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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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.