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  • Gassho House Nacasio, CA United States (map)

Women’s Spring Meditation Den

Introducing Primordial Sound Mantra Meditation & Open Floor Conscious Movement.

Women coming back to the soul, the true self, our natural rhythms, in a serene and private retreat in West Marin. Space limited to 15.

Facilitated by Maryanne and Kit Pappenheimer. Sponsored by the National Action Org.

“The psyches and souls of women also have their own cycles and seasons of doing and solitude, running and staying, being involved and being removed, questing and resting, creating and incubating, being of the world and returning to the soul-place.” ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes




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Introducing Primordial Sound Mantra Meditation & Open Floor Conscious Movement.

Women coming back to the soul, the true self, our natural rhythms.

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Anyone who wants to be more present for this beautiful ride of life, including loving, losing, learning, creating, colliding, and connecting.


If you’ve never been to a dance class before, you’re totally welcome. If you are an Open Floor, 5Rhythms, or Ecstatic Dance diehard, that’s also great! We welcome a diversity of genders, sexualities, ethnicities, religion, physical abilities and beliefs. You don't need a dance background, only a desire to listen to and move your body as a mode of conscious inquiry, accessing your body as the source of wisdom. And you don’t need to know how to meditate.


Primordial Sound Meditation is a healing practice that allows us to experience inner calm and deep relaxation. For thousands of years, people have used meditation to move beyond the mind’s busy activity and emotional turbulence into profound peace and expanded awareness. Maryanne will be offering instruction in Primordial Sound Meditation, a powerful technique rooted in the Vedic tradition of India.


In this tradition you will use mantras, specific sounds or vibrations that helps you enter deeper levels of awareness. A Sanskrit term that translates as "vehicle of the mind," a mantra truly is a vehicle that takes you into quieter, more peaceful levels of the mind. Mantras are vibrations you use to come back to your authentic self which is pure awareness or being. When you silently repeat your mantra in meditation, it creates a vibration that helps you slip into the space between your thoughts, into the complete silence that is sometimes referred to as "the gap." Your mind is no longer caught up in its noisy internal chatter and is instead exposed to its own deepest nature: pure awareness.


We don’t talk about meditation in terms of mindfulness: instead we talk about it in terms of restful awareness. In the age of digital devices, social media, and busy schedules, the restful awareness we experience during meditation is more valuable than ever. It’s a combination of physical relaxation and an alert yet quiet mind.

Primordial Sound Meditation isn’t about forcing your mind to be quiet; it’s about experiencing the silence that's already there and making it a part of your life. Silence is the birthplace of happiness, creativity, and infinite possibilities. From this field of pure potentiality we get our bursts of inspiration, our most intuitive thoughts, and our deepest sense of connection to the universe. Even when your mind is filled with agitated thoughts, you still have access to the inner stillness and calm that always lies beneath the choppy surface of thought and emotion.


Many studies show that a regular meditation practice offers numerous health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, strengthening the immune system, and releasing stress and fatigue. In fact, meditating for half an hour can provide more psychological rest than a full night's sleep. As you meditate on a regular basis, you will notice an increased sense of well-being, as well as greater energy and creativity.

Today doctors are increasingly citing stress as a major contributing factor to most illnesses. Even though meditation should not be considered a cure by itself, research has shown it to be beneficial for a wide range of health problems. As stress is greatly eliminated through Primordial Sound Meditation, our minds and bodies begin to function with maximum effectiveness, creating health, vitality, and happiness.

Practicing Primordial Sound Meditation on a daily basis can help you to:

Manage stress

  • Reduce anxiety

  • Improve your relationships

  • Create inner peace

  • Awaken your intuition

  • Lower your blood pressure

  • Become less judgmental

  • Connect to spirit

  • Enhance your sleep patterns



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Maryanne first discovered movement as a way to heal her debilitating anxiety. She created her own body-oriented self-inquiry practice called the Shomi method which she has taught people privately for 18 years. In 2017, she became certified to teach Open Floor Movement. What excites her most about this new modality developed by a small group of Gabrielle Roth’s proteges is that it offers an evidence-based map for using movement as a way to deepen connection with self, others, community and spirit.

Maryanne’s teaching style/philosophy is heart-centered, soulful and influenced by somatic and depth psychology. She sees her role as an embodied guide who invites students into a shared contemplation using movement.

Maryanne holds a Ph.D. in somatic depth psychology and works with clients in private practice in Marin County.



Kit combines mindfulness and motion to help clients get out of their heads and tune into their somatic body wisdom. Bringing curiosity and presence to the inquiry at hand, we explore with an open mind and heart. Then, with newfound clarity, a plan to make things happen will emerge with clarity and power. Clients often discover solutions to hard personal and organizational problems.

Kit’s mastery of the use of creative inquiry techniques, mindfulness, and physical movement work in harmony to open up space to tap into undiscovered and oftentimes buried solutions.

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