Workshops

Somatic Awakening Workshop in Vernon (2017)

 

Fourteen people gathered in downtown Vernon at the Okanagan Feldenkrais™ Centre this past Easter weekend to explore how to feel more alive and confident in their bodies.

The three-day workshop titled “Somatic Awakenings” provided group sessions of Awareness Through Movement® classes along with personalized sessions in Functional Integration® for individuals to address their specific physical goals.

Certified Feldenkrais Practitioners Rob Black from Calgary and Brent Kisilevich from Vernon co-facilitated the three-day retreat.

“Somatics refers to a field of self-education that focuses on getting to know oneself more through sensing and feeling one’s own body rather than focusing on thinking about how to do things,” said Brent, “The Feldenkrais Method® for somatic learning really offers the best possible way for people to take control of how they learn with their bodies.”

“People discover they can awaken themselves to a better quality of life by discovering how it feels to move in new and gentler ways,” said Rob, “It’s about feeling more alive and ready to meet the world in your body.”

Vernon resident Bernadette O’Donnell was astonished by the differences she discovered for herself. “I realized that I didn’t need to think about the movements so much, but just feel them. I found that without even trying I was stand taller. My eyes now look up more toward the horizon rather than down at the floor. I feel lighter and more confident on my feet.”

Yves Langlois, a professional stuntman who works in Vancouver was looking for strategies to overcome the chronic pain he suffers. “I can’t believe the difference, I have found I can create pain free moments for myself just by learning to gently move in new ways. It is amazing.”

People came from throughout the Okanagan, Calgary, Vancouver and one participant, 82 year old Joan Ellis-Hill came all the way from Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia for the retreat. “I used to tell people that the reason I have arthritis in the neck is because I kept a stiff upper lip all my life and now I realize it was in fact true. I enjoyed rediscovering that I could roll around on the floor like I used to do when I was much younger,” smiled Ellis Hill.

Yoga instructor Amanda Ulmer was looking online for a weekend wellness retreat for herself to attend over the Easter break when she found the retreat , “My experience was revolutionary… I will definitely be using this method as a personal activity and with the people that I teach. I recommend it for anyone who wants to further their mind-body connection,” Ulmer said.

Coming Up

Rob Black and Brent Kisilevich will be joined by colleague Sandra Bradshaw of Kelowna to offer a five-day retreat “Wake Up Your Body and Brain: Move Better, Feel Younger” at the Naramata Centre this July. For more information, click here

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Somatic Awakening Workshop at the Naramata Centre (2016)

June 27 - July 1, 2016. Weekday Mornings (Monday thru Friday), from 9:30 to 12:30.

Get in touch with your body in a new way.

This journey of self-discovery is an invitation to delve deeper into your sense of well-being, tapping into your innate capacity for learning and growth.

Learn resiliency, grace and grounded self confidence.

Learn to deeply listen to your body and respond to what it is telling you. You will move better, with greater awareness to improve your capacity for ease of movement. You will learn how to make choices in increasing your flexibility. And through the careful listening and learning, you will discover what to do when moving is painful.

You will find your confidence growing through the process.

 Each morning we will have three hours of movement lessons, leaving the rest of the day for your enjoyment of the region.

Afternoon private sessions address deeper learning and personal needs (fee extra).

About Naramata Centre. Naramata Centre, located on the shore of beautiful Okanagan lake is a beautiful place for retreat, reflection and growth. For generations people have come to nurture faith, develop skills, and find inspiration to make a difference in the world. Naramata Centre is in the town of Naramata, 30 minutes from Penticton. The Naramata Bench region is famous for its wines.

Onsite Accommodation is available  apartments (1, 2 & 3 bedrooms) as well as camping. Additional accommodation is available in the town.

Registration is now closed. For general information about programs at Naramata, come to their programs page.

To view the location in a GoogleMap, click here.

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