Events

Action Theatre: There’s Room, It’s Spring

with Ruth Zaporah

Sunday, April 30 @ 10:00am - 3:00pm

Three-Day Workshop:

Friday, April 28, 2017 ~ 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday, April 29, 2017 ~ 10:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday, April 30, 2017 ~ 10:00am – 3:00pm


Action Theater addresses and expands the vocabularies of expression including movement, vocalization, and speech. The exercises isolate the components of action, time, space, shape, energy and feeling so they can be examined, experienced, and altered in order to expand the expressive palette. Students increase their ability to hold and express emotion and dance with their own poetry. Composition, listening and relationship are deconstructed to be reassembled with greater awareness. Acting from a sense of play, students are encouraged to venture into transpersonal realms, accessing intelligence more encompassing and boundless than their personal experience.

Awareness and play are fundamental to the practice, as both are portals to spontaneous imagination. Within this orientation, the student is no longer bound by the conventional interpretations of reality. They are free to roam throughout the grand spectrum of possibilities, discovering who they are in the moment.

Action Theater is also a performance method, although many of the practitioners come from other performance forms or walks of life. Fundamental to the practice of Action Theater is an embodied presence in performance, where the experiencing of the body informs the content of the moment, moment by moment. For example: how the hand, experiencing the hand, reaching for the glass is as important as reaching for the glass in order to drink from it. Intention is created simultaneously with action in the moment of performance. This awareness in action invites the possibilities of freshness intrinsic to improvisational performance. The Action Theater method offers a map, a way to proceed. The trainings are appropriate for the novice, the explorer and the professional.

Date & Times:
Friday, April 28, 2017 ~ 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday, April 29, 2017 ~ 10:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday, April 30, 2017 ~ 10:00am – 3:00pm

Cost: $335

Registration:  To register contact Ruth at zap@actiontheater.com

For more information: zap@actiontheater.com / www.actiontheater.com

Red Tent

with Susan Landa

Saturday, May 06 @ 7:00pm - 10:30pm

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.


For women to come together

Come honor your cycle and the divine feminine with us!

It’s time to form a community of sisterhood and give voice to that which has been silenced for too long.

By coming together, we empower ourselves, and women everywhere. Have you ever wished you could tap into your feminine power by plugging into a space apart from the daily tug of obligation, a place where women are honored, where you can relax, reflect, be nourished, get pampered and rejoice in being a woman? We have. Come join us.

Red Tents are for all women. We honor our monthly cycles as well as the cycles and stages of women’s lives — maiden, matron and crone.

It is wonderful to see our sisterhood and community grow and it’s important to keep it growing!

Please invite friends, daughters, mothers, sisters, etc.

Schedule:
7:00pm-8:00pm: Breaking bread and socializing – Potluck dinner
8:00pm-9:30pm: Ceremony*
9:30pm-10:30pm: Connecting, pampering, reflecting and celebrating

Dress: Come dressed comfortably, beautifully and ideally in something feminine.

Bring: A dish to share in the potluck. A picture and/or a love offering in honor of a female ancestor for the altar — whether it be a shell, a flower, love notes or something else that speaks to you. No shoes allowed inside SomaSpace so bring socks or slippers if you’d like.

Dates:
Next Event: Saturday, May 6, 2017

Future Events:
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Time: 7:00pm – 10:30pm
*We close the doors during the ceremony so you must arrive before 8:00pm.

Cost:
Register online: $14 for one woman; $20 for two women
Pay at the door: $20 per person, cash or check

Registration: moondays.com/store

For more information: info@moondays.com / www.moondays.com

Warrior-Flow

with Jennifer Oechsner

Sunday, May 07 @ 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.


Yoga. Martial Arts. Empowerment.

Warrior-Flow is a fusion of martial arts and yoga. These traditions have more in common than you might think. They are both practices of mindfulness for conscious living. They both teach a lifestyle, a way of moving and being in the world. At the beginning of the workshop we will explore these principals together before moving into the active portion of the workshop.

Through Warrior-Flow you will build strength and flexibility and learn martial arts skills. This is not a combative practice but it will help you build confidence to walk down the street with your head held high. Warrior-Flow begins with yoga to warm the body and then the instructor will guide you step by step through basic martial arts skills. These movements are taken from various martial arts styles including kickboxing, kung fu and taekwondo. In the last section of the workshop, the instructor combines traditional yoga poses with martial arts-inspired movements for a fluid sequence, synchronizing breath and movement.

“Martial arts and yoga have brought me joy, inspiration and strength over the years. I am thrilled to share these passions and honored to pass on the interwoven traditions of each.”
-Jennifer Oechsner, Creator of Warrior-Flow

Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Cost: $25

Registration: www.warrior-flow.com/events

For more information: warriorflow@gmail.com / www.warrior-flow.com

A Healing Ceremony for Women Who Have Lost Children

with Heather Michet & Georgena Eggleston

Saturday, May 13 @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.


Let the Healing Begin.

If you are a woman who has

~ Suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth
~ Experienced abortion, long ago or recently
~ Lost a child of any age to illness, accident, or violence
~ The desire for more understanding of a loved one’s experience,

We invite you to join us in creating a safe and sacred space through ceremony, music, storytelling and deep dialogue.  Together we will recognize our grief, release its heaviness and replace it with new thoughts for a renewed experience of Mother’s Day.

Date: Saturday May 13, 2017 (Mother’s Day Eve)

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Cost: $25

Registration: irishealingarts.com/product/healing-ceremony-women-lost-children/
Pre-registration encouraged, drop-ins welcome if space is available.

For more information:
heather@irishealingarts.comirishealingarts.com/Songstress/

Mother-Daughter Red Tent

with Susan Landa

Sunday, May 14 @ 10:00am - 12:30pm


Geared towards girls ages 9-15 and their moms, guardians, aunties, grandmothers, godmothers or older female friends.

In this event, we will have Red Tent ceremonial rituals, with a focus on what happens to our bodies both physically and emotionally when we enter menarche and become maidens. Part of the ceremony may include honoring those girls who have experienced their first moon and would like to celebrate and be initiated into womanhood. Please let Susan know in advance, if you would like a menarche ritual for your daughter.

Our girls deserve an enriching and empowering rite of passage for this very significant time in their lives. Let’s start them off on the right path: honoring their monthly cycles and cultivating a rich, powerful female identity.

You are welcome to bring something for the altar (that you will take home,) in honor of a female ancestor, or a talisman that you would like to have charged – whether it be a shell, a flower, a crystal, love notes or something else that speaks to you.

Date: Sunday, May 14, 2017

Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm

Cost: Tickets are for one mom and one daughter.
Register online: $25 through May 13th
Pay at the door: $35 per person, cash or check

Registration: moondays.com/store
Space is limited – you are encouraged to register and purchase tickets online.

For more information: info@moondays.com / www.moondays.com

Finding a Safe Harbor in the Storm

with Russell Delman

Friday, May 19 @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm

FREE TALK! Friday, May 19, 2017 ~ 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Two-Day Seminar:
Saturday, May 20, 2017 ~ 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, May 21, 2017 ~ 10:00am – 5:00pm


Cultivating Grounded Presence, Warm-Heartedness and Joy in Challenging Times

When deeply connected to our inner/outer world and we embody a grounded presence, we become a place of solace – a safe harbor in the storm for ourselves and for others. We also experience the simple joy of being alive! These are challenging times. Inner and outer voices are often clamoring to be heard. When we can remember our connectedness to all “others”, as well as to Truth, Beauty and Goodness, we become a healing balm for personal and societal conflict. In The Embodied Life School, we work with practical and reliable practices that help us cultivate this deep connectedness in everyday life. We grow the neural networks of inner safety, grounded presence, joy and natural empathy.

In this seminar, we will learn:
~ to be the best friend of all our inner voices
~ to meet divisiveness and conflict with authentic confidence and care
~ to experience the shower of beauty and goodness that surrounds us

Through the transformative practices of Embodied Meditation, deep listening based in Focusing®, plus the powerful movement lessons of Moshe Feldenkrais called “Awareness Through Movement®”, we will deeply and, often joyfully, experience our potential to become places of healing, connectedness and solace.

At the end of my professional training with Moshe Feldenkrais, he said, “If you teach people to stand on their own feet and to love, you will be wanted anywhere in the world.” The good news is that these are learnable states of consciousness.

Date & Times:
FREE TALK!
Friday, May 19, 2017 ~ 7:00pm – 8:30pm
*This Friday session is a FREE talk and is open to anyone.
You do not need to register for the two-day seminar to participate in this talk.

Two-Day Seminar:
Saturday, May 20, 2017 ~ 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, May 21, 2017 ~ 10:00am – 5:00pm

Cost:
Early bird price if paid by April 29th: $195
Regular price: $225

Registration:  To register, click here.

For more information, contact Kim Cottrell or Russell Delman:
kim@kimcottrell.com / office@russelldelman.com / www.russelldelman.com

Nectar Fusion

with Antje Schaefer

Saturday, May 20 @ 9:00pm - Sunday, May 21 @ 1:00am

Recurs Every 3rd Saturday.

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.


