Honoring our Lineages Through Sacred Altar Creation
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Honoring our Lineages Through Sacred Altar Creation

A Workshop With Mireya Alejo Marcet

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6-Hour Online Workshop

As the season changes from fall to winter, it is said by many that the veil between life and death is thin, creating the possibility for a deeper connection between the living and the dead. The Mexican tradition of Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead), a tradition that blends Mesoamerican ritual, European religion, and Spanish culture is often celebrated among families to honor both living and passed loved ones with altars and ofrendas. This tradition sparks reflection on life and death as well as our relationship to these two forces in the human psyche.

Artist, expressive arts psychotherapist, and astrologer Mireya Alejo Marcet grew up in the Mexican tradition of Dia de Muertos and began creating her altars at the age of 16. Through the influence of her Mexican heritage, the expressive arts, and guidance received in ceremonial practices, Mireya developed her own sacred space creation practice called “Altar Creation – A Canvas in Movement”. This practice offers diverse applications to connect with our interior life and the sacred through the creation of altars.

Join Mireya for a beautiful experiential workshop exploring the power of this tradition by creating altars and sacred spaces. In the workshop, participants travel through an internal and creative journey of connection, expression, and reflection to explore their relationship with their ancestors or lineages, life & death, and the preciousness of life.

Mireya guides participants through the main practice of altar creation and invites you to explore concepts from expressive arts therapy such as symbols, the imaginal realm, metaphors, endowing, and more that will enrich and deepen the relationship between us and our creations. Mireya shares guidance for connecting with your ancestors and/or the gifts offered by our lineages through the creation of personal altars, receiving the gift of beauty and connection in the act of creation. This can be as small or rich as you want and/or life permits.

Before the workshop registrants will receive a list of materials and suggestions in preparation for this special gathering.

Mireya Alejo Marcet color portrait. Mireya is a Mexican woman who is smiling in this photo and has her brown medium-length hair pulled back into a low pony that is seen on one shoulder. She is wearing a white and black patterned shawl.

Mireya A. Marcet, MA, MFT, is a Mexican woman who has lived in California for the past 23 years and offers her work locally and internationally. She is an artist, expressive arts psychotherapist, astrologer, and Grof Holotropic Breathwork facilitator. Her therapeutic and teaching work is informed by her experiences and training with “Curanderas” (medicine women) in Mexico as a social anthropologist, almost three decades of work with expanded states of consciousness, as well as the expressive arts, ceremonial practices, and the astrological chart as tools for soul’s expression, healing and transformation. She is the creator of “Altar Creation – A Canvas in Movement” a practice that offers diverse applications to connect with our interior life and the sacred through the creation of altars. She also developed an integrative practice weaving Holotropic Breathwork, expressive arts, sacred practices, and work with the natural world for the integration of expanded states of consciousness. She also facilitates regular expressive arts women’s circles online and in retreat.

She is an adjunct professor at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in the expressive arts program. Mireya strongly believes in the power of offering sacred, creative, and permission giving environments to bring about personal, collective, and spiritual transformation. She currently lives in Grass Valley, CA. Learn more about Mireya at her website. 



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Portions of this workshop will be recorded, and limited access to a recording will be made available to all ticket buyers.

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