(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


FOUR RIVERS OF LIFE ILLUSTRATION WITH NOTESSummary: 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.

I would love to live
Like a river flows,
Carried by the surprise
Of its own unfolding.
John O'Donohue
(Conamara Blues)
"Anya's writing workshop is a superb experience...
I strongly suggest you try it, bonding & inspiring
....Your group will love the experience Anya turns you on to."

Kevin McNeely
Chairman of The Sonoma International Film Society
and The Sonoma International Film Festival


Anya's Inspiration for:
 Navigating The Four Rivers of Life
Retreat and Writing Workshop: 

Spring day of 2009 I offered a workshop based on one of my pieces entitled Sultans of Soul.
It was an introductory workshop for 'writers with heart,' as I called it then.  I created a process by which a group of ten participants could feel comfortable sharing their stories -- their soul's language -- through the written word.  Their written words.
At the workshop I introduced the name of one of the giants whose work serves as a constant source of inspiration, for me.  This giant, on whose 'shoulders I stand,' serves as a river guide for me: 
Dr. Angeles Arrien. 

  Angeles' stories inviting us to explore our own thresholds of wisdom led me to research many stories and delve into the poetry, and prose of other writers with heart. 
 My deep appreciation goes to Angeles Arrien for the books she writes and the inspiration she provides to all who take the time to listen, and then become explorers as they travel along 
The Four Rivers of Life.
For inquires about creating a workshop or retreat for your private group, spa resort or healing hotel, please communicate via the Contact Link to reach Anya Ushakova-Crain.


About The Four Rivers of Life Illustration:

Sante Fe artist Marga Friberg, whose illustration of The Four Rivers of Life is a gift to me, says this about her creation:  
"It is a type of meditation for me where I lose ego and am living entirely in the moment."