You're joyfully invited to participate in these upcoming events. More offerings are in the works, so check back often for the latest!
Gather the Women
Meets Weekly ~ Monday Evenings, 7 - 9 pm
Women from varied backgrounds and places are experiencing the call to reclaim their feminine nature, to slow themselves and listen, to awaken to their authentic selves and move in the world from their unique inspired and purposeful place of knowing.
Gather the Women offers a sacred space for women of all ages to gather and honor themselves. In our busy lives, it's often challenging to find time to be present with ourselves. Gifting yourself with this time and space allows you to come into balance with yourself and to be witnessed in your authenticity by a supportive circle of women.
Participants are invited to bring something to place on our centerpiece. Gather the women meets Mondays from 7 - 9 pm at Center for Art and Spirit in West Asheville. Space is limited; please Contact Anne (or 665-8316) to reserve your place in circle and receive details on meeting place. $10 per meeting. All are welcome.
Power in You Series for Middle School Girls
a.k.a. Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness
5 Week Series - Coming Soon
This is an assertiveness and empowerment class for girls in grades 6 - 8. The series will include experiential and hands-on exercises helping young women know their inner compass, make wise choices and set strong boundaries. In addition, girls will learn how to find and harness their inner power, trust their intuition, be assertive and use their voice.
My qualifications include 20+ years as an advocate for Our Voice, 6 years service on their Board, 5 years teaching assertiveness and self defense throughout Western NC, personal history of surviving sexual assault, mother of a daughter as well as thousands of hours studying energetic systems and how our interactions result from how we manage and hold our inner power.
This is a topic I hold great passion for and it promises to be a powerful and impactful experience for pre-teen and teen girls.
My guiding principles for teaching this class are compassion, awareness and reverence for all life. It's always my intent to teach to empower, not to frighten. That being said, this class is about assertiveness and I do intend to invite discussion from the group about why and when you may want or need to assert yourself. Primarily, this age group centers such discussions around being assertive with their peers, standing their ground, knowing their self worth and speaking up for themselves. However, it's not uncommon for the issue of assault to come up in discussion. If this happens, I intend to address it with solid facts and to let girls know that this information is a healthy part of awareness - that just knowing this piece can make them more safe in affecting how they show up, how they choose to walk, where they choose to go and the need to always listen to that intuitive voice within. I also emphasize that this is not about walking in fear, but walking in the confidence of knowing yourself, having inner wisdom and having the ability to make good choices.
We will discuss funny tummy feelings - situations when we may not have felt good about a stranger or even an acquaintance, what to do with those feelings, who are 'safe' adults in our lives. We will also discuss healthy boundaries, how we define those personally and how to use our voice to defend those boundaries.
I have volunteered for the local Rape Crisis Center (Our Voice) for over 20 years. I've been witness to many sad and preventable stories. I will not discuss any of these with this group. The staggering statistics are largely the impetus for this class, but they are certainly not the emphasis. It's my desire for the girls to leave this class walking stronger, knowing their innate inner strength and wisdom and feeling justified in taking actions that promote their well being.
Cost: $110. Registration and payment in advance required. Space is limited. Contact Anne (or 665-8316) as soon as possible with your interest.
Power in You Series for Women
5 Week Series - TBA
You hold an innate power; it roots you in the knowing of who you are, of what you’re here for, of what calls to you. This 5-week Women’s Series was born from a desire to provide women with sacred space for dialogue and reflection that calls them to this knowing place.
Gathering and rooting your inner wisdom is a process. The Power in You Series is intended for those who desire gentle reminders of how to access this innate inner strength. Through practice and exploration, you will be encouraged to bloom fully into your authentic self, grasp the reins of your unique medicine and bring your gifts to our world.
This new workshop series combines teachings, discussion and reflection.
This is a unique opportunity to gift yourself with sacred community and connection with your beautiful, wise self. Space is limited.
Nourish Your Spirit
Our spirit and emotions are an integral part of our overall health and balance. Often a shift in perspective or beliefs, a softening of anger, guilt or regret, a newfound trust or curiosity in the gifts of the unknown will create an opening for more flow, balance, ease, peace, vitality and strength in our lives.
The Nourish Your Spirit Series is for you if you’d like to make a regular practice of connecting with your authentic needs and desires within the safety and with support of a reflective community. This gathering is for those who are seeking more meaning or spiritual connection in your life and those who wish to explore, discover and nurture their unique spirit path. Weekly for 6 weeks.
Journey to the Heart is an intimate gathering for those committed to connecting to their heart space. This is for you if you'd like to make a regular practice of connecting with your authentic needs and desires within the safety and with support of a reflective gathering of intentional women. This is for the brave of heart who are curious to take a look inward.
Journey to the Heart is for you if you wish to:
- increase your clarity and self-awareness and receive guidance towards your own knowing.
- experience greater balance in your spiritual and physical life.
- have a supportive community witness your Authentic Self, allowing you to step more fully into your own power.
- do deep, personal work with the support and safety of a reflective group of intentional women.
The benefits of Journey to the Heart are:
- learning to listen to your inner guidance.
- gathering tools and abilities to care for your deeper needs.
- nourishment of your inner life.
- increasingly trusting yourself.
- having a space to share deeply.
- encouragement of your Authentic Self.
Inner growth and awareness happen when we create the right environment for it: time, safe space, and loving guidance. I ask for your commitment to be fully present for yourself and others when you come into community; the amount of attention and intention that you devote to this series will determine what you gain from it.
This Asheville Women's Series runs for 11 weeks; the next dates will be announced soon. Space is limited, so contact me soon if you're interested in reserving your spot.
Coming of Age Circle for Girls and their Mothers
You and your daughters are invited to gather in community and honor the feminine. The intent of the Coming of Age Gathering is to help girls ages 8 - 12 navigate the path from girl to young woman with intentionality, mentorship and joy.
In March, we'll usher in the new moon and the springtime season - meeting space to be decided. Our afternoon will be rich with singing, creating and honoring ourselves and others. The gathering is facilitated by Anne Heck and offers time for replenishment, ease, laughter, sharing and learning.
If you're interested in learning more about the details of our gatherings, please read this post about our June Coming of Age Circle.
The gathering meets monthly. Inquiries welcome. $20 for mother-daughter pair.
Healing Doll Playshop
Doll making is a powerful medium for connecting with deep parts of ourselves as well as ancestral voices. In many cultures, dolls have long been used for the purpose of healing.
Through the process of creative play, you open yourself to your pure essence and in honoring the messages that emerge, you nurture your connection to your soul. In this playshop, you will:
~ set an intention that will guide your work
~ be encouraged to connect with your inner wisdom
~ manifest a meaningful representation of a guardian for your life and work, a uniquely personal piece that will carry your intentions as you walk forward
~ allow your intuitive knowing to flow into form
~ utilize a journaling process to dialog with your creation
~ begin to trust the sacred wise woman within
~ learn basic techniques for making your own unique doll
Details: No artistic background required. Plenty of materials provided, though you are asked to bring anything that calls to come with you ~ fabric, charms, beads, moss, sticks, paper, ribbons, other things to personalize your doll.
Bring: journal, embellishments, bag lunch
Cost: TBD. Registration and payment in advance required. Space is limited. Contact Anne (or 665-8316) as soon as possible with your interest.