'Be a Goddess'
by Hayley Wootten,
Busselton Margaret River Times, 30 June 2005
ANITA Ryan has had everyone from solitary witches, single mothers, corporate heavyweights and even a Catholic nun attend her Goddess Playshops.
But like most of these people you would be forgiven for wondering, what exactly is a Goddess Playshop?
Thoughts of burning bras, chanting "say no to bad men" and dancing around in circles are a few of the impressions that probably spring to mind, but you would be sadly mistaken.
Even some of those who attend the workshops would struggle to tell you exactly what one is and what they got out of it, but all in all those who attend one walk away with something more than they walked in with.
Anita has a long career in marketing and developed the Goddess Playshop concept
as an extension of her website,
Anita was invited to the United States to conduct six Playshops in New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada and California.
They were so popular she decided to bring them back to Australia and get it started here.
She did her first one in Australia in May and already has three facilitators signed up in Melbourne, New Zealand and New York as a result.
So what is a Goddess Playshop all about?
Anita says it is fun means of self-empowerment and a chance for women to connect with the goddess within. There's laughter and sometimes tears, but mostly those who attend walk away with a weight off their shoulders, even if they never knew it was there to begin with.
The workshops expand on the theory that one needs balance in their life to feel at ease.
"To see how this simple concept can change the lives of women, whether it's a small shift in their outlook or a monumental resolution to take charge of their destiny - is humbling and awesome," Anita said.
Anita spent considerable time blending oils which in a phenomenal way will indicate where your balance has been thrown out.
There's meditation, there's sharing, there's affirmations and there's a chance to connect with specific goddesses.
The workshops have a strong focus on one's femininity and strength.
So if you want to reconnect with this divine feminine, a playshop is the place to do just that.
Anita's most recent playshop was held at Angelic Impressions, Fig Tree Lane, Busselton on Saturday, but conducts them in a range of settings including in the home, community halls and the most memorable one was in a geodesic dome on top of a mountain in California.
Not only are they held in a variety of settings, but for a variety of reasons, including for business seminars and hens nights, staff morale
and team building; value-added services for stockists, mother-and-daughter evenings, or just for women who want to have a "good night in" taking care of themselves.
Anita says she is in awe at how quickly word is spreading about the Goddess Playshops and additional products such as her specially blended oils.
"I was on a train in Melbourne and this lady pulled out the Goddess blended oil and dabbed herself with it, I was so wrapped to see that,'' Anita said.
For more information on the workshops phone Anita Ryan on 1300-GODDESS or visit www.goddess.com.au.