiced/experienced these ideas- it helped the words make sense. – M.E.
A Breathing Exercise to Move Grief
Grief, associated with the fall and the Metal element, can lodge in the lungs and chest. Here is a simple exercise to move the chest, and transform grief into warmth and connection. Standing in a comfortable Horse Pose- knees slightly bent, feet shoulders width apart and parallel, tail bone tucked- with your arms hanging by your side, rotate so them so that your palms face each other and you are holding an imaginary ball in front of your groin. On a long in-breath, allow the hands and arms to move upward until they are level with the ground and extended straight in front of you. Imagine a string attached to your wrist pulling your arms up and energy moving up from your abdomen and through your chest. Turn the palms to face the ground and on the out-breath allow the arms to move downwards to their original position. On the in breath, think about a loss and the associated sadness, on the out breath, think of something pleasant associated with the loss- something that you have learned or some new opportunity that might open up, or even a larger capacity for compassion that has emerged. As your chest becomes more energized by the breath and movement, notice your feelings about the loss shifting, and your heart opening to connection.