WOMEN AWAKENING SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, December 2, 2016
6 PM Opening Ceremony
Saturday, December 3, 2016
8:30-10:00 Yoga with Marimar Moreno
10:30-11:30 The Gift of Intuition with Fran Gallaher
11:45-12:45 Finding Fluidity through the Female Archetypes w/Stacie Scarberry
12:45-2:15 Lunch/Free Time
2:15-3:15 Harnessing the Power of Your Cycle with Rachel Sizemore
3:30-4:30 Women, Tradition and Nutrition with Nikki Burnett
4:45-5:45 Making Friends With Your Emotions with Elena Moreno
6:00-7:15 How to Be Yourself by Loving All Yourselves with Zoë Dearborn
7:30 Awakening Voices Concert at La Esquina withJenelle Aubade, Divier Guive and Zoë Dearborn *
Sunday, December 4, 2016
8:00-9:30 Movement Meditation & Dance with Zoë Dearborn
10:00-12:00 Dharma Talk with Elena Ascencio-Ibanez *
12:15-1:15 The Spirit of the Dance with Maluca Flores
1:15-2:45 Lunch/Free time
2:45-4:15 Inspired Guest Question and Answer Segment with Suzy Chaffee
4:30-5:30 Awakening our Highest Potential with Lynn Wedekind
6:00-7:00 Closing Ceremony
* Open to General Public, men and women
WOMEN AWAKENING CO-CREATORS:
Angelica Vélez Robinson, Founder
WOMEN AWAKENING PRESENTERS:
Suzy Stevia Chaffee
ANGELICA VÉLEZ ROBINSON
FOUNDER Angelica Vélez Robinson, founder of Women Awakening is a native of Denver, Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science. She and her husband fell in love with Todos Santos four years ago while visiting Cerritos during arguably the worst time of the year to be in the area, September. Carving out a niche for themselves in Todos Santos over the past few years, while holding down a thriving criminal law practice in Denver has presented some challenges, but the work has been joyful and the experiences and friendships they have made have been life changing and incomparable. Angelica woke up at 3:31 a.m. the morning after her birthday with an epiphany: she must create a women’s summit in Todos Santos. Perfectly poised for such an event, Todos Santos hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year. Angelica was honestly surprised that a women’s summit didn’t exist in Todos Santos already. The feminine energy in Todos Santos is a rarified and powerful thing and learning so much from other women in her life, she wanted to create a unique and enlightening knowledge sharing experience with the women of Todos Santos and beyond. Once she shared her vision with the co-creators of Women Awakening, the wellspring of ideas was tapped and began to flow. Angelica Robinson and the co-creators of Women Awakening are honored to share this uniquely unifying experience with you.
HARNESS THE POWER OF YOUR MENSTRUAL CYCLE
WITH RACHEL SIZEMORE, CERTIFIED HOLISTIC HEALTH COACHReconnect to the deeper wisdom of your body and its monthly rhythm. Together, we will discover the four seasons of the cycle and the power and possibility contained within each. We will explore how embracing the rhythm of the cycle can lead to easier periods, overall greater health, and a deeper connection to your divine intuition.
RACHEL SIZEMORE BIO Rachel Sizemore is a certified holistic health coach and creator of Sexy In Your Own Skin. She is passionate about women releasing their stories of not good enough and claiming their feminine power. Through her coaching, Rachel guides her clients to reclaim their bodies and their lives so they can experience unshakeable confidence, deep love, and big goofy smile filled joy.
MAKING FRIENDS WITH OUR EMOTIONS
WITH ELENA MORENO
In this gathering we will explore our Emotional Body and learn how to overcome extreme reactions and remain calm, cool and in control.
