THRESHOLD
An immersive retreat into the depths of womanhood and motherhood to reclaim your power and unleash your highest self.
1-2 Dec, 2 Day Intensive workshop, Byron Bay /  21st February full 4-day retreat Ojai, CA, USA
Honor your Rite of Passage and take back the power that was meant for you, heal your lineage, heal yourself, heal your relationship with the feminine and define your legacy as a woman.
Why invest time in tracking your journey of motherhood?
…Because Motherhood is one of the single most important rites of passage that we are given as a woman AND you may not have been given the space that was required to CHOOSE the woman you wanted to be when you crossed that Threshold.
What may have happened as a result of not being present to this?
There may be hidden trauma or wounding around your experience of motherhood that is affecting the way you make decisions, run your business, relate to your other family members, your partner, sex life, and SPECIFICALLY, it affects the way you feel about yourself. 

Let’s be honest, there are programs for mothers to tap into calmness, and better parenting, and self-care, but there are little to no resources for women to go into the DEPTHS of what it has meant for you to live out one of the most powerful roles of your life- a role that colors the way you do EVERYTHING

THRESHOLD is designed to be a life-changing experience - a fork in the road, when you healed generations of patterns, belief systems, and reclaimed your power to define how you hold this role and how you use it to EMPOWER your entire life. 
Not exploring this Rite of Passage has been keeping you from what’s POSSIBLE when we become ‘Mother’…
What is Rites of Passage?
A Rite of Passage is something that transforms you, such as a ceremony or event marking an important stage in someone's life, especially BIRTH, puberty, marriage, and death.

Do you know there are so many different versions of you in that woman suit? The wild woman, the little girl, the maiden, the crone, the healer… the list goes on. 

A Rite of Passage is our opportunity to explore how we want to step forward into the vision for our lives. We were given that opportunity when we crossed the threshold into motherhood- it is the most powerful one we can get, yet it’s possible that no one shared this with you. 

It’s not too late, mama. I want to walk you back there and give you the opportunity to re-live that power you encountered at the Threshold and declare who that woman is now and carry that power into EVERYTHING you do, create, and birth from here on out. 

You get to choose who this mother is, who this woman is, who will live on forever in her legacy. 
Threshold is a deep, immersive experience that dives deep into the motherhood archetype, and how that archetype played out for you personally. 
How you do motherhood is largely how you do LIFE. 
THRESHOLD takes you all the way back to the moment that you crossed over into the unknown abyss of motherhood, starting with your birth. It will support you in recounting the relationship you formed with that newfound power. Many women fall into the trap of copying the example of how they were mothered, have become consumed by comparison to what motherhood lifestyle ‘should’ be, or have simply not felt supported in the transition – a wound that can play itself out for decades if not addressed.

This is an opportunity for you to dive into the depths of your woman-hood and uncover the innate power that was born in you when your child(ren) was born. 
We will be diving into:
  • The pitfalls of motherhood shame and forging deep self-forgiveness and powerful new stories to invoke confidence and authority in this role
  • Discovering the inner wild-woman that might have become dormant under the responsibility of motherhood
  • Healing family lineage (especially on the mother line), and letting go of hurts and traumas that may be affecting our confidence as mothers and women
  • Body shaming and loving the motherhood body
  • The massive DIGNITY that mothers are meant to hold and start ILLUMINATING this role by embodying it, rather than diminishing it
  • Personal leadership presence and taking yourself powerfully into the world as woman AND mother- with little division between the two. 
  • Deep group coaching to remove blocks and obstacles and belief systems that no longer align with you
AND SO MUCH MORE…
The benefits of this work will serve you for decades to come. The shadow of womanhood and motherhood is actually HOW MUCH we can hold, and sometimes being blind to what we have chosen to hold and how we hold it. My goal is that you walk away seeing this as the turning point of where you started digging deeper into the power of your femininity and seeing it as a source of power, rather than a burden. 
You get to walk away with the ability to :
  •  Say NO to what you don’t resonate with anymore 
  •  Create standards on how you want to show up in all your matriarchal roles
  •  Heal traumas and shame that have created distance between you and your children- and other family (including your partner)
  •  Deepen into the concept of village and what it means to be truly supported by other women
  •  A deep connection to the elements and how they can mirror and provide everything you need to thrive
  •  A re-defining of that it ACTUALLY means to YOU, to ‘have it all.’
You get to walk away with the ability to :
  •  Say NO to what you don’t resonate with anymore 
  •  Create standards on how you want to show up in all your matriarchal roles
  •  Heal traumas and shame that have created distance between you and your children- and other family (including your partner)
  •  Deepen into the concept of village and what it means to be truly supported by other women
  •  A deep connection to the elements and how they can mirror and provide everything you need to thrive
  •  A re-defining of that it ACTUALLY means to YOU, to ‘have it all.’
“Kari is such a special individual. She takes the utmost care of her clients, leading with radical authenticity of her own journey and compassion for what others are going through. Not only is she equipped with some of the best tools and distinctions in the business, but she has a heart of gold and is truly in this work to support and transform the lives of others. I can’t recommend her enough!”

