Tree Medicine for a Strong Backbone
with Annie Thoe, Feldenkrais & Nature Awareness Teacher
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What Nature Awareness and Guided Movement Can Do….
Native people say trees are most like people in the way they stand upright and are referred to as the “Standing People.” They develop their resilience in times of hard winds and weather.
We’ll be learning from the trees how to expand our roots, connect each toe for full footing on the ground, and lengthen our spines. As teachers, trees model a silent witness to life around them. Spending time consciously connecting with a tree can clear up and attune one’s hearing, vision and senses to the environment. The growth of trees and the movement of their sap speaks to the spinal cord and vertebral column in humans.
You’ll experience guided Feldenkrais lessons to “decompress” the spine, improve resilience in for turning, bending and twisting to embody the strength trees carry in their trunks and protection they hold in their bark. We’ll use various earth-based activities to tune our bodies to the rhythms of nature and for clarity of one’s life path. Use this retreat to help heal your back, align your spine and also strengthen “your backbone” to stand tall through adversity. Trees instill strength, wisdom and patience to overcome obstacles in life. You’ll also heal your heart from loss. You’ll find strength and vitality from the trees for your heart to connect with the love and upright flow which trees provide.
In addition to these life-enhancing activities and learning more about the medicine of a variety of trees, you’ll enjoy some of the most scrumptious and healthy gourmet food you can imagine. You’ll also have time to wander the grounds and marsh of this magical wildlife habitat– from dragonflies and frogs to pileated woodpeckers and eagles.
Why Retreat in Nature?
Our culture is moving at a fast pace. Retreats make it possible to take a break from your habitual patterns, get off the road, quiet your mind from distractions and balance yourself in nature. Nature has a way of putting life in perspective and re-orienting one to what is most important. Take the time to nourish your body and look at your life “map” in your heart. Mosswood Hollow is surrounded by an array of beautiful northwest trees. You will have an opportunity to immerse in learning about tress and getting to know the medicine of a variety of these majestic friends.
In this retreat, you’ll receive healing and deep nourishment on many levels. The subject of “Tree Medicine” has been carefully selected for this time of year where the wood element is growing and sap is moving upward! Quiet the inner and outer buzz. Unplug from your work, phones and habits. Listen to the sounds of birds, frogs, trees and take in rich air of spring. At night, sit out on the deck or in the meadow under the stars. Re-calibrate the course of your life for balance, well-being and a deep connection to your core.
Even if you know little about trees or nature, bring your curiosity and an openness to connect with the trees around you. A beginner’s mind is welcome and appreciated. Your fellow retreat attendees are also a big part of this experience. Like yourself, each person in the group brings special gifts and wisdom to share in this experience. This community we create, along with the nature around us, makes for rich learning experiences that will stay with you for a long, long time. All retreats are designed with new, fresh material for people who like to work deeper within the themes.
Please Register Early. Space is limited– This is a popular retreat.
Instructor: Annie Thoe, Feldenkrais Teacher presents sensory learning and healing modalities with her unique applications of nature awareness for nearly 30 years. In addition to her healing work, she infuses her nature studies from many renowned trackers, naturalists, and authors including Tom Brown, Jr., Dave Moskowitz, Jon Young and is a 2010 graduate of the Anake Outdoor School, Tracking Intensive Program at Wilderness Awareness School. She served as Board President of the Wilderness Awareness School. She integrates decades of earth-based spirituality, dreamwork and shamanic studies from many esteemed teachers and practitioners, including Hank Wesselman and Robert Moss. She has a private practice in Seattle and has published an extensive audio series with guided lessons for movement and awareness called Sensing Vitality
Tuition (includes gourmet lunches 3 days if held at Mosswood Hollow) : $395 if paid in full by earlybird date, $445 after.
Location: Mosswood Hollow, Duvall, WA
(Shuttle from Seatac Airport Available, 1 hour away)
You like Comfort in a Rustic Setting…
Mosswood Hollow Retreat Center has a lodge with comfortable rooms/beds and common areas for lounging. If you have not spent much time in the woods or nature, this retreat center is a great introduction. Camping in the meadow or more rustic lodging is also an option for those who prefer. The main trail is very walkable and there are many places outside their lodge to sit and enjoy the birds. This retreat is designed to be healing, vitalizing and expansive. The combination of activities with some of the best food you’ve ever eaten will make for a an uplifting retreat and a great kickoff to spring.
Here’s a recent quote from the 2016 Bird Medicine Retreat earlier this March,
This retreat encouraged me to take the time to really look and listen to the natural world around me. Having become familiar with some native birds of the Eastern woodlands, I was amazed by the beauty of some birds new to me, i.e., the dark-eyed junco, the spotted towhee, and the bushtit. The varied thrush and Steller’s jay are splendid! The setting, at Mosswood Hollow, couldn’t have been more perfect for observing nature, and for meeting like-minded people!”– CB, Philadelphia, PA
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Registration – Bird Medicine Retreat
TBD – Mosswood Hollow, Duvall, WA
▪ Earlybird Tuition: $395 , $445 after (includes 3 gourmet lunches)
1 Please fill out the Registration Form Below with your contact information.
2 Payment: If you choose to pay using PayPal or a credit card for either the deposit or the full payment. Click the Add to Cart button. If you prefer to make payment with a check, please send either a deposit of $150 to reserve your place or pay the full payment of $395 to Annie Thoe, PO 75671, Seattle, WA 98175
Pay Earlybird Full Amount (Includes Tuition and 3 lunches): $395
Pay Deposit Only: $150
Pay EarlyBird Remainder Amount (after $150 Deposit): $245