PROTECTING AND NOURISHING THE RIVER OF CREATIVE LIFE
The Story of La Llorona
April 25-May 21
9:00-11:00 am MDT
BEING DANCED INTO MADNESS AND RECLAIMING A HANDMADE LIFE
The Story of The Red Shoes
August 6-August 29th
9:00-11:00 am MDT
THE ECOLOGY OF SOUL: HEEDING THE CALLS WE HEAR
The Selkie Story of Sealskin, Soulskin
November 5-December 3
9:00-11:00 am MDT
“Mother Tongue” is a place for remembering our deep song, for embodying our sacred conversation with Life itself, the wisdom of the unseen world and the bone-deep, original language with which they speak both to and through us.
We offer 3 stand-alone series each year, as well as an IMMERSIVE 9 month MOTHER TONGUE program that includes all 3 of these series, plus additional small-group guidance and exploration into the themes and threads at hand.
Every series – each with its own specific theme and story frame-is a weave through these profound portals of archetype and symbol- A Story or grouping of stories (among other places, from the oracular book Women Who Run with the Wolves), the unique ritual of physical movement and gesture through archetypal qigong, and the symbolic world of personal dream images – for the purpose of recovering embodiment, lost energy, right- sight, direction, meaning, and spark to create and live with the sustenance of “the river beneath the river” while we create life in the topside world.
Story, movement and dreams are of our most indigenous human expressions and capacities. The timeless and universal mother tongue of archetype and symbol is a language that cuts through and speaks to us at the deepest level- in flashes of insight and bone-knowing, these symbols and imprints point us toward true north, wisdom and next steps.. They are maps, mirrors and medicine that we need for our birthright of thriving, evolving and creating.
There is a topside world of our daily living. And there is an underside world of our deep song… A world behind the world, a *river beneath the river. An unseen numen and powerful glow that stands just behind, and at the center of all that we can see…that is, if we can see.
It is this heartbeat, this ineffable soul-force that gives our lives sustenance, guidance, meaning and energy….or, as it were, it is our distance from this vital pulse and taproot that can steal these very same treasures from our days, leaving us running on fumes, wandering in a kind of aimless bardo, longing but never leaping, estranged from ourselves and our lives. We lose the shine in our eyes, the glow in our hearts and our sense of enduring meaning, direction, connection, hope and purpose.
One of our most meaningful tasks as human beings is to become adept in in learning to hear and recognize the deeply personal and specific language in which Life uses to speak to us… and then to come to understand, abide by and heartfully take up this conversation with the whispers and symbols of seen and unseen realms, thereby acknowledging that we are, quite literally, how Life itself emerges, transforms, creates and evolves. We learn to hear how Life is speaking to us, so that Life can speak more clearly through us, in our unique signature.
“The old knowing is long overdue.”
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes, from Women Who Run with the Wolves
Please note : Sarah Byrden no longer endorses the MogaDao Institute or study with Zhenzan/Zhenevere Dao in any capacity, no longer teaches or studies in association with the MogaDao Institute, operates under the designation of “MogaDao Teacher”, nor represents or endorses MogaDao as a tradition or entity in any way.