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Sri Lakshmi ~ Live your Dharma with Abundance and Integrity

c0dbbfe5d9e9d9391d45528af98fdc84_1426764581with Chameli Ardagh
& the Awakening Women Team

Date : October 6 – 8, 2017
LocationPortland, Oregon

Sri Lakshmi is the Goddess of abundance, beauty and wealth. She is the one who removes any idea of separation between our spirituality and our so-called ordinary life. She illuminates and liberates us from our limiting beliefs and unconscious loyalty to lack, and shows us how we can live the infinite abundance of our spiritual awakening in an embodied and practical way; how we can put our unique mark of beauty onto the world.

 

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Lakshmi’s four arms are:
Dharma (right living),
Artha (genuine wealth),
Kama (sensuality, desire, love)
and Moksha (
ultimate liberation).

These arms give us a powerful blueprint of how our material life,
relationships and our longing to contribute
are not in any way separate from our enlightenment.

In Lakshmi’s realm, you connect with
a more spacious and abundant dimension of yourself —
your own luminous presence — and your source of motivation
for everything you do in life changes from one of lack to one of overflow.

Lakshmi radically expands our vision of
how abundantly we can live, give and receive.

As a serious spiritual practitioner you may sometimes feel that beauty, pleasure and
sensuality are somehow optional and even frivolous luxuries, “if there is time.”
In our practice with Lakshmi, we use pleasure as a pathway to Presence.
Our senses open us, tickle us, nourish us. Music, colors, tastes, art, poetry and beauty
bring us into alignment with the essential nature of who we are.
Lakshmi mirrors to us a radically inclusive and embodied spirituality,
the freedom of our luminous presence, always right here,
in the moment, fresh and impossible to grasp and explain with the mind.

You can only be it in moment-to-moment, open surrender.

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About the Practice

 

First of all: we go deep. We don’t sit around and only “talk about it”; we’re all about direct experience. This is a highly experiential path; a lot of the practices are interactive and include movement, expression and also respectful touch. There will be talks and Q&A with Chameli, as well as Women’s Temple practices.

The basis for all spiritual exploration in the Shakti tradition is the insight that that which we are longing for is who we already are. Thus our practice is not toward a goal of attainment in the future; it is a process of melting, of unraveling the wisdom and beauty already inherent in each woman.

 

Who is this retreat for?

 

bullet pointIn order to benefit from this retreat, you need to come prepared to dive fully into the practices, and it is best if you have a basic understanding of feminine/embodied spiritual practice.

bullet pointAlthough there are plenty of breaks to rest and integrate, the Shakti-based embodiment practices can open stronger currents of energy in the body than
we are used to.

bullet pointWe do not spend much time discussing awakening in theoretical matters; we go deep into direct experience through practice.

bullet pointThese are not therapeutic programs. If you are in any way feeling unstable psychologically or are going through a severe crisis, we ask you to not join this event.

bullet pointOne of our core practices involves respectful touch. Your boundaries will of course always be respected, but if you feel a strong resistance to touch, this retreat is probably not for you. We practice respectful touch a lot in our circle to bring presence into our bodies and cultivate the capacity to allow more life energy to flow through us.

 

Practical information

Retreat dates/times ::
• Friday 6 – 8:30 p.m.
• Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Venue ::
SomaSpace
4050 NE Broadway Street
Portland, Oregon
Lodging & transportation helpful hints

Program price ::
Full price ~ $397
Early bird ~ $297  (if paid before August 5, 2017)
If you need to cancel for any reason, we retain $75 as an administrative fee.
There will be no refunds starting 21 days before the retreat.

Price does not include food or lodging.

You can register via the button below (there is a $10 Paypal fee added)
or contact Janis to pay with check/money order:

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Registration & Information ::
Janis Fish
janis@jayayoga.net