Come join a circle of sister goddesses on the evening of Wed March 13th to extend the celebration of International Women's Day and rejoice in the coming spring equinox!
Begin the evening in the warmth and comfort of the Parkgate Library with author Carrie Saxifrage who will read from her book The Big Swim on Wed March 13th from 7 - 8 pm. Free but registration is required as space is limited. https://nvdpl.ca/event/night-author-carrie-saxifrage
The moon bathing & ocean dip will take place after Carrie's reading, at 8:30 PM, Deep Cove, Panorama Beach. All women are welcome! No registration required! Special guest dipper will be Carrie Saxifrage herself!
To learn more about the benefits & practice of cold water dipping, please see my blog entry titled "The Cure for Everything" posted in September 2018.
I hope you will join me this spring for a season of Elevated Community Movement Classes!
Visit the Classes tab here on my website to see the spring class schedule.
There are a couple of changes to be aware of:
I wish to experiment with teaching a shorter class on Monday evenings. Classes in the spring will start at 7:30 pm and finish at the usual time of 8:45 pm.
The 9:15 - 10:25 AM Wednesday morning class will remain the same, however, I will be aiming for a slightly earlier ending (somewhere between 10:20 to 10:25 AM) in order to create a few more minutes of transition time between my class and the senior's incoming class.
Also, I have added a few new sentences to the Elevated class description in order to highlight that my classes include not only physical exercise, but are also a mental-emotional-social-spiritual experience. Here's the latest description:
ELEVATE Community Movement Classes with Heather McCullough
More than a great exercise class, ELEVATE is a complete mind-body-spirit experience. Guided by masterful teaching within a music-filled environment, move your whole body through simple, rhythmical exercise for a heart-pumping, body-strengthening, soul-shaking surge. Be in the now with flow & kundalini yoga. Engage your innate core power with Pilates-inspired movement. Wisdom teachings, poetry, and eco-social-spiritual themes are woven throughout each class. Guided breathing exercises and meditation practices are included. Move, sweat, breathe, connect, clear, pause, sense, stretch, relax, reflect and renew at every ELEVATE class. Please bring a yoga mat.
The Monday evening and Wednesday morning classes are for all community members (mature youth to fit elders welcome). The Friday morning class is for women only and Parkgate Kids Club registered childminding is available. All classes are held at Parkgate Community Centre.
Feminist Fortune Cookies
“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality & full humanity of women and men.”
- Gloria Steinem
“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” - Gloria Steinem
“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” - Gloria Steinem
“Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age.” - Gloria Steinem
“ I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.” - Gloria Steinem
“We've begun to raise daughters more like sons...but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.” - Gloria Steinem
“When humans are ranked instead of linked, everyone loses.” - Gloria Steinem
“In the world of the feminine, everything you feel is right.” - Mama Gena
“ Reinvention is our birthright and our obligation.” - Mama Gena
“Women are the greatest untapped resource on the planet.” - Mama Gena
“When she designs, and then lives, her own destiny, a woman naturally sets right everything wrong in our world.” - Mama Gena
“The feminine is the feeling part of us, our deepest intuition, our sense of community & connection. Additionally, it is a sense of spiritual morality and consciousness. The feminine is life. It may shock you to hear that she does not care about production, accomplishment, domination, assertiveness, or winning. Those are masculine values. On the contrary, she favours enjoyment, inclusion, surrender and sustainability.” - Mama Gena
“The world is designed to take the wind out of a woman's sails. To fill her with fear about all the ways she is inadequate. We each need the focus and determination of warrior women to fight the tide of self-hatred that comes from living in a culture that devalues us.” - Mama Gena
“I had never considered myself beautiful, but I decided that I could change my mind.” - Mama Gena
“Extremists have shown what frightens them most: a girl with a book.”
- Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize, age 17
“Well behaved women rarely make history.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
“Anger is one of those emotions that's been long-stricken from the social palette of acceptability. Especially for women, who are taught that being angry makes you unlikeable, and being unliked is a kind of rejection from femininity itself. But a terrible thing is lost in the suppression of anger – your relationship with one of your greatest allies: Instinct.
- Toko-Pa Turner, Author of Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home
She's The Ocean
Vancouver International Women's Film Festival
Free Screening at Vancity Theatre
March 8th, 1 pm
She is the Ocean examines nine extraordinary women from the four corners of the globe. Starting with three women who engage in the thrill of ocean sports, to a famed scientist who plunges into the deepest depths on the edge of human survival, to a cliff diver who is hailed as “The bravest woman in Germany” the film captures the one thing they all share in common: a profound love for the Sea.
Women's Full Moon Ocean Dip
Wed Feb 20th, 8 pm,
Panorama Park, Deep Cove
All beach sisters and water dippers welcome!
Water shoes recommended!
A hot beverage that can be shared with a few women encouraged!
Your sister goddess ocean lunar hostesses
(or are we just loony?)
Heather McCullough & Jill Maynard
For my Winter 2019 season of classes, I have been incorporating themes from Toko-Pa's book "Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home" and sharing practices from her courses such as "Courting The Dream" and "Dreamwalking".
I am very excited to recommend her upcoming lecture titled "Belonging Is A Skill". She will be speaking in Victoria, B.C. this Friday Feb 22nd at 7 - 9 pm with live streaming tickets available for those who can not attend in person ($21.00).
You can find out more about this event, purchase tickets, and see a trailer for Belonging by Toko-Pa Turner in the following link:
"Your grief for what you've lost lifts a mirror
up to where you are bravely working.
Expecting the worst, you look and instead,
here's the joyful face you've been wanting to see.
Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.
If it were always a fist or always stretched open,
you would be paralyzed.
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding,
the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birdwings."
- from The Essential Rumi Coleman Barks with John Mayne
"Breathe it all in, love it all out" - Mary Oliver
"So take a breath and find out what is unsolved in your heart.
Breathe in patience, breathe in love.
Love yourself bountiful & send that love out.
When you send love out from the bountifulness of your own love,
it reaches other people. This love is the deepest power of prayer." - John O'Donohue
"One conscious breath in and out is a meditation" - Eckhart Tolle
"My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless.
Neither body or soul. I belong to the beloved,
have seen the two worlds as one and that one call to and know,
first, last, outer, inner, only that breath breathing human being." from Only Breath by Rumi
Here are some of my favourite quotes from Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, a classic children's novel written in 1952 about belonging, friendship, and the natural world.
"Wilbur didn't want food, he wanted love. He wanted a friend - someone who would play with him." E.B. White
"I don't want to be perfect. I only aim to be fearless & resilient & myself" - Charlotte the Spider
"Why did you do all this for me? I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you." said Wilbur the Pig....
"You have been my friend.
That in itself is a tremendous thing."
- Charlotte the Spider
And from the Tao Te Ching (the classic Chinese text written some 2500 years ago) on friendship, belonging and transformation:
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
while loving someone deeply gives you courage."
"Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power."
"When I let go of who I am,
I become what I might be."
"Your soul knows the geography of your destiny.
Your soul alone has the map of your future,
therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself.
If you do, it will take you where you need to go,
but more important,
it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey."
- John O'Donohue
Masters Level Clinical Counsellor (MA)