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Joni Maher Interviews Janet

Cultivating Presence and Kindness-a Podcast Interview.
Joni Maher Podcast Interview with Janet Evergreen

Almost five years ago, I was a devoted wife and mother, working as a therapist. I had left my spiritual community four years prior feeling constrained by a form that no longer resonated. I yearned to birth my own form, to create an expression of my own emerging wisdom. Little did I know as I walked away what my journey would hold.

Soon after I set aside my personal goals and desires to support my daughter through a healing crisis that consumed me, and all of my resources for a few years. For that time my world shrunk and my commitment to supporting her affected all areas of my life including my own health and marriage. I knew going in I would pay a price but I also knew I couldn't walk away. I had to give it my all. I did. And it paid off.

My dreams and calling didn't go away but were gestating deep below the surface. I was feeding them by collaborating with a soul sister on local women's circles where we supported other women in clarifying and living their dreams. After a few years my husband hit a big milestone birthday and began to have health issues. A part of me began to panic-is this what the rest of my life will look like - sitting in doctors offices with the other old couples.

I was burnt out and going through the motions. I yearned for more but wasn't sure how to get off the hamster wheel of care-giving I was on.

Life intervened on my behalf. I went to a weekend training in Charlottesville with a Wise woman and Healer I had met years before. She has helped my daughter then 6 months old, heal a birth trauma that was impeding her ability to roll over.

A master healer and wisdom teacher, Janet Evergreen introduced our group to the power of healing trauma through the body and specifically our Vagus Nerve, the longest nerve in our nervous system. It was a revolutionary training as it included dim lights, supportive contact and time for rest.

I entered the training feeling like a dry parched neglected houseplant. Almost immediately my Being responded to the deep nourishment and support. Something vital and alive came back online that weekend. Through Janet's guidance and the portal of my body I began to remember myself and the nourishing power of the Feminine.

It's my great pleasure to share a recent conversation with janet on my latest episode of the podcast. Our time together was like a relaxing warm bath. A perfect antidote to any stress or anxiety you might be facing at this busy time of year.

I invite you to cozy up, dim the lights and give a listen. I guarantee you will come away feeling more relaxed and renewed. It's one fo the best gifts I can imagine giving you.

With Love,
Joni

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Ecuador Retreat Summer 2018
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Benefits of CST — NEW!
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Janet describes the benefits of Craniosacral Therapy with Spanish subtitles and beautiful
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Learning Together—Riverbluff Sanctuary
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Photos by April Bennet and others, beauty of changing seasons.

Exploring Vagus One & Retreat Quito, Ecuador 2017
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Each year gets better; learning and growing together.
Amazing diversity of professionals from the city, teachers from INEPE, community leaders, and rural indigenous women.

Babies and Children

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Babies and Toddlers CST
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Held in February 2013 in Ecuador. Auyankey (age 2) and his Mom with Janet Evergreen as he redoes his Ceasarean Birth at Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar in Quito. Andina University has generously sponsored events for several years bringing together indigenous elders and shamans with western alternative medicine healers and doctors to share knowledge and wisdom. Narration (with translation) at INEPE's Facebook Page in the album Craniosacral Therapy for Babies and Toddlers. Photos taken by Kalie Ilana, Luna 13 Photography

INEPE Community School

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Photos by Kalie Cassel-Feiss and Diego Falconi.

Friends of INEPE
My Image

INEPE students reflecting the spirit of the school as they learn Crarniosacral Therapy, Embryology, and Zapchen. The beauty and excitement of community members learning together is contagious.

Ecuador February 2016
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A 3 day meditation retreat for the INEPE teachers and staff (60 people attended). We taught HIP (Help Increase the Peace) to the INEPE youth, then CST Part 1 and Part 3 to the professional community with our Quito team. We joyfully listened to a music concert by INEPE youth expressing gratitude for the new music rooms, the community support for music and the 3 silver flutes and 2 violins we brought. We were blessed to spend time with friends at Casa de Cultural Peace Center and the Permaculture Farm and Education Center. Explored Itchimbia Park, an ancient Ceremonial Solstice and Equinox Site and delighted in the hikes and baths at Papallecta Hot Springs.

Ecuador Explorations

Ecuador February 2017
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Zakira Beasley volunteered with Howito and Janet for this trip to support INEPE teachers, youth, and community. We began the trip with a Birth Process Workshop held at a Permaculture Farm. Then at INEPE, staff and school teachers enjoyed a three day meditation retreat. Youth learned Vagus Touch Skills, bringing more class harmony, and the community came together for five days of Vagus System and Organs Class, including several women leaders of indigenous tribes. As always, we ended our adventure at Papallacta enjoying organic gardens, hiking trails and relaxing in hot springs.
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Ecuador August 2016
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Nature of Mind Meditation Retreat held August 2016 in Pelugo, Ecuador. Our third annual event took place at a beautiful permaculture farm. We loved it so much we plan to return again next year. May our practices benefit all beings.

Ecuador February 2015
Ecuador 2015

Welcome to our 2015 trip to Ecuador. Janet and Howard Evergreen along with Jessica Dodds traveled to INEPE School and other places to offer classes and have fun. Here you will see some of the beautiful people and nature we were inspired and blessed by. Photography by Diego Falconi.

Ecuador August 2015
My Image

Nature of Mind 10 day Meditation Retreat held August 2015 El Encuentro, Ecuador. Our second annual event went well. May our practices benefit all beings.

Ecuador August 2014
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El Encuentro-The Nature of Mind Retreat
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CST August 2014, Ecuador
Craniosacral Therapy Class

A five day training where we were warmly hosted and well-cared for in a beautiful family home in Tumbaco, a small town in a valley near Quito. Some were new to learning with Janet, others have trained for 5-10 years and were part of the team of assistants. Everyone was moved by the depth of the work and especially by the two families who came bringing babies to demonstrate how CST supports families.

Cosmic Grandparents

Cosmic Grandparents 2017
Cosmic Grandparents 2017

Celebrating Elders in Charlottesville, VA and Quito, Ecuador.
Remembering the Mayan prophecy which says that when the
Eagle and Condor fly wing tip to wing tip, we will have peace.

Basket Making, Weaving Community

Abundant Seed Basketmaking Workshop 2016
El Encuentro Ecuador

These photos were taken at a basketmaking workshop at The Abundant Seed Camp in Shuyler, VA.
theabundantseedexchange.com
It was beautiful to be a part of a group of elders and youth creating and sharing together.

Living Earth Foundations Workshop 2017
Living Earth Foundation

These photos were taken at a Living Earth Adult Foundations Program in Virginia. I was hired to teach basket making at the Living Earth School Spring 2017. My husband Howie as always was a great support. It was a beautiful day in our glorious Virgina woods. Jacob Chang-Rascle, one of their summer campers created this video of their year long adult program including weaving in our day around the sacred fire.

Living Earth Foundation

Janet Evergreen
115 RiverBluff Circle
Charlottesville, VA 22902
mobile: 434 906-4181
home: 434-293-2737

Budda's Hands Janet Evergreen