SHADOW OF THE DARK GODDESS
A full lunar month online journey travelling with the dark goddess
The shadow contains all the parts of ourselves that we try to hide, deny or suppress. It is the keeper of all the aspects of ourselves that we dislike and the qualities that we judge as unacceptable. Jung, calls it our ‘‘dark side’’–- dark because it tends to include our raw primitive emotions such as anger or rage, lust, power, laziness, selfishness, greed and envy. These emotions can see us engage in behaviours such as promiscuous sex, illicit drug taking, alcohol abuse, lies, eating disorders, bad parenting, despair, codependency, crime, depression, shame or even madness. Whatever we deem evil, inferior or unacceptable and deny in ourselves becomes part of the shadow and oftentimes because of our inability to identify it, we disown and project it onto others so as to avoid the confrontation within. Most of us are convinced that we are flawed and inadequate so we become masters of disguise and go to great lengths to hide our bad qualities from those around us – even from ourselves.
Whilst we are taught from a very young age to avoid the dark, that it’s sinful and always to seek out the light, the Goddess on the other hand, like nature herself, understands that the shadow is an essential part of the whole and just like night follows day and the moon wanes from full to dark, we too cycle between shadow and light. The dark goddesses such as Kali, Ereshkigal, Hecate, Lilith and the hag all provide us with their stories so that we can relate to the shadow within our own depths. When we seek the counsel of the dark goddess, we seek transformation – death to the old by honouring and owning its existence and then acceptance and healing before integration and being reborn to the new.
The dark goddesses we will work with in this workshop:
- Kali – the Hindu mother goddess, destroyer of the ego
- The Morrighan – the Celtic goddess of death, battle, strife, and fertility
- Lilith – represents the shadow side of feminine sexuality
- Sekhmet – Egyptian warrior goddess of destruction
- Hekate – the threefold Moon Goddess connected with feminine independence
- Inanna / Ereshkigal – Inanna, Queen of Heaven & Earth journeys to meet her sister Ereshkigal, Queen of the underworld
- The Crone – she is the dark of the moon, the hidden one, scorned and reviled
- Baba Yaga / Hag – her bony grasp leads you to transformation and rebirth
Each of these goddesses represents a shadow or underworld aspect that will help mirror to you behaviours or beliefs that you can identify in yourself. We will invite them to journey with us to reveal their secrets and offer their healing.
Which one speaks to you already??
We will begin the journey together on the dark of the moon 28 January 2017 and I will hold space for a full lunar month. You will choose which goddess to work with and receive via email throughout the month written information and instructions, voice meditations and webinar teachings to guide you on an underworld journey which will see you recognise and face your shadow, learn how to integrate the behaviours and love back to wholeness the parts of you that are presently hidden in the dark.
YOUR INVESTMENT – A$199
EARLY BIRD RATE IF PAID BY 7 JANUARY 2017 – a$166
How this course is structured
This course will run for a full lunar month from one dark moon to the next, giving you the appropriate time to connect with your shadow goddess and form a relationship with her. This also provides you with enough time to begin to observe how the shadow works in your life, as you become conscious of your interaction with family and friends and work colleagues.
We actually invoke the shadow goddess for the first time in ritual, at your altar on the Leo full moon of 11 February 2017. We will use the first two weeks leading up to the full moon to prepare, research your shadow goddess and create your sacred altar space.
The first step is to choose a shadow goddess to journey with.
We will all start on the dark moon of 28 January 2017 where you will begin to become acquainted with your shadow goddess.
You will receive your first instructions to begin working with your goddess. In this first two weeks leading up to the full moon, you will become familiar with your goddess, learn her stories and myths, find her symbols and animals and collect the items necessary to create your altar from which you will invoke her. I will provide you with instructions on how to assemble and tend your altar and best make use of this fortnight before invocation to become aware of your shadow behaviours, and help you to uncover the beliefs and activities that can run your life, often quite unconsciously. This will familiarise you with your goddess and allow you to begin the relationship that will support an underworld journey where you will heal and love back to wholeness those hidden aspects of self.
