TRAUMA 2 SATORI; Trauma Healing & Spiritual Growth

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Sierra Hot Springs

521 Campbell Hot Springs Rd.

Sierraville, CA 96126

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Limited time early-bird discount for this amazing retreat!

"I believe not only that trauma is curable, but that the healing process can be a catalyst for profound awakening - a portal opening to emotional and genuine spiritual transformation". - Peter Levine

Some people not only bounce back from adversity, they actually develop a deeper sense of meaning, closer relationships, and a greater appreciation of life as a result of the struggles. This retreat is a fully immersive, highly structured, experiential deep-dive into positive transformation. The intention is to create expanded states of consciousness through dyads (with partners). Within this context, we use powerful questions and koans (questions which cannot be answered with the rational mind) to elicit deep insights and direct experiences of "Self". The processes are supported by active meditations to help unlock energy and deepen the search. Who are you really?

Other than structured communication exercises we'll be using in dyads and other guided processes, we will be in silence through most of the processes. The techniques we'll be using are influenced by Somatic Experiencing® and awareness practices.

What it is:

  • A supportive environment for self-exploration.
  • An opportunity to deconstruct self-sabotaging thought patterns and emotional triggers.
  • Active, fun, safe ways to authentically connect with others.
  • A very powerful awareness practice.

What it isn't:

  • Philosophy.
  • Tough love.
  • Therapy.
  • Advice.

The value you'll receive is to:

  • Unlock and reclaim energy wasted in unconscious survival responses.
  • Build greater capacity for handling chaotic and stressful situations.
  • Increase connection with self, others, and the world by practicing deep presence while communicating and listening.
  • Have the possibility of directly experiencing the natural "Self" which is vibrant and whole - and not subject to time or trauma.

Retreat Background:

The processes we'll be using are based in part on the "Enlightenment Intensive" concept which was created by Charles and Ava Berner in the 1960's. In its original form, this was a very powerful meditative group process which often resulted in participants experiencing satoris (unexpected, sudden glimpses of enlightenment). The Trauma 2 Satori retreat takes this basic idea and updates it to include insights from neuroscience, attachment theory, Polyvagal Theory, and Somatic Experiencing®.

For millions of years our ancient ancestors were evolving by learning how to survive danger. According to Stephen Porges, creator of the Polyvagal Theory, the nervous system we inherit as humans came from these ancient animals as they first developed the ability to freeze in times of mortal danger, then later to flee or fight. While these instantaneous and mostly unconscious strategies are helpful or even life-saving in times of danger, they can become counter-productive if they continue after the danger has passed. Most recently in our evolutionary history was the development of social engagement, relationships, and community as survival strategies. We will be experiencing and re-examining all facets of this evolutionary history so that trauma can be moved into the past where it belongs, and our ability to form nourishing relationships can become a part of our repertoire for thriving and resilience in the present.

Additionally, from infancy our nervous systems formed in a relational context with our primary caregiver(s), and we instinctively learned to survive by following an attachment blueprint. During these first years of life, our ability to handle stress and adversity was shaped. As adults, it is possible to transform early shortcomings and heal trauma through processes which include attunement with empathic, non-stressed, non-depressed others. We'll be using very specific awareness techniques which elicit presence and help create the necessary conditions for positive transformation.

Retreat Details:

To help support the process, we'll be eating light vegetarian meals together as a group. We will also be sleeping in the Main Lodge's upstairs guest rooms. Therefore, this retreat will be limited to a maximum of 14 participants*. There will be limited time for being in nature and soaking in the hot springs during the retreat, so it is highly encouraged to come early or stay an extra day or two after the retreat ends to fully experience the full beauty of Sierra Hot Springs.

Room check-in: 3pm Thursday August 22

Group dinner and retreat check-in: 5pm August 22

Retreat begins: 8pm Thursday August 22

Retreat finishes: 3pm Sunday August 25

Retreat Price Includes Meals:

Normal retreat cost is $750. ENSURE YOUR SPOT AND PAY ONLY $690 BY BOOKING NOW. Price includes three meals per day (starting with dinner on the first day, and ending with lunch on the last day), and unlimited use of the hot springs and facilities.

Accomodations Options & Prices:

The following prices are in addition to retreat cost, and are the total for all three nights:

Dorm room, one twin-sized bed, Main Lodge: $154

Private room, one queen-sized bed, Main Lodge: $242

Private room, one queen-sized bed, if shared by a couple, Main Lodge: $171 per person.

Cancellation Policy: All bookings are 100% refundable if cancelled at least 30 days prior to start of retreat. Accomodations cancellations less than 30 days before the start of retreat are only refundable if your spot can be re-filled. Retreat cancellations less than 30 days before retreat are 50% refundable.


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