Born in 1952, Ruth Davis guides students in a 10 month immersion practice of the Maha Vidyas ~ Wisdom Mothers of India. The practice involves chi gung style movement, meditation and encourages personal experience as a way to connect to the divine Mother in her many forms. The movement part of the practice is called Sacred Movement Ritual.
In 2005, after years of heart meditation practice & movement practice, she spontaneously started a yearlong practice of devotion to the Divine Mother in many forms. She invited one Mother at a time to feel their presence in her life.
During the year Sacred Movement Ritual emerged which pulled together over 50 years of devotional dance, meditation practice and spiritual teachings from the East and West. A vast wisdom opened. She experienced the subtle & gross movements of the physical body that brought forward deep spiritual insights. She wrote a book and made a DVD of the practice called Sacred Movement Ritual.
Years later she discovered that in the region of Bihar India this type of spiritual practice, studying the divine mothers one at a time, was taught to young women for 100's of years. It was taught over a 10 year period which ended with choosing one Mother for 12 years to complete their practice.
In 2020 Ruth wrote her second book about the Mother Practice called the Path of the Great Yes ~ Going up the Mountain. This writing captures the journey of the soul, in an engaging and exciting way. It is presented as an elaborate fable of journeying up the mystical mountain within, through the realms of higher consciousness to pure spirit. It follows the tradition of the great mythological stories found in India.
As a child she realized that she was dancing to God. Her classical training includes 18 years of classical ballet, Russian Folk, African, Modern Dance and Jazz, performance and choreography. In 1970, she was initiated into Surat Shabd Yoga, a Bhakti, Jnana and Karma Yoga Path. She holds certificates in Ayurvedic Medicine and Hypnotherapy. She has also studied Sacred Dance, Hatha Yoga, Tai Chi and Medical Chi Gung.
Through contemplation and the study of Tai Chi and Chi Gung Ruth learned how to reflect the nature elements. She became aware of how the ancients "studied" nature by uniting with it. From here one can learn to be as natural as the nature around us. The nature teaches us how to expand awareness and enter an egoless state of being. We can use outer movement to explore, align and ascend to our highest spiritual reality.
Currently: Since 1993 she has been co-leading spiritual retreats with her husband Bruce Davis in America, Europe, Bali Indonesia and India. In 2000 they founded a The Assisi Peace Center in the heart of Assisi, Italy and restored an old farmhouse in the Umbrian countryside, which continues as a retreat Hermitage until this day. In 2012 she and her husband returned to California and created Silent Stay Meditation and Retreat Center, a Hermitage Style Retreat. This facility burned down in 2020 in the wildfires. Ruth and Bruce moved to Montecito, California where they currently live and work. They are building a new Silent Stay opening in 2022.