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Schedule of Events

Friday, December 7

5:00 – 7:00p.m. Kirtan- Shine Your Light/Opening Ceremony

Saturday, December 8

8:00-9:30 a.m. Meditation, Yoga and Movement

30 Minute Intermission

10:00-11:30 Birth and Death: Portals Between Worlds

25 Minute Intermission

5 Minute Magical Moment

12:00-1:30 The Magic of Failure

25 Minute Intermission

5 Minute Magical Moment

2:00-3:30 Manifesting What We Are Wanting

25 Minute Intermission

5 Minute Magical Moment

4:00-5:30 Creating Magic Through the Power of Words

25 Minute Intermission

5 Minute Magical Moment

6:00 Closing Ceremony/The Magic of Love: Dreaming Our World Into Becoming

Sunday, December 9

8:00-9:30 Meditation, Yoga and Movement

30 Minute Intermission

10:00-11:30 Dharma Talk Preceded by a Guided Vipassana Meditation Period

25 Minute Intermission

5 Minute Magical Moment

12:00-1:30 The Art of Intimacy: Creating Magical Connection With Yourself And Others

25 Minute Intermission

5 Minute Magical Moment

2:00-3:30 Your Magical Voice: Singing and Songwriting for All

25 Minute Intermission

5 Minute Magical Moment

4:00-5:30 Walking in Beauty

25 Minute Intermission

5 Minute Magical Moment

6:00 Closing Ceremony


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This hybrid class combines yoga asanas with free movement as the energy slowly builds to a fun playful dance party. The whole experience is enhanced by a playlist of evocative music.

Class begins with a relaxing meditation, with an emphasis on mind-body awareness and conscious breath. With Marimar and Zoe as your guides, your senses will awaken as you transform gradually from a state of internal awareness to creative expression through dance.




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 process 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.


Elena Ascencio-Ibáñez is an artist, English/Spanish translator and entrepreneur. She has been collaborating and translating the work of the psychiatrist, meditation and Dharma teacher Dr. Robert K. Hall for years. Most notably, Elena translated Dr. Hall’s collection of poems featured in Buddha Now, Buda Ya, as well as his most recent collection of Dharma Talks Así Es, which also features her own artwork. She has worked with Dr. Robert Saltzman, as the editor for his recent book The Ten Thousand Things and as translator of his writings.

Elena is also a Dharma teacher in her own right, and travels throughout Mexico collaborating with Dr. Hall for silent meditation and Gestalt retreats, and is currently in training as a Gestalt guide. 




When We think of magic, it's something electric, bright, shimmering. This shimmering, bright, electric light is contained within each and everyone of us. Music, dancing, singing, anything non-linear brings us back to our creative force and the light within each and everyone of us. Singing mantras, helps to bring us back into the light. We sing all the different names of love to remind us that we are love, we are pure, that we are strong, courageous, infinite, expansive and timeless. These mantras dust off the heart and allow it to shine forth leading the way, in front of the mind. The vibrations created by repeating these words over and over both lull the mind into a single focal point (the heart), and also creates healing and calming effects on the nervous system and thus the body. The magic is experienced in every cell of your body. We create a very open, approachable, loving space for everyone to feel safe and comfortable. Everyone can participate. No experience necessary, you don't have to have a trained voice. When we all sing together all the voices and tones come together to create a beautiful sound. So everyone should feel welcomed.


Liz Campbell - Mama, Yoga teacher, Holistic Nutritionist
Liz has been teaching yoga for over a decade now and gives thanks for the many ways this practice continues to feed her life.
Before coming to Baja, she worked as a nutritionist for Whole Foods Market, helping to develop and implement their healthy eating programs.
Her greatest teacher in this life is her little babe Miss Naia who continues to surprise and delight her.
Liz was introduce to mantra from her teacher years ago, and instantly fell in love with its ability to focus and calm her mind.  She has always had a passion for singing and its ability to help her see the light, but when she met Allison and learned to sing mantras, her life was complete.
Liz and Allison now spread their love and light through this form of vibrational healing.