- Alexi Panos, Author, Coach & Humanitarian
My Story
I wanted to be a mother as far back as I could remember. When I was pregnant the excitement was huge, but unexpected emotions accompanied it, such as fear, grief, and discomfort around the unknown. 

Because no one had walked me through the conversation of what was actually happening - that I was crossing over, not only into a brand new role, but also into a brand new identity. I coped as best as I could and started placing a huge expectation and reliance on the happiness that would find me once my baby was actually here.

The disillusionment after that was HUGE. I was one of the 3% of women who transferred to a hospital during my home birth where I continued to have a traumatic birth experience, followed by a year of depression and years of anxiety.  My dream of motherhood was crushed, and I was heart-broken.   
Over the years I sought out various methods of healing these wounds, including ceremony, coaching, and focusing all my years of leadership coaching on supporting other mothers out of the darkness of overwhelm and stepping into massive confidence. 

While this was healing, it didn’t feel like enough. I knew that motherhood needed a deeper discussion than one based on the outcomes we were producing in life- it is so much more than that.  

This led me to dig back into my roots of when I used to facilitate rites of passage work in the wilderness for women, and went back to the three stages of transformation they followed: 
  • Severence (dying to the old)
  • Threshold (crossing the bridge into a new self) 
  • Incorporation (bringing your vision to life in the world).   
  • Severence (dying to the old)
  • Threshold (crossing the bridge into a new self) 
  • Incorporation (bringing your vision to life in the world).   
I realized that with this context and almost a decade of leadership training and working with some of the best trainers in the business including Scott Coady and Preston Smiles, and Alexi Panos, there is a new possibility born for mothers to embrace the role of motherhood. 
Why Threshold First?
I am starting with THRESHOLD because it is the most potent stage for mothers and it affects the final stage, Incorporation - how we bring our vision to the world, in such a big way. 

My transformation post-motherhood has brought more wealth of learning to my life than anything before it. 

Women deserve the time for this exploration of who they became when they crossed into motherhood, so they can powerfully define the woman they want to move forward as in the world -  and mamas - it is never too late!
THIS IS FOR YOU IF:
  •  You’re constantly torn between the guilt of being present for your kids AND your own vision
  •  You continued patterns from your own lineage that you SWORE you would never pass on to your kids
  •  You have felt isolated on your journey- not for lack of others necessarily, but because no one held witness for the transformation that happened to you and that is STILL happening every day
  • You have sacrificed your inner piece to achieve the dream of having it all, and fell into a habit of keeping motherhood as a separate part of your success, rather than blending the two and being in joy with BOTH
  • You adopted patterns from a tough birth time or post-partum and those patterns continued to play out in your life (survival mode, time scarcity, anxiety, fear).
  • You lost who you were in the process of mothering, rather than having a more powerful context for motherhood being a source of your POWER.
  • You never developed a village that both supported you as a mother, AND as an evolving woman.
  • You haven’t been able to keep partnerships/ sustain a sense of joy/ or feel in command of your life
  • You are a mother who birthed, step-mother, adoptive mother
    This is NOT for you if:
    • You are coming in with a results-driven mindset. This is a time to heal, define, explore - not be in more of the doing that is so seductive in the outside world
    • You aren’t willing to go DEEP. This retreat will be joyful, fun, relaxing and it will also call up a range of emotions that are begging to be heard- you get to befriend and surrender to all the feels!
    • You are judging others and not willing to be in FULL collaboration with the group. This container will be TIGHT - meaning we are all in TOGETHER as a solid sisterhood. This will be a NO JUDGEMENT zone.
    • You are afraid to invest in yourself. This retreat offers incredible accommodations, food, coaching, and fully embodied experiences - I have never created anything that I am SO ‘Hell Yes!’ about, but it requires you say YES to YOU first. 
    “Kari Azuma is a world-class coach, leader and mother. She embodies the perfect combination of feminine grace and fierce get-it-done leadership. Anyone thinking about hiring her is going to win on all levels because her commitment to the work is unparalleled. Kari is a triple threat for sure.”

