You're invited to embark on a transformational 8-week Qigong journey this winter to receive the wisdom of water.
As a group, we'll explore the ancient healing practice through movement, meditation, and ceremony. This Qigong series centers on the element of Water and will take you inward to the deepest parts of yourself to restore, remember, and rebirth your true essence.
The supreme good is like water,
which nourishes all things without trying to.
It is content with the low places that people disdain.
Thus it is like the Tao.
In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.
When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
Tao Te Ching
Eleventh century A.D.
Hail and Welcome, Beautiful One!
I see you and wholeheartedly welcome you here.
Here is what I know to be true.
You are a visionary!
Your imagination and intellect are vast. You have a sense of the origins of things and where they are going.
Your intense inner focus has crafted you into a wise and loving spiritual person full of grace.
You are on a relentless quest for truth!
You are always seeking the deeper meaning of life that transcends mundane human affairs.
You are a dreamer and guardian of memories.
Your compassionate and patient presence brings everyone to a deeper level of understanding of themselves and life.
This journey honors and sanctifies the season of winter and the wisdom of the water path.
This is a path of wisdom and knowing that you trust yourself, you belong and can say yes to life as you navigate into the unknown.
Can you feel the truth of this?
Winter is the time for the birth of the things unseen.
It is the season of darkness, of the womb of creation.
All things are born from the great mother's womb.
Water is an ancient and eternal ancestor.
Water was here before life. That same water is here now.
When light and water copulate, life is born.
You are born.
In this journey, you will:
Follow the water path to embrace your deepest yin nature.
You will meet and learn from The Philosopher, the Qigong archetype of winter, and the water element.
Enter the fertile cosmic womb of the great mother filled with the nourishing rich darkness to remember your essence as you connect with your womb blood and/or womb space.
Connect with your ancestors, and honor your place of belonging in your family constellation. I will guide you to meet the ancestors of your blood, breath, and bones. This helps solidify your sense of belonging to a tribe.
From there, I will midwife you through your rebirth experience. You will reconnect with your umbilical cord blood, which contains your Jing Qi or (Preheavenly Qi).
After you are born, you will re-establish, rewire, and reconnect your energy pathways (Ren Mai Channel) in your body that may or may not have happened naturally at your actual birth.
Next, you will connect with your Door of Life and your Kidneys. From a Qigong perspective, kidneys have many functions to maintain your health, including producing hormones and holding onto fear, traumas, and insecurities. You will learn tools to unlock the Door of Life and melt the icy fear that locks you in.
Now that your energy pathways are reconnected, it is time to learn from a shamanic animal ally (The Deer) who will teach you a qigong form to keep you healthy and nimble during the cold winter months and how to live in a world full of danger without fear.
Plus, you will learn practical tools to manage uncomfortable symptoms of perimenopause, such as hot flashes, stiff joints, low back pain, and insomnia.
During this journey, you are encouraged to be present with whatever arises during this potent, transformational time in your life and on the planet. This work is healing for you, your family, and all beings everywhere.
The Ren Mai is called the “Sea of the Yin channels” as it exerts an influence on all the Yin channels of the body.
The Ren Mai is of paramount importance for the reproductive system of both men and women, but particularly women, as it regulates:
Who is this journey created for?
This experience is for those who feel ready to give birth to themselves. You feel due or overdue! We are all pregnant and gestating our creations, and there are some of you who feel, sense, and know that now is the time to birth yourself anew. Even if you don't know what that looks like yet.
Those who want to heal their own birth experience because they did not have a peaceful or natural physiological birth.
Those who feel like they don't belong. This is an opportunity to restore and establish a sense of belonging. Belonging to more than a group of people (family, tribe), but belong in your body and with the earth and her other inhabitants.
Those who are isolating themselves as a form of self-exile yet want to express and share themselves but find it challenging to engage with others.
Those who fear change of the unknown and don't fully trust their inner wisdom. This is for you if you are ready to deepen into trusting the process of life unfolding in right timing.
