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Raise Your Energy ~ Boost Your Creativity

Ignite Your Spirit ~ Nurture Your Soul


We have so many new offerings, our Home page will be reconstructed very soon making it much easier to go directly to what interests you. For an overview, please click on the "Journeys" tab in the Menu above to select from the drop down list of all of our offerings! And, if you have the time to keep on reading, please enjoy!

Upcoming Workshop: September 15, 2018  ~ 10 AM - 12 PM

Soulful Saturdays ~ The Fierce Feminine Fire in Harmony with The Mighty Masculine Mantle

Soulful Saturday Sessions are 2 hour Journeys held throughout the year. These group Journeys give women and couples an in depth experience with a specific activity or method of raising your positive vibration to achieve an Awakening of your Soul or a Harmonizing of your Relationship. These activities may be adapted from the Day Long AFFF Retreats held twice yearly at Ridgeway Place. Examples of activities include:

Soulful Deep Discussion ~ Drumming ~ Guided Visualization ~ Tapping (Energy Psychology) ~ Shamanic Journeying ~ Exploring Your Animal and Spirit Guides ~ The Equine Encounter ~ Chakra and Energy Clearning/Balancing ~ Creative Expression through Collage ~ Journaling in Search of Soul ~ Nature Walk ~ Releasing Fire Ritual ~ Healing Relationships through Energetic Shifts ~ The Fierce Feminine Fire in harmony with The Mighty Masculine Mantle

The Fierce Feminine Fire in harmony with the mighty masculine mantle

In this Transformational 2 hour Workshop, we will explore reasons for and ways that the Fierce Feminine can live in harmony with the Mighty Masculine.

Here's some background on why I created this workshop.

First of all, in developing and offering the AFFF programs, I am opening the pathway for women to identify and nurture their Fierce Feminine Fire, which is the blending of those aspects that create optimum psycho-spiritual health from both the Feminine and Masculine in ourselves.  Awakening to these aspects allows us to relate to self, others and our world with passion, creativity and spirit. We come to know Our True Selves!

Men, of course, also need this balance and harmony between the Masculine and Feminine aspects to achieve optimum psycho-spiritual health. I have been focusing on programs for women. Developing programs for men is a natural progression.

As a segway, I created this workshop for couples, or for any individual wanting to explore couples dynamics: The Fierce Feminine Fire in Harmony with The Mighty Masculine Mantle.

Fierce Feminine Fire meaning passionate, creative spirit .       

Mighty Masculine Mantle meaning strong courageous protector.

I believe that for any of us to reach optimum psycho-spiritual health, we need to find a balance between the Feminine and Masculine aspects of our personalities and ways of living.  This idea in psychology that there is a feminine and masculine side to each of us was first proposed by psychiatrist Carl Jung, who coined the term “animus” to describe the “male” aspect in women, and “anima” to describe the female aspect in men. Jung was also influenced by ancient Eastern philosophies that talked about the Yin, or female energy, and the Yang, or male energy, where both halves complete the whole.

 In my 35 years of practicing marriage/couples therapy, I have seen how helpful it is for long term marital success to recognize and develop these seemingly opposite energies that exist in both men and women. Balancing and harmonizing the feminine and masculine energies leads to optimal holistic health. And, we have research from the Gottman Institute on “Emotionally Intelligent Couples” that supports this. (

What are the "typical" Feminine Aspects? 

Compassion ~ Receptivity ~ Emotional Attunement, Awareness and Responsiveness ~ Creativity 

Nurture ~ Present-Focused Mindfulness ~ Attentiveness ~ Patience ~ Love ~

Open Heartedness ~ Open Mindedness ~ Acceptance ~ Forgiveness ~ Generosity ~ Gratitude ~ Letting  Go ~ Cooperation

Collaboration ~ Reverence for all Life ~ Inclusiveness ~ Spiritual Connectedness with all Life ~ Balance of Mind, Body,

Emotions and Spirit.

 What are the "typical" Masculine aspects?

Assertiveness * Mental clarity * Goal-directedness * Accomplished * Organized * Personally Powerful

Leadership * Strength * Courage * Persistence * Task oriented * Taking charge * Being in Control

Protecting * Teaching * Providing * Committing * Confronting * Decisiveness * Urgent * Purposeful * Exclusive * Creative


In today’s world, healthy adult women and men NEED TO DEVELOP BALANCE IN BOTH the Feminine and Masculine! We need to learn to flow and we need to live with decisiveness and excitement!

The latest findings in the research on marriages that succeed or fail from the Gottman Institute show that the marriages that succeed are most often those marriages where the husband is high in Emotional Intelligence. It is more typical for women to have a high emotional intelligence score. Emotional Intelligence is demonstrated when someone is in touch with, can identify and express their emotion; and, they honor the importance of doing so. To me, this captures what is described above as the traditionally "Feminine" aspects. Women have been developing their "Masculine" aspects since the suffragette movement of the early 1900's when women fought to have the right to vote, and continued with the women's liberation movement of the 60's and 70's, for equal rights in all aspects of living. And now, we see men in successful marriages having developed their "Feminine" aspects. It's interesting that this balance has been part of our societal evolution. I think we need this balance now more than any other time in history. We have become a culture and a world torn in half through divisiveness. Healing will come with harmony and balance.

So, it seems clear that we all benefit from exploring this timely topic and learning ways to be as balanced and in harmony as we possibly can between these two seeming opposite but interconnected aspects of living in order to have the best relationships possible. Women and men don't need to exist as polar opposites. In fact, we are even more attractive to one another when we can develop this balance between feminine and masculine aspects within each of us.

Let's open up the discussion between men and women. Let's discover together how we feel about and how we want to develop Harmony in couples relationships that will truly thrive!

Even if you come alone without a partner, this Workshop will help you better understand both aspects of being and how to bring about balance and harmony even if only one person is conscious of this process.

 I look forward to being your guide and mentor in this powerful exploration of the Fierce Feminine living in harmony with the Mighty Masculine! 

Namaste! “The Soul in me honors the Soul in You!”                

Mary Ellen Connett  


New! August 2018 - Wonderful Wednesdays

Custom "Mini" Retreats

Treat Yourself to a High Vibrational Spa Day

and Bring a friend for FREE (until October 31st.)

Who doesn't need a lift, a boost, re-energizing or inspiration in the middle of the week? Well, here's a great way to take extra special care of yourself, get centered, relaxed, re-charged and balanced within body-mind-spirit.

Schedule a Mini Retreat on Wonderful Wednesdays! Better yet, bring a friend along for FREE (offer valid until Oct 31st, 2018).

Receive psycho-spiritual attunement through this Holistic Vibrational Spa Day that you will custom design with Mary Ellen Connett, relationship therapist, energy worker, psycho-spiritual transformational healer, equine facilitated therapist and drum circle leader.

Come to Ridgeway Place in Waverly Hall, GA. Let your tension slip away as you drive through the beautiful 200 acre horse farm up to the inviting farmhouse and surrounding grounds. Leave your obligations and responsibilities behind for a time of BLISS!

Choose from a 1 1/2 hour, 2 hour and 3 hour Journey which will begin in the morning on your scheduled Wednesday.

Each Journey can be designed on a scale of "Mostly Fun and Uplifting" to "Mostly Healing and Transformational." You decide; and Mary Ellen Connett will adjust the level of intensity and focus to match your desire! 





Please continue reading about our Retreats and other Women's Empowerment Programs and view pictures of past Journeys!

Join us as we create a sacred circle of women and guide you through positive vibrational experiences designed to ignite your passionate creative spirit from within. This is your "Fire," your fingerprint of your soul.

Our experiences of nature, art, meditation, drumming and equine encounters will deepen and strengthen your “fire” and lead you to the truly authentic, empowered and creative life you were meant to live!


Inspiring, Invigorating and Igniting


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Your “Fierce Feminine Fire” is the unique fingerprint of your soul, including the range of expression from compassion/love to cooperation/community to standing your ground/standing up for yourself in adversity.

Awakening Your Fierce Feminine Fire is awakening your Soul to living a passionate, creative and spirit-filled life.

This type of empowerment for women requires a passionate, energetic force, a “fire” ignited from within, a propulsion of intention supported by a community of other women who nurture one another’s development from seed, to emergence, to ripening, to harvest.


From november 2016 Journey - the equine encounter


From November 2016 - Awakening Your Fierce feminine fire


From February 2017- Ceremonial Drum Making

Enjoy a glimpse into the March 17, 2018 Retreat - Healing Your Relationships through Energetic Shifts


FromNovember 2016 -Awakening Your fierce feminine fire Journey


From november 2016 Journey - Intuitive Art in the Barn


 Sacred Circles

Get a glance into the spirit of the drum and learn why we drum together in circle. We welcome newcomers into our Divine Drumming Bliss Drum Circle! Learn more about our drum circle, HERE

Schedule at a Glance

2018 women's Empowerment Journeys

Saturday, January 13, 2018  - Divine Drumming Bliss Drum Circle - 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Friday, February 9, 2018 - Divine Drumming Bliss Drum Circle - 6 - 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 17, 2018 -  Ceremonial Drum Making Class - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Friday, March 16, 2018 - Divine Drumming Bliss Drum Circle - 6 - 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 17th, 2018 - Awakening Your Fierce Feminine Fire - 9 AM - 4:30 PM

Friday, April 6, 2018 - Divine Drumming Bliss Drum Circle - 6 - 7:30 PM

Friday, May 11, 2018 - Divine Drumming  Bliss Drum Circle - 6 - 7:30 PM

Saturday, May 12, 2018 -  Soulful Saturdays ~ Your Animal and Spirit Guides 10 AM - 12 PM

Friday, June 8, 2018 - Divine Drumming  Bliss Drum Circle - 6 - 7:30 PM

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - Ceremonial Drum Making Class - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - Divine Drumming  Bliss Drum Circle - 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Friday, August 10, 2018 - Divine Drumming  Bliss Drum Circle - 6 - 7:30 PM

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 - Divine Drumming  Bliss Drum Circle - 6 - 7:30 PM

Saturday, Sept. 15. 2018 - Soulful Saturdays ~ FFF in harmony with MMM - 10 AM - 12 PM

Friday, October 12, 2018 - Divine Drumming  Bliss Drum Circle - 6 - 7:30 PM

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - Soulful Saturdays ~  The Equine Encounter 10 AM - 12 PM

Friday, November 9th, 2018 - Divine Drumming  Bliss Drum Circle - 6 - 7:30 PM

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - Awakening Your Fierce Feminine Fire - 9 AM - 4:30 PM

Friday, December 14, 2018 - Divine Drumming  Bliss Drum Circle - 6 - 7:30 PM



Ridgeway Place

Our day long, half day and individual and couples sessions are held on the grounds of a beautiful 200 acre horse farm in Waverly Hall, GA. It is the perfect setting to creatively connect with other women as we share in the joyful and passionate feminine spirit. 

Women experience pure joy, laughing out loud, unleashing creativity, spontaneity, soulfulness and rich camaraderie with one another. And plenty of opportunity for solitude, communing with nature, and quiet meditation.
— Past Sojourner
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An Intimate Equine Encounter













Trusting ~ Authentic ~ Congruent

 A successful Equine Encounter for Horse and Humans!

A successful Equine Encounter for Horse and Humans!