Circling and Embodiment Retreat:
Practices that Support Vital Community
April 13, 6pm - April 15, 3pm 2018
with Amanda Franz and Abbi Jaffe
including guest circling facilitators Riley Drever,
Malaïka Bittar-Piekutowski, Nicolò Francesco Bernardi,
and Miles Bukiet
(WAITLIST has begun. Contact Abbi to learn more.)
We want to support vitality within community as the ground for transformation and revolution within ourselves and within society.
Join skilled embodiment and circling facilitators for a weekend of exploration within a community of practice.
The circling and embodiment practices provide opportunities to listen to your body’s senses and cultivate your wisdom in responding. Both practices build the skill of being present to what is alive inside of you and in relationship to others and your environment, which then allows for new possibilities to emerge. Combined together, these practices provide a space for exploration, connection and integration.
Embodiment is the act of listening to the body’s senses and responding to the body’s cues for movement, as well as cultivating an awareness of and connection to one’s self, others, and the environment.
There will be guided opportunities to develop your somatic intelligence. Somatic intelligence is the capacity to hear our internal workings and respond in supportive ways. We will build our relationship to our own body’s time, connect with nature, explore movement in the studio and outside in nature, release tension and stress, and learn about our shared nervous system.
Circling is a practice of being present and discovering and communicating what is most alive within one’s self and between each other.
In circling we will practice:
Together we will discover what unfolds when we hold space for each other to be exactly how we are.
Friday: Arrival and Registration: 5pm.
Saturday: Studio opens at 7am, Programming 9:30am-9:30pm
Sunday: Studio opens at 7am, Programming 9:30am-3pm
Early Bird: Pay by March 30th: Sliding scale $210-$450.
Pay after March 30th: Sliding scale $260-$450.
Click here to register.
A 50$ non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot. Click here to send in your deposit.
*To support a potent and responsive learning environment, space is limited. Register soon.*
Abbi Jaffe and Amanda Franz are dedicated embodiment educators, committed to unleashing the body’s intelligence to co-create a more resilient world. They are known for their depthful embodied curriculum and they offer in-depth training opportunities (Being Trauma Informed and Re-embodiment Training) and retreats. Their studio, The Everything Space, in Montpelier VT, is dedicated to the education of diverse somatic practices as an integral part of social and environmental justice work. Find out more and join them at theeverythingspace.com
Malaïka Bittar-Piekutowski is a school-counsellor in Montreal and is currently back in school to get her psychotherapist license. As a co-founder of Authentic Montreal, she continues to facilitate Authentic Relating Games Nights and Circling events, and is also their treasurer and retreat coordinator. Lately she has also been involved in another very special project: growing a little human inside her belly!
"Relationships and connections are the cement of my life, they hold everything else together and give a strong sense of meaning to my experience. Sharing the practice of authentic relating with more people brings me joy and hope for our world." ~Malaïka
Riley Drever is a co-founder of Authentic Montreal and has been developing his skills and helping grow an Authentic-Related based community for two years. Riley is very interested in, and has gained significantly from spiritual practices such as Zen and Vipassana Buddhism and non-dual inquiry. He is also a high school teacher and soon-to-be father.
"Circling for me is part meditation, part art-form and part conversation. I love circling because it asks of me to be very present, listen deeply, without attachment or agenda and take relational 'risks' to try to get more of someone else's world. I also get my world known more through this practice and it feels really nourishing." ~Riley
Nicolò Francesco Bernardi: I love listening. I love playing. Playing with questions, with musical instruments, with improvised stories. I have worked as a cognitive neuroscientist, taught Yoga and mindfulness, learned from people with dementia that play remains even when everything else fails. I study to become a process consultant, working with organizations to help people find and create meaning together.
"I love circling because it’s done together, it’s an art, it’s an endless discovery and, to me, it’s not a simulation, not an exercise, not a preparation for something else... it’s the real deal." ~Nicolò
Miles Bukiet spent five plus years studying meditation and related mind body disciplines full-time. He spent ~ two years in Asia at various monasteries and practice centers, ~ two years in solitary retreat in the mountains of New Mexico, and one year studying at the Monastic Academy in Vermont. He's been particularly effected by the teachings of B. Alan Wallace, Reggie Ray, Ajahn Sucitto, Roshi Joan Halifax, and Soryu Forall. He is currently earning a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from UPENN. Starting in the fall of 2018 he'll work with Mindful NYU to support the growth of the student group Generation Meditation. He started and is currently building a non-profit, Dive into the Ocean, dedicated to making meditation teachings more accessible. Currently he lives in NYC where he's 500 hours into a 1,600 hour Alexander Technique teacher training. He's been studying circling with Circling Europe for two years and has completed two six month trainings with them and is currently assistant teaching on their NYC based six month training course.
"Circling has revealed so many of the hidden relationship dynamics that surround me. It's been an alternately fascinating, confronting, challenging, and deeply revealing experience to explore what happens when we commit to connection and stay with the vast variety of what comes up. " ~Miles
Suzanne Podhaizer is the extraordinary caterer who will be nourishing us with her beyond delicious creations. We are always so grateful for the care, flavors and artistry that she shares with us in every bite! Suzanne is a cooking coach, food writer, chef, and dancer living in Burlington. She owns Every Table, a business that aims to help farmers sell more food by teaching people what to do with it once they bring it home. Suzanne was also the owner and chef of Salt Cafe, that delighted diners in truly exquisite meals that wove story with nourishment and nuance.