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Open House and Autumn Offerings

You are cordially invited to

attend an Open House

at Body & Soul Healing Arts

15127 Comus Road, Clarksburg, Maryland

at your convenience, on either

Thursday evening, September 29th, from 6pm until 8:30pm,

or on Saturday afternoon, October 1st from 1pm until 4pm.

Light refreshments will be served.

Children, significant others and friends are welcome!

I will be available to answer any questions you may have about my practice,
and my new offerings;Workshops for Women’s Health,
Wild Feminine Study Groups
and Sustainable Wellness Day Retreats.

Please click on the links in red, for more detailed information.
I look forward to seeing you soon!

Mini Retreats

Please continue to check in or subscribe for updates. I will be adding updates frequently on these offerings over the next few weeks….

Over the years, my experience as a massage therapist, herbalist and Maya abdominal practitioner, has shown me a great need among those who come to me: the majority are starving for a way to nurture feminine spirituality. The spirituality of Being; the balance to the spirituality of Doing. Feminine spirituality is not the sole domain of women. It is an aspect of human spirituality that has been devalued over millenia, creating imbalance in our relationships and consequently on the planet. You may be interested in arranging a mini retreat for yourself if the following narrative resonates with your experience: Plant Spirit Healing.

My own journey has led me from a traditional judeo/christian odessy to an embodied, responsive, direct relationship with the Earth, our Source. The journey has been long and arduous, and it continues. There are many tools I have come to know that have enabled me to walk many dark nights of the soul with a modicum of grace. As I continue to witness those who come to me in my practice, I am called to offer the fullness of what has sustained me through many a dark night, with those who are seeking the way back to them-Selves; back to inner peace, to their authentic gifts and life purpose. And so I offer these quiet, conveniently local, mini retreats in response to this calling. The structure of the retreats are the result of a co-creative process between your goals and my skills. The mini retreats may focus on fertility issues, sustainable wellness or deep soul work. They may be private, semi-private or small groups. And they are local, so there is no need to make elaborate travel plans, arrangements for pet sitting, nor pack and unpack. Just come with what you need for the day, and go home to sleep in your own bed, rested and refreshed.

I have found that my work primarily supports four types of seekers:

  1. Men and women leading busy lives, who are seeking deeper meaning and more balanced living: Angela works with people from all walks of life and spiritual orientations, who respect the deeper spiritual longings of life; who realize there is “no one right path to God”; and who seek to have more health, balance, meaning and authenticity in their lives. They are ready to invest in and take responsibility for their journey.
  2. Those who are at a cross-roads, or facing a significant life transition: For those who feel lost or out of balance in their lives, and are seeking greater health, clarity, meaning and purpose. This may manifest as a health issue, mid-life crisis, change in career or relationship, or feelings of emptiness, depression, anxiety or loss of meaning. Many are professional, well-educated women and men at mid-life (45+) who have entered a rite of passage, though it is often not recognized as such. Feeling disconnection and disheartened, they are searching for renewal, restored health and well-being, and a way to live an authentic, purposeful contribution to the world. Apprenticing clients, many of whom have become frustrated with the limitations of traditional psychotherapy, feel something essential missing from formalized religion, or are tired of the “spiritual group seminar/retreat circuit”, or just at the end of their rope, and who know they need a breakthrough, may quickly and deeply access their own inner guidance and wisdom trough these personalized retreat intensives.
  3. Healthcare professionals expanding the tools of their practice: i.e. psychologists, alternative health practitioners, nurses, and life coaches aware of a growing inner intuitive or psychic availability and who want to deepen their practice and career by deepening their own inner capacities of spiritual awareness.
  4. Seekers in the midst of spiritual initiation: Those who have been life-long students of spiritual awakening and enlightenment and/or who have been on the “spiritual workshop/teacher circuit: and are experiencing a dark night of the soul spiritual crisis, feel stuck in their search, and who know (or suspect) that the answer lies within and that new Seeing is required. For those who know “they can’t get it with the ego/mind”, but cannot find “that other way of knowing”, often called grace.

1/2 Day & Small Group Retreats

Coming soon:

Detailed information on retreats in process of development. I hope to have these offerings available by the end of September. These retreats will be based on my clients input, and upon my observations of many of my clients’ needs. Please feel free to leave comments and ideas! I welcome them, so that we may co-create something truly to the point!

Currently in development:

  • 1/2 day private fertility focused retreats
  • 1/2 day private mentorship/deep soul retreats
  • 1/2 day private sustainable wellness retreats
  • Small group retreats for deep soul work

Please leave comment, ideas and suggestions below! Here’s to co-creation!

Thank you for your patience….



Winter Classes

The long nights of Winter are upon us. Today is the coldest day I can remember in Maryland for a long, long time! The following classes are offered to aid you in increasing your health and happiness. Movement, introspection, earth wisdom, relational support and self empowerment are important ways to become and stay connected to your inner wisdom and inherent health.
All of the following classes will be held at Body & Soul Healing Arts, 22201 Davis Mill Road, Germantown, Maryland 20876. Pre-registration is required. Please contact me to register. Hope you can join us!

