Your Unique Challenge

Are you a mystic? If staying connected to the mystery of love and grace is your lifework, it’s s tricky vocation. You may struggle with visions, overwhelm from rampant injustice, or underwhelming day jobs. You may struggle to be seen or to know how to practice when Higher Intelligence dances through your art, songs, voice, intuition, dreams, and mystical moments. 

What if hidden is just another word for “too big to be seen?”  If Great Love is un-pin-downable maybe those of us who dance with it are, too. 

It’s not easy to find community spaces that embrace one’s spiritual hunger to honor all beings, dance, play, pray, think, serve, enjoy humor, speak the truth, and be down to earth. The challenge is that without community,  hiddenness feels like isolation. Sometimes you embrace it. Sometimes you rebel. Sometimes it’s worse. You can feel incompetent and undesirable. You want to be faithful, but how? The majority of people give up, flounder, and 

I know. I’ve been on this journey. Fortunately, I’ve had great mentors, friends, and spiritual teachers including a voice that came out of the blue one day and said, “These are your three directives: Clarity of vision. Efficiency of energy. Courage to love.  Thanks to the “Voice” and the support of  InterPlay, I now heed body wisdom as inherent to spiritual intelligence and ensoulment. I’ve gained a rich body of knowledge that allows me to play, be resilient and show up for the time we are in. I love to share it and companion other mystics and spiritual leaders.

For my offerings, retreats, the Free Online Dance Chapel, Spiritual Direction, or the course on Ensoulment Initiations: where I take you through my SelfCare Playbook for Mystics join the email list here or Email me directly.


Link here to my prayer for the hidden monastery.

Many blessings.  Cynthia




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


Gifted and Sensitive Bodies- Download This Online Offering

November 10, 2019

  Nov 22, 1030-12pm pst or December 5 3-430pm pst     Are you a Gifted and Sensitive Body? Know someone who is? We often feel like misfits, have abilities that some call weird, get “diagnosed” for being both too big and too small, and struggle with balancing energy.  In an… Read more

Self-Care Playbook for Mystics and Sensitive Leaders: A Year on the Art of Ensoulment

November 7, 2019

In the coming days, how will you, as a mystic and sensitive leader, dance in body, mind, heart and soul? How will you stay true to the ethic of love, play, and your sacred relationship with life without succumbing to fear, despair, or rage? I invite you to spend the… Read more

Join me next Spring in Santa Fe for a week of Renewal and Amazing Spiritual Teachers

September 19, 2019

I am pleased to announce that Soyinka Rahim and I will offer a workshop at the 30th-anniversary conference of Spiritual Directors International next April 21-24 in Santa Fe,  with the additional possibility of a quiet Hidden Monastery Retreat beforehand. The Spiritual Directors International Conference days are full of offerings from… Read more

What do the movements of Thrust, Hang, Swing, and Shape have to do with ensouling one’s life?

August 24, 2019

  In one of the Ensoulment Initiation monthly sessions, I focus on ensouling the diversity of Thrust, Hang, Swing, and Shape by teaching where each movement pattern centers in our body. As we attune to body AND soul we don’t let go of our body wisdom. We seek to embrace… Read more

What is Soul? Ask a poet.

July 18, 2019

I am so pleased I found Ursula LeGuin’s rendition of the Tao te Ching: A Book About the Way and the Power of the Way published in 1997. The very first poem, “Taoing” gives us sage advice The way you can go isn’t the real way. The name you can… Read more

Upcoming Retreats: InterPlay for Body and Soul

June 5, 2019

SpiritPlay: Three Summer Mini Retreats   Hold sacred the Wisdom of Your Body: Come for one or all Fridays June 7, July 12, August 9 10:30-3pm at InterPlayce in Oakland Please register in advance. Gather into the summer months by listening to what your body wants. Are you weary? Bring… Read more

A Holy Woman Icon: Anne Marbury Hutchinson

May 23, 2019

The Hidden Monastery first emerged in 2008 as a sanctuary offering spiritual support for mystics, artists, and activists. I believe that there is an oft-hidden stream of grace and love that is fed by those who are sensitive, gifted, and awake to the lineage of divine reality. Whether or not… Read more

Release! Embodying the Enneagram

April 29, 2019

Do you want to shift the way you work, but find it almost impossible to do it? Check this out. InterPlay & The Enneagram July 25 (26-28 Conference) July 25 9-5pm, Oakland, Marriott.  Cost $210. Register through the International Enneagram conference online. On Monday & Tuesday, July 29 & 30… Read more