More and more women are running on empty. Pursuing career success, taking care of family, home, and attending to relationships leaves us with little energy or capacity to care for our health and deeper soul needs.
This five day retreat is a powerful step in creating and reclaiming your authentic woman’s way of being. Through a sacred honouring of women as sisters and our shared experience, we are empowered to unwind the habits and beliefs that trap us in a pattern of busyness.
Using restorative yoga, breathing practices, deep listening, mindfulness, inner exploration, experiential exercises and a circle of healing, you will be held in a way that welcomes you back into the deeper ground of your being. When the wisdom of your body is accessed and honoured, your truth-sense and intuition is more available. Established in a felt sense of the body, boundaries are clearer and more easily held around what we want to say “yes” to and “no” to.
Now more than ever, the world we are living in beckons us to reclaim our wisdom, and live from the balanced centre we hold when our feminine way of “being” informs our “doing”. Join us as we reawaken the ground of love within and open to a vaster field of essence.
Sharon Abbondanza’s reverent love of the body infuses her teaching. She artfully combines the intelligence of yoga therapy with the innovation of restorative alignment using the BackMitra. With sixteen years teaching experience and multiple certifications, Sharon’s love of yoga translates into on going in-depth personal studies as well as developing teacher trainings. She has created and taught a Teacher Training program for Restorative Yoga Therapy and has developed a Foundations teacher training for the BackMitra. Studying with advanced practitioner Gioia Irwin, Sharon has completed the International Vijnana Yoga Certification, an 800 hour comprehensive program of Hatha Yoga that integrates the classical limbs of pranayama, asana, meditation, study of yogic texts with Eastern Taoist practices and an extensive exploration of embodied anatomy. Having completed the Anatomy of Yoga, an 800 hour intensive training in Yoga Therapy with Master Teacher Leila Stuart, Sharon maintains a private yoga therapy practice and teaches on going classes in Greater Vancouver. Recently studying with luminary Kamini Desai, Sharon is integrating somatic psychotherapy into her practice.
Yogita Bouchard is a Massage Therapist and also offers Somatic Relational Therapy in private practice. She has completed a four-year course of studies in Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy with master teachers Ron Kurtz and Jon Eisman. She was the founder of Mountain Waters Spa and worked as an aquatic therapist with couples Babies and spa clients for 12 years. She studied the science of Yoga for seven years. She co-facilitates in the Healing with Addictions Retreat and in Everything Belongs retreat, both offered at Mountain Waters. Yogita also facilitates small women’s gatherings.
She brings care, warmth and a deep sense of reverence to her work. She has a passion for nature, and for inviting a deeper quality of listening into her life within which the mystery continues to unfold. Yogita is the mother of 5 young adults and lives in Nelson BC with her husband Richard.