Return Home to Yourself

  • Wed, June 29, 2022
  • Wed, July 27, 2022
  • 5 sessions
  • Wed, June 29, 2022, 4:30 PM 6:30 PM (EDT)
  • Wed, July 06, 2022, 4:30 PM 6:30 PM (EDT)
  • Wed, July 13, 2022, 4:30 PM 6:30 PM (EDT)
  • Wed, July 20, 2022, 4:30 PM 6:30 PM (EDT)
  • Wed, July 27, 2022, 4:30 PM 6:30 PM (EDT)
  • NCMC SCRC Building, room 550 (upstairs)
  • 8



Return home to your true self...
In connection with all of life through the elements, and learn from these raw forces of resilience that live within each cell of our being. You will be guided through trauma-informed simple nourishing movement practices that are intended to support you to deepen your mindfulness in relationship to your body and the environment. You will learn about the systems of the body as they relate to the larger natural systems of our planet Earth and easy techniques to come back to your inner knowing. We will be meeting inside and weather permitting will go outside and connect with the natural environment. We will also connect with others through sharing together in a circle. No previous experience needed. Bring a towel or mat that can get dirty.

Here’s what you will receive and learn during the 5 weeks:

  • Build up your natural immune system through tapping into your embodied resource and inner medicine
  • Learn simple and powerful movement & breath techniques
  • Learn about and practice cultivating ritual with the elements and the land to deepen your relationship with place and your own personal practice
  • Practice being more alive and present in the moment
  • Learn about feminine and Earth honoring Tibetan Buddhist perspectives and how to transform negative emotional states into generative states
  • Resource your own inner guidance through your body
  • Inquiry sheets and resources to take home and reflect on between sessions
  • Learn tools for decolonization, and embodied trauma healing

Each week we will explore a different element through our bodies as nature and nature as our bodies . . .

Week 1 - Earth - Resources - Security and Discovering our Needs vs. Insecurity, Inadequacy and Confusion

  1. Lessons: Structure, Stability, Simplicity, Nourishment, Equanimity and Generosity
  2. Practices: Grounding, Rooting in with our Ancestors, Compassionate Communication
  3. Body Allies: Bones, Connective Tissues, Marrow
  4. Nature Allies: Rocks, Stones, Trees, Roots, Magma

Week 2 - Water - Intimacy - Safety and Cultivating Trust vs. Fear & Over Intellectualization

  1. Lessons: Flow, Release, Rhythm, E-motion, Mirror-like Wisdom
  2. Practices: Framework for Decolonization as Healing
  3. Body Allies: Blood, Fluids, Notochord, Amniotic fluid
  4. Nature Allies: Water, Rivers, Lakes, Ocean, Ponds, Streams, Rain

Week 3 - Fire - Community - Sovereignty and Power vs. Craving, Seduction, Lust

  1. Lessons: Presence, Activating Aliveness and Radiant Discerning Compassion
  2. Practices: Embodied Trauma Healing with Polyvagal Theory
  3. Body Allies: Digestive System, Endocrine System, Nervous Systems
  4. Nature Allies: Sun, Stars, Fire, Mycelium

Week 4 - Air - Expression - Co-Creation and Joyful Collaboration vs. Jealousy, Annoyance, Anger

  1. Lessons: Acceptance, Spaciousness, Expansion, All Accomplishing Wisdom
  2. Practices: Sound Healing
  3. Body Allies: Breath, Lungs, Voice, Vocal Chords
  4. Nature Allies: Wind, Breeze, Tornado, Hurricane

Week 5 - Ethers - Connection - Union of Bliss & Emptiness vs. Ignorance, Denial, Depression

  1. Lessons: Wonder, Envisioning what's Possible, Surrender, All Embracing and Encompassing Wisdom
  2. Practices: Integrative Closing Ritual
  3. Body Allies: Cerebral Spinal Fluid, Nervous System and Glandular Integration
  4. Nature Allies: Spirit/Source/Divine

Each Session will include:

  • Grounding and land acknowledgement
  • Short personal check in
  • Sharing about the element as well as body and earth allies of each week
  • Trauma informed movement guidance connecting the body systems to the Earth systems
  • Group circle sharing
  • Invitation to personal practice with nature
  • Song for each element
  • Inquiry worksheet for each element

Cancellations are non-refundable within 24 hours of this event.

Hilary Johne Lake, MDiv (she/her/they) is a healing arts community minister and somatic movement therapist and educator who helps people align with their bodies and values in enlivening ways. She welcomes people into embodiment practices that bring awareness, connection and love into their lives.

She graduated from Harvard Divinity School with an MDiv in Buddhist Ministry and spent time in Thailand, India and Nepal studying Buddhism. She’s certified in Somatic Body Training, Infinity Healing Practice and Walking in Balance an indigenous created and led reconciliation council practice.

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