Our Emotional Body is an important, complicated, difficult and sometimes dangerous, but absolutely essential part of our personal make-up. Complex, confusing and unfathomable as it may be, without our Emotional Body we would be incapable of distinguishing the many shades of living. It lets us know when we are in danger, tells us whether our behavior is good or bad, and helps us to recognize positive actions that should be replicated and negative ones that should be avoided. It is that part of us that enjoys the finer things of life and makes us more than an unfeeling robot. There is, however, also a sinister side to our emotions. Once aroused, by either positive or negative triggers, our Emotional Body can take us on a wild and confusing ride.
ELENA MORENO BIO
Elena Moreno is a yoga teacher, doctor of Naturopathy, writer, environmentalist and entrepreneur. She is on the board of a number of nonprofit organizations dedicated to education, conservation, service and indigenous traditions. She is also the founder of the Empowerment Series, an educational program for personal growth and spiritual development, which is taught in the United States, Mexico and other countries. A mother and grandmother, Elena lives with her husband of 45 years, in Todos Santos, a small community on the pacific coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico.
THE GIFT OF INTUITION: YOUR INTUITIVE STYLE AND YOUR PATH TO SELF-AWARENESS
WITH FRAN GALLAHER, INTUITIVE COACH
This session will focus on what intuition is, how we all have it, and how to develop it according to each participant’s Intuitive Style. Knowing your Intuitive Style determines your particular path to self-awareness.
FRAN GALLAHER BIO Coaching is about directing and developing your intelligence to perceive the need and direction for change, create choice and take positive action. Intuitive coaching is using intuition -- yours and mine -- to direct your intelligence more precisely to access guidance and create the greatest scope of choice with the best possible outcome.
Intuitive Coaching is an experience of precise, specific guidance and direction designed to motivate, increase awareness, create informed choice and provide energetic support to people who wish to improve their lives, evolve their relationships and create greater success and satisfaction.
Fran Gallaher is the Founder of Really Flourish LLC. Fran uses her intuition and access to guides to make her coaching focused, efficient and effective to get to the heart of her client’s situation. She also uses focusing exercises and guided visualization to assist clients during individual sessions and workshops to allow her clients to more strongly connect to their inner selves through direct experience and the discovery of their own, often unrecognized, inner resources and heart’s desires.
CONTACT FRAN GALLAHER
CONNECTING WOMEN, TRADITION & NUTRITION
WITH NIKKI BURNETT, MS CNTP MNT, HOLISTIC, FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION
We live in an interesting time. We know more, yet we are sicker. We have more access yet we are limited in understanding.
We, as women, have an amazing amount of power – power to feel, to accept, to heal, to learn, to change, and to lead. We are critical decision makers within our family units, within our communities, within our world.
The most basic need in life is food, yet it has become one of the most misunderstood and confusing areas of life. There is more confusion as to what healthy foods are and what it means to be healthy. Mainstream media, mainstream medicine, the industrial revolution, the internet – all of these things have given us more access, more information, more connection, yet we’ve lost all of these things in ourselves.
The goal of this workshop is to begin to understand food again. It’s time we take nutrition back to basics and learn to listen to our own inner wisdom, not the internet. It’s time to bring healing and good health back to its roots. Beyond the beauty of traditional food, we need to understand the impact that non-traditional foods have on our bodies - from our physical and emotional health, to our DNA, then on to our children and our children’s children. Food is life. Food is a way of communication for our cells and our genetic code. A broken line of communication creates broken health, but a clean line of communication can bring us life, vibrancy, and vitality.
The key points of this workshop include:
- Nutrient dense, traditional foods vs fake, fad foods
- Epigenetics – food as communication
- Nutrient deficiency and cell danger response
- The world we live in – our environment is just as important as the food we eat
- Empowering yourself and your health – where to begin
NIKKI BURNETT BIO
Nikki is the founder of Taste Life Nutrition, a practice dedicated to holistic, functional nutrition to meet the needs of the biochemical individuality of each client. She is also the Chief Nutritionist for Trainer on Demand by Lifestyle Social, and LifeStyle Social. She has a Master’s degree in Science, she is a Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner, and Master Nutrition Therapist. She works with many different conditions in practice: Reproductive health and fertility, autoimmunity, GI health, blood sugar balance, cardiovascular health, and weight control.
