This is really an old ‘About’ Page…but I felt that I wanted to hold onto it and capture my thinking and my flow. So, I’m posting it here on my blog as a holding place for bearing witness to my journey.
Hello! My name is Marilyn Ashe Wilson. I am a Conscious Connector, Feminine Adviser and Guide, and Student of the Divine Heroine’s Journey to Self. I am committed to serving the Florida First Coast community and beyond bringing a variety of circles and events that nourish your mind, body, and spirit and allowing you to bring your life into full bloom.
I founded Flower of Life Ceremonies to provide sacred events, ceremonies, and nature-based ritual gatherings for women to connect and deepen as they hear the call to bloom in their own lives. The Flower of Life is a sacred geometry design; and, to me, it shows the overlapping circles in life emanating from a strong center. Each flower petal has its own beauty and worth, just as all of our many parts and experiences form our beautiful life bloom. The discovery of those petals and the beauty of the scent and blossom is my journey and the journey that I share.
It all began with a simple Drum. A Circle. A Heartbeat. A Seed.
A drum journey — the call to overcome grief and soften the energy around me as I grieved the death of both of my parents within six months of each other. I reached out to a small meditative drum class at The Players Community Senior Center… placed my hand on the drum and was immediately transported to the sacred space within my heart. The primal heartbeat was transcending, healing, and inspiring as I came to grips with my pain and saw how gathering in community, with the drum as the gathering tool, healed my spirit … thus, allowing my body and mind to do what they do naturally – heal. Yes, I found that our bodies heal, if we allow it and create the time and space for it to do its work.
One thing led to another; and soon, I began creating and facilitating drum workshops and women’s drum circles to share this amazing modality with others. Those circles morphed, and so did I. I wanted more of the same feeling … and, all the time.
With my background in event coordinating and recruiting, I blended events and people….offering sacred space to interact in ways that brought us together, taught us how to trust, be mindful of our authentic purpose, and step into our lives with the firm support of other women holding space for us in community.
Once the creative portal is opened using the drum (a basic and simple tool), the universe begins filling us up with ideas and inspirations. That’s what happened to me, anyway!
I began signing up for trainings and certifications to expand my knowledge so that I could, in turn, bring those teachings back to my community. I am now a Trained Drum Circle Facilitator, Certified HealthRHYTHMS Facilitator, Sound Healing Practitioner, Reiki Practitioner, Yoga Nidra Teacher/Guide, LifeCycle Celebrant and Ceremony Officiant/Minister, and a Priestess of Ceremony. All of these spiritual offerings bring different energy to each circle and ceremony ….. taking all of us on a journey inward. A journey of discovery. This combination allows me to create opportunities to gather women in circles of harmony, where elevating consciousness and deepening their spiritual path is the intention and focus.
As a Conscious Connector of women in ceremony, I see the importance of the collective consciousness and the strength of purpose acquired in these circles. The link created between body, mind, and spirit when women are seen and witnessed by other women, is the full bloom of life that we all seek.
It all seems like a divine path to me as I look back …. being raised in a military family and seeking community FIRST and FOREMOST as my family moved to each new City and State every few years. I instinctively knew the importance of connection and the unifying nature of community. As a woman, I missed having long time friends and soul sisters …. so building a strong and lasting community of women is not a real surprise – it is the way I bloomed. Our life path and our seeds are always there for us … we just don’t always see it when expected.
The idea of ceremony and ritual was instilled in those early years as a young girl educated in the Catholic faith and as a Navy dependent. Both rely heavily on ceremony, ritual, and pomp! It definitely brings a depth to any life passage or celebration.The feeling of belonging to a larger group and community, where there are similar values and like-minded focus, link us together as one; and that is my driving force. There was and is a nostalgic thread of my life, seeded early and deep. That connection, that unifying feeling is the reason for my ongoing commitment to creating community and leaving legacy. When ritual and ceremony are added to any life event, it remains in our memories forever. Marking passages, life transformations, and transitions is something we need more of in this world.
As life would have it, after years of travel and four children, I settled in Jacksonville, Florida bringing along with me, the cultural flavors of Hawaii, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Key West, and the cutting edge creativity of the California coastline.
Since my emphasis is on the importance of community, I continue to build that bridge between isolation and connectedness for women by forming circles, workshops, seminars and supportive environments to align our hearts. My global outreach begins within the local beaches and Jacksonville area, while mentoring with many female leaders from California and beyond. Our touch, our hearts, and our attention have a ripple effect that reaches over the land, more than we even know. That is my calling!
I believe that life is like a garden. It is our job to seed and nurture our mind, bodies, and spirits so that we can enjoy the full bloom of our lives. Leaving a legacy of memories is the key to my passion and commitment.
I believe we Live it, Love it, and Pass it On!
My commitment is to sharing my seeds, energy, and gifts to support women, so that we are seen and heard; witnessed on our path to discovery. In this way, our life energy is on a continuum of giving and receiving, and realizing that we are all one in the universal language of rhythm. The flower is seeded, nurtured, blooms, and reseeds … just like our life. We Gather our seeds, We Express through nurture, We Flow like a flower in the breeze, and We Deepen on our inner journey, leaving that legacy to those that follow.
Below are just a few of the many types of circles and ceremonies we create at Flower of Life. Each one of them is designed to form a safe and healthy space and community for women to step into their own garden of life, creating their own beautiful life blossoms, and enjoying the juicy new bouquets formed by the attention and intention to sacred growth.
- Sistership Circles
- Full and New Moon Rituals
- Interactive Community & Sacred Drumming
- Crystal Singing Bowl Meditative Gatherings
- Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra
- House and Office Blessings
- Healing Ceremonies with Drum and Sound
Join me, Let’s connect!
As we Gather, we Express, we Flow, and we Deepen….
That is the Flower of Life.
In another life (2008-2011) when co-creating with Lynn Curtin as Blondes Drum 2, we made these 2 CDs of original music. The first one, I play all percussion and Lynn sings. The second one is a compilation of poem and song performed by both of us …
Free Link to stream the entire CD, Cut, Colored, & Styled
Pay per song for Pure EnChantment