Somatic Stretch® and Fractal Anatomy Retreats

Whether you are looking for pain relief, to amplify your own personal practice, or you are a therapist looking for the understanding of fractals to increase your treatment results while you take care of your own body, this week long retreat offers you an inspiring rest and reset.

Ojai, Calfornia:
October 31- Nov. 6, 2019 or
March 12-18, 2020

Organic food by our personal chef, daily Somatic Stretch classes, hiking, biking and even rock climbing can be part of the adventure! Let us know which retreat you'd like to register for, or come to both to really nourish yourself and hone your practice. 

CLICK HERE TO BEGIN REGISTRATION

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.

* 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 helps us to understand all the more how the nervous system plays a part in our tension responses, and how to access this for better health results. 

We will learn how to read tension patterns in bodies to better understand a students process, giving us insight into what we are holding and where, what we are ready to release and what will take some time, and how best to move 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 and/or personal self-healers along the way.

*Emotional response and release is often part of the process of letting physical pain go. This can happen and these emotions are held in a safe space where one person’s vulnerability actually affects and releases tension in other participants – it’s all part of an alchemy you don’t need to prepare for or be nervous about. Anything that happens in these retreats happen with a lot of ease and less stress than you can imagine. Even ‘anti-group people’ who come with concerns about meeting other humans leave happy! One such student emailed me a month after the retreat and said,

“I feel so crazy blessed to have met so many wonderful people and  shared so much deep emotion, the likes of which I have never experienced before… “

* We will be learning a lot about trigger point work/acupuncture points you can do on yourself to work with your specific issue, as well as how to begin understanding how to help others by using particular points that unlock significant areas holding tension.

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

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.

Retreat begins: Day 1 early evening 

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

Day 2: 

7:00 – 8:00 am: Morning Meditation (always optional)

8:00 – 9:00 : Breakfast

9:00 – 10:15 : Welcoming circle and introductions

10:15 – 12:30 : Stretch class – stretch reflex integration

12:30 – 2:00 : Lunch and personal time

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: 

7:00 – 8:00 am: Morning Meditation

8:00 – 9:00 : Breakfast

9:00 – 10:15 : Integrations/check in

10:15 – 12:30 : Stretch class

12:30 – 2:00 : Lunch and personal time

2:00 – 4:30 : Fractal Anatomy and Geometry of Healing

4:30 – 5:00 : Break

5:00 – 6:00 : Voice meditation

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

8:30 – 9:30 : Fractal Anatomy film

Day 4: 

7:00 – 8:00 am: Morning Meditation

8:00 – 9:00 : Breakfast

9:00 – 10:15 : Integrations/Check in

10:15 – 12:30 : Stretch

12:30 – 2:15: Lunch in town

2:30 – 5:00: Hike/rock climbing

5:00 – 6:00 : Break

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

8:30-9:30 – evening wind down stretch and breath (optional)

Day 5: 

7:00 – 8:00 am: Morning Meditation

8:00 – 9:00 : Breakfast

9:00 – 10:15 : Integrations/check-in

10:15 – 12:30 : Stretch class

12:30 – 2:00 : Lunch and downtime

2:00 – 6:00 – afternoon tour to local sites of interest

6:15 – 8:30 : Dinner in town

8:30 – personal time

Day 6: 

7:00 – 8:00 am: Morning Meditation

8:00 – 9:00 : Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 : Integrations/check-in

10:15 – 12:30 : Stretch class

12:30 – 2:00 : Lunch and personal time

2:00 – 4:30 : Closing intentions

4:30 – 6:00 : Personal time

6:15 : Dinner 

Day 7: 

7:00 – 8:00 am: Morning Meditation

8:00 – 9:00 : Breakfast

11:00 : morning departure

Accommodations will be within the Ojai area and are NOT included in the cost of the program. However, after registration you will be given local options that range from airbnb, private homes and lovely hotels.

Classes will be taught at the beautiful Somatic Sanctuary. 

Ojai program cost is $1399 USD early bird price until January 15th, 2019. $1499 thereafter. 

Accommodation and transportation to Ojai is not included. 

Included in your program cost: All of your classes for the full 5 days, dinner on the first arrival evening, three organic, home made meals prepared by our loving chef, and breakfast as you depart. Note that one lunch and one dinner in the seven days will be in town, and this is an added expense if you wish to join us, or have your own free time!

3 Day Mini Workshop
Toronto, Canada
May 8-10, 2020

Start your 'school' year with a three day personal tune-up in a beautiful Autumn city! We will be holding two classes daily, learning about the stretch reflex, and addressing individual issues. Understanding your own fractal anatomy helps anyone help their own aches, pains and injuries, and is essential for therapists who are wanting to apply these principles to clients. This is a shorter program for a smaller group with individual focus. Meals and accommodation not included. $595 for three, 8-hour days. 

CLICK HERE TO BEGIN REGISTRATION SEE SCHEDULE HERE

South of France 
June 2-8th, 2020

Come to the Southwest of France, where the Troubadours, Templars and Magdalene lore looms large. Here the land speaks volumes, and in it we dive into the soma, soak up the sun, and feel the history in the rocks as we learn more about this fascinating past as it informs the present. Living so closely to the earth as we stretch is a major part of these retreats, alongside nourishing food and lots of air and countryside walks!

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Rangeley, Maine
July 6-12, 2020

Rangeley is known for its beautiful lakes, fresh air and pristine Nature. We are fueled with organic food grown locally from earth-loving farmers, and there are local, educational and hiking sites included that are unique to this retreat. Come and fill UP!

CLICK HERE TO BEGIN REGISTRATION

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.