Practicing holistic, functional nutrition gives her the ability to work with people as individuals. To assume one way of life works for all people is a sad, simplistic view of the complexity of the body, the environment, genetics, food, and many other factors. She is committed to changing the way people view food and creating healthy relationships with the life giving foods we eat every day. This is very often a neglected relationship and if that is changed, we can learn to appreciate and understand that food is more than food...it is life.
Practicing holistic nutrition means she looks at the body as a whole. Her job is not to only work with the condition at hand, but to dig to find the root cause of that condition. This not only includes the physical manifestations, but emotional and psychological as well. The body works as a whole, not in pieces.
Practicing functional nutrition means that she runs labs in order to best understand deficiencies and imbalances in the body. This takes out much of the guess work and gives us a better understanding of what the body needs. It gives guidance in the best strategy to bring balance back to the body.
HOW TO BE YOURSELF BY LOVING ALL YOUR SELVES:
A PERSONAL JOURNEY THROUGH EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY
WITH ZOË DEARBORN, EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPIST, TEACHER, MULTIMEDIA ARTIST
In this personal talk, expressive arts therapist, teacher, coach, artist, writer and performer, Zoë Dearborn, shows us, by telling her own story as an example, how to use compassion, curiosity, creativity and consciousness to look within at the inner family of self, and how we can use the tools of art, drama, dance, writing and music to re-integrate all your selves into a unified whole.
ZOË DEARBORN BIO
Zoë Dearborn is a creativity enthusiast, expressive arts champion, teacher, mentor, counselor & art coach. Her life’s work is synthesizing her four passions: the arts, psychology, education and spirituality to awaken humans to the language of our unique souls, and the yearnings of our universal heart. Zoë holds an MA in Counseling Psychology & Expressive Arts Therapy from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and a BA from Oberlin College in Studio Art.
Through her local project Art For Life, her mission is to make the expressive arts accessible to everyone, and to return the arts to their rightful place—at the core of our culture & everyday lives. She is here to inspire people to live out their fullest potential and highest purpose through her unique classroom laboratories (Dance Lab and Art Journal Lab), arts-infused events (Mariposa Night, Open Reading), workshops (Be All Your Selves), and community volunteer work (annual collaborative art projects with local children). She also recently opened a photography and graphics gallery with her husband in Todos Santos, Luz Gallery.
Zoë is also a life-long writer, performer, artist, designer, and collaborator, who writes about the creative process, spiritual philosophy, off the grid living, creative motherhood, and shares her songs, essays, poetry, art and more on her blog, zoelab.net. Originally born and bred in Brooklyn, she now lives with her husband and seven year old son on their off-the-grid homestead in the desert in Southern Baja, Mexico.
FINDING FLUIDITY THROUGH THE FEMALE ARCHETYPES
Women played a very important role in the life of ancient tribes. They were more than just mothers of the tribes’ children. They were builders, warriors, farmers, and craftswomen. Their strength was essential to the survival of the tribe. Yet in recent times, we have been limited to the Madonna or the whore, to name a few, pigeonholing us into a limited and preconceived aspect of our authentic selves and hindering our ancient and intuitive knowledge.
We are all dynamic beings, with many attributes. However, grooming by society has drawn very clear lines of who we should be at various stages in our lives, thus impeding our ability to grow and creating a fear of how we are perceived.
This workshop is an opportunity for us to explore the many female archetypes and reclaim the suppressed parts of ourselves, by being fluid, adaptable in who women are at their core, who we are at our core and unlocking our true potential by honoring our feminine power at our deepest level.
STACIE SCARBERY BIO
Stacie Scarbery is a Certified Rolfer, Certified yoga teacher, owner of La Luna Organics body products and TRX instructor with a degree in Integrative physiology and Kinesiology, as well as Women and Gender studies. As a young girl, Stacie was heavily influenced by her grandmother who was an Appalachian Medicine woman, which was a catalyst for her draw towards Holism. Her life work is dedicated to making people comfortable physically, as well as emotionally and spiritually by awakening blocked parts of the whole being.
