Embodying Nature Retreats

Ancestral Body Retreat with Gemma Mallol and Marcela Enriquez Wakeham in Devon, UK

Dance with the Earth, Dance with your Ancestors, Dance your Inner Dance”

Accompanied by the warm heart of traditional Mexican Cacao Ceremony and the fragrance of woodland in springtime on the Dartington Estate in Devon, come and dive deep into the mystery, movement and stillness of our ancestral body, the body of memory that connects past present and future, the body of our belonging to the earth and the body of our belonging to one another

This non-residential somatic retreat is a deeply healing and transformational retreat integrating cacao ceremony, song, contemplation & movement in nature, inner dance and creative process.

We will spend time working outside in nature, in the forest and by the river on the Dartington Estate and sit round the outdoor fire for the ceremonies. Quieter more contemplative practices will be held in the Nest (the beautiful eco structure) that will be our centre, holding us at The Glade.

Marcela and Gemma have been teaching trainings together for 14 years and have been developing their practices and explorations alongside one another in the somatic field.

DATES: Fri 22nd – Sun 24th April 2022 & Fri 21st – Sun 23rd October 2022

VENUE: The Glade, Dartington Estate, Dartington, Devon, UK www.thewoodland.co

COST: £225 per person non residential

ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD: These are non-residential retreats. Please arrange your own accommodation and food. There is accommodation, camping and cafes on the Dartington estate www.dartington.org. For lunch you can either bring a packed lunch or we can eat at the Green Table together which is a lovely café on the estate.

There is a beautiful cabin self-catering cabin for rent at Gemma’s (can accommodate 2 participants sharing)

We also have an accommodation list for options in Dartington and Totnes please ask if you require the list.

TIMINGS: 10 – 4pm on Friday and Saturday and 10 – 5pm on Sunday with 1 hour for lunch break

BOOKINGS AND INFO: Contact Gemma stillflowing@hotmail.co.uk

“The Body as Nature Retreat” with Gemma Mallol & Pamela Strasser in Ibiza

A beautiful and in depth exploration of the body as nature through somatic yoga, mindfulness and expressive movement and arts practices. We will do a quieter more introspective somatic yoga morning practice at Casa Karma with Pam and then in the afternoons we will visit some beautiful natural spots in Ibiza, inviting our body to dialogue with, and interpret the elements around us creatively whether that through yoga, dance, movement, contemplation or deep listening and rest. This enquiry will be held and guided by Gemma who is a native to Ibiza and holds the landscape deeply in her body.

Pamela is a licensed Positive Psychologist and an certified advanced somatics, yoga and Mindfulness teacher. She holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of East London and has extensively studied yoga and somatic movement with renowned teachers in the field. Her Mindfulness training incorporates both the Buddhist roots of Mindfulness (under Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and his Sangha) as well as the Western approach to Mindfulness and the neuroscience and physiology behind the practice.

Gemma is a Senior Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher and has been teaching and leading trainings, retreats and intensives for over 20 years. She practices and teaches mindfulness in the Insight Thai Forest Tradition. She is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and has been working with trauma since 2014. She is now exploring and practicing Butoh Dance (Dance of Darkness) which is integrating and expanding many of her practices particularly in the embodied understanding of nature, emotions, the subconscious, spirit, compassion, death and rebirth. She will be weaving these threads together on this retreat to provide an truly unique perspective into the body as nature.

DATES: 7th – 14th May 2022

VENUE: Casa Karma, San Miquel de Balansat, Ibiza

COST: 1250 Euros p/p / 10% Discount for Still Flowing Yoga Sangha

This retreat is held in a beautiful old Ibicenco restored farmhouse in the secluded, quiet, bohemian North of the island. It is possible to walk from Casa Karma to the pretty village of San Miquel de Balansat where there are some lovely restaurants and shops. There are various beaches at 10 – 15 minute drive from Casa Karma including the legendary Benirras where there is drumming and dancing on Sunday evenings and the Puerto de San Miquel where there are a few very beautiful cove beaches and walks along the coast. This unspoilt part of Ibiza is perfect for hiking.

This retreat is open to all levels and all bodies, ethnicities and genders are welcome

ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD:

7 nights accommodation sharing twin en-suite rooms

Daily morning practice, 2 afternoon practices

Daily vegetarian large brunch and 2 catered dinners (organic and local where possible)

TIMINGS:

Arrivals 4pm on Saturday 7th May. Retreat ends at 10am on Saturday 14th May

BOOKINGS/ INFO:

Gemma Mallol : stillflowing@hotmail.co.uk

00 44 (0)7745300237

Places are limited. Booking essential.