Event Phone: 707- 315-2370
2nd Annual WHOLEBODY FOCUSING RETREAT in Northern California:
Playing it out together: soma-dramas as unfolding the body’s spirit with Glenn Fleisch
In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play. Friedrich Nietzsche
If you are sorcerer, life is art, poetry, and madness. You perform a script that is written as you act… a gift to be developed, an emergence of the spirit. A. Mindell
Eros is the spirit of communication, relationship and love; it is also the spirit of play, and the poetry in vision. D. M. Levin
The world is a drama, staged in a dream. In a moment, the play is played out. Sri Guru Granth Sahib Let it come, let it play out its impetus or energy, then just let it go. Rinpoche
In letting it come, I allow my body-feel to stir, to move, to do whatever it does independently of my deliberate control…. E. Gendlin
- Would you love to spend a few days in a beautiful setting, with wonderful Focusing people, all of us working and playing together?
- Are you interested in embarking on an embodied journey with fellow Focusers, one in which we all participate in awakening the spirit of the living body?
- Can you envision allowing your body’s energy to release itself from patterns of restraint as we play out the body’s underlying feelings, needs and desires?
- Is there a desire to expand and deepen your WBF practice, one that includes awareness and expression of all somatic sensations, movements and impulses, as portal to the soul?
The essence of Wholebody Focusing in general, and the embodied practice of soma-dramas in particular, is to create a safe, sacred space in which the vital force of the body, it’s natal life-energy comes alive, and is moved by spirit. So if you are seeking to take the next steps in your life, awakening the natural child within you, and freeing yourself for fuller, deeper, richer expression, then please join us. Soma-drama work is a WBF process of following the wisdom of the body, through attention to and awareness of all of the sensations, movements, energies and impulses that arise. Playing itself out thus is the experiential practice of learning to embody, express and enact outwardly what the body holds inwardly, i.e. to perform the felt sensing. Not only is this process healing and transformational, it is fun! Together we will create a sacred circle, a theater of the spirit-body, in which we will each have the opportunity- in solo Focusing, in dyads, and in combinations of larger groups- to be active participants in playing out together our body’s inner dramas. And we may discover, as I have, that these dramas are not just personal, but also universal, ancestral and communal. So as we open to and unfold our body’s own life-story, we also connect with the Great Spirit, the divine play of the gods, and the restoration of our natural child- a spirit of joy and connection- a return to wholeness and unity of being. Our guide into the other world, our shaman, is the phenomenal body itself- one that calls us to a space of depths, of interconnection and of purpose, beyond what we already know or have yet lived. You discover a deeper source, a continual fount of energy and information.
We all experience an internal theater of inner dramas and characters that “inhabit” our personal world. Soma- drama work allows our internal theater to be “played out” in imaginal space, in physical space, and/or in interactive space with others. It includes both the deep inner reflective awareness of Focusing, along with letting the body expressively enact its felt sensing– i.e. to play itself out- allowing the energy, feeling qualities and potential new ways that have been trapped within them to be released and expressed. This way is directed by the body’s energy, the natal spirit that comes alive when given an opportunity for free, creative and expressive enacting. The body shows us its story and history, as well as its yearning for more life. Thus, all of our body’s sensations, symptoms and reactions carry within them a message, potential energy that when entered, and enacted, awakens and releases its energy and power, reveals its hidden meanings, as it unfolds the sacred dimensions of the spirit-body, the life-soul.
In this gathering, I will be presenting and guiding us through the WBF soma-drama process. We will be invoking the spirit of play, of Eros, to create a “play space,” a “theater of the living body,” that enables us to safely and playfully experience the awakening of our life-force and creative energy. The performative model of soma-drama is one that encourages us to play it out. All felt sensing is a field of energy, of vibrancies, tonalities, sensualities, as well as the body’s potential energy for movement and expressive action. Thus, in order to harness this deeper dimension of felt sensing requires whole body engagement, with the same energy, devotion and spirit as the child at play. Additionally, there will be time set aside for others to present or share something in the later afternoons and evening- as an outgrowth of what emerges in your process, as a creative expression of your soul, and a gift to our community.
The retreat will include: guided attunements & meditations to enhance Grounded Presence, and Wholebody Awareness; awakening energy & inner directed movement; immersing more deeply in the body’s inner life; emerging into embodied expression & interaction. There will be: break-outs into dyads (and other small groups); individual WBF demos; whole group processes; and soma-dramas, in which different people embody and play out (imaginatively and/or physically) some aspect of the Focuser’s inner world. Through connecting with the whole body, we activate a larger awareness and sensitive attuning to the movement of spirit through the living body, flowing within us, between us and around us. This transformational process enables us to participate in the healing of ourselves, the healing of each other and the healing of the world. When the body lives in greater harmony and loving alignment with our True Nature, all else falls into its right place.
Where: Shambhala Ranch, Mendocino County, California.
See their website: http://www.shambhalaranch.com
When: Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, dinner through Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, lunch.
Cost: $1000, includes all charges for the retreat, lodging, and meals.
Retreat: Sunday, evening- opening; Monday through Thursday, 5 hours retreat time per day, plus evening gatherings; Friday, closing- total of 25 hours.
Early Registration: $ 875 if paid in full up to Aug. 15th; starting August 16th, full retreat fee.
Further discount: Bring someone (not already on the WBF list) for an additional $100 reduction.
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- with a small number of single rooms. See the website for more specific information on rooms.
Meals: Our meals will be prepared by an onsite caterer, who has been working with Shambhala for 20 years. Meals start with dinner on Sunday, 3 meals/day, Monday through Thursday, and breakfast, lunch on Friday. There will also be snacks, and 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 prior to the retreat. Since Tamara will be staying at the ranch, you can also speak with her anytime if you have any additional request or needs.
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.
Financial arrangements: If you feel drawn to attend, and finances are a concern, please contact me as soon as possible. We can work out payment arrangements, and other ways to make it possible to come. I am committed to have everyone attend who wishes to do so….
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.
Contact information for Glenn: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone/text: 707- 315-2370.
- Wholebody Focusing Retreat (2nd Annual)
October 7, 2018 - October 12, 2018
5:00 pm - 2:00 pm