Tantra Intensive

Tantra Intensive

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This fall we'll be returning to Zazen in Ukiah, California for the North American Intensive. Zazen is a pristine sanctuary in the hills of Mendocino and the perfect setting for our inner dive. 

The Intensive is a residential four-day program which offers different ways of liberating blocked or repressed sexual energy. When sexual energy flows, life flows, affecting not only our sexuality but our over-all health and happiness.

We will explore our relationship with our bodies, our sexuality, with our inner the masculine and feminine and the repercussions that those relationships bring about in the relationships we have in the outer world.

It will function like a diagnostic. It’s a chance to really look deeply and get an honest assessment of where you are. We use the energy of the group, dynamic meditations, yoga, and movement to bring us a unique experience in which we have the possibility of becoming more present, more embodied and more honest with ourselves.

From this point of honesty we begin to realize that it is, in fact, us who are creating the discord in our relationships and our life in general. Once we take responsibility, become the authors of our experience and can begin to take charge of our lives. 

The work will begin on the morning of the 14th at 10:00 and finish around 6:00 on the evening of the 17th. Zazen is located very close to Orr Hot Springs if you decide to visit on your way in or out. Below are the prices for this year’s retreat. All accommodation is first come, first serve. There are three Queen rooms, five simple rooms and three camping spots. Spaces are reserved with a deposit.

Workshop fees include shared accommodation, three lovingly prepared vegetarian meals per day (the food at Zazen is amazing) and the course. Early bird pricing is available for those who sign up soon.


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$925 - Queen Bed Room
For those who would prefer more comfort, we have three spacious, carpeted rooms with queen beds, double occupancy, shared bath in the main house. These rooms are available for couples or friends as the bed is shared. A small discount is available for couples in this room.

$825 - Shared simple room with twin bed
Comfortable, but simple shared rooms with twin bed and shared bath in the workshop house

$750 - Camping
For those who prefer to sleep outside under the stars. Participant will be responsible for bringing their own tent and bedding and will share the workshop bath.


---EARLY BIRD PRICING (ends August 1st, 2017)---
$825 - Queen Bed Room
See description above

$725 – Shared simple room with twin beds
See description above

$695 - Camping
See description above


***To register or if you have any questions please contact pathoftantra@gmail.com

or visit pathoftantra.com

To see testimonials visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySspUjGhsTw&t=454s


More about the workshop:

Sample Schedule (This is a general idea, but the times may change)

8:00 – 9:00 Dynamic Meditation

9:00 – 10:00 Yoga

10:00 – 11:00 Breakfast Break

11:00 – 1:30 Morning session

1:30 – 2:30 Lunch break

3:00 – 6:00 Afternoon session

6:00 – 7:00 Kundalini meditation

7:00 – 7:45 Dinner break

7:45 – 10:30 (or later) Evening session

What you should know about the workshops:

The hours are intense. During the duration of the course you will spend most of your waking time inside the hall, doing the work. We use the time to immerse fully and highly recommend unplugging as much as possible from the outside world. We use this retreat as a ‘restart’ button, pulling us completely out of our normal daily life so that we can dive deeply into ourselves.

This workshop respects boundaries. There will be no nudity and nothing sexually explicit. That being said, we will be working with this energy, so we will do some partner work and sensuality will be provoked, as will playfulness and spontaneity.

The venues for the Intensive are chosen based on trust. We select venues that have quiet and seclusion, a staff which is equipped to handle the retreat’s needs and an energy which is conducive to the work. Because of this being the main criteria the other circumstances may vary greatly – sometimes we are in a more upscale resort, and others in a very rustic, basic setting in the beauty of nature.

