Current   Offerings
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Somatic Classes


Returning to the Temple

A Continuum Movement™ Series with Sarah Grace

 Join Sarah from the comfort of your home for this 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.

Series:  Wed., 6 – 8 pm Pacific Standard Time (PST)
         Nov. 13, 20 & Dec. 4*, 12* & 18**
         * Thu., Dec 12th    **Dec. 18th is a special pre-recorded dive

Using breath and sound, we explore our fluid bodies through subtle movement and the language of sensation.

  • Connect to the Sacred Within
  • Awaken to Embodied Presence
  • Slow down and release stress
  • Renew into your Wholeness

Sacred Investment:  $88 for series or $77 (USD) by Nov. 11  (RSVP required)

Somatic Stretch®  

Weekly mat/chair class with Sultana Parvanta

Mondays, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Intro Class for Beginners & Seniors
Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11 am

To have a sense of wellbeing 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

Co-facilitated by Mary Jo Healy & Shivani Jane

Thursdays, 5 – 6 pm     No classes Dec. 26 or Jan. 2

The Feldenkrais Method® shared as movement lessons brings new awareness and possibility into every aspect of YOUR life. What areas do you want to improve?

  • Healthy Aging
  • Sleep Better
  • Sports Performance
  • Enhanced Creativity
  • Sports Performance
  • Mental Agility
  • Better Balance
  • Stress Release
  • Flexibility & Mobility
  • Reduce joint/back pain
  • Work more efficiently

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Come learn this unique method to improve YOUR life. Lessons use slow mindful movements that enhance coordination, strength, balance and flexibility. Change limiting habits and improve stability and confidence to move easily in all directions. Enhances personal growth and emotional and physical well-being. Drop-ins welcomed.

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DanceMedicine Journey  

Created and facilitated by Nadia Natali

Monthly on Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm |  Nov. 7, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 6

Discover deeper aspects of oneself through dance, intention, music and integration.

Transform Your Movement:  Discover The Alexander Technique

A 4-part series with Carol Prentice

· Series: Tuesdays, Jan. 7 – 28 from 10:30 – 11:45 am and 6 – 7:15 pm
  (class is limited to 6 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!

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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!

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Authentic Movement

A Special Series with David Hurwith

Fall series: Monday’s, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  •  –  1st series:  Sep. 16, 23, 30 and Oct. 14, 21, 28
  •  –  2nd series:  Nov. 4, 11, 25 and Dec. 2 & 9 (no class 11/18)

An intro series exploring one’s inner landscape. Drop-ins welcomed.


A new offering with Pamela Pilkenton

On hiatus 

1st class by donation. Drop-ins welcomed.

Pamela Pilkenton, master teacher of the GYROKINESIS® Method, joins us weekly at the sanctuary. Sarah truly believes this modality opens up the spiralic intelligence of the body clearing pathways that can otherwise constrict from pain or trauma. It is a perfect adjunct to Continuum Movement, Feldenkrais and somatic trauma therapy.

GYROTONIC®, GYROTONER®, GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®, GYROKINESIS® are registered trademarks of Gyrotonic Sales Corp and are used with their permission.

Special Series, Workshops & Events


Holiday Gathering You’re Invited 

Saturday, December 14       9 am – 1 pm

9 – 11:30 am       Sample Free Classes & Healing Arts demos
11:30 am – 1 pm   Holiday Gathering with tea & treats

You are invited to meet our team, sample free classes and Healing Arts services, and join the community for tea and treats.  Drawings will be held for gift certificates and class passes.  Come for one or all of the sessions, & kindly RSVP.

Hope to see you soon!

9 – 11:30 am  Sample Somatic Classes & Healing Arts

  • 9 am       Continuum Movement® with Ajaya Sommers
  • 9:30 am   Awareness Through Movement® – Mary Jo Healy
  • 10 am     Somatic  Stretch® for Self-Healing with Sultana Parvanta
  • 10:30 am Alexander Technique with Carol Prentice
  • 11 am      Body-Mind Centering® with David Hurwith

9 – 11:30 am  Somatic Healing Arts demos with our practitioners and Water Blessings with Oceanna in the Lomi Lomi tradition.

11:30 am – 1 pm   Gathering with Tea & Treats

May you be blessed this holiday season

Core Embodiment

Developed by Ajaya Sommers  *Guest Teacher*

Tuesday, Dec. 10th from 6 – 8 pm 

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

Recipricocity:  $25 with RSVP / $30 at door

The Deep Masculine

Men’s Deep Inner Work & Embodiment Series in 5-parts

Monthly – Sundays 11am – 1 pm | Nov. 10, Dec. 1, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 8

Life changing practices for men seeking to live a life with more depth, from the heart.

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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.

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Somatic Salon You’re Invited – new dates soon

Time: 11:30am -1:00pm   Free Community Discussion (bring your lunch)

Join us to discuss, practice and share about the Somatic Arts.
Next gathering:  coming soon.

KinKare Families helping Families with Childcare

A Childhood Development Series by Liz Memel, M.A.

· Series: Wednesdays, Jan. 15, 22 & 29 from 3 – 4:30 pm
  (each class builds on the next, full series recommended)

Grandparents and extended families are coming together to care for our young family members. The most recent data show that grandparents in the U.S. care for almost 1 out of 4 children under age five on a regular basis. Join us to learn best practices and the latest neuroscience research to positively assure optimal healthy early child development.

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Topics include:

Week 1: From birth, humanizing view of children

Week 2: Motor, sensory and cognitive development

Week 3: Psychological and social development

For more information about Liz Memel and her lifetime of work in this field, please visit:

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Gather For Resiliency

A Somatic Resource Day with Shivani Jane

January 2020 date to be set soon
  • 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.

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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.

– Tickets:
* $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.

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Incourage Chorus

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.

The Art Of Intimate Conversation

A couples workshop facilitated by partners of 17-years, Gloria Zeltzer, MA, MFT, and Leon Berg

New dates soon in Spring 2020
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.

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.

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Past Events

To register for an upcoming Workshop or Event, or to Reserve the Sanctuary for your own Workshop or Event, please contact Somatic Sanctuary