UPCOMING EVENTS WITH BRIDGET BOLAND
Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training – Dallas, TX
Prenatal Yoga + Energetics of Birthing – 20 hour training for teachers
SPACE IS LIMITED SO REGISTER EARLY!
Pricing: $500 before Feb.1, $600 after Feb. 1
Hunting and Stalking your Inner Wisdom
A Conversation on Intuitive Tracking
All of us possess an inner knowing, an “intuitive compass” meant to guide us through our lives. This tool is made up of our intellectual/logical brain, our heart, which is the feeling/emotional center, and our gut, which processes and “digests” information we receive from the world around us. When all of these areas are open and receptive –and we pay attention to what they are telling us!—we make empowered, dynamic choices in our relationships, careers and other areas of our lives.
Join Bridget for an evening exploring how to heighten your intuitive senses. The evening will include a brief presentation on how intuition works, followed by an experiential process to aid you in developing your intuition, and time for Q&A.
Location: UP TO SOMETHING, 4340 Spring Valley Road, Dallas, TX 75244
Offering: $25/person Bring a friend and save $5 each!
To register: email@example.com; 214-682-1207
The Energetic Wisdom School
Two Sessions in 2015
- Session 1: Feb 27 – Mar 1
- Intuitive Tracking: Hunting and Stalking Inner Wisdom
- Session 2: Oct. 2 – 4
- Power Up Your Life: Energetic Practices and Principles for Thriving
- Location: UP TO SOMETHING, 4340 Spring Valley Road, Dallas, TX 75244
Offering: $650/session, $100 discount if registered for both sessions
To register: firstname.lastname@example.org; 214-682-1207
Session 1: Intuitive Tracking: Hunting and Stalking Inner Wisdom
All of us possess an inner knowing, an “intuitive compass” meant to guide us through our lives. This tool is made up of our intellectual/logical brain, our heart, which is the feeling/emotional center, and our gut, which processes and “digests” information we receive from the world around us. When all of these areas are open and receptive—and we pay attention to what they are telling us—we make empowered, dynamic choices in our relationships, careers and other areas of our lives.
This weekend workshop is designed to help you sharpen your inner hunting and stalking skills of tracking. We’ll use yoga asana practice to open the chakras and facilitate heightened intuition. Then we’ll shift into energy practices and tools including wall tracking, three card stories and vision questing to deepen into acknowledging and following your inner wisdom. Join us for a fascinating journey – into the deepest places within yourself!
Session 2: Power Up Your Life: Energetic Practices and Principles for Thriving
Join Bridget for an in-depth look at the life force that sources us all: Energy. This weekend workshop will teach you how to deliberately harness and direct your life energy (prana, chi, vitality) as well as address managing how the energy of other people affects you. We’ll explore lifestyle tips to promote optimal energy, including self-care like nutrition, exercise, yoga, sleep and salt baths. We will also address techniques for improving the energy in your home or workplace. If you frequently find yourself drained after walking through an airport or a busy retail store, or if you often feel as if you “pick up” other people’s emotional states, you’ll gain valuable insights on how to keep your energy field “clean” in this workshop.
SPIRIT RISING PILGRIMAGE TO IRELAND!!
Powerful Journey Begins January 2015 with Bridget Boland and Celtic Shamans, John Cantwell & Karen Ward
6 months of preparation through community building and individual healing
Bimonthly 1 hour group calls
3 Private Shamanic Energy Sessions
6 Days/6 Nights Ireland Gathering
For more information or to register: contact Bridget at email@example.com or 214-682-1207.
Don’t miss Bridget Boland’s debut novel The Doula, published by Simon & Schuster September, 2012. Get your copy now on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Click here for The Doula website.
from The Dallas Morning News: Bridget Boland’s debut novel, ‘The Doula,’ is compelling, ambitious By KATHRYN LANG Special Contributor Published: 07 September 2012 DALLAS MORNING NEWS Bridget Boland’s compelling debut novel is an ambitious work, brimful of the tumult and uncertainty of human life, from its messy beginnings at birth to its inevitable ending in death. Boland, a former lawyer, is a yoga teacher and “energetic healer.” She’s also a practicing doula, one who witnesses and helps at births, providing emotional and physical support to laboring women and their families. Boland’s specialized legal knowledge, her shamanic wisdom and her sense of the awe and beauty of birth, all lend authenticity to the novel. Told from the point of view of Caro Connors, the narrative begins the summer she’s 12, when her mother miscarries and her brother drowns in Lake Michigan. In her early 30s, she moves from her parents’ home in Chicago to Milwaukee, hoping for a fresh start after she quits nursing school. She becomes a doula, has relationships with two very different men and is caught up in the tragedy surrounding the birth of her best friend’s daughter. Caro’s life pivots on the mirror images of birth and death — her father is an undertaker; she ushers new life into the world. Her tangled relationship with her mother, a leitmotif throughout the novel, has caused much of the dissonance in her life. She’s the “Big Girl” her mother summons while she’s miscarrying, and she becomes her siblings’ caretaker when her mother abdicates her responsibilities. But Caro is stalled in a protracted adolescence, unable to grow up. She seeks out strong women who remind her of her free-spirited great aunt, Ruby, and her best friend’s mother, Marilyn, who had counseled her to follow her convictions. In Milwaukee she finds mentors: Pixie, the hippie midwife commune leader, who exonerates her from feelings of guilt; Deidre, the midwife-owner of a family birthing center; and Annabelle, the malpractice lawyer whose strength and commitment allow Caro to reveal her painful secrets. Boland’s novel teems with issues — family dynamics and dysfunction, low self-esteem, mother-daughter conflict and autonomy, the premature loss of innocence, the corrosive power of keeping secrets, medical establishment procedures vs. natural childbirth, loyalty and infidelity, the liberating power of telling the truth. It’s a testament to her authorial skills that she brings all these into a coherent and satisfying whole. This novel isn’t for the squeamish: amniotic fluid and blood gush forth; babies have umbilical cords in the wrong place; laboring women gasp and grunt. It’s full of birth-related lore — like the fact that squatting allows pressure from the baby’s head to dilate the cervix more quickly. Sometimes Boland is didactic, pushing a little too hard her view that hospitals are for sick people and birth should be a celebration rather than a medical event. Finding fulfillment in helping women through the “fiercest rite of passage,” Caro (like Boland) wants to empower women, giving them choices about where and how to bring their children into the world. Readers who savored the psychological acuity and courtroom drama in Chris Bohjalian’s Midwives, a 1997 New York Times best-seller and Oprah pick, will appreciate the similarities Boland’s novel delivers (pun intended). I confess to some frustration at the book’s end: Several loose ends are left untied. I’m hoping for a sequel.
Kathryn Lang, a former senior editor at SMU Press, is a freelance book reviewer and editor.