Yoga and Sound Retreat

Yoga and Sound Retreat

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Erika van Gemeren is a San Francisco-based, full time Bhakti Vinyasa yoga instructor who has been practicing yoga since 1997. As a child, she could she could feel the mind/body connection through her love of dancing, hiking, and snowboarding. Yoga was a natural extension of her embodied movement practices and she developed an immediate passion for her practice. Erika has trained with Janet Stone since 2002 and still continues to explore with her and various other teachers including Shiva Rea, Scott Blossom, Hareesh Wallace, Ashley Turner, Sianna Sherman. She has dived deep into tantra, priestess and shamanic studies. Erika was written up as one of the master teachers to check out in San Francisco. Her aim is to inspire and instill her passion for yoga and its transformative effects to others. Her classes are soulful, sweaty, and nurturing. She reminds her students to live from their hearts and to dance like no one is watching.

Lucia Lilikoi is a Spanish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, sound healer and educator living in Northern California. Her third album Vessel is an exploration of our relationship to water, and it has been described as a small master piece of intimist dream pop. Over the years Lucia has collaborated and played with musicians like Julie Wolf (Ani Difranco, Sia) Joey Maramba (Rickie Lee Jones, John Cale), and Malcolm Burn (Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Emmylou Harris) amongst others. Lucia’s music has been featured on film and TV (The L Word, The Future of Energy with Joanna Macy) and she performs at shows and festivals, venues including The House of Blues in Hollywood, The Alcázar in Sevilla, Gibson Guitar Studios in London, and Esalen in Big Sur.nShe loves creating an experience for the listener to immerse in magic and healing, and she is committed to social change through music, and mentorship through teaching. She also provides soundscapes for yoga classes, retreats and ceremonies.

Mindfulness Harvest for Release & Renewal with Koren Kiener

Mindfulness Harvest for Release & Renewal with Koren Kiener

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Join Koren for this 3 day, 2 night wellness retreat in Zazen's private, nature-filled haven in Ukiah, CA. As we transition from the warmth of the summer and into the cooler season of autumn, we end one cycle in preparation for another to begin. Through various cultures, the symbolism of fall may closely associate with the elements of letting go, abundance, and rebirth. As we notice the natural transitions of leaves falling, landscape colors and temperatures changing, we too can shed any unwanted baggage in order to transform and re-align with our personal center and power.

This retreat will provide a grounding reset in order to recharge our energy rather than deplete it. Part of that reset sometimes requires a pause from our frequent social interactions, so this will also be a semi-silent retreat. Morning meals and meditations will be led in silence to enable the practitioner to re-connect more closely to their inner source and peace.

The weekend will include daily meditation, mindful flow, restorative asana, in addition to Dharma talks, and intention-setting practices. Afternoon scheduling will be flexible, allowing students with adequate time for rest, contemplation, and recreational activity. The center is closely neighbored to the refreshing Orr Hot Springs and the beautiful Montgomery State Redwood Forest as well. There will be a sound bath on one of the evenings, encouraging students to shift their consciousness towards a more meditative presence, and facilitate deeper dream states.

This retreat is ideal for anyone needing a separation from the demands of daily busy living, and for those who are seeking nourishing self-care. Students can expect to find rejuvenation through the retreat center's picturesque land, and by a thoughtfully curated and easeful schedule. The combination of mindful rituals, an experience designed to awaken your senses, and the healing energy of these practices, will surely instill a new sense of fullness and transformation.

Private room: $450
Shared room: $375
camping/cot: $275

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Women's Rejuvenating Retreat

Women's Rejuvenating Retreat

Join us for a deeply restorative and rejuvenating all-woman's retreat.  Together we will slow down to the pace of nature as we unplug, unwind, and leave all those stresses from city life behind.  With a focus on opening our hearts, grounding our energy and reconnecting with our own internal guidance systems.

Located just 2.5 hours north of San Francisco, in a secluded region of the Mendocino highlands between Ukiah and the Mendocino coast.  Nested on forty acres atop a mountain with expansive views in all directions.  Located within 20 min from Orr Hot Springs and the magical Montgomery State Redwood Forest.

