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SOMATIC SATSANG a time to settle within community.
Facilitated by Sarah Grace
FREE Virtual Gathering
Thursday March 24  6pm -7.30pm
email support@somaticsanctuary.com for Zoom link or register below

Join us as we gather to support the nervous system in times of stress and uncertainty. In a space of co-regulation together within the Sacred Container of our Somatic community. We learn tools that support our brain health, coherence and calm our nervous system.

 
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CONTINUUM MOVEMENT  with Sarah Grace
 Bonus Complimentary Class  TUESDAY MAY 31  6 -8.30PM
Invite your friends and family to this complimentary bonus class so they can experience the joy and freedom of Continuum Movement

We invite you to this rare opportunity to be together in the studio in the Continuum Movement Field….

Using breath and sound, we explore our fluid bodies through subtle movement, wave motion, and the language of sensation. Within Sacred Space, together, we have the opportunity of allowing time to slow down, to shed that which needs to shed, and to come through anew, refreshed, reset and reborn.

 

When we access the Innate Intelligence of the deeper Forces that sustain us, we tap into the pulsating streams of life, as they ripple though our systems, and we enter The Mystery of what it means to embody.

 
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WOMB SURROUND PROCESS WORKSHOP
An exploration in Pre & Perinatal Somatic Integration
Facilitated by Cindy Barnum RCST & Sarah Grace RCST, SEP
Thursday Sept 8 – Monday Sept 12
IN PERSON, IN OJAI
 

This workshop is designed for 5 participants to each of whom will have the spacious opportunity of healing their early imprints. The form of this workshop is specifically designed for the healing of early material, from pre-conception, conception, gestation, birth and early bonding.

This workshop is for you if you know you’ve experienced birth trauma and/or have unresolved early attachment experiences. Individuals, mothers, fathers and families preparing for pregnancy, and/or pregnant mammas who wish to prepare for their birth are welcome!

SACRED INVESTMENT  $850.00

EARLY BIRD INVESTMENT $800 paid by 8/8

APPLY BY Emailing support@somaticsanctuary.com with WOMB SURROUND in subject.

The Facilitators:

Cindy Barnum RCST  Cindy’s 14 years quest of learning in this work has led her to understanding the level of stillness, consciousness, receptivity and trust in the wisdom of the body is key to the joint practice this process is. She has studied with the very best in this field including Gary Roba, Dr. Ray Castellino and Mike Boxhall. Her true joy is holding a safe place where one can open to the health that is always there.

 

Sarah Grace RCST, SEP.   Sarah is a Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Authorized Continuum Movement Teacher, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and Birth Doula. She has been deeply involved in Pre & Perinatal somatic therapies and has a passion for facilitating a connection to the inherent Health that is our birthright.

 
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CONTINUUM MOVEMENT® 8 WEEK TELE-DIVE SERIES   
With Sarah Grace

WEDNESDAY 6.00pm – 8.00pm PDT

Series Dates:  May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22

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 & Somatic based principles and with check-ins before each dive.

‘Movement is what We are, not something we do.’   Emily Conrad, founder of Continuum Movement®
  • Connect to the Sacred Within
  • Awaken Embodied Presence
  • Slow down and release stress
  • Renew into your Wholeness

 

Using breath and sound, we explore our fluid bodies through subtle movement, wave motion, and the language of sensation. Within sacred Space, together, we have the opportunity of allowing time to slow down, to shed that which needs to shed, and to come through anew, refreshed, and reborn. When we access the Innate Intelligence of the deeper Forces that sustain us, we tap into the pulsating streams of life as they ripple through our system and we enter The Mystery of what it means to embody.

Sacred Investment: Includes 8 Live sessions & 8 recordings

• $155 USD

Drop in $25 ( first class only )

• No one turned away due to finances, ask about scholarships

Registration: must pre-register
• Email: support@somaticsanctuary.com
• Phone: +1 (805) 633- 9230

Upon registration you will receive the call details.

Preparation:
• Connect to audio call by phone or online
• Set up own mat
• Allow for at least 2-hours quiet time
• Create uninterrupted space where you can nourish and plug into your own essence
• Good news, you get to keep the recordings for life!

