Returning to the Temple
Continuum Movement™ Series with Sarah Grace
Join Sarah from the comfort of your home for live tele-dive series. Within CommUNITY, Sarah will be guiding you with moments of silence, sharing Continuum and Somatic based practices and have check-ins before and after the group dive.
*New* 6-week series: Wednesdays from 6 – 8 pm PST
Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26 and Mar. 4 & 11 plus pre-recorded Equinox dive
Somatic Stretch® For Self-Healing
Weekly classes with Meredith Sands Keator & Sultana Parvanta
- Mondays, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Intro Class Sultana
- Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 11 am Meredith
- 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 9:30 – 11 am Meredith (Jan 11, 25; Feb 8, 22; Mar 14, 28)
To have a sense of well-being and energy, we need to be free from our tensions, our stiffness, our aches and pains, our inflexibility, fatigue and all other physical conditions that diminish the quality of life, so that living in our earthly bodies is a more comfortable and pleasurable experience. This is the purpose of Somatic Stretch®.
Awareness Through Movement Lessons
Mary Jo Healy & guest presenter, Shivani Jane
Weekly on Thursdays, 4 – 5 pm Lesson | 5 – 5:15 pm 3-min. Miracles
Jan. & Feb. theme: The Power of Ring Muscles – eyes, mouth, throat, core & more!
The lessons, based on the Feldenkrais Method®, allow you to discover your RING muscles and positively impact… Back aches – Migraines – Sinusitis – Arthritis – Balance – Pelvic Floor Strength – Incontinence and more!
Feldenkrais Lessons use slow mindful movements that enhance coordination, strength, balance and flexibility. Drop-ins welcomed.
Authentic Movement & Body-Mind Centering
Somatic Movement Series with David Hurwith
- Introduction to Authentic Movement
- 2nd Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 9
- Introduction to Body-Mind Centering
- 4th Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 30
Introductory series and classes exploring one’s inner landscape. Drop-ins welcomed.
Created and facilitated by Nadia Natali
Monthly on Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm | Jan. 23, Feb. 20
Discover deeper aspects of oneself through dance, intention, music and integration.
Transform Your Movement: Discover The Alexander Technique
Workshop facilitated Carol Prentice
· Next workshop – March 2020
(class is limited to 8 participants)
The beauty of this technique is it helps you to do whatever it is better! Less strain, less tension more freedom of movement. Life just gets easier!
The Alexander Technique offers a clear, systematic look into the underlying principles that govern human movement and shows you how to use your body more effectively. How we “use” ourselves affects our overall functioning. When you have poor posture, it affects your whole balance and well being. Great for performers to people with back and neck pain, to all of us who want to age with grace! Hope to see you there!
Special Series, Workshops & Events
Womb Healing: A Journey of the Soul
Guest Presenter – Carlotta Mastrojanni
Tuesday Jan. 21 from 7 – 8 pm Free Intro Class
3-part series: Tuesdays Jan. 28 – Feb. 11 from 6 – 8 pm
Through meditations, ancient womb wisdom, and the support of the sacred medicine cacao and sound, you will be supported in a deeper knowing of the feminine consciousness of your body.
Lady Wisdom: Monthly Aura Clearing Women’s Circle
Guest Presenter – Mirah Love
Saturdays from 1-3 pm on Feb 15, Mar 28, Apr 25, May 23
These sessions offer meditative journeys that cleanse the major energy centers and all 7 layers of the personal aura. Regular energy clearings of this in-depth nature hone self-healing abilities while promoting physical health, emotional resilience and mental clarity. Our explorations give special attention to the unique complexities of the female subtle body.
12-week spring season with Britta Gudmunson & Ben Gould
Tuesday evenings, 7 – 8:30pm Starts Feb. 18, 2020
Raise your voice, vibration and spirit in a non-audition community choir. Songs are taught in the oral tradition, no experience necessary. Singers & recovering “non-singers” are welcome! Concludes with benefit concert.
Word As Movement
Guest Presenter – Kendra Adler
4th Saturdays, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm | Jan. 25, Feb. 22, Mar. 28, Apr. 25
Discover the language of your Earth Body – through the Word As Movement (WAM), a somatic movement practice that unlocks the power of words to transform the body and mind. We approach the body through authentic movement exercises, grounding practices, elemental meditation (often in nature), and writing prompts. It offers space for us to listen to the subtle language of our body and the earth
The Art Of Intimate Conversation
A couples workshop facilitated by partners of 17-years, Gloria Zeltzer, MA, MFT, and Leon Berg
Next retreat: Sunday, February 23 from 10 am – 5 pm
Have you been longing for something different in your relationship?
Would you like more intimacy? Enjoy a lovely day with your partner while learning tools to deepen your love.
Somatic Salon – You’re Invited!
Saturday, March 14 from 11:30 am -1:00pm Free Community Discussion (bring your lunch)
Join us to discuss, practice and share about the Somatic Arts. February guest speaker to be announced soon.
Next gathering: 2nd Saturdays – Mar. 14, Apr. 25
A Sacred Journey Through Tibet
An 11-day journey through the Ancient Lands & Monasteries of Tibet
With Sarah Grace and Matthew Kocel
June 12 – 22, 2020
Join Sarah Grace and Matthew Kocel for this Pilgrimage of a Lifetime as we journey through Tibet’s Monastic Buddhist Land, stepped in Sacred Tradition. Together with a local guide, we will visit ancient monasteries, local villages and communities, mountain ranges and Sacred Glacier lakes. Throughout the journey, Sarah and Matthew will guide us through Healing Sound and Somatic experiences for an integrated balance of exploration, awe and restoration.
The Deep Masculine
Men’s Deep Inner Work & Embodiment Series in 5-parts
Monthly – Sundays 11am – 1 pm | new series starts in April 2020
Life changing practices for men seeking to live a life with more depth, from the heart.
The series will loosely follow these themes: part 1 – The Embodied Warrior, part – Men’s Shadow Work, part 3 – The Deep Masculine, part 4 – Emotional Mastery, and part 5 – Fierce Loving.
Participation: $20 pre-registered or $25 as drop-in. Participation is encouraged in the series.
Gather For Resiliency
A Somatic Resource Day with Shivani Jane
Next retreat – Spring 2020
- Relieve Pain, Stress and Tension
- Learn simple daily Somatic Self Care
- Enhance your Comfort and Performance
- Move into Balance through Breath and Awareness
You are invited to an afternoon of restorative Somatic Self-care. Experience breathing and movement lessons from the Feldenkrais Method® which is scientifically proven to rewire your brain for optimum health and resiliency in all ways.
Discover resources to inspire positive change, avoid injury and protect yourself from the negative effects of stressors. Awareness Through Movement® naturally diminishes stress and tension patterns so you can tap into the hidden potential and pleasure of Your Life.
The afternoon includes Temple Taste teas, healthy snacks and you will create Your personal restorative herbal tea blend to take home.
* $70 by 10/10, then $80 each
* $60 each with friend by 10/10, then $70 each
– Place: 410 W Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA 93023
Shivani Jane is a Somatic Sanctuary practitioner and sharing lessons that naturally balance the nervous system; bringing more ease into your daily activities and enhance performance, while also offering movement solutions for the relief of pain, tension, injury and post-traumatic stress symptoms. Offerings include weekly Feldenkrais classes, private sessions and audio lessons.
Developed by Ajaya Sommers *Guest Teacher*
Returning in late Spring 2020
Essential Intimacy practices for Radiant Health, Clear Guidance and Fulfilling Connection. This offering is a weaving together of somatic and Continuum Movement™ practices. For more info, visit AjayaSommers.com.
Recipricocity: $25 with RSVP / $30 at door
Discover Your Authentic Voice Through Writing
Guest Presenter – Christina Vo
Date: to be announced soon
Through storytelling and writing exercises, this workshop will create a space for slowing down, deep listening, sensing what wants to be heard, developing an easy flow of creativity and bringing us in a fuller expression of our authentic voice.
To register for an upcoming Workshop or Event, or to Reserve the Sanctuary for your own Workshop or Event, please contact Somatic Sanctuary