ARTIST Women Awakening - The Journey of Woman, Jill Mollenhauer
The Journey of Woman expresses within the Infinite Universe. It is an intense love affair. As we grow and nurture that which is us truly, we awaken to our miraculous feminine strength and passion, to our profound softness, and to our own divinity.
The warm chakra colors speak of our connection to Mother Earth, our ability to create and passionately engage in being beautifully Human. We are magnificent powerhouses!
Our other half, our ethereal Self is expressed as cool blues and greens. These colors represent the heavens and the heart, the counterpart to our earthly expression. Together they merge in love. The affair is quite literally within us.
The merging of these two culminates in the yellow, which opens and reveals our true selves. As we release that which does not serve us, the pure white in the center brings forth strength, where the crystal, our Knowing resides.
The gold cord represents our journey, individually and collectively to this place of Knowing.
Each hand-sewn stitch along it was lovingly placed to represent a woman, in fact every woman who ever has or will step upon this earth. Whether we travel this road in groups or individually, we are never truly alone. We walk together united as one.
YOU are represented here. I bow to your courage, to your beauty, to the feminine wisdom that has guided you here and to this place, right now. I bow to All that will forever travel beside and within you.
Women Awakening - The Journey of Woman, 2016, by Jill Mollenhauer, Mixed Media on Canvas
JILL MOLLENHAUER BIO
The passion to express and share the beauty that resides within us all motivates Jill to create, whether it be in paint, metal, or any number of other materials.
‘I want to share the inherent Joy that resides within us. This desire leads to each piece of art. It is my invitation to you, the viewer, to experience Home.’
A San Diego native, now residing in Todos Santos, BCS, Jill is largely self-taught. She has devoted her life to moving forward and expanding her creative skills.
As a private school art instructor through the 1980s, Jill wrote and implemented the art curriculum for grades K-8. She later left the classroom to pursue a full-time art career that has successfully spanned over 30 years.
Her murals, for clients both private and public, grace buildings in California, Mexico, the Philippines and the East Coast. Some of her clients include Children’s Hospital, San Diego, Laguna Trends Gift Shop, the Seaport Village Carousel restoration and the San Diego Historical Society.
Jill has participated in numerous art shows throughout CA, both juried and non-juried, the La Jolla Festival of the Arts, the Talmadge Art Show and, and Mission Federal ArtWalk among them.
Her work has been shown at Agora Gallery in New York City, The Artist Alley in San Francisco, Exclusive Collections Galleries in San Diego and she is currently represented by Mangos Gallery and La Esquina Cafe in Todos Santos, BCS.
For more information about Jill Mollenhauer:
DHARMA TEACHER, TRANSLATOR, ARTIST, ENTREPRENEUR
Elena Ascencio-Ibáñez is an artist, a noted translator and an entrepreneur. Her work includes psychiatrist and meditation Dharma Teacher Dr. Robert K. Hall’s collection of poems Buddha Now, Buda Ya, and his most recent collection of Dharma Talks Así Es, which features Elena’s artwork as well. She recently received empowerment as a Dharma Teacher and travels Mexico translating and collaborating with Dr. Robert in Silent Meditation & Gestalt Retreats. Elena lives in Todos Santos, Baja with her partner and two daughters.
A Dharma Talk preceded by a guided Vipassana meditation period.
A Dharma talk is said to be an art form. It is woven starting from a sincere presence, using several forms of speech, all in agreement with the teachings and considering the current circumstances of the listeners. Elena is happy to share what she has discovered on her own self-inquiry journey so far, doing it through an honest account of where she is and where she has been.
Vipassana is an ancient meditation technique that begins with the observation of the breath as a method to concentrate the mind and goes on to observe the changing nature of body and mind.
LYNN WEDEKIND, MEd.
