WORKSHOP/TALK: OUR LIFE AS PILGRIMAGE
The definition of a pilgrimage is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. Typically, it is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance to a person’s beliefs and faith. In this workshop, we will delve deeper into the meaning of pilgrimage and explore the possibility of living our life as a personal pilgrimage. How have we charted our course up to this point? For many of us, the ego has driven us towards some transitory glory, often without enough time to stop and appreciate where we have been, where we are, and what we truly want to head towards. What if we slowed down and allowed our soul to be our guide? We will utilise pranayama practices, simple postures, and self-reflection to calm and quiet our ego so we can better tune in to our internal navigation system — soul, true self, higher power — and begin moving forward with reverence, presence, and joy.
Amanda Stuermer is a journalist turned yoga teacher turned social change activist. She has been working with non-profit organisations that serve women and girls for over 20 years. She is the founder and executive director of World Muse, a social change organisation located in Bend, Oregon that provides year-round programs and events to cultivate the potential of women and girls as catalysts for change. Amanda also serves on the faculty of Off The Mat Into the World and Project Springboard where she helps to mentor other emerging change-makers. She is an inaugural board member of the Women’s Foundation of Oregon and is part of the Nobel Women’s Initiative which works with 6 female Nobel Laureates to promote equality, justice, and peace worldwide. Amanda is a chapter contributor to Yoga and Body Image Part 3 (eds. Guest-Jelly and Klein), and her work has been featured in Mantra Yoga & Health, Origin Magazine, Outside Magazine, and Elephant Journal.
Over the years, Amanda has had the opportunity to work and travel with an array of visionary leaders and teachers including Gloria Steinem, Elizabeth Gilbert, Seane Corn, Lynne Twist, Maranda Pleasant, and many others. She is currently working with London-based Kundalini Yoga Teacher & Psychotherapist Carolyn Cowan on a women’s pilgrimage to Camino Santiago de Compostela for Spring 2020.