An incubator for exploring deeper connection through co-created movement

Join us for monthly nights of movement education, dancing, and exceptional music in this nurturing connective space. While the common language shares the framework of traditional social dance, creative expression, authentic connection and play take precedence over form! We believe stronger communities form where life is celebrated in music and dance with one another and see dance as a language with the power to bridge interpersonal and cultural divisions.

Our intention is to provide:
*A welcoming, inclusive environment that feels safe and judgment-free
*A gateway into the partner dance world and creative expression
*A nexus for community and authentic connection

Each event includes an ALL LEVELS class that supports up-leveling dance connection and skills, and three hours of dancing, with occasional cutting-edge LIVE musical acts.

Dates:
Next Event: May 20, 2017

Recurs every 3rd Saturday:
June 17, 2017
July 15, 2017
August 19, 2017
September 16, 2017

Time:
Class: 9:00pm – 10:00pm (no partner or experience necessary)
Dance: 10:00pm – 1:00am
Community Social Time: 1am+

Cost: $12-20 sliding scale, cash only (class included)

For more information, check out the Nectar Fusion Facebook group for upcoming event details and other special events and community outings.

Allowing Flow & Wholeness: Women’s Weekend Workshop

with Jacqueline Rubinstein

Saturday, June 03 @ 10:30am - 5:30pm

Two-Day Workshop:

Saturday, June 3, 2017 ~ 10:30am – 5:30pm
Sunday, June 4, 2017 ~ 10:30am – 1:30pm


Cultivating presence with your whole, full, messy, real, cycling, swinging self!

This weekend offers you the grounded support of a circle of loving, witnessing, not-fixing, not-judging, sacred space-holders, so you can show up with your whole self (even the “un-ladylike”, non-happy-go-lucky, unpolished parts).

You will experience your own raw truth in a safe space, full of empathy and compassion to guide you deeper into the shadows and back out again to the light with new understanding and fresh perspective.

When you go deeply within and emerge back out, you grow and evolve. If you stay only on the surface, there is not much opportunity for growth. If you are ready to shed your outer layer and emerge into a new level of awakeness and understanding, join us for this spectacular weekend workshop.

Women share a special bond with each other and the cycles of Mother Earth. Dare to show up and lean into the support and transformative power of doing what women have been doing for ages – sitting in circle, expressing themselves, supporting, loving, and understanding the depths of our beings and the multitude of puzzles of being human in a messy world.

Be ~ Share ~ Dance ~ Write ~ Laugh ~ Cry ~ Breathe deeply ~ Empathize ~ Awaken

With this special community of soulful women. You are welcome and encouraged to join this healing revolution!

Allow other women to be the mirror to see yourself in a more whole and holy way. Feel the strength of standing firmly in your own, unique river of life!

Rejuvenate ~ Refresh ~ Transform

Like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly in this beautiful season of growth and evolution!

A new, grounded perspective awaits you!

Will you step into this offering with your whole self and join together for a memorable weekend, full of lasting friendships, and deep revolutions?

We hope you will join us in this powerful journey!

Dates & Times:
Saturday, June 3, 2017 ~ 10:30am – 5:30pm
Sunday, June 4, 2017 ~ 10:30am – 1:30pm

Cost:
Early Bird Special (through May 19): $95
Regular Cost (through June 2): $155

Registration:
Use the PayPal button below or mail a check with your name and email address to: SomaSpace, Attn: Jacqueline, 4050 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232





For more information: jacqueline@somaspace.us

Body-Led Singing Women’s Workshop

with Anita Stryker

Saturday, June 10 @ 11:00am - 5:00pm

Two-Day Workshop:

Saturday, June 10, 2017 ~ 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, June 11, 2017 ~ 11:00am – 5:00pm


Connect your second chakra to your voice.

Breath is the foundation of beautiful and healthy singing and speaking. In Body-Led Singing classes we use movement and improvisation as tools to free your breath and voice.

This women’s only vocal technique class goes much much deeper than vocal technique alone. You will work with connecting your voices to your second chakra – your emotions and sensuality.

It is my intention to support you in making tiny shifts in the way you use your voice – speaking and singing – that become a new life-style of resonant expressions. Freedom happens through allowing, so please know that you do not have to be perfect. You do not have to be a professional singer or even a singer at all to attend. And if you are a singer, I encourage you to lay aside any old habits of tension, and try something new.

You will explore movements and sounds that feel wonderful to you and that free your diaphragm and breathing muscles so that your voice becomes an extension of your breath and body. You will also work with your mind, your unconscious, your emotions, and your creativity. You may be surprised by the beautiful free sounds that arise from this class!

I believe that for women, not allowing ourselves to express our emotions is the equivalent to self-abuse. Often, the things we don’t say get stored in the body, the voice, and the breath as chronic tension. Let’s turn this pattern around and give ourselves the tools and permission to live in the full expression of whom we are!

