For too long, women have been told “be quiet,” “calm down,” and “be appropriate.” For generations, we have stifled our expression to “fit” in and be agreeable. And in many instances, we’ve also done it to keep ourselves safe.
We’re inundated with messaging around the “right” way to be a woman, and truth be told, it’s easy to get lost in all that…to let others’ opinions and beliefs dictate how we show up, even if we don’t know we’re doing it. To give our power away and feel disconnected from our own knowing and what nourishes us, simply by losing track of who we really are and what we truly desire for our lives.
When it comes to giving our power away, TIME’S UP!
It’s time to uncover your essential expression and your own unique way of moving, speaking, and being you!
There are many types of expression inside you (from big and expansive, to quiet and still), and it is your birthright to nourish and connect fully into the full range of your expression. Your unique expression is an essential part of our future and the consciousness of our planet, and you aren’t meant to hide them.
We are at a pivotal time in history, as we can see this in the #metoo movement, #blacklivesmatter, #timesup, and March for our lives just to name a few. Now more than ever our world needs your unique expression! (& you need your unique expression too!). This is a totally free event designed to support you in identifying, embracing, nurturing, and unleashing your expression into the world.
Maybe you’re not even sure at this point what “your unique expression” is, and if that’s how you’re feeling, it’s okay. I want you to know you aren’t alone.
It can be scary to tap into our deepest desires and express our most essential selves, especially when we’ve been taught–both consciously and subconsciously–to suppress the truth of our feelings and experience.
Most of us have spent most of our lives being programmed to shut down the part of ourselves that’s based in our most essential truth. In some instances, we’ve become so distant from that truest part of ourselves that can feel like we’re zombies… sleepwalking through life and wondering why, no matter what we do, it always feels like there’s something missing.
Maybe you do have some inkling of what your essential expression looks like and feels like, and looking to deepen into your next level of authenticity and vulnerability inside a sacred container.
There’s also definitely no need to beat yourself up about where in the journey of self-expression you find yourself. Often, we require safe space in opening up to new levels of intimacy with ourselves–our truth and our desires–and not everyone has access to that space in her daily life.
Regardless of if you are a masterful expresser or someone who’s just getting started, The Expressed Woman event is a safe and sacred space for you to begin to experience and explore more of who you really are.
I designed this event because I want you to experience and explore the many forms of your expression. Sure your voice and how you express yourself is part of that, but truly there are so many more layers to your expression like how you move your body, and even how you connect with yourself in silence. I am confident that even if you don’t utter a single word the whole day, you will walk away feeling more empowered in all parts of your expression.
This is your invitation to come exactly as you are goes here (new block) _________________________________________________________________________
When you live your life expressing yourself fully in body, mind, and spirit, there is a freedom you experience in every fiber of your being that brings your life into technicolor focus.
Imagine ALL the creative possibilities that would emerge for you in your personal life, relationship with yourself, romantic partnerships, and your work life if you were to choose to live as the fully expressed and delicious woman you already are.
We are incredibly lucky to live in a time and place where we can safely voice our opinions, wants and needs-all while tending to the many layers of our expression. It hasn’t always been that way and for many people in the world, it still isn’t.
That’s why it’s our sacred responsibility to rediscover and continue to expand into our expression (voice, body, heart, mind, spirit, feelings). As we rise and say #METOO and reclaim all parts of ourselves, we inspire others, and while it might seem cheesy, this really can start a ripple-effect that changes the whole world.
Think about it. What if Oprah or Brené Brown or Gloria Steinem (to name a few) didn’t befriend their fears and let them outweigh what they know and feels is true inside? What if they never shared their authentic expression or championed the expression of other? Think how many incredible things exist in the world because of so many women have been brave enough to step into their own authentic expression. Over and over and over.
The truth is, deepening into oneself and expressing energy authentically into the world is a journey that never ends. Even if you are an incredibly empowered and expressed woman, from a place of already being enough, there is always new layers to your self expression waiting to be revealed.
The Expressed Woman is a sacred mini retreat in beautiful Santa Barbara. It is a pathway back home to yourself and your essential expression.
NEW BOX HERE…
Have you ever:
These are all ways we hide…covering up our true expression!
The truth is: the things we seek (like abundance, loving relationships, a career that feels aligned, and a life where we feel connected to ourselves) have a harder time coming to us if we aren’t tapping into and living from our essential expression.
When we block the flow of our expression it is like kinking a hose, leading you to feel tight, constricted and generally unwell. Everything from your work life to your personal life is impacted when you are cut off from the flow of your expression.
I’m not here to tell you what to do as YOU already have the answers inside. During our time together at the Expressed women you will have the space to be seen, supported and loved as you embrace your creative expression for our world.
It’s time to follow your impulses: say what you need to say and dance like no one’s watching! (I feel a song coming on!)
This event is about taking a stand for you, and redefining from the inside out what expression is for you (and the ever evolving expression of expression).