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FINDING SOLUTIONS IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS
Mini Family Constellations Workshops with MARITZA LUZ VEGA 

TUESDAY JUNE 28, JULY 5, 12    10am – 1pm

$45/workshop

No previous experience necessary 

These workshops are a treasure trove of transformation and transmutation. 

Join us in this series of explorations in finding solutions in the midst of chaos.  

This series will combine family constellations, spiritual healing, and other complementary modalities that allow for insights from the inside out in a very organic way.    

When done in a group setting, Family constellations are a powerful way of seeing the underlying causes of any situation and condition.  When combined with an ancient lineage of Sufism, the results are supersized leading back to trusting Self, Life, and living with a more open heart.

During our time together, support is woven throughout, allowing for groundedness, connection, and a wider range of capacity to meet the experience(s).  

If the group is small enough, everyone will have the opportunity to participate; a larger group will allow some to watch and still benefit.  

Dress comfortably to be able to move around easily and to accommodate possible temperature fluctuations.

Please arrive early so that we can start on time.  Important info on constellations and how to participate will be shared in the beginning.  

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FREE INTROS TO FAMILY CONSTELLATIONS  with MARITZA LUZ VEGA 

Join us for two evenings of free introductions to Family Constellations and Opening to Love.

THURSDAY JUNE 30 6pm – 9pm

WEDNESDAY JULY 6     6pm – 9pm

Most of Europe and South America have been utilizing this powerful modality to heal family dynamics and issues that many consider unsolvable or requires many years of therapy….much less dragging the whole family into therapy (which doesn’t happen for most families)

Come experience how one individual can change the dynamics of the whole family.

We’ll work with themes like:

Self acceptance to express yourself freely

Breaking the silent Divorce pandemic

Feeling Safe in the World

Come early.  Wear comfortable clothes.  No experience necessary.

Maritza Luz Vega, CMT, M.Div. focuses on the well-being of individuals to create the strong loving families, communities & societies we know possible. She is a trained and certified family constellation facilitator with JoAnne and Dyrian Chartrand-Benz’s Relational Constellation Institute of California.  She integrates trauma resolution, pre & perinatal psychology (the early non-verbal experiences/patterns that affect our adult lives), and ancestral work as needed.  

Maritza was also made a Sufi teacher in 2006 in the Shadhiliyya lineage that focuses on healing and restoring connection to the Divine – the place of Wholeness within that allows for greater trust, peace, meaning, and activation of one’s role in this great gift of life.  

She was able to break old family patterns and reclaim her heart and life from a tragic trajectory.  She’s the mother of an amazing young adult man and has lived in Ojai for nearly 30 years.  She has a passion for regenerative living.  

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INFANT MASSAGE 4 CLASS SERIES with Maya Kokatay 

Mondays, New series dates coming soon…

1.00pm -2.00pm PDT

$160 (sliding scale available)

This class series is for parents and caregivers of pre-crawling babies who want to learn the art of infant massage in a loving and supportive environment. Come learn how to incorporate infant massage into your daily routine to enhance bonding and attunement, reduce colic and stress, promote deeper sleep, weight gain, brain development, and more.
What to Bring:
*An adult sized bath towel
*Baby blanket
*Extra cloth diaper, wash cloth, or burp cloth
*Waterproof pads (optional)
*Oil will be provided, or you may bring your own.
*Natural, unscented, cold-pressed and organic oils are recommended. Grapeseed, almond, sunflower, and coconut oil are good choices.

Maya Kokatay,  RCST®, CIMI, is a biodynamic craniosacral therapist, infant massage instructor, childbirth educator, doula, and mother of two. She has been supporting babies and families for 20 years through their birth and postpartum journeys.

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QIGONG with Herbal Thom

Thursday 6.00pm – 7:00pm PST in person & via zoom

Qigong is an ancient Taoist energy exercise that supports whole body healing. In this class you will learn to combine slow graceful movements with deep breathing to find a state of peace and empowerment. This practice has been shown to balance blood pressure, digestion & immunity. Come relax your mind to restore your body & spirit.
Herbal Thom has practiced qigong for the passed 15 years with several Qigong masters and toured extensively across the US training instructors with Supreme Science Qigong. As a Quantum Nutritionist, he brings a multidisciplinary approach to healing including Qigong, Breathwork, Tonic Herbalism, Food Healing Science & a sense of humor.

