A four-day somatic exploration, following the model of the Pre and Perinatal Psychology trainings, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Qi Gong.
This workshop is open to individuals who are interested in working with their ‘umbilical affect’. We will be somatically exploring our very early experiences, from an evolutionary perspective as well as from a personal perspective i.e. our time growing in the womb. This can bring up challenging experiences so participants need to have a certain level of grounding and ability to hold their witness-self. Participants need to fill out an application and do a Skype interview to apply.
Dates: Sept 7th to 10th
Cost: Full payment before Aug 7th CAD $550, after Aug 7th $600
Location: 365 Panorama Terrace, Lillooet, BC
Please pay the deposit or full payment once your application is approved. More information about payment methods and cancellation policy here.
In this workshop we will dive into an exploration of cord and spiral dynamics. Cord dynamics originate from when we were growing our bodies in the womb receiving nourishment via our umbilical cord. Our umbilical cord spirals to support flow of nutrients and removal of waste. Many of our dynamics around digestion, receiving, and boundaries come from this original place.
Our ability to know we are lovable and deserve abundance and support are intertwined with this foundational aspect of ourselves. Working with this dynamic and resolving the places where we feel we are undeserving or blocked changes this false belief, allowing us to be open to receiving the gifts the universe has for us.
Babies are known to play and interact with their umbilical cord within the womb. Premature babies are often given crocheted octopus which can comfort them when they are able to hold and interact with the feeling of the spiraling tentacles.
In mankind’s pre-history many images and myths show the intimate relationship with our umbilical cords which also connect to our placenta, the other supportive friend we had in utero. Energy continually moves in a spiral.
The spiraling nature of these dynamics also show up in how we birth ourselves and our projects, and how we deepen into the layers of ourselves. We will do some work with labyrinths to assist the felt sense of this deepening. We will also create our own triskelions.
We will also explore our bellies with a Qi Gong form that spirals and unwinds our guts and deepens our experience of our naval and the felt sense of the phantom umbilical cord that still connects us to our Mother Earth and our roots through our gut connection and our microbiome.
Because spaces are limited in this workshop, please fill out the form below to let me know you would like to participate. If the workshop is full, we will put you on a wait-list. After reviewing your application, we will schedule a time for a Skype interview.
Once your place is confirmed, you can make your payment here and complete a Prenatal and Birth History form. Please fill it out with as much detail as you can and submit it before the workshop begins.
About the Facilitator:
Renee Hella is a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy teacher and has been facilitating deep healing work for more than 15 years. Renee began her work with this modality (Pre and Perinatal Psychology) in 2012 and assists with summer intensives and process workshops with Myrna Martin.
Renee’s work is a path of feeling her roots and grounding into her own body by continuously exploring how she can more fully embody her ‘Deeper Self’. When supporting clients and groups she leans back into the support of the Earth and our ancient Grandmothers’. This practice gives more depth, safety, wisdom and multi-dimensional support to the work the group does.
Getting to Lillooet
Arrangements will be supported for people coming via Vancouver or Kamloops to connect and share a car rental to drive to Lillooet. You can fly to Vancouver or Kamloops, but not Lillooet.
- Take BC-1 E out of Vancouver (through Hope) to BC-12 N at Lytton. Follow BC-12 from Lytton to Lillooet. Watch out for rocks on the road between Lytton & Lillooet.
- Take BC-99 N out of Vancouver (through Whistler). Turn right to stay on BC-99 in Mt Currie. Follow BC-99 the rest of the way to Lillooet (gorgeous drive). Watch for rocks, deer and other wildlife on the road between Mt. Currie and Lillooet.
Take BC-1 W, then in Cache Creek, follow BC-97 N briefly to BC-99 S. Follow BC-99 S to Lillooet.
Lillooet, BC is an incredibly beautiful little town on the Fraser River, about 240 kilometres (150 miles) or 4 hours drive north from Vancouver (2 hrs north of Whistler). Lillooet has no airport but is only 2 hours drive from Kamloops. Nestled into the rivers and mountains, Lillooet is a rugged, natural location that is truly unique. There is something very special about this place for healing, culture, grounding, resonance and feeling the symbiotic interactions of human and non-human.
Places to Stay:
There are several lovely campsites with great facilities located in and around Lillooet as well as motels, hotels, B&Bs and quite a few Airbnb options in the area. More info here including an overview of price breakdowns. The first two motels on the list are within about 5 min walk to the venue.