Play inspires possibilities
"Play energizes us and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities."
- Stuart Brown, MD

At the end of this week, we welcome Spring! I am readying myself to play outside, for more light-filled days, signs of birth and growth all around us, and the sensation of pure potential that it brings.  

I was listening to one of my favorite meditations this morning and was reminded of the value of the practice of play: 
"Play opens the pathways for creativity to flow freely. When we are engaged in play, we connect with the heart, rather than leading with our minds. As we access the essence of pure potentiality, transformative ideas and solutions come to us spontaneously, and we are boundlessly creative." - Deepak Chopra

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Earlier last week I returned from a weekend delighting in tarot play at the Northwest Tarot Symposium (NWTS). At each session I attended, I got to explore new dimensions of tarot, from creative writing to SoulCollage to learning about ways to apply tarot to dreams and therapeutic settings. In the margins of my journal are dozens of ideas for my embodied work with tarot, ArcanaDance and Nia.

Image above: My SoulCollage piece

During NWTS, I got to facilitate an experience of play and potentiality during my presentation of ArcanaDance. Our focus was on the archetype of vitality through The Sun card. I spent weeks preparing. I was studious. I wrote what can only be described a sort of "academic" manual of my processes, practices and technique. I want to share this work far and wide. That desire is so big that it was interrupting my own vitality. So the night before my presentation, I took my own medicine. With an intention to "lighten up," I played by doing my own dance with The Sun card. And following that up with watching Melissa McCarthy in the movie "Spy" added a dose of laughter that was epic! When I presented the next day, I felt relaxed, focused, light, energized and deeply vulnerable. All I can say is that I fell in love with every participant that came to the session and fell more deeply in love with ArcanaDance for its capacity to shift energy and present new possibilities for a joyful embodied life. 

Image above: The Sun of Life from the Wildwood Tarot

This weekend, I am headed out for more play. I leave Wednesday afternoon for a five-day retreat on Whidbey Island focused on goddess spirituality. On Saturday evening, I feel honored to facilitate a playful movement experience of over a dozen goddesses chosen by the retreat participants. The goddess I chose for myself is Oya, the Yoruban goddess of transformation. She reminds us to release what no longer serves us and to embrace the new. I was drawn to Oya as I sense the winds of change moving through my own life. And, because I see her archetypal connection with my creations, ArcanaDance and Embodied Tarot, as they spark profound change in the lives of others.

Image above: Oya by Susan Mathews. 

On that note, of embracing the new, there is more play in store for us alI:
Register now for the April 2nd "A Tarot Mini-Retreat with The Magician card: Actualizing your Unlimited Potential" from 10:00am - 4:00pm at Embrace the Moon in Ballard. 

What you will experience at this retreat:
  • Activate your visionary abilities.
  • Play with the tarot, even if you are a newbie!
  • Discover your magical powers.
  • Explore the Magician through a magically-powered Nia routine.
  • Experience ArcanaDance.
  • Dance into your visionary future.
Simply email me at to secure your spot. Cost: $110 by March 25, $125 after March 25, 2016. 

All the details, including the PayPal button are here.

I am teaching a latin-inspired mix tonight at 6:00pm at Embrace the Moon. While I am away on retreat, my classes will be taught by the one and only Susan Tate! Use your class card with me to join her on Thursday at 6:00pm at Embrace the Moon in Ballard and Sunday at 10:30am at Balance Studio in Fremont. Or, drop-in for $15. 

I will be back to teach Nia at 6:00pm on Monday, March 21st at Embrace the Moon! Come play! 

Playfully yours,
The Embodied Tarot
Class Schedule

Mondays 6:00pm 
Thursdays 6:00pm 
Sundays 10:30am 

Stretch and Fly
Yoga Dance 

1st and 3rd Fridays

Sundays 9:00am 
Starts April 10, 2016

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