Category Archives: Workshops & Courses
I finally recorded a couple of videos for the upcoming Moonlodge Workshop. This is an excerpt from one of those videos. It’s short but I think it serves as a great intro into a wonderful, dynamic conversation about reclaiming our women’s traditions. Hope you enjoy it!
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Are you ready to celebrate
your sacred reflection?
Imagine new aspects of your sacred self
Emerging as you Merge twin realities of
Sun and Moon, Waking and Dreaming
and Ordinary and Sacred dimensions
through storytelling, art and ritual
You are invited…
Step into a sacred circle of women
Summer 2011 Moonlodge Workshop
An online spiritually creative journey for women.
Explore your personal dream symbols and patterns
Use the power of the sacred elements to manifest healing, creativity and connectedness
Develop transformational relationships with spiritually co-creative women
In older times women came together in the warmth of the summer months to weave baskets, gather berries and smoke meat, and enjoy the company of their sisters and friends . In the Moonlodge, women would learn about the art of making of life and love, cooking things up and weaving the seen and unseen worlds together. They would share stories of the past, tell tales of recent escapades and weave new understanding of their dreams and tribal stories.
As we enjoy the dog days of summer and move into the early fall, in the tradition of our ancestors and all indigenous ways, we will begin to gather our dreams and intentions and set to artfully weaving our lives.
Together we will explore old stories and traditions. infuse them with fresh meaning and relevance in our contemporary lives. We will laugh, and maybe cry, when meet old friends with new faces and explore our selves and our relationships from a place of wholeness, empowerment and co-creativity. We will dream old dreams together and explore new possibilities. Grab a girlfriend and join us in the Moonlodge! I’ll see you soon!
Thru art journaling, storytelling, dream work and guided visualizations
we will explore our connections to the Moon and our co-creative ability to:
Release old behaviors and limitations
Reclaim the power of dreams and symbols in our lives
Reconnect with our dreams patterns and cycles
Participate in active imaging and intentional dreaming
Redefine our lives and who we want to be in the world
Renew relationships with our self and others
Reconnect with natural cycles of the sun and the moon
Recognize our own wisdom
Reconnect with the story of your life
The course is designed around the natural relationships between women and the Moon cycle. Here’s the outline of weekly themes:
Week 1 (4 Days): Purification – Orientation & Releasing negative beliefs and limitations
Week 2: Intentions & Dreams – New Moon Ritual and Dream Work
Week 3: Fruitfulness & Creativity – Gathering Symbols and Reclaiming Creativity
Week 4: Harvesting Wisdom – Honoring Your Connection With Wisdom
Week 5: Seeding Abundance – Creating With Intention
Week 6 (3 days): Gratitude – Importance of gratitude and wrapping things up
When: August 25 through September 29 2011 – 4 days before New Moon thru to the next New Moon. Seasonal Moonlodge Workshops will be held in October and January 2012.
Where: Online, through private social networking site and teleconferences
Who: Women of all ages. Post Menopausal Women are welcome!
Cost: $45 for first person in group, $35 for the second. Financial arrangements are available, please email me @
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. No one will be turned away for financial reasons.
Your Host & Instructor:
Gemma Benton is a certified Master Life Coach, artist, writer and Native singer. Gemma is of mixed ancestry and brings all aspects of her Native American, Filipino and European culture into her art and writing. She has over seventeen years experience leading women’s groups and traditional Native ceremonies for women. She has worked as a secretary, crisis line operator (really!), technical support and recovery counselor. She is a mother of two grown children, a new grandmother and wife. She lives in Northern California with her husband and spends her time creating, writing and dream keeping.