On a physical level, those who suffer from PMS, cramps, back and joint pain, hot flashes, and have a hard time sleeping.
Those who want to connect with their womb space and/or creative power center. And those who have been avoiding going there until now.
Those who want to connect with the seasons and tap into the wisdom of water.
Those who want to connect with their ancestors.
If you said yes to any of these reasons, then consider joining us.
This journey is intended for you.
You don't have to say yes to all of them for you to receive a full and rich experience from this offering.
It is my honor to be your midwife, and this is my highest prayer for this offering.
My highest prayer is that this journey sanctifies the life giving waters of the earth and our bodies.
Through our loving intentions, we honor and receive guidance from our ancestors and the Grandmothers who are always with us.
Our dedication to the practice will create a safe and beautiful space for you to birth yourself into the essence of who you are, reclaiming some of your lost prenatal qi and giving you access to more life force energy than you had before.
My deepest prayer is that your sense of belonging is real and unwavering.
You are rooted, and centered, and you belong here, my love!
You are able to embrace your inner wisdom and trust yourself.
You are able to enjoy your changing body and embrace the power that is flowing through your body.
"The sheer magic of the alchemical container held us all safely and with clarity whilst the transformational work happened. Maria is very skilled at holding space and creating meditations and practices that genuinely create change in the body, mind, emotions and group dynamic."
The Tools and Methods:
This journey will incorporate ceremony, The Six Healing Sounds, Five Element Qigong flows (deer-turtle-and-water flows), archetypical transmissions, The Five Animal Frolics, shamanic journeys, journaling, and guided meditations.
On this journey, you will receive the following:
2o minute consultation call before we begin the journey. ($40 value)
8 Live 90-minute sessions with replays, practice notes, and deepening material in a dedicated learning portal. ($1000 value)
A supportive community going through this experience with you. (priceless)
Supportive Private What's App group for processing between sessions. ($400 value)
Primer on Qigong pdf ($20 value)
Total Value: $1440
Winter Sesonal Dance Qigong Form ($40 value)
A Great Mother Guided Meditation ($10 value)
An amazing Spotify playlist to support this journey (Priceless)
A Guided Daoist Pearl of Consciousness Mediation for Winter ($10 value)
Women's Balance Herbal Tea or Soothing Herb Bath or a Yoni Steam from my Birth Song Botanicals apothecary. This is not an herbal course. However, as an herbalist, I want you to fall in love with nourishing herbs and connect with the water element as you drink or bathe in the herbs. This process will support your growth and transformation in profoundly healthy ways.
Total Value $90
Total value: $1530.00
Regular price and Heart Contribution: $444
Early bird offer: $333.00 Until January 2nd.
We meet online on Monday at 7 pm CST.
Starting January 8th until February 26th 2o24
"I see how much I need this work! I loved coming together with other women and seeing how they are dealing with everything.
Maria's reassuring voice and clear intent made me feel safe."
“Maria helps me connect to my body’s own energy flow enhancing my physical and mental awareness that clears away energy blocks keeping my stress and emotions in balance. The movements allow increase circulation enabling a stronger immune system to flourish providing a great benefit to me during this time of uncertainty. Maria’s class makes you feel at peace when you leave, no matter what is going on around you.”
Presented by Maria Chowdhury
Midwife, Qigong Practitioner, and Temple Guide
My twenty years as a homebirth midwife, herbalist, meditator, and martial artist has prepared me to hold potent medicine and sacred space.
Currently, I midwife spiritual women in the midst of powerful life transitions and support them to navigate the trail ahead to stay aligned with their essence and connect to their power even in times of uncertainty and confusion.
As a temple guide, I hold sacred space for the extraordinary and arduous experience of birth and transformation to unfold safely and organically.
During this journey, I’m bringing forth the teachings of my mentor Teresa Elder who taught me how to “be” a midwife with a smile and a light heart full of humor.
