Rooted Healing from Patriarchy: Transmutation of Burdens for our Ancestral Lineages, Ourselves and Our Future (3-day retreat)

Transmutation of Burdens for Our Ancestral Lineages, Ourselves and Our Future ~3-day retreat

January 17th-20th, 2020
Parker Ranch
Clayton, GA


Rooted Healing from Patriarchy

Is a course rooted in transmuting the systemic toxins of patriarchy through inner source work, somatic awareness, and spiritual acuity.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone seeking to understand the ways patriarchy has influenced the way they move in the world, wanting to disarm this cultural toxin personally through self-reflection and commitment to personal inner work, and willing to commit to dismantling the effects of patriarchy through walking in an alignment organized around love and mutuality* (see bell hook’s notion of this).


So much of what is happening in the world around us can be tracked down through an initial cultural wound of the emergence of patriarchal systems. What is known as the mother wound grows itself as a product of the patriarchal systems that have existed for the past 5000 years. In these environments, there is a felt knowing of unequal distribution of authority, men are in power, women and children are subordinates. Through this, the very source of how we are brought into the world, our Ancestral  Mothers, were systemically stripped of all majesty. Enslaved, related to property, a common marketplace status, this wound left with it a legacy of the emergence of other cultural wounds: war, poverty, caste systems, racism, sexism, and earth disconnection. As patriarchy became institutionalized it relegated those who do not hold power to end fighting amongst themselves and attempting to reclaim their power through their children as our ancestral mothers struggled to find some balance of the sovereignty they once knew. Here we find the Mother Wound.

“The mother-child relationship can be seen as the first relationship violated by patriarchy.” —Adrienne Rich

We consider the mother wound as a matrilineal wound, a burden that manifests in mothers, and is passed on from generation to generation. It’s the pain and grief that grows in us as children as we try to explore and understand power and potential in a patriarchal society that doesn’t make room for it, depriving us of destiny and forcing an internalization of the dysfunctional patterns learned by previous generations of affected by patriarchy.

As a child, the relationship we have with our mothers is often held as the most significant in our lives. It is foundational and impacts our well-being well into our adulthood. In our first holy moments of life, our mothers are the gateway of our very survival, the primordial source of food, sensations, embodiment, and connection.

The mother wound affects gender differently because traditionally patriarchal gender roles are assigned and ushered in as we take our very first breaths and then reinforced through cultural conditioning throughout our development on the Earth.  These traditional roles assume that males are in the power position and females are not.

The gamut in which the mother wound has diminishing consequences on us varies depending on the relationship and environment in which we were nurtured. How it manifests is contingent upon the degree of exposure to patriarchal systems and whether or not we were protected from it or oppressed by it.

Being raised as a daughter, we look at how children who identify here are groomed for submission in patriarchal systems, a role which we are given continual guidance about the ways we can best fulfill this expectation.  It holds the burdens which can include limiting core beliefs. These can be considered a form of personal self-sorcery when view through a spiritual lens.

Frequently this is manifested as not being your full self because you don’t want to threaten others, having a high tolerance for poor treatment from others, emotional care-taking, feeling competitive with other women, horizontal hostility (it is easier to be angry at your same gender than it is to confront patriarchy itself), self-sabotage, or can manifest as being overly rigid, domineering, controlling, and judgmental.

Being raised as a son in a patriarchal system we look at how children who identify are groomed for power.  There is a specific dynamic here which occurs between mother and son and how internal family dynamics and culture supported or prevented healthy attachment.

Here it takes the form conforming to expectations of male gendering as a mechanism of the indoctrinating belief that females are the weaker gender, identifying endurance of pain with repression of emotion as a positive trait of masculinity, learning to suppress feelings of vulnerability and constriction of other emotions except for anger which reinforces power dynamics,

seeking that power which reinforces the credibility of patriarchal masculinity, and reinforcing anger and violence as acceptable forms of behavior among many others.

Transforming and transmuting patriarchy allows us to liberate the entanglements with our mother wound in order to fully self- actualize our soul’s evolution. This does not imply removing or fixing the traumas and scars from our childhood that we all carry. Transformation and transmutation are about slowly developing a new relationship with what is difficult in your life, such that it is no longer a controlling factor. As we engage in this healing process we will slowly remove the layers of projection that keep us stuck and emerge with a clear sense of self and personal destiny.

Through this course we will embark on a transformational journey to sources of matrilineal wisdom as well as the collective where we will:

  • Explore what patriarchy is, how it manifests and the ways patriarchy has created felt burdens in your experiences, and on your ancestral lineages.
  • Develop a personal relationship with both a matrilineal spirit helper and also an elevated blood lineage ancestor. Both of these guides will support you as you retrieve vital soul essence and transmute the burdens of patriarchy into a source of empowerment and sovereignty.
  • Hold space for transmuting the cultural toxins of patriarchy through somatic awareness and through ritual practices
  • Receive initiation/attunement/empowerments for your personal healing and re-connection through embodied ritual.
  • Journey as a collective to perform a larger world healing around the cultural wounds of patriarchy.

 As we emerge from the collective tending we can expect to have:

  • Fluency and honed skills in handling of emotions as they are now seen as a source of wisdom.
  • Sovereignty: having healthy boundaries that support you.
  • Integration with an inner higher self who provides unconditional love, support & comfort to younger parts.
  • Self-assuredness: Knowing yourself as competent and open to infinite possibilities
  • Renewed compassion for yourself and other people
  • Self Validation and the sense of no longer needing approval or permission from others to be you!
  • Renewed trust in life to bring you what you need
  • Backing from your healed ancestral mothers & with the divine feminine to support you in your life.
  • Increased trust in your intuition, your inner compass.
  • Become a part of a growing cohort of those who are healing the patriarchal wound through a dedicated facebook group which provides resources and support.

Group size:
Maximum 8 participants.
We will call the spirits and open sacred space at 10 am, Friday, January 17th. The workshop ends at 4 p.m., Sunday, January 20th.
Registration Details:
Tuition: $350 (covers the 3-day workshop and some creative supplies. Lodging expenses are separate and detailed below). Your registration is secured with full payment.
Cancelations for the workshop portion will be refunded in full 30 days in advance of the workshop. If canceling within the 30 days, you may receive a full refund if your space is filled.

If you have any additional questions, or need to make payment through alternate means, please contact Shannon at (706)-612-3816 or through her email at

Information about onsite lodging The Parker Ranch B&B (recommended) to book a room contact Becky directly at (404) 373-0566.

Parker Ranch is a beautiful location nestled in the North Georgia Mountains. There are 9 rooms on sight: One single occupancy with shared bathroom and 8 doubles with bathrooms with which you share with your roommate. The cost for lodging per person is $90 per night which includes your bed and the most amazing breakfast in the morning and an impeccable lunch. The is also a potential of a cabin being available which you will need to check with Becky on the availability.

  • $90 per person per night – Double Occupancy (twin bedroom – $90 per person per night): Meaning you’ll share a room with someone and you will each pay $90 per night. If you know someone who’s attending and you’d like to share the room with them, please let Becky know who your roommate will be.
  • $145 per person per night – Single Occupancy
  • $60 per person per day – non-residential – includes breakfast & lunch: This is for commuters and also for those who might like to pitch a tent. A bathroom will be made available for you to use.

Total Room Fees due at time of registration with Becky directly. Please see the Parker Ranch cancelation policy below. 

Cancellation for rooms at Parker Ranch:
> 30 days – 75% refund (*** if we can fill the spot, 90% refund)
< 30 days – 50% refund (*** if we can fill the spot, 90% refund)

About Shannon
Shannon is dedicated to helping others explore the inner landscapes in life, in re-establishing balance and personal sovereignty, strengthening relationships within the great web of relations seen and unseen. All offerings are in service to reclaiming the ancient ways of animistic, earth honoring purpose, living with fully embodied joy for the well-being of the world.

For over 25 + years she has committed her work to addressing the deep wounding of the feminine through social justice advocacy related to intimate partner violence, diversity, and the oppression of marginalized populations. She has a Masters degree in Professional Leadership and Counseling with a focus in Jungian and Gestalt modalities and uses this training to support folks in honing their inner capabilities through connection with intuitive and spiritual resources as a means to shift through imbalances, embody deeper wisdom and earth-honoring purpose. Discover more here.

She is a teacher and practitioner with Ancestral Medicine; and a founder of Heart Path Studio, a non-profit organization in Athens, GA which aims to create a new folk culture of relating with the unseen world through the convergence of animistic and shamanic principles.

Her ancestors hail from the British Isles, France, and Cherokee and Kaskaskia/Ilini nations. Committed to collective healing, She holds grounded, empathic, heart-centered ritual space which supports presence, trust, and community rooted in the ancient ways of healing as service to the Earth.

For more information on her offerings visit or contact her via email at or by phone at (706) 612-3816.

About Barbara
Barbara is a community elder, teacher, healer, and mixed media artist. She is grateful to live in the woods and work with Spirit and natural materials to create art. As an only child growing up in Macon, Georgia, she spent her time in exploring the woods and creek, making altars, observing and interacting with insects, reptiles, and animals. This childhood grounded her firmly in her love of the Earth. Barbara came of age in the early 1970’s and was fortunate to be part of a community of artists and healers.  In the 1990’s Barbara took numerous spirit based workshops including workshops on death and dying, shamanic practices, Holotropic Breathwork, and earth-based spiritual practices. She was also fortunate to participate in Dr. Elizabeth Sheerer’s dream groups for twenty-three years. During this time Barbara’s art redefined itself, becoming shaped by her spiritual practice. She teaches workshops incorporating guided journeying and natural materials that immerse participants in the creative flow.