Our contemporary world frequently creates an unsettling level of stress that affects our ability to connect with ourselves and each other. In this retreat you will learn to deeply align with the natural and spiritual world around you, as you quieten the mental chatter and experience profound peace and harmony.

Together, we will explore traditional ceremony and modern dance as techniques to align with spirit and help you reconnect with your deepest, most fulfilling journey in this life. As we unite physically and energetically with the natural world, we will develop our own ceremonial dance of the Blue Ridge Mountains to celebrate the sacred relationship between our bodies and nature. As a group you will learn how to build both personal and communal ceremonies for your own healing and restoration, a way to strengthen your soul connection beyond the retreat. This merging of ancient shamanic practice and mindfulness with contemporary movement techniques facilitate a deep alignment between the physical and spiritual worlds that restore our connection to creativity, spirit and nature.

Through mindfulness, movement, storytelling, guided walks, meditation and breathing practices you will gain a sense of unparalleled peace and connection to the spiritual power of creative practice.

Items to bring: Shoes and clothes that allow you to move comfortably without restriction. Notebook for journaling, camera, or musical instruments, or nothing but a willingness to journey toward harmony.

Note: The dance will be choreographed to include participants of all ages, walks of life and athletic abilities. If Jody can teach 70 year old Jon Turk to perform professionally on stage in Boston and San Francisco, she can teach anyone to dance, and to have fun doing it!

About the Teacher

Dr. Jody Weber has had, and continues to have, a beautiful fulfilling thirty year career as a choreographer, teacher and dance historian working in academia, traveling with her professional company, and working with communities across the nation. She is also a trained shamanic practitioner through the Andean Lineage. Over a decade ago she was called to bring balance between the physical systems of our bodies and our energetic systems. As a graduate of Alberto Villoldo’s Light Body School, she is thrilled to offer ancient practices to help clients clear their energy fields, balance their physical bodies, and pursue their life’s work.

Jon Turk earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1971 and was nominated by National Geographic as one of the Top Ten Adventurers of the Year in 2012. Between these bookends, Jon wrote the first environmental science textbook in North America, while simultaneously pursuing extreme adventure: he has kayaked around Cape Horn and across the North Pacific, circumnavigated Ellesmere Island, and made first climbing ascents and ski descents on remote mountains all over the world. Between 1999 and 2005, Jon learned Koryak wisdom from Moolynaut, one of the last of the old time Siberian shamans. Jon has written four popular books on his adventures and the Conscious Revolution that will carry humanity into the 21st century with hope, sustainability, and compassion. Jon adapts his techniques of survival and success in dangerous and chaotic environments to walking meditation, acceptance, and deep alignment to “what is” in a more urban world. More


Friday Evening


3:00pm: Check-in

7:00 – 7:30pm: Welcome and Art of Living Retreat Center Orientation

7:30 – 9:30pm: Jon and Jody introduction and presentations
Jon: Paleo-attitude: The Hunter, The Shaman, and the Tundra
Jody: Ceremony & Dance; Reconnecting to Spirit through Movement and Ritual


Saturday Morning


7:30 – 9:30am: Breakfast

9:30 – 10:00am: Koryak Welcome Ceremony

10:00 – 10:20am: Mythology and Mindfulness on the Ragged Edge of the Anthropocene

10:20 – 11:00am: Movement and Breathing – Opening the Chakras: We will learn a gentle stretch series, breathing practices, and dance movements to open and energize our chakras.

11:00 – 11:15am: Introduction to the Luminous Energy Field: Shamanism teaches us that what we perceive as reality is nothing but a collection of stories and mythologies that we accumulate from our upbringing and our past lives. These mythologies invade what shamans define as the Luminous Energy Field that, if undisturbed, can bring mindfulness. We will learn how the Luminous Energy Field functions and how to purge negative energy imprints that interrupt the path to ecstasy.

11:20am – 12:15pm: Building Trust: Bringing the Cat Down Out of the Tree. Our contemporary world frequently creates a deeply unsettling level of stress that affects our ability to connect with ourselves and each other. These simple movement practices will allow us to relax deeply and trust ourselves and our fellow classmates.

12:15 – 1:30pm: Lunch


Saturday Afternoon


1:30 – 3:00pm: Tribal Space as a group, we walk through the forest and pick a place that resonates with our small tribe. We discuss the elements of the natural mini-world that speak to us. We discuss how we can remove the mind chatter in our think-too-much-know-it-all brain through breathing, simple being, and our dance.

3:00 – 5:30pm: Building Our Dance: Using these techniques, we will build our group dance that integrates our bodies, minds, and chakras together, in glorious tribal unity, with the natural world around us.

5:30 –  7:30pm: Dinner

Saturday Evening


7:30 – 8:30pm: Short reading from The Raven’s Gift followed by a discussion of the role of storytelling and dance in the evolution of Homo sapiens and in our own journey into mindfulness.

8:30 – 9:00pm: Ceremonial Closing of the Day


Sunday Morning


7:30 – 9:00am: Breakfast

9:00 –  9:30am: Meditation and stretching

9:30 – 10:00am: Movement Activities: Exploring movement through initiation points. This activity will re-establish trust as dancers work together to build a “point of initiation” dance.

10:00 – 11:00am: Creating your own dance for healing and restoration: We will learn how to build personalized sacred ceremonial dances for our own healing and restoration as a way to deepen our soul connection beyond the workshop.

11:00am: Check-out (luggage can be held at front reception until departure)

11:00 – 11:30am: Walking or Silent Meditation: Shutting off our thoughts to approach the final dance from our hearts, not our brains.

11:30am – 12:00pm: Closing Ceremony

Date & Time

Starts: Oct 05, 2018 07:00 PM

Ends: Oct 07, 2018 12:00 PM


Dr. Jody Weber

Jon Turk


Starting at $538

Includes room, meals & tuition

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