EVENTS WITH BRIDGET BOLAND
Upcoming Events in Dallas
Introduction to Teaching Forrest Yoga
In addition to covering the Forrest Yoga approach to teaching poses, asana and pranyama, we will also focus on how yoga can be a great tool for physical, emotional and spiritual healing and transformation. We will practice seeing and reading energy to become more skilled at helping students in both classes and in private sessions, and vision for ourselves individually and collectively as teachers, healers and wisdom keepers. Anyone interested in teaching yoga/current teachers wanting to add to their skill set is welcome to join us. We will gather at a private residence near White Rock Lake in Dallas.
A Conversation on Intuitive Tracking
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.
Register on or before April 20th.
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 7-8:30 pm
Location: 6912 Kingsbury
Dallas, TX 76231
Offering: $25/person Bring a friend and save $5 each!
To register: email@example.com; 214-682-1207
8:30am – 2:30 pm
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 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!
Offering: $550 before April 5, $650 after
*Register for both events for just $2000 and save $350 off the early bird prices!
Upcoming Events in Chicago Area
Calling in the Power of the Divine Feminine – a workshop with Forrest Yoga instructor and shaman Bridget Boland
The divine feminine is the goddess is in all traditions, and has been since the beginning of time. Quan Yin, Pachamama, the Virgin Mary — all are mystical, powerful representations of feminine energy. They symbolize balance and healing, renewal and restoration, nurturing, unconditional love, compassion, insight, intuition, creativity, forgiveness, healing, and receiving.
Each of us – male and female, is being called now to awaken the power of the divine feminine’s attributes within ourselves, to balance the more masculine energy of will, determination and action with the softer side of the feminine energy – receiving, allowing, “going with the flow.”
Join Forrest Yoga instructor and Four Winds shaman Bridget Boland in exploring the wisdom of the Divine Feminine and how to call it in and make ourselves available to it now through pranayama and asana, guided visualization, and making a sacred prayer bundle to honor the divine feminine’s presence in all of us.
Friday May 1, 2015 6:30-8:30 pm
Prana Yoga Center, Geneva
For all details and to register, www.pranayogacenter.com
Summer Solstice Workshop
Sat June 20, 2015, 10 am – 12 pm
Chiropractic First, Evanston IL.
Contact Bridget for details 214-682-1207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attention Writers: Check out new program with Bridget
Energetic Tools for Writers
With Author & Shaman Bridget Boland
Do you have a story within you that just has to be told? Have you dreamed about writing and publishing a book that inspires and moves readers? Is there a half-written manuscript lurking in the back of your mind – or in the back of your closet?
If you’re ready to take your book from idea to printed on the page, contact me now! As an acclaimed published author and shaman, I provide writers an innovative and powerful step –by-step approach to visioning and publishing “illuminated manuscripts”. The resulting books do more than just entertain; they change the world and the way we operate in it through compelling storytelling, an authentic voice, and a vibrancy designed to resonate deeply with readers, provoking evolution of thought, feeling and consciousness. Write the book you’ve always dreamed of writing in just 3, 6 or 12 months with the guidance and support of an expert who’s ready to help you realize your goal.
Contact me to schedule a meeting to learn how I can help with writing the stories that matter most: the ones that want to be told through you!
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.