SOUND HEALER, MUSICIAN
“Awakening to Our Highest Potential” – Planetary Medicine for Accelerating Consciousness Through Music, Sound and Indigenous Ways.
Immerse yourself within the transformational alchemy of music and sound while experiencing and integrating the gift of our “Three Treasures” within our physical bodies, birthing our cosmic creative potential and honoring our connection with Mother Earth, through the Music of the Spheres and Indigenous Cosmology.
LYNN WEDEKIND BIO
Whether she is known as a teacher, sound practitioner, professional musician, composer, vocalist, philosopher, wellness specialist, or ceremonialist, Lynn is committed to bring healing heart by heart, and assist in consciousness transformation for creating harmony and peace on the planet.
Having been influenced by her formative years of living in a park, Lynn remains connected to the importance of respecting nature, living in balance with Mother Earth, her creatures and ecosystems, and following the native path of indigenous wisdom and traditional spiritual values holding the Earth in harmony.
With over 40 years of collective experience in both the health care industry and as a professional musician, she combines her love of science and medicine with her passion for music and sound as a Senior Faculty Teacher and Certified Practitioner of the Acutonics® Healing System and as a Professional Sound Artist and Performer.
Lynn spent over 20 years working within the western medical model in preventative medicine, as clinical director for non-profit, private clinic and hospital settings for wellness and cardiac & pulmonary rehabilitation programs.
Her lifelong journey with music and sound developed through her roles as professional pianist and vocalist, composer, performer, recording artist, producer and engineer. In the mid 80’s, she was invited to tour as pianist with Grammy Award winning artists’s, Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel. Both appear on her first CD, Heart on a Limb. Her music has appeared in film and video internationally. She was selected to composed the soundtrack for the emotionally inspired documentary “Mending Spirits,” a film about three women’s healing process after experiencing domestic violence. Her prayer for the captive Orca whale in the Miami Seaquarium, “Tokitae”, is a testament to her use of music as inspiration and voice for the betterment of humanity. Lynn’s recordings are available on her private label, TuneintuitMusic.
Owner of “Tuneintuit”, her company offers individual sound treatments, educational and experiential retreats and workshops, live performance and concerts, and transformational sound experiences. She divides her time between Port Townsend, WA and Baja California Sur, Mexico.
She collaborates with indigenous elders and other individual’s sharing in sacred ceremony for healing the Earth and it’s waters. Together with sound and ceremony she passionately assists humankind to reach it’s highest potential for the New Dawning of Mother Earth.
SUZY STEVIA CHAFFEE
QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION
SUZY STEVIA CHAFFEE BIO
Suzy Chaffee, the Olympic, 'Freestyle, "Suzy Chapstick", and "Fire & Ice" star, is called a National Treasure for her activism. Tall blond Suzy credits her youthful longevity to loving to give back.
After having to hitchhike to the mountains for ski training at Denver University, in 1975 she led the Title IX March in Washington that gave generations of girls equal sports and education in schools. It has since saved Americans a trillion in healthcare and welfare.
After teaching a Lakota to ski in Telluride in 1995, he led a snowdance that saved their ski area from a snowless Christmas. Four miracles later she found herself co-founding the Native American Olympic Team that has inspired ski areas across the U.S. and Canada to share the healing joy of skiing and boarding with over 10,000 tribal youth.
This inspires their Elders to lead snowdances that have saved ski areas from droughts since Walt Disney asked the tribes to save their 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics. In 2012 the consensus of the UN's 192 countries was the key to regenerating Mother Earth is green technology and the Ancient Wisdom of the tribes. Stanford's 2007 Nobel Prize winner Dr. Stephen Schneider urged the rest of the ski areas to follow.
Marie Mercedes Sanchez of Nicaragua, the UN Sustainability officer, urged Chaffee to share her "Snowdance Phenomena" story with communities worldwide and spread oceandances when she moved to Puerto Vallarta in 2010. 10 whales came at the end of their Whale Protection oceandance, led by the Aztecas and Cherokee, another transformed the Bay to turquoise, and the tribes helped Vallarta survive Patricia, the fiercest hurricane ever. Stories on NAOTF.org.
