Michele Barnes has been on a journey of self-discovery and asking difficult questions ever since she was a young girl…much to the chagrin of many authority figures.
Michele is passionate about living authentically and honouring the self as an extension of the Earth and a manifestation of the Divine Feminine. She has authored a number of articles on Goddess Spirituality, the wisdom of the emotions and cultural myths regarding the feminine. She is currently writing a book that encourages us to question these cultural myths and calls us to create new stories that will take us into the next millenium.
A Registered, Experienced Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT200), as well as a
certified Kripalu YogaDance Teacher and a Yoga Therapist, Michele has been applying
what she has learned from her experiences to classes and workshops on yoga, meditation, the chakras and the empowerment of women. As a Director of 200 Hour Yoga Teacher training, Michele has also been privileged to guide individuals on their personal journeys of self-discovery and transformation.
Goddess 101: Reclaiming Your Herstories and Authoring Yourself
What does it mean to you to be a woman? For many of us, much of what we have learned is filtered through the eyes of a patriarchal culture that has done more harm than good…to women and men alike. Some of us experience an unsettling feeling that we’ve been sold a false bill of goods and, underneath the veneer of who we try to be there is a yearning to recover our ancient roots. Worldwide, we have learned about what it means to be a living creature on this planet based on ‘histories’ that emerged from patriarchal cultural attempts to own and control nature and, by extension, women. Buried beneath these histories are ‘herstories’ depicting the celebration of the universe in Her Feminine Form and the honouring of women; ancient ways of living that embraced community and partnership, primarily free from violence and in harmony with the natural rhythms of nature and the Universe. It’s time to reclaim your sacred herstories and become the author of yourself.
Empowered Creator: Reclaiming the Power of the Blood From Menarche to Menopause and Beyond!
There was a time when women were revered with awe and respect because they had the power to ‘bleed and not die’. Women who grew older and retained the power of the blood were considered the most powerful of all! Thousands of years of patriarchal denigration and demonization of anything female has turned the menstrual cycle into something both women and men are to be ‘protected from’ and menopause into a joke. In reality, every part of a woman’s life cycle is sacred. Menses is the most natural and ultimate expression of empassioned creativity and the capacity to creature, nurture and sustain life. And the wisdom that comes out of the wringer of menopausal transformation is much needed in the world today. Regardless of the cycle of life you are currently in, healing your relationship with this integral part of yourself is critical to the journey towards self-love. In this workshop, we’ll explore and deconstruct cultural menses and menopause myths from around the world and create new stories and meaning that support a passionate and empowered life…from menarche, to menses…and beyond!