It’s time to step out of the addiction of apologizing for your essential expression and step into your own power and the way expression uniquely moves through you.
We are experiencing a global awakening and more and more women are stepping into their calling. I want to help you live to your greatest potential and reflect your soul sparkle into this world!
This event is for the woman who:
“Before working with Melanie I had been searching for support and for like- minded souls. After attending Melanie’s free event, I knew that I had found my tribe: Melanie was speaking my language. This journey has completely changed my life, I feel stronger, more connected to my truth, supported in this life, and more intuitive. Melanie is a safe space, she sees you, and welcomes you home.”
Get ready for a day of embodied learning and exploring, as well as restoration and relaxation, AND sisterhood!
As women we are being called to wake up, rise up, and break free from the ways we have hidden who we really are. It’s my absolute passion to guide you towards rediscovering a relationship with your essential self, deeply appreciating your body, and playfully learning to listen to your intuition. I do all of this through a range of modalities: yoga, self care, mentoring, and other tried-and-true practices, all of which bring you into connection with your sacred self.
I’m not into quick fixes or scripted exercise and yoga routines, which in my opinion, are outdated models that limit you from the unique language of your body.
I believe that opening to your body’s natural wisdom is the missing piece of the equation we’ve all been waiting for.
I designed The Expressed Woman event because I fully believe that it is time for women to claim their full and unique expression… all while surrounding yourself with other like-minded women who are committed to doing the same. Because while we can do this alone, we weren’t meant to!
Break for lunch-there will be an hour lunch break, to nourish your belly. Food will not be provided for this event, but there are many local restaurants within walking distance of the event space.
“The room of uniquely beautiful women gathered in a circle to introduce themselves and share what they were bringing with them and what they wanted to leave with. Some brought love and wished to leave with laughter, while others brought friendship and hoped to leave with acceptance. Each woman in the circle came from a place of vulnerability and open mindedness as they let themselves see and be seen by the other warm faces in the room”.
Ashley Kelly-Brown is best known for her work in the beauty industry. She is the lead make up artist and owner of LunaBella Make up and Hair in Santa Barbara, CA. She is also a budding herbalist, reiki practitioner, and is currently working toward her education in womb wellness. Her mission in life is to help women heal themselves and create spaces to do. She is launching PuraLuna Healing in the Summer of 2017.
Born and raised in Pacific Palisades, Janet Reineck holds a Masters in Dance Ethnology from UCLA and a PhD in Anthropology from UC Berkeley. She lived for 8 years in Kosovo (in the former Yugoslavia), conducting research in the 1980s, and directing rural development projects for Oxfam, International Rescue Committee, and the Soros Foundation in the 1990s – when Kosovo was on the brink of war. Returning to the U.S. in 1997, she moved to Santa Barbara and became the Development Director for Direct Relief International and then for the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation.
In 2010, Janet set out to combine her love for dance and humanitarian aid work and started World Dance – a class that offers women a chance to connect with other cultures through music and movement…while helping people in need. Janet teaches five World Dance classes each week, devoting all class funds to aid projects. In 2014, World Dance became a nonprofit, “World Dance for Humanity,” that works with Genocide survivors Rwanda, helping 25 communities build new lives and lift themselves out of poverty.
The group is also active in the Santa Barbara community, providing a team of volunteer tutors for the Westside Boys & Girls Club, reaching out to wheelchair-bound seniors and disabled adults, and providing an array of activities where women can come together to get “in shape and inspired.”
Lauren has been a crusader in elevating the lives of hundreds of women over the last 6 years. She is a Board Certified Health and Happiness Coach, Goal and Development Coach, a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, co-founder of The Happiness Retreat, founder of The Wellness Vixen program and holds a BS and BA in Business and International Studies from CSU Humboldt. She has a variety of online courses and offers group and private coaching to teach women how to life their happiest life and loving themselves through the art of goal setting. She’s passionate about setting and celebrating goals, traveling and living to support the local Santa Barbara community and environment. Live life #likeavixen.
Lisa Citore is a pleasure activist, performance artist, writer, sex educator and healer. She’s been leading sacred sexuality workshops with men and women for fourteen years. She does private intimacy coaching with couples and healing vaginal massage with women. She’s the writer, director and producer of four theater productions, The Tao of Sex and Bloodlines/Women’s Moon Stories, Riding the Dragon and Keep it Wet. In 2015 Lisa gave birth to the Women’s Sexual Mystery School, a 6 month immersion into the ancient practices and rituals of the temple priestesses. The Women’s Sexual Mystery School now has groups in Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Boulder. She is the founder of Anima, a woman’s theater project whose mission is to give expression to the feminine subconscious. Lisa has studied with top teachers in her field, including Shakti Malan, Michaela Boehm, David Deida and Bodhi Avinasha. She has acquired extensive knowledge of Goddess practices through her studies with Ariel Spilsbury and the 13 Moon Mystery School.
