Mentor: Melissa Potter
Melissa Potter - audio welcome
Ongoing registration for this four week online course
By connecting with our Inner Warrior and the Goddess Artemis, we will learn to empower ourselves, set strong boundaries and live an intuitive, authentic life filled with passion, power and wildness. We do this through spending time in nature, listening to the call of the wild within, and following the passions of our heart. We learn to speak our truth, act on our own behalf, and take the time and space we need to listen to ourselves. In this way we infuse our life with energy, joy and power!
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Introduction to Course
In Lesson One, you will meet Artemis, Protector of all things wild and vulnerable and you will learn about her many aspects: Artemis as Goddess of the Moon, Lady of the Hunt, The Many-Breasted Mother and the Virgin Warrior. You will also be introduced to the archetype of the Inner Warrior, whose soul-purpose and sole purpose is to serve the Sovereign self who sits at your heart chakra center, and to protect the Divine Child within you. We discuss the inspiring opportunities available to us when we allow the relationship with these archetypes within us to grow and deepen. In the Lesson One activity you are asked to answer several questions about your relationship to solitude and about how you are at taking the time and space you need for yourself. An awareness of how you feel about setting boundaries and claiming your space begins to emerge.
In Lesson Two you will be given instructions and dozens of creative ideas about how to create an inspirational Artemis ~ Warrior altar that is personal and unique to you. This altar will be a visual embodiment of your empowered, free-spirited, strong, wild-woman self. You will perform an altar purification ceremony and an altar dedication ceremony once your altar has been created.
Other topics in this lesson include:
~Clearing the energy of your sacred space
~Making charged and energized water
~How to smudge/cleanse with ceremonial sage
~Making a smudging wand from pine or cedar
~Laying your troubles down with a Goddess Bowl
~Ideas of how to work with your altar
In Lesson Three, we will discuss and explore our relationship with nature as a tool to connect with the Goddess Artemis and the wild, instinctual, free-spirit self. You will learn about the importance of grounding and centering and you will experience an empowering, rejuvenating, sensual, and nurturing meditation that I have lovingly created for you called, The Deep Roots Grounding Meditation. In addition, you will be given several quick and simple everyday-ways to ground yourself. To build upon your Artemis altar, you are also given suggestions and ideas for grounding symbols that you can add to your altar to remind you to ground yourself regularly!
Other Activities include:
~Finding your power spot in nature
~Telling the story of your personal power spot
~Tree Medicine activity
In Lesson Four we explore the concept of joy and passion being a doorway that leads us into our power. There is an extensive and in-depth exercise in which the student is given several thought-provoking questions to answer under the topic: Remembering where in your life you have been powerful, passionate, joyful and free.
Throughout all of the lessons, you will find photographs, artwork, poetry, quotes and inspirational writings to further inspire you and infuse you with the energy and teachings of this course. You will also learn some great goddess songs and chants too!
~To develop a strong bond with your Inner-Warrior and the Artemis-Within you so that you have this amazing ally by your side at all times.
~To Create an altar that is a physical, symbolic embodiment of your empowered, courageous, beautiful, joyful, and strong self where you can spend time creating, reading, meditating, doing ritual or being in solitude.
~To reclaim and reconnect to nature and the wild, free-spirit that is your birthright so that you may hear her intuitive and instinctual calls and loyally follow them through.
~To become more comfortable speaking your truth, setting boundaries and taking space alone for healing, adventure, exploration, solitude or anything else you need.
About the Mentor
Melissa Potter lives in New Hampshire with her 14-year old son, her greatest joy and their cat, Jack. She loves the earth and all its elements; loves to camp, kayak, swim, visit the mountains and to gather with friends and family for good food and conversation. She also loves exploring-adventures, music, libraries, bookstores and the theater.
Connecting to nature has been a joyful and deepening source of strength, beauty and sustenance for Melissa. This honoring of Mother Gaia and her devotion to holistic healing led her to the joyous and rewarding journey of studying and using herbal medicine and aromatherapy as well. Life is a magical, beautiful and aromatic adventure when surrounded by pure essential oils and colorful, healing plants!
Her passions are writing for the joy of writing, inspiring others and doing service work. Creating venues to share her experience, strength and hope is extremely rewarding to her. She loves exploring the Divine Feminine through myths, archetypes and ritual and is deeply in love with creating altars and sacred space for healing and celebration.
Her latest passions are studying astrology, singing in a two-hundred-women chorus called, Voices From the Heart and the opportunity to serve as a mentor at Wise Woman University !
Melissa graduated from the NH Institute of Therapeutic Arts in 1993 where she studied various forms of alternative healing. She offers craniosacral therapy, somato-emotional release work, ceremony and spiritual counseling in her private practice at MotherRoots Healing Arts Center.
Although Melissa has studied with many wonderful and wise teachers throughout the last twenty six years, many of her most profound teachings have come from the everyday women and men who have inspired her with their own life stories. For this she is eternally grateful. And to all of the women who’s tables she has sat around sharing cups of tea, potluck meals, stories and laughter ~ she is also grateful ~ for these are the intuitive, soulful Wise Woman ways that infuse us with the very deepest teachings about ourselves, each other and the world around us on our journey through life.
"I'm very grateful to Melissa Potter for creating and offering the course, Reclaiming Artemis: Calling Passion, Power and Wildness Back into Your Life at Wise Woman University.
When signing up for this online course, I did not expect the individual care that Melissa took in answering my introduction with a meditation for healing. It was a powerful healing for me on a physical level and helped to release my emotional blockages to healing.
I appreciate Melissa's wise words and guidance, visualisations and inspiring quotes and poems. Melissa helped me discover my Artemis strength to heal my hurt child self. This has been priceless counselling for me and has indeed been life affirming and life changing.
As I completed each lesson, I was amazed how each lesson really did appear at just the right time. New people and places and opportunities would open up and then reading the outline of the next lesson I would discover that the course and Melissa were there to guide me through my next life lesson yet again.
Melissa's feedback was always warm and wise and wonderful. I found Melissa very insightful and encouraging and she helped me discover my joy of journalling and sharing with herself and the other wise woman of the course, other people online and my friends and family.
The Reclaiming Artemis course helped me get to know myself and to love this self enough, to have the confidence to share my true self with others. The lessons inspired me to write poetry and to meditate and visualise. To tap into the strength of Artemis within me and my love of nature.
Through the Artemis Course, I really have opened myself up to life, to gathering strength from nature rather than withdrawing into it, opening my heart to people and also to knowing and loving myself enough to be true and truthful to myself. It is through Melissa's guidance and support as a mentor that I have been able to do this. To be able to express myself without being marked or judged but mentored and loved is one of the most precious gifts I have ever received.
Thank you Melissa, I wholeheartedly recommend your course Reclaiming Artemis for healing, for creativity and for getting to know your inner strength and therefore yourself." - Megan Letts
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