April, 2014
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Focused Glow

Tatianah Thunberg

What initially drew Tatianah Thunberg to Ann Arbor in 1996 was the graduate school program in social work at University of Michigan.  One day she was in the CCRB and saw a flier for a challenge program ropes course that intrigued her.  She had been teaching aerobics and dancing and was involved in drum circles, so this resonated.  She applied and got the position.  That challenge program experience had a profound influence on the focus and direction of her work.  The combination of experiential learning and the power of community were transformative.  

Participants would learn through playing cooperative games and doing problem solving activities, and two facilitators safely held the space and modeled cooperation. 

This quality of engaged community was just what she had been missing during her time in New Mexico, before she came to Michigan, where everyone lived in separate dwellings.  Because she had grown up in a large intentional community in Connecticut, the isolated way most people live in this country felt so unnatural to her.   The importance of community is a theme that weaves into every aspect of Tatianah’s life.

She took the essence of the challenge program experience into her next job working in Westland at Hegira Prevention in K-12 schools and later at Pierce middle school in South Redford, where she worked for seven years with tweens and teens, running groups on topics such as substance abuse prevention, grief and loss, self-esteem, changing family systems, conflict resolution and peer mediation.  Engaging through play and body-based learning and having the powerful dyad of two facilitators, made these groups especially effective.

Tatianah’s introduction to New Myth Works came through Cal Loo who she met when she was leading team building at a house warming party.  New Myth Works’ mission to foster sacred community is certainly in alignment with Tatianah’s mission.  She and Don Allen led drumming and singing at our New Earth Day event last December.

Now she works in private practice as a holistic psychotherapist working with teens, adults, couples and groups.   She teaches hatha yoga, in the Kripalu tradition, and co-teaches Thai yoga  massage playshops and retreats with Kelly Kempter, her business partner.  Helping people to be more embodied and compassionately integrating body, breath, mind and spirit are characteristics of her work.  She also co-leads a Metta meditation circle with David Hall once a month and they also co-facilitate Journey to Wholeness circles and retreats, exploring the balance of the sacred masculine and feminine.

Tatianah enjoys singing and dancing within sacred community.  She is part of the group Bless the Water, who sings along the river to bring healing, does response chanting as a Kirtan artist, and participates in various groups doing improvisational dance.  She is also interested in the local food movement, is a gardener, volunteers on an organic farm and for Selma Café.  To find out more about her offerings check out her website, Spirit Moves.  

By Sandra Finkel


New Myth Works Updates

Save the Dates!
The 2014 Sophia Unfolds retreat will be August 8-10 and be held at Windrise Retreat Center.

Our theme this year is Beloved Body

Want to co-facilitate?
Sophia Unfolds is looking for women to facilitate workshop sessions on the theme of Beloved Body. We are sending out Requests For Proposals. If you are interested in receiving an RFP, contact us at SophiaUnfolds@gmail.com

Proposal submissions are due by April 22

Looking for workshop facilitators

Here at New Myth Works and Sophia Unfolds, we're beginning to develop a workshop series on Relationship.  If you are interested in possibly facilitating a workshop in a series such as this, please contact us soon! We are looking for workshops that are open to men, women, couples and singles.  We hope to have our workshop line-up defined by the end of April.  

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(artwork: Beloved by Outi Harma)

New Myth Works
Spring Potluck and Gathering

Thursday May 1, 2014 -- 6:00 - 8:00pm

Mark your calendars!
Look for an email invite a week or so before the event.



Upcoming Intentional Living Workshops

The Power of Telling Your Story
Thursday, April 17th, 6:30 to 8:30pm

Participants in this workshop will gain insights on how telling your story can change you and your loved ones, guidance and best known methods for telling your story, a template for organizing and capturing your story, and information about resources to help you move forward.

Workshop is led by Cal Loo of Intentional Legacies (www.intentional-legacies.com). $25 donation requested, $5 discount if you register online.  

Location: Intentional Legacies, 2723 S State St, Suite 150, Ann Arbor
Finding Life Balance Through Your Core Values
Sunday, May 4th, 1:00 - 5:00pm

Participants in this mini-retreat will gain deeper self awareness through a core values inventory exercise, more balanced life perspective through role & priority mapping, a blueprint for living more consciously, and resources and tools to help you on your journey

Mini-retreat co-led by Cal Loo of Intentional Legacies and Leah Myers of Self Works.  $40 donation requested with advance registration.

Location: 3355 Hilton Estates Dr, Brighton, MI  48114

Following Your Heart and Starting Your Own Business
Thursday, May 8th, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Participants in this workshop will gain perspectives on the importance of aligning our "inner" and "outer" purposes, guidance on starting your journey toward starting your own business, insights and inspiration from people who are already walking this path, and Information about resources to help you move forward

Workshop co-led by entrepreneurs Cal Loo of Intentional Legacies (intentional-legacies.com) and Jodi Lanning of Let Go.Be (letgobe.com).  $45 donation requested, $5 discount if you register online.  