Then on the full moon of 11 February 2017 you will invoke your goddess. I will provide you with prayers of invocation and then with a waning moon, two weeks before the dark, you will call in her energy to work with you. Through prayers and summoning, you will create a relationship with goddess wherein She will reveal over the coming fortnight aspects of yourself that you have yet to meet. You will also be required to do some writing and answer some questions so that you fully engage with your goddess during that time.
Please note this is powerful work we do when we summon the goddess to work with us and it is not to be undertaken lightly. When we call her, She comes. Know that when we work with the shadow we uncover aspects of ourselves that like the hag herself, are hideous and which cause us our deepest pain. Make sure before you embark on this journey that you wish to go there, for when you summon any of these goddesses, be prepared for radical changes to be wrought in your life.
On the dark of the moon I will forward you two recordings which will be guided meditations. The first will bring you face to face with your shadow. There will be some written exercises to complete and then the second guided meditation will see you descend into the underworld to meet your dark goddess. This will complete a process which will help you to not only recognise your main shadow behaviours, but give you tools to integrate and make conscious the limiting power of your shadow.
When we work with the shadow be prepared to face those aspects of yourself that you may not even be aware of. Know that while this workshop will take place over a full lunar month, the goddess does not work to our calendar. When you summon Her, she may need to reveal aspects that take many months to uncover and so this is an opportunity to commence a process that will unfold more fully in time.
Cost: A$199 by Paypal
Earlybird: A$166 if paid by 7 January 2017
Payment: All payments must be received by Monday 23 January 2017
Date of workshop: Workshop begins on dark moon of 28 January 2017
Date to invoke goddess at altar: Full Moon – 11 February 2017
Date to descend: Dark Moon – 26 February 2017
Email information: Once you have made your payment, you will need to email me at email@example.com and advise me 2 things:
- Which goddess you are going to journey with
- Your preferred email contact address
- Information and instructions to research your goddess’ stories and myths;
- Instructions to set up your altar;
- Prayers to summon and invoke your goddess of choice for two weeks before your underworld descent;
- Webinar instruction introducing you to all of the goddesses
- 3 Skype calls throughout the month where we will gather and I will be available in person to discuss any issues you may be having
- Guided meditations;
- Exercises to help clarify shadow behaviours;
- Inclusion in ritual circle held in my own temple, where I as priestess, will weave all participant’s names and energies into sacred space and create a safe container for us all to journey together;
- Invitation to join the closed Facebook Group Shadow of the Dark Goddess which is only for participants of this workshop, where you can discuss your experiences and exchange information with other participants who have participated in this online experience. This shared sacred space with your sisters becomes your online Temple space and is of invaluable support to you as your journey;
- A full colour workbook including information on all the shadow goddesses and suggestions for ongoing work with your shadow.
Contact: Kerri Ryan firstname.lastname@example.org +61 417 934 788
YOUR INVESTMENT – A$199
EARLY BIRD RATE IF PAID BY 7 JANUARY 2017 – a$166
IN PRAISE OF THIS WORK:
From the moment I agreed to attend this workshop my shadow self emerged ready to be acknowledged and understood. What an honest and in depth self exploration this journey with the Shadow Goddess was and shall continue to be. There is something incredibly powerful about sharing space with a collective of other empowered women embracing their truth. Under the loving and humble guidance of Kerri Ryan I have emerged from this workshop freely embracing, understanding and integrating my shadow aspects into my life without judgment for the first time in my life. Thank you Kerri for creating a space for women to freely celebrate themselves and one another. Blessings xoxo
I want to thank you for your unabashed authenticity. Your trust and faith in self and Goddess, infiltrates your teachings and sets a rare and beautiful example to us all. Thank you for creating a space for us to connect with the Goddess in a tangible and life altering way that is also nourishing for the soul. The workshop was and will continue to be an amazing adventure.
Blessed be Bethany
I bow to you Kerri
….for the extraordinary journey of this last month…. where you offered wise counsel, guidance, held a sacred space and walked beside me into awareness of Lilith and her mysteries, that I have been born to uncover. This experience has been more powerful and profound than I could ever have imagined and my gratitude is beyond my ability to convey in words.
