San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Dear Nia Teachers and all Belt Graduates,
One day while visiting Nia Faculty Trainer Jill Pagano at her studio in West Seattle, Blue Belt Teacher Sommer Joy Albertsen began to speak about the powerful healing effect of the natural elements--water, sun, fire, earth, wind--in the island's natural surroundings.
That conversation sparked our Desire. Imagination and Expectation of gathering on Whidbey Island for the intent of increasing life force in a natural surroundings with our community of teachers.
“How can we, together, create a beautiful opportunity for ourselves and other Nia teachers to reboot, rejuice, reconnect and find harmony internally and within community?
Our conversation led to other conversations, which guided us to excitedly offer a Nia Teacher Retreat (for graduates too!) on magical Whidbey Island in the glory of summer--August 22-24th.
With another conversation to create the outline, held during April’s collaborative moon and eclipse energy, the retreat sessions unfolded with powerful flow--as if tuned to a frequency and magic bigger than either of us! This no longer was a retreat of “workshops we were offering”. Amidst goose-bump moments and the sensation of Yes! in our body, the evolution of the weekend revealed itself through our voices, yet somehow, the collective voice--come together to refuel and rejoice in Nia and our community. At the end of our conversation-to-create, we indeed both sensed healing rise and transform us. We ended the call grateful for the opportunity to create and serve.
Here we are now, a month later, ready to share this golden-infused weekend with you, in the heart of the upcoming warm Summer sun. **We felt called to create** this weekend and feel the yearning for time together.
We invite you to join us in the magical natural setting of Whidbey Island.
Cast into the breeze by the sea.
Step into the shifting sand.
Release worries into water's edge, slip into boundless dance.
The weekend offerings include:
**4 Nia Classes under the Summer sun on the beach, and other unique sacred spaces.
**4 Playshop sessions designed to refuel connection to Self, to Nia, to Livelihood, and to Community.
**Inspiration from four ceremonies honoring the inspirational elements of Fire & Sun, Earth, Water, and Wind.
**A welcoming place to revisit your Sacred Livelihood, emerge with a revised and liberated Nia-potent business story.
**Reframe business barriers, shine stories of vulnerable strength, and humanize the harmony in our Nia community and beyond.
**Re-light your White Belt principles.
Friday, August 22nd at 6:00pm: Suggested Island Arrival @ Island Joy Wellness Sanctuary (evening only rate of $40)
Day One: Setting the Tone--Crossing over from Daily Life to Weekend Retreat
Friday, 7:00pm Nia movement class
Sunset beach class. Letting go while setting paradise tone in the body—Sommer and Jill (Feeling)
Friday, 8:00pm-10:00pm Fire Ceremony—Fueling the Fire in your Belly, Opening to Powerful Element of Fire @ Magical Maxwelton Beach (Sommer)
A sacred opportunity to let go of what is not serving you and your business & then invite what you’re desiring now into the fire. Includes Ego Eradicator Kundalini Meditation with FIRE breath, Sacred Ignite-the-fire-within Ceremony and more.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Day Two: Reconnect w/ wholeHEART : Passion in Play & Magic Spirit of Nia. (Day rate $150)
Saturday, 7-8:00am: Earth Element Morning Ceremony
Morning Sunrise walk along Maxwelton beach.Chakra Meditation Sounds at the beach’s “Heart Altar”. Earth element ceremony of sand engraving, while planting your desire-mantra into the sand and into your day.
Saturday, 8-9:30am, Breakfast on your own.
You are welcome to store meals in Island Joy Wellness Sanctuary kitchen. Tea & Coffee complimentary.
Saturday, 9:30-10:30am BodySense Healing Class (Jill)
Jill’s meditative body-centered experience influenced by Nia’s 5 Stages.
Saturday, 11:00am-12: 30pm Relight Your White (Jill), @Butupio (www.butopia.net)
Marinate and cell saturate in physical sensation via a movement journey through White Belt Principles.
