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(handmade Moroccan leather slip-on babouches)

I find that there is majesty in rituals and celebrations when the intention is about honouring the moment:  the moment of birth; the moment of marriage; the moment of death; the moment of hope when wishing anew at the start of a new year.  And always, simply always, the moment when we fall in love again.


"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."  Lao-Tzu

Anya Ushakova
An Intentional Life

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FACILITATED CONVERSATIONS, INTERVIEWS, LECTURES, RETREATS, CONTEMPLATIVE WORKSHOPS FROM 2009 TO 2019
AN INTIMATE EVENING DEVOTED TO "DUENDE" (PASSION AND INSPIRATION)/Sonoma, California On November 14, 2019/Private Residence
Discovering the Path of Enchantment: The Feminine Principles. For Women Only/Of All Ages, Single or Coupled. » read more...
WHAT MEN AND WOMEN WANT--A CONVERSATION, A DEEP DELVE INTO MASCULINE AND FEMININE DESIRES/Sonoma On October 25, 2019
An Inspiring Evening Dedicated to Men and Women. Leading-edge content focused on modern-day relationships between men and women. » read more...
WHAT WOMEN WANT--A CONVERSATION, A DEEP DELVE INTO FEMININE DESIRES/SONOMA ON AUGUST 23, 2019
Intimate. An Evening for Women Only. Cutting Edge. Conversation. My Latest Work, Inspired by Greece, Summer of 2019. Illuminating Feminine and Masculine Ways. » read more...
AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION WITH SONOMA CREATIVES, SONOMA, CALIFORNIA/Catalina's Salon, January 28, 2016
INDEX-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER | January 21, 2016
LORNA SHERIDAN

Inspired by a Mary Oliver poem, Anya Ushakova-Crain is hosting a roundtable discussion for the community on the topic of, “Tell me, what will you do with your one wild and precious life?”

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PROSPERITY AND OUR DREAMS/Anya's Atelier, Napa Valley, California, January 31, 2015
Creating a Life of "Enough." Inspired by the works of Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way and The Prosperous Heart, this Retreat Day will explore the meaning of prosperity.

At Anya Ushakova-Crain's Atelier in Napa Valley.

January 31, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm.
Cost: $225 per person at an Intimate Gathering.
Lunch, drinks, healthy snacks included. » read more...
PLACING A COMMA IN YOUR SENTENCE/The Battery, San Francisco, California, June 19, 2014
A conversation with Baba Harihar Ramji. Please join us for an enlightened evening of a luminous concept and a conversation about the transcendent, as we are introduced to the stillness between thoughts.