Kerri, thank you so much for your beautiful workshop today. An awesome opportunity to laugh and cry with old and new sistars, and to experience your work again. A very well thought out and detailed workshop, which has brought healing and peace to me already as I made the first decision to honour my promise to myself. Beautiful to set this as an intent at the new moon…it was also amazingly informative given your extensive study of the goddesses and their roles. I really enjoyed the entire workshop, from start to finish – and noone’s ever said I am easy to keep entertained. Thank you also to the lovely women who helped you hold the space so effectively. I very much look forward to your next workshop as I think there is a deeper layer every time. Thanks once again:-) Scarlett SF
I have looked into participating in the kind of thing that we are doing with the Dark Goddess with other people guiding it online, but they just feel phony and their work feels like a gimmick. You are so authentic, its just amazing and impressive and inspiring and cathartic. You are the real deal!!! If there is anyone on the planet who is High Priestess, it is certainly you & I’m very glad that I found you!
I found this workshop to be extremely eye opening with regard to my shadow behaviours. Some of them I was aware of, some came to me in the preparation beforehand and some were revealed on the day. And it continues to be a huge awakening. I feel that I have been able to integrate better the light and dark sides of myself and know that there are so many blessings from both. Thankyou so much Kerri for your wisdom, truth and love and to all the women present for sharing their experiences with their shadow and the dark goddesses. I am so happy that I experienced this amazing workshop.
For those wanting some further help with clearing and becoming aware of shadow behaviours, why not make contact with me personally or via Skype in a one-on-one session that will help reveal a deeper understanding of the current issues.
AWAKEN YOUR SACRED PLEASURE
Bayside Red Tent is proud to host Kerri Ryan from Goddess of Sacred Sex for a half day Workshop. This is a very special event and is not suitable for our Maiden Members. Red Tent welcomes anyone who identifies as female.
For many women, healing the separation they feel around their bodies and sexuality is something that’s always put off till another time. You know you need to give it your attention, to look at those issues that need to be lovingly healed, yet it seems finding enjoyment and pleasure in your own body is never a big enough priority.
So let’s take a dive and deeply enter into the topic of sacred pleasure. You are literally sitting on a pleasure palace, yet how often do you feel sexy? Time to surrender and connect to your sacred yoni and understand the basics of your anatomy and its arousal. It’s really quite easy to activate your sexual energy as the goddess Shakti lives in every woman, and she’s just waiting for you to dance her awake.
So many women express to me the blocks they experience around feeling their sexual energy. These can include body shame, fear of letting go, issues of past abuse, religious programming, inability to orgasm, not feeling safe, low self esteem and many more. Well, let’s look at them all, discuss them and share in sacred space. It seems you’ve been holding onto what doesn’t work for too long now and it’s time to let it go. Time to awaken the flower that is your sexuality and let it’s fragrance inform the whole of your life. Your life force energy is sexual energy and the potential for it to change your life is simply your choice.
As a priestess of the goddess, I invite you to step into ritual space where the goddess is invoked into the work we do, to allow her energetic presence to elevate each aspect with the consciousness of the sacred. It is then in this high vibrational resonance, we are held as divine beings, allowed to safely open to our beauty and to surrender and clear the energies that no longer support us.
This will be a beautiful ritual of sharing with your sacred sisters, held in safety and respect and love.
What this event will include:
- I don’t feel sexy, I don’t get turned on – this doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you; maybe you need to understand how to awaken your pleasure.
- Let’s deal with those blocks to feeling greater pleasure including shame, fear, sexual abuse, religious programming, low self esteem
- Find your inner shakti goddess – let’s dance her awake
- It’s all in the breath – let your breath activate your sexual energy
- Let’s have a look at what goes on down there – we’ll take a magical mystery tour of your vulva and yoni
- Learn simple practices and Tantric lovemaking techniques to help shift sex from “below waist” to whole body ecstasy
- Let’s discuss jade eggs and how to use them
This is deep powerful work, wonderfully transformative work and I am honoured to be able to help women open to the potential of their sacred sexual being.
Please arrive at 8:45 for the workshop start of 9am
Members – $55 and Non-Members $65 Please bring your 2016/2017 membership cards.
Morning Tea will be provided.
