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All you need is love
“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.” 
― Rumi

 
Happy Imbolc! Today, in the Wheel of the Year, we celebrate the passing of Winter as we delight in the signs of Spring. It's been a gorgeous day...the sun is shining and Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, signaling that Spring will arrive early. In just over 24 hours I am headed to a 3-day retreat in Carlsbad, CA where it's supposed to be 70 degrees and sunny. I am breaking out the flip flops! The focus of the retreat is "Healing the Heart" an appropriate theme for the month of February. While I am going for myself, I view every experience from the lens of community. I would love to return from the retreat with the ability to weave any heart-mending wisdom that comes into my tarot counseling practice, ArcanaDance and Nia. While I am away, Liziah Richards will teach The Dance of the Chakras on Friday, February 5 at 6pm at Embrace the Moon in Ballard and Shea Marsh will teach Nia at 10:30am on Sunday, February 6. 

I will be back on Monday, February 7th with a new teaching schedule, offering 3 Nia classes per week. Woot! Please help me building these two newest classes: Monday and Thursday evenings at 6:00pm at Embrace the Moon in Ballard. The Thursday evening class is new and will begin on Thursday, February 11th. The studio is spacious, beautiful and parking in the neighborhood is very easy. In fact, street parking is free after 6pm. All Nia classes in February will be love-themed! Each year, I take my favorite relationship songs (the good, the bad and the ugly) and weave them together into a variety of playlists. Come play with me!

I announced the "birth" of ArcanaDance in my July 2015 newsletter. The last seven months have been  life changing. I love ArcanaDance and while my classes are still quite small, the feedback I've received about it brings me deep joy and hope for future growth. Here are just a couple (with more to come) testimonials. I created ArcanaDance to share my love of tarot and movement. I did not expect it to be such a powerful catalyst for self-growth and self-healing. ArcanaDance, as an entity, has become my teacher and I am its willing and devoted student. I share this to thank you all for being so patient while I pulled back from teaching more than one Nia class a week last year. I needed the time to create and nurture ArcanaDance. And now I feel ready to return to an expanded Nia teaching schedule while continuing to develop and grow ArcanaDance. Thank you for your support! It means the world to me. 

ArcanaDance returns in February for The Dance of the Lovers, the archetype of love. Ohh la la! More than an archetype of romantic love, the Lovers is about how we grow through the mirror of relationship, with ourselves and with others. It’s also about the choices we make to follow the call of our heart’s desire. This archetype is a rich exploration of passion, partnership, choice and saying yes to the power of love.

If Sunday mornings are just too early for you (although you should know we have soooo much fun!) I am offering a two-hour workshop on The Lovers archetype on Saturday, February 27 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at Embrace the Moon in Ballard. The cost is $30 in advance/$35 at the door OR you can use 2 of your class card punches.   

Spring is coming - bring it! 
 
Monday AND Thursday night Nia in Ballard! 
When: Mondays and Thursdays
Thursdays begin on February 11, 2016.
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
At: Embrace the Moon (Ballard) 
1716 NW Market, Seattle, WA 98107
Street parking is free after 6:00pm. 
Cost: $15 drop in or use your class card with Jennifer.


ArcanaDance: The Dance of the Lovers: the Archetype of Love
Dates: Sundays, February 14, 21 and 28, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 10:15am
Location: Balance Studio (Fremont), 418 N. 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Cost: $15 drop-in, $40 for 3 classes or use your class card with Jennifer
To register: Email jennifer@embodiedtarot.com
More:
 http://www.embodiedtarot.com/arcanadance/
During this three week series we will explore the archetype of The Lovers and the associated minor arcana cards (6 or Air, 6 of Water, 6 of Fire and 6 of Earth). In the tarot, the Lovers card represents the archetype of the love. More than an archetype of romantic love, the Lovers is about how we grow through the mirror of relationship, with ourselves and with others. It’s also about the choices we make to follow the call of our heart’s desire. This archetype is a rich exploration of passion, partnership, choice and saying yes to the power of love. 

ArcanaDance Workshop: The Dance of The Lovers, the Archetype of Love
When: Saturday, February 27, 2016 
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Embrace the Moon (Ballard), 1716 NW Market, Seattle, WA 98107
Cost: $30 in advance (by February 26) or $35 at the door. If you have a class card with Jennifer, you may use two class card punches for this workshop.
To register: Email me at jennifer@embodiedtarot.com
Once a month we will gather to listen to the embodied wisdom of a tarot archetype. Using questions asked through the voice of the archetype, we will pick cards that bring tarot wisdom to life through our bodies. Enjoy the transformative experience of sensing your cards come to life through your unique dance. The movement will be guided and paired with tarot-inspired music.  On February 27 we explore a path to healing through the tarot card of The Lovers, the archetype of love. More than an archetype of romantic love, the Lovers is about how we grow through the mirror of relationship, with ourselves and with others. It’s also about the choices we make to follow the call of our heart’s desire. This archetype is a rich exploration of passion, partnership, choice and saying yes to the power of love. No tarot or dance experience required. All are welcome. Tarot decks will be provided for use during the workshop but feel free to bring your own deck if you have one.

 
And save the date! The next Embodied Tarot mini-retreat is scheduled for Saturday, April 2nd at Embrace the Moon in Ballard and we are diving in to The Magician, the archetype of the visionary! Squeal!

With love, warmth and light,
Jennifer
The Embodied Tarot
Nia:
Mondays 6:00pm in Ballard
Thursdays 6:00pm (starts February 11) in Ballard
Sundays 10:30am in Fremont

Stretch and Fly Yoga Dance 
1st and 3rd Fridays 6:00pm
(Feb 5 and 19, 2016)

ArcanaDance:
Sundays 9:00am in Fremont - Feb. 14, 21 and 28, 2016

 
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