Live and Lead from Soul

In this stormy age that we live in, it is easy to get caught in the eye of the storms moving around us, and get stuck in fear, anxiety and frustration.

To live wisely requires calling in forces greater than ourselves, forces that have the power to awaken our imagination beyond the mundane day-to-day. 

One of those forces is Soul.  In our modern world focused on the bottom line, scientific progress and rationality, we wither. We dry up like fruit unpicked on the tree.

To give us the motivation and nourishment that we need to move forward in this chaotic world, we need to taste the transcendence of Soul.  Touching our Soul is what nourishes and waters cracked earth that has grown dry after drought.

At Hestia, we are offering a powerful three-part program for living and leading from soul to support change makers, leaders, creatives to fully awaken their gifts and genius.

 

Our 3-Level Program

 
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LEVEL 1: LIstening to soul

(DAYLONG WORKSHOP IN OAKLAND, CA)

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Level 2: Soul in Relationship

(2-DaY Workshop in Oakland, CA)

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Level 2: Soul At Work

(3-night deep dive in mt shasta)

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LEVEL 3: SHADOW Work intenSIVE

(3-Night Deep Dive in Mt Shasta)

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Level 1 Daylong: Learning to Live from Soul

Oakland, California (or virtually)

Learn to connect with your soul, and build practices to live from your authentic desires.

Are you living your Soul's desires?  

If burnout, distraction or playing small are familiar to you, do it differently in 2019 -- learn to start living from Soul.  

When we wake up to our Soul's unique desires, we get clear about what's ours to do.  We get laser focused on what matters, and let go of distractions.  While it is not easy to live from Soul because of the depth it demands, it certainly opens up greater aliveness.

In this spirit, our Hestia soul-guides — Steve and Melissa L — are excited to host this a 1 day experiential workshop in Oakland to learn how to live from Soul First:

What will you come away with in this daylong workshop?

  • The start of a relationship with Soul

  • A deeper connection to your priorities at the level of your deepest Self

  • Practices to live from your most authentic depths

  • Tools to fully experience emotion so we can begin to embrace the wisdom of our feelings

What will the experience be like?

  • Morning and afternoon embodiment sessions

  • Learning a new way to connect to purpose that’s unique to you

  • Intimate dialogue with participants who are similarly asking these questions

  • Opportunity to digest the group experience in the redwoods

What are the details and logistics?

  • Continental breakfast and lunch included

  • Group size is capped at 14 to support depth of the work & intimacy

Last 2019 daylong workshop:

 
 

Morning


8:45 - 9:15

Light Continental Breakfast

Say “Good Morning” to your fellow participants over coffee / tea and pastries!

9:15 - 10:15

Grounding Movement Session

Peel back the layers of noise, and get connected to your deeper Self through embodiment practices informed by the subtle martial arts.

10:15 - 11:00

Opening Circle

Connect with the journeys of your fellow participants

11:00-12:30

Intro to Soul First & Embodied Inquiry

Develop a conceptual understanding of Soul work

12:30-1:30

Lunch

Oakland’s finest lunch counter brings us their signature sandwiches

Afternoon


1:30-3:00

Guided Inquiry & Nature Walk

Using the natural beauty of the redwoods, digest the morning’s inquiry question on a gentle 2-3 mile hike. The trail winds through Joacquin Miller Park’s most beautiful redwood landmarks.

3:00-3:30

Group Debrief

Deepen your understanding of your inquiry through pair and group discussion

3:30 - 4:30

Soul Meditation & Debrief

Begin a relationship with your most authentic self through guided meditation.

4:30 - 5:30

Embodied Meditation

Learn how to deepen your relationship with Soul through a guided embodiment practice

 

5:30 - 5:45

Closing Circle


The workshop was fantastic and profound. I feel like my baseline contentment and happiness is significantly increased. The insights I had were very much needed for me to grow as a person and leader. I wish I could’ve bottled up my happiness from the experience and carried that with me.
— Nick Bryant, 2019 participant
This potent workshop is not about manifesting material things (money, work, love), but really connecting to your soul through awareness of your emotions and body. This is the work, the foundation, and where healing and clarity are found.
— J., 2018 participant

Level 2: Living from Soul in Relationships (2-day workshop)

 
 

Oakland, CALIFORNIA

Build the fundamental emotional literacy to work through inner or outer conflicts that prevent us from manifesting what we desire in relationship.