    - Preston Smiles, Speaker, Personal Freedom Coach, and Author
    My Promise:
    You will walk away with a new level of depth and understanding of what it means to be the woman you have always wanted to be and start living out the motherhood story that you CONSCIOUSLY choose, instead of the one that might have ‘happened to you.’ The healing you are choosing to take on in this retreat will shine light on every area of your life, returning you to your home as an awakened feminine being- fully aware of her power and newly in love with the role of mothering. 

    And the SISTERHOOD! You will be building bonds in these four days that will be unforgettable- village you may likely stay connected to for a lifetime. I don’t know about you, but the one piece I have longed for the most in motherhood is a village I truly resonate with like-minded souls who lift me UP. We will be continuing on in a Facebook group and holding each other in all of our new declarations.

    Finally, I promise to just love you! For who you are, for what you have been through and for the dedication it takes to bring new life into the world. YOU are incredible mama- you deserve these 4 bliss-full days. 
    WHAT YOU GET:
    Much of what happens in this retreat is sacred and won’t be shared publicly until you attend, however, you can count on:
    • A BEAUTIFUL retreat site, surrounded by the healing powers of nature for you to retreat and restore (not to mention a break from the kiddos, and the SILENCE!).
    • Delicious, nutritious meals with organic ingredients and good chi to feed your soul.
    • Guest experts leading exercises to energize you in ways that your body may have long forgotten.
    • An A+ support team of amazing women to hold you in the tender moments and celebrate your wins.
    • Mind-blowing practices, experiences and exercises that will shake up old patterns and systems that are no longer serving you.
    • An unforgettable sisterhood and experience of motherhood village like you have never experienced before.
    THRESHOLD
    An immersive retreat into the depths of womanhood and motherhood to reclaim your power and unleash your highest self.
    2-Day Immersive Retreat & Workshop, Byron Bay Australia: December 1-2, 2018
    While in Australia this summer, Kari will be holding a special 2-day introductory Threshold workshop in Australia (less than half the cost of the full retreat in one of the most beautiful retreat sites in Byron Bay!).

    Kari  will deliver a powerful 2-day transformational shift with the most potent and powerful processes of the full Threshold retreat. 

    This will be a rich version of the full retreat, allowing women to come into a deeper understanding of their power as a mother and reclaiming the story that they CHOOSE as the matriarchs of their lives.

    Join Kari as she brings Threshold to Australia for the first and only time!

    4-Day Immersive Retreat , California, US: February 21-24, 2019

    These 4-days include the full version of the Threshold Processes, providing a spacious opportunity to dive into the depth of woman-hood and unveil the powerful source of feminine power that was gifted to you when you crossed the threshold into motherhood. 

    The full program includes guest facilitators, expansive processes and assignments, incredible depth of bonding, and so much more. 

    These 4 days are promised to provide an inner shift through healing birth traumas, lineage patterns, self-judgement, guilt and shame- the diminishers that keep us from being fully expressed as mothers. You will leave this space with a changed view of how you see yourself, and motherhood, forever.

