Somatic Stretch 2018 Retreat

Rangeley, Maine

Wednesday July 18 – Tuesday July 24, 2018

Photo by: Maine Mountain Media (www.MaineMountainMedia.com)

Photo by Maine Mountain Media. (www.mainemountainmedia.com)

Photo by Maine Mountain Media. (www.mainemountainmedia.com)

For Somatic Stretch trainees and individuals looking to reset and revive

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Join us at Indian Point in Rangeley, Maine where beautiful lake waters, fresh air and home made, organic meals accompany our classes in Somatic Stretch® for trainees and individuals wanting to reset, rejuvenate and return home inspired.

Here, our trainees can join with other interested ‘stretchers’ (those not in training) to take a deeper dive into the body for five full days of studies that help teachers attain certification, certified teachers to hone their skills, and everyone to leave rejuvenated. 

This is a self-care retreat that will inspire a new outlook on the how to bring Somatic Stretch motivation home with you, and keep it going!

Indian Point is a remarkable property four hours from either Boston or Montreal, or two hours from Portland, Maine, in a breathtaking lake district. Swimming, paddle boarding, lounging, writing and walking are all encouraged between organic meals, daily classes and a trip to Wilhelm Reich’s lab and museum to learn more about physical and emotional armoring that result in muscular tensions.

Click on the image below to view the gallery photos of this remarkable property!

“Meredith Sands Keator and Lilian Jarvis, you are both truly Hidden Treasures. As a “Western” doctor I was so inspired when I attended your SomaticStretch Retreat in Rangely, Maine last week. SomaticStretch is a gentle but powerful stretch program that
enhances posture, wellness and most importantly alleviates musculoskeletal pain. I was shocked and delighted to wake up each day with none of my usual aches & pains and not to be reaching out for pharmaceutical relief! I highly recommend this program to everyone! Thank you! Thank you!”
~ Dr. Rachel Kidney

Classes and Activities

This workshop is for individuals who want to amplify their health through gentle stretch, learn how to ease their own aches and pains and bring this knowledge and inner awareness back home into their daily lives. This retreat is also for trainees to hone their skills and gain greater confidence in their own personal practice, or gain more training towards certification as a Somatic Stretch teacher. We will be covering such things as;

* In depth understanding of the stretch reflex. This is the core teaching of Somatic Stretch ~ re-educating the mind to recognize the point in movement or extension that flexibility can greatly increase, without strain. Understanding the role of postural alignment is emphasized once the essentials of the stretch reflex are covered, and both are integrated into a full, somatic awareness for each individual by the week’s end.

* Anatomy that is actually *fun* to learn (because that’s how I teach it!) that focuses on how to communicate confidently with other professionals in the field by learning the most significant muscles and nerves.  Every modality has their own lingo and ‘fashionable muscle’ they like to focus on and we will learn why they are important, how they are represented in other modalities (such as Western medicine, massage, yoga or shiatsu) and how this knowledge is helpful when teaching Somatic Stretch – or just learning about your own body!

* We will learn how to read tension patterns in bodies to better understand our students process, giving us insight into what they are holding and where, what they are ready to release and what will take them some time, and how best to guide them through that territory. This is a fun class where you get to give and receive deeper information about the bodies of you and your classmates, helping each person to work with their own patterning that much more, becoming better teachers along the way.

* One of the big attractions – aside from the classic Maine architecture, wooden paneled bedrooms and bathrooms, gorgeous property, inviting hot tub and loons calling on the lake as you fall asleep – is the fact that Wilhelm Reich’s home and laboratory is right down the road.

This pioneer was a contemporary of Freud’s in Vienna starting at the young age of 23, and he grew to be famous, infamous and imprisoned by the American government after fleeing the fascist regimes in Europe. He published many books as he scientifically went about researching how to quantify ‘life force’ in the body and his books were the ONLY ones ever burned by the US government when he was sent to prison, where he died in 1957 at the age of 60. His property, home and lab in Rangeley has been kept with great care, just as he left it 60 years ago, down to the coats and shoes he left in the closet the day he left his home to go to jail and never return.

What did this man do to provoke such a massive governmental response and what significance is his work today? We will be taking a tour through his lab and museum, learning about the world of ‘character armoring’ and how our tensions affect the psyche. There is so much to say about Reich that I will save it for the retreat, and can only say now that I will be offering a very rare wander through his life and work as I have been studying him for many years, and also have had the good fortune to study at his lab with MD’s and PhD’s dedicated to keeping his work alive.