Are your relationships as fulfilling and connected as you'd like them to be?

Relationships are here to grow us -- whether we want them to or not.

Whether the relationships we're working on are professional or personal, our Souls are looking to evolve, and relationships are enormously fertile soil for this journey.

When we feel stuck, repeating old patterns, and/or feeling conflicted, it's a sign that it's time to navigate our relationship with ourself and others in new ways. And from our collective work with hundreds of clients over thousands of hours (and our own personal journeys), we've found that learning to live from Soul is the most direct path to renewing / igniting new possibilities in relationships.


When we approach relationships from the level of Soul, we open up a fundamentally new set of possibilities:

  • Instead of stuckness/perpetual conflict, we first rework our relationship with ourselves to open up to greater ease.

  • Instead of slipping into worn out patterns, we relate from the truest part of ourselves, which in turn opens up the possibility of engaging with the most authentic parts of the people we're in relationship with.

  • And instead of feeling conflicted, we see the unique growth our Soul wants us to integrate.

When we live and relate to others from Soul, we open ourselves up to the beauty possible in deep and authentic partnership. We open ourselves up to being seen and met in the unique ways that we've long hungered for.

PS, You've probably figured this out by now -- but this is not your normal relationship workshop. It’s not about learning new techniques to “fake it till we make it.” We get to the root of authentic relationship by learning to connect authentically first with ourselves, which then supports authentic connection with others.

This or the other level 2 workshop is a pre-req to the Level 3 Shadow Work intensive.


What will you come away with if you join us?

  • An understanding of what your Soul uniquely wants to experience through relationship

  • The ability to listen more deeply to what’s happening (both in yourself and others) so that we can learn to more skillfully accept, honor and meet Soul desires, while navigating conflict more skillfully

  • Deeper understanding about what triggers us (and why) so that we can slow down patterns of reactivity; and instead, respond from the level of Soul

  • Tools to build your capacity to be with uncomfortable experiences / emotions so that we can enable deeper growth in relationship


What will the experience be like?

  • Morning and afternoon embodiment sessions, guided meditations to support deeper connection with Soul

  • Learning a new way to connect with others coming first from a place of Soul

  • Intimate dialogue with participants who are similarly asking these questions

  • Opportunity to digest the group experience in nature

 
 
Melissa and Steve together will masterfully help you access the wisdom, power, beauty and purpose within your Soul. They walk their talk.
— L., 2018 participant
 

Level 2: Soul at Work (3-day deep dive)

Mount Shasta, California

3-day deep dives to learn how to live your Soul’s deepest desires through work

Our work has the potential to be a channel for the impact our Souls most deeply desire to have on the world. But more often than not, it can be a source of suffering if we’re not clear about what we’re here to do.  Join us at this 3-day experience to help align with your soul’s deepest desires at work with an intimate and supportive community on sacred land in Mount Shasta, CA.

When we live from Soul First and reconnect with our deepest essence, we get in touch with the wellspring that feeds and informs our gifts and talents.

Over the 3 day weekend, we will do deep group and one-on-one work to help you gain clarity about what’s truly important to you at the soul level at work, so you can focus your time and attention wisely to be able to amplify your talents.  

You’ll gain tools to harness and digest the wisdom of your emotions to get unstuck when you hit roadblocks in the office.  People who learn to apply the Soul First approach discover a grounded clarity that nourishes and integrates their deepest priorities and purpose.

What will you walk away with?

  • Personalized guidance about your priorities at the level of Soul at work

  • Level 2 practices to live from Soul while in the midst of life’s every day demands

  • Deep experiential access to your soul’s authentic desires

  • Clarity about your chosen focus topic related to work / your career

Note: this 3 day workshop is a pre-requisite for the Level 3 Shadow Work intensives

What will the experience be like?

  • Morning and afternoon embodiment sessions

  • Daily group coaching circles

  • 3 nourishing / healthy meals per day

  • Immersion in the healing wilds of Hestia’s sacred land

  • Intimate dialogue with participants who are similarly asking these questions

  • A trip to nearby Stewart Mineral Springs to soak in the most healing waters we know

  • Plenty of free time to deepen with your chosen focus topic

  • Option for in-house massages (focused on emotional and physical release)

Dates in 2019

 
 
 

Day 1

Drive to Shasta

Get to know your fellow travelers on the carpool journey to Mount Shasta. The drive is ~4-5 hours from the Bay Area and Portland. We’ll do our best to help arrange carpool groups for everyone.

Afternoon / Evening

Settle into the space

Get acquainted with Hestia and your accommodations.

Optional trip to Stewart Mineral Springs

If you arrive before 4:30pm, take a healing soak at Stewart Mineral Springs (just a 10 min walk from Hestia).

7:00-8:00

Dinner (Optional)

Say “Hello” to your fellow workshop participants and join an optional catered group dinner

8:00-9:00

Restorative Embodiment Practice

Wind down from your journey through an embodiment practice meant to help you drop the stresses of daily life and prepare for a restful night of sleep.

 

Day 2


9:00-10:00

Breakfast

10:00-11:00

Grounding Movement Session

Guided by master-level practitioners to support us in starting the process of connecting more deeply with ourselves.

11:00-12:30

Opening Circle

Introduction to the space, community and weekend experience and inquiry questions.

12:30-1:30

Lunch

Afternoon

Relaxation & Creative Free Time

We intentionally make your afternoons spacious so that you can digest and integrate the weekend’s inquiries.

Optional in-house massages (focused on emotional & physical release).
We also can’t recommend highly enough using this time to take a healing soak at nearby Stewart Mineral Springs

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5:00 - 5:30

Embodiment Meditation

5:30-7:00

Evening Group Coaching Circle

7:00-8:00

Dinner

8:00 - 9:00

Stargazing

We’ll take a night walk to get away from the light pollution of the town.

Day 3


9:00-10:00

Breakfast

10:00-11:00

Grounding Movement Session

11:00-12:30

Morning Experiential Coaching Circle

12:30-1:30

Lunch

Afternoon

Relaxation & Creative Free Time

– 

4:00 - 4:30

Embodiment Meditation

4:30-6:00

Evening Coaching Circle

6:00-7:00

Twilight Happy Hour

Enjoy the company of your fellow travelers atop Hestia Hill

7:00-8:00

Dinner

8:00 - 9:00

Creek-side Fire Ritual

To help us let go of what no longer serves us, we’ll hold one of our favorite Hestia Rituals — BTS (“Burn That Sh*t”)

 

Day 4


9:00-10:00

Breakfast

10:00-11:00

Grounding Movement Session

11:00-12:30

Closing Circle

Digest the weekend experience by sharing and learnings / insights with the group. We’ll also support you with tips for how to integrate these practices into your daily life.

AFTERNOON

Optional Excursions

Before leaving Shasta, explore the town of Mount Shasta or any of its many beautiful hiking trails.

Drive Home

Continue to integrate your experience by debriefing the weekend with your fellow travelers on the journey home.


Hestia is a place that you have to experience for yourself. I can’t accurately describe the beauty, peace and wonder you will feel just being on the land. It is the perfect place to connect with your soul.

Melissa L and Steve together will masterfully help you access the wisdom, power, beauty and purpose within you.

It is also an amazing blessing to watch your cohort grow alongside you. It is not always easy or comfortable, but with the support of the land, Melissa, Steve and the group, it is possible and inspirational.
— L., 2018 Participant

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Level 3: Shadow Work Intensive (3-day deep dive)

Mount Shasta, California

3-day deep dives to work with what’s normally hidden from us.

The shadow is the part of us that we have split off from ourselves to make us more lovable, and more likely to belong in our communities. While splitting is a universal coping mechanism, if we are to live with full aliveness and to develop mature emotional / spiritual practices, shadow work is essential. And the more that we have split off from ourselves, the harder it is to live from soul.

It’s not easy to work with shadow because we’ve built expert-level defenses to protect our sense of who we are. So working with shadow usually requires the support of guides familiar with all of the wily ways that our shadows can hide, kick and scream.