A Professional Vocal Coach, Public Speaker and Musician, Sloane Reali holds a Masters Degree in Education from UCSB and a California Teaching Credential. She has helped numerous public speakers, teachers, therapists, doctors and authors to prepare vocally in their professions.
Sloane specializes in teaching beginning and intermediate level singers, some who’ve placed top in local competitions such as Teen Star and Rising Star and auditions for American Idol and NBC’s “The Voice!”
A leader in her field, Sloane makes regular guest appearances on both Television and Radio and speaks publicly at special events as an expert on the “Power of Voice”.
This year I am so excited to have Erika Bellitt, founder of Event Bliss supporting the event planning for The Expressed Woman.
Erika is a dreamer, a believer, and has an eye for style. She loves a good sweat outdoors, coffee dates, and a sunny stroll down the farmers market. Her inspiration is rooted from bohemian vibes, nature’s beauty, and the art of love.
Erika started Event Bliss to create and inspire those around her. Embodying the term bliss, Erika believes every event should be filled with bliss in all aspects, from the details to the people involved.
“Melanie’s approach is nothing I’ve ever experienced before. Shes a mystical blend of coach, sage, Goddess, and your best girlfriend. She sees you, and I mean really sees you, AND THEN she gets you. That’s a powerful combo for feeling seen, got, heard, and validated. She’s incredibly loving, nurturing and makes you feel safe no matter what you’re exploring.”
Location: The Goodland, a fun and hip Santa Barbara boutique hotel
As my commitment to bringing this powerful message to as many women as possible, this event is completely FREE of charge. Advance reservations ARE REQUIRED to reserve your spot as space is capped at a certain number of women!
Also note: The Expressed Woman is a sacred journey from beginning to end-each exercise from morning all the way until the afternoon/ending weaving into the next. With that being said, this event is intended to be participated in from start to finish- giving yourself the gift of being present for the complete day – no rushing, no coming and going, just ease, spaciousness and the opportunity to receive it all! We need time and space like this regularly as a modern women in this fast paced culture-and it is my pleasure to hold that space with you!
“When I first met Melanie, it was at an almost-too-good-to-be-true day of yoga and sharing that she was offering for free to women. I instantly connected with her warmth and sincerity and felt somehow changed for the better by those shared hours and I was excited about what might happen next.”
When opportunities like this show up, I know how easy it can be to back away.
You might be reading this and feeling “YES! YES! YES!” inside, and I imagine you’re human and you may have some of these thoughts, too! Check out what some of my previous and current participants have said.
“I won’t know anyone. Will everyone know each other already?”
“A quality of consciousness that Melanie invites with her unique genius drew together a gathering of amazing, intentional women.” -A.L.
“I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do there and I’m scared it might feel uncomfortable.”
“After attending Melanie’s [previous] event, Occupy Beauty, I knew that I had found my tribe: Melanie was speaking my language.” -G.R.
“I haven’t done yoga in years. I’m not sure I even can.”
“She knows the mechanics of the body and gave me some invaluable tools – minor but mighty, that have helped my practice on the mat tremendously.” -R.S.
“Before working with Melanie, I was really uncomfortable, almost afraid, of being in my body.” K.D.
“I have a hard time opening up with other women. Is this another way to feel left out or inferior?”
“Working with Melanie and gathering with incredible women who continue to inspire, offer friendship and create an undeniable sisterhood -that is love and pure magic.” -L.S.
“What if I discover something new about myself and realize I want to make a big change in my life? Can I handle that?”
“I instantly connected with her warmth and sincerity and felt somehow changed for the better by those shared hours and I was excited about what might happen next.” -M.C.
“Six hours? Can I really take that much time away from all the things I have to get done?”
“There is always so much to get done. That will never change. But taking the time for “me”, above anything or anyone else, not only sustains me, but nourishes me. I’ve learned this intentional time is now required for my health and well-being.” C.D.
Sister, I’ve had all those thoughts every time I was about to step into an experience that I sensed would be life-changing.
Every exercise I guide you through in this event is by invitation only, meaning if you want to share your discoveries throughout the day there will definitely be space for that, and if you don’t you are certainly not required to. I have found in years past that even the most scared to share women feel like they can let out a sigh of relief once they are there in the space because I set a really powerful and safe space for you to be YOU.
The best way to experience The Expressed Woman is by giving yourself the gift of being present for the complete day – no rushing, no coming and going, just ease, spaciousness and the opportunity to receive it all.
If you’re feeling a “YES!” I encourage you to follow it – trusting that you don’t need to know the why or the how.
Imagine having a facilitator and an expert team of women who can hold that space with you.
Imagine making new connections, being with women who really see you and get you.
Imagine what could be possible in your world from the moment you leave.
Let’s be honest – if you don’t join us at The Expressed Woman, when will you create another time for yourself for this kind of depth and community?
It’s time to respond to the calling.
Stepping into your full expression is a shift from fear into joy, from isolation into community, and from suppression into freedom.
I look forward to seeing you there!
“Today gave me hope and taught me numerous lessons about my value as a woman.”