We all harbor a deep and in-the-blood longing for the wilds, a humbling thirst for nature-intimacy and embodied spirituality. The feminine aspects of our psyches are nourished by alchemizing movement, the elements, and living ritual, with a pivotal moment arriving in our journeys when the visceral desire for such wild sustenance can no longer be denied. The Witch in everyone knows what it means to come home to the wilds, to seek, find, and remove all obstacles to her ancestral inheritance that is her truest freedom.
The programs I offer were all born of my own desire to go home, to move inward and outward in a tireless quest for spiritual belonging. Both Witchcraft and yoga have offered me myriad opportunities for exploring the deeper, more apparently perilous aspects of my soulful uniqueness, and both paths have spiraled around and through each other like a sacred, double helix my passions, wounds, and work have traced since I was a Maiden with brighter eyes and a softer heart. The contents of these offerings are rooted in my own journey, the ever-expanding lens through which I inevitably see my world, and I am constantly reflecting and reexamining my beliefs to ensure they remain my own. For now, what I do and do not believe is this:
As a teacher, I believe in co-creating the learning experience with those who are drawn to my work. I do not believe in hierarchical leader-follower relationships; these serve no one. I believe in circles of communal magick and embodied power. I do not believe in power over others. I believe in the world-changing merit of a woman’s story, though I do not believe we owe anyone our stories. I believe in the possibility of a more socially just, post-colonial world in which all beings alive today strive to remedy the ills of the past and weave a brighter, bolder fabric from the gifts we have been given. I believe our world can heal, and I believe our planet will forgive us.
As a Witch, I believe spirituality to be experienced in the body and on the mother-loving ground. Our abilities to feel, to taste, and to connect to this earthly experience are our greatest assets and truest resources, and to admonish the body, the emotions, and our more primal, human traits is to sever the beauty and the juice from our divinity. We can be compassionate creatures without dismissing our feeling flesh. We can be at once wise and wild, and we can be healers who are still, ourselves, healing our many, many wounds.
The programs described herein are all undergirded by the firm belief that we are here, on this Earth and in this incarnation, in order to be the most authentic version of ourselves we can be at all times. We are not here to ascend only toward all-things-spirit. We are here to descend deeply into our selfhood, to claim sovereignty, and to uncover the dirt-laden treasures hidden in the most shadowy caves of our psychic landscapes. If you feel called dig deep and hand-build bridges between spirit and body, between magick and desire, if you hope to explore, with great curiosity and a good deal of playfulness, how you are an in-the-skin conversation with the Mystery, read on. I believe our Craft, our yoga, our everyday rituals, and our practical enchantments are integral aspects of how we use our voice, our art, and our physical form to howl moonward the values we hope to see embedded in the world of the future.
Your wild soul designed this life for you before you were born, and your deepest wounds and darkest shadows are as essential to your nature as your perfect passions and sacred gifts. The Living Mandala Yoga teacher training programs are called “soul-based” in order to distinguish them from more “spirit” driven programs which focus on ego-transcendence, the “light-worker” mentality, and “higher consciousness.” Our programs are grounded in descending the ego as much as ascending the ego; we believe emotions are holy gateways to self-transformation, enjoyment in life (bhukti) is just as essential as spiritual liberation (mukti), and that every yoga teacher must uniquely craft her philosophy based on the components of their life’s purpose (The LIGHT: Passions, Gifts, Spiritual Beliefs AND the DARK: wounds, regrets, and all that softens your ego and shifts your identity). We frame yoga broadly, in terms of seeking out obstacles to freedom and removing them. The practical components of our program are based on the student as a whole being, body, mind, and spirit, and we integrate movement alchemy, magick, body-prayer, energy-work, spell-craft, deep creative dives, circle-craft, and ritual into learning. More specifically, the teaching methods applied include but are not limited to the following:
Council and Circles: Counseling each other is a key part of Vidya (clear-seeing) and enhances feminine communication skills. The future is circular, and time is a spiral.
Altar-Building: We are constantly building and co-creating altars as symbolic action and to honor ancestors, elements, and, less often, Goddess archetypes
Spell-Craft and Ritual: We frame spell-work as the conversation you are having with the world about the kind of future you want for the world’s children, and we frame yoga as a moving ritual.
Communal Creative Work and Mandala Making: We frequently paint/collage together to channel the prana-shakti energy, bolster third-eye balance, and generally take us out of our left-brain/logical thinking
Divination: Every day, we have a morning and evening oracle; this is a check-in circle of sorts during which we draw cards, work with pendulums, or other “wilder” forms of divination in order to gain clarity on the present moment, on the work we have done, and on whatever cosmic guidance we are receiving.
Pathworking: We do quite a bit of guided meditation in order to work with ancestral, animal, and spirit guides.
