Wisdom of Woman's Body - June 1-4, 4-8, 2017
Join us for an amazing and educational experience...
Women of all ages can experience pelvic health challenges. Over their lifetime, women experience changes and different conditions within the body that men never will. A woman’s body has special characteristics that put it into a class of its own. Everything from monthly menses to childbirth to menopause, all are natural experiences that women encounter which have the potential to cause discomfort, pain or associated health problems.
The pelvic floor is made up of a number of layers of muscle tissue and associated ligaments that are anchored within the ‘bowl’ of the pelvis. These are connected to the pubic bone in the front, the tailbone in the back, between the sitting bones as well as to the hip muscles deep inside the pelvis. The muscular tissue and ligaments support all of the organs located in your pelvic region, including the bladder, small intestine, rectum, and, in women, the uterus and vagina.
In addition to providing essential bladder and bowel control, pelvic floor muscles also contribute to sexual function. Strong pelvic floor muscles correlate with increased sexual sensation and arousal. Pelvic floor muscle spasm however, can result in pain during intercourse and orgasm, as well as causing constipation and bladder problems. The ability of the pelvic floor muscles to both contract as well as relax is critical to normal bowel, bladder and sexual function. Pelvic floor dysfunction, be it weakness, laxity or spasm, can have a significant impact on your overall health.
Since you can't see your pelvic floor structures, you might not even realize that they have become stretched, weakened or injured until you notice other changes in your body or health.
Discover what a healthy pelvic floor feels like through meditation, movement, self-massage, energy and breath work.
Gain proficiency in self-care so that you can prevent or improve:
- Birth related PF trauma
- Scars and adhesions
- Low libido
- Pelvic pain
- PF muscle imbalance
Learn the latest research on brain mapping and orgasm, and the history of our cultural and societal perception of the vagina.
LYMPHATIC BREAST CARE
The Lymphatic System is a network of rivers and tributaries, transporting and processing your own personal, internal "tea," including all the stuff you ingest through mouth, nose, and skin, as well as with your 5 senses. Emotional/ hormonal responses flow through us, and their particles are literally cleaned up by a flowing Lymphatic System.
Also known as our immune system, the Lymphatic vessels are where troublesome characters are identified, and broken down for excretion. Lymph is the cellular bath in which cleansing and regeneration, take place. At times, we can be flowing well overall in our bodies, with select areas of inflammation, stagnation and limitation. At other times, we may be inflamed all over, as in response to a virus.
The breasts, with their high fat and fluid composition, and their hormone responsiveness, are prone to stagnation. Restrictive clothing, surgery, hormonal imbalances, low physical activity... many things can contribute to congestion, or blockages, which can cause breast discomfort and contribute to cysts, fibrotic tissue, and infections. With a little knowledge and loving attention, we can give our breasts a hand in clearing the debris.
Be empowered with a set of tools for engaging with your breasts and facilitating healthy flow. Develop connection between your breasts and heart center through meditation and attentive touch.
Practice hands on Lymphatic Breast Self-Care exercises, to help prevent and relieve:
- Fibrotic tissue
- Buildup of toxins
- Virus and cancerous cell proliferation
- Breastfeeding difficulties
- Emotional stagnation
- Cyclical tenderness
Gain the ability to stimulate your Immune System with your own two hands!
Odissi - Indian Temple Dance
Odissi is a form of tantric yoga-dance originating in the temples of ancient India. This class introduces the fundamental principles of Odissi Dance, including the basic positions, Chauka and Tribhangi, which represent the male and female principles. Curvaceous movements, sculptured poses, fluid grace, theatrical expression, and impeccable rhythm characterize this vibrant art. We will weave together an exciting practice that gets you glowing like a Goddess! The moves are playful, elegant, graceful, and sensual, and will make you look and feel amazing!
Physical, mental and emotional benefits of Odissi Dance: increased self-love, self-care, devotion, body-mind awareness, happiness, improved posture, breath depth, muscle tone and memory, improved circulation, flexibility, respect to the body as a sacred space and home to the divine self or soul, connection to the divine and sacred feminine energy, GODDESS, compassionate love for humanity and all creations.
Healing with Mudras
The creative capacity contained in our hands is accessible to anyone. Mudras are powerful tools for healing, emotional expression, concentration, and expanding consciousness. They are an essential part of Indian Dance, Yoga, Taoist alchemy, and Buddhist meditation. Join me for a fascinating exploration of the power in your hands! Discover simple and potent ways to access your core being, transform body and mind, and bring a new element of beauty and devotion to your life.
