Omen Days Retreat

Registration for this year’s retreat is now closed. We plan on offering it again next year (December 19, 2020-January 1, 2021) for highly experienced and dedicated TIAVY students. Please let me know if you are interested in joining us then!

Anybody looking for a refreshing deep-diving alternative to the holiday madness?  Come and join our Omen Days Retreat!  We will tap into silence and listen to our bodies and souls through a variety of powerful methods:  TIAVY (Trauma Informed Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga), meditation, shamanic journeying, expressive/creative arts and movement, chanting, group process and divination…  Prepare to enter 2020 rejuvenated, with a sense of clarity, purpose and readiness.

This retreat for experienced TIAVY (Trauma Informed Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga) students will take place at our home studio in Denver at the end of the year during the Omen Days from the Winter Solstice through the beginning of the New Year (December 20, 2019-January 1, 2020), a time considered by many cultures to be especially potent for doing inner work and setting the tone for the year to come.

There will be free time each afternoon for nature walks led by Jiyu, drawing and journaling, doing yoga nidra or restoratives using our extensive prop collection, and optional add-ons like IR sauna sessions. You may also choose to add on a juicing and/or V-GF organic kitchari cleanse package for turbo detox and renewal.

We will invest a lot of time in meditation, and several forms of neuroplasticity- and resilience-stimulating meditation suggestions will be offered in addition to the option to sit zazen-style. Hour-long meditation sessions will be broken up into 25-min sitting, 10-min walking/moving, and 25-min sitting. In no case should the schedule cause stress–everything is low-key and ultimately optional, so hopefully we will all feel we have a lot of breathing room as well as a disciplined structure to make the most of our precious time.

The bulk of the retreat will be held in noble silence. For our purposes this means allowing ourselves to get away from talking about our usual concerns and identities and speaking only when necessary or when encouraged during group practices. (To whatever degree possible, you are invited to take a break from electronic communications as well, such a relief!) Through guided group and partner activities we will create space to feel seen, heard, held and thoroughly appreciated for the star beings we truly are.

Jen-Mitsuke will be leading all of the activities and also practicing and retreating along with you. She will teach TIAVY self-practice on Sundays during this period, practicing yoga right beside you on other days. You must therefore be familiar with “Mysore-style” classes and be confident in your own practice, as group yoga instruction will not be offered. (Seasoned practitioners in other lineages are also welcomed. Just let me know where you’re coming from and we can decide whether it’s a good match.) Shamanic journeying, expressive practices and group processes will be thoroughly explained, so no prior experience with those is needed. Please contact Jen with any questions or concerns.

Locals may commute daily, and for those from out of town, we may be able to offer you a couple of competitively-priced options for staying here with us. These accommodations afford varying degrees of privacy and comfort, and all involve a shared bathroom. Please inquire if interested.

Tentative Schedules:

Arrival on Friday, December 20, 2019
5:15pm –Arrival, Greetings & Snacks
5:30pm — Brief Orientation to Our Space
6:00pm — Intro to Journeying & 1st Divination Session
8:00pm — Bedtime!

Sample Daily Schedule from December 21-31, 2019
6:00am — Puja & Ceremony
6:30am — Creative Free Time
7:15am — Ashtanga Vinyasa Invocations
9:45am — Group Savasana & Closing Chant
10:00am — Teatime
10:30am — Meditation
11:30am — Lunch, Clean-up, Free Time…
2:30pm — Chanting
3:00pm — Meditation
4:00pm — Authentic Movement
4:30pm — Meditation
5:30pm — Dinner, Clean-up
6:30pm — Group Check-In & Divination Hour
7:30pm — Meditation
7:50pm — Bedtime!
(Except for January 31st, when we will optionally sit until midnight…)

Departure Day, January 1, 2020
7:00am — Puja & Ceremony
7:30am — Creative Free Time
8:00am — Ashtanga Vinyasa Invocations
9:45am — Group Savasana & Closing Chant
10:00am — Teatime
10:15am — Meditation
11:00am — Closing Circle
12:00 noon — Clean-up & Departures

Investment:

Full Retreat Tuition (December 20-January 1): $1299 (Early Bird $1049)

Optional V-GF Organic Kitchari Cleanse (Lunch & Dinner): TBA
Optional Morning Organic Celery Juice Cleanse: TBA
Optional 45-minute IR Sauna Sessions: $15 each
Optional Sleeping Accommodations with Shared Bath: Please inquire

Registration:

This retreat will be wonderful and intense. Please set up a free 20-minute phone consultation in order to make sure this will be a great fit on all sides!

In order to reserve your spot, please submit a $250 non-refundable deposit to Jen-Mitsuke_Peters on Venmo. For the Early Bird Discount, please pay $1099 in full by November 4th. Otherwise, full tuition is due December 1st. No refunds will be possible unless another student fills your spot.


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