The Circle of Womanhood: Welcoming and Honoring the Cycles of our Lives
A gathering to honor and celebrate the powerful initiations of female life cycles:
menarche, menstruation, menopause, the mature years, and for some, motherhood.
Come together in reverence of our intrinsic powers in a retreat where we are
truly free to welcome all that arises in our female bodies.
June 27-July 1st, 2018
at the Christine Center in Willard, WI
Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, joining us from the U.K., is known worldwide for her teachings of cyclical wisdom.
Much of her work is dedicated to helping us become sensitized to profound learning that arises
when we listen to our female bodies and all that they have to teach us.
Cassie Rodgers, Lela Beem and Corinne Peterson
Join us among the peaceful and luscious green hills of remote Northern Wisconsin to participate in daily yoga and Total Yoga Nidra practices to honor the all of the cycles of our lives as women, as well as sacred art making, music and nature exploration.
Everything offered is included and is also completely optional! You are encouraged to do what is going to nourish you- sleep in, practice early, spend time alone or among the group. Do what feels good to you.
We invite you to share this experience with a friend, sister, or mother.
6.30am Early morning yoga practice (optional)
8.30am Morning Call – Invocations, prayers, mantra and devotional music with Uma and Yoli
9:00-11:30am Morning Session with Uma including, reflections, movement, sound, gesture and Total Yoga Nidra
11:30-12:00pm Small Shakti Circles of women, sharing internal weather report and dream share with the Yogini web
12:00-1pm Lunch (main meal of the day)
1:00-3:30pm Yantra Making with Chanti, Free time, and optional activities
3:30-5:30pm Afternoon Session with Uma including, reflections, movement, sound, gesture and Total Yoga Nidra
5:30-6:30pm Light dinner
6:30-7:30pm Free time and optional activities
7:30pm Fire ceremony & kirtan (devotional music) led by Yoli
9.30pm Retire to slumber
Wed - Check in 3pm, dinner 5:30pm evening programming
Sun - Morning programming, lunch, check out 12pm
Who is it for?
All women - whether you are a complete beginner to yoga or a super-experienced yogini.
Women exploring their menstrual and menopausal experiences as a means to health, wellbeing and spiritual empowerment.
Yoga teachers and yoga therapists – it can count towards Continuing Education points depending upon the requirements of their professional associations.
Health care practitioners with a living practice of yoga who want to support their clients in positive experiences of women’s inner wisdom.
Are you pregnant? Breastfeeding? Do you have young children? Or perhaps you want to know more about your eligibility – Please see our Statement of Inclusion page which is a genuine welcome from Uma and details the appropriate support for for women considering attending this retreat.
Considering bringing a child to this retreat? Please read this.
Wondering if this retreat is right for you? It might be helpful for you to read this.
Wednesday: Arriving to Settle, Opening Shakti Circle
Thursday: Healing the Girls We Were. Exploring menarche (our first period) to reflect upon and honor all aspects of our inner girl. Through games, sharing, writing and yoga medicine we will invite a sense of empowerment that can serve ourselves as well as daughters, nieces, goddaughters, sisters, granddaughters and friends.
Friday: Honoring the Moon Inside. Throughout a woman's life, powerful ryths are at work. Learning to be conscious of these rhythms, improves our quality of life. What we learn from menstrual rhythms helps us to understand and meet the challenges of other cycles. On this day we will experience practical techniques for developing mentstraul awareness and understand how menstrual health and fertility can be supported through yoga. For those experiencing pregnancy, we will map the menstrual seasons onto the journeys of conception and birth. For the perimenopausal, menopausal and postmenopausal women we will revisit what we learn in menstruation to acquire a crucial tool for navigating menopause. With healing yoga movement, breath, sound and gesture.
Saturday: Welcoming the Great Change. Welcoming perimenopause, menopause and beyond as the most challenging and rewarding seasons of our lives. We will encounter practical ways to meet and embrace the power of change as we age. This day offers nourishing movement, soulful sound and breath meditation (for temperature regulations and mood swings) practices and reflections to help us integrate the power of our later years. With evening celebration.
Sunday: Integration. Closing Circle, Departures
This is a listing of other optional indoor or outdoor activities offered from our retreat team. If you are interested in volunteering to lead a planned or spontaneous gathering and you would like to share please let us know!
Dream practices, writing to yourself with Uma
Cunt Crafting with Uma
Creating a labyrinth and birth yantra with Chanti
Friday Early Morning Gentle Yoga with Corinne
Saturday Early Morning Gentle Yoga with Lela
Abyhanga: Sacred Nourishment with Cassie
Using a Neti Pot with Cassie
Yoli Maya Yeh will be available for private shiatsu sessions for $100 per hour. If you are interested in booking one of these limited spots please email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Christine Center
W8303 MANN ROAD
Williard, WI 54493
Early Bird Price - $385 before April 1st,
April 2nd onward - $425
Lodging and Food Package:
Ranging from $215-$445 per person based on accommodation style, see options below.
