Welcome to a Hidden Monastery dedicated to visionaries, mystics, healers, leaders, scholars, contemplatives, fools and artists in the Divine Dance of Life. It’s an honor to have you stop by. Scroll down to find out more and to see recent blog posts.
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Were you guided here? Wonder what’s next? Feeling too alone and weird? Tired of explaining your special gifts and challenges? Interested in spiritual intelligence and how to speak to more than a psychological model? Are you called to align to the ancestral DNA with all of its horrors and hopes? In search of the confidence to serve as an artist, healer, or spirit worker? Challenged by a gift that the Divine wants you to incorporate? Were you born to honor soul, life and death and to guide others to the same? 

Come practice the Art of Being Ensouled. We can claim body wisdom as integral to Life’s mystery, speak plainly and humbly about injustice and seek the imagination and power to realize health in all our relations. Explore the tabs above to open doors to spaces where we can dance, write, make art, sing, discern one’s dreams, sightings, voices, and honor intuition.
There’s An Online Dance Chapel, a beautiful weekly online community hosted by Cynthia, Nancy Phaltgraf, and Jane Siarny
Wisdom Classes and Retreats
One to One Spiritual Coaching: one time or ongoing.
Spiritual Instruction Library full of Mystic Tech Tools.


The Challenge

dancing child Were you born to be a mystic? Is grace your life’s work? Do you struggle with being seen? I know how tricky it is to find spaces that embrace a spiritual hunger to dance, play, pray, think, serve, enjoy humor, be down to earth and always open our hearts in community. Because of this we are often hidden. Hidden may be a word for “too big to be seen.” Your great Love is unpindownable and connected to the fabric of everything.  Yet, often we are just to the left or right of visibllity. Here is my prayer for the hidden monastery

To bring body AND soul fully online we need art, contemplation, and wise companionship, the technologies of divine communication.

May this space serve you. I’m in this dance for keeps. My own journey is in Chasing the Dance of Life. If you want to stay connected fill out this form

Or Email me directly here.   Many blessings. 

Cynthia Sig


Learn the art of ensoulment: your purpose, gifts and path!

Eagle Crosses the Finish Line: Honoring the one year anniversary of dad’s death

May 20, 2018

In 1992 dad got the biggest badass brass eagle award they give. It’s called the Grandslam of Ultra Running. Today I have that huge bronze eagle up on a shelf with its little bronze inscriptions that note Old Dominion 100 Mile Endurance Run, Western States 100 mile Endurance Run, Leadville… Read more

Healing the Split on Give InterPlay Day: The Rise of Spiritual Intelligence!

April 25, 2018

It’s Give InterPlay Day here in the Hidden Monastery. YAY! When Phil Porter and I started InterPlay in 1989 we had a secret intent–­to heal splits. We knew our lives were connected to everything especially when we danced. Sadly, our culture splits body from soul, male from female from all… Read more

New! Online Contemplative Writers Retreats: Move Write Share 

March 28, 2018

Blessings as you transition to Spring Body Wisdom for those in the northern hemishpere…. Need a little retreat next week? April 4, Wed 9-12 or May 19, Sat 9-12 on zoom….. Get a bit of quiet, interplayful connection. Come… if you have something you are already writing or need help… Read more

Flowers R Us! Celebrating Equinox

March 20, 2018

A friend sent me Grace Cooke’s (White Eagle) words– “Flowers do not force their way with great strife.  Flowers open to perfection slowly in the sun.  Don’t be in a hurry about spiritual matters.  Go step by step, and be very sure.” In the spirit of Spring I invited flower… Read more

Riotous Spiritual Rigor: For All Who Are Far From Dead

March 15, 2018

“You may have heard of “rigor mortis”––which is a medical term describing the stiffness of a body after death. Rigor used to mean stiffness outside of the corpse context, i.e., sternness. The word changes meaning along with our changing standards for what we want teachers to be.” Synonyms:  cogency, rigour, validity Type of believability, credibility, credibleness: the quality of… Read more

Please ignore this if your idealism is keeping you in good stead….

March 2, 2018

Carl Jung said, “Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.” For me? Ideals can turn on me, turn on others. They can be like crack, a kind of upper where I turn everything and everyone into a project. Visionary highs.… Read more

Five Quotes on the Meaning of Life

February 21, 2018

Terror “Let no one think that the birth of humanity is to be felt without terror. The transformations that await us cost everything in the way of courage and sacrifice. Let no one be deluded that a knowledge of the path can substitute for putting one foot in front of… Read more

Do you need a Spiritual Director?

January 25, 2018

Spiritual Intelligence is your total intelligence. It incorporates your mental health, physical health, and relational health and is rooted in how you engage with all beings, understand your story over time and see your purpose as connected to the highest good.  It can be seen in the spontaneity of your… Read more