What else Kerri has available for those interested:
ONE-ON- ONE SESSIONS:
Kerri has always held space for the flowering of divinity in every woman and the expression of their sacred sexuality. She works deeply and intimately to assist individuals to experience their greatest pleasure potential. By assisting women to release the blocks they feel around experiencing their sexual energy which can include body shame, fear of letting go, inability to orgasm, issues of past abuse, religious programming, low self esteem, clearing the womb portal and so much more, the opportunity exists to experience their sexuality in a totally healed space, opening to the beauty that is the divine feminine.
As a priestess of the goddess, Kerri invites you to step into ritual space where the goddess is invoked into the work we do, to allow her energetic presence to elevate each aspect with the consciousness of the sacred. It is then in this high vibrational resonance, we are held as divine beings, allowed to safely open to our beauty and to surrender and clear the energies that no longer support us.
SPECIAL OFFER TO RED TENT MEMBERS:
Normal price sessions: 1.5 hours for $160
(A minimum of three sessions always recommended to effect deep and lasting change – $400 when paid upfront)
Special offer to Red Tent Members: One hour for $90. Come and sit in sacred space and discuss what possibilities are available to address your individual specific needs.
Please contact Kerri on email@example.com +61 417 934 788
The Goddess and Your Sacred Pleasure
This upcoming weekend retreat – “The Goddess and Your Sacred Pleasure” – is an invitation to journey with the goddess into our bodies to awaken our pleasure and discover how sacred we truly are.
When we make a conscious decision to remove ourselves from the every day; to nurture and nourish our physical and spiritual beings, then we create an opportunity for not only growth, but deep experiences of joy and love. Women have gathered and circled since the beginning of time. It is how we fill ourselves up and if needed, break ourselves down, in order to heal that which needs our love and attention.
Ancient temple practices and the sacred prostitute
We will don our priestess personae and delve into the ancient past, into the temples of the goddess, where sexuality was honoured for its regenerative powers and women’s bodies were revered for their ability to bring forth new life. The breasts, the yoni, the womb were all understood to hold the essence of life and the female body was deemed sacred, a mirror for the creative energy of the goddess herself. I invite you to step into the past and explore the ancient temples and meet the goddesses and the sacred prostitutes who were the priestesses that engaged in rituals to invoke the transcendent qualities of the goddess through the act of sex. We will explore the ancient world that is inexorably imprinted on the modern, and find its essence that is awakening in you.
Mary Magdalene represents the Sacred Feminine and the essence of strength from within, connection to Divine Source, gentle kindness and the wisdom to act from inner Divinity. Many of us find ourselves being called to honour the Sacred Feminine in our own lives and Mary Magdalene shows us the way that Goddess speaks to us through her divine spirit and love.
We will invoke the Magdalene and immerse ourselves in her story, investigating not only the more widely known accounts, but reveal the myths that speak about her role as priestess in the temples of Isis and the part she played as consort to Yeshua in the resurrection story and the birth of a new religion. The Magdalene is the holder of the ancient mysteries school teachings and it is time once again to reveal that knowledge to those who are ready to receive.
Your Sacred Pleasure
If you face blocks around experiencing your sexual energy, then it’s time to release and open. These blocks can include body shame, fear of letting go, issues of past abuse, religious programming, low self esteem and many more. We’ll look at them all, discuss them and share in sacred space. Time to awaken the flower that is your sexuality and let it’s fragrance inform the whole of your life. Your life force energy is sexual energy and the potential for it to change your life is simply your choice.
So we shall take the dive and deeply enter into the topic of your personal sacred pleasure. You are literally sitting on a pleasure palace, yet you often don’t feel sexy! Time to surrender and connect to your sacred yoni and understand the basics of your anatomy and its arousal. It’s really quite easy to activate your sexual energy as the goddess Shakti lives in every woman, and she’s just waiting for you to dance her awake.
Then we shall work with energetically clearing your Womb. The womb is the source of your essence as a Woman. Naturally, it holds all that you are and can be, both sexually and creatively. Whether you are aware of it or not, the Womb supports, informs and nourishes your every move, your every breath, and every emotion, with Love. One of the barriers to accessing this wisdom is energetic blockages that retain body memories either physically or emotionally around mistrust of the masculine, sex without love, abortions or miscarriages, birthing traumas or physical violence. This energetic block remains until it is released and loved back to wholeness, allowing for the opening and free flow of energy to return to the womb centre.
