This event is designed especially for healers, therapists and clergy to learn how to use BodyTalk to inform their work in congregational, chaplaincy, therapy, healing and other healing-centric settings.
This weekend will prove to be a deeply healing, mystical and magical way to enter the crisp fall season filled with an abundance of group BodyTalk healing sessions (4!), dance, meditation and sacred ritual. Let’s experience the shedding of our own stuck-ness and deadness, as the trees release their leaves this fall. All the details below…
Return to Wholeness: A BodyTalk Retreat for Healers, Therapists & Clergy
Menucha Retreat Center, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Led by BodyTalk practitioner Heather Strang and BodyTalk client and pastoral applier Rabbi Debra Kolodny
For those escorting other souls to greater awareness, expanded consciousness and/or a life in Spirit: Renew and restore your own deep well as you learn how to use the healing you receive from BodyTalk to support others. Enjoy spiritual companionship and participate in ritual, dance, prayer, meditation and chant interwoven with transformational BodyTalk sessions through the sacred ‘time out of time’ of Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath) and Sunday morning.
The rhythm of the weekend is designed for spacious integration of our shared practice and learning.
For those interested in one-on-one sessions in either BodyTalk with Heather or Spiritual Direction with Debra, 4 sessions will be available with each on Sunday afternoon, from 1:30 until 4:30pm and can be reserved in advance, via the Return to Wholeness Registration packet.
Costs & Deadlines
Total cost* including all meals, lodging, group healing and events:
Triple room: $375
Double room: $425
*Bring your friends and room with them!
Please register by completing the Return to Wholeness Registration packet and pay in full before July 4, to meet our required minimum in attendance. All reservations must be made and paid in full by September 5. Cancellations after July 4 will receive 50 percent refund.
*Specific roommates can be requested.
About Your Facilitators
Rabbi Debra Kolodny serves Pnai Or of Portland and has been supporting Jewish communities and organizations since 1998. She has taught hundreds of workshops on Jewish mysticism, Jewish Renewal, conscious community, prayer, Jewish meditation, bisexuality and spirituality, has published widely on these topics and has led dozens of retreats. She has practiced taiji for over 17 years, and has a daily meditation and prayer practice. Debra has been in relationship with a variety of complementary healing modalities since 1990. She finds BodyTalk to be the most holistic, comprehensive, effective, efficient and powerful tool by far, and she deploys it regularly in her congregational work.
Heather Strang (see photo at the top of this web page) is the author of The Quest: A Tale of Desire & Magic, Anatomy of the Heart: Love Poems, and the upcoming sequel to The Quest, Following Bliss. She is a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner and Shambhala Multidimensional Reiki healer, and became interested in holistic healthcare after utilizing energy medicine to heal herself– first via John of God in Brazil and then using BodyTalk. Heather currently merges her passion for love and healing by working with individuals one-on-one and facilitating a host of courses and healing circles. Learn more here at: www.HeatherStrang.com
Friday: Registration begins at 4pm
5-6 pm Welcome, introductions, establishing sacred space
6-7:30 Dinner as we welcome Shabbat (candle lighting, blessing Spirit for wine and bread)
7:30-9 Opening session: Welcoming Spirit, Walking Meditation, Initial group BodyTalk session
10:15-11:00 Intention for the day, Circle of Blessing, Gratitude and Praise (Shacharit)
11:00-12:00 Second group BodyTalk session
12:15-12:30 Diads/Spirit Buddies
1:30-3:00 Free time
3:00-3:30 Circle of Joy, Reflection, Praise (Mincha)
3:30-4:30 Third group BodyTalk session
4:45-5:00 Diads/Spirit Buddies
5:00-5:30 Circle of Dialogue-ways to use BodyTalk in our work
7:30 Moving Meditation-No resistance, no letting go
9:00 Adjourