A Feldenkrais & Embodied Life Retreat
in gorgeous Boulder, Utah
with Erin Geesaman Rabke & Carl Rabke
August 12-13, 2017
at Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch
“Freedom is a practice and a habit. You have to train yourself to walk as a free person, sit as a free person and eat as a free person. We need to train ourselves how to live.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
Join us for a powerful weekend embodiment retreat in one of the most beautiful landscapes on earth.
In this retreat, we will explore what it means to embody freedom on many levels. Through Feldenkrais and Embodied Life movement lessons, guided meditations and embodied inquiry and self-reflection practices, we will learn how to bring more freedom and spontaneity to our lives. Some of the intentions we have for the retreat:
- to help you feel more light and free in your movement
- to support you in having freedom to make mindfully spontaneous new choices
- to grow freedom from limitations rooted in old injuries and habit-patterns
- to grant you freedom from other people’s instructions which you’ve internalized
- and to help you feel free to tune into your own wise body’s sensory feedback to reliably guide you to what’s best for you.
- to have a more free relationship with thinking mind (as it is said, “Thinking mind can be a wonderful servant and terrible master”)
- to remind you of the liberation that comes with unplugging from technology, and steeping in direct, embodied experience in a stunningly beautiful natural environment.
All of this will take place in the glorious setting of Boulder, UT. Boulder is a particularly magical place where a day can feel like 3 days, and the stillness, silence spaciousness and beauty of the landscape so clearly supports an inner sense of sanity and freedom.
“A mature human being is one who has removed outer authority from one’s inner-experience”
Each day we’ll be delving into amazingly potent and pleasurable movement lessons, which help us learn to move with more ease, grace, skillfulness, and pleasure. Through the movement lessons and other meditations and practices, we will grow our capacity for embodied presence, exploring how we can become more free from our habits, compulsions, and limiting beliefs, and more in resonance with our inner-sense of knowing. We will explore how the natural environment supports the embodiment practices, and how the practices deepen our capacity for intimacy with the natural world, and intimacy with our life. We may take a field trip to a magical slot canyon or a guided hike in one of our favorite spots in the area. We can’t wait to share the magic of Boulder and Grand Staircase with you!
We’ll meet at the lovely Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch in Boulder, Utah.
You can stay there in their cabins, their lodge, or their luxury tipis and tents, or you can camp or stay elsewhere in the area. It’s just next to Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and some of the most spectacular scenery you could ever see.
We’ll meet Saturday August 12 from noon till 5:30pm
and Sunday August 13 from 11am-4 pm.
We’re delighted to share one of our favorite place on earth! We’re holding retreat hours mid-day, so you can use the mornings and evenings to explore the local landscape through a scenic drive, going for a hike, or dining at the Guest Ranch or Hell’s Backbone Grill.
We’ll be hosting optional sitting meditation on Sunday morning (7-8am) and optional fire-side gatherings in the evenings, but the heart of the retreat will be in the hours listed above so there’s plenty of time for the magic of just being on the land and so the place can have its way with you.
Anyone who has a love of beautiful places and a wish to grow their sense of inner-freedom and embodied presence. No experience necessary in movement or meditation.
The Peace Of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. -Wendell Berry
“There is a natural love between the body and the earth, and we need to arouse that with our practice. So it’s not just a matter of relaxing into the earth — there’s so much more to it. The body loves the earth; the body yearns for the earth. The body finds its life in the earth, and so by lying down and breathing with the earth, we’re taking a big step in activating that longing, that yearning, that desire, that hunger…and the relaxation is a byproduct, and the letting go is a byproduct of our relationship with the earth.” — Reggie Ray
Cost $250 for the retreat
Please plan to book your own lodging with the Guest Ranch, elsewhere in Boulder, or camp.
We will provide snacks but meals are on your own and available at the Guest Ranch and other Boulder restaurants.
Before registering, please read our clear cancellation policy here.
Carl Rabke is a writer, Feldenkrais and Structural Integration practitioner, Tai chi instructor and an Embodied Life teacher living in Salt Lake City, Utah. For the last 20 years, he has been joyfully dedicated to the study of meditation, embodiment and human freedom. In his private practice and teaching, he helps support others in getting out of pain, improving their quality of movement and growing their capacity for embodied presence and kindness.
Erin Geesaman Rabke has been in deep study of awareness and embodiment for more than 20 years. Currently teaching as a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Embodied Life Teacher, in the past she’s also been a yoga instructor and teacher trainer, a tai chi teacher, and a health writer. Erin is the creator of many courses including Women Embodied; Basics of Back Care; The Embody Gratitude Project; Flourish; and Bravely Befriending Yourself, among others. Along with in-person and online classes, Erin and her husband Carl regularly offer retreats in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Costa Rica. They also teach through the University of Utah’s Physical Therapy and Dance departments, and at retreat sesshins for Two Arrows Zen Center, supporting retreat practitioners in finding more comfort, ease, and embodied presence in the sitting posture of meditation. Together, they are the creators of the Art of Sitting Course for meditators and directors of The Center for Embodied Living. Erin’s current passion is exploring the living territory where awareness and embodiment come together to support human beings in living liberating lives of benefit for all. She is a firm believer in the liberating power of courageous kindness.