Personal Mythwork: This is a method of sense-making and story-telling. We use personal mythwork quite a lot during our movement practices in order to gain clarity on where we have been and where we are.
Psychodrama: We frame yoga broadly as “seeking out obstacles to freedom and removing them,” and we engage in several group practices for removing these “obstacles” within our psyche in order to manifest our sacred work
Wildfire Teaching Practices: These are communal teaching practices through which all students become the teacher for a portion of the class. These are beautiful, organic rituals of co-created movement, intention-setting, and power-raising.
Project Portfolio: Over the course of the training, there are several “projects” we complete during the immersion; these are all aimed at integrating your yoga with your sacred work and include workshop design, circle design, mini retreat design, and private class offerings.
Integration Plan: We conclude the immersion with a plan for integrating the knowledge learned into your “real life.” In many ways, this is the most important piece of the curriculum, as it is your channel for manifesting what you have learned.
Synthesis: Each immersion concludes with a synthesis, or final, cumulative assessment. I do collect these and keep them on file as evidence of your participation.
Heart Project and Rasa Project: The Heart Project is the final project for the 200-hour training, and it is not “due” until you are ready to graduate. This project focuses on you getting your sacred work out into the community in a personally relevant and meaningful way. The Rasa Project is the final project for the 300-hour program, and it is an amplified version of the Heart Project through which you are creating as many “ripples” as possible in the global fabric through your sacred work.
2019 300-Hour Schedule and Offerings
The 300-hour program is grounded firmly in nature’s rhythms as they affect the human body, psyche, and divine feminine spiritual practice. There are four immersions, one per season, in the 300-hour program, and each 7-day immersion is one-quarter of the entire program. The seasonal “Rasas” may be taken out of order, and you have two years to complete the entire program. Each immersion can be taken for personal development purposes, without pursuit of registry with the Yoga Alliance. However, if you are looking for certification, you MUST have a 200-hour certificate from a “Registered Yoga School” (RYS). You do not need to have taken the Living Mandala Yoga 200-hour training in order to enroll in the advanced program.
Rasa of Resting in Darkness: Winter Immersion (February 16th-22nd)
Required Text: The Mist-Filled Path by Frank McKeowen
The Winter Rasa works with the Celtic Goddess archetypes of Badb, Sheila-Na-Gig, and Brighid as we midwife the Crone-to-Maiden transition before Imbolc. We work with the void between the dark to new moon phase, honoring movement as ritual, teacher as space-holder, and the feminine as flame-tender and change-agent.
Rasa of Fertile Ground: Spring Immersion (April 13th-19th)
Required Text: Aphrodite’s Daughters by Jamela Bonheim
The Spring Rasa’s curriculum honors the inner Maiden, with a strong emphasis on creative work, sensuality, the new moon phase of dawning manifestation, and embodied experience. We discuss ancestral knowledge, feminine wounds, and conscious creativity, working with the Goddess archetypes of Achtland, Rhiannon, and Macha.
Rasa of Fruition: Summer Immersion (July 13th-19th)
Required Text: Weaving the Visions by Judith Plaskow and Carol Christ
The Summer Rasa is ambitious, as we honor the roles of enjoyment and play in our Craft. We move through significant spell-work for manifestation, healing, and gratitude, and we frame the teacher as an accessible source of inspiration for students. In working with honoring the full moon phase as well as the Goddesses Aine, Danu, and Madb, we discuss feminine spirituality, declaring and invoking our hopes for the world of the future.
Rasa of the Abundant Harvest: Autumn Immersion (September 14th-20th)
Required Text: Mysteries of the Dark Moon by Demetri
The Autumn Rasa is quite intense, and this is the only of the four Rasas that we do not recommend starting with. There is substantial shadow and wound-work, and we work with the darker Goddess archetypes of the Cailleach, Cerridwyn, and the Morrigan. We discuss death ritual, the waning moon, the Great Exhale in the wheel of the year, and the importance of honoring our ancestors in our practice.
300-Hour Tuition and Payments
SPECIAL NOTE: Danielle is extending the 2018 tuition prices through 8/1. If you register and pay in full by 8/1, tuition is $2,500.
Total tuition for the 300-Hour program is $3,300, with each of the 4 immersions being $825. Please note that the tuition does not include accommodations, the “firebook” or personal journal, or textbooks, but all other materials are provided. The payment options are as follows, but please see the “Policies” section for information about deposits and refunds.
Option 1: If you know which four immersions you are coming to within the timeframe of two years, you can full tuition up-front at $2,800 ($500 discount) and hold your place.
Option 2: You can pay per immersion at $825, with your deposit (non-refundable) of $425 holding your place in the immersion of your choice until 6 weeks (approximately. Exact dates vary) before the immersion begins when the remaining $400 is due.
How to Register
Your deposit and application will hold your place until the total tuition is due. Email Info@LivingMandalaYoga.Com for complete registration packet.