It seems there’s no escaping back pain. Whether it’s the chronic, debilitating kind that has impacted 80% of adults in the US, the occasional stiffness experienced after too much work, or after sleeping, or the result of an injury – back pain has turned into a multi-billion dollar industry. Yet there is a simple solution: movement. Study after study shows that reclaiming movement is the solution to most back pain, but an even better approach is using mindful movement, bringing mind and body together. In a recent NY Times article, science writer Jane Brody describes the benefits of the Feldenkrais Method.

Join master teacher and certified practitioner, Lavinia Plonka, to discover how to free yourself from back pain without the use of drugs or surgery by using the renowned Feldenkrais Method®. Learn subtle, sophisticated movements that take stress off the spine, improve your range of motion and reduce your pain enabling you to live a fuller life.

Whether you want to recover your freedom and mobility, or you are a healing professional wanting to help others, this workshop offers pleasurable, non-stressful strategies for learning how to free yourself from back pain. Join the movement revolution and take charge of your back!

No movement experience is necessary.


About the Teacher

Lavinia Plonka healed her own back pain using The Feldenkrais Method®. This inspired her to become a certified practitioner. Lavinia is considered a master teacher, as well as an internationally recognized expert in body language, offering workshops around the world. She is also the author of several bestselling books, including What Are You Afraid Of? A Body/Mind Approach to Courageous Living. Lavinia is director of Asheville Movement Center in NC, former Vice President of The North American Feldenkrais Guild and loves every opportunity to awaken people’s potential for joy. Lavinia lives by Moshe Feldenkrais’ maxim, “Movement is life. Without movement, life is unthinkable.”


Your Program Session Times (subject to change)
Arrival Day 7:30-9:00 pm
Daily 9:30 am-12:00 pm; 2:00-5:30 pm
Departure Day 9:30-11:00 am (Room check-out is 11 am; Luggage can be held at reception)


Arrival Day
3:00 pm Check-in begins; Rooms are ready by 3:00pm, but if you arrive early

we will hold luggage at Reception.

6:00-7:00 pm Dinner
7:00-7:20 pm Guest Orientation Session (Venue: Dining Hall)
7:30-9:00 pm Program Session

Optional Complimentary Activities (Please join only if above mentioned Program schedule permits)
7:30-8:30 am Hatha Yoga Class (Venue: Geeta Hall) During Program Dates only
9:45-10:45 am/4:15-5:15 pm Hatha Yoga Class (Venue: Geeta Hall)
11:00 am-12:00 pm Mind and Meditation Session (Venue: Geeta Hall)
1:30-2:00 pm Yoga Nidra (Venue: Geeta Hall) Saturdays and Sundays only
2:00-3:15 pm Property Tour (Starts at Reception) Saturdays only
1:30-2:30 pm/3:00-4:00 pm Guided Nature Walk (Starts at Reception) Saturdays only
5:30-6:00 pm Guided Meditation Session (Venue: Geeta Hall)
7:30-8:15 pm Meditative Chant/Kirtan (Venue: Geeta Hall)
8:30-10:00 pm Bonfire (Below Veda 2; Weather permitting) Saturdays Only

7:30-9:30 am Breakfast
12:00-2:00 pm Lunch (included on your departure day)
6:00-7:30 pm Dinner

Ayurveda Spa Appointments
We invite you to also make reservations at our award-winning Shankara Ayurveda Spa before arrival, in
order to ensure availability. Please call (828) 264-8382 for details.
Our Clay Studio is open Thu-Sun; Hand-building classes and Throwing classes are available by appt.
Clay pieces can be glazed and shipped back as well. Please contact our front desk to make an


Date & Time

Starts: Aug 23, 2018 04:00 PM

Ends: Aug 26, 2018 11:00 AM


Lavinia Plonka


Starting at $702

Includes room, meals & tuition


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