There is an undeniable connection between our second chakra, our sensuality and emotions, and our voice – especially for women. This connection has been scientifically proven and outlined in spiritual texts. When we speak with breath and resonance, the feeling is enjoyable and the sound is magnetic. We can’t help but invite connection, empathy, truth, creativity, surrender, and freedom. I want every woman in the world to experience this as her way of life!

Dates & Times:
Saturday, June 10, 2017 ~ 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, June 11, 2017 ~ 11:00am – 5:00pm

Cost: Price before May 10th: $195
Price after May 10th: $250

Registration: http://www.anitastryker.com/body-led-singing-workshops/
Or contact anita@anitastryker.com

For more information: 
bodyledsinging.com / anitastryker.com / anita@anitastryker.com

Radical Aliveness Weekend Workshop

with David Sutcliffe

Saturday, June 17 @ 10:00am - 6:00pm

Two-Day Workshop:

Saturday, June 17, 2017 ~ 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, June 18, 2017 ~ 10:00am – 5:00pm

 


What if there was a place you didn’t have to hold anything back? A place where you could genuinely be yourself. A place where you could take risks, let go of control, feel and express everything inside of you. A place where you can move fearlessly toward all that you really want, and say no to what you don’t. A place where you could experience your pleasure and your pain, your love and your rage…all the messy contradictions that make us human.

Join us in a weekend workshop of the Radical Aliveness Process, where there is space for all that you are and all that you feel. We’ll help you confront old patterns and shed light on the unconscious behaviors that sabotage you from the very things you say that you want. If you desire true change in your life, come and experience yourself in a way you never have before.

This workshop is fun and cathartic and will help you open in fresh and profound ways. Deep individual work balances with dynamic group processing for a weekend of connection, excitement and learning.

Return to your life refreshed, wildly expanded and fully expressive of your heart and all your gifts.

Dates & Times:
Saturday, June 17, 2017 ~ 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, June 18, 2017 ~ 10:00am – 5:00pm

Cost:
Early bird price if paid by May 30th: $250
Regular price: $300

Registration: radicalaliveness.org/event

For more information: christina@RadicalAliveness.org / www.RadicalAliveness.org

Sri Lakshmi: Live Your Dharma with Abundance & Integrity

with Chameli Ardagh

Friday, October 06 @ 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Three-Day Workshop:

Friday, October 6, 2017 ~ 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Saturday, October 7, 2017 ~ 9:30am – 6:00pm
Sunday, October 8, 2017 ~ 9:30am – 4:00pm


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.

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

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?
*In 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.
*Although 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.
*We do not spend much time discussing awakening in theoretical matters; we go deep into direct experience through practice.
*These 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.
*One 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.

Date & Times:
Friday, October 6, 2017 ~ 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Saturday, October 7, 2017 ~ 9:30am – 6:00pm
Sunday, October 8, 2017 ~ 9:30am – 4:00pm

Cost:
Early bird price if paid by August 1st: $297
Full price: $397
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.

Registration: https://awakeningwomen.com
Or contact Janis Fish at janis@jayayoga.net

For more information: https://awakeningwomen.com

Breema: The Art of Being Present

with Jon Schreiber

Friday, November 03 @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm

FREE CLASS! Friday, November 3, 2017 ~ 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Two-Day Workshop:
Saturday, November 4, 2017 ~ 9:30am – 12:30pm & 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Sunday, November 5, 2017 ~ 9:30am – 12:30pm & 2:00pm – 5:00pm


Learning and practicing Self-Breema exercises, Breema bodywork and the Nine Principles of Harmony, we learn to move, think, and feel in a new, yet totally natural way. Breema helps your mind to be clearer, your feelings to be calmer and more supportive, and your body to be more relaxed, flexible, and vital. Breema is about coming to a tangible and direct experience of your essential self. It’s a practical, down-to earth approach to being present that can bring more meaning and understanding to your life.

*12 CEU’s available for massage practitioners and bodyworkers

Dates & Times:
FREE Intro Class!
Friday, November 3, 2107 ~ 7:00pm – 9:00pm
*This Friday session is a FREE intro class and is open to anyone.
You do not need to register for the workshop to participate in this class.

Two-Day Workshop:
Saturday, November 4, 2017 ~ 9:30am – 12:30pm & 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Sunday, November 5, 2017 ~ 9:30am – 12:30pm & 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Cost:
Early bird price if paid by October 1st: $200
Price for two-day workshop: 225
Price for Saturday only: $125

Registration: contact Steve Brodsky, local organizer
541-914-4162 / breemaworkshops@gmail.com

For more information: www.breema.com / breemaworkshops@gmail.com