Then, while being held in safe meditational space, we will invoke the goddess to assist us to shamanically journey in through the yoni and the cervix, the sacred gateway to the womb, and then we will begin to clear. We will access numerous different scenarios that may or may not carry an emotional charge and by calling on our divine healing intelligence, we will clear and release these energetic blocks as they arise.
This weekend is about experiencing yourself as sacred woman, as priestess of the goddess in order to more deeply explore what it means to live and drink deeply from the wellspring of your life. It’s your invitation to journey with the goddess into the ancient past to see how it informs the present, participate in rituals of renewal and rebirth, dance your shakti awake, clear your womb of past wounding, allow the Magdalene to reawaken the ancient mysteries and discover the pleasure that lays within your own body. And so much more dear women.
Every gift we seek, can be found within and by shedding the masks we wear on a daily basis and dropping into our bodies, we can experience acceptance and self-love and with that, what arises is a sensuality, a confidence, a trust in who we are. Are you ready to share yourselves deeply in a life changing weekend of ritual and deep opening?
Inana Gathering Space, Mangrove Mountain, Central Coast, New South Wales – 1.5 hrs drive north of Sydney.
Inana Gathering Space is a gorgeous private property which contains a beautiful temple space where we will all sleep together as one. To keep costs down, the meals will be catered, but you will be asked to bring along a food item from the list provided which our amazing cook Rosemarie will turn into nourishing and sumptuous meals.
The weekend will be full of ritual and ceremony, and on the Saturday night we will circle under a waxing moon around the fire, calling on the goddess to ignite our passions.
More details on what to bring will be provided closer to the time.
Friday 9th to Sunday 11 September
Commencing at 4pm on Friday night and closing at 4pm Sunday afternoon.
Ph: 0417 934 788
So who was she? That elusive and fascinating woman who has lived in the psyche of both men and women for more than 2000 years, and yet we still know so little about her. Was she the Apostle to the Apostles, the one who most understood the teachings of the Christed one? Did she financially underwrite his ministry from her personal wealth? Or was she his wife or lover and even mother to his children? Did she join with him in the sacred rites of hieros gamos as High Priestess and Sacred Prostitute of the Temple of Isis to birth a new religion into the world? And what of her journey to the South of France after Christ’s death where still today she is one of the most revered Saints throughout France
With so many unanswered questions, it only serves to deepen the mystery that surrounds this woman who is one of the most famous to come down through the modern era. Mary Magdalene represents the Sacred Feminine and the essence of strength from within, connection to Divine Source, gentle kindness and the wisdom to act from inner Divinity. Many of us find ourselves being called to honour the Sacred Feminine in our own lives and Mary Magdalene shows us the way that Goddess speaks to us through her divine spirit and love.
So come and join us for a day of ritual, immersed in her deeply healing love, where we will explore her history and connect with Mary’s energy, channelled through Karen Maree Langford, where she brings through loving and healing energy in the form of an anointing and private message for each participant in a one-on-one experience with the Magdalene.
ABOUT THE DAY
Kerri Ryan will conduct the morning session and as Priestess of Goddess, she will create sacred space and invoke the Magdalene’s energy to open our hearts and infuse the day’s proceedings with her love. The morning will be spent on exploring her back story and history. Some of the topics of investigation:
• Mary Magdalene – who was she?
• The status of women at the time of Christ
• Her relationship to Yeshua
• Apostle to the Apostles
• Vilification by the Church
• Nag Hamadi: Gospel of Phillip
• High Priestess of the Temple of Isis
• Sacred Prostitute – Hieros Gamos – Sex magic
• Sacred Bloodline – Holy Grail
• Her arrival in the South of France
Karen Maree Langford will conduct the afternoon session entitled Embrace The Divine Re-birth through Breathe where she will take workshop participants through the different levels of rebirth.
• The Mind- Explore mindfulness: and the power of our thoughts to create our reality.
