Katabasis

Flowers in the background with KATABASIS: Dance with the depths on top
katabasis dance with the depths

the 2022 cohort of this course is full. We will convene again in september 2023.
Stay tuned.

This is a suuuper intimate six month journey that is limited to 10 individuals.

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Beginning at fall equinox (September) going into the descent of winter and emerging on the spring equinox (March).

katabasis \ kəˈtabəsə̇s \ noun. A mytheme or trope in which the hero embarks on a journey to the underworld. The hero or upper-world deity journeys to the underworld or to the land of the dead and returns, often with a quest-object or a loved one, or with heightened knowledge. The ability to enter the realm of the dead while still alive, and to return, is a proof of the classical hero’s exceptional status as more than mortal.

Throughout this journey of descent to the Underworld of the deep creative self, we will learn to honor the Life – Death – Life cycles that have always been present in our lives. We will build embodied skill here. We will take risks and find deeper meanings. My hope is that we will also learn to create from this space. We do the work of reclaiming what has always been there so we can bring it into the wider web of life.

It is time. We are ready. The subterranean entices us yet it is what we have been taught to fear. 

The dead have been forgotten and our rituals have become games we no longer play. Death has been relegated to the deepest corners of our minds and become wrought with fear. Yet, death and the ancestors have so much to teach us about this one precious life. Something as indigenous to the psyche as RITUAL has been forgotten by predominant culture and deemed “evil”. We are often taught from a young age to hide from one another and from ourselves seeking approval rather than attunement. Our lives have been sterilized and disconnected from the source – our deep roots. Together, we will take them back and build trust in ourselves there.

If the depths beckon you like they have always called me, this is your message to stop running. I promise you that you can do it. Sometimes what we most fear, is where we must go if beckoned.

It is time to remember what our bones have never forgotten. 

There is a place inside that knows. We have been told to fear this place. This limitless, expansive, dark space within and under our feet. It does not need healing and we need not fill it. It calls for embracing – for listening – for deepening. It is holy. In it’s emptiness, it is full. Within us and below us lives a place of knowing, of being & a place of absolute prescience.

This is a journey of reclaiming and re-knowing what has always been lurking inside – in the depths.

black background with "the way to connect to the other world is through this one"
two white candles that are lit and moody.

What to expect:

– A journey to the depths

– Anatomy of ritual and embodied ritual practice

– Building your own toolbox of somatic skills

– Plant spirit work

– Ancestral reclamation and exploration

– Alchemizing emotions

– Cultivate or nurture a Creative/Magical practice

– Community support through the darkest time of the year

– Radical Aliveness groups

What I hope you will walk away with:

– Building trust with the unknown and Life – Death – Life cycles of nature

– Come out in the Spring with more embodied skill to navigate the topside world

– Connecting to your deep body wisdom and creativity

– Questioning and integrating societal/ familial messages you received

– A deeper sense of connection to the world/self

– Reverence for the mundane and life as ritual

– Ability to be honest with self/others – Skill to be where you are at any given time

– BRING WHAT YOU LEARN INTO THE WORLD

Do you feel like this is for you? Interested in next steps? Let’s set up a no cost no pressure healing ritual! This is a free service I offer to give us the opportunity to co-regulate and connect. I love to connect with the folks I will be going on such a deep journey with – So, even if you are on the fence let’s set up a call to explore how this could work for you. 

STAY TUNED FOR THE 2023 COHORT BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER 2023.

During this six month journey, we will be entering a new gate of exploration each month:

September: Land – HARVEST – PREPARE FOR DESCENT

October: Ancestor/Myth – GATHERING YOUR GUIDES AND PROTECTION

November: INITIATION INTO DARKNESS 

December: Going Underground – CULTIVATING THE SENSES

January: Bearing Gifts – CONNECTING TO THE WORLD SOUL

February: Becoming Creature/Resurrecting Instinct – BEGINNINGS

March: Awaken Curiosity – MANIFEST IN THE TOPSIDE WOrld

LOGISTICS

**This is a container where we will all be encouraged to attend all live VIRTUAL gatherings and be in THEIR leadership.**

 

Practice and Integration of the course material is integrated into the group schedule.

 

1st Meeting – Ritual

2nd Meeting- No official meeting. Course content for practice will be released.

3rd Meeting – Radical Aliveness Process Group

4th – Integration Week (This is when most of the breakthroughs happen so although there is no content – just wait – you’ll see.)

