Connie Fenty has presented workshops locally, nationally, and internationally. In designing her workshops, she calls upon her experience as a teacher of Holistic Health and Movement for 37 years in the Neshaminy School District as well as the wisdom of those she has studied with: Joanna Macy, Angeles Arrien, John Seed, Deva Parnell, Joseph LePage, Marshall Rosenberger, Jean Houston, Anodea Judith and many others.
Workshop offerings all contain elements of experiential activities, meditation, discussion, community building, information on selected subject matter, and creation of sacred space for ceremony. One of Connie's strengths in designing workshops is her ability to combine material and activities that focus on a theme.
Awakening Your Nature Connection
By taking in daily doses of nature-connection, we can begin to heal the effects of our hectic and sometimes lonely lifestyles. Through reawakening to nature, we are nourished and then in turn can seek ways to nourish our planet.
This workshop acknowledges the importance of taking time and creating the space in our adult lives to experience the wonders of nature in a truly connected manner as well as offering ways to put these concepts into practice. This workshop can also be presented as "Self -Naturing" for use in rejuvenation retreats.
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Walking the Labyrinth
Learn all about the labyrinth, a recently rediscovered meditative walking path providing us with space in which to simply slow down and reflect. The labyrinth pattern is ancient with mysterious origins.
Connie will present information about the labyrinth's history, various labyrinth patterns, and benefits of labyrinth walking. We will create our own labyrinth drawings and experience a walking meditation.Find out how walking the labyrinth can range from being healing and profound to being joyful and relaxing and why each walk is different.
Schedule your own workshop or join Connie and friends at Soulutions for Daily Living in Newtown, PA to walk the heart-shaped labyrinth during celestial events or for seasonal celebrations.
If you yearn for a Peaceable Kingdom in which All Beings live together in health and harmony, this is a must-do activity for you. The Council is a powerful community gathering that will help us explore the depths of our love and concern for our planet. Created by Joanna Macy, peace activist and John Seed, rainforest activist, Councils now take place throughout the world. The day's events including: experiential exercises, visualizations, mask-making, quiet nature contemplation, and playful movement will guide us in awakening the deep ecological awareness and knowledge within us. This is a full day workshop perfect for an Earth Day Celebration.
Connie has recently combined her Council Workshops with her portable rope labyrinth to present "Walking with Animal Spirits". Participants select a pre-crafted mask and walk with it on the labyrinth to "hear" the wisdom of their chosen animal. As we sit in circle, we each bring a message to the group from our animal ally.
Be Hope for the Planet
You can contribute to the healing of Planet Earth, our source of life and health, through a 12 step approach to becoming committed to personal and planetary healing. During this workshop, you will clarify your ecological philosophy, view videotaped interviews with real people like us and featuring the ways that they participate in living sustainably, discuss earth-based spirituality, compose a personal code of environmental ethics, design Earth healing affirmations, and learn of resources available to assist you in your quest to live more lightly on the Earth.
Painting by Karoniaktajeh Louis Hall.
The Legend of the Iroquois Peacemaker
Using material from Jean Houston's Manual for the Peacemaker, Connie invites us to participate in a legend about a bringer of peace, a creator of community, a changer of his world. It is one of the richest stories to come out of North America. It tells of Deganawidah, the Man from the North, celebrated even today as the Peacemaker, and his successful campaign to create a peaceful and prosperous society, where previously there had been only long years of violence and intertribal warfare. So potent is this legend, so full of wonder, that it embodies the essence of myth, yet many of its elements are acknowledged as historical truths.
For Deganawidah actually lived and worked in ways both mythical and practical. His allies included Jigonhsasee, remembered as the Mother of Nations, and the great orator Hiawatha. Together they created a peaceful democracy among five tribes of Native peoples in the northeastern woodlands, a true democracy that lasted hundreds of years and is still, to a remarkable extent, in force today.