BODY OF MOUNTAIN, BODY OF WOMAN:

A Pilgrimage 

 Fourth Annual Women's Immersion on Mount Shasta, California 

Thur–Sun, October 1–4, 2020

with Stefana Serafina 

Photo by  Kelly Grabianowski

We invite you to a pilgrimage to the Sacred Mountain, a journey of  remembrance and  worship of the Wild Mother through your own forms. A deep in-the-body communion with the feminine mysteries by inhabiting your own wild nature and tuning into to the body-to-body guidance of the mountain, its waters, animals, meadows and crisp skies.

 

The body of mountain breathing alive in the body of woman.

A quiet, deep, and timeless  communion between the sensuous mountain and the woman who has come to remember herself in the mountain's embrace.

Mountain and woman, body to body, the landscapes merging, calling the wild soul back to these bones, veins, and hips.


 

WHY WOMAN AND MOUNTAIN ?

A woman’s body fitting  into the curves of the slopes.

A womb resounding the ancient molecules of deep, clear lakes

The slopes of the sacred mountain mirrored in the feminine forms  

Sensuous skin remembering its once-upon-a-time slithering through the landscape

The wild body recalling its agility, its stamina, the purpose of its muscles

Feminine sensuality opening deeply and safely to the rhythms of the living earth

The soul remembering Medicine Woman in this body, at this time

The ritual of women dancing, their bodies an altar at the foot of the mountain

 

IN ESSENCE, WHAT WILL WE DO ?

We will spend some of the time in deep embodiment practice on the gorgeous private land where we will be accommodated, and a greater portion of our time will be spent on the mountain, out in the wild, in forests, lakes, and meadows.

As a whole, our time on the mountain will be held as a pilgrimage of the wild soul, a quest to meet our deepest longing in the reflections of  the ancient mountain, to find lost parts of ourselves and answers to our soul searches, body-to-body with the animate earth. 

You will be guided and supported to explore the intimate topography and geology of your own body and to traverse your own inner nature––as you find yourself reflected, sparked, and enhanced by the natural landscape that holds us. We will work with the different layers of the body–– visceral, emotional, sensual, sexual, perceptive, and mystic– to uncover inherent resources for self-knowing and wellbeing. Re-harmonizing our bodies with the rhythms of the living earth, we will engage in the deep re-inhabitation of our feminine psyche and sensual anatomy, while communing with the sacred mountain.

We will perform organic rituals, be medicine women together, move intuitively, dance wildly, hike, sing, howl, swim, bathe, connect, and nourish the feminine heart. You will learn skills  for cultivating your body's openness and fluidity and to stay engaged with your deep life in the day-to-day setting. You will leave replenished and enriched with  long-lasting resources for sustaining your relationship to our animate earth and the deep feminine, in an embodied way.

YOU CAN ALSO EXPECT TO:

––Explore the deep connection between your body and Earth, and the teachings of the elements through their composition in your own ecosystem

––Learn practices for cultivating the body’s stamina and prime the body as the instrument for perception and fluidity

––Recover  the depth of the senses and the intelligence available through the felt self

––Move in ways your body longs for 

––Rekindle the deep fire of your sensuality

––Restore feminine flow through the body-mind system,  and nourish it continuously

––Discover the mountain's correspondence in your own body and its wisdom for the practical matters you face in your life

––Reconnect with an aspect part of the feminine nature that has been long silenced by cultural normalcy

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT ?

To rediscover that which cannot be contained, downsized, or forgotten about women’s nature and purpose. To come fiercely alive in the wake of your sensuousness and revived sensuality. To allow your deeper life to inform your day-to-day life. To strengthen the roots growing down your own feet into the soil. To stoke the fire of women-together beyond cultural definition. To take leadership in creating the future of the new feminine. To come home.

 

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Photos from our Mt. Shasta journey 2017 

ACCOMMODATION and MEALS

We will be accommodated on a gorgeous piece of private property, with a creek flowing through the 10 acres of forested land near Stewart Mineral Springs.  Each woman will have a bed in a shared a room with 1–3 other women in one of the rooms of the lovely quiet mountain guesthouse. Alternatively, you can choose 'glamping', luxury camping in tents that already set up on the land and have real mattresses, bedding, and lights. We may be able to accommodate you solo with the latter option. The price is the same regardless of whether you stay indoors or outside. 

All meals are included in the fee. Delicious local, organic, and mostly vegetarian food will be provided, with some fish and chicken options. Most of our meals will be catered by a wizard chef who grows her own food and bakes her own bread. Some of our meals we will prepare together, in the spirit of women running their own village. Please let us know about your dietary restrictions.