More about Herbal Thom here herbalthom.com

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SOMA SHAKE SHINE  with Cindy Aikman

Mondays 6.00pm – 7:30pm 

An internal inquiry through breath, bones, sounds, movement & imagination. Making this class a creative journey into better relationship with ourselves & all our relations. Making space for non reaction & more gentleness to be available to us.

Cindy has been teaching consistently since 2006 her special mix of movement, breath and meditation garnered from her years of study in and with the world of dance, yoga, therapy and the healing arts. It is with complete joy that she shares the body’s ability to experience healing through physical and spiritually integrated practice and her passion for wellness for all.

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SOULFUL FLOW & REPOSE with Terry & Alarra 

Monday May 9

10.00am -11.30am PDT

$33

Join us for a blissful 90-minutes with Terry and Alarra.

Your experience will begin with a 30-minute Qi Gong movement session lead by movement master and dedicated practitioner Terry Kvasník. Then resting on our mats to enter into a transformational, nervous system reset Gong Meditation with Sound Ceremonialist Alarra Saress. After setting our personal intentions, Alarra will serenade you with her dynamic palette of instruments from gong to bowls to chimes and voice. Come to reawaken and integrate your heart’s intention through soulful flow and repose.

To learn more about Terry & Alarra please visit Harmonic Earth

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QIGONG & ENERGY HEALING CIRCLE  with Lepeng Li

Tuesday June  14 

6.00pm – 7:30pm PDT

$20-$25

Whether you are completely new to energy healing or you have always benefited from it, this energy healing circle will provide you a new healing experience.
We start the circle with 30-minutes gentle Qigong movement to open up your energetic pathways and calm your mind. The healing experience will be initiated with a short guided meditation and DEEPLY relaxing music. Then you simply lie down on a yoga mat or sit comfortably for another 30 to 45 minutes to allow the healing energy to flow through you and around you.
As the energy has its own intelligence and each experience is individually guided by the energy to address the specific needs of the participants, you will receive healing from the past as well as gain insights and guidance for your current situations.
There is no physical touch and contact necessary for this healing experience.

Lepeng is a Reiki Master, Qigong movement and Yoga teacher and massage therapist with intuitive understanding of people’s habitual patterns and energetic imbalance. With all the tools, knowledge and her unique gift as an empath, Lepeng provides personalized healing sessions to help her clients heal from physical, mental and emotional imbalance, blockages and trauma.  The typical healing sessions include bodywork, Reiki energy healing and compassionate listening.

Lepeng is passionate about servicing the world with her healing gifts.  She is here to help you relieve and heal from physical and emotional pains and to assist you to return to your natural equilibrium and well-being.

To learn more about Lepeng please visit Alignment Healings

BECOMING ONE 
A Tele-Dive Continuum Movement® Series with Sarah Grace

Dates: Sept 8, 15, 22 & 29
Time: 6pm – 8pm PT

Join Sarah from the comfort of your own home for four live sessions of this tele-dive series. Within CommUNITY, Sarah will be guiding you through Continuum and Somatic based practices with check-ins before and after the group dive.

Becoming One

In these times of big global shifts, the body holds and reveals concerns, worries, tension, feelings of being unsettled and possibly, deep-rooted patterns that may no longer serve us. Continuum Movement is a practice supporting self-learning and self-healing, grounding in experiences and building capacity to Be one with the ONE.

• Connect to the Sacred Within

• Awaken Embodied Presence

• Slow down and release stress

• Renew into your oneness

About Continuum

Using breath and sound, we explore our fluid bodies through subtle movement, wave motion, and the language of sensation. Within sacred Space, together, we have the opportunity of allowing time to slow down, to shed that which needs to shed, and to come through anew, refreshed, and reborn. When we access the Innate Intelligence of the deeper Forces that sustain us, we tap into the pulsating streams of life as they ripple through our system and we enter The Mystery of what it means to embody.

Sacred Investment: Includes 4 Live sessions & 4 recordings

• $88 USD *early bird pricing $77 USD paid by Aug 15*

• No one turned away due to finances, ask about scholarships

Registration: must pre-register
• Email: support@somaticsanctuary.com
• Phone: +1 (805) 633- 9230

Upon registration you will receive the call details.