Allison Eaton is a E-RYT 500 YOGA INSTRUCTOR, YACEP, REIKI MASTER TEACHER, KIRTANISTA ॐ  Allison Eaton is an international teacher of Yoga, Reiki and Meditation. She teaches Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher Trainings and Reiki Certification Trainings world-wide. Allison is a Bhakti Yogini who sings heart-felt, devotional music and mantras and hosts community kirtan with the “Baja Bhakti Babes.”                                                                                                                                                                                                              Allison is the author of several yoga and Reiki manuals and books and is featured in the guided music and meditation album, "Sat Nam."To learn more about Allison, please visit: www.allisoneaton.com and Instagram: @allisonclaireeaton




The purpose of this workshop is to invite participants into a creative experience of writing lyrics to a song that expresses your feelings about the theme: creating magic, as well as a synthesis of your experience of the Women Awakening 2018 weekend. Participants will develop a deeper understanding and comfort with the process of singing and songwriting and will have the opportunity to create and record a Women Awakening theme song that expresses the ideas and feelings of the group.


Holly Mae Haddock is a personal process guide working and playing to unite the arts, psychotherapy, and process work. She has a Bachelors in Fine Art from UC Berkeley, and a Masters in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy from California Institute of Integral Studies. She has worked for 6+ years as a psychotherapist in clinical settings and 4+ years as a coach in various milieus in Oakland, Detroit, Berlin, San Diego and now Portland. Holly Mae practices many arts but loves songwriting most of all. 
 Holly Mae is interested in weaving people together in fulfilling, healing community relationships through arts-based play and collective creation. In her one on one work she specializes in deepening, or sounding the profundity available to us all through embrace of the Dark Night aspect of Self-actualization. She is interested in planetary ascension and healing the world.

Zoë Dearborn is an expressive arts therapist, creativity teacher and multimedia artist. She has an MA in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and a BA in Studio Art and East Asian Studies from Oberlin College. Zoë teaches two expressive arts therapy classes in Todos Santos: Art Journal Lab and Dance Lab, offers courses online and intuitive counseling in her private practice in Todos Santos. Zoë is also a writer, singer/songwriter/guitarist for the rock band Zoë & The Mischief, a trained actress and improvisor, photographer and creative collaborator. Originally from Brooklyn NY, she now lives off the grid in a homemade desert homestead near Todos Santos with her husband and 8 year old son.

For WA 2016, Zoë presented How To Be Yourself by Loving All Yourselves, A journey through Expressive Arts Therapy and in 2017, she presented the interactive workshop The Power of Owning Your Shadow. For WA 2018, she will be collaborating with Holly Mae Haddock in Magical Voice: Singing and Songwriting.

For more information on her work: www.zoedearborn.net

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Imagine that there is the world of the Seen—our everyday physical, material reality—and the world of the Unseen—the realm of the non-physical, of the immaterial. And imagine that birth and death are simply portals between these two worlds. Imagine that we potentially have a number of both birth and death experiences in a single lifetime and that movement between these two aspects of reality can be natural, fluid and organic.
Imagine further that presence, both as present moment awareness and the presence of the soul, gives us passage to move between these worlds and that, with time and experience, these two worlds can become simply two aspects of one, larger, world.
In this experiential talk you will:
Explore the mysteries of birth and death and the veil between them
Learn how women are gifted with a special ability to move between worlds
Experience a kind of “life review” and learn how you may have experienced your own version of death and rebirth in your life—perhaps even more than once.


Fran Gallaher is an Intuitive Life Coach and the Founder of Really Flourish LLC. Fran was a faculty member for the Program in Intuition, the Kaiser Institute, for eight years. She coached and taught intuition to physicians, nurses, healthcare administrators and business leaders, such as the President of Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the head of the Veterans Administration, the interim head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other business leaders. Fran uses her own intuition to make her coaching focused and effective to get to the heart of her client’s situation. She also uses focusing exercises and energy processes 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. 

An Intuitive Life Coach, presenter, speaker, writer and leader in the area of personal and business evolution, Fran lives in Denver, Colorado.




This a workshop that will focus on the power of words to create and express magic. Our goal is not to be super awesome or “real” writers, but to engage and surprise ourselves. To use words to celebrate ourselves and each other. To leave this room with a spirit of joy. For to me, the essence of magic is JOY.

I’m here because I wrote a book in 1997 called Cooking with Baja Magic. Eight years later I wrote a sequel, Cooking with Baja Magic Dos. In between and after, I wrote two more books, countless articles, newspaper columns, newsletters and website content. The common denominator in my writing was Baja. It was always about Baja, and the magical effect it has had on me my entire life.

