A 9-month journey of life-changing initiation, reclamation and becoming

Wilderness. Eros. Sexuality. Mythology. Archetype. Qigong. Writing.

Begins October 30, 2019—Ends July 14, 2020
10 spaces available. All genders.
Application/ Interview process required.


    For these longer questions, please do not feel you need to write “well”. Don’t worry about grammar and punctuation. Let yourself pour yourself onto this page, in your true and authentic voice. You can get real, get messy and take risks with words here.

  • The work I do is tried and true. It has been demonstrated over my 20 years in professional practice and teaching, that it changes the lives of my students and clients in profound ways. I can make a promise to you that if you immerse yourself fully in the process I have created, it will transform you. However, you must step in. You must be committed. That said, if you wholeheartedly engage in each and every component of this Immersion, complete at least 50% of its duration, and you still feel that you have not seen the value or a change in your life, I will happily provide you with a prorated refund. No refunds are available outside of this context. Your tuition is non-transferable.
  • I understand that Sarah Byrden and The Elemental Self and all collaborators therein utilize a number of different contexts, approaches and practices depending on the particluar course of study and work I have signed up for. These include but are not limited to MogaDao Qigong, MogaDao Sacred Daoist Sexuality, MogaDao 5 Element Yoga practices, Chinese 5 Element Theory and application, meditative and therapeutic inquiry, wilderness immersion, elements of archetypal and Jungian psychology, and the Gateless Writing Methodology.

    I am aware that my work with Sarah Byrden is depth work that has the potential to impact my body, mind and spirit and may release or uncover emotions, mind states and spiritual states that can be at times challenging, however beneficial and integrated they may be in my long-term well-being.

    I understand that some of these practices involve physical movement that may, from time to time, be strenuous, and that such practices carry some risk of injury.

    I also understand that I must judge my own capabilities in regard to my work with Sarah Byrden. I agree to take full responsibility for not exceeding the limits of my body and for any injury that may incur from my practice. I acknowledge that it is my responsibility to ascertain my physcial, mental and emotional readiness to engage the practices and work that will be offered and I acknowledge that it is my responsibility to inform Sarah if this changes during our work together.

    I am aware of and take responsibility for these aforementioned potential challenges as I embark in my work with Sarah Byrden.

    I also recognize that though Sarah Byrden is extensively trained in her various arenas of expertise and holds multiple certifications, she is not a licensed therapist, counselor, or doctor (inlcuding not a Doctor of Oriental Medicine). I agree that if I need further support and resources for my care and health (be that mental, emotional, physical or spiritual) I will seek and obtain guidance from a licensed health care practitioner.

    I hereby waive and release any claim that I may have at any time for injury and/or liability of any sort against Sarah Byrden or The Elemental Self, LLC

    Thank you for taking the time to share here. You will receive an email with a link to schedule your Interview with Sarah. If you do not receive this email within 20 minutes, please get in touch with us so we can make sure you receive the information that you need.


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