Motherpeace Immersion Retreat with Vicki Noble
The Motherpeace Tarot cards were co-created in the late 1970s as a feminist re-visioning of tarot and esoteric science. Designed by Vicki Noble and Karen Vogel, the contemporary Motherpeace images were self-published in 1981 and have attained worldwide distribution since then (printed and distributed by US Games Systems, Inc.). The round feminist cards function as a shared symbolic language among women (and some men) in various countries around the world, regardless of diverse languages, cultures, and borders. Embedded within the symbolic language of Motherpeace are the paradigms of matriarchal and ethnic studies, shamanism, yoga, and paganism, as well as the core principles of western occult and esoteric studies. The Motherpeace images contain, in a fresh stylized form resembling "folk art," reproductions of artifacts, images, and knowledge from the disciplines of archaeology, anthropology, history, and art. Besides containing a wealth of information and scholarly research, the Motherpeace cards are congruent with other tarot decks and function as a powerful oracle for use individually or in groups.
This workshop for women is designed for participants to learn the symbols and meanings of the images contained in the tarot cards, and to be able to effectively use them as a feminist divinatory tool—but in a sacred, friendly, and playful format without arcane language or concepts. A seasoned workshop leader Vicki intuitively incorporates ceremony, rituals and chanting, offering embodied experiences alongside the esoteric wisdom of the tarot.
About Vicki Noble
Vicki Noble is a feminist artist, writer, scholar, and wisdom teacher. Her work is eclectic and complex—a mix of profound knowledge and practices, beginning with feminism as a path to enlightenment, and then building on that foundation through Buddhism, tantra, shamanism, bodywork, and other forms of spiritual understanding and natural medicine. Informed by four decades of scholarly investigation and grounded in daily practice, her teaching is original and experiential. The female lineage from which she draws is a holistic underground stream that runs from the most ancient times when women were the unquestioned spiritual leaders and teachers at the center of our human communities, and the “language of the Goddess” was a shared one. Her research focus is on tracing this lineage back through time and across continents to its origins in deep antiquity, and to revision the role of women as central to shamanism and tantric practice in all of AfroEurAsia for at least ten millennia.
Her work does not fit into any orthodox tradition and cannot be described from within any one understanding of contemporary women’s spiritual evolution. However, she appreciates the language of Tibetan Buddhism because it recognizes that the Dakinis (“women who fly”) transmit teachings directly to reincarnated teachers without need of institutions. She likes the language of Dzogchen because it recognizes the path of sudden awakening (the “path of no path”) yet embraces the profound teachings and transformative practices of tantric yoga (the yoga of channels and energies). She uses the language of cross-cultural shamanism because it accesses the invisible dimension of magic and healing power, remaining undomesticated and embedded in Nature. She loves yoga—not for its bodybuilding capacities but for the medicine it truly is; she practiced and taught “lunar yoga” (women’s yoga) for thirty-five years, from the time of her first kundalini awakenings in the late 1970s.
Location and Accommodations
Location: The Motherpeace Immersion will be held at Elder Farm, a private homestead located in the mountains of Descanso, CA. Elder Farm is a 1 hour drive from San Diego International Airport.
Our Temple: The pillars of our temple are the oak groves. The roof of our temple is the sky. The floor of our temple is none other than the living body of Gaia. Weather permitting we will have classes and ceremonies in the most sacred of spaces created by the most inspired of architects, mother nature. And when temperatures become unpredictable, we are always able to take sanctuary in our cozy indoor classroom and temple.
Accommodations: We will be enjoying camping accommodations. Participants are asked to arrive on the land at 1 pm on Fridays to set up camp and plan to depart between 11 am and noon on Mondays.
Meals: Three daily meals of GAPS Diet friendly, locally sourced, seasonal traditional nutrition will be provided.
The Cost of the retreat includes:
• Classes with Vicki Noble
• All meals provided and in alignment with traditional nutrition
• Camping Accommodations
Early Bird Registration $850 for full payments received before January 1st 2019
Payments received after January 1st $900*
* Does not include airfare. A limited amount of space is available.