Shakti Celebration – Return to the Mother Edition


A FREE gathering for feminine empowerment

Friday 5th October 2019

Attend one session, many or all!

Shakti Celebration is as a celebration of the shift both globally and in the UAE to come together and honour the rise of work around the sacred feminine. Our intention is to build community by creating awareness of the beauty of this work to restore vitality, to empower your potential and to heal us as a collective. We hope this conference will serve as an initiation for the curious into the sacred web!

Our event unites teachers from a broad spectrum of backgrounds in the fields of divine feminine work, those who are working to bring a women’s perspective into yoga and the work of embodied sensuality in conscious dance. As we come together for this event it is a powerful statement that the authentic voice of women is on the rise. Our presenters are passionate about sharing their knowledge of embodying the feminine and reconnecting to our innate power in their own diverse fields.

Hosted by Nilaya House (meaning home), where diverse styles of yoga are honoured and practiced, our own sacred and safe space, this is a statement and invitation for women to honour the presence of the divine within – an earth centered, somatic embodied philosophy.

This conference is open to all women (including pregnant women and women feeding babies in the postnatal stage). We have chosen to make this a women only and photography free space to position it as a safe space for all at this moment in time.

It is FREE and offered with great respect and love.


2pm Opening and Welcome
2.30pm Vanessa Woodthorpe-Wright (WomanSpace) – The Inner Mother
3.30pm Mel Craven (Mel Craven Yoga) – HuMandala Womb Yoga
4.30pm Nada Harb (Elevated Vibrations) The Mother Wound
5.30pm Lina Nahhas (the sameness project)– 5 Rhythms (Dance) : The Different Faces of Eve
6:30pm Suzanne Zephyr Blake (Suzanne Zephyr’s BeWilder) – “Mother is Earth” Ceremony and Sound Healing, accompanied by musician Leoné Murphey
7:30pm Closing Blessing


2:30 – 3:20pm
Presented by: Vanessa Woodthorpe-Wright of WomanSpace
Session name: The Inner Mother



Join Vanessa as she opens our event with time-honoured ritual & sets the intention to heal core feminine wounds both personal & collective, & to restore connection to the Divine Feminine. You will be invited to join her to journey to create the bridge back to your womb wisdom where you will find the key to live in your fullness in truth & joy. An insightful embodied experience will create an opening up to a realm of new possibilities to realign & reframe what it is to be feminine on your own terms as you remember how to honour your cyclical rhythms & reclaim what is rightfully yours.

Vanessa is a Master scholar of Women’s Spirituality, a Menstruation Mentor & Keeper of Women’s Mysteries. She is a mother of 4 & has been facilitating women’s circles for many years. She is the founder of WomanSpace, a Dubai-based company that sells beautiful reusable cloth menstrual pads. Vanessa is passionate to advocate cycle awareness, sustainable living & the reframing of femininity.

3:30 – 4:20pm
Presented by: Mel Craven of Mel Craven Yoga
Session name: HuMandala Womb Yoga



The womb space is in each of us regardless of our fertility or physical reality. It is a place of power beauty and creativity. Through the gentle art of Yin and Womb Yoga we can awaken our Yoni Shakti. We can connect our heart space to our womb space and give birth to our greatest passions and desires. By tapping in to the Yin energy we learn to love ourselves as we are. To accept our softness, our rounded edges, our layers of sensitivity and illuminate our shadows with healing love and light. By joining with our sisters in sacred circle we will create beautiful humandalas to feel our divine feminine power and strength in unity.

Mel Craven is a Doula, Yin and Prenatal Yoga Teacher, Reiki Practitioner, Women’s Counsellor and Lightworker.
She is on a mission to encourage all those around her to vibrate higher with the healing frequency of love. Love is the answer. As women we intuitively know this and by joining together our divine feminine energy we can create spirals of great change for peace on this earth.
As a Doula and Prenatal Yoga teacher she has the great honor of bearing witness to women transforming their bodies, minds and spirits. Of seeing women’s incredible strength and power. She is a guardian of the sacred birth space and a guide for the birth of the mother.

