Event Phone: 707-315-2370
3rd annual WBF retreat at Shambhala Ranch with Glenn Fleisch
Coming Alive: Recovering your natal spirit through bodying & playing out
- Do you ever feel there is much more life and spirit inside your body than you currently live?
- Would you love to embody a new way of being, one closer to your original, natural child?
- Do you yearn for a community of kindred spirits? For deeper, richer, intimate connections?
If you, like me, answer “Yes’ to one or all of these questions, then please consider joining us for a fun, rewarding and restorative shared experience.
Nietzsche once said that, “In every real man [person] a child is hidden that wants to play.” In this 3rd annual WBF retreat, we will embark on a journey to reconnect with, reawaken and recover the living spirit of our natural child. This child needs our care and connection to return to its healing, the undamaged Source within. On our journey of recovery, we will be introducing and experiencing bodying as a new core element of WBF. Bodying is the active and interactive living and playing out of what is alive in our awareness.
We will learn how to body what comes to awareness, and let this feeling quality or pattern play itself out. It is the experiential practice of reanimating the body, i.e. bringing (back) to life our body’s energy and inviting this energy to play itself out. This is a spirit mid-wife process- letting what comes be given the support, care and space to gestate, grow and birth itself into its own unique being. Our natal endowment of spirit is truly a gift from the gods. Yet this gift requires us to return to, reconnect with and recover the energy and life-force of our natal being- so that the gifts of the spirit and soul are allowed to gestate, grow and re-form into a new way of bodying yourself.
So if you are seeking to live a more alive and aware way of being, the skill and art of bodying will enable you to bring forth and develop the potential for free, open and expressive living. Our aim is not just knowledge but liberation, freeing up our bound energy, and reclaiming our “first nature,” the true, deep, unconditioned life of our natural being,
We will have many opportunities to experience the process of bodying & playing out, in our private imaginal/virtual space, in physical space as well as in interactive space with others. As in previous retreats, our shared journey will culminate in a transformational theater, where we will each have an opportunity to body and play out with the group some core aspect of yourself that you would like to waken, restore, and/or develop. The care, support, and active participation of group members allow us to concretely explore and rework an old pattern or identity; and/or to live further a new soul quality or capacity of being. This has been a powerful experience in co-creating a new embodied sense of self, and recovering the living spirit of our being for ourselves and in relation with others. Some of what you will experience in this retreat include:
- living with more embodied presence and sensory awareness;
- Feeling more alive: awakening life-energy; bodying our feelings;
- Breaking through a pattern- impasse- stuck place- reactive trigger;
- Transforming your bodily felt sense of self
- Bodying forth in a new way: developing a new quality and/or capacity of being
- Recovering spirit: reclaiming your natural self, its openness, radiance, responsiveness
- Playing out a living story: reenacting a drama; reworking & re-solving a core issue
Where: Shambhala Ranch, Mendocino County, California. See their website: http://www.shambhalaranch.com
When: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, dinner through Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, lunch.
Retreat: Sunday, evening- opening; Monday through Thursday, 6 hours retreat time per day, plus evening gatherings; Friday, closing- total of 28 hours. There will be an open afternoon, evening on Thursday, allowing you to travel to one of the nearby state parks, to Mendocino or the Anderson Valley- or just hang out on the beautiful grounds.
Cost: $1125, includes all charges for retreat, lodging, meals & gratuity.
Early Registration: $ 995 if paid in full prior to July 31st; starting August 1st, full retreat fee. Special super-early discount: $ 925 for returning attendees, if paid by June 30th.
Financial arrangements: If you feel drawn to attend, and finances are a concern, please contact me as soon as possible. We can work out liberal payment arrangements, and other ways to make it possible to come. I am committed to have everyone attend who wishes to do so….
Further discount: Bring someone (not already on the WBF list) for an additional $100 reduction. Also, space permitting, you may be able to bring someone who is not attending the retreat, but will lodge, share meals and evening activities. Please contact Glenn for details.
How to register: $100 deposit to reserve a spot, payable to Glenn Fleisch, via PayPal or check. Payment in full is requested at least 60 days in advance if possible. PayPal address is: email@example.com. Check address is: 922 Centro Way, Mill Valley, CA. 94941.
Cancel policy: $100 deposit is refundable up to 60 days prior to the retreat; Fee for the retreat is fully refundable up to 60 days in advance. ½ fee is refundable up to 30 days in advance. No refunds within 30 days of the start of the retreat.
Lodging: We will have exclusive use of the entire lodge and ranch, including hot tub, pool, hiking grounds, etc. Room selection will be first come, first serve- you will be sent a map of the rooms, and can select whichever room you prefer, and is still available. Most are shared rooms, for two or three people, plus one larger space- with a small number of single rooms. See the website for more specific information on rooms.
Meals: Our amazing caterer Tamara Frey will be returning, who dazzled and nurtured us with her beautifully prepared, healthy meals and loving attention. Meals start with dinner on Sunday, 3 meals/day, Monday through Thursday, and breakfast, lunch on Friday. There will also be snacks, and coffee/tea available at all times. If you have special food needs, please let me know. Tamara can prepare dishes that are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, etc. And if you have any food allergies, also please let me know so I can pass the information to her. Since Tamara will be staying at the ranch, you can speak with her anytime for any additional requests.
Maximum/ minimum: The maximum number of participants will be 20. Minimum will be 10, so please let me know as soon as possible if you are planning to attend.
Grounds/ surrounding area: The Ranch itself has large grounds, with hiking trails, a ceremony area, hot tub, pool… There is access to a river beach just across the road. And there are two magnificent State Parks within close driving distance: Montgomery Woods State Park is about a 10 minute drive, and contains the largest redwood trees in the world! Van Damme State Park is about a 30 minute drive, and has wonderful fern-lined trails with streams. Mendocino Coast is about 40 minute drive, and the quaint town of Mendocino. The Ranch is also close to Anderson Valley, which has wonderful wineries, scenery, and shops.
Travel: Santa Rosa is the nearest airport, although it is small, and many airlines do not fly there. SFO is the next closest airport. It is about a 3 hour drive from the airport to the Ranch. We will try to arrange car pools or shared Uber rides if possible. And there are also a couple of Airporter buses that can take you into Santa Rosa, or Sonoma County, where you may be able to be picked up, or you can take an Uber or Lyft to the Ranch from there. Directions will be sent
Continuing Ed Units: 25 CE credits are available for Licensed MFTs and LCSWs in California and for Licensed therapists and psychologists elsewhere if applicable. Glenn is a CE provider.
Contact information for Glenn: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone/text: 707-315-2370.
Website: glennfleisch.com- more articles, and a hand-out will be available there.
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