The Heroine’s Journey: Reflecting on your past to inform an inspired future
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About The Event
In this illuminating presentation, Aimee Cullwick, founder of Downriver
Divas, Whitewater Rafting Retreats for Women, will guide participants to
examine the 10 steps of the Heroine’s Journey, created by Maureen Murdock.
Maureen Murdock is generally regarded as the first to chart an alternative to
Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey narrative paradigm that she believed is
more appropriate for women’s life journeys.
As a student of Campbell’s, Murdock, came to believe that the Hero’s Journey model did not adequately
address the psycho-spiritual journey of women. She developed a model of a
heroine’s journey based on her work with women in therapy.
Throughout the inter-active presentation, participants will follow the diagram
of Maureen Murdock’s, Heroine’s Journey, while considering how they relate
to each stage of the journey.
The presentation will include sharing the model of two lives that have
followed the Heroine’s Journey; that of FoundHer founder, Keren Nimmo
and the Disney movie character, Moana.
Inspiring images of Downriver Divas Whitewater Rafting Retreats will
accompany this profoundly reflective presentation.
About Down River Divas
A Diva can also be a stage celebrity who demands what she needs. Both of these meanings are important to the mission of Downriver Divas. You are worthy of placing yourself first on the stage of life. You were born into this world wild, uninhibited, deeply in tune with your senses and demanding that your needs be met.
So often though, women have learned to suppress these authentic desires and retreat into our comfort zones. We have somehow bought into the misbelief that being a woman equals sacrifice. Downriver Divas challenges this misbelief and provides the opportunity to live into the awareness that you are a wild goddess!
Multi-day rafting excursions present a rare opportunity to sink into a sensory-rich world, free of distraction or interruption. It is empowering to experience the beauty and challenges of the outdoors as a woman; especially in the company of other strong and like-minded women. Each day on the river provides a new stage to play, connect, explore and co-create with your wild goddess.
About Aimee Cullwick
Having spent recent years in a down-turn of “mommy martyrdom”, taking care of everyone but herself, Aimee sought to reawakening her wild side by leading multi-day river trips for women. With 20+ years of experience as a raft guide and kayaker, Aimee gypsied the globe after college seeking river tribes throughout North, Central, South America and New Zealand.
Aimee has intimate knowledge of the camaraderie, natural beauty and spiritual connection that only river trips can provide. Though her experience as a raft guide began as an adventurous pursuit, helping clients feel safe on all classifications of whitewater, she soon realized that the true journey on a river is within one’s consciousness.
As one of four sisters and mother to three daughters, Aimee was inspired to create a space to honor relationships among women where they can play, laugh, dance and cry in a natural setting that inspires growth and connection. It became clear that river trips provide the perfect backdrop to bring women in-tune with their feminine power, rediscover their creative wisdom and celebrate all aspects of sisterhood.
Aimee has a masters degree in education and certifications in Spiritual Psychology and Soul-Centered Life Coaching from the University of Santa Monica. She is also the proud owner of one of the most coveted costume closets in the world!!