WOMEN EQUAL PAY
Since women in the U.S. make 77 cents for equal work, and ski areas on Forest lands have discrimination laws, Chaffee led a demonstration in Aspen in April with fellow ski champions, given sport heroes set society's standards. To make amends to women, Chaffee is fighting to give all women a 33% discount to ski so they can afford pricey lift tickets now, until women get equal pay. This will double their profits since moms bring 3 family members, and serve as a model of the benefits of equalizing America.
ENDING DIABETES & ZIKA and DENGUE IN MEXICO
A healthcare leader of US and Mexico, Chaffee saluted Mexico's President Pena Nieto for recommending stevia to turn around diabetes and obesity. She co-founded Vallarata Saludable partnering with the UN to help transform the region into organic farming through micro minerals and nanotech, which also clears the ocean. After developing yummy recipes with 10 superfoods, she isdeveloping with the UN Team the highest nutrition foods to allow astronauts into deep space, while locally healing diabetes. At her request they developed organic solutions to protect everyone from the Zika and Dengue viruses and an oral to reduce affects overnight to protect children's brains and joy.
MORNING HATHA FLOW YOGA
WITH MARIMAR HIGGINS, YOGA TEACHER, ENTREPRENEUR, COMMUNITY BUILDER, OWNER OF CUATRO VIENTOS & LA ESQUINA
Essentially, this practice is about waking up into the body, the heart, and the mind, right here, right now. The flow is slow and deliberate, yet energy building, focused on core strength. Marimar encourages you to explore the vast range of emotion, sensation, and experience that arises throughout the practice. Each pose is an opportunity to simply BE, dropping the story and the expectations, and expanding into that which you really are, moment to moment to moment.
MARIMAR HIGGINS BIO
Marimar has been teaching yoga in Todos Santos for twelve years. She loves her ongoing teaching practice and the community that surrounds it. Her vision has always been to be able to teach and practice in a beautiful, natural place, where the outer landscape and the inner landscape could be in harmony. At the same time, she dreamed of offering the space to other teachers and practitioners from near and far so that they could share their gifts, creating a powerful vortex of creative and healing energy. When the time was right she and her husband, Oscar, designed and built Cuatro Vientos, a center for yoga, arts, meditation and movement. The space was officially opened to the community in January, 2015. Marimar lives in Todos Santos with her husband and two children and is also the owner of La Esquina, the café right next door to Cuatro Vientos.
THE SPIRIT OF THE DANCE
WITH MALUCHA FLORES, DANCE TEACHER
Dance is profoundly rooted in the Tahitian and Hawaiian culture and spirituality. In These cultures, dance is the practice of receiving, cultivating and sharing cosmic energy. The energy generated When dancing produces well-being and joy to the dancer, and if the dancer knows how to deliver it to her audience, an exchange happens in the spectator Which Reflects back his or her emotions, qualities and values HUS creating the spiritual connection.
Malucha will discuss how understanding the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energies is vital in Tahitian and Hawaiian dance as well as to one's self- development and growth, Which is essential the prosperity of humanity.
MALUCHA FLORES BIO
Malucha was born in La Paz, BCS, Mexico, Where She graduated as a teacher. She has taken endless courses of personal development in Mexico City. During a vacation in Tahiti and she Took Hawaii, she Attended a festival That captivated her from the very first moment. Also it motivated her to get to know the culture and the values the region deeply.
In order to expand her dance studies, she has Traveled to New York, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and has returned to Hawaii and Tahiti. Several Malucha Teaches dance in places.
Even though her knowledge of the Polynesian dance, culture and spirituality is great, her teaching style is plain, pure and centered in the heart. She is loved and honored by students all over the world. She Transmits her great love for dance, Which inspires her students.