All the Hemispheres

Leave the familiar for a while.
Let your senses and bodies stretch out

Like a welcomed season
Onto the meadow and shores and hills.

Open up to the Roof.
Make a new watermark on your excitement
And love.

Like a blooming night flower,
Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
And giving
Upon our intimate assembly.

Change rooms in your mind for a day.

All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside an equator
In your heart.

Greet Yourself
In your thousand other forms
As you mount the hidden tide and travel
Back home.

All the hemispheres in heaven
Are sitting around a fire

While stitching themselves together
Into the Great Circle inside of


Gatherings + Workshops

A Gathering of Beacons & Luminaries -- SOLD OUT

March 3-8, 2013 | Esalen Institute* | Big Sur Coast, CA

Facilitators:  Melody Ross, Pixie Campbell and Christine Mason Miller

Matrilumina is a gathering of Beacons and Luminaries - those who shine our lights brightly and bravely as we walk through the world. It is a restorative women’s retreat which offers connectivity, creation, deep healing, fearlessness, and FUN; a circle for healers and teachers to replenish our stores, for builders and dreamers to collaborate, and for the body and senses to rejoice in the beauty and resources of Big Sur and Esalen Institute.

We offer tools, support, stories, experiences, ignition - and time to rest - that lift and energize our community of Beacons and Luminaries to clear the channels for the work we’re already doing in the world and for our world – including (perhaps most especially) in our personal lives.

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A Gathering of Beacons & Luminaries -- SOLD OUT

August 12-17, 2012 | Esalen Institute | Big Sur Coast, CA

"Matrilumina is full-blown acceptance and care of who you are, right at this moment. A deep sisterhood gathered, holding space to break-through, heal, breathe, center, love. A sacred circle midwifing possibility; birthing and honoring movements that will nurture and illuminate our world." ~ Michelle Mersereau-Farber


*Esalen is located on the Big Sur coastline of northern California at the edge of the Ventana Wilderness. A landscape of stunning natural beauty, this particular stretch of Highway 1 is one of the most scenic drives in the world. The retreat center is about one hour south of the Carmel/Monterey area, three hours south of San Francisco and five hours north of Los Angeles.