    What past students have to say about Kari...

    "Through this experience, I am more in alignment with my true self "

    Before this program, I lived in my head. I felt prisoner to my anxiety and could no longer recognize the person I saw in the mirror. I felt like a shell of my former self, surviving every day but not living. Not enjoying. Today I breathe. Today I love. Today I experience joy. Today I can say, with sincerity, I love Me! I am conscious about being present and am aware of the stories, patterns and habits that no longer serve me. 

    Kristynna, Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Private Company

    "I look at myself differently in the mirror.. I see beauty where I used to see faults "

    When I first met Kari I was looking to improve my career, I thought I had everything else figured out… turns out it was all smoke and mirrors. I felt as though my life had stalled… I was blocked… in a funk that no matter how hard I tried to crawl out of I felt like I was digging deeper and deeper. Kari has brought so much awareness into my life, awareness around the language I use, standards I set around motherhood, relationships and every aspect of my life. She has helped me re-write the stories that have not been serving me and helped me feel in control of my life. 

    Brie Jones, Wellness & Lifestyle Coach - Isagenix International

    "I have the tools necessary to recenter myself and come from a place that honors my commitments. "

    Before I began being coached by her, I was in a place of perpetual overwhelm and I was easily agitated and triggered. I knew I had big dreams for myself. And I also knew I had the power within me to have more peace. I was just so unsure how I could get there and I was spinning my wheels wishing on a star! After working with her I learned tools to help me center. She helped me uncover the areas in my life that were not serving me and then powerfully helped me identify how I could overcome them with some incredible tools, and allowed me to see just how powerful I was!

    Erin, Owner/ Founder - The Heart of the Hairdresser
    Why do I need to apply and talk to Kari before getting into the retreat?
    I am holding a VERY high standard for the caliber of woman who sits in this circle. The environment for this level of healing and depth requires women who are sincere in their desire to grow and who to support others in their growth. The call is to also discuss your vision for what you personally would like to walk away with from this experience so that you can feel assured in your ‘YES.’   

    The application is straightforward and the call in 30 minutes or less. It will be worth the time to take part in this incredible experience!
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Still not sure if this is right for you? Check out the FAQ’s below: 
    Q:  I didn’t give birth to my child, yet motherhood has had a profound impact on my life through adoption (and/or step-motherhood), do I qualify to attend? 

    A: Absolutely! All experiences of motherhood are welcome. This retreat focuses on our transformation through this crazy ride of motherhood- no mama is exempt!
    Q: This feels like a big investment for 4 days without a ‘monetary’ result, will it be worth it?

    A: It depends on what you value. I strongly believe that if your motherhood life is not addressed it can produce low-vibration emotions such as guilt, shame, lack, etc., which highly contribute the monetary successes and contributions you live out in the world. In my opinion it’s IMPERATIVE. If you are unsure if you are a fit, apply and take a call with me- we can figure it out together.
    Q: Why invest in this over a longer online coaching program? 

    A: I have led the longer coaching program, guiding mothers in their leadership (Empowered Mothers Alliance), and while it really supported them in a holistic way and the results in their confidence were amazing, it didn’t allow for us to go to the level of depth to JUST focus on motherhood. This event is to go deep into this one VERY important aspect of your life, because honestly, this isn’t something we make time for, yet it affects us on a daily basis. Also, I believe that this retreat will be a great contribution to any future programs you do because you will be carrying a more assured version of who you are as a mother and a woman into your growth experiences.  
    About Kari Azuma
    Hi Mama,

    I am Kari Azuma and I am a commitment to a legacy of empowered mothers leading the next seven generations. Over that last 7 years I have coached entrepreneurs, executives, and leaders with big visions and it has been the joy of my life. I have been blessed to mentor under one of the best coaches in the business, Scott Coady- founder of the Institute for Embodied Wisdom who coached leadership programs for organizations world-wide, including Nasa. More recently I have joined up with Preston Smiles and Alexi Panos to support the incredible work they are doing worldwide while leading my own missions. 

