Custom Retreats

 

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” 

 Howard Thurman

Choose one of the retreat centers we work with or a place that you know and love. All you need is to gather a group and select a date, and we’ll work with you to create an unforgettable space for connection to self, community and the More Than Human World. 

Activity options include, but are not limited to:

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Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing is a slow wander through a natural environment, where we use our senses to get to know nature in a different way than we usually do. It is not a hike with a certain destination in mind, forest Bathing is about being in the moment and not about getting anywhere: it is about the journey and not the destination. Being present in the moment has a lot of benefits on our health and stress response and opens up new perspectives in our lives.  

It is inspired in the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, that started at the beginning of the 80´s in Japan, due to a health crisis. There was a shift in the economy and people were moving from rural areas into big cities and that lifestyle change caused a lot of stress and therefore an increas of autoimmune diseases and cancer. 

Forest Bathing has proven to lower our stress hormones, inrease our Immune system function, increase focus and creativity and give us a sense of general wellbeing. Something we hear very often from participants after a forest bathing walk is that sensation of belonging to nature, to feel at home.

“If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.” -Alan Watts

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Drum Circle

Find your inner rhythm, trust your own beat. Drum circles are not about knowing how to drum, you don’t have to be a professional percussionist. It is about connecting to yourself, your natural inner rhythm, your heart, connecting to others in the circle and communicating beyond words, creating unique, spontaneous music. Drumming has proven to reduce stress, anxiety and depression, create a sense of self-confidence, self-esteem and empowerment, increase tolerance and increase a sense of belonging to a community.

“Whenever people  gather to play the drum, the world is a better place” – Babtunde Olatunji

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Ceremony

The three intentions of ceremony are intention, attention and attitude. In this aspect, everything can be a ceremony if we intend it to be. Ceremonies mark essential moments in our lives and create bonds of commitment we make with ourselves and with our communities. Whatever is done during a ceremony, be it poetry, a procession, something symbolic, becomes emotionally embedded and imprinted into our memories and our hearts. Ceremonies act as a threshold that allows us to move from one phase of our lives to the next with ease, grace and steadfast commitment.

“Everything is ceremony in the wild garden of childhood” – Pablo Neruda

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Story Weaving

Story Weaving is a community building practice wherein people learn to harvest and incorporate the wisdom found in the stories of others. Story Weaving represents an interwoven inward and outward journey: connecting us more deeply to ourselves by helping us recognize our fundamental interconnectedness.

“We are the weavers, we are the woven ones. We are the dreamers, we are the dream.” – Lorna Kohler

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Heart Math

The Heart coherence meditation is a simple, short and very effective way to bring heart and brain into coherence. It is an easy-to-learn and powerful tool that you can do anywhere. When we are in a coherent state, there is a sense of stillness and harmony. Benefits of this practice include improved decisión-making and clarity of thought, reduced stress levels and improved sleep quality.

“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the heartbeat of the Universe, to match your nature with Nature.” – Joseph Campbell

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Way of Council

To speak our stories is to offer our medicine to the world and to listen deeply is perhaps the greatest act of love we can offer to another being. Council is a listening practice that invites us to listen from the heart and make space to simply receive without the need for response, judgment or agreement. It is a space of radical hospitality, where each person has a chance to share in a spontaneous, heartfelt way. Within this circle, there is no right or wrong; together, our stories come to represent a way of seeing the world beyond the limitations of our subjective perspectives.

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” – Maya Angelou

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Expressive Arts

Create in partnership with nature, leaves, sticks, flowers, seeds, rocks, sand…. Create freely with not specific outcome in mind – without the burden of having it to be a certain way. Engage your senses with the diversity of textures and colors of natural elements. Creating art with natural elements. It helps foster a relationship with nature whilst improving knowledge and understanding of natural features and processes and supports participants relaxation by being in the present moment.

“Beauty lies in nature and reveals, once the artist has perceived it, its own expressive power” – Gustave Courbet

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Mirroring

Nature holds all of life’s processes. Birth, death, change, resilience, strength, collaboration, competition, obstacles, flow, the list is endless. Nature holds up a mirror and helps us see our own processes clearer. This supports us in making better decisions and widening our perspectives.

“Nature often holds up a mirror, so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes of growth, renewal and transformation in our lives” – Mary Ann Brussart

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Journaling

Nature holds all of life’s processes. Birth, death, change, resilience, strength, collaboration, competition, obstacles, flow, the list is endless. Nature holds up a mirror and helps us see our own processes clearer. This supports us in making better decisions and widening our perspectives.

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart” – William Wordsworth

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Breathwork

Breathwork brings together the Mind, Body and Heart. Remembering how to breathe has powerful effects on our overall wellbeing. 

It nourishes our physical body by oxygenating our cells, promoting healing, and boosting our immune system. Simultaneously, it calms our minds, quieting the incessant chatter and allowing us to tap into a state of deep relaxation and peace. 

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Sound Healing

Unwind, relax and let the vibration of different sound healing instruments, like handmade tibetan bowls, gong, koshi, and drums do their job while you listen to the different sounds and let go into a Deep inner journey.  

The sound vibrations penetrate deep into the tissue. This improves blood circulation and metabolism, regulates muscle tension and deeply stimulates the tissue. Moreover, regeneration and repair mechanisms are stimulated.  Sound healing is both activating and relaxing – so it also has a refreshing effect.

Some of the benefits of Sound Healing include less chronic pain, better sleep patterns, reduced anger and reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression as well as an overall sense of relaxation and wellbeing.

“Everything in Life is Vibration” – Albert Einstein

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”

― Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

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