For me, Baja Magic is about creating and maintaining an attitude where we can focus on the beauty in God’s creations—not our own. It’s in the views, the air, the light, the ocean and the sea, the beaches, the music, the people. The language, the history, the culture. And the food, of course. The freedom to roam and explore perhaps most of all. To cultivate it is to kick off your shoes, put on some latin music and savor life. Share. Appreciate. Care. Laugh. Accept. Grow. I could go on and on, but I don’t want to spoil your fun. Besides, you’re here, in Baja, so I’m pretty sure you “get it.”


Ann Hazard is a writer, foodie and adventurer. She has been in love with Baja since she was in fourth grade. Her grandfather settled in San Diego in 1890 and traveled extensively in northern Mexico. Ann’s dad tagged along with him as a kid and grew up loving Baja. He began taking Ann, her sister Nina and their mom south of the border in the early ‘60s. They camped on empty beaches and in the mountains, they explored the Sea of Cortez by boat and they flew into remote places only accessible by small plane.
 Ann has lived part time in Baja since 1993 and has carved a career out of her passion for this magical peninsula. She’s written four books about her life and travels: Cooking with Baja Magic, Cartwheels in the Sand, Agave Sunsets and Cooking with Baja Magic Dos. Additionally, she has written for numerous travel and culinary publications on both sides of the border, and several websites as well. 
 Ann has a home in Todos Santos. When not in Baja, she lives in Encinitas, in North San Diego County.




Success is measured by the number of times we are able to get up after falling down. Success in life, career or love is directly related to the relationship we have with failure. Everyone poops. Everyone needs to sleep and everyone, every single one of us has experience failure. What if we looked at moments where we thought we were complete failures as doorways to embracing our own humanity and spirit of humility! What if we could make it part of our experience and successful lives?
Discover evidence-based strategies for reexamining your take on failure in your life.


Jennifer Dawn Maddox, LCSW, MASM, CYT, RM
Jennifer is the owner of a private psychotherapy/coaching practice specializing in mindful resiliency. Her approach is rooted in mindful and yoga based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Experiential Psychotherapy and many trauma-based modalities.  Jennifer is also a Reiki Master and brings a deep sense of spirituality and joy to her practice.  Her passions lie in helping individuals who are fed up with feeling exhausted and scared recover their resilient nature. Truth is, in life and in love, change happens, whether it is thrust upon us, or of our own making. Therefore, everyone needs a Get Back Out There Coach! Jennifer has helped a multitude of people get back out there after trauma or heart ache.  For the last decade and a half, Jennifer has been happily busy with her kids, her practice and surfing life’s waves with Project Lumina (www.projectlumina.org).  Now that her girls are getting older and the waves of life are taking her other shores, she is busting out to write more and speak up more about the issues and subjects that are near and dear to her heart such as, peace, mindful connection and the power of redemptive process.  She is the author of many articles and blog posts such as “I Don’t Want (or Need) my Own Soulmate and Here’s Why.” She has been quietly making a name for herself as a resiliency expert, writer, story teller, actress / model and entrepreneur.

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The Beauty Way Path is a concept that is embraced by many Native America tribes. The Dineh/Navajo people refer to it as "hozho naash", the path of natural order. The Beauty Way is to learn to live as though life is a ceremony. It is about developing a state of innocent harmony with all that renews our peace of mind and happiness. It is a deeply personal condition that once achieved can also extend to our family, the community and the planet.

How can we find Beauty? How do we embrace it? How can we make it ours?

During our Women Awakening conversation we will learn to see that Beauty is all around and within each of us as well as within all things and all Beings.

We will seek to identify what is Beauty and how to apply it to the circumstances of our life.

We will discuss paths we may travel to enter into a state of Beauty and how to sustain that condition and should we fall out of Beauty, what are some ways to return.

We will explore practices and attitudes to enhance our intentions and focus our Path.

I invite you to come walk with me.

Today I will walk in Beauty, an Anasazi Prayer Today I will walk out, today everything evil will leave me. I will be as I was before, I will have a cool breeze over my body. I will have a light body, I will be happy forever, nothing will hinder me. I walk with beauty before me. I walk with beauty behind me. I walk with beauty below me. I walk with beauty above me. I walk with beauty around me. My words will be beautiful. In beauty all day long may I walk. Through the returning seasons, may I walk. On the trail marked with pollen may I walk. With dew about my feet, may I walk. With beauty before me may I walk. With beauty behind me may I walk. With beauty below me may I walk. With beauty above me may I walk. With beauty all around me may I walk. In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk. In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk. My words will be beautiful.