Meeting dates:

9/18 – Opening Ritual
9/25 –  Course Content Released for Practice
10/2 – RA process group

10/9 – Integration week
10/16 – Ritual
10/23 – Course Content Released for Practice
10/30 – RA process group
11/6 – Integration week
11/13 – Ritual
11/20 – Course Content Released for Practice
11/27 – RA process group
12/4 – Integration week
12/11- Ritual
12/18 – RA Process group
12/25 – Integration week due to holidays
1/1 – Course content released for New Year
1/8 – Ritual
1/15 – Course Content Released for Practice
1/22 – RA process group
1/29 – Integration week  
2/5 – Ritual
2/12 – Course Content Released for Practice
2/19 – RA process group
2/26 – Integration week

3/5 – Final closing ritual
3/12 – Last course content released
3/19 – Final meeting RA process & closing

**Dates are subject to be added due to the nature of this work depending on group consent and needs – I work in flow and more will be revealed

INVESTMENT: 

I am offering extended payment plans available in order to make it work for you.  Reduced rate scholarship spots are available. LGBT+/Queer/BIPOC will be prioritized for scholarships. Don’t let finances be a barrier if you feel called – Let’s chat. 

The full price for the six month course is $6,000. 

A deposit of $400 to secure your spot.

If you sign up for the early bird deal after one of my Emotions Are Portals workshops, you will get a free 75 minute Alchemy session with me.

WHO THIS COURSE IS FOR:

If you have done extensive therapy on yourself and have awareness of many of your patterns but you feel ready to take the next step. Many of us have awareness of ourselves yet lack the embodied skill to actually live a life that is ours. If this is you, this is a course for you. 

If you are spiritually interested and want guidance about how to work with deeper energies. This is for you if you long for a deeper connection to your guides and ancestors.

This is for the ones who dream of stranger worlds.

WHO THIS IS NOT FOR: 

Someone who is looking to be told all the answers and not willing to step into their leadership.

This workshop is not appropriate for someone who is new to therapy or having active trauma responses of any kind. i.e. Substance use issues, eating disorder, chronic dissociation, etc.

This is not a training and does not certify you to do Radical Aliveness work.

Follow the link to set up a 1 on 1 meeting to connect about KATABASIS. In this 45 complimentary ritual space, we will explore the depths. I honestly live for these chats and offer them to give us the opportunity to co-regulate and answer any questions you may have. So, even if you are on the fence let’s set up a to get curious about the depths. 

STAY TUNED FOR THE 2023 COHORT BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER 2023.

I am letting the tapestry of my being fall apart and I will know when it’s time to start weaving myself back together again.

What People Are Saying

“Working with Madison has been a profound education. She taught me the language of my body, helping me connect with ancestors, deepen my art, reclaim my sexuality, understand how to embrace my grief and rage, and how to have all parts of myself work together in harmony. She intuitively led me with her mystical, ancient wisdom back to my own inner knowing. It feels like my body has suddenly “remembered” its own wisdom and purpose here on Earth. Our work together awakened my soul’s calling and profoundly changed my life. Learning to trust my own intuition, I left my unfulfilling career to finally pursue my art and begin my own somatic practice full time. I have never felt more in alignment in every part of my life. I am beyond words grateful that the universe led me to Madison. The medicine she has to share is the most precious gift.”  -Tammy

“I started working with Madison after being introduced to somatic work through a weekend workshop. Not only has she helped me integrate what came up in that workshop, but she has helped me dive deeper into my being to understand myself and break free of patterns that were negatively impacting my life. Madison has an amazing gift for holding space; it’s almost tangible. Her presence feels like that of an old friend, and she is patient, understanding, and incredibly insightful. I am so grateful for the work we have been able to do together so far, and for the opportunity to continue uncovering parts of me that I didn’t know existed, or that I thought were lost. I cannot recommend Madison enough for deep, healing, somatic work.” -Anonymous

There are aspects of me that I can’t imagine discovering if not for this work. I have learned so much about myself and have unearthed new perspectives about all aspects of life that are helping me grow into my true self. So far it has felt life-changing and I am so grateful for the guidance and nurturing through the discomfort of so many realizations. I’m moving towards a life of contentment where I can appreciate what unsettling feelings are teaching me, and how to properly feel and accept them as honest communication. I am being taught to listen to myself, and to trust myself. – Lauren

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