Feel. Connect. Expand. - An Immersive Experience - Retreat 2016 - Information
August 12th to August 14th
Ecology Retreat Centre, ON
Organized By: Authentic Relating Toronto & Feel Your Body - Free Your Life
"Prescriptions come from the outside, transformation occurs within. Prescriptions assume that something needs to be fixed; transformation brings forth the healing--the coming to integrity, to wholeness--of what is already there." - Gabor Mate
In this day and age we are bombarded by information. People are eager to tell us what it is, and what it isn't - to give us the answer - what we should do to live a better life. We are of the mind that change happens when we don't look to others for an answer - it happens when you drop into your experience and feel it fully.
Feel. Connect. Expand. is an invitation to abandon the city and engage with nature for an immersive weekend experience as we bring our unfiltered selves forward. We will feel from our depths and engage with others in the richness of connection. As we expand further into our hearts - we transform ourselves - grounding into our own inner wisdom.
During the course of the weekend, you will have the opportunity to participate in Circling, Bioenergetic Body Movement, Relating Games, Active Meditations and more. This wide spectrum of activities, along with small circle sharings will help you welcome, reclaim and integrate your experiences.
So why would you want to drop into your experience instead of avoiding it and hiding it from yourself & others? Why would you want to try to feel and express it fully with others?
Well, you may...
Gain access to deeper relationships (friendships, intimate, professional).
Improve your ability to communicate with others without filtering yourself.
Start to express your boundaries and have them heard.
Feel more comfortable with expressing your sexual desires.
Experience more passion and vitality.
Honor your desires before others.
Avoid unsatisfying or disappointing relationships.
Stop hiding from friends and family.
Gain clarity with big decisions in your life.
Feel more understood by others.
Move from a perception of scarcity to one of abundance.
Gain a deeper connection and trust of your feelings.
Reconnect or deepen your connection with your spouse or partner.
Reconnect or deepen your connection to your job.
Reconnect or deepen your connection to the modern world we live in.
Gain clarity towards your purpose in life.
If any of these sound appealing to you (they sound amazing to us), then perhaps our weekend immersion is right for you. The sessions and exercises available to us at Feel. Connect. Expand. will give access to increased self awareness, emotional expression, deep presence and inspiration to gain the tools and clarity we all desire to come into deeper connection with our power.
What to expect at Feel. Connect. Expand.
Circling is an organic, in-the-moment intersubjective process that's equal parts art-form, meditation, and group conversation - all designed to allow a visceral experience of connection and understanding of another person's world, celebrating who and where they are right now. It is said that change often happens by accident, and that the practice of circling makes us more accident-prone.
Bioenergetics is a body based therapeutic approach which aims to bring the body back into its full aliveness and innocence. Through holding postures and doing movement exercises both combined with breathing deeply, we charge the body and infuse it with energy. In this process, whatever tensions, blockages or holding we have in our body become activated and are then able to be released through the process.
We have a variety of relational "games" that involve exploring someone else's world and/or speaking your truth. They help stretch various "emotional muscles" such as curiosity, awareness of self and awareness of other. Games provide a excellent context from which to notice impact as we play mirrors for one another, often focused in the present moment (or the here-and-now).
There will be over 25 hours of scheduled sessions over the course of the weekend, during which we'll use the above practices along with others such as T-Group and Active Meditations, family check-in's, along with conscious and contact improvisational dance in the evenings to further integrate your experience.
We've chosen the beautiful and clean Ecology Retreat Center in Mono, Ontario as our venue for 2016.
Located just outside Orangeville, and only a couple miles from the Hockley Valley resort, access via car is only about 60-90 minutes outside the GTA. As we near closer to the event date, we will invite those who are seeking and offering shared transporation to join a facebook group designed to help link those people together.
Pricing is based on shared accomodation (minimum of 2 per room). We have exclusive access and there are 20 rooms total hosting upwards of 70 people in total. Rooms are simple, and clean. In the Lodge there are 15 rooms and most have 1 double bed and 2 twins in each, along with a night table, lamp and closet. The Lodge has Men's and Women's washroom facilities, 4 showers each, 5 toilets and 7 sinks. In the Bunkhouse there are 5 rooms, 2 bunks per room. Each has a shared night stand and lamp, wall hooks and hangers. Washroom facilities are shared, 2 showers, 2 toilets and a sink.
The lodge has a large lounge area with several sofa's and chairs.
A total of 6 meals will be served, Dinner on Friday, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Saturday and Breakfast and Lunch on Sunday. The retreat center's catered meals start at vegetarian. Special dietary requests (such as meat protein and/or diesease and/or allergies), can be honored at a modest surcharge per meal. A form will go out to registrants a couple weeks in advance of the event date to collect that information.
Joanna is a Relationship Coach, ART Council member and ART certified Circling, T-Group and Relating Games facilitator and course leader. As a coach she focuses on the relationship with self first in order to better integrate relationships with others. Her aim is to make herself obsolete in her clients' lives by empowering them with relational tools to move forward with trust. She has been an ART member since 2012 though it took her six months before she gained the courage to attend an event. Once she did, her life shifted dramatically and now she's made it her mission to not let others wait as long as she did.
After his first Authentic Relating Toronto event in July of 2013, Taylor noticed the immediate shift in how he related in his new post-divorce relationship. Shortly after he started on a path that lead to him becoming an ART-Council member and then he completed certifications for Circling and T-Group and Games. In 2014, longing to deepen his relationships and share what he had learned he assembled and lead a Mississauga Men's Group and he co-lead the Master Circle program in 2015. Having since taken the blue pill, Taylor now see's the Matrix everywhere and is committed to supporting awakening and transformation to anyone who's ready for it.
Sanjay is a Bioenergetics Practitioner who trained at Osho Namaste in Brazil with Prem Milan and Pavita Machado. His approach is also influenced by the work he did living in a number of intentional communities inspired by Osho, including the Humaniversity, a dynamic TC (Therapeutic Community) in Holland. There he trained intensively in Emotional Expression, Encounter Therapy and Communal Therapy. He is a certified Humaniversity AUM Meditation Leader, Laughter Yoga Leader, and leads Active Meditations in Toronto. He is also currently in his 1st year of the Radical Aliveness/Core Energertics Training Program in Los Angeles. Sanjay has also completed a Circling Training Immersion and is a ART Circling Certified.
Discount Opportunities: For every person you refer who completes their registration, you receive $50 off your retreat registration. If you refer 6 people you attend for free*!
Are you a cash-strapped student? We have a few spots for student-discounts. For more info please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(*Attending for free covers refunding the basic shared accomodation registration fee regardless of the rate you registered at! However, supplementary charges (dietary requests/restrictions, occupancy variances and the like) still need to be covered by the registrant. Please ask your referrals to provide your name in the "Referral" field in the form referenced in Step 1 below when they register.)