Feb 15-17th, 2019 at the Mount Madonna Retreat Center
Hosted at the beautiful Mt Madonna Center on 355 acres of peaceful mountain-top redwood forest and grassland. Located between Santa Cruz and Monterey, just 20 minutes from Silicon Valley. Mt Madonna features a spectacular view of all Monterrey Bay.
The weekend will consist of Feldenkrais® lessons, yoga, laughter, connection, meditation, movement classes, nature, as well as personal and spiritual growth classes. All classes are optional. You’ll also have plenty of free time to relax around the retreat center’s natural settings, spend time journaling, hot tubbing or sipping on a cup of tea. **For a sample schedule from last year, please scroll to the bottom of this page.
The amazing mountain accommodations range from plush to rustic, and hiking, local vegetarian cuisine, and a whole lot more are on offer.
What is Feldenkrais?
The Feldenkrais method®, emphasizes the connection between the mind, body, and spirit. You will be guided through gentle movement sequences which have an extraordinary effect on adapting the nervous system towards its optimal state. The method is great for easing body aches and pains and helping us to regain clarity, focus, and direction.
What is Sound Healing?
Sound Healing is improvised, non-periodic, harmonic, and tonal sound created with the intention of restoring flow and clearing congested energy from the body allowing for the nervous system's natural self-healing process to take place. One can expect to feel physical, emotional, and spiritual shifts occur in an atmosphere of tranquility and meditation.
When we combine Sound Healing and Feldenkrais, some of the results one can expect to feel include:
Freeing your body from stiffness, aches and pain.
Improved skeletal alignment, flexibility & physical mobility.
Improved athletic performance.
Decreased anxiety, stress and sleep issues.
Improved, strength, agility, and comfort.
Be prepared to experience a subtle yet amazing shift inside in this environment of ease and pleasure.
We welcome all levels of experience.
Please see video & images below from our last Mt Madonna retreat.
To Register (2 steps):
1. Please fill out registration form
Retreat fees are per-person and include beautiful resort accommodations, use of all facilities, workshop/classes with Shara, yoga classes, vegetarian meals featuring local ingredients, and peaceful spaciousness to support your journey.
Registration Form: Please include the registration form along with payment: Form can be accessed HERE
Paypal: Sharaogin@gmail.com. Please add a 2.9% surcharge to Paypal payments. If you'd prefer me to send you a link to pay with, I'd be happy to do so!
Check: Please make checks out to: Shara Ogin, 49 Zoe St #1. San Francisco, CA 94107
Deposit: If unable to pay in full, ok to pay $195 deposit. Full payment due min. 30 days prior.
Cx Policy: If over 30 days, I will provide a full refund. If under 30 days, I hold deposit which is $195.
Shara’s background stems from over two decades of working as an Occupational Therapist (& over 1 decade as a Feldenkrais Practitioner), treating musculo-skelatal injuries. Now her focus has veered more towards somatics and helping people to live more conscious and aligned lives, consistent with their purpose and the truth of whom they are.
Shara is the author of 4 videos on fitness and pain management techniques, 1 Feldenkrais CD, and 1 book called "The Quick Guide to Easing Pain, in the work place & beyond." She is working on her next book with a more metaphysical perspective about the mind/body and its relationship to our pain states.
Jordan Blake, also known as Alī Antána, creates multi-dimensional sound journeys with sacred instruments such as crystal singing bowls, handpan, and Native American flute. His voice and presence open portals to unknown dimensions within the self. Alī regularly performs sound medicine ceremonies in the Bay Area with the Human Light Ship, a sound healing collective. He is also the founder and caretaker of the Orion Sound Healing Center, San Francisco's premier Crystal Tones® singing bowl temple.
"Since this retreat, I can proactively manage any back, neck or shoulder pain before it becomes chronic. Shara’s natural and intuitive style pin points how to refine your body’s movements and awareness to enable healthier pain free living." (Dan, Mtn View, Financial Mgr.)