Creating your Birth Yantra with Chanti Perez
Thurs, Fri, and Sat from 1:30-3:30pm
The birth yantra is symbolic of the creative path; different from a maze the labyrinth has a specific goal. In this workshop we will use the labyrinth as a symbol of our womanhood—weaving in and out. When the yantra is complete it will serve as a tool to remember the journey towards the center as well as how it affects the path back out into the world. The practice of yantra construction and painting will be the vessel which can hold the “birth” of your honoring the cycles of womanhood.
Evening Kirtan with Yoli Maya Yeh
Offered every evening at 7:30
Wind down and tune in with Yoli Maya Yeh in devotional chants, prayer and reflection these evenings. Honoring the sacred with a fire offering and voice let us commune with Nature and ourselves while honoring the sacred in our lives.
Yoli will draw from Tantrik, yogic and Native American lineage practices in the evening offering.
To register please follow these steps:
- Add the "Program Package" to your cart then,
- Choose and add your "Accommodation/Meal Package" and to your cart, then check out.
- Fill out the Retreat Registration Form where you will have an opportunity to specify your roommate preferences, dietary needs, etc...
If you have financial concerns to make this retreat possible please email us at email@example.com about your options.
If you have any difficulties checking out or questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Bird Price - $385 before April 1st,
April 2nd onward - $425
This package includes all of the programming offered from Wed-Sun as outlined in the description. It does not included lodging and meals and should be added to your cart separately.
Room and Meal Package Options
All room and meal packages below are priced per person with options to
room alone "Private Occupancy", or with a room mate(s) "Shared Occupancy"
Each room has 2 twin beds, a desk, a recliner, a closet and a private bathroom with a toilet, sink and shower. They also have an outside exit door as well as an inside exit door.
Room options include a private room or shared room (max 2 people per room).
All rustics have electricity and heat, a recliner, a desk with shared sleeping quarters (with multiple occupancy selection). All the rustics have a little Porta potty in it that is partitioned off for privacy. These hermitages are quite close (within walking distance) to bathroom and shower facilities as well.
Room options include a private cabin or shared cabin and room. Some hermitages max at 2, 3 people/beds per room/cabin. If you choose a shared occupancy you will be randomly selected and paired in these rooms unless you specify triple rooming preference and list room mates to share with.
All modern cabins have a kitchenette with a stove top, sink, microwave, fully stocked with dishes, pots and pans, silverware and utensils. Cabins have shared sleeping quarters (with shared occupancy selection), 1 private bathroom with a toilet, sink and shower. All Modern cabins have heat and electric, a recliner and a desk.
Room options include a private cabin or shared cabin and room. Some hermitages max at 2, 3 or 4 people/beds per room/cabin. If you choose a shared occupancy you will be randomly selected and paired in these rooms unless you specify triple rooming preference and list room mates to share with.
Camping within the trees or a large open field among the beautiful grounds. There are 2 outdoor porta potties near by. There is 1 electric hook up site available (first come first serve).
For cancellations on or before May 31st
You may request a refund for your “Program Package and Room and Meal Package”, less a $200 administrative fee.
Your reservation may be transferable to a friend or someone on the waitlist (if applicable) on or before May 31st for a $20 administration fee. You will be responsible for finding this participant if there is no waitlist, linking them with Amala and paying the administrative fee.
For cancellations on or after June 1st:
In the event that you cancel after June 1st, or simply do not show up, no refunds or credits will be given.
Your reservation may be transferable to a friend or someone on the waitlist (if applicable) on or after June 1st for a $40 administration fee. You will be responsible for finding this participant if there is no waitlist, linking them with Amala and paying the administrative fee. If you cannot find a friend to transfer to, no refunds or credits will be given.
In case of a health or family emergency cancellation: Amala will retain a $200 administrative fee and may refund you additionally based on your circumstance and whether we are able to fill your spot. This will be at Amala's discretion and decided within 2 weeks after the end of the retreat.
Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, PhD, YT Dip, C-IAYT - Lead Facilitator
Uma met yoga in 1969, at the age of four, and fell in love. She’s been practicing ever since, and teaching yoga since 1994. A yoga therapist with special expertise in yoga therapy for women’s health, Uma is a mother of three, and has written four books on yoga for women, including the massive Yoni Shakti now in its fourth printing.
Uma works internationally, sharing yoga retreats, trainings and empowerments that support the natural arising of prana shakti: the power of life. Since 2001 she has trained a total of over one thousand specialist teachers in Total Yoga Nidra, Women’s Yoga (womb yoga for all stages of women’s lives), and therapeutic yoga for pregnancy, birth, and postnatal recovery.
Uma’s passion as a writer and as a teacher is to transmit the clarity of awareness, creativity and profound vitality nourished by yoga tantra. Her practice and teaching respects the cyclical powers of the living earth, and honours human life cycles as spiritual initiations (including conscious menstruation, menopause, birth and postnatal recovery).
