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_Somatic Sanctuary Continuum Movement Retreat Aug 2021 (1)
Entering the Stillness of Being
A Continuum Movement® Weekend Retreat
with Sarah Grace
* The Lion’s Gate Portal *
August 7-9th, 2021
Saturday August 7th 1-6pm PST
Sunday August 8th 1-6pm PST
Monday August 9th, 10-4 PST
Join us for this alchemical 3-day container as we move together, breathe, soften, open, and expand into our luminous bodies and incarnating souls through the Wisdom Way of Water and body, Soma and Soul. Together, we will enter deeply into silence on the 3rd day within CommUnity and rise together in the LOVE WE ARE.

Location:
Live Streaming on Zoom. Recordings will be available.

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

Sacred Investment: $222 USD
• Please inquire, if payment options needed

Preparation:
• Prepare a peaceful space with a comfortable pad/yoga mat and room to move with blankets, pillows/bolsters, socks and journal
• Eye masks or scarfs are helpful during daylight hours
• Light snacks and tea + water are helpful

 
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A TELE-DIVE CONTINUUM MOVEMENT® SERIES: BECOMING ONE
With Sarah Grace

WEDNESDAYS, 6PM – 8PM Pacific Time

Sept Dates:  8, 15, 22 and 29

Join Sarah from the comfort of your home for this live 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* Drop in $21 USD

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

Registration: must pre-register
Here online or,
• 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!

Somatic Satsang Sept 2021
Thursday September 23,  SOMATIC SATSANG: A TIME TO SETTLE WITHIN COMMUNITY  Monthly Meetings, the Third Thursday of each month
Facilitated by Sarah Grace

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021  Monthly meetings.
Time: 6-7:30pm PST

Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16.

Join us as we gather to support the nervous system in times of stress and uncertainty in a space for co-regulation together within the Sacred Container of our Somatic community. We will learn tools to support brain health, coherence and nervous system recovery in times of overwhelm.
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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SOMATIC STRETCH® FOR SELF HEALING
Weekly classes with Meredith Sands Keator

Virtual 9:30 – 10:30 am on Mon., Wed., and Sat.

This method was developed over decades to bring more comfort, freedom, energy and flexibility in our body, mind and spirit. Meredith shares body wisdom, science and self-healing tools to empower and improve the quality of your life.
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Shiatsu & Fractal Anatomy Workshop

with Meredith Sands Keator

Virtual Wed. August 12 from 9:30 – 11 am

Learn about fractals, geometry and acupuncture points for tension release and greater mobility. We will weave in Somatic Stretch and breath as we learn more about our nervous systems, and our innate ability to heal.

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SOMATIC STRETCH® FOR SELF HEALING
Weekly classes with Sultana Parvanta

Virtual 11AM – 12:30PM PT Monday & Thursday

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®
Movement as a Personal Practice
Weekly lessons with Mary Jo Healy

Thursdays 1 – 2 pm

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.  This month’s theme continues with letting going of tensions and concerns that may be held in the body and supporting healthy and flexible backs.
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SOMATIC WALKING, A MINDFUL MOVEMENT PRACTICE … class Friday 8am – 10am at the Ojai Meadows Preserve
with Sultana Parvanta

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 will share 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, etc.

 

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.

Time and Day:  Friday at 8:00am – 10:00am (summer schedule).

If you arrive later and miss the preparation phase, please walk to the bridge by the pond area, and the group will catch up with you.

Location:  Ojai  Meadows Nature Preserve – on Hwy 33/Maricopa Highway, east entrance. Next to Nordhoff High School.  Parking on the street, or at the Church parking lot between the Preserve and behind the Coffee Connection – when space is available.

Class Fees:  This somatic Walking class is offered on basis of donations, and zero (0) is an acceptable 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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DECOMPRESSION SESSIONS
Guided by Lisa Carmichael

Next session:  new dates soon


Harmonizing through breath, gentle movement and somatic meditation.

Awareness of the body’s energy, vibration and sensations naturally uncovers volumes of space and the effortless stream of BEING… allowing stress and anxiety to dissolve. Breath is our guide, movement our vehicle to bring our body/mind out of stress and into balance.
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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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