Archive: Woman is a River

October 24, 2019

What happens on a Vibrant Living Retreat?

I’ve been back from Italy for over a month and I’m still basking in the afterglow of that marvelous time. So many people have asked me what we do on retreat and I find myself having a hard time coming up with the right words.

We connect

We grow

We laugh

We move our bodies

We explore pleasure and joy and sensuality and presence and emotions and open-hearted living and desire and boundaries and naming our wants

We eat (we eat sooooo well)


We explore

I can tell you that before the retreat many of the participants told me that wanted to change in some way…and that as I was leaving the villa I felt transformed.

Powerful things happen when we gather in community and share and name things that are scary or exciting or vulnerable.

Here are some of the other things that happened on this Vibrant Living Italy 2019 Retreat.


We stayed at an incredible villa with a pool and a private chef.

Nikki lead us in yoga for an hour and a half every morning.

We named intentions for the week, created soul collages, pulled cards and also created a vibrant living playlist.

I lead classes.

People shared what was on their hearts.

We went wine tasting (at a vineyard owned by an incredible woman).

We took a few trips to nearby towns – visited churches and wandered down alleys and shopped and ate gelato.

We talked a lot about what we want – how to identify, the importance of naming it and how to move toward it.

I shared that this retreat was a big want of mine and it wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t said it out loud during a Portland retreat the year before. And later that day we headed to dinner at a restaurant in Lucca.

I had told some of the women about how much I love pistachio gelato and how excited I was to have it that afternoon. As we walked to the restaurant they asked if I had had my gelato and I oohed and ached about it. Ten minutes later we sat down at the table and the owner greeted us and looked at me and said, “You are going to love our special. Pistachio Pasta!” (of course I had it and I’m still dreaming about it!)

There were many moments like this that are not quantifiable. Sometimes magic happens on retreats.

There were so many beautiful moments and interactions that were influenced by the glorious combination of the 10 women who joined us.

I am changed. And I am forever grateful.

The experience was so powerful for both me and for Nikki that we’ve already decided to go back to Italy for Vibrant Living Italy 2020 next fall!

I’ll be sharing those details soon!

June 18, 2015

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Save the Date – From Friday, June 26th at 5pm EST – Monday, June 29th at 12pm EST you can purchase any of my Self-Study PDF’s for 50% off!

We are nearing the halfway mark of 2015. In the beginning of the year it’s easy to have momentum and excitement about change and focusing on yourself. I want to make it easy for you to honor your commitment to yourself and your relationship – now is a great time to honor your relationshiprelease shame, discover your sexual desire, connect with your body or focus on self-love.

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I love helping women create a deeper connection with themselves and with their partners. These classes are a wonderful way to explore intimacy and cultivate pleasure.  Visit my class page June 26th – June 29th and purchase any of my e-courses for 50% off!

October 25, 2013

Receiving Sexual Gifts

Do you have a hard time receiving?

  • What happens when someone does something nice for you?
  • How do you react when someone gives you a compliment?
  • What is your response when your lover offers to please you?

When it comes to receiving in the bedroom, are you opening and willing?

  • Are you worried that receiving makes you greedy?
  • Do you feel “exposed” or “on display” if you allow your partner to give to you fully?
  • Do you get tripped up asking for what you want or knowing what will give you pleasure?

When you open up to receiving, you give your sexual partner a gift!  You allow your lover to give you the gift of pleasure.  You know how good it feels to give, right?  So why would you want to deny your partner that great feeling?  Let your partner give to you sexually!  And why stop there, give yourself some sexual gifts too!

If you still struggle with the idea of receiving (or feel shame or discomfort about sexual pleasure), let yourself receive in a more comfortable way – sign up for Woman is a River: Transforming Your Sexual Mythology.  Give yourself this gift and learn more about the joy of receiving!

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October 18, 2013

Sacred Birth

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What have you birthed (or witness being birthed) into the world?  What have you created?  What do you want to create?  In my work I get to witness amazing things coming forth all the time.  I get to see people dreaming and creating and birthing all the time!  I also get to see people become pregnant and becoming parents.  As a parent myself, it’s a path I treasure.

Almost 6 years ago, I also got to witness one of my dear friends give birth to her son.  This was years before I wanted to be a mother.  This was a couple years before I even started my practice.  And it is an experience I will never forget!  It was an honor to be part of the group of women in the room (with her husband and her mother); supporting, loving and witnessing her.  I will remember the laughter before she started pushing, my friend, Lori, is hilarious!  I will remember us counting (or shouting) to 10 as she breathed and pushed (I don’t think the doctors/nurses loved having so many women in the room, but it was incredible!).  I will remember seeing her son as he entered the world.  I will remember the glances all of us women shared with each other, we knew we were witnessing beauty and magic.  I was forever changed by being invited into that intimate and sacred moment.

A little over a year ago, I experienced my daughter’s birth.  It didn’t go as planned, and it was also perfect and magic and sacred.  She was breech (or lotus as my yoga instructor liked to call it…she said lotus babies like to stay close to their mama’s hearts, I LOVE that!).  I tried everything to get her to turn.  I saw an acupuncturist, a chiropractor and worked with my hypnobirthing teacher.  I tried moxibustion at home, I went to my yoga class and I suspended myself upside down on an ironing board on an angle multiple times a day.  I even went in for an external cephalic version – which left my belly bruised and my baby securely in her lotus position.  In the end I was not able to have the birth I dreamed of and had a cesarean section.  And you know what, it was OK.  It was still special. I still remember the second I heard her cry.  I remember seeing her for the first time.  And I was able to have skin to skin contact right away.  My dear daughter, cuddled up on my chest as they closed my incision and she stopped crying when she heard my voice.  Then they bundled her up like a little burrito and wheeled us back to our room and she started to nurse immediately.

I love hearing women’s birth stories – the ecstasy, the disappointment, the exhaustion, the love.  All of it!  I’m grateful for the birth of babies and the birth of ideas and birth of self-love that I get to witness on a regular basis.

We will be talking about birth (of babies and of self-love and empowered sexuality) in Woman in a River: Transforming Your Sexual MythologyAre you ready to share your stories, hear from other women or do some healing? I hope you will join us.

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