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Blending Nature and Civilization in the Body: Energy Flow is the Key

By Ann Marie Chiasson, MD who will be presenting Energy Healing Essentials at Hollyhock on August 19-24, 2016!

Twenty years ago I learned the fundamental principle that our energy and vitality does not actually belong to us – it is dependent on how connected we are to the larger energy field that we all live within. This includes nature and community (human and animal) and how our body is connected to these sources of energy. You may ask – Aren’t we always connected? Yes, we are always connected. However, how this connection flows through the body’s energy flow and organs is key.

These are ancient concepts –around for more than 4000 years, yet humans, in general, are becoming less connected to this life force energy flow. For starters, we have moved in-doors. We live alone more, or in smaller family units without extended family. We wear shoes, eat processed foods, and spend much of our time on-line or on the phone. We have become sedentary at work – and movement is the most effective way to move energy and energy blocks in the body.

We are definitely seeing the compensation in our culture – yoga is more common than ever (all about energy) and now we are even seeing Emergency departments putting photos of nature on the walls. Continue reading Blending Nature and Civilization in the Body: Energy Flow is the Key

Tundra, Hunter, and Shaman

Via Sacred Hoop by Jon Turk & Jody Weber; who will be presenting Dance of the Tides on July 31-Aug 5 at Hollyhock

One evening, after I had spent an evening in a small bookstore in Massachusetts, giving a reading from my book about travels with the Koryak people of the Kamchatka Peninsula in Eastern Siberia, a woman came up to me and introduced herself as Jody. She told me that she was the artistic director for a dance company called Weber Dance and that she had liked my reading, adding that she was interested in knowing if I might consider working with them to integrate the Koryak message into the ecstasy of dance. Jody told me that she had been making dances for over twenty years, and had immediately recognised the power of my story and the importance of the Koryak people’s message. She told me that she felt she had nothing to lose by asking me, and as it turned out, I had nothing to lose by saying yes. It seemed we were destined to create together, and so we constructed a dance called ‘Synchronicity and the Sacred Space,’ where the magic of the Koryak worldview was expressed as the joyous movement of swirling bodies. Our artistic collaboration continues to generate an ongoing dialogue about the message of ‘Tundra, Hunter and Shaman.’

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Presenter Profile | Mingtong Gu

Content found on Mingtong Gu’s website 
feature photo by kosmoseleevike on flikr.com


Mingtong Gu is an internationally recognized teacher and healer who received his training from a variety of Grandmasters in China and at the world’s largest Qigong hospital. This “medicine-less” hospital, Zhineng Qigong Center, has treated over 200,000 patients, with over 185 different illnesses, and with a 95% effective improvement rate. He is the founder of The Chi Center and Wisdom Healing Foundation and has taught Qigong to thousands of people in the USA, China, and Europe.

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Presenter Profile | Marie Manuchehri

Biography from Marie Manuchehri’s website
Feature Photo from flikr.com by Allegra Ricci


Marie is an energy medicine healer who is the perfect bridge between conventional and holistic medicine. She was raised in a family that appreciates preventive medicine, including the importance of eating nutritional organic foods and taking healthy supplements. Yet, it was during her work as an oncology nurse that she discovered and developed her skills as an energy medicine practitioner. The hospital turned out to be the ideal place to understand the energetic relationship between health and disease. Continue reading Presenter Profile | Marie Manuchehri

Interview with Michaela Boehm



The Context

Alexandra interviews Michaela Boehm. Gifted counselor, ingenious facilitator, dedicated practitioner of relational development, Michaela Boehm is an artist in her work. She weaves decades of education, training, and practice with her unwavering involvement in the experience of Life.

Big Idea #1: Identifying Your Feminine Essence

Don’t try to fit into the mold of what the feminine is supposed to be. Instead, find what feels right for you, and then trust that that your feminine essence is rocking.

When you’re connected to your feminine essence, you’re *pleasurably engaged*and feeling true joy in your body. Look to find a pleasurably engaged experience in little things.

People don’t usually have long stretches of time to immerse themselves in things. But we all have lots of tiny little moments throughout the day. Find little opportunities to infuse pleasure into your day-to-day activates.


Big Idea #2: Practicing Pleasure

Pleasure comes in many shapes and sizes but the pleasure Michaela speaks on iswhen your body is alive, your heart open, and your being is wide and bright.

When the pleasure is less localized, it’s better for your whole being. Anytime pleasure is focused in one specific area, it reduces the totality of what’s available.

How do you practice pleasure? Feel as much, and as deep, and as wide all around (and within) you for those things that are physically, emotionally, spiritually, sexually, and sensually pleasurable for you.

The more energy that goes up and into a woman’s head, the less energy that is available in her body. What makes a women embodied in pleasure is to feel the totality of her being. For that most women have to practice brining the energy down by breathing deep into the belly. Don’t be concerned about bringing your belly out. It also helps to move your hips, sides, and toes – feel them!


Big Idea #3: Surrendering

To relieve the tightness in our bodies and fully feel the pleasure of our feminine essence, sometimes we need to surrender.

The willingness to surrender is directly related to how much trust we have.Some of us were raised in environments where there’s an innate trust. Some of us had to be trained to be trusting. And some of us are just not trusting at all.

When you have a good trustworthy partner surrendering feels fantastic.

We can also surrender to ourselves but that requires that we trust ourselve to keep our shit together. Surrendering is important but it’s also hard because it requires a container we can surrender into.

Listen to the .mp3 here

About Michaela Boehm

Michaela Boehm is among the most gifted counselors and teachers to be found globally today.  Dedicated to Women’s Expression and Growth she has been leading Women’s Groups for the last 13 years. Born and raised in Austria, Michaela received her education in Psychology from the University of Vienna and received further extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Hypnosis, NLP, and Yoga. Upon moving to the United States in 1994, Michaela quickly became counselor to the stars in Hollywood, California, working and traveling with the world’s best-known celebrities, including actors, producers, writers, musicians, and international business founders. Michaela began studying with David Deida in 1997 and in 2007 began co-teaching with him, focusing on Women’s practices and empowerment in the 21st Century. Michaela is currently the only counselor in the world personally trained and authorized by David Deida.

Recently, Michaela began making available her unique services to those outside the Hollywood elite, offering women’s workshops, couples intensives, relationship counseling, and co-ed trainings.