The weekend will consist of Feldenkrais® lessons, yoga, laughter, hiking, feminine connection, meditation, and a ceremony under the stars.  All classes are optional.  You’ll also have plenty of free time to relax around the retreat center’s natural settings, take a soak in the mineral springs, and enjoy a hike through one of the most magnificent forests in California. 

*Bodywork sessions and intuitive readings are also available for an additional fee.

What is Feldenkrais?
The Feldenkrais method® helps with the realignment of our bones, muscles and joints and with the coordination of our overall movement patterns.  In each lesson, you will be guided through gentle movement sequences which have an extraordinary effect on adapting the nervous system towards its optimal state. 

Some of the results of this method include include:

  • Freeing your body from stiffness, aches and pain
  • Improved skeletal alignment and balance
  • Improved flexibility and ease of movement
  • Decreased anxiety, stress and sleep issues
  • Improved clarity, focus, and direction

What is Included?

* 1-2 Feldenkrais lessons per day
* Personal Growth and writing exercises aimed at self-inquiry and reconnection with our inner guidance systems
* Delicious organic vegetarian food, custom made to personal dietary needs
* Group hike/Outdoor Walking Feldenkrais lesson
* Ritual feminine ceremony under the stars
* Morning exercise or yoga class

See below for a sample schedule of the weekend.

Be prepared to experience a subtle yet amazing shift inside in this environment of ease and pleasure.
We welcome all levels of experience.

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To Register:
Retreat fees are per-person and include beautiful resort accommodations, use of all facilities, workshop/classes, 3 vegetarian meals/day featuring local ingredients, and peaceful spaciousness to support your journey.

PLEASE send a $250 deposit.  Deposits are 100% refundable till 60 days prior.  Deposits are non-refundable after this time. Full payment due 30 days prior to start of retreat.

Pricing:
(Early bird pricing listed.  Pricing to increase $50 by Aug 27th):
Camping: $400
Dormitory (3-4 per room) - $475
Single person (twin) - $525
Single person (queen) - $600
2 people Double (separate beds)-$1000
2 people Queen Bed large room- $850

Housing issued on a first come first serve basis.  Limited rooms available for each category.


Additional Optional Fees:
-Orr Hot springs-$30
-1:1 Feldenkrais, Clairvoyant Readings or Massage-$100 (Regular price $130-150)
**Please bring cash for these services to the retreat please. 

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Retreat begins at 3:00 pm on Fri Oct 13th.  Ends Sun Oct 15th at approximately 3:00PM
(You are welcome to arrive as early as 1:00PM to settle into your room).

*Yoga mats will be provided.

Private bus available from San Francisco.  Fares are only $15 per person -1 way.

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TEACHERS

 

Shara Ogin started her profession as an occupational therapist in 1994.  Since then, she has focused on a career with a holistic approach integrating Feldenkrais, Clairvoyance and Life coaching, helping hundreds of people over the past decade to free their bodies of pain and live more conscious and aligned lives. 

Shara is the author of 4 videos on fitness and pain management techniques, 1 Feldenkrais CD, and 1 book called "The Quick Guide to Easing Pain, in the Workplace & Beyond."  She is working on her next book with a more metaphysical perspective about the mind/body and its relationship to our pain states. 

 

Robin is an intuitive sound healing practitioner. She uses her voice to channel what she calls Soul Songs, for individuals and also for the soul of a group and are unique to each person or setting. Through the use of her voice, quartz and tibetan singing bowls, hand drums and other sacred sound instruments, she creates a field of vibration that can induce meditative states, remove blocks and facilitate the flow of energy. The soul songs are always improvised and consist of tones and ancient sounds that bypass the thinking mind and entrain and shift the listener's state to a place of peace and can help bring back harmony in the body. Robin has had a passion for sound healing for the past two decades and graduated from the Sound Healing Institute, in San Francisco in 2005

Giving Thanks - An Acro Retreat

Giving Thanks - An Acro Retreat

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Join us for three and a half days of acro, handstands and Thai massage at Zazen Retreat Center, in Ukiah. Nestled in the rolling hills of northern California, Zazen is less than six miles from Orr Hot Springs and Montgomery Redwood Forest. Prepare to indulge all of your senses over the course of our time together. 

During this retreat we will work hard, and leave time for replenishment in the hot springs and nearby redwood forest. Each day will begin with time in silence for meditation and personal practice, and close with therapeutics in the form of Thai massage and partner stretching. Over the course of the weekend we will focus on building your acro skill bank. We'll review a few washing machines then teach you new ones, condition the fundamentals, pop the pops, and spend time exploring creative flow. And because we are who we are - we will intersperse injury prevention tips and incorporate education on anatomy and biomechanics so that you leave this retreat not only with new tricks up your sleeve, but also with a working knowledge of how it is your body does the amazing things you have trained it to do.

Pre-requisites: The material being shared is at a solid intermediate level, with progressions offered for more advanced students. We assume that you have familiarity with standard acro poses and some experience in a handstand; see list below. If you have questions about this list please contact us directly at PrecisionAcrobaticsSF@gmail.com.  

>> Star, reverse star, front plank <-> shoulder stand <-> back plank, foot to hand
>> Hold a handstand at wall for 20 seconds; 45s plank

Of note: This retreat is limited to 16 participants, and will be an alcohol and substance free event.

Zazen Retreat Center is located on 30 acres in Mendocino County, under 3 hours north of San Francisco, 6 miles from Orr Hot Springs. It is a private retreat space ideal for intimate gatherings. There are private and shared accommodations, a dedicated practice space, and organic vegetarian meals served daily.

Sample Schedule (subject to adaptation):
7-8am: silent time for meditation, journaling, and personal practice
8-9am: breakfast  
9:30-noon: morning movement: handstands, strength training, partner inversions/calibrations, acro fundamentals
noon-1pm: lunch
*1-5pm: free time to enjoy hiking, Orr Hot Springs, personal time
5-7pm: afternoon practice: partner calibrations and acro adventures (machines, pops, icarian, games, creative flow)
7-8:30pm: dinner
8:30-9:30: therapeutics
*On one of the days we will have less free time and more structured training time.

Details about the event:
Dates: Wednesday 11/22 (evening arrival) through Sunday 11/26 (mid-day departure)
Prices**: Single bed: $850
Queen shared bed: $750
Shared room of 4: $700
Camping: $550
Early bird is $50 off before 9/1.

Prices include lodging, organic vegetarian meals, and 4-6 hrs of training per day. 
Location: Zazen Retreat Center, 8150 Orr Springs Road, Ukiah, CA

**Day passes to Orr ($30) not included

Cancellation policy:  
Refund minus $100 processing fee if we can fill your spot by 10/1.
Note: Lodging of your replacement needs to be a spot of equal or greater value.

Our intention in offering this retreat is to join together in community to celebrate our love for acro, and to quietly reflect on all of the reasons we have to give thanks. We want to train hard, engage in knowledge sharing and curious exploration, eat good food, restore our bodies, and laugh a lot. We are excited to be finishing our first year of teaching as "Precision Acrobatics" and want to celebrate with you!

About the instructors:  

Ariel and Liz began their acrobatics partnership in 2009; dare we say it was love at first flight? They have trained extensively with world renowned coaches over their years of practice together and have been teaching as part of the YogaSlackers crew since 2011. In 2017 they founded Precision Acrobatics to share their teaching in a more structured format. Motivated by the interplay of strength and receptivity, Ariel and Liz are known for challenging their students with new material in a way that is safe and attainable. 

Ariel has a Doctorate in Pharmacy and certifications in the following yoga disciplines: Ashtanga, AcroYoga, YogaSlackers, Thai Massage/Pranassage. Liz is a licensed physical therapist and is certified in the following disciplines: massage therapy, yoga therapy, and YogaSlackers.