Photos from our Mt. Shasta journey 2018 

WHY IS SHASTA A UNIQUE AND SACRED MOUNTAIN ?

Mount Shasta, located near the Oregon border in northern California, holds the distinction of being one of the world’s most distinguished sacred mountains. It is recognized as an eligible Native American cultural and cosmological property on the National Register of Historic Places. With at least 11,000 years of human habitation, the region is one of the longest-occupied areas of North America.

Mount Shasta is a volcano that is expected to wake up and erupt one day again, and it is structurally and energetically connected to a wide range of important volcanic landscapes and mountains. A primordial geological and spiritual connection is believed to link all these energetically powerful sites together, including Mount Shasta, Lassen Peak, Lava Beds, Medicine Lake Highlands,  and Crater Lake.

Famed as one of the world's premiere power spots, and honored by Native Americans as "holy ground" for centuries, Mount Shasta's significance is  often viewed in the same category with the world's most prominent sacred sites, including the temples and pyramids of Egypt, Stonehenge, the Mayan pyramids, and Machu Picchu.

The mineral waters  found on the mountain are considered to be some of the most potently healing waters. 

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IN WOMEN'S WORDS 

"This work is truly life-changing and life-giving!" 

                                                                        ––Debra Mauro 

'Expect to explore deep and uncharted waters within your own being. Stefana is a timeless and multidimensional facilitator. Her skills in providing space and practices to bridge one's inner world and outer world are unlike anything I have ever experienced before.'  ––Allison Mezen

"The energies Stefana gathers to weave the web are incredibly powerful. The atmosphere of the experience  is one of deep mystery: Grounded in practical reality, it is equally attuned to cosmos."

                                                                                                                                      ––Natanya Apfelbaum 

“Working with Stefana has changed my life. It is a shift that is felt. Embodied. Lived. It is infusing into the way I teach. The way I love. The way I speak. It is not a system I've had to master. It is an opening up to life. So simple. So powerful. So real.”      ––– Carina Lyall 

“This work has been powerfully healing and transformative for me. I have allowed myself to be seen and uninhibited in ways I have never experienced before."   ––Jayelle Greathouse 

Photographs by Life Escobar, Awake Storytelling

for © Intuitive Body and Dance 

 
 

REGISTRATION 

All-inclusive immersion, 4 days and 3 nights,

all meals, workshop, and materials: 

(does not include transportation to our meeting place, but we do assist with carpool arrangements)

Early Rate Before July 25   

$760 or two installments of $333

Regular Rate after July 25

$870 or two installments of $444

To register, ask for more information, or if you have any  Qs, please email connect@intuitivedance.org
Scroll to bottom of the page for arrival info and schedule 

ABOUT YOR GUIDE: STEFANA  SERAFINA 

Stefana Serafina, M.A. is an embodiment educator, facilitator, and writer. She is the the founder of Intuitive Body and Dance, which has grown into an international platform for providing resources, experiences, and education for returning to our  bodies’ inherent intelligence, creative and intuitive genius, and sensuous wisdom.  

Stefana's teaching style weaves together various somatic and expressive arts approaches, embodied inquiry, body– and earth–centric practices, and the exploration of the archetypal and the mythical in the human psyche. 

Based in the San Francisco Bay, Stefana has been teaching in California, Europe, and Central America since 2009, and, more recently, online.  She also hosts and produces The Embodied Way Podcast, and authors the Embodied Way Blog. 

 

 See Stefana's FULL BIO and 'meet' her in videos  

ARRIVAL AND SCHEDULE

 We will help with arranging carpooling from the SF Bay Area. 

If you are flying from out of State or outside the U.S., the airport closest to Shasta is Sacramento International Airport. Alternatively, you could land in San Francisco ore Oakland, and carpool with women from there, so you don't have to rent a car. 

Arrival  Thursday Oct 1, 3:30–4 pm

4:30 –7:30 pm Welcome, Opening Circle, and Workshop

7:30–8:30 pm  Dinner

8:30–9:30 pm Community time

 

Friday Oct 2 

Breakfast 8:30-9:30 am

Group Activities  10 am -1 pm

Lunch 1-2:30 pm

Group Activities 2:30– 5 pm

Dinner 6:30 pm

 

Saturday Oct 3

Breakfast 8:30-9:30 am

Group Activities  10 am -1 pm

Lunch 1-2:30 pm

Group Activities 2:30– 5 pm

Dinner 6:30 pm

 

Sunday Oct 4

Breakfast 8–8:45 am

Group Activities 9 am–3 pm 

(Lunch included)

Departing  ~ 2:30 pm

 © INTUITIVE BODY and DANCE by  Serafina Embodied Arts.