Lauren Rose, owner of Physiotherapy New Mexico, has 30 years of experience in manual therapy. She holds a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina. Lauren has developed a workshop for health practitioners called The Internal Work, which focuses on intravaginal manipulation for the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction.
She is a member of the International Pelvic Pain Society, the Interstitial Cystitis Association, American Physical Therapy Association, and the International Association of Healthcare practitioners.
Lauren Rose combines her background in art, science, and osteopathy to promote women's health and self-awareness. She believes that through reconnecting with the sacred feminine we begin to heal ourselves and the world around us.
Revital Carroll is an internationally acclaimed performer and she teaches workshops and retreats worldwide. Revital has been dedicated to the practice of Indian spiritual arts for over 20 years. Yoga and meditation led her to discover her passion for Indian Dance, where she finds the sensual and the spiritual expressing as one. Revital is the co-author of the book, Mudras of India: A Comprehensive Guide to the Hand Gestures of Yoga and Indian Dance, and she is the creator of three instructional DVDs: Temple Goddess Workout, and Odissi Dance Vol. I & II.
Revital draws her inspiration from the elements of nature, the wisdom of her own body, and the rich spiritual heritage of ancient India. Her teachings are guided by a sweet devotion to life, and her classes weave together intensity, surrender, and joyful play.
Sarah Gardon is a certified massage therapist, specializing in Osteopathic Lymphatic Therapy. Sarah dove into her healing arts training in 2001, studying Thai Massage, Reiki and Vipassana meditation, while on a 6 month trip to India. She offered bodywork at Tibetan Buddhist Center, where she lived and worked for 6 years.
Later on Sarah found a good fit in Lymph Drainage Therapy, while studying with Daya Fisch, founder of The Breast Health Project, who melds acupressure, meditation, and Lymphatic Therapy to teach self-care for breast health.
In 2014, she co-founded the Bay Area Breast Health Collective, with Dr. Chris Holder, and Renee Russo of the Thermography Center of Sonoma County. She is on the board of the developing Lymph Guild, a special project of the Aushadhi Health foundation.
Sarah has her practice in Sebastopol. She has been a lifelong, if intermittent, practitioner of yoga and meditation
Russian-born Natasha Foucault has gained worldwide recognition for her luminous silk paintings and wearable art. She has exhibited and sold her work both locally and internationally. Her work includes numerous corporate and residential commissions in Russia, Europe, Canada, and the United States. Teaching silk painting to both children and adults, she is also the co-author of "Silk Diary: An Artist's Journey from Moscow to Mendocino", a narrative blending her life stories, paintings, and silk painting techniques. Natasha has been awarded Best of Show at three SPIN Silk Festivals in Santa Fe.
Natasha’s paintings are prominently featured in Susan Moyer’s book “Silk Painting for Fashion and Fine Art”.
Today Natasha’s work are represented by galleries such as Duet in Laguna Beach, Origins in Santa Fe, Rafael in San Francisco, Mendocino Art Center and many more.
Day one: Arrive anytime after 3:00 pm. Dinner is at 5:30pm.
All other days: (subject to change)
7:30 AM - wake up, yoga or brisk walk
8:30 - breakfast
9:30 - class
12:30 PM - lunch
1:30- siesta, swimming, free time
3:30 - 5:30 - class
6:00 - dinner
7:00 - evening program
10:00 - quiet time
Classes: June 2, 3 - Pelvic Care; June 4, 5 - Breast Care, Odissi Dance, June 6, 7 - Odissi Dance
Free Time Activities: Silk Painting, Living Food Cooking, Games, Healing Craft, Hiking, Swimming and more...
9430 sf retreat/vacation home. 14 furnished bedrooms (2 people in the room)10 restrms including 6 showers, 12 toilets, home theater, sauna, massage room, hot tub, karaoke system with song library, game room, pool table, card games, Gym/ equipments. Large outdoor front and back yard with view.
Amazing delicious and healthy meals, with options of vegetarian, vegan and raw dishes.
There are a few accommodation options.
Part 1- June 1- 4 - Pelvic Care;
Part 2 - June 4-8 - Breast Care, Odissi Dance, Silk Painting.
Price for 8 days/7 nights retreat includes: lodging, food, all classes and activities.
1. Shared Room - Day Bed/ Pull Out Bed - Part 1-$695, Part 2 - $695, Both - $1195.
2. Shared Room - Bunk Bed - Part 1-$745, Part 2 - $745, Both - $1295.
3. Shared Room - Single Bed - Part 1-$795, Part 2 - $795, Both - $1395.
4. Private Room - Queen Bed - Part 1-$895, Part 2 - $895, Both - $1595.