Elena Moreno is a yoga teacher, writer, doctor of Naturopathic medicine, environmentalist and business woman.  She is on the board of a number of nonprofit organization including the Cancer Registry of Baja California Sur, The Center for Renewable Energy and Environmental Quality, Circulos, Inc. as well as other organizations dedicated to education, conservation, service, personal growth and indigenous traditions, including, of course, Women Awakening.  She also is 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 46 years, her 3 grown children and 8 grandchildren in Todos Santos, a magical community on the pacific coast of Baja California Sur in Mexico.

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How the law of attraction works- (I will use my own personal stories and those of women I work with) so there are practical examples which can provide insights.

How the magic of this work is never done, as it is really our inner work. which

How consistent persistence is required in monitoring that which is always emerging and becoming, otherwise, our efforts end up being out of step with the universal timing.... and manifestation is frustrated.


Nettie Jean Scarzafava had a Spiritual Awakening in 1984, which prompted her attempt to understand her experience through studying the laws of physics and the books of the world’s religions. Her search landed her in a sweatlodge and it was there that all worlds converged. She has walked and learned from the Lodge for 28 years and is an authorized Ceremonial Leader and a Dancer in Indigenous Ceremonies. She is a Reiki Master, and a LightBody EnergyWorker. She has studied with the Shamans of many lands and with Teachers who are known as Christian Mystics. She has been Initiated and received Attunements from various traditions, yet the thread that continues to stitch her forward, is the joy and the terror inside herself, of consciously choosing to let go…to Spirits Way.




Together, we’ll go on a discovery of the magic of re-connecting to destiny and dreaming our world into becoming. We’ll close with a Shamanic Prayer Bundle that will help us to create magic with our love and intention.

Destiny Journey: A shamanic journey that takes one out of time and space and into the upper world. A journey to visit the land of Quetzalcoatl. The journey is a fun, guided meditation that allows one to play in the space of creativity. The goal is to connect each person to their unique experience of the energy of their destiny. Reconnecting with the ‘feeling’ of destiny helps to remind us on the soul level, why we are here. With that memory in mind, it is easier to navigate the world and recognize the path to your greatest and highest destiny.

Followed by Engergy Cleansing for those who wish to participate.


Shaman Rose Muñiz was trained in ancient shamanic wisdom teachings with cutting-edge practices in nutrition, biology and neuroscience. She helps her clients experience health on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level. 

She earned her certification through the Four Winds Light Body School and was trained by Dr. Alberto Villoldo and his wife Marcela. She has worked with over 100 clients and each session is held with the highest sacred and ethical care. Each experience is unique and guided by the energy of my clients or groups that I am working with.

In addition, She is the co-founder of Fit Snack, a healthy subscription snack box company that also provides quick start tools to healthy living. Prior, she was a Manager at Accenture for 10 years consulting for top Fortune 100 Companies. She also co-founded non-profit Hope Connects which ran from 2009 - 2016 and now serves on the Board of the Spring Institute. 




As human beings, we deeply crave intimate connection with ourselves and others. Our bodies actually physically require it in order to thrive. And yet we live in a world that increasingly closes us off from others, with many of us living more and more isolated physically and emotionally. It takes courage to open your heart and truly connect with someone. Courage and vulnerability. But that is where the potential for true intimacy lies. When we are deeply connected to ourselves, we can better hear our intuition and our heart’s longings. We discover the guidance which can lead us to create a life filled with more love, purpose, and magic. When we are deeply connected to our friends, we feel a deep sense of safety and ease. We open an ability to be more of our true selves. When we are deeply connected to our partners, we can experience the bliss of open hearted physical intimacy, as well as a depth of understanding and communication that creates a sustainable, loving bond.


Rachel Sizemore is a Sex, Love and Relationship Coach who helps women reawaken their bodies and their sexuality. She is passionate about getting women out of their heads and back into their bodies so they can experience greater pleasure and a deep, tender connection to themselves. Rachel is also the creator and host of Ripen, the podcast for turning women on to their desires and truth. If you're looking to reignite your spark and your passion, check out Ripen on iTunes or Stitcher and connect with Rachel at www.rachelsizemore.com