2021 Upcoming Events
The times of uncertainty we live in may awaken old traumas, fears and reactions. When we are under stress and feel challenged, we resort to old patterns of survival. Anger, sadness,
The times of uncertainty we live in may awaken old traumas, fears and reactions. When we are under stress and feel challenged, we resort to old patterns of survival.
Anger, sadness, depression, numbness, shame, or self-loathing can all be symptoms of trauma. They are some of the threads we will be following to their source, to reveal the original wound. Meeting discomfort and difficult emotions is deeply spiritual work that can bring us closer to our true self.
Join us for a 4-day interactive online retreat with Dr. Gabor Maté, Dr. Julie Brown Yau, & Betsy Polatin, MFA, SEP. This event is only offered live, in-person presence is required!
In this workshop, we will learn to:
- Disentangle from unconscious patterns that no longer serve us
- Uncover unconscious feeling states and access early traumatic events
- Develop self-compassion through the Compassionate Inquiry technique
- Discover the wisdom of our body
- Use meditation and breathing practices to generate calm and stability
- Cultivate patience, respect and choice in the healing process
(Thursday) 9:00 am
The Embrace of a Fierce Mother A 3 Part Webinar Series with Dr Julie Brown Yau CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Join Dr
The Embrace of a Fierce Mother
A 3 Part Webinar Series with Dr Julie Brown Yau
Join Dr Julie as she unites two powerful and transformative paths that can free you from the pain of developmental trauma, while deepening your potential of awakening. Drawing from her knowledge of Depth Psychology and Trauma, and the Tantric tradition of Sri Vidya, Dr Julie will guide you through a deep practice that supports the resolution of developmental wounds, while nurturing the Divine within.
The Embrace of a Fierce Mother is an unique course unifying healing trauma with spiritual practice. These are challenging times; extraordinary means of healing and practice are called for. Our practice will connect you to a fierce form of the Divine feminine. She is not for the faint-of-heart, yet her merciful compassion will hold you through your challenging traumas and tumultuous emotions. You do not need to be a part of any tradition to join, nor do you need to be currently working with healing trauma. The practices are powerful in their own right. The Divine feminine energy, or Shakti, we will connect with, will hold you in a way that allows you to go much deeper within, and to know yourself in quite a different way. This recognition and knowing is an entry to gnosis.
At the root of most trauma is the sense of separation and aloneness, of being unmet in ways that felt threatening, resulting in us giving up our unity to save ourselves. Our course looks at returning to a sense of wholeness and the love that we are. The human body is where trauma is stored; in Sri Vidya, the body is the temple of spiritual unfoldment. We will address both. Through our practice we will attune to the energies of the body, including emotions, we can re-calibrate our energies and subtle anatomy, attuning to the to the more fluid and natural cycles of healing, breaking open our hearts to know ourselves as love.
In our course we will have the opportunity to embrace the mystery of being, be in wonder, and marvel with curiosity at the multidimensionality of life.
In the classes and in your own practice, you will learn how to work with your innate intelligence, always at work, moving us toward healing and awakening the heart/mind. There are stunning and poignant elements within the human struggle as it leads us to freedom; if you are willing to explore and take on our practice so much more is revealed than one may expect. We will create a container for safety, holding and community.
Please note the dates of the classes. You have a 2-week break after the second class. This is so you can spend time in your practice; we then reconvene with questions and experiences and an added practice for you to take with you.
Each class will be a combination of teaching, experiential, and Q & A.
Although attendance at all 3 sessions is highly recommended, recordings will be made available within 24 hours of each session.
SUNDAY 28 MARCH 10am – 12 noon Pacific Time
Week 1. Meeting the Goddess (2 hours)
An introduction to the Tantric tradition of Sri Vidya, the Divine Feminine, and the sacred technologies we will be with. Mantra (the science of vibration), visualization, yantra, and nyasa. We will explore the relationship of early trauma and the specific practices you will be learning, and how they complement each other to deepen both healing and spiritual maturity or awakening. We will explore how to work with challenging and volatile energies and emotions that often get split off from our awareness in childhood, or simply feel too much in adulthood. You will begin your sadhana (spiritual practice) by connecting to a power field of consciousness, or Goddess, which you will be in practice with through the course.
SUNDAY 4 April 10am – 11.30 am Pacific Time
Week 2. Deepening your Relationship to Her. Rebirth and Renewal (1.5 hours)
This week we unlock the key to go deeper into the practice. For the trauma aspect we will look at the importance of compassion for softening the mechanisms that protect us, which are no longer necessary. We will also look at how trauma colors a person’s perceptions—of themselves, of others and the world. Whatever ways you have developed to cope in response to traumatic experiences, these habitual ways of responding can be transformed.
As this class falls on Easter Sunday, we will work with the symbolism and meaning of Easter from older traditions. We will reflect on this day as a time of death, rebirth and renewal. Our extraordinary practice will encompass this. A resurrection if you will of ourselves with the Divine Feminine. We will also look at an ancient myth, as Joseph Campbell remarked, “Myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation.”
SUNDAY 11 April 10am – 11.30 am Pacific Time
Week 3. Recognizing and Integrating States and Experiences (1.5 hours)
This week, as we deepen our relationship to Her, you will also learn an eloquent way of release, surrender and detachment. Difficult experiences can be divided into manageable degrees to be worked with. This week will also focus on answering questions from your sadhana over the previous 3 weeks. We will look at how to refine states and experiences, and how to continue your practice, or prepare for the next course, in which we will be working with a different Ishtadevata and building the light body.
Full Rate – $350
Early Bird Rate (ends 17 March 2021) – $300
(Sunday) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm