Women's Empowerment Retreats

Women's and Couples Empowerment Workshops

Ceremonial Drum Making Classes

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Raise Your Energy ~ Boost Your Creativity

Ignite Your Spirit ~ Nurture Your Soul


Upcoming Workshop: May 12, 2018

Soulful Saturdays ~ Your Animal and Spirit Guides

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 are taken from the Day Long AFFF Retreats held twice yearly at Ridgeway Place. Examples of activities include:

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

Your Animal and Spirit Guides

In this Transformational 2 hour Workshop, you’ll discover that you are not traveling alone along your life’s path. Do you ever notice how you may go through a period of time where you encounter a particular animal, bird, or reptile often? You may see hummingbirds daily in random places. Or turtles, deer, fox or hawks. Well, these are probably not accidents.  

There are spiritual messengers that surround us, often communicating through nature. We will learn which guides are our strongest allies, how they empower us with wisdom and how we can better attune to them. It’s fun to discover how certain animals (and I include birds and reptiles) resonate with parts of our nature. It can be spiritually deepening to know that these encounters with our spirit and animal guides are happening for a reason. Honoring their messages can help us align more closely with our life’s true purpose.  

We’ll start with you stating your intentions for the Journey. What brings you to this desire to know your spirit and animal guides? How would you like your life to move forward with clearer guidance from these messengers? How do you want to move in your body, think in your mind and feel in your heart when you are in tune with and receptive to your spiritual guides? You’ll state your intentions aloud so I can get attuned with how to best be of service to you.   We’ll may work with the Medicine Cards and the accompanying book by David Carson and Jamie Sam, illustrated by Angela Wernecke. This practice is based on the Native American ritual of asking for guidance through the “medicine” of nature’s animal messengers.  

NOTE: If you desire a complete understanding of your Animal Spirit Totems, PLEASE SCHEDULE a 1 hr. AFFF private journey to be guided through the selecting of your Medicine Cards associated with each of the nine directions and positions on the medicine wheel. You’ll learn what each direction means and how your animal spirit guide is helping you in that particular area of your life. You’ll have the opportunity to read from Chapters in the Medicine Cards book about the spiritual guidance of each animal. 

This 2 hour Workshop will not guide you through your Animal Spirit Totems. CALL ME at 706-565-6062 or email me @ to schedule your Animal Spirit Totems Journey. I recommend you schedule this 1 hr. private Journey before your 2 hour workshop to receive the greatest benefit from the Workshop.

Before we start, we’ll ask Great Spirit, God, our Creator, for guidance and blessings as you meet your spirit and animal guides. During meditation, you’ll get centered and raise your awareness and intuition. Then, you'll go through guided imagery, shamanic journeying and nature walks to encounter your animal and spirit guides.

You’ll be asked to be aware of any images you receive during your Journey. As you tune into the images, there may be messages to you about your stated intention, maybe questions answered to move you further along your path in your desired direction. You’ll have time to receive this gift. We may also do a brief ceremonial Sage smudging with water or smoke and an owl feather. 

I look forward to assisting you on your Journey! Namaste! “The Soul in me honors the Soul in You!”                

Mary Ellen Connett  


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!