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PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLED: How To Live Your Sensuous Life/Sonoma Valley, California, March 02, 2013
Evoking Parisian Salons of the Era of Coco Chanel, Edith Piaf, Marcel Proust, Marlene Dietrich, Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau. Enter into this Era of Sensuous Living in Conversation, through Exploration, awakening all the Senses. » read more...
PLACING A COMMA IN YOUR SENTENCE/Sonoma Ashram, Sonoma Valley, California, August 10, 2012
Placing A Comma In Your Sentence: A Summer Pause, A Time Just For You. "Be The Change You Want To See in the World." Mahatma Ghandi » read more...
SWEET HONEY FROM FADED DREAMS/ Sonoma, California, February 04, 2012
Greet the new year, 2012, in an exploration of: The place where destiny intersects faded dreams...at the corner of Faith, Hope and Love. A one day-Winter Retreat, on February 04 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost $275 per person inclusive of workshop; continental breakfast; drinks; lunch; afternoon refreshments; wine toast with tidbits in celebration of community, end of workshop day. Contact Anya Ushakova-Crain through the Contact link to register and receive more information. » read more...
AWAKENING THE SACRED IN EVERYDAY LIFE/ Yoga Community, Sonoma, California, October 22, 2011
An Invitation to Participate In An Enchanted Evening Of Movement, Music, Meditation, Reflection. At YOGA COMMUNITY Sonoma on Saturday, October 22, 2011. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. $55 per person. Awakening The Sacred In Everyday Life. Reserve your Place for This Special Evening: 707.935.8600 info@yogacommunity.net Visit Yoga Community Website: www.yogacommunity.net » read more...
UNWRAPPING SOUL LANGUAGE: THE GIFT WITHIN/ Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico, December 03 to 10, 2011
Anya invites you to immerse yourself in tranquility of mind, body and spirit as you listen to the language of mystics, poets and writers illuminate their authentic journeys. Hearing the language of soulful writers and creative thinkers soothes the spirit, stills the mind, and relaxes the body. From the place of inner quietude and deep listening, you are then beckoned to open the doorway to your soul's language. Arrived to the mystical place within, you will easily find the language to write the words that are longing to be written, illuminating your expression of heart and soul. » read more...
WRITING FROM THE SOUL/ The Golden Door, Escondido, California, July 31 to August 07, 2011
A personal invitation to immerse yourself in tranquility of mind, body and spirit as you hear the written language of mystics, poets and writers illuminate their authentic journeys. Listening to the language of soulful writers and creative thinkers soothes the spirit, stills the mind, and relaxes the body. From that place of inner quietude and deep listening, you are then invited to open the doorway to your soul’s language. Arrived to the mystical place within, you will easily find the language to write the words that are longing to be written, illuminating your expression of heart and soul. » read more...
AWAKENING THE SACRED IN EVERYDAY LIFE: SPRING/ Sonoma, California, June 05, 2011
A fusing of Salon-styled Poetry, Music and Magic in the northern California wine country region of Sonoma Valley. Explore stillness -- your own -- that leads to a life of purpose guided by heart and meaning. Listen to the music of the sacred as performed by acclaimed guitarist, John Burdick.... » read more...
AWAKENING THE SACRED IN EVERYDAY LIFE: WINTER/ Sonoma, California, February 26, 2011
We are living at a time of great global upheaval occurring in institutions and ways of governance...a time of rapid change in how we communicate, how we conduct business and how we choose to live our lives. When all the constructed beliefs of a generation are peeled away, what constitutes the core? What is left and what is learned from the letting go? What is the essence of that which remains? » read more...
NAVIGATING THE FOUR RIVERS OF LIFE/ Sonoma, California, November 13, 2010
As we live the second half of our lives, the Four Rivers can gently teach us how to create our own natural flow through connection. It is believed that disconnection from any one of the Rivers opens the door to malaise of mind, body, or spirit -- or all three. A day of River journeys taking us to: The River of Surprise; The River of Love; The River of Inspiration and The River of Challenge. Autumn is the time for contemplation and reflection as we look at our year through the wisdom of each River's flow. » read more...
STEPPING INTO THE SHOES OF THE ELDER/ Sonoma, California, August 21, 2010
In the second half of our lives as we experience our elders turning to us for guidance, as we once turned to them, who are we standing at the entrance of that threshold? And who do we become as we step into the shoes of the elder when our elders depart? Who can we become? How can it all turn into the most exquisite of times in your life? This and so much more will be unveiled at this summer retreat. » read more...
SULTANS OF SOUL: Uncovering Ancient Memories Of A Spiritual Warrior/ Sonoma, California, May 30, 2010
Just one day to talk about that which disturbs no one for a return to all of your Senses; just one day to stretch into an Intentional Life of your choosing; just one day to write the words that will be The Promise to yourself; just one day to connect with Community in a completely new way of being with Self and Other. » read more...
REMIND ME OF WHAT I LOVED/ Sonoma, California, February 21, 2010
An exploration of the mystical healing force of grace and love. Hallelujah. An intimate experience of community through poetry, prose, conversation, music and the written word. At the core of the retreat is putting your soul language to writing. No prior creative writing experience necessary. Always beginning. Always a discovery.... » read more...
FOUR RIVERS OF LIFE ILLUSTRATION WITH NOTES


Thresholds are new points of beginning. The beginning often holds the hint to everything that follows. If we would just trust the ebb and flow of our interiority to be our river guide through this journey of life, our inner wisdom will surely light the way forward. » read more...