Ongoing Thursdays beginning January 21 at 11:30a.m. Six one and one half hour sessions. $120 for the series, $25 per class. Class size limited to four participants.
Every Spiritual Belly Dance class is both different and the same. All classes taught in this way include the basic vocabulary of belly dance movements that can be learned anywhere-hip circles, hip drops, shimmies, etc. All of these movements generally come from distinct energy sources. For example hip circles and figure eights are second chakra movements; shoulder shimmies come from the heart…However, beyond these movements, the energy of any one given day is unique. In fact, every minute of every day comes with a different energy. Spiritual Belly Dance teaches the student to notice and furthermore control these energetic differences and then to blend them into traditional dancing techniques.
The intended final result of all of this teaching is to help women to be stronger, healthier, and happier in all aspects of life, not only dancing. Please bring a hip scarf and veil if you have them!


Ongoing Thursdays beginning January 21 at 1pm. Six two-hour sessions. $180 for the series, $35 per session. Limited to eight participants.
Gather with us to share your dreams and explore their meaning in a structured, yet intimate environment. The messages in our dreams are gifts from our soul. We will work to understand the language they are speaking to help guide us through our journey through life.
We will meet for six Thursdays beginning January 21th and ending February 25th, 2010. The group will have the option to continue ongoing meetings. Commitment to attendance of each weeks gathering is strongly encouraged.

Saturday, January 30, 2-4 pm Fee: $30. Limited to 8 participants.
Learn how to nurture your body during the winter season. We will discuss which herbs and foods to use to fight infections, stifle symptoms and rebuild health. Learn how to make and use tinctures and cook with herbs to keep healthy! Angela has been an herbalist for over nine years. She grows, wild-crafts and makes herbal products using her plant allies. Come join us learn to live in harmony with nature’s gifts!

Saturday, February 13, 2-4 pm Fee: $40. Limited to three couples.
Come and learn what you can do for yourself or your partner to help ease discomforts that often develop as your body grows ripe. I will show you gentle massage techniques, suggest products to use, and have on hand, as well as movements that help your baby position correctly. My intention is to lovingly support, prepare and empower you in your birthing experience. Bring your questions and see where they lead us!

HEAL THE UTERUS (Hands on Health the Maya Way )
Saturday, April 17, 2010, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Fee: $120, Limited to 8 participants.
Discover the wisdom of Maya traditional healing in recovering and maintaining the health of your reproductive, digestive and urinary systems. This work is helpful to so many “female” concerns. During this class you will learn about Dr. Rosita Arvigo, her apprenticeship with Don Elijio Panti and other healers from Belize. You will learn the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology as it relates to the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage (ATMAM), and of course, to specific health issues. I will teach you Maya Abdominal Massage (MAM) for your own Self Care. We will also identify situations in which practicing MAM would be contraindicated. If time permits we will experience a guided meditation, and discuss other modalities such as diet, lifestyle, herbs that support MAM.
To register please send a check for $30 to Angela Ferri, 3710 Poffenberger Road, Jefferson, MD 21755

Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage Self Care Training

This class is a prerequisite for professional training as a practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage…

Dates of training are:

Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, 2p.m. until 6p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. until 6pm

Sunday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. until 5p.m.

at Body & Soul Healing Arts, 22201 Davis Mill Road, Germantown, Maryland 20886



Dr. Rosita Arvigo’s Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage are based on an ancient Mayan healing method: applying external manipulation to the abdomen to facilitate blood and lymph flow, nerve conduction and Qi, (or Chu-lel, as it is know to the Mayan people) movement throughout the body. Maya Abdominal Massage (MAM) helps reposition reproductive organs thereby reducing symptoms of a displaced uterus or swollen prostate, which may manifest as fibroids, endometriosis, infertility, low back pain, painful menses, IBS, acid reflux, constipation, incontinence, prolapsed uterus and bladder, and over 30 other symptoms. It is helpful after abdominal surgeries such as hysterectomy, cesarean births and exploratory surgeries.

This two and a half day workshop will teach the participant about the anatomy and physiology of normal abdominal organs and structures, and what happens when they become imbalanced. Signs, symptoms, causes and the related pathologies will be included in this program. This modality incorporates a holistic approach to health care which includes massage, nutritional considerations, guided meditation, emotional and spiritual healing, as well as herbal healing remedies. Dr. Arvigo believes that with any natural healing technique, these areas must be addressed simultaneously to promote optimal health.

Completion of this program will qualify the participant to perform the abdominal massage on themselves ONLY, and will prepare the licensed practitioner to go on to

Professional Training with Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN.

Continuing Education Credits for Level 1 Self Care Training

The Arvigo Institute is approved by:

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider for 17.5 CE hours;

19.8 contact hours by the American Holistic Nurses Association which is accredited as an approver of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses credentialing Centers Commission on Accreditation;

16 contact hours for the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council.


Anyone may register for this class.

No prior training or licensing is required.

To inquire about scheduled classes click on

Registration must be submitted through the Arvigo Institute at: