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Fertile Void: A Meditation Retreat for Women

1) Registration Process

Please complete this online registration form: http://www.niralis.com/application-fertilevoid
Very few spots left, so please register.

2) Program Description

How can the stability, spaciousness and ease from mindfulness meditation support us to enter the underworld of our psyche?  How can we cultivate fine intuitive capacities to receive guidance from the sacred realm through our bodies and dreams?  What would our lives look like if we drop our numbness or stuckness and trust our primal energies?

We have unique gifts to draw from our inner well, and offer them to the world that is thirsty for our medicine. However, self-doubt, shame, addictions and out-dated habits block us from fully expressing these gifts.  In addition, social structures such as racism, sexism, homophobia and the industrial growth system thrive on our silence and suppression of these vital energies.

This retreat is designed to develop stability, deep intuition and tenderness to listen to the sacred call, the internal song that is longing to express itself through our lives as well as the mysteries that are waiting to reveal themselves through our relationships - relationships with fellow humans, the animals, the unseen and the earth herself. To find the courage to journey into the forest of the unknown. To be instruments of service.

The days will weave silence, guided meditations, relational practices, and include time for community harvesting of what we are learning through deep listening. Space is limited, register early as it will fill. Why 'Fertile Void'? - ‘Fertility’ evokes the rich humus of the Earth and our own sensual bliss. The ‘Void’ allows us to rest in the radiance of our emptiness. In this retreat we will discover the relationship between the relative and the absolute, and learn to dance the exquisite continuum of creative life-force and calm abiding.

3) Retreat Date & Time

We encourage you to attend both retreats to experience the depth of content and the continuity of practice. However, if you cannot attend both, then you also have an option to attend one of the two retreats.

February Retreat:  23rd, 24th, 25th Feb, 2018
Time: Friday: 7pm to 9:30pm
Saturday: 10am to 6:00pm
Sunday: 11am to 4:00pm
Venue:  Ashtanga Yoga Berkeley, 933 Parker St, Berkeley, CA 94710

March Retreat : 9th, 10th, 11th March, 2018
Time: Friday: 7pm to 9:30pm
Saturday: 10am to 6:00pm
Sunday: 11am to 5:30pm
Venue: Ashtanga Yoga Berkeley, 933 Parker St, Berkeley, CA 94710

4) Please Note

  • All those in the gender spectrum who identify as female are welcome.

  • For the benefit of the group process, punctuality and full attendance are requested.
  • While the retreat draws from some Buddhist teachings, this series is non-sectarian and has no affiliation with any religion, organizations or institution.
  • Please be aware that this is a workshop style retreat that will include some periods of silence and some periods of speaking. Some exercises may be emotionally evocative as we learn to face and respond to the expansive and contracted states of our inner and outer worlds.

5) Diversity

We are committed to diversity and inclusive community building.  Our sincere wish is to learn. To create a nourishing space for people from a wide range of backgrounds, race, class and sexual orientation.

6) Contribution

Sliding Scale : $75 - $325 for each retreat

About Finances: This series is financed solely by your contributions. Sliding-scale prices allow us to keep programs affordable for those with limited financial means. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who cannot afford the full cost, the opportunity to attend. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity.

7) Teacher Bio

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Erin Selover is a dharma teacher, body-oriented psychotherapist and lover of all things wild and mysterious. She teaches at Spirit Rock and in her local community in Berkeley, CA. After completing more training programs than she can name she is actively apprenticing with her own inner muse and welcomes you to join her on this journey. More on www.erinselover.com  





Nirali Shah offers Counseling and teaches Mindfulness Meditation retreats with an emphasis on mind-body awareness and self-inquiry. She has spent thousands of hours meditating in silent retreats in monasteries, meditation centers and cells in Asia and the United States.

She is a certified mindfulness facilitator from UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, part of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She has received training from world-renowned Jungian Analyst and post-trauma recovery specialist, Dr. Clarissa Estes. She is also trained by the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (Dr. Peter A. Levine). 

She lives in the Bay Area, California and currently teaches with technology companies such as Google, academic institutions such as the Stanford D. School, non-profits and spiritual communities around the world.

She is a regular teacher at Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City and facilitates retreats with Spirit Rock and Inward Bound Mindfulness Education.

In the past, she served in one of the largest slum communities of Asia for more than four years, part of it working out of the Gandhi Ashram. She is the founder of Shvaas, a non-profit platform that has helped streamline efforts of hundreds of volunteers to work on meaningful social change projects on ecology and social justice. She has spent a year in rural and forest areas with native communities often living in mud huts, without electricity or running water learning natural farming and local art. 




8) Contact

If you have any questions, you can contact: info(at)shvaas(dot)org

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