- Departing from the usual or customary. (Because we are all so exquisitely unique.)
- Excellent; wonderful. (Yes, you ARE!)
- Having ROOTS, arising from or going to a root or source.
- The quality of being SHINY, bright, glowing, gleaming.
- Great JOY or love, apparent in someone's expression or bearing.
- State of well-being characterized by happiness, delight, pleasure, warmth and RAPTURE. (The result of attending RADICAL RADIANCE!)
You are ready to deepen the potency of Dance Our Way Home, and/or wish to become a DOWH Facilitator.
If so, read on!
*RADICAL RADIANCE is a stand-alone training as well as pre-requisite for the DOWH Facilitator Certification.
Erica will share the depth and scope of her knowledge in women’s issues - feminine spirituality, sensuality, movement, wellness, mythology, creativity, communication, community, leadership, family, business and home.
She will reveal and offer, as empowering and inspirational medicine, the tools and insights gained from living a creative wild-at-heart feminine path for over 4 decades; an evolving journey of sacred and embodied wisdom. (What she knows to be good and true as a woman.)
We will meet, play and rejoice in a dream-field of female-positive and body-affirming Divine Feminine spirituality, ritual and myth.
RADICAL RADIANCE is the ROOTS and foundation of the DOWH Facilitator Certification Training to follow in January; for women ready to step into being a RADICAL LEADER to inspire other women to SHINE.
8 Days - September 28/29, October 26/27, November 16/17 & December 14/15, 2013, 10:30-5pm
Dovercourt House, 2nd floor, Toronto
7 days - Monday, January 13- Sunday, January 19, 2014
Monday-Friday 10:30-5pm, Saturday/Sunday 11-6pm
80 Gladstone, Toronto
"Can words even begin to express how much I love Erica Ross? Erica is a woman I wish I could introduce all women too. She helps women bloom just by being who she is. Her workshops are a beautiful mix of movement, dance, guided imagery, creative expression, poetry and beauty. She feeds the souls of women and the soul of the world through the beauty of who she is and what she does. If you know a woman who is beautiful and doesn't understand just how beautiful she is - send her to Erica. If you want to support any woman in blossoming even more into who she is - send them to Erica. If you love dance, safe spaces with women and the idea of living a life more full of beauty, wonder, kindness and openness - check this out. Erica is one of the most consistently, naturally radiant women I know. She gets my whole hearted endorsement." Tad Hargrave
We are being asked to fully step into new ways of BEING in the world.
Women are awakening, stirring, rising, reflecting, howling, praying, responding, connecting and dancing.
We are exploring ways of coming home to ourselves and the world.
Our innate wisdom tells us that our happiness, health and wellbeing depend on rightful and loving relationships, and when we as sisters come together with shared intentions we are taking our seat in a timeless circle of sisterhood; a sacred space where we rest and RENEW, as well as call on each other to rise up and be RADICALLY RADIANT, to cultivate a feminine system and power, as partners, to cause life to flourish.
They've held me, held space for me, and championed for me through challenging times of overwhelm, heart-break, sorrow, angst and pain. They’ve danced and celebrated with me in times of blooming, abundant flow, grace, ease, triumph and glory.
As long as we choose to navigate solo we RISK wasting precious life-blood and time not seeing our blind spots and our limiting perspectives and patterns, and our self-deflating concepts of feeling ‘not good enough’ or ‘too much’ or the teeter-totter between the two. Even years of working on ourselves thru self-improvement workshops, books, courses and therapies will not take us where we need to go. It will get us only so far.
We NEED the honest and loving truth, clear reflection and enthusiastic encouragement from our heart-centered sisters.
They are the allies and friends who will dance with us down the path of Grace, Delight, Fulfilment, Creativity and Joy. They propel us forward and support our playing in the world even LARGER, so our talents and gifts can SHINE even brighter and touch the world more deeply, more intimately and more passionately.
Sister, know this...
YOU are BRILLIANT! The world needs who you are and what YOU have to offer. YOU are meant to positively impact lives with your gifts. Not someday, but NOW. RADICAL RADIANCE is created to help you do just that.