    Nothing has meant more to me, however, than the body of work I have gotten to play in the last 3 years since my son, Sitka was born. The birth of my son, followed by a long-lasting bout of post-partum depression and anxiety led me into a deeper call to support Mothers in their leadership development through my program, Empowered Mothers Alliance. While nothing made my heart sing more than seeing these mothers take full responsibility for the challenges and wins in their lives- living out the greatest desires in their heart, I was finding that I wasn’t getting to spend as much time diving into their motherhood story- a part of the program that the women always said they got so much out of. 

    In the last year I have re-awakened to the deep spiritual work that brought me into this work in the first place. A year before I found my coaching path in 2010, I embarked on a rite of passage vision-fast for 3 days and nights alone in the wilderness. This, to date, is still one of the most profound experiences of my life. Only one event has been comparable- becoming a mother. They were parallel experiences of crossing a Threshold into a brand new version of my identity and I began to realize that the Western world does not allows for women to have this level of spaciousness to re-discover who they have become in one of the most important roles of their lives. 
    Photography by Boone Studios 
    "She constantly asks the right questions and has pushed me just outside of my comfort zone all the while maintaining flow and ease and channeling feminine energy" - Kristynna, Board Certified Behavior Analyst 
    My mission is to now bring in Motherhood Rites of Passage into a mainstream conversation and start creating the spaces for mothers to become fully integrated as ‘woman’ through the profound experience of motherhood. THRESHOLD is my first offer to make this possible for all women.  
    What World-Class Transformational Coaches Say About Kari
    Preston Smiles - Personal Freedom Coach, Best Selling Author and Founder of Man Cave
    Alexi Panos - Transformation Coach, Best Selling Author and Successful Entrepreneur
    What past students have to say...

    "Through this experience, I am more in alignment with my true self "

    Before this program, I lived in my head. I felt prisoner to my anxiety and could no longer recognize the person I saw in the mirror. I felt like a shell of my former self, surviving every day but not living. Not enjoying. Today I breathe. Today I love. Today I experience joy. Today I can say, with sincerity, I love Me! I am conscious about being present and am aware of the stories, patterns and habits that no longer serve me. 

    Kristynna, Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Private Company

    "I look at myself differently in the mirror.. I see beauty where I used to see faults "

    When I first met Kari I was looking to improve my career, I thought I had everything else figured out… turns out it was all smoke and mirrors. I felt as though my life had stalled… I was blocked… in a funk that no matter how hard I tried to crawl out of I felt like I was digging deeper and deeper. Kari has brought so much awareness into my life, awareness around the language I use, standards I set around motherhood, relationships and every aspect of my life. She has helped me re-write the stories that have not been serving me and helped me feel in control of my life. 

    Brie Jones, Wellness & Lifestyle Coach - Isagenix International

    "I have the tools necessary to recenter myself and come from a place that honors my commitments. "

    Before I began being coached by her, I was in a place of perpetual overwhelm and I was easily agitated and triggered. I knew I had big dreams for myself. And I also knew I had the power within me to have more peace. I was just so unsure how I could get there and I was spinning my wheels wishing on a star! After working with her I learned tools to help me center. She helped me uncover the areas in my life that were not serving me and then powerfully helped me identify how I could overcome them with some incredible tools, and allowed me to see just how powerful I was!

    Erin, Owner/ Founder - The Heart of the Hairdresser
    MY COMMITMENT IS TO YOU IS THIS
    I will support you on your journey to becoming a walking, talking representation of the vision and desires you declare. I work just as hard as you do. Once you experience THRESHOLD, you become part of a forever family who has your back for life! You will not walk out of this course the same way you came in. My team and I will stand by you as you take command of your life, your mission, and your destiny as a mother! 
    MY COMMITMENT TO YOU IS THIS
    I will support you on your journey to becoming a walking, talking representation of the vision and desires you declare. I work just as hard as you do. Once you experience THRESHOLD, you become part of a forever family who has your back for life! You will not walk out of this course the same way you came in. My team and I will stand by you as you take command of your life, your mission, and your destiny as a mother! 
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