Saturday, 1-2:30pm Picnic lunch on your own( ie.. beach, Island Joy Wellness Sanctuary)
Saturday, 2:30-5:30pm Life as Art on Beach— (Sommer), at the beach.
Exploration time! Interact with Nia in play that activates JOY of life, art all around us & in Nature. Create art project w/ sand, shells, art supplies to create our Mantra Masterpiece and weaving our intention into our Northwest Lei for wearing. Value of mothernature. Take home FIVE Tools on how to lead with power in nature for classes, workshops and retreats.
**Nourishment hors d' oeuvres & divine drinks provided**
Saturday, 6-7:00pm Outside Nia & Freedance class + Skip & Dip. (Sommer & Jill)
Being seduced by the sounds and sights of nature. Breathe, Release, Expand. Clearing. Washing off the old and being present to the sensation of re-invigorated. Alive, Renewed. Explore the creation of nature in our freedance. Birds, trees –Nature as a Movement Art—freedance experience. Being inspired out of our tendencies through the inspiration of nature’s symbols. Cleansed and ALIVE you will be here in pure blissful play with profound tools to inspire in your classes and life. Water Ceremony, Meditation Skip & Dip (optional, of course)
Saturday,8:00pm Dinner out at Prima Bistro, in Langley. (no-host)
Celebrate self & community with outdoor dining at Prima Bistro (yummy, fine dining)
10:00pm- Dreams Under the Sky (bring blankets & pillows) optional,
Star gazing, 7 chakra meditation under the stars (with Sommer), social time, solitude, journaling. Whatever your heart desires! @ Island Joy Wellness Sanctuary.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Day 3: Rejuvenate our Sacred Livelihood & Business Fire, Day rate $80
Sunday, 7:15-8:15am Meditation Beach Walk (optional)
Chakra tones at heart altar and Sun element ceremony.
Sunday, 8:15-9:15am Breakfast, on your own
Complimentary coffee, tea, and organic green juice at Island Joy Wellness.
Sunday, 9:30-10:30am Nia Jam Community class w/ community teachers—@ Island Joy Wellness Sanctuary.(open to public).
Let’s share, together! Shine your power light and illuminate in a caring community. Acknowledging to shine brighter and who we authentically are, Nia and our commUnity invites you to shine authenticity. A sacred space for all to harmonize, vibrate inside and out, the collective.
Sunday, 11:00am- Lunch at One Spirit Garden http://onespiritgarden.com/
The Meditation of Being Nourished. Stroll delightful garden and forest paths. Sit amidst the flowers and have tea with an array of homemade baked goods and soup in a natural, relaxing setting. Pure Whidbey Magic.
Sunday, 12:00-2:30pm Sacred Livelihood meets Business & Marketing in a supportive community. Jill & Sommer
What is unique about me? What inspires me and what is each of our secret sauce? How do I share my secret sauce with who I want while being ourselves in the world to attract. The more we are in the place of ourselves, when we are clear, authentically, we are going to find our customers and attract.
In this session we will engage with our trusted community to partner up and ask ---can you see, hear, and/or sense my special sauce? By giving permission to be my reflection and help me see what you see in me. Coaching & creating w/ each other. As a community what are our strengths to support one another? What are you good at? What do youown that you don’t WANT to be good at! Healing any “I shoulds” and inviting in collaboration.
Sunday, 3:00-4:00pm Closing Ceremony
The Walking-Winds-of-Transformation-Closing CommunityCircleCeremony
Sun, earth, wind, fire, water, symbolic all representatives/ acknowledges-Look at the water, touch the earth, fire element within, wind around us and beneath our wings. Closing w/ our customary Clearing the space w/ three breaths.
When & Where
Sommer Joy Albertsen & Jill Pagano
Sommer Joy is a Nia Blue Belt Instructor & Joy Coach who delights in living and thriving on Whidbey Island.
Jill Pagano is a Nia Faculty Trainer who dances in the four wall of her studio The Center for Movement & Healing, West Seattle.
Together they share a love for nature and the desire to appreciate and celebrate Nia teachers everywhere and hold space for reconnecting and refueling amongst the nature of magical whidbey island.