I am READY to be in circle with you, to stretch and step into MY OWN RADICAL SELF to fully meet YOU, SEE and guide you, and be a divine mirror of FIERCE LOVE AND TRUTH for you.
NOTHING HELD BACK. ONLY LOVE AND LIGHT.
I am committed to being a WAY-SHOWER, A FRIEND, A PARTNER AND A STUDENT to this circle of sisterhood. It's the WAY through, the Way in, the Way to.
I am committed to inspiring your FLIGHT on effervescent wings of trust, confidence, ease and beauty.
And not only that ...
Erica is committed to delivering an exceptional and extraordinary experience throughout this training. Due to the fluid feminine and spirit-infused nature of the creative process, some of the details are still in the 'soup'. The main themes of the day will most likely stay the same, but the mystery is still unfolding. 'I surrender. I trust.'
Commitment Ceremony, Grounding, Circle, Home, Goddess State of Mind, Sacred Space.
Day 2, Sunday, Sept.29: BEAUTY
APHRODITE’s SPA- Massage, Pleasure, Self-care, Body-love, The Divine Feminine, Embodiment.
Partnering, Listening, Being Seen/Witnessing, Sharing, Trusting, Heart Opening.
Healing Circle, Group Support, Releasing, Reclaiming, Liberating.
Radical Courage, Wild Co-Creations, Storytelling, Authenticity, Transparency.
Being a Muse/Visionary, Intuition, Inspiration, Divination.
Magicianship, Transformation, Expansion, Offering the Gifts.
Celebration, Play, Delight, Moving out into the World, Closing Ceremony.
For one week in January we will gather in an intimate circle (only 14 spots available), to learn the spiral and transformational path and practice facilitation of Dance Our Way Home, deepening our commitment to healing, love and sisterhood.
It is Erica's honour to bring new women into the fold, and share this legacy.
Be a positive role-model; to lead by example; to empower and inspire. Hold safe and sacred space for yourself and others. Express your own unique voice and communicate honestly and kindly; with authority and grounded presence. Tune in, trust and practice following your intuition and deeper knowing. Weave the magic of Divine Feminine energies, earth-based principles and practices.
Use dance as a healing and sacred modality with more depth and understanding. Create and lead guided journeys for relaxation and healing, and dances for different states of being. Use inspirational materials and music to support the DOWH journey of healing and transformation. Create your own sessions with a special DOWH template. Incorporate different modalities into DOWH to make it your own. Learn how to market your work in a joyful and generous way. (Eliminate competition.) BONUS- Learn basic DJ skills to create an ecstatic dance set!
"The DOWH immersion training has meant many things for me, having moved from Manitoba to be part of this 3 month dance journey. I know there is much to be processed and integrated that I can’t even speak for yet. I have appreciated Erica’s facilitation, her care and nurturing of, not only this process, but all of her trainees. DOWH can be a wonderful creative outlet and a heart centered way to serve in the community. Thank you, Erica. You’re spirit is a gift to the world. ~ And you are a gift to me." Bev Swanson
"Through Dance Our Way Home I discovered the joy of dancing in community with other women. A space free of male attention created a unique environment for me to celebrate myself as a ‘goddess’ in dance. It has also been a lot of fun because I’ve been introduced to the art of altars and had the opportunity to go deeper into the mythic imagination, a life-long interest of mine. Erica Ross shares her compassion, kindness, enthusiasm, artistry and on-fire energy generously with everyone in the training. There is nothing like it!" - Sandra Taylor, Toronto
"Erica... I will spend a lifetime thanking you for your attention to every detail! Your immense passion and authenticity, and your stories!! Thank you for your respect of everyone’s time all the while holding space when it was needed. The manual is gold - Copious, generous resources!! And the luxury of 14 weeks to allow everything to sink in very slowly and safely. I hold in my heart the warmth of our sessions in your beautiful home. For all of this, I offer reverence to you and to the Divine Feminine." - Micheline Marchildon
"I have worked in education for over 30 years, and have made my career working with those training to be teachers. I can say that Erica is by far the best educator I have ever worked with. I have taken some amazing and creative courses in preparation for my masters and doctoral degrees: none as pedagogically sound and transformative as the DOWH Immersion certification course. I have also done considerable healing work and engaged several artistic courses and practices: this is by far the most healing course I have ever taken and the one that has offered me a profoundly welcoming and supportive invitation to my artistic creative self alongside my teacher, leader healer self. I feel so healed as the result of taking this class and I feel so supported in going forward in my own practice. I can not say enough about the thoughtful well situated pieces of this course and the eldership which Erica offers as she invites you to expand yourself as human, woman, dancer, learner, teacher, facilitator, healer, artist, courageous community member: she has the gift of calling and supporting visioning and I feel lucky to have found her and journeyed with her." - Jennifer Peterson
"When Erica and I first discussed the possibility of embarking on the DOWH Immersion I had no idea what I would do with this at the end of the journey. The most I'd hoped for was that along the way, DOWH might enable some personal healing to occur. I didn't see myself as a facilitator of a dance and movement practice, mostly because of some limited beliefs about what a big, bountiful woman can and cannot do. It's months later, now. The training is now complete...... This journey has given me a vision for my life; taken me home; partnered me with another who I could support and love and have that returned; taken me into community with women on similar journeys; allowed me to express who I am and how I feel through dance, sound, sharing, and being; and returned me back to my Self where there is new-found resources, power, ability, confidence, and healing. From this perspective, where I can connect deeply with who I am, who I wish to be, and what I want to offer the world... I am genuinely grateful for Erica, her mentorship, her love, and her belief in me. Together with DOWH and the wonderfully unique women in the program, I feel so blessed to have found my way home and in the process, discovered the mystery and magick of possibility. I am a loving, creative, and radiant goddess who dances to the rhythm of life as a DOWH Facilitator. Namaste." - Maria 'Savita' Mars
"5 years ago, I read a book about this 'new' kind of dance...where there would be no repeating of steps or moves...no one to follow but myself. I had never heard about this type of free-style dancing before but instantly fell in love with the idea of it! I began to dance to the new rhythms inside me and I knew I wanted to facilitate...this sacred practice is SO needed, especially among women. But the idea of facilitating scared me...I wasn't ready for all the light it could bring...yet. When I read about Erica's DOWH Facilitator Course on Facebook, I knew it was time. And my mom decided to join as well! Perfect. And so the journey began, and it transformed me. Taking this course exceeded all my expectations. Erica is the ideal teacher, guide and loving friend. Through being a witness to Erica embodying the Goddess, she inspired me to do the same. I learned so many valuable things that have enriched my mind, body and soul. I fell in love with the course, with our beautiful circle of women, and myself. It is time to shine!!" - Zora Noronha
"The DOWH Facilitator Training is an opportunity to deepen in wisdom, expand in knowledge, grow in confidence and skill as a facilitator, laugh, cry, dance and heal. I learned a deeper way of listening to my body and how to daringly share my gifts with the world. Our group was such a supportive place for this learning to take place. Erica is a wonderful teacher: a truly inspired guide! I left every session feeling uplifted and deeply nourished!" - Anna MacLean
"The DOWH Facilitator training opened my eyes and carried my feet to places in my soul that I have never been! It has impacted my life in so many ways- I am now confident to facilitate my own workshops and able to hold sacred space for a group of women who feel called to this soul-nurturing practice. There are so many beautiful "tools" I received in this training that helped me open up to new adventures in dance, facilitating and soul inquiry. It was a spiral journey from dancing curiosity into a whole new world of moving, transforming, blossoming and opening into countless possibilities of dance as community and celebration. Take a leap of faith and trust your heart to go on this journey with Erica, and many other incredible women, who will support you and raise you up to your own fullest potential as a glorious DOWH facilitator! Thank you Erica and all the beauties connected to this healing practice, for your guidance, courage and inspiration that has opened up a dancing spirit in me! Peace, love and dancing toes!" - Vanya
