Craft A Life-Changing Practice of Movement & Awareness (In Paradise...Why Not?)
As I'm writing this to you I'm on the heels of a trip to London where I taught the first ever Ecosomatics Immersion. I really wasn't sure what to expect when I got there.
As it turns out neither were the people who showed up...
People traveled in both locally and from around Europe. Despite the time, money, and effort it took to get there, when I asked what brought them, they all said something like:
- "I don't really know, but I know that I know a lot, and I can't seem to connect the dots."
- "No clue. I just know that everything you share clicks with me."
- "I don't know what to expect, but I know this will help me fill in the gaps."
Safe to say: they didn't give me much to work with ; )
And as frustrating as that may seem, it set us up for a really transformative weekend.
See, we instantly dipped into a natural rhythm of learning, exploration, and discussion.
There weren't any scripted exercises or prompts.
There wasn't a rigid checklist to follow.
What we had was an entirely organic learning experience.
And in hindsight...that's exactly how we learn everything significant in our lives:
- Creeping, walking, and running.
- Our native tongue.
- Cultural cues and social interactions.
- How to love and be loved.
There's no test on these things, no curriculum to follow, no guru leaving a trail of bread crumbs.
They emerge from the authentic experience of a human animal engaging the world around it.
The things you learn that way are alive. They stick with you. They're woven into the fabric of YOU, enmeshed in body, mind, & spirit.
That's what movement practice should be like.
It's not just something you do. It's not just tricks.
In the right context it can be truly life-changing.
It pulls back the curtain on what's really going on in your body...and your life.
See, you know that you're more than a hunk of meat with a brain on top.
You're a living, breathing animal with a rich, emotional world within you. You're capable of incredible feats of fluid movement, vibrant creativity, and depth of connection...to your body, the people in your life, and the world around you.
Or at least you could be.
But the mainstream narrative wants to keep you disconnected.
It's time to get back to the richness of the human experience.
I think it's time to restore that connection...to weave together body, mind, and environment.
That's exactly what I've been trying to do as I explore and develop this practice of Ecosomatics.
Along the way I've started to connect the dots between natural movement, somatic education, systems thinking, body-oriented psychotherapy, and philosophy.
It's been a trip.
And the craziest part is: the practice is still evolving.
Each new person I share it with and each new event reveals a new side of it.
It's alive and changing, just like you.
That what sets it apart from so many of the other methods out there.
Don't get me wrong: they're great. But most of the time you know exactly what to expect when you go. You know what boxes you'll check. You know who else will be there. You'll probably leave with a pretty piece of paper and a couple of new letters after your name.
...frankly that doesn't excite me much.
And if you're here, I know that it doesn't work for you either.
You don't want some formulaic box to fit in.
You don't want yet another "tool" to add to your toolkit.
You want something real, something that fully engages you, and helps you carve your own path.
Well, here it is...
The Ecosomatics Immersion: Costa Rica
Over the course of 5 days I'll guide you--and a small group of like-minded movement nerds--through a rich exploration of body, mind, and environment.
It's kind of like throwing movement, self-inquiry, and body/mind integration in a pot together and distilling them down to the essence. On a beach in paradise. With upscale lodging and 3 organic meals per day.
If that doesn't transform you, I don't know what will.
I could go on and on about it, but here are the important details:
Who: You, and a maximum of 13 other movement nerds. Unlike other workshops, this one is small on purpose.
What: A transformative week of movement practice, self-inquiry, and "connecting the dots" with delicious food and upscale lodging included. And the added perks of kayaking, SUP, hiking, snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing during breaks.
Where: Playa de los Vivos retreat in Tambor Beach, Costa Rica.
When: November 5-9 (plan to arrive November 4th and depart November 10th).
Why: Because it's gorgeous. And because we need deep connection of body, mind, and environment in order to live as our best selves.
How: Ecosomatics, baby.
Here's what you'll be saying afterwards...
Here's how to join.
It starts with a simple question: do you want to have a solo "glamping" tent for the week, or do you want to share it with another participant?
The cost for a solo experience is $3500. For a shared tent it's $2500.
Reserve a spot today with a deposit of $1000.
The remainder of your balance can be broken down into payments of...
- Due by August 1: $1000
- Due by September 1: $750
- Due by October 1: $750
- Due by August 1: $750
- Due by September 1: $500
- Due by October 1: $250
Please note: these rates are only available for a limited time.
The cost is going up by $500 on August 15th.
Your discounted rate is secured as soon as you put down your $1000 deposit.
Is my deposit refundable?
No. If you're in, be in.
What happens if I register but can't make it?
You can transfer your spot to a friend, free of charge. Or you can request a refund (minus your deposit) until October 1. After October 1 there will be no refunds.
What all is included?
You'll get 5 full days of practice with a small group of like-minded folks. You'll stay in upscale "glamping" tents by the beach and have 3 organic meals provided each day. You'll also have transportation to and from Tambor Airport on November 4th and 10th.
How do I get there?
The simplest way to get there is to fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). There is a local connector that takes you to Tambor Airport (TMU), or you can take a bus (~5 hour trip...bring a book). We'll be coordinating transportation for the group as we get closer to the event.
Is this just for teachers/trainers? Do I have to be an advanced mover?
Not at all. There are no prerequisites in terms of tricks you can do or methods you've studied.
**If you have any other questions, simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Costa Rica" in the subject line**