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Introducing an assortment of physical & mental modalities
~ Yoga ~ SlackLine~ Hoop ~ Belly Dance ~ Rock Climbing ~ Partner Acrobatics ~ Hiking ~ Dreaming
~ build awareness of your body ~ focus your thoughts ~ cultivate playfulness in your life
Like an octopus with 8 limbs, we humans have the ability to reach out in many directions and grab a hold of what life has to offer. By exploring 8 different activities over the course of the weekend, the retreat is designed to give you a sense of full body awareness. Our “adventures” will range from restorative yoga to challenging climbs, yet all share a consistent playful and supportive undertone. Above all you will gain access to an array of tools that help wake up the body, calm the mind, and enhance a healthy lifestyle. Organic breakfast and dinner prepared by our experienced camp chef will be provided. Come and connect with others in your willingness to branch out. The retreat is held at the gorgeous Liberty Advance Retreat Center.
Liberty Advance is a beautiful Buddhist inspired temple dedicated to sustainability and Spiritual growth. Despite being only about an hour East of San Diego it’s nonetheless a great place to get away and connect with nature. This high desert landscape is surrounded by boulders and nice spots to lay like a lizard in the sun. The Center has a grand room with rugs and mirrors perfect for stretching, practicing and holding classes after the sun has set. Upstairs lies another large open room with about 20 futon beds for sleeping, though you are welcome to pitch a tent and camp under the stars as well. There is a kitchen and 4 bathrooms on site, and best of all a hot tub for your sore muscles.
Price: Early Slacker (by Oct 1st) $400
Slacker (after October 1st) $550
YOGA - Yoga will be the beginning to our day and the theme that runs through each of our activities. Yoga, the union of mind, body, and spirit, teaches us how to find stability and energy in physical movements, while still keeping a peaceful mind and flowing breath. Through our vinyasa flow classes (classes which link breath to each posture), we’ll explore the influence that the mind and the breath on the body. Classes are appropriate for and will challenge all levels; no previous yoga experience required. Classes will be lead by Anna and Sam, and will specifically prepare your body, breath and mind for the activities to follow.
HOOP - The circular nature of the hoop provides endless creative possibilities. Allow Adelaide to get you started with a few fun tricks to get your hoops spinning. This workshop introduces a combination of both on and off the body hoop manipulation, open to all ages and skill levels. If you have a hoop, bring it; otherwise they will be provided.
ACROBATIC YOGA - The dynamics of working with another person acrobatically can be like learning to walk again, except this time you’ll be flying! This workshop teaches you how to sync up and connect with others through counter balances, partner yoga, and breath. No experience or partner is necessary, but a foundational yoga practice is helpful. Taught by the dynamic duo, Sam and Adelaide.
BELLY DANCE - Adelaide’s Belly Dance workshops are a fun way to wake up your body while challenging your coordination and getting in shape. As a second generation Belly Dancer and full-time professional, Adelaide is an expert in this field and able to adapt her teaching to students at all skill levels. This workshop includes Belly Dance fundamentals, body isolations, harmonized arm movements, and shimmies.
SLACKLINE - Although growing quickly in popularity, “SlackLining” is still somewhat a secret art. The Slackline is similar to a tight rope though closer to the ground, flatter, and with more “slack” (hints the name). Though it may look intimidating, this workshop makes it accessible for everyone! Workshop includes the fundamentals of sitting, kneeling, arm balancing, standing and walking on the line. Taught By YogaSlackers co-founder Sam Salwei and YogaSlacker Paul Cassedy, this workshop will surely redefine your sense of balance and mental focus.
ROCK CLIMBING – Sam Salwei, part-owner of Northern Heights Rock Gym and experienced climber of 9 years, will safely guide you in exploring the vertical world. Enjoy the rare opportunity of rock climbing in an outdoor class setting geared towards beginners with advanced options up to 5.11. Our expertise and professional equipment combined with a exclusive outdoor location will give you everything you need to take your body awareness to new heights.
HIKING/TRAIL RUNNING – This ancient and sacred form of travel will be a necessary transition to the staging areas of our different activities. All of our activities are staged in close proximity to the retreat center, but for some activities, like rock climbing, we’ll need to gracefully transition from our low-lying campsite up to the base of rock climbing walls. Just as in yoga, our transitions are important and not to be rushed; therefor, expedience in hiking is not required, but a basic level of physical fitness is helpful.
As well as...
INVERTED THAI MASSAGE --
& DREAMING meditation --
SAM SALWEI- “Push your limits, consciously. Focus on the step in front of you, learn how to break through your internal barriers” Sam Salwei is a teacher, one who will help you teach yourself. He works with his inspirations, passions and limits to create a conscious lifestyle to share with others. His goal: to help others break through emotional and personal barriers. Irrational fear is what holds us back and lack of trust limits us. Sam strives to help others realize that what appears too difficult is attainable. The Actual step you will take yourself.
ADELAIDE MARCUS- Adelaide is a teacher, performer, and visual Artist. She has come to see all of her creative endeavors as one. She acknowledges the power of inspiration as the focal point of her art. Whether conveyed live through her performance pieces or captured timelessly in her paintings, Adelaide is expressing a self that is unbound. Her art is her lifestyle, her career, and her most prized creation. www.ArtByAdelaide.com
PAUL CASSEDY – The mountains have always been a place of inspiration and peace to Paul, and he aims to pass that along to others. He is passionate about playing in nature, and giving others those same experiences. Whether he is leading someone up a climb, on a slackline, or down the trail Paul hopes to inspire them to push themselves, while still finding the playful side in all that we do.
ANNA HOLDEN- Anna will be your camp guide, cook, and certifide yoga instructor. Anna has over six years of experience in both group camping and kitchen settings. Recently, Anna has been studying the benefits of alignment-based therapeutic yoga to aid in injury recovery and studies with Rachel Krentzman of Embody Yoga Therapy. She enjoys creating fun, challenging and sports specific classes to improve student’s physical strength, flexibility, and body awareness and to harness and focus their thoughts to create a powerful, positive experience. Anna is a Reiki practitioner and has studied various forms of meditation.
for questions contact Sam (218) 791-8421 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Call to talk about Work Study discount (limited spots available) and/or Group discounts
Presenter @ Yoga Journal Estes Park for 6 years
Presenter @ Telluride Yoga Festival for 4 years
Kripalu Yoga center in NY (3 yrs)
Seen on Americas Got Talent
seen on MSNBC
Founders of the YogaSlackers
Co founder of the Shimmy Sisters dance company
Second generation belly dancer
Been in wall street journal, new york times, Outside magazine, Yoga journal, & Vision magazine
Full time performing artist
Taught over 6,000 people how to Slackline
Certified Yoga teacher
expert Rock Climbing instructors
Experienced chef- both in a kitchen and at the campsite
Knowledge and use of Leave-No-Trace ethics
Current teacher at Asana One Yoga and Sol Yoga, both in San Diego