April Retreat

Tap into your body’s natural capacity for self healing using practices of movement, stillness and flow.

Connect with your body, release tension and anxiety, move with ease and flow, dive deep.

Somatics, Kum Nye and Qigong

A Weekend of Practice – April 17th–18th 2021

During this weekend you will be immersing in Western, Tibetan and Chinese moving meditation practices. Through movement we will touch increasingly subtle states of consciousness and wellbeing. Through stillness we allow our minds to dive deep.

The body know how to heal itself. The body is intimately connected to the whole of life. The body is the doorway to the divine.

This is a weekend to delve into the ever changing experience of self and be delighted. Take the invitation to dance with yourself and connect with the healing energies of life.

Unpacking Patterns

Learn why we move in the unhealthy way we do, and what is required to re-pattern this movement.

You will be able to take some of the somatic principles explored into yoga asana. Observe the difference in the way we practice and the outcome.

Enhance your Yoga Practice with a focus on the pelvis, lower back, rib cage and shoulders.

Understand the Biomechanics of movement from a Somatic perspective.

Bring increased flexibliity, power and ease to your yoga practice.

Movement Patterns

Faulty movement patterns in the brain create muscle tension and pain in the body. This limits our ability to deepen our yoga practice. There often comes a point when we can no longer make progress. Or we are not sure exactly how to do a pose, because we don’t understand the the simple principles of the biomechanics of movement .

To create healthy movement patterns we need to work with the brain, to allow it to release tension and create properly integrated movement that is pleasurable and healthy.

Knee pain, hip pain and back pain are generally caused by chronic tension somewhere else in the body. Movement is restricted and the force that generates movement no longer tracks smoothly through our bones and joints, but ends up locked in our muscles and stuck in the joints. Movement becomes effortful and painful. As we get older tension seems to manifest more and more in our body.

Somatics is designed to re-pattern movement. Using simple movement with awareness, Somatics gives you a practical understanding of healthy bodies moving in a fully integrated way.

Clear up any confusions you may have about how the body is meant to move. Relieve pain, and un-pattern chronic restrictions. Move with ease and grace in all your asana practices.

There will be time at the end of the sessions for discussion.

The first 2021 immersive retreat
with Dyana Wells and Dr Violet Sherwood

In Raglan, Waikato, New Zealand


Saturday 17 April 9:30am to 4:30pm
Sunday 18 April 9:30am to 4:00pm
one hour lunch break each day

$180 Early Bird

$200 from March 19th

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Kitchen is available to prepare light lunch.
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Qigong is an energy system developed in China between 4000 and 8000 years ago for strengthening and directing life force energy through the body. Ancient Chinese sages and healers observed the natural world, its cycles and seasons, the movements and habits of animals, and the elemental forces of sun, moon, stars, water, mountains, sky, earth and trees. They developed a system for moving energy in a synergistic flow with the rhythms of nature that proved to be an effective method of self-healing. In Chinese, Qigong is represented by an ideagram that combines two ideas – the concept of energy or breath, and the concept of skill or work. So, Qigong refers to skilful means of working with life-force energy, the energy in all living things. Working with our body’s meridians or energy lines, Qigong increases the healthy flow and distribution of life-force energy, thereby strengthening our vitality, boosting our immune system, calming our mind, and healing difficult states that arise from imbalances of energy.
Practising Qigong regularly helps us to feel alive, calm, alert, focused, relaxed and grounded. Through Qigong practice we cultivate and balance our life force energy for enhanced health, vitality and wellbeing.
Qigong uses flowing gentle movements to nourish and support the flow of energy through our body. Combining body, breath and mind within each movement, Qigong can be considered a form of moving meditation, combining all the benefits of a physical workout, cardiovascular exercise and meditation in one practice. As a result, Qigong may relieve or reduce stress, tension and pain. As the greater flow of qi balances our emotions we may feel a deep inner peace and relaxation. Integrating mind, breath and body in Qigong nourishes all our cells with vital life energies, clearing blockages or stagnation, strengthening weaknesses and reducing overstimulation or excess of energy. This has the effect of balancing our internal states naturally over time. … See the full introduction to Qigong and Five Element theory by Dr Violet Sherwood here.

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