"What originally attracted me to the DOWH sessions was the opportunity to come home to my body. Like most people today, I spent too much time in my head and listen too little to my body. Dance is the perfect way to get in touch with your inner Self and receive the wisdom from deep inside your miraculous body. What I found was so much more though. It is a practice in the DIVINE FEMININE. Womyn come together here to evoke aspects of support, holding space for each other, welcoming feelings, letting go, total self-acceptance, self-love, sharing, and others. I have never seen or heard of a place that makes the DIVINE FEMININE so real and tangible. DOWH has definitely transformed how I show up in the world." - Britta Sivasankaran
"When my daughter Zora told me about this new concept of dancing where you just follow the rhythm of your body, I was quite intrigued. She heard of DOWH through Facebook. When Erica came to visit us for a personal interview, I felt the calling to join...and there was no turning back. Every cell of my body was ready for this journey. DOWH has taught me to embrace my inner power, wisdom and inner Goddess. I was deeply inspired by Erica being so powerful, and generous with her teachings. I met a beautiful circle of women. The experience went beyond my imagination. Through this dance I learned to stay in my body rather than being in my head. This dance has been a very powerful tool in my healing practice too. Whatever I do, I bring that loving and caring energy in my work place. It has empowered me a great deal. I was able release lots of fear and felt safe to just be 'me' and own my power. I acknowledge each and every one who was part of my journey of transformation. What an amazing gift I have received! Thank you so much Erica for just being you. I love you." - Nikki Singh
"I greatly appreciated the transparency and manner in which Erica shared her wisdom, resources, approaches, tips and best practices to participants in order for us to carefully craft and deliver healing workshops of transformation and empowerment for woman. She complemented the teachings and learnings with special guests who added their expertise and personal experiences in leading and facilitating women's groups. I gave birth to a beautiful workshop invitation with all "i's" dotted and "t's" crossed. I am confident and ready to deliver a healing experience inspired by the mystical moon using the magical powers of dance/movement." - Heryka Miranda"
"The DOWH Immersion training was everything I imagined and more: challenging yet nurturing, rigourous but flexible, and endlessly collaborative! Erica's ability to weave her love, knowledge, and experience of this beautiful dance practice was so rich. As well, my extraordinary DOWH Immersion sisters gifted me with so much wisdom, enthusiasm, and honesty. It was truly meaningful, grounding, and stretched me to grow! I am excitedly looking foward to offering DOWH very soon in Oakville." - Kersti Abawi
"Erica shares her wisewoman wisdom wholeheartedly and brightens the light within each and every one of her trainees all within a loving sacred space. Every woman is seen, heard and honoured. The support, inspiration and collaboration of this divine sisterhood is truly amazing. I eagerly looked forward to meeting with our circle and anticipated what juicy things Erica had in store for us each week! WOW DOWH! Although I had signed up for the Immersion with the intention of using it for my own personal growth, it was such a beautiful and empowering practice that I am inspired to share it with other women. Thank you radiant Erica for teaching me how to be of service to others while fully taking care of myself." - Della Bitove
"The DOWH immersion was a perfect marriage of intuitive, creative, feminine right-brain nourishment and structured, logical, left-brain learning. I felt well supported and guided by Erica as she gently and lovingly prepared me to step into the role of facilitator by honouring my individual needs, creating a safe space and most importantly, by being an example of authenticity, joy, and heart-centered facilitation. Thank-you for this unforgettable experience!" - Serena Oakley
"The Immersion was a unique possibility to explore the feminine both in a collective and personal way. I was inspired and moved to dance and explore my unique style and my possibilities as a facilitator through knowing the feminine in a deeper connection. The combination of practice and discussions was great. Erica held space for each one of us to grow in our own way. No doubt, the DOWH Immersion was a blossoming experience full of potential." - Alex Collas
"I was looking for a space to deeply nourish the roots and wings of my divine feminine mind|body|soul|heart and to strengthen my ability to create and hold healing spaces that foster individual and collective healing. I definitely found it! DOWH, and the DOWH Immersion, offered me a framework to more powerfully engage and reconnect to the innately sacred and divine feminine parts of my being." - Elisa Carlass Hatton