* 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 helps us to understand all the more how the nervous system plays a part in our tension responses, and how to access this for better health results. 

We will learn how to read tension patterns in bodies to better understand a students process, giving us insight into what we are holding and where, what we are ready to release and what will take some time, and how best to move 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 and/or personal self-healers along the way.

*Emotional response and release is often part of the process of letting physical pain go. This can happen and these emotions are held in a safe space where one person’s vulnerability actually affects and releases tension in other participants – it’s all part of an alchemy you don’t need to prepare for or be nervous about. Anything that happens in these retreats happen with a lot of ease and less stress than you can imagine. Even ‘anti-group people’ who come with concerns about meeting other humans leave happy! One such student emailed me a month after the retreat and said,

“I feel so crazy blessed to have met so many wonderful people and  shared so much deep emotion, the likes of which I have never experienced before… “

* We will be learning a lot about trigger point work/acupuncture points you can do on yourself to work with your specific issue, as well as how to begin understanding how to help others by using particular points that unlock significant areas holding tension.

* 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? Here is a video to learn more. 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.

  • Paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, hiking and relaxing are all available, every day.

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

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.

Early arrival: Free accommodation is available the day before for those who wish to settle in and/or receive bodywork sessions with Meredith. Meredith meets with each student before the retreat gets underway and early arrival gives you plenty of time to get settled, play and get ready for a beautiful dive into the somatic depths!

Retreat begins: Dinner gathering early evening 7:30 pm

Day 2: 

7:00 – 8:00 am: Morning Meditation (always optional)

8:00 – 9:00 : Breakfast

9:00 – 10:15 : Welcoming circle and introductions

10:15 – 12:30 : Stretch class – stretch reflex integration

12:30 – 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: 

7:00 – 8:00 am: Morning Meditation

8:00 – 9:00 : Breakfast

9:00 – 10:15 : Integrations/check in

10:15 – 12:30 : Stretch class

12:30 – 2:00 : Lunch and siesta / paddleboard etc.

2:00 – 4:30 : Fractal Anatomy and Geometry of Healing

4:30 – 5:00 : Break

5:00 – 6:00 : Voice meditation

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

8:30 – 9:30 : Fractal Anatomy film

Day 4: 

7:00 – 8:00 am: Morning Meditation

8:00 – 9:00 : Breakfast

9:00 – 10:15 : Integrations/Check in

10:15 – 12:30 : Stretch

12:30 – 2:15: Lunch in town

2:30 – 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 stretch and breath (optional)

Day 5:

7:00 – 8:00 am: Morning Meditation

8:00 – 9:00 : Breakfast

9:00 – 10:15 : Integrations/check-in

10:15 – 12:30 : Stretch class

12:30 – 2:00 : Lunch and downtime

2:00 – 6:00 – afternoon hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding, resting or reading

6:15 – 8:30 : Dinner in town

8:30 – personal time

Day 6: 

7:00 – 8:00 am: Morning Meditation

8:00 – 9:00 : Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 : Integrations/check-in

10:15 – 12:30 : Stretch class

12:30 – 2:00 : Lunch and siesta / paddleboard etc.

2:00 – 4:30 : Closing intentions

4:30 – 6:00 : Personal time

6:15 : Dinner 

Day 7: 

7:00 – 8:00 am: Morning Meditation

8:00 – 9:00 : Breakfast

11:00 : morning departure

Accommodations are luxurious and cozy at Indian Point, in Rangely, Maine. See the website here and get ready for pristine Nature and dream filled nights to the sound of the loons!

Early bird price for luxury accommodation, home-cooked, organic meals and all of the classes, paddleboarding, hiking and canoeing you can do…. Early bird price (a minimum of three months in advance of retreat): $1795 USD

Please note that on-site accommodation is limited and some rooms are covered in your retreat fee, while others require an upgrade – or will offer you a refund! – depending upon your choices and our availability.

Click here to view all accommodations. 

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 Early Bird price: $1925 USD

Deposit: $500 USD downpayment to ensure your space. Refund (minus $135) is available until 12 weeks before the retreat.

Remaining amount due by that date to secure your spot. 

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

Added possible cost: Rangeley is a four-hour drive from either Montreal or Boston, two-hours from Portland. If you don’t drive to the retreat, car pooling from an airport can be arranged once students sign up and a private drive for $150 to or from Portland airport can be arranged.

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. 

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Testimonials

Real words from real people

Frozen Shoulder

‘Within just a few days my mobility improved by something like 85%! As an initial introduction to Somatic Stretch, I would say the results are absolutely remarkable!’

Depression

‘My mood has improved, I can handle my pain, depression, anxiety and energy in a new light. I feel more grounded and full of  intention.’
~27 year old male participant

Life Stress

'I feel so crazy blessed to have met so many wonderful people and  shared so much deep emotion, the likes of which I have never experienced before...I have my mat set up too, and I am back at yoga a few days a week which is huge for me!'

Medical Doctor, Ireland

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!”

Dancer, USA

“I used to experience a lot of pain after yoga, modern dance, jazz, and ballet classes which added stress to my world. The Somatic Stretch exercises are helping me to relax on all levels. The exercises are simple enough that I can comfortably do them at home and enjoy incorporating them into my every day life. What a lifesaver!” 

Pilates Instructor, Canada

"I"ve been thinking of you all week!  I really learnt a lot at the retreat. I have been teaching some of the stretches to my clients and I am so excited.  I even awoke at 5:00 a.m. this morning to do my own personal stretching before teaching.  Thank you so much.  I am also really excited because so much of the information you taught confirmed instincts of mine regarding how the body works that is information not taught in pilates/yoga teacher training. I now have some real physiological explanations for observations I've been making for some time." 

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