Embodied Evolution: A Week of Deep Healing
Embodied Evolution: Feb 3-10, 2024
Playa el Coco, Nicaragua
In our modern world there is a myth that the mind is separate from the body. Join Karin Edwards and Michelle Fleming in coming home to your true selves. Learn to listen to the language of the body through sensation, breath, and movement. Attune to all the layers of your being: physical, emotional, energetic, and spiritual.
There is another myth that we are separate from one another, and this creates profound loneliness. Experience a deep sense of community and belonging, and leave with skills and inspiration to bring back into your life at home. This is an ideal environment for those who are already engaged in their embodiment journey and are ready to play hard and go deep.
Daily orthopedic yoga therapy and organic meals will support deep transformation during this week. Trauma-informed somatic practices and polyvagal exercises will guide us in a collective shift of our nervous systems. Cooperative games will knit us together and inspire sharing and creativity. We’ll end the week with Fire Salute Yoga, a bonfire ceremony, and dancing.
During this retreat, please note that EVERYTHING IS OPTIONAL. You can attend the activities that appeal to you and take personal time whenever you would like.
The ocean and the pool are just steps away. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this beach, where a turtle hatchery releases baby turtles to make their trip to the ocean.
Just a short walk south, explore otherworldly rock formations and hunt for seashells in the tidepools between the boulders.
Structural Integration and massage sessions are available on site for an additional cost, or you may also opt to enjoy some of the local excursions which are available. See more details and pricing below.
- Accommodations within steps of the Pacific and also a lovely pool
- Daily therapeutic yoga sessions with Michelle specifically designed to nurture you
- 3 Nutritious, locally sourced meals and pre-yoga snacks, coffee and juice, with excellent gluten-free and vegan options
- Specialty workshops: 6 half-days plus some bonus offerings
- Access to the Turtle Hatchery where the baby turtles make their trip to the ocean
- Zipline excursion (we often see parrots and sloths!)
- Horseback riding on the beach
- Surf lessons
- Transformational Bodywork appointments with Michelle and Karin
Base Package: $2099
the base package includes
- All amenities listed above
- 4 meals a day
- shared housing
Separate family housing is available, as well as childcare. Please inquire for options.
Customize your experience with optional housing upgrades:
- private rooms
- private baths
- queen & king beds
- ocean views
- direct pool access
- beachfront balconies and Casitas
Transformational Bodywork Appointments with Michelle and Karin
Our work starts by asking your body questions and listening deeply to the answers. The result is a highly personalized treatment, unique to every individual.
Sometimes the issues are not where the pain is felt in the body. Sometimes the muscles, bones and fascia are protecting our organs or other delicate structures such as nerves or the artery network. Sometimes issues are held in the nervous system. Sometimes they are in our ancestral lineage. The body knows what it wants to heal first.
On the micro-level, we treat blood vessels, nerves, connective tissue, organs, bones, and the cranial system. On the macro-level, we address the relationships between the various parts of the body to allow for fluid movement and strong support from the ground. Karin and Michelle are trained in the lineages of Structural Integration and osteopathic-inspired manual therapy. Both practitioners specialize in supporting the nervous system to reach a more integrated level of health.
Meet The Instructors
Karin Edwards is a Certified Advanced practitioner of Rolfing(R) Structural Integration. She has a BA in Women's Health and a blackbelt in Ki Aikido. For nearly 20 years, she has offered bodywork and movement sessions for adults, children, and babies. Karin teaches classes for the public on a wide range of health topics including the nervous system, the biology of pain, jaw self-care, foot health, posture, walking, and sitting. In her free time she loves partner dance and gardening.
Michelle is a Yoga Therapist, a Thai Bodyworker, a Nerve and Artery specialist and a Board Certified Structural Integrator in the lineage of Ida Rolf. It was through these complementary practices of wellness that she healed her body - and from there Orthopedic Yoga Therapy was born.
These days she trains teachers and students to find a fluid pattern of movement that protects and nourishes the joints while stretching the muscles and connective tissue and quieting the mind. She is the owner of Sanctuary Wellness Studios, Director of Orthopedic Yoga and Transformational Yoga Therapy and founder of Equilibrium, a non-profit dedicated to bringing breath, movement and nutrition education to young people with anxiety and mood disorders.