Chanti Tacoronte-Perez - Contributing Partner
MA, E-RYT 500, Cert ParaYoga® Teacher, AYS
Chanti’s passion is to inspire students to rediscover their creative self through personal inquiry, effortlessness, ritual, sangha and sadhana. She has been studying and teaching yoga in the Sri Vidya lineage since 2005. Chanti believes that creativity is one of the most essential tools in guiding students towards living a joyous and purposeful life. She is masterful at ritualizing the teachings of the tradition with creative tools in order to explore the soul.
Yoli Maya Yeh, MA - Contributing Partner
Yoga Therapist (VYASA, Yoga for the Special Child) and an Educator in Comparative Religions and Global Studies (MA Comparative Religious Ethics).
Yoli spent twelve years of her young adulthood studying language, yoga, tantra, ayurveda, healing arts and meditation in India. A native of Evanston, IL, she blends her understandings of Indigenous wisdom teachings, mind-body science, yogic discipline, and play into innovative educational programs for all ages and abilities. Yoli is a licensed Shiatsu therapist, doula and clairvoyant who in her spare time stewards LumenKids, a non-profit devoted to creating experiential learning opportunities for youth ages 11-19. www.yogawithyoli.com Instagram: @yoliyogini
Lela Beem E-RYT, RPYT, C-IAYT - Supporting Faculty
Lela is co-owner and co-founder of The Amala School of Yoga and Grateful Yoga of Evanston. She is a certified Kripalu Yoga and ParaYoga teacher, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist approved by the International Assoc. of Yoga Therapy. Lela has been teaching group and private prenatal, and Hatha yoga full-time since 2005. This gathering of dear friends and like-minded souls is a dream come true for Lela to support!
Cassie Rodgers, E-RYT, RPYT - Supporting Faculty
Cassie has been passionate and dedicated to supporting and empowering women with yoga as an experienced pre/postnatal yoga specialist since 2007. She offers group classes, private lessons, couples classes and workshops including Yoga for Labor and The Pregnant Practice. She has been training teachers to specialize in the perinatal life stage in Chicago since 2010 and co-founded The Amala School of Prenatal Yoga, which offers a 95 hour teacher training and other programs in Chicago.
Corinne Peterson, MPH, LMT, C-IAYT - Supporting Faculty
Corinne Peterson has been teaching yoga since 1994. Her gentle teaching style is welcoming and healing. She is a yoga therapist, certified in iRest® Yoga Nidra and trained in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga. She holds a masters degree in public health in the area of health education and promotion, and has been a licensed massage therapist since 1997. For many years, Corinne supported women through prenatal yoga and as a birth doula. Now, ten years into her own journey from perimenopause into menopause, she is passionate about helping other women navigate this path, each with her own unique experiences.
More to Know
Getting To The Retreat Center:
The Christine Center is nestled in 125 acres of tranquil woodlands in north central Wisconsin, two miles from Willard, about one hour south east of Eau Claire. It’s about a three hour drive from Minneapolis and Madison, four hours from Milwaukee and five hours from Chicago.
By Car: Please follow these printable driving directions: Driving to the Christine Center. These pages give directions from regional major cities. Use caution with Mapquest or Google Maps. Their directions may get you lost in this rural area.
Please note: this is deer country. When traveling early morning or late afternoon or evening, use caution. Slow down, actively watch for deer at the sides of the road. If you see deer, slow way down. Be safe! Also, wild turkeys do NOT move out the way for you. Slow Down.
By Air, Bus, and Rail: Flights are available into the Minneapolis International Airport, Central Wisconsin Airport, and Eau Claire Airport. The closest bus station is in Eau Claire. The closest Amtrak station is about 1.5 hour’s drive in Tomah, WI. We can arrange to pick you up and drop you off.
We encourage you to share the drive, if you are seeking a travel partner you can arrange this through the secret Facebook group which you will be invited to join upon registration.
What to Bring:
Plan to make this a sacred time to treat yourself to all that would bring you nourishment and joy. Here are a few ideas of what you might like to bring along; mala beads, neti pot, tissues or handkerchief, flashlight, water bottle, journal, blanket, pillow, something to place on the altar, red and gold clothes to wear for our Saturday evening celebration, meaningful fabrics that you can use for our optional craft project, any of your portable hobbies (ie; stitching, sewing kit, crafts).
Please know that ample yoga props will be essential in creating the upmost experience for yourself. Even if you are not accustomed to using props they are quiet necessary for the types of practices you will be offered on this retreat. Please plan to bring a mat, a bolster and a blanket and preferably also: a cushion, a second blanket, a couple of blocks or a third blanket and an eye pillow.
Sisters please remember, when we come together, in circle, to celebrate our cycles, those cycles are listening! And this means, that even if you haven’t bled for years, and even if you aren’t due to bleed during the time of retreat you may bleed. So please bring whatever you choose to receive your sacred menstrual moon flow. Choose wisely, with the earth in mind, and bring non-bleached and eco products that are Earth and Yoni friendly, so you can be prepared to enjoy your flow if she comes on the retreat.
You may also want to bring blankets or cloths or mats for sitting out on the good earth. Bring only the truly comfortable clothes and shoes in which you are happy to walk through trees here in this beauty - and perhaps something for the evenings that lifts your heart, something you can wear with joy!