"A really magical, beautiful weekend. Great overall concept with great people and an intentional healing setting. I'm already noticing the physical differences from the Feldenkrais."
"Wow. My right shoulder has never been so relaxed and lowered. That hand Feldenkrais lesson was amazing. Feldenkrais is amazing." (Rebecca from Switzerland, Science Research Student.)
Rates: Feb 15-17th, 2019 at the Mount Madonna Retreat Center
Pricing includes vegetarian meals, all classes, and use of all general facilities including hot tub, hiking trails, ball courts, small lake for swimming, & 2 nights lodging.
Prices to go up $25 on Jan 1st
Housing Type (prices per person)
Own Van - $443
Dormitory (4-7 per room) - $509
Triple (3 to a room) - $529
Double (2 to a room or cabin)- $571
Double with Bath - $585
Single (1 to a room or cabin) - $627
Single with Bath - $687
*Retreat begins at 4:00 pm on Fri Feb 15th. Ends Sunday Feb 17th at approximately 4:30PM.
*With the exception of van & single room options, please leave your 1st and 2nd choice and we'll do our best to accommodate your room preferences.
*Non-gluten and non-dairy options are available at every meal.
*Delicious Indian chai (caffeinated black tea with milk and spices) will be available at each breakfast.
*Towel is not included. All bedding linens are included (except if camping).
*Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion available in shower facilities.
*Yoga mats will be provided.
Mount Madonna Center is approximately 2 hours driving time south of San Francisco, in the Santa Cruz Mountains of the Central California coast overlooking Monterey Bay from Santa Cruz to Monterey and Pacific Grove. The closest commercial airport to us is San Jose International with San Fransisco International being the second closest.
Address: 445 Summit Rd., Watsonville, CA 95076
We do not recommend relying on GPS. Some online maps may route you on roads which are undeveloped and sometimes impassable. Always use Hwy 152 to get up the mountain.
For more in depth directions please click HERE:
(Sample) Retreat Schedule
(All classes held in the Orchard Room unless noted otherwise)
Hanuman Temple-daily Arati (celebration of light) 6:30am and 6:00pm.
Sunday Feb 18th
7:30-8:30 - Yoga/movement class
8:30-9:30 - Breakfast (Community Building far east)
9:30-10:30 - Hand/Finger Feldenkrais lesson
10:30-11:30 - Journaling/automatic writing with sound healing
11-12:30 - Free time
12:30-1:30 - Lunch
1:30-2:00 - Heart meditation/sharing
2:00-3:00 - Opening Heart Feldenkrais
3:00-4:00 - Free time
4:00 - 5:00 Play shop by Jordan (optional)
5:00-6:00 - Dinner
7PM - 8PM - Game
After 8Pm- Hot Tubbing & Free Time
Monday Feb 19th
7:00-8:00 - Pranama + Meditation with Mt Madonna staff (Redwood Yoga Room)
8:00-9:00 - Breakfast
9:00-10:00 - “The Eyes” Feldenkrais Lesson
10:30-12: Asana Practice with Mt Madonna
12:00-12:30 - Completion Circle
12:30-1:30 - Lunch
Friday Feb 16th
4:00-4:30 - Check in
4:30-5:15 - Feldenkrais lesson
5:15-5:45 - Introductions
5:45-6:30 - Dinner
7:00-7:30 - Orientation
7:30-7:45 - Review of weekend schedule
7:45-8:45 - Sound Healing with Meditation
Saturday Feb 17th
7:45-9:45 - Yoga with Mt Madonna Staff
10:00-11:00 - Brunch
11:00-12:00 Feldenkrais foot lesson: connection to earth
12:00-1:30 - Gentle hike outside
4:00-5:00 - The Pelvic Floor (Feldenkrais)
5:00-6:00 - Dinner
6:00-7:00 - Play shop by Jordan (optional)
7:00-8:00 - Just Dance Game (optional)