• Heal – Identify and shift negative emotional patterning: healing your emotional pain body.
• Re-birth – Empowerment: The warrior woman emerges.
• Embrace – Experience the Goddess within: connect with Mary Magdalene energy and personal message unique to your journey.
Join us for this full day immersion in the energy of the Magdalene, joined with your sisters in ritual space. This will be a day filled with love, laughter, meditation, revelation and divinity. This will be a day to drop into your hearts and open to receive the healing that is available to us all, when we give ourselves permission to receive.
DATE: 7 February 2016
TIME: 10am to 5pm
VENUE: 193 Petsch Creek Rd Tallebudgera Valley 4228
EARLYBIRD: $103 if paid by 24 January 2016
CONTACT: Kerri Ryan – 0417 934 788
Karen Maree Langford – 0417 240 373
BRING: Some healthy lunch to share in the beautiful surrounds of this gorgeous bush venue, water bottle, and wear comforable clothing.
(please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org to advise your payment is made):
BSB: 814 282 A/C: 30609993
This full day workshop will take you into the ancient past, into the temples of the goddess where sexuality was honoured for its regenerative powers and women’s bodies were revered for their ability to bring forth new life. The breasts, the yoni, the womb were all understood to hold the essence of life and the female body was deemed sacred, a mirror for the creative energy of the goddess herself.
I invite you to a day of ritual, where we shall step into the past and explore the ancient temples and meet the goddesses and the sacred prostitutes who were the priestesses that engaged in rites to invoke the transcendent qualities of the goddess through the act of sex. Learn how to activate your own shakti through dance and breath work and understand how that will benefit you in the bedroom when tantricly sharing with your partner. Explore more deeply your own pleasure potential and find out what’s going to turn you on.
This full day workshop will:
- include a journey into the past to meet the ancient fertility goddesses such as the Venus of Willendorf and the Hohle Fels Venus whose blatant sexuality has academics still guessing;
- connect you to the energies of Aphrodite, Inanna, Lilith and Mary Magdalene and discover how the sexual rites conducted in the ancient goddess temples were about fertility and performed to ensure the continued abundance of the land;
- introduce you to the sacred prostitute and learn how her body became a sacred vessel for the goddess to enter in the rites of hieros gamos or the sacred marriage;
- teach you about jade eggs and the marvellous benefits of this ancient practice;
- guide you through dance and breath work to open your body and awaken the kundalini shatki which is your own inner goddess energy that emanates your sensual woman essence as a powerful force for ecstasy and creation;
- show you that it’s all in the breath – find out how to activate and clear your body in order to increase your orgasmic pleasure;
- explore what goes on down there – we’ll take a magical mystery tour of the clitoris and vulva and learn how you can change the way you pleasure yourself or help him to find out what turns you on;
- reveal the secret power of breasts – let’s activate their erotic energy; and
- explore how to bring sacred sexual practices into your own relationship and how you can connect more deeply with your partner.
Understanding how sexuality was viewed in the ancient past can help you review the often limiting beliefs you hold about your body and sexuality today. This workshop will give you the opportunity to reclaim your sacred woman, feel your shakti energy, know your own anatomy better, and experience your sexuality as a divine gift from the goddess. This is powerful work for all women who want to educate and open themselves to the sexual healing energy of the goddess.
Bring some healthy lunch to share, a note pad if desired, a water bottle and wear loose comfortable clothing.
Early Bird: $122 early bird special (payment up to Saturday 13th February)
Full Price: $155
Date: Saturday 27 February 2016
Time: 10am to 5pm
Venue: Meditation Space
Address: Upstairs, 11 Patrick Street Campbelltown
Contact: Kerri Ryan 0417 934 788
Ariadne Weaver: 0430 554 422 (has the local info)
BSB: 814 262
(please advise by email email@example.com when paid, advising name and location of workshop you are attending)
OTHER DATES AND VENUES ON MY SOUTHERN VISIT:
Friday 26 February 2016
Anique’s Temple of the Global Goddess, Rutherford, near Newcastle
(address on booking)
Sunday 28 February 2016 Gleny’s Livingston’s MoonCourt in the Blue Mountains (address available on booking)