Location: Intentional Legacies, 2723 S State St, Suite 150, Ann Arbor

Upcoming Workshops & Teachings with Tahnahga Myers

Note: New Date and Location:
Our Womb, Our Mother

April 19, 2014 - 10am - 3pm

NOTE:  New place of gathering HSK retreat Center, 7261 Hashley Rd, Manchester MI 48158.

Cost is $65.00 if you were to bring a friend cost for the workshop for two is $45.00 each.
This is class for women only!  We well take a journey to understanding our relationship to Mother Earth’s womb and the womb of our womanhood.  For both are not separate but one!  There well be ceremony for healing, singing, and art work. This is a potluck class please bring a healthy dish to share!

Please bring a journal, a favorite bowl, a blanket or yoga mat, a favorite stone, and please bring yourself.

Medicine Wheel Teaching from my Elders
May 17, 2014 - 12-4pm
Cost: $45.00 materials included

Come and journey with the Medicine Wheel and the many teaching that can guide us in our path to stepping firmly on our path.  Bring a healthy snack to share!
Contact Tahnahga for location

To Register or for more information:
Please try to give Tahnahga one-week notice of your attendance.
Payment in is cash is preferred.

tahnahga@gmail.com or call 734-730-9950.
Movie Showing of "Room to Breathe"
The Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education (MC4ME) will present the movie Room To Breathe, which is the first mainstream documentary that portrays bringing mindfulness into education.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm.

University of Michigan Rackham Amphitheater (4th Floor)

Tickets $12.50 or $15 at the door
The movie presents the surprising story of the transformation of struggling students in the San Francisco middle school with the highest number of disciplinary suspensions.  
A  panel of Michigan teachers and students who have used these practices in their classrooms will discuss the impact  of adopting mindfulness practices after the movie, followed by an open discussion about how to join in this work. 
MC4ME is a new not-for-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in education through awareness and training of mindfulness practices.

Purchase Tickets

Ongoing Metta Meditation

with David Hall & Tatianah Thunberg


The original name of this practice is mettā bhavana, which comes from the Pali language. Mettā means loving-kindness, friendliness, benevolence, amity, friendship, good will, kindness, close mental union. It is an emotion, a practice you you feel in your heart. Bhavana means development or cultivation.

We begin with a clearing and centering meditation, followed by open dialogue about global events that mirror our own call to social-emotional-spiritual evolution. David & Tatianah then lead a guided mettā meditation.

First Tuesdays from 6:30 - 8:30pm
Investment: $5 - $15 donation
Location: Sunward Cohousing,  Common House - iRoom, 424 Little Lake Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
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Upcoming Class at Lifeforce Enterprises

with Marilyn Maceri

Usui Reiki II Class
Saturday May 17, 10am - 4pm
Investment $150 includes materials

In the Usui Reiki II class you will learn all about and receive the first 3 of the 6 sacred Usui Reiki symbols that will allow you to give Reiki treatments to yourself and others with a more empowered and fine-tuned energy flow. Receive your second Reiki attunement which will activate the energy of these symbols allowing you to send Distant Reiki anywhere in the world. You will learn how to give a complete Reiki treatment to others. Learn the techniques of Byosen Scanning and Beaming and how to develop your own Reiki practice.

Classes to be held at our office: 30050 Hoover Rd. Suite G, Warren, MI  48093

Journey to Wholeness Retreat:

Balancing the Masculine and Feminine in Times of Change

Friday, May 30 - Sunday, June 1
5pm Friday through 2pm Sunday

Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat
9607 East Sturgeon Valley Rd., Vanderbilt, MI 49795

At this unprecedented time in our social and spiritual evolution, join Tatianah Thunberg, David M. Hall and a soulful group of brothers and sisters on a transformational journey into one of the great challenges of contemporary life: co-creating sanctuary through honoring the masculine and feminine within ourselves, others, our planet and the Divine. 

Journey to Wholeness is founded in the wisdom teachings of yoga, psychology and mythology. Drawing upon the mythic archetypes, through experiential practice within loving community, we will witness and support one another as we break through obstacles to unveil a higher expression of our path and purpose as allies in the new millennium. Return to your life with a renewed commitment to collaborate and serve in this intimate inner and outer dance of wholeness. 

Open to singles and couples, space is limited to 16 people.

Registration and More Info


I recently had an amazing session with Jackie Kilburn at Jump-In Therapy and Wellness Center. We worked together and unlocked a couple of missing pieces to my healing puzzle. She got my body to communicate with her in very informative ways!  -Mara Evans 

Wish List

A Home for New Myth Works

We are looking for leads for a temporary or permanent home for a store front and education center in the Ypsilanti / Ann Arbor area.  This would be the base for New Myth Works activities and a host for others’ activities that are in  alignment with New Myth Works' vision and mission.  Ideally, this home should provide for gathering/community space, practitioner space, meeting/event space, studio space, lodging, meals, gardens, and natural areas.

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