Tropical Retreat: DEPOSIT

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Tropical Retreat: DEPOSIT

450.00

DEPOSIT PAYMENT:

Let art, yoga and meditation bring deep healing and peace to your nervous system

Date: January 11-17, 2020 (6 nights). Location: Hoi An, Vietnam

GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK

Heal what Hurts Practice — a transformational retreat for body, mind and Spirit

This is your healing sunshine break, far away from the darkness of winter. Join Maria and Brant in a tropical oasis in the ancient coastal town of Hoi An in Vietnam. This 7-day retreat is held at An Villa Boutique Resort. Beautifully located half way between Cua Dai beach and the ancient town of Hoi An. An Villa is a tranquil oasis amid palm trees and lush gardens. Far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the city to offer a real sense of peace, yet only a bicycle ride from exploring the old town and markets.

BENEFITS

  • Practical Relationship tools that will last you a lifetime and that you can use whenever you feel triggered or reactive.

  • Reconnect with your inherent creativity which will energize, empower and inspire you. Learn how to use simple artistic exercises to ground yourself and become present in the moment.

  • Learn to turn off your inner editor and inner critic that only leaves you feeling anxious and inadequate. Learn to be kinder and more compassionate to yourself.

  • Find the inner peace required to shift from reaction to response.

  • Deeply unwind in tranquil nature; rest, restore and become the relaxed you that is truly in sync with yourself.

  • Heal what Hurts Practice is a combination of therapeutic yoga, felt sense meditation and artistic exercises that all serve to heal your nervous system at the deepest level.

Heal what Hurts Practice is a milestone and a gamechanger. It essentially shines your own Light of Awareness deeply into less conscious areas of your psyche, clarity arises and transformation inevitably follows.

I’ve tried many other things during my life beside yoga and meditation but I’ve never found something that has such a profound and immediate effect as Maria’s Heal what Hurts practice. I would recommend this approach to anyone who’s trying to heal some past hurt. You will have to do the work, and it can be uncomfortable at times, but the release and realization afterwards is so worth it. Special thanks to Maria, a great teacher, mentor, friend and soul, for helping me do so. Dave S, St. Paul, MN

To effectively address and heal reactive emotional wounds that interfere with your relationships, it is necessary to make inner room for a new way of responding. This requires that you take some time away from the go-go-go of your daily life so that you can approach these tender places with compassion and patience in a safe space. When you identify the true source of your reactivity, you can begin the sacred process of softening, releasing and deliberately rewriting the negative script. With the tools of therapeutic soma yoga, deep relaxation, meditation, and artistic exercises, you will release the blocked life force and truly open up to a new chapter of your life.

THERAPEUTIC PRACTICES

  • Deep guided mindfulness meditation, heal what hurts meditation and visualizations (Read more about Heal what Hurts Practice HERE)

  • Pranayama and therapeutic soma yoga

  • Introspection, journaling and sharing

  • Artistic exercises that help you ‘change the channel’ away from the anxious mind-chatter

The artistic exercises lead by artist, Brant Kingman will give you the ability to see and express parts of yourself which you may not be able to articulate verbally. These exercises will show you that you know more about yourself than you can articulate verbally.

There are no pre-requisites for this retreat. You do not need any prior experience with art, yoga and meditation to benefit in a deep way from the therapeutic practices. 

YOUR TEACHERS

Maria Toso

Born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, Maria has practiced and taught yoga and meditation in Europe and the United States for over 25 years. She specializes in therapeutic yoga practises that help students release deep seated physical and emotional anxiety and wounding. Maria is the founder and Director of Breath of Life Yoga Scool offering yoga and meditation teacher training as well as Heal what Hurts practice. Maria also runs the 200-hour yoga teacher training program at Saint Paul College as well as the Mindfulness program for the Gateway to College program serving at-risk-youth in the St Paul school district.

Brant Kingman

Minneapolis based artist Brant has worked as a professional artist for over 30 years. Brant’s artistic endeavors range from bronze sculpture to painting and drawing. His Roll On paintings were featured in an international invitational exhibit at the National Museum of Vietnam in Hanoi in 2014, he did a performance painting at MoMA’s PS1 in 2017 and his poetry paintings were exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC in 2017-18. Brant will help you recognize your own visionary capacity on this retreat. His exercises enable you to use drawing as a meditative tecnhique which help you visualize your inner emotional state while simultaneously connecting yourself to your surroundings. Please bring: a 9 x 12 inch notebook, and a pocket-sized notebook and a set of at least 12 watercolor pencils (suggested set: CLICK HERE)

LOCATION

An Villa in Hoi An, Vietnam (20 miles from Da Nang airport, transportation to/from retreat included). You will want to fly into Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City and take local plan to Da Nang.

Hội An is a city on Vietnam’s central coast known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals. The former port city’s melting-pot history is reflected in its architecture, a mix of eras and styles from wooden Chinese shophouses and temples to colorful French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge with its pagoda.

Nestled on the banks of the Co Co river, An Villa is a peaceful tropical oasis in beautiful Hoi An. If you are looking to de-stress in serene, natural surroundings, then An Villa is your perfect choice. This boutique resort appeal to cultured travelers who appreciate open spaces, serene nature and artistic detail and who share an interest in creating ecologically sustainable travel experiences. Shaded by palm trees and lush gardens, backed by natural ponds and centred around a cooling swimming pool, An Villa is the perfect place for a healing retreat. Located mid-way between Cua Dai beach and the World Heritage listed ancient town of Hoi An, An Villa provides easy access to beaches that provide safe swimming for most of the year and many other local attractions. Each uniquely designed studio or villa comes with a private garden or terrace and a well-equipped kitchen, inclusive of coffee/tea maker and private sitting area. While there is no televisions at An villa, they do have strong WiFi and plenty of books or board games for you to enjoy. The majority of the staff live on the premise and welcome you warmly into this home like villa like an honoured guest.

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

  • Boutique hotel lodging (all the rooms are magnficent. First come first serve. Discount for sharing a room and/or bathroom (ASK HERE)

  • Breakfast

  • Daily Meditation

  • Daily Therapeutic Soma Yoga

  • Daily Art workshops

  • Transportation to and from the airport

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

  • International airfare — booking early ensures good fares

  • Lunch and Dinner — very reasonable restaurant at the hotel and easy access to the town of Hoi An for many culinary options

  • Travel insurance

Cancellation Policty:

Deposit payment of $450 reserves your space. There are no refunds, but if you cancel more than 4 weeks prior to the beginning of a training, workshop, or course, your 50% of your payment is transferred to a credit you can use for any Breath of Life product or service. Such credits have no expiration date. If you cancel less than 3 weeks prior, you forfeit your payment. Please register early as space is limited. The remaining balance is due on November 1, 2019.

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