Preparation:
• Connect to audio call by phone or online
• Set up own mat
• Allow for at least 2-hours quiet time
• Create uninterrupted space where you can nourish and plug into your own essence
• Good news, you get to keep the recordings for life!

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FINDING SOLUTIONS IN THE MIDST OF CHANGE  Mini ( but so mighty ) Constellation weekly workshops with Maritza Luz Vega

 

 

Tuesday  10:00am – 1.00pm

June 21, 28, July 5, 12 

$45 / session

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY 

Join us in this series of explorations in finding solutions in the midst of chaos.  


This series will combine family constellations, spiritual healing, and other complementary modalities that allow for insights from the inside out in a very organic way.    


When done in a group setting, Family constellations are a powerful way of seeing the underlying causes of any situation and condition.  When combined with an ancient lineage of Sufism, the results are supersized leading back to trusting Self, Life, and living with a more open heart.


During our time together, support is woven throughout, allowing for groundedness, connection, and a wider range of capacity to meet the experience(s).  


If the group is small enough, everyone will have the opportunity to participate; a larger group will allow some to watch and still benefit.  


Dress comfortably to be able to move around easily and to accommodate possible temperature fluctuations.


Please arrive early so that we can start on time.  Important info on constellations and how to participate will be shared in the beginning.  

Maritza Luz Vega, CMT, M.Div. focuses on the well-being of individuals to create the strong loving families, communities & societies we know possible. She is a trained and certified family constellation facilitator with JoAnne and Dyrian Chartrand-Benz’s Relational Constellation Institute of California.  She integrates trauma resolution, pre & perinatal psychology (the early non-verbal experiences/patterns that affect our adult lives), and ancestral work as needed.  

Maritza was also made a Sufi teacher in 2006 in the Shadhiliyya lineage that focuses on healing and restoring connection to the Divine – the place of Wholeness within that allows for greater trust, peace, meaning, and activation of one’s role in this great gift of life.  

She was able to break old family patterns and reclaim her heart and life from a tragic trajectory.  She’s the mother of an amazing young adult man and has lived in Ojai for nearly 30 years.  She has a passion for regenerative living.  

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ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE WORKSHOP with Carol P Prentice

TUESDAY JUNE 28

6.00PM – 8.00PM

$40

 

Invite natural balance and freedom of movement with The Alexander Technique. 

 

Carol P. Prentice is a senior teacher of the Alexander Technique specializing in somatic education and health for 35 years.

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SOMATIC STRETCH® FOR SELF HEALING  (in studio & via zoom)
with Sultana Parvanta

Thursday 11.00am – 12:45pm PST

Somatic Stretch® is for the flexible or the very inflexible. Most exercises are done on the mat as we work gently into areas of need – some of which you never knew you had! This class can be adapted to a chair, too.
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BACK TO BASICS
Based on The Feldenkrais Method
Guided by Shivani Jane

Virtual Tuesdays, 9:30 – 10:30 am PT  

Back to Basics is a synthesis of Somatic education based on the Feldenkrais Method using gentle movement and restorative breathing to relieve tension along Your entire spine. Recognize and relieve tension – regain mobility and ease – restore balance in All ways.

45-min class with optional time for Q&A at the conclusion. The series runs from 11/10 – 12/22.  Drop-ins welcomed.  
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AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT (in studio & via zoom )
Movement as a Personal Practice with Mary Jo Healy

Thursday 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Feldenkrais lessons use gentle mindful movements that enhance coordination, strength, balance, flexibility and neuroplasticity. Each lesson is unique, a mini-learning adventure about one’s self. Facilitating letting go of tensions and concerns that may be held in the body and supporting our health and flexibility.
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SOMATIC WALKING, a mindful movement practice (OUTDOORS) with Sultana Parvanta
Friday 8.30am – 10am    OJAI MEADOWS PRESERVE (North end of Nordhoff High School entrance)

We invite you to join us for this nourishing and invigorating somatic awareness time, that includes:

  • On the bar stretches (using the wooden fence in the preserve), followed by:
  • Somatic Walk, ending with
  • Sitting quietly and meditating while listening to the birds under the eucalyptus trees in the Meadows.

