Dear Dancer on the Path,
As Qoya teachers, we have gathered together to lead classes around the world with a similar theme: the wild power of self-love.
As I sit with the weight of this full moon, I sense a timely invitation, to love all ourselves, especially the places where we may have never brought our love before.
The habits we wish we didn’t have.
The courage we wish we did.
The critical voices that constantly scan for imperfection.
The old fears that project past hurts onto the purity of potential in each present moment.
Do you have any of those? Are you willing to dance with them lovingly? Are you curious what that could feel like?
For many of us, it would feel honest.
As difficult as truth telling can be with our soul self, the only thing that tends to be harder is living in the facade and knowing you are.
What would your day look like if there was space to explore the tender triggers gently? Just for a day or two? Maybe this weekend under the light of the full moon?
Our resident astrologer Virginia Rosenberg shares:
The Full Moon in Aries on October 13, 2019 (5:06pm EST) is a dark mirror. We are never alone. We are always accompanied by an eternal companion—our own shadow. Light always dances with dark. This Full Moon shines a bright light on our darkest recesses, illuminating old, stuck, and blocked energies to be cleared away. Things are coming up from the deep. Through contrast, this Moon asks us to dive deeper into ourselves and our connections. It asks our relationships to transform. What emerges in our relationships now is a reflection of Self. Don’t fear the dark mirror—gaze into it, and allow your inner eye to open. This is a scrying moon. Scrying means ‘peeping,’ or seeing in the dark. What do you see when you look for yourself in the dark? Look into the shadow of yourself and your loved ones. Obsidian reflection leads to excavation and transformation. Shadows are nothing to fear. Don’t disown them into haunting ghosts. Turn towards them with welcome embrace. Tend them. Make peace with them. Love them as your own. Eat them as food for your own power. Don’t fear the reaper. This Moon is an ego-death. It takes us far into the past to rectify its influence on us. It asks us to see old limits and honor them—in order to break them. To release blockages that have held us back. It asks us to give up who we used to be, so we can become more of who we really are.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”
To embody this energy, one of the most important things we need is the time and space to feel, along with the willingness to notice.
Once you notice something that may be uncomfortable, our encouragement is to approach it lovingly. Compassionately. Gently. Through the movement of your body, spend some time in a place of curiosity simply exploring how your tenderest places respond to kindness.
This movement ritual video, The Wisdom to Dance with Your Shadow, is a great way to start if this is new to you.
Whether you do the video or dance on your own, imagine not looking for the right way to move your body as much as the most honest way to move your body. Let the goal be self-awareness. Wishing you a beautiful full moon.
Early Bird Discount through October 14th
If you'd like to commit to prioritizing your dreams and having an immersive Qoya experience, we're so excited to open up registration for our annual Qoya Collective Retreat in Costa Rica March 28th - April 4th, 2020 with the theme of COURAGEOUS DREAMING!
For those who register before October 14th, 2019, you're eligible for a $300 Early Bird discount using the code COURAGE.
Click here to learn more about this life-changing week and register.
The Wild Power of Self-Love Classes in October
This October, the Qoya teacher community is gathering together to all lead a class with the theme "The Wild Power of Self-Love." When we follow the physical sensation of truth in our bodies, it leads us to love.
Click here to find a class near you.
Qoya Hawaii Retreat
January 15 - 22, 2020
Join Rochelle Schieck to explore your relationship with your body, the earth, and the stars on an organic farm in Hawaii.
Click here to learn more.
Qoya and Writing Retreat in Bali
October 20 - 27, 2019
Join Betsy Blankenbaker Murphy for a week of Qoya and writing at a lush, newly renovatd private retreat center in the enchanted land of Bali.
Click here to learn more.
To continue diving into the energy of this moon, you may also be inspired to check out the Embodied Astrology: Aries course which includes an introductory video to give you an overview of Aries's aspects, a Qoya Movement Ritual so you can embody your own personal relationship to Aries, an integration video with an exercise to apply in your life, worksheets with journal prompts, and a blessing for deep reflection.
Click here to learn more.
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RETREATS TO REMEMBER YOUR ESSENCE
Bali Retreat with Betsy Blankenbaker Murphy: October 20 - 27, 2019
New Zealand Retreat with Samar Ocean Wolf Ciprian: December 13 - 15, 2019
Hawaii Retreat with Rochelle Schieck: January 5 - 12, 2020 *This week sold out right away, so we've added a second week!
Hawaii Retreat with Rochelle Schieck: January 15 - 22, 2020
Collective Retreat in Costa Rica: March 28 - April 4th, 2020 (save $300 when you register through October 14th)
INITIATION TEACHER TRAININGS
Studland, England with Sonja Lockyer: November 2 - 3, 2019
Online Initiation with Lyndsey Azlynne: November 2 - 10, 2019
New Zealand Initiation with Samar Ocean Wolf Ciprian: November 23 - 24, 2019
Paris, France with Claire Garin: February 15 - 16, 2020
Worthing, England with Kate Taylor: February 15 - 16, 2020
INTENSIVE TEACHER TRAININGS
Woodstock, New York with Rochelle Schieck: November 18 - 24, 2019
Blue Spirit, Costa Rica with Rochelle Schieck: April 4 - 11, 2020 (save up to $800 when you register for the Collective Retreat as well through October 14th!)
New Zealand with Samar Ocean Wolf Ciprian: October 21 - 28, 2020