18 Nov CLAY – An Embodied Ritual
Healing Clay is a powerful gift from the Earth.
For centuries, cultures around the world have been using clay for cleansing, purifying, rejuvenation and detoxing the body.
Applying body masks of pure bentonite clay replenishes the body with necessary nutrients and pulls toxins, impurities, heavy metals and chemicals out of the body.
CLAY is a guided journey through embodied practices focused on using clay and dance as a means to reconnect with the earth and its natural gifts, to connect with our bodies and innate sensuality, connect with our authentic expression of movement, and connect with each other in neo-tribalism gatherings in ritual, as women have been doing for centuries.
The purpose of this ritual is self-care, self-love and collective healing through experiential and embodied pleasure and cleansing. Together we create a container of safety in which we can each feel free to explore our own sensuality, enjoying our bodies through touch and movement. We create space to explore vulnerable and true connection with other women through shared experience, conscious touch and expressive movement. We give permission to ourselves and each other to experience clearing and purifying not only through the clay itself, but through all avenues of energy release.
This is very much a co-created ceremony which can be soft, deep, fierce, fun, gentle, transformational, uncomfortable, blissful, edgy, nurturing, and everything in between.
We leave space to find what is ready and organically wants to be experienced by our souls. Welcoming, giving permission and allowing it all as part of our beautiful spectrum of human experience.
The story of CLAY
When I began doing body clay masks, I quickly tuned into how ancient this very simple practice felt. As if my soul had been doing this ritual for lifetimes. It has always been a deeply nourishing experience. The clay itself is innately healing in its properties (and makes your skin feel as soft as a baby), but the process of applying, drying and washing the clay I also found to be nurturing & healing on many levels. I have felt very strongly that this is a practice that spans centuries and cultures and when done in community with women, will allow us to tune back into our individual and collective power and ancient wisdom, sharing in the cultivation of love, beauty and embodied presence.
Mana hosts regular CLAY Rituals in Ubud, Bali as well as on tour internationally.
Are you hosting a women’s retreat in Bali and desire to weave in a deeply transformation experience for your participants? Mana will bring CLAY to you!
“CLAY ritual is a very sacred, intuitive practice. It started with opening our hearts and setting up the intention followed by the application of pure clay. We felt support of the sisterhood and sang together, rubbed each other with clay and washed afterwards. We were laughing and enjoying our time together. We were naked not just by our bodies, but by our souls. Thank you, Mana, for being a Priestess in this ritual!” – Katia Utkina
“The Clay Ritual is such a magic moment : a sacred space to be connected to my Feminine Lineage. I loved being naked in this sacred space, it was like being in an other time, an other space. I used to not love my body and not being able to be naked even in my own bathroom. Realizing that I loved being with my body with my vulnerability and yet with my inner power was a powerful moment. Seing a circle of woman being in their full expression and taking care of each other is such a healing and sacred practice. Mana creates such a sacred and authentic space to allow myself to be completely me and reconnected to my feminine lineage and be part of the embodiment of the Sacred Feminine.” – Olivia Sautereau
“Mana, I can’t thank you enough for the beautiful clay ceremony you took us through at Embodiment. I remember I felt so much fear and resistance rise within me when we were first told we would be doing it. I am so glad that I overcame my fear and participated because it ended up being one of the most healing experiences I’ve had. I felt totally safe and held in the space and I just want to thank you so much for that 💖🙏 ” – Kathryn Kassab
“The Clay Ritual invited me back to the comfort of my own body and the love of sisterhood. It felt so liberating and exhilarating that I had only wished I could have experienced that sooner in my life. I have spent many years in conflict with the feminine and my sisterhood, and that evening completely changed the paradigm for me. It was magical, powerful, and completely natural. Thank you for offering such a healing for me and many other women!” – Ericka Rankin-Friesen
“I recently experienced a Woman’s clay ceremony at a retreat I attended with Mana. I felt so so safe in the presence of Mana’s energy and love for everyone. I had no expectations or idea on what the ceremony was or how it was to unfold – and that was just fine – as I felt that anything created by Mana is done with love and with the utmost respect to woman. We trusted each other in our nakedness in the space she had created. We loved on our bodies, giving it nourishment and attention with the prepared clay paste. We shared it in a respectful loving way, embracing the woman’s form in all its different shapes and sizes. It was a calm and nurturing space – everything from the coolness of the clay, the lighting and the words spoken by Mana created community and tribal belonging. In sharing the water we washed away our old inhibitions and cared for each other as we cleansed and dried. It was fun, playful and light. No one woman felt disconnected, embarrassed – it was just a natural supportive caring place to be. Thank you Mana for this experience – may many woman come into your life to experience this gift you have created” – Lisa Revell