relax.retreat.maui

maui2014retreatwith Jen and Skeeter Tichnor
February 14-19, 2015

Escape the cold, rainy Seattle winter and join us on Maui for a 6 days and 5 nights dedicated to opening your heart and living with awareness.   We will examine practices to help us develop sweeter relationships, equanimity in life and a gracious gentleness toward ourselves.

Jen and local Maui teacher Skeeter will lead you through the delicious balance of  expansion, introspection and rest.  You will nourish yourself, meditate, practice asana, and, if you wish, participate in daily afternoon seminars (see offerings below) that will allow you to study yogic concepts on a deeper level.

Through these practices, you’ll explore ways we can bring our tender hearts home to the world of family, self, work, and love. 

Why Retreat? 
In removing ourselves from our familiar surroundings, daily activities and responsibilities, retreats afford us the opportunity to see accumulated habits of distraction which build an internal wall between ourselves and our experience.

These unconscious patterns of unaware living shield us from the inherent joy of our true nature. Daily practice helps us to become aware of these habits, while retreats emphasize continued mindfulness. This allows us to sustain an unconditional presence and an awareness unbound by circumstance.

 Why not treat yourself to Maui this winter? 
Aloha….. And Om.

* Seminars with Skeeter (additional costs apply)

Arches are stronger than flat surfaces.
Learn how to feel and use the arches of the body to take your asana practice to a new curving heights of grace. We’ll explore standing poses and backbends where we’ll spiral into grace, feel your consciousness expand and intertwine with others creating a flexible network of strength that you can use to create any Asana form you desire to share. $95.

Living the yamas & niyamas.
You’ll explore the freedom that arises when we use the first and second limbs to guide how we treat others and ourselves both on and off the mat.

The Yamas:  The first of the 8 Limbs allow us to keep our house clean so the teachings of yoga can take root in all areas of our life. But what are we really committed to when we say we practice non-violence? What about non-excess?

The Niyamas:  The second of the 8 Limbs help us maintain a positive environment, self-discipline and inner-strength necessary to progress along the path of yoga. We’ll take a closer look at 5 principles Patanjali suggests we cultivate for physical and spiritual healing.  $95.

The Spine, Healthy breathing, Hips & Heart
Feldenkrais: The role of rolling for healthy breathing and a supple pain free spine. We’ll examine hip and heart openers, and how to intertwine the two together in personal practice and classes.

Conquer your fears!
Explore dimensions of dynamic balance using paradoxical breath, balance and falling.  You’ll play with handstands, backbends and arm balances.  Putting it all together and find beauty and balance and a new definition of samastitihi in yoga.  $95.

Speak from clear intention.
Learn how to use your words wisely to guide your loved ones or students to a safe and transformative practice. Share the beauty of your soul through embodied words and movement, exploring the breath through the body, You’ll practice pranayama and awareness exercises to increase your sensitivity in order to help guide you to feel what a student or loved one needs to shift.  $95.

SkeeterTichnorabout Skeeter.
Skeeter has been a Student of Yoga for more than 30 years. She has lived in Hawaii for the last 20 years. Over that time people have traveled from all over the world to study with her. Internationally, Skeeter teaches Yoga Immersions, Teacher Trainings, Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement within Yoga, therapeutic trainings, retreats and workshops, in addition to, offering daily classes, private yoga sessions, and private hands-on Feldenkrais Therapy. She has taught in Europe, Africa, Canada, Japan, Australia, Hawaii and on the Mainland U.S.A.

Skeeter’s own yoga practice and her resulting teaching methodologies are uniquely her own. Both are deeply influenced by her time spent in the ocean, by the many years of in-depth work with people with developmental disorders, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries and by the teachings of John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga and with Dr, Moshe Feldenkrais. Dr. Feldenkrais said, “I will be your greatest teacher, not because I am so good, but because I will teach you how to learn.” It is this teaching that continues to inspire Skeeter to become her own best teacher. She is dedicated to helping her students recognize the “guru” inside us all by co-creating, with each student, the environment and the opportunity to become his or her own best teacher.

Skeeter is an ocean enthusiast and an avid skier who was formerly a member of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. She is currently writing a book detailing her method of teaching. Click here to read more about Skeeter.

maui3Accommodations:
We will stay at Lumeria Maui.

Included in retreat tuition.
-  Overnight accommodations for 5 nights and 6 days.
-  Delicious, organic breakfasts (think grown on Maui papaya, pineapple & strawberries, local eggs!)
-  Morning meditation & asana classes
- All classes/seminars with Jen
- Use of Lumeria Maui facility, including pool, hot tub, and meditation studio.

Investment:
Cost of the Maui retreat includes morning asana & meditation classes, lodging, & breakfasts.  

* Double room, with bath: $1,499 early registration*, $1,749 after.
* Triple room, with bath: $1099 early registration, $1249 after.
* Locals/Off site: Make your own lodging accommodations and join us for morning yoga & breakfast: $449 regular, $299 early*.  

Retreat registration – Secure your spot in this fantastic training by submitting a $300 deposit via credit card at the link below. We will confirm your deposit and contact you for lodging preference.  You will be invoiced in two additional increments, which must be paid by check or money order. Credit cards assessed a 3% service charge.  Final payment due Jan 1.

* Early registration discount: You may secure the early-bird discount if we receive your deposit by Dec 15, 2014.
** Transportation to/from Lumeria Maui is not included in the retreat tuition. Tax (sales tax and Hawaii visitor’s tax) is not included in the retreat tuition.  Afternoon seminars with Skeeter available at additional cost.  Students interested in studying in-depth afternoon seminars with Skeeter, please plan on an additional $95 per 3 hour afternoon training session.

Submit your deposit now!

Retreat Refund Cancellation Policy: All Maui retreat deposts are non-refundable and non-transferable. Payment is due in full 18 days prior to the start of the retreat. If you cancel 60 days or more prior to the retreat start date, you will be issued a refund, less your $300 non-refundable deposit.  We strongly recommend trip insurance, as we offer no refunds, no transfers and no credits for cancellations due to any circumstances within 60 days of the retreat start date. No refunds or credits for failure to attend or failure to complete the Maui retreat.