My mentor, Dr. Claire Zammit, who taught me the Feminine Power framework, and Elayne Kalila of Priestess Presence, showed me how to walk as a temple guide in the modern world.
Finally, my beloved taiji and qigong teachers from YMAA and Holden Qigong who taught me the art and practice of Medical and Five Element Qigong.
The Path with Harmony sanctuary is located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and is directly on the Trail of Tears that the Cherokee walked.
My daily hikes are on the earth path of Mount Kessler, the ancestral lands of the Caddo and Osage peoples, and I intend to honor them, their sacred lands, and medicine.
I'd like to take a moment right now, even before we begin our journey together to acknowledge that we are already making a difference in the world with this sacred offering.
While this is an offering for self-healing, this work ripples out into the world. And real change comes from putting the power IN people, and that is exactly what this offering is doing.
We truly are transforming the world one woman and girl at a time. A portion of your tuition goes to a wonderful organization called Just Like My Child Foundation. Because when we come together for a common cause, we can do AMAZING things not just for ourselves but for all living beings.
"Maria is full of embodied feminine wisdom to share! I’ve been acquainted with her for many years, love her herbal offerings, and am so glad that she is now teaching Qi Gong. Qi Gong has long been a favorite of mine, and I’ve enjoyed many classes from different teachers. In Maria’s classes, I'm always pleased and enriched by her unique and heartfelt ways of sharing this ancient form of healing. Thank you, Maria, you bring a new life to this practice!"
Author, Artist, Mentor
Some common FAQs:
I'm already so busy! What is the time commitment? The minimum time commitment is 1.5 hours once a week for the live sessions.
I'm brand new to Qigong and the internal arts. Is this journey right for me? Yes, you do not need any prior experience. You will learn what you need to know in the journey.
I've been practicing Qigong for years. What new aspects of the practice will I learn? Great question, in short, this practice is perfect for the seasoned practitioner because every qigong experience is an opportunity to go deeper and refine the practice. If you have specific questions, reach out to me, and we can discuss them.
I have an injury and am not able to stand for long periods of time. Is this practice a good fit for me? Great question, the short answer is yes, much of the practice can be done seated. Every movement can be modified to fit your specific needs. This is a healing practice, and every one of us needs to listen to our bodies and interact with the practice in a way that is healthy for us. It is not a one-size-fits-all practice. If you have specific concerns or questions, just reach out, and we can discuss them.
Is there a replay of every session? Yes, every session is recorded, and your learning portal will be updated with the replay link within 72 hours of the live session. And you are a vital member of this sisterhood. Your full presence and participation are welcomed and encouraged.
The local in-person sessions are not recorded, but those participants have access to the learning portal with all the replays and deepening materials.
Refund policy: If you are not satisfied after the opening ceremony (January 9th, 2024, online or by January 13 in person), you will receive a refund. Please email me so we can discuss this as soon as possible. I will maintain the deposit of $75.
Is there a scholarship? There are a limited number of partial scholarships available. When applying for the journey, add a video or message explaining why you would benefit and need this scholarship.
Qigong for the Awakening Woman is an initiatory process for spiritual awareness and awakening. This program is not designed to treat or diagnose any psychological disorders or medical conditions. If you have any mental or physical health issues, please consult with your medical practitioner before joining the program. This initiation requires breaking through old patterns and ways of being – an initiatory process that can feel uncomfortable. Our work affects many levels (mental and emotional), is rigorous, and is not for those who suffer from mental disabilities, depression, have suicidal episodes, or are presently in therapy.
Each initiate is responsible for their own actions and boundaries. Path with Harmony/ Qigong for the Awakening Woman and focalizer Maria Chowdhury is not, and will not, be held liable for any assumed damage that is deemed to occur at any time. Initiates must accept that all knowledge is given in good faith. Initiates must understand that they are entering into training in a pioneer field. All such training is provided in good faith to the highest known safety standards or perceived practices within this discipline.