Advanced Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy 4-day retreat.

Dates: Aug 20 – 23, 2021
Time: 9:30 – 5:30
Cost: $800 CAD does not include accommodation
Location: The Oasis, St’at’mic Territory (near Lillooet, BC) Please book with The Oasis directly, they have a range of options including camping.

Due to social distancing protocols we are limited to the number of participants.

Please pay via e-transfer or cash if possible. Minimum 10% goes to support BCST training and sessions for St’at’mic, in recognition of the lineage of BCST and in appreciation for being on this beautiful territory.

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Our sacred female anatomy is a potent powerhouse of creativity, rebirth, rejuvenation, health, vitality, connection to past, present, future and more. Our pelvic bowl is an important diaphragm for grounding as the fulcrum for connection to our roots. This happens in a multi-dimensional way, physically, energetically, epigenetically, emotionally and with a quantum connection to our ancestors both past and future across time.

For craniosacral therapists grounding into the presence of our belly and wombspace is an important aspect of being present for our clients and accessing a deep relationship to health. This allows them to feel safe enough to drop into processing and releasing their own held patterns.

The main focus of this workshop is to explore ways to work with our historical, cultural, personal and ancestral sexual abuse and trauma. As humanity begins opening to understanding all the ways the feminine has been repressed and abused, there is a push back which is currently showing up strongly around the world. In order to recognize and hold how this is showing up in our clients we need to be deeply present in our own sacred wombspace.

This workshop will cover:

  • working from our wombspace
  • recognizing and working with sexual trauma both personal and ancestral
  • umbilical/placenta dynamics and safety
  • how our prenatal experience affects our connection to ourselves
  • connecting with our wild feminine sacred potency
  • connecting to health and rejuvenation
  • moon cycles and non-linear labyrinths (hormones)
  • ancient feminine somatic practices
  • the gut-uterus connection
  • grounding and much more

Ongoing through the workshop we will incorporate ancient feminine somatic rituals including labyrinth work, food preparation and sharing, original belly dancing movements, guided meditation and experiential exercises to help us feel our sacred anatomy and our connection to the earth and to the cosmic womb.

Lillooet is a very potent place for working with the cyclical dynamics of the wild, sacred feminine. The beauty of the landscape, the challenge in getting here, the depth of the continuous interaction between humans and this environment for at least 8,000 years. It is also rather like a womb or a pelvic bowl in that it sits on the massive Fraser River canyon with rugged mountains all around. In this remote, uncluttered, wild place our ancestors speak to us through the earth, wind, dreams, visions and our own somatic expressions in our bodies. Be ready to connect with your sacred womb in ways you never imagined possible.

Testimonials

The wisdom and empowerment available gives the perfect synthesis of information, inquiry and felt-sense experiences. -BCST practitioner

Life changing, both personally and professionally. Essential work and insights.” -BCST practitioner

There is an overwhelming amount of knowledge and experience embodied and accessibly referenced in the cranial field that is held and supported in this workshop space. -BCST practitioner

Meet the Teacher:

Renee Hella, RCST®, CGP, PPNE and has been facilitating deep healing work for more than 15 years. Renee is also a facilitator of Process Workshops (Pre and Perinatal Psychology) and a certified Gut and Psychology Syndrome practitioner.

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 womb of the Earth and our ancient Grandmothers. This practice gives more depth, safety, wisdom and multi-dimensional support to the work the group does.

Renee is an approved teacher of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy by the North American Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association.

Apply now:

Applications are closed.

Getting to Lillooet

From Vancouver:

You can fly to Vancouver or Kamloops, but not Lillooet. There are also no public buses or trains to Lillooet. Let us know if you would like to have your email address shared with other participants so you can coordinate arrangements for transport and accommodation with each other.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

From Kamloops:

Take BC-1 W, then in Cache Creek, follow BC-97 N briefly to BC-99 S. Follow BC-99 S to Lillooet.

Location

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, relationships and feeling the symbiotic interactions of human and non-human.

Lillooet is an important location in Aboriginal history and culture and remains one of the main population centres of the St’at’imc Nation. First Nations communities assert the land as traditional territory since time immemorial. Considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited locations on the continent, the area is reckoned by archaeologists to have been inhabited for several thousand years. The immediate area of the town attracted large seasonal and permanent populations of native peoples because of the confluence of several main streams with the Fraser and also because of a rock-shelf just above the confluence of the Bridge River which is an obstacle to migrating salmon. Many archaeological and heritage sites are in the vicinity of the town, including Keatley Creek Archaeological Site, one of the largest ancient pit-house communities in the Pacific North West.

Places to Stay:

You are welcome to stay with us. We have a variety options – a couple beds, a couch and some mats. We have two bathrooms but only one working shower at the moment. If you stay with us please leave a donation for scholarships for my BCST training for indigenous people.

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.