OMGoddess! Bowl of Well Being

"As a professional yoga teacher and continual student, this program crystalized how the practice of yoga includes every aspect of life and culture. It gave great insight into how yoga and ayurveda support a deep state of wellbeing in all stages of a woman's life."
-Djuna Mascall, Orcas Island - Yoga teacher and Teacher trainer

 "Bowl of Well Being" toca el corazón. Me pregunto "¿Qué es saludable?" Este curso de Mary y Cyd es una poderosa y profunda guía e inspiración para explorar esta pregunta, y también para cultivar y honrar la suavidad, el amor, en todos los aspectos de la vida.
"Bowl of Well Being" touches the heart. I asked myself  "What is well-being?"  This course from Mary and Cyd is a powerful and deep guide to health, and an inspiration, to explore this question, and also to cultivate and honor softness, love, in every aspect of life.”

-Eva Blázquez, Spain – Yoga teacher,  Technology Specialist

Bowl of Well-Being is an educational forum and sangha for women that goes through the cycles of the year from Jan 1 - 12/31, annually, supporting the cycles and spirals of a woman’s life. Its overall intention is to cultivate health, creativity and sanity in a nutty world, through yoga, ayurveda, and buddhist practices with artistic and deity inspirations.

This year long program was created by Mary and Cyd (Mary’s daughter) and arose from a conversation between mother and daughter about taking care of the feminine in oneself, those around us and the entire planet. How wonderful it would be to be in conversation with a group of women of all ages, as diverse as possible, supporting each other’s inner and outer care!

The use of the word “Bowl” implies both an offering and a receiving, an openness to nourishment on multiple levels. The course is based around a manual which is the entry point into themes appropriate for all women, covering topics such as bone and hormone health, stress responses and heart empowerment, menarche thru menopause issues, and much more! Each month, and each chapter, a creative feminine muse is included from sculptors to rap artists, and inspiration is also drawn from a goddess presiding over the the themes of the month.

In Cyd and Mary’s online program, the manual information is expanded upon with extra articles, audio practices from Mary, selected dharma links, and multiple references/articles from sages young and old whom they both respect. The core online-based course also includes monthly conference calls, buddy checkins to keep everyone on track and broaden the discussion, and a platform to keep the discussion alive and share resources throughout the month. See below on the left hand side for 2020 Online program details.

For those who have completed the full program and would like to create their own Bowl of Well-Being using our manuals, curriculum and online materials, see the information below on the right hand side.

October 5, 2019 - Saturday 10am - Conference Call for any Bowlie (past/present participant) who is interested in creating their own unique local Bowl program - Email Mary if you would like the details of this call.

*NOTE: This webpage is in the process of being revised and a new website will be opening by early October. Asterixed pages are in the process of being created.

Mary: “Essentially this program is about active women taking care of themselves; we do not want to encourage more “shoulds” and guilt for not doing enough when we are already fully stretched to our max. However, the feminine is rising and there is much evidence of this. Inspirations abound for those of us moving our practice more fully into taking care of the earth and our communities, families, friends and students…and our dear selves!”


Bowl Course with Mary Paffard and Cyd Bernstein 2020

This online based course with Mary and Cyd will begin January 1, 2020
Our conference calls are scheduled for the 3rd Sunday of the month at 11.30-1pm PST. They are recorded, however the key to these programs is the commitment to as much participation as possible.
Group size 10 minimum-20 maximum

Fee: Pre 11/1: $750; 850 if deposit paid after 11/1/19.
Previous Bowlies receive a discount - contact Mary directly if you wish to join us for another round! It’s always different - each group unique….
Optional Extra - A personal checkin with Mary or Cyd 4 times throughout the course. These phone checkins are on pre-arranged specific dates and are for 25 minutes long.
Fee payable with final payment check is $160/200 after 11/1.

To Register: If you wish to participate in our online 2020 program, complete the application and send in the $100 non-refundable deposit at this link. If we are not able to offer you a place, your full fee will be refunded.
Remainder of fee due by 11/1/19, payable by check.

If you need to pay by credit card, email Mary and an invoice will be sent. There is a $30 fee for credit card payments. If you wish to pay by Pay Pal, contact Mary directly also.

Baby Bowls Evolving!
2019 and 2020

In 2019, a few previous Bowl practitioners brought the program by way of the manual into their local area, and some of their participants are interested in leading Bowls in the communities they serve in 2020. These Baby Bowl leaders have an agreement with Mary and Cyd to use the original Bowl curriculum within in-person workshops and circles, as well as any additional information/inspirations they wish to use in their unique voice.  Yoga teachers and health practitioners that have completed a Bowl program, online or local, through agreement with Mary and Cyd, are eligible to lead/teach a Baby Bowl with the new revised manuals in their locale.

Several Bowl participants joined the 2019 on-line group to review the material, enjoy the sangha and also to get ready to share this work in 2020 with their own local group of women.  2020 is sure to bring more Baby Bowls around the globe!

-If you would like to know of a possible local Bowl group in 2020, that you could participate in, see BABY BOWL* page after 10/1/19

- If you too are feeling the call to support women in this way in whatever yoga/health related work that you do, please consider participating in the full program in 2020 so that you are eligible to present the material.

 -If you have already completed a full Bowl program, see the TEACHER* page after 10/1/19 for information on how to get started for 2020.