Welcome to the Hidden Monastery where creation invites us to move more deeply into its holy dance.
My name is Cynthia Winton-Henry. I serve body wisdom, the gift of ensoulment, and freedom.



What a privilege to be not just to be embodied, but to be ensouled! A mysterious Intelligence is dancing in our art, song, voice, intuition, dreams, and mystical moments. Something loves us, body and soul. We want to be faithful, but it isn’t as easy as it sounds.  If you know something about this path, I’d love to stay in touch. 

I offer
A Free Online Dance Chapel
Individual and Group Coaching
Ensouled! A Year-Long Course on Initiations for Body & Soul


Our Unique Challenge

Some of us are born mystics. Grace is our life’s work but it’s not always an easy vocation. We struggle with overwhelm, with being seen and even how to practice.

I know how tricky it is to find spaces that embrace our spiritual hunger to dance, play, pray, think, serve, enjoy humor, and get down to earth with other hearts in community.

Because of this, we are often hidden. But, hidden may be just another word for “too big to be seen.”  Great Love is un-pin-downable. We are connected to everything.  So we learn to play just to the left or right of visibility.

Click here for my prayer for those in the hidden monastery.

To bring body AND soul fully online and into the world we need art, contemplation, methods for divine communication, wise companions and community.

I’m in this dance for keeps. Learn about my journey in Chasing the Dance of Life and how I received the three directives: clarity of vision, efficiency of energy and courage to love. 

The Divine wants us to recenter body and soul, to create, play and rest, to speak plainly and humbly about injustice, to restore imagination in problem-solving, to foster freedom and promote health in all relations. We don’t need a building or institution to do any of this, but we do need each other.

Or Email me directly here.   Many blessings. 

Cynthia Sig

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

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

Mother Earth is One

April 28, 2019

Mother Earth by Galla Grotto, Canada Read more

Another taboo—Why I don’t like Easter

April 21, 2019

Drag a body through hell. Wrap them in rags of love. Lay them in a hole. Bury them with a boulder the size of the moon, Then tell the body “No peace for you.” It’s Sunday. Get up. Get back to work. Rise. It was Easter morning. I was 34… Read more