4:30 – 5:20pm
Presented by: Nada Harb of Elevated Vibrations
Session name: The Mother Wound



Our relationship with our mother is our first relationship with unconditional love and determines our relationship with many aspects of our life. There are two main frequencies love and fear and wherever we vibrate on the spectrum is the exact experience we will have. Our Success, Our prosperity, Our love life, Our relationship with ourselves, Our relationship with others etc In this segment we will dive in and explore and heal through meditation the wounds our inner child carries in order to expand and become sovereign beings of love, power, bliss and harmony.

Nada’s spontaneous awakening arose out of an out-of-body experience at the age of 14 and since then I have been on a journey of healing the inner masculine, inner feminine, inner child, inner parent, inner guide, inner earth in order to fully embody the awakened path and be of service to the community.
Using her intuitive abilities of seeing, hearing, feeling, and direct knowing combined with the studies of the mind, body and soul, as well as her connection to the ascendant masters, she is fully present and have the ability to tune in and hold a space of unconditional love for energetic transformations, body healing, soul awakening, and co creating realities with joy, heart expansion, womb activations, love, wisdom and abundant frequencies.
While working with individuals, couples, children and corporations, she has witnessed amazing miraculous physical, emotional healings’ as well as mind empowering shifts and activations of love within the heart.

5:30 – 6:20
Presented by Lina Nahhas of The Sameness Project
Session Name: 5 Rhythms (Dance) : The Different Faces of Eve



Lina presents 5Rhythms® a philosophy, perspective, performance art and a dynamic movement practise rooted in the principle that “if you put your body into motion, the psyche will heal itself”. Through the map of the 5Rhythms and our session together we will explore the creative expressions that manifest from “Mother” feminine, earthly, grounded, receptive, nourishing, embracing, instinctive and fluid energies, all sitting in our practice’s first Rhythm of Flowing. No experience ever necessary; just a moving body and your curiosity. Get ready to move your free spirit.

Lina Nahhas, an Arab-Canadian based in Dubai, was one of the first in bringing 5Rhythms® practise to the region in 2010, and her passion for the practise has led her to Waves® level teacher certification by 2014, weaving teaching into her life whilst running her social innovation work via The Sameness project. Lina writes “The impact that the 5Rhythms® has had in my life, remains magical. There is a richer savouring of the sublime in every thing and every body, through deeper presence. It helps my soul inhabit its freedom and lightness in alignment with body, heart and mind. And in my continuing journey with the 5Rhythms®, I wish to offer others an opening to this energy which nourishes true freedom and reclaims our humanity by healing our hearts and minds and uniting these with body and soul and spirit to walk life in full alignment and ease. My favourite quote from my teacher Gabrielle Roth has always been: Do you have the discipline to be a free spirit”

6:30 – 7:20
Presented by Suzanne Zephyr Blake, accompanied by Leoné Murphey
Session Name: “Mother is Earth” Ceremony and Sound Healing



As we connect to the feminine within, as we honor and respect our mother, so it is reflected in the way we treat our mother, the Earth. Intertwining ancient ways with modern times, through ceremony we weave the thread which connects us with our grandmothers and ancestors, the women who have walked this earth before us. As we match our heartbeat to the heartbeat of nature, we find that we are one with the elements, one with the earth.
Sound has been utilized in various cultures for thousands of years as a tool for healing. Whether through the use of mantras as with the Hindis, the Icaros (medicine melodies) of various Indigenous peoples from Central and South America, or Pythagoras’ use of interval and frequency, these various techniques all have the same intention: to move us from a place of imbalance to a place of balance.

Suzanne is a Dance, Meditation and Yoga Teacher, a Cacao Mamma, and Wild Life Coach.
Suzanne’s life work is dedicated to connecting with the wild, within and without. She is creator and founder of “The Spirit Oasis,” a collaborative art project, festival event and community based out of Dubai. As a lover of nature and plant medicine, she hosts regular cacao ceremonies, gatherings and community dances. She is passionate about creating a better world and has collaborated with World Wildlife Foundation through her “Sunrisers” morning gathering initiative, and with Bumi Sehat, an Indonesia-based foundation dedicated to bringing new life into the world, peacefully and gently.
Suzanne’s private and group sessions include cacao immersions, initiations and rituals, life and embodiment coaching, reiki, sound healing and Thai yoga bodywork.

Leoné Murphey has the voice of an angel, and serves the world through her guitar, her singing and songwriting. She lives and breathes sisterhood, and shares her healing gifts through yin yoga and touch.

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