Shadow work is also challenging because it encompasses our darkest impulses. Life is an ecosystem of both creative and destructive impulses. We simply don’t have a choice about whether to deal with our Shadow. It will either play out consciously or not. Genuine Shadow work is the humble attempt to bring light to these parts of ourselves so that we can consciously develop a balanced and vibrant personal ecosystem. And the great gift of deep shadow work is that often it is central to expressing our unique talents and genius.

Join us for this 3-day advanced shadow deep dive with soul-guides Steve and Melissa L.

 
 

What will you walk away with?

  • Personalized guidance about your unique Shadow

  • Experiential access to your Shadow side

  • Tools to support you in integrating the Shadow so that you may live more fully from Soul

Note: the pre-requisite for this 3 day workshop is the Soul Deep-Dive Weekend

Dates in 2019

  • Nov 8-11 (Veteran’s Day Weekend)

What will the experience be like?

  • Morning and afternoon embodiment sessions

  • Daily group coaching circles

  • 3 nourishing / healthy meals per day

  • Immersion in the healing wilds of Hestia’s sacred land

  • Intimate dialogue with participants who seek to do this deep work

  • A trip to nearby Stewart Mineral Springs to soak in the most healing waters we know of

  • Plenty of free time to integrate Shadow as it shows up

  • Option for in-house massages (focused on emotional and physical release)

 
 
 

Day 1

Drive to Shasta

Get to know your fellow travelers on the carpool journey to Mount Shasta. The drive is ~4-5 hours from the Bay Area and Portland. We’ll do our best to help arrange carpool groups for everyone.

Afternoon / Evening

Settle into the space

Get acquainted with Hestia and your accommodations.

Optional trip to Stewart Mineral Springs

If you arrive before 4:30pm, take a healing soak at Stewart Mineral Springs (just a 10 min walk from Hestia).

7:00-8:00

Dinner (Optional)

Say “Hello” to your fellow workshop participants and join an optional catered group dinner

8:00-9:00

Restorative Embodiment Practice

Wind down from your journey through an embodiment practice meant to help you drop the stresses of daily life and prepare for a restful night of sleep.

 

Day 2


9:00-10:00

Breakfast

10:00-11:00

Grounding Movement Session

Guided by master-level practitioners to support us in starting the process of connecting more deeply with ourselves.

11:00-12:30

Opening Circle

Introduction to the space, community and weekend experience and inquiry questions.

12:30-1:30

Lunch

Afternoon

Relaxation & Creative Free Time

We intentionally make your afternoons spacious so that you can digest and integrate the weekend’s inquiries.

Optional in-house massages (focused on emotional & physical release).
We also can’t recommend highly enough using this time to take a healing soak at nearby Stewart Mineral Springs

– 

5:00 - 5:30

Embodiment Meditation

5:30-7:00

Evening Group Coaching Circle

7:00-8:00

Dinner

8:00 - 9:00

Stargazing

We’ll take a night walk to get away from the light pollution of the town.

Day 3


9:00-10:00

Breakfast

10:00-11:00

Grounding Movement Session

11:00-12:30

Morning Experiential Coaching Circle

12:30-1:30

Lunch

Afternoon

Relaxation & Creative Free Time

– 

4:00 - 4:30

Embodiment Meditation

4:30-6:00

Evening Coaching Circle

6:00-7:00

Twilight Happy Hour

Enjoy the company of your fellow travelers atop Hestia Hill

7:00-8:00

Dinner

8:00 - 9:00

Creek-side Fire Ritual

To help us let go of what no longer serves us, we’ll hold one of our favorite Hestia Rituals — BTS (“Burn That Sh*t”)

 

Day 4


9:00-10:00

Breakfast

10:00-11:00

Grounding Movement Session

11:00-12:30

Closing Circle

Digest the weekend experience by sharing and learnings / insights with the group. We’ll also support you with tips for how to integrate these practices into your daily life.

AFTERNOON

Optional Excursions

Before leaving Shasta, explore the town of Mount Shasta or any of its many beautiful hiking trails.

Drive Home

Continue to integrate your experience by debriefing the weekend with your fellow travelers on the journey home.


This is a ground breaking embodiment experience that will shift and deepen your relationship to your inner voice and soul.

Steve and Melissa L. create a safe and authentic space that helps you better understand your inner desires and who you wish to be. What’s more, they peer into you at the level of soul and expertly guide you along the way.
— N., 2019 Participant