by Dominique Youkhehpaz

Today we reclaim the celebration of Love—not as a Hallmark consumerist holiday, but as the recognition of our very nature.

Love, the splendor of a peony bud unfurling;
the warmth of the blanket covering you as you dream.
The generosity of the seeds that feed you;
the ground holding you as you walk through all phases of life.
The caress of a lover, the laughter of children;
the soft belly of a cat, the wet nose of a dog.
The persistence of your ancestors
to bring you here, alive and breathing in 2020.

Love, the prayers you offer to the wind;
the magnificent longing in your heart.
The miracle of your womb.
The shared dedication of women gathering together
from all corners of the world, birthing awakening
through embodied practice.
The blessing of sisterhood;
the sanctuary of Women’s Temple.
The look in the eyes of another woman,
meeting you in presence,
seeing and welcoming you
as you are.

Love, the totality of you.
Your every cell, breath, and sound
an offering of love unto precious life.

Dear sister, I bow to your vast, loving heart.
What a blessing in this lifetime to take our seat on Earth
as yoginis, dedicated to love,
remembering who we are.

Invitation to the Women’s Temple Group Facilitator Training

You’re invited to learn the art of facilitating this healing space for women to unravel into their true nature in the trainings we offer around the world. The essence of Women’s Temple is a gathering for women to honor Love in its totality, in each and every expression, through us and all of life. Women’s Temple is a sanctuary to share our vulnerable need and our overflowing, loving hearts—and be seen in both. The training gives you the safe space and tools to learn the art of facilitating Women’s Temple, to bring this powerful oasis into your community and work in the world.

For the comprehensive Temple Training event list (English & German), go here.

Dominique Youkhehpaz is the Creative Director of Awakening Women and a Women’s Temple Group Teacher. Dedicated to learning how to fully honor this magical miracle of life as a woman and human being, she longs to live her life as an offering to the Great Goddess of this beautiful earth that dreams us all alive.

Photo Credit: Bibbie Friman