This outdoor class is offered to support your somatic practices outside, get you out in nature to stretch; practice good alignment, and create a way for us to be together.

Sultana shares insights from the depth of her somatic principles and experiences.  We learn how to walk, and move with greater ease and strength to improve flexibility and enhance structural integration while walking and negotiating gravity.  A great deal of focus is placed on the foundational aspect of feet, legs and pelvis.

This morning class is good practice for body, mind, and spirit. Allowing the power of somatic understanding and applications to propel us forward into our weekend.  There will be moments for pauses and silent observations of ourselves and nature.

All safety guidelines are encouraged: Masks and physical distancing; please bring a hat and water for your comfort, and wear soft comfy sneakers.  During our walk, you determine your pace, and we will walk on flat surfaces.

This somatic walking class is offered on basis of donation.  This outdoors class is offered as a way to promote and contribute to the health of our community.

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DANCEMAGIC MEDICINE
Created and facilitated by Nadia Natali

Virtual, on second Thursday from 5 – 6:30 pm 90 min. of dance
Next Dates:  11/12, 12/10


Join Nadia and community for 90-minutes of pure dance! The Magic of being Touched – collectively through dance as we move together to a common beat and intention!
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SONIC WOMB SOUND HEALING
Creator Gabriel Logan Braun

Virtual Sundays, 7 – 9pm PT – next date 11/29


Get ready to enter the Sonic Womb. Immerse yourself in timeless and expansive soundscapes where angelic harmonies, soulful rhythms and heartfelt tones lead You back home.
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SOMA SHAKE SHINE
with Cindy Aikman

Friday 1.00pm – 2.15pm (studio & virtual )

 Our internal inquiry through our breath, bones, sounds, movement and imagination make this class a creative journey into a better relationship with ourselves and all in our lives.

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TRANSFORM YOUR MOVEMENT: DISCOVER THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
Workshop facilitated by Carol Prentice, guest presenter

To be Rescheduled
(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

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INCOURAGE CHORUS
12-week spring season with Britta Gudmuson & Bend Gould
Next season: Fall 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! Note:  Mondays – entire chorus, Tuesday – sectionals.  Rather than a benefit concert, once we may meet together again the Chorus will hold a Big Sing for the community for family and friends.  Drop-ins are welcomed once per season.  Contact office for zoom info.
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HOW WE AWAKEN: AN INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION
Guest Presenter – Teja Earthson
Free Intro & Meditation:  stay tuned
Series: stay tuned

The Direct Path uses deep self-inquirywitnessing mediation, and expanding awareness to awaken to our true nature in body.  Together with our body’s natural wisdom these  three simple practices reveal full aliveness and liberation is our natural state. No experience needed.

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DANCE OF PRAYER
Guest Presenter – Joslyn Lawrence
Next Session: stay tuned
Explore belonging, body wisdom and relationship to the Self through free Movement and sound.
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THE ART OF INTIMATE CONVERSATION
A couples workship facilitated by partners of 17-years,
Gloria Zeltzer, MA, MFT, and Leon Berg
Next Retreat: stay tuned
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.
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THE DEEP MASCULINE
Men’s Deep Inner Work & Embodiment Series in 5-parts
Facilitated by Zat Baraka, Stay Tuned
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.
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GATHER FOR RESILIENCY
A Somatic Resource Day with Shivani Jane – Guest Teacher
Workshop: stay tuned
• 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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CORE EMBODIMENT
Developed by Ajaya Sommers – Guest Teacher
Workshop: stay tuned
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
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RESPONSIVE BODY: EXPERIENCE YOUR DYNAMIC ALIVENESS
Holly Johnston, Biodynic Somatic Specialist – Guest Teacher
Workshop: stay tuned
Exploring your body as an intelligent response system that guides you and others towards health and healing. Please visit the registration link for more information about Holly’s significant body of work, ‘Responsive Body.
A SACRED JOURNEY THROUGH TIBET
An 11-day journey through the Ancient Lands & Monasteries of Tibet
with Sarah Grace and Matthew Kocel
June  2022        
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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