How often in your day do you, can you, will you, dedicate time for yourself?
How often in life can you, will you, do you, set aside a whole week, or maybe even two, to retreat and reconnect?
How often will you, can you, do you, let your nervous system reset, to tune into a more subtle awareness that's guided by intuition.
A time to rest, rejuvenate, rewire, relearn.
A time to rediscover your body, move, dance, self-inquire, befriend yourself again.
This is the kind of work we do at the annual Embodiment & Bodywork Immersion.
And yes, I call it work :)
If you know me, you'd know I'm not one who gives formulaic answers or quick fixes.
I can't offer you a 10-step guide to bliss and enlightenment.
Nor can I offer you a sequence to perfect your handstand.
I can't do the work for you.
I love bringing people together to co-create within a container of a retreat.
I love creating a safe space to facilitate the uncovering of deep and meaningful questions.
I love offering a therapeutic framework to support one another through a shedding of layers, a deep dive into shadow work, one in which we return to the basics, of remembering who are.
I love bearing witness to the unexpected creative expressions that are often borne out of this work - poetry, dance, drawings, and most of all - connections.
This is the flame that's burning in my heart, a conviction that there's an art to living well that's beyond being busy and a nice glass of wine after a long day, a desire to learn and share and relearn about who we are, why are we here, what makes us Us.
To call this journey an immersion is my best attempt in trying to describe the phenomena that occur every year when a group of people come together to push a reset button.
To move, breath, inquire into our mind, our body, our actions, our relationships.
To be empowered in our own healing process by truly listening to what's within and without...
And then to leave with just a little bit more clarity, intention, and wonderment in their life, an embodied experience imprinted into our cellular being.
"Daphne's embodiment and immersion retreat had me seeing the true state of my humanity - a difficult time, yet arriving at a return to central love. If you are seeking truth in your existence you will find what you are looking for in the realm created by Daphne's course."
~ Geoff Nichols, Poet, Australia
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Highlights of the course this year:
The focus this year is on the Therapeutic Applications through the lens of Developmental Patterns
We will be working with the tools of yoga therapy: breath work, movement, asanas, sound, visualisation, meditation techniques, Yoga Nidra etc.
What I’ll be sharing is a distillation of the different aspects of my studies, teaching experience, as well as drawing from case studies of the work I've done. I personally feel that it is important to communicate the melding of these teachings and principles that I embody as a student, teacher, therapist, and then leave you to explore and seek out the answers.
Daphne brings something completely new to the table in her yoga offering. Her knowledge of anatomy, developmental patterns and somatic movement is incredible. For me, experiencing yoga from this embodiment approach was illuminating and refreshing. Her self-inquiry style of teaching supports students to dive deep into their own body-mind to experience and embody their learning process; rather than being told what to do or how to feel. It’s an empowering approach. Daphne is full of humility and authenticity. I really connected to her teachings and she held the space for a diverse group so beautifully. I encourage anyone (yogi or non yogi like me) to delve into some exploration with Daphne and unlock new layers of bodymind awareness. Thank you Daphne, I have taken away so much from your thoughtfully crafted immersion.
~ Natalia Padgen, Therapist & Owner of Soma Clinic, Singapore
What the program includes
Limited scholarships available for students who need financial assistance
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About the Magical Mala Dhara Eco Resort
Mala Dhara is situated amongst the lush, green landscape backdrop of idyllic mountains and the expansive rice fields of northern Thailand: with earthen adobe villas, a blue blue saltwater pool, an exquisite organic restaurant, herbal steam sauna, a straw bail adobe bungalow flotation room, and two beautiful yoga shalas. There is a range of beautiful earthen villas and adobe huts to choose from.
Mala Dhara Eco Resort is located in the Doi Saket District, around 25 kilometers east of Chiang Mai old city. In this area, you can explore living temples, village visits, nature walks, and hot spring soaks, or simply enjoy a massage during your downtime.
It's the perfect place to take a bicycle ride out to explore sleepy local villages, temples and rice plantations, as well as hike through beautiful, unspoiled nature trails. There is also the option of trips out to the historic Chiang Mai old city - the cultural capital of Thailand, to visit the night markets, take a cooking class, and enjoy a wide range of local and international cuisines.
Movement. Inquiry. Embodiment
Will you join us? Reserve your place on this exciting retreat today, and you can get a further 5% off the tuition fee* with the code EmbodyNewsletter. Places are limited. Take advantage of the additional discount off early bird rates while it last!
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If you're ready to book now, a deposit of $500 will guarantee your place on this intimate retreat. It's going to be a wonderful experience of yoga, functional movement explorations, healing bodywork, adventures and wonderful friendships that will feed your soul with joy.
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There is a natural order and harmony to this world, which we can discover. But we have to feel it in our bones, in our hearts, in our minds
~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
In love & embodiment,
*applicable if you sign up for both modules
P.S ~ One of the non-profit projects in conjunction with this immersion is to support Yogamour Seva in bringing yoga off the mat and into the world.
Our projects include Clean Drinking Water, Community Health Clinics, as well Emergency Relief Funds to support slum communities in Thailand, India and Myanmar. If you'd like to find out how to contribute in kind or in cash to this cause, please drop me a line!
When I’m drowning
In the deep dark waters of emotions
Windmills spinning fiercely
In my tangled mind
When I’m trapped in these
Just for a moment
I let my cold feet
sink into the bare earth
Retreat under the tone of the drone
The static of why, and how, and what, and if’s...
The urgency to find cool relief
From interpretations, narratives
The rut of cause and effect
Of past and future
Shackled to a conditioned self...
Just for a while
I close my eyes
From the realm of understanding
I dive into the ocean of senses
With the fierce pounding
of my heart in my ears
Undo the stifling corset of my skin
The tautness of my belly yields
Breathes colours into
the monochrome of my bones
Space. Life. Light. Fluids.
This embodied presence
A gift of attunement
A primordial calling through
Our cellular breath
A biological blueprint
of revelry of wonderment
A timeless infinite
Photo by Rod Willner
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Yogini, Yoga Therapist, Movement Facilitator, Yoga & Bodywork Therapist, Wanderluster, Homemaker, Student...