Friday, November 1 at 7:00pm through Sunday, November 3 at 1:00pm
A Ritual Healing Retreat For Women Who Have Experienced Abortion and/or Miscarriage
Susan Bates, Ed.D.
Tracy Hawes, BA, CLC
Women are often faced with extremely challenging life events that involve difficult personal choices or acts of nature. When these events involve abortions or miscarriages, the experience can produce intense feelings of shame, guilt, grief and loss. The incident(s) and all the feelings around it may be “buried” or “split-off,” becoming an unwelcome secret and part of a pattern of self judgment or other forms of spiritual “dis-ease.” Because of the social and personal stigma attached, these critical reproductive events are often experienced alone, leaving few opportunities to share, receive support or heal in a complete way. When women go through significant life events of this sort, they can feel isolated, empty, or unable to fully embrace pleasure, joy, desire or even the wholeness of who they really are.
The facilitators have been trained in Western healing arts and indigenous practices brought to this country by renowned healer, shaman and author Sobonfu Somé. The workshop is designed to actively support women in healing and empowering themselves, no matter where they are on their journey to wholeness and embracing themselves fully as women. Within an intimate group of 16 women and 5 compassionate support women, this retreat will:
Please join us. We will be at the beautiful and intimate Cedar Hill Retreat Center located on the ocean in Duxbury, MA. Payment plans are available. Space will be limited to 16 women.
Testimonials from 2007 Reclaiming the Womb:
Sobonfu’s endorsement from 2007: “I admire Dr. Susan Bates, a unique healer with the ability to bridge the world of mysteries, emotions, heart and the mind. A ritual master, she craftily opens the doorways to Spirit and allows people to heal deeply. I recommend her.”
Lisa M.: “You as well as all those women I spent that unforgettable day and evening with was one of the best days of my life. It was hard and tiring, yes, but well worth every tear, heavy heart and yawn toward the end. I cannot even begin to tell you the positive energy I am experiencing. I feel impacted in the most profound way, it is hard to explain.”
Laura C.: “First, I want you to know that it was truly an amazing workshop. I learned so much and was so amazed to be able to tell my story for the first time in full in 20 years...WOW. The healing ritual was truly spectacular. I’ve found some wonderful things happening to my body this week. I believe I’ve even started healing some of the abuse I suffered. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything.”
Lora L.: “I’ve been thinking about you and your “Reclaiming the Womb” ritual you had last October. I wanted you to know that I conceived just before or right after being at your house last year. We had a baby girl on July 3rd - a beautiful home birth. During the shaminic journey, I envisioned having a baby girl join my husband, son and I in the middle world. And here she is!!! Thank you again for the work and beautiful rituals you shared with us. I found it healing and a profound way to be complete with my losses.”
Susan Bates, Ed.D.: Susan experienced a miscarriage in 1983 and carried a great deal of guilt and shame around it for many years. She has also known women who have shared their abortion experiences that have impacted them deeply. Her work with Sobonfu Somé helped her realize how important it was for her to speak about her miscarriage and openly acknowledge and heal from this loss. She also came to recognize the connection between bringing healing to others and herself. The idea of this workshop came to Susan in a Shamanic healing session in 2005. She piloted the program successfully in 2007. Due to life’s challenges, it was put on hold but has always been in her heart. Life has now opened up for her and she wants to offer it to women once again.
Susan has a broad range of experience with the Dagara culture in both Africa and the U.S. She trained in spiritual traditions and rituals with Sobonfu Somé from 1999 until Sobonfu’s death in 2017. She supported Sobonfu in conducting her Grief Rituals and other types of ritual workshops both in the community and the prison system. In 2005, she became an initiated member of the Dagara Tribe.
Susan is also a retired psychologist who has been on a shamanic and spiritual path for over 30 years. For 20 years she worked with incarcerated men in the area of chemical dependency and trauma, facilitated therapy groups and was the program coordinator for a residential drug treatment program in a federal prison for over 11 years. Since the fall of 2004, she has been a volunteer and leader with Woman Within International , a NFP womans’ organization. She has served on the International Board of Directors since 2013 and is currently a Facilitator-in-Training. She has been part of a woman’s circle since 2005 and is currently running Woman Within Open Circles for area women. She has done extensive work empowering and welcoming women home to themselves.
Other teachers that have influenced her life and spiritual direction include Mother Nature, Cynthia Gale, Myron Eschowsky, Char Tosi, Dick Schwartz, Richard Miller, Christopher Wallis and Kavitha Chinnaiyan. She also volunteers teaching Yoga Nidra meditation in the prison and brings her loving therapy dog, Emma, into educational, community and hospital settings.
Tracy Hawes, BA, CLC: Tracy is a spiritually intuitive facilitator as well as an empowerment and transformational coach. She blends her training as an expressive art therapist, with skills as an integrative bodyworker, nutrition wellness practitioner and personal development facilitator. She completed a dual degree in Education, Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy. After spending a decade in this arena, her work has become increasingly focused on spiritually expressive work. Tracy met Sobonfu Somè in 2004 at My Sister’s Place in Washington, D.C. during a Women’s Mysteries workshop. That meeting changed the course of Tracy’s life, answering her deep yearning for ritual and sacred arts in soul healing. Completing the West Coast Healing Ritual Village with Sobonfu in 2005, she was initiated into the sacred tribe of Dagara Cosmology - Sobonfu’s lineage. Tracy supported Sobonfu with many elemental and community rituals (grief, women’s wisdom, prosperity, radical healing) both on the East and West coast until Sobonfu’s untimely passing in 2017.
She continues to develop her skills in Dagara Shamanism through her connection to The Healing Village Community and within her own Healing Center, Your Sacred Center. At this center, Tracy holds women’s circles, personal development workshops and offers coaching opportunities to women seeking to expand their healing skills and deepen their connection to spirit. Tracy has also studied Ku’uipo Latonia, the Hawaiian art of Lomi Lomi healing, and Nature-Based Spirituality with Michael Trotta. She has also trained with the Shamanic master Sandra Ingram . Tracy is a certified Deeksha Blessing Giver, practicing, certified transformational life coach, as well as a mindfulness educator through Mindfulness Schools. Her facilitation training includes Celebration of Being (CORe), Leadership Development (WLT) with Rajyo Markman and Britta Eskey and Woman Within International.
Tracy is deeply grateful for her own gifts of vision, insight, spiritual union, and willingness, which has served her as she facilitates and mentors individuals in their healing process. She honors her role as witness and guide as she facilitates individuals through their healing journey. In 2007, Tracy had the pleasure of joining Susan Bates for the unveiling of Reclaiming the Womb as support staff. She is now taking the co-facilitator role as they weave their visions together for this new three day Reclaiming the Womb. Together, Susan and Tracy share a sisterhood and have been a part of women’s circles, ritual events and other women’s work for many years.
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Early Bird $485 if paid in full by September 18, $525 on/or after September 19
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