* We will be learning about Fractal Anatomy, how to see the geometric structure of the nervous system to witness core tension patterns in the body. This is the other half of my life’s work that I add within the Somatic Stretch program as it helps us to understand all the more how the nervous system plays a part in our tension patterns and how to access them for better release and health results. 

This is a comprehensive study between Western and Eastern medical systems and you can learn more through the free, short videos online on my webpage here. 

Schedule

Those coming for their own personal reboot, or daily auditors of the courses are free to design their own time around our schedule. You can learn as much or as little as you feel called to, and relax the rest of the time.

Arrival: Wednesday July 18th early evening (or earlier if you want to play, swim and unpack before dinner)

Light dinner, meet and greet and week overview: 7:30 pm

Day 2: Thursday July 19th

7:00 – 8:00 am: Morning Meditation

8:00 – 9:00 : Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 : Welcoming circle and introductions

10:00 – 12:00 : Stretch class – stretch reflex integration

12:00 – 2:00 : Lunch and siesta/paddleboard etc.

2:00 – 4:30 : The Anatomy of Posture with stretching

4:30 – 5:00 : Break

5:00 – 6:00 : Body reading and tension pattern busting

6:30 : Dinner and personal time

Day 3: Friday July 20th

7:00 – 8:00 am: Morning Meditation

8:00 – 9:00 : Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 : Integrations/check in

10:00 – 12:00 : Stretch class

12:00 – 2:00 : Lunch and siesta/paddleboard etc.

2:00 – 4:30 : Fractal Anatomy stretch class and discussion

4:30 – 5:00 : Break

5:00 – 6:00 : ‘On Breathing and Walking’

6:15 – 8:15 : Dinner and personal time

8:30 – 9:30 : Fractal Anatomy film

Day 4: Saturday July 21st

7:00 – 8:00 am: Morning Meditation

8:00 – 9:00 : Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 : Integrations/Check in

10:00 – 12:00 : Stretch

12:00 – 2:00: Lunch in town

2:00 – 5:00: Wilhelm Reich museum, film and tour

5:00 – 6:00 : Break

6:00 – 8:00 : Dinner and personal time

8:30-9:30 – evening wind down, optional

Day 5: Sunday July 22nd

7:00 – 8:00 am: Morning Meditation

8:00 – 9:00 : Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 : Integrations/check-in

10:00 – 12:00 : Stretch class

12:00 – 2:00 : Lunch and siesta/paddleboard etc.

2:00 – 4:30 : Practical Anatomy (while making sense of Fractal Anatomy and learning helpful Shiatsu points)

4:30 – 5:00 : Break

5:00 – 6:00 : stretch and shiatsu playshop

6:15 – 8:30 : Dinner

8:30 – personal time.

Day 6: Monday July 23rd

7:00 – 8:00 am: Morning Meditation

8:00 – 9:00 : Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 : Integrations/check-in

10:00 – 12:00 : Stretch class

12:00 – 2:00 : Lunch and siesta/paddleboard etc.

2:00 – 4:30 : Closing intentions

4:30 – 6:00 : Personal time

6:15 : Dinner in town

Day 7: Tuesday July 24th

7:00 – 8:00 am: Morning Meditation

8:00 – 9:00 : Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 : Integrations/check-in

10:00 – 11:00 : Stretch class for those available

11:00 : morning departure

Program cost

Early bird price for luxury accommodation (view pictures above), home-cooked, organic meals and all of the classes, paddleboarding and canoeing you can do…. before March 31st, 2018: $1499 (Please note that on site accommodation is limited, and incredibly inexpensive in the package cost at $288 for 6 nights, so book soon if you are coming!). We will send you local links if our on site accommodation is filled and $288 will be deducted from your program cost). 

Our families, communities and our World resonate more peacefully as we balance our own minds, bodies and breath. You will be leaving this retreat revived, inspired and better able to relieve your own aches and pains with practical tools to ground your daily practice at home.

After March 31st: $1,699

Daily audit cost with no food or lodging: $200/day

Only 6 spaces are available for the live in component of the retreat, and only a few day auditors. This is a small, intimate retreat designed to give you a great deal of emotional, physical and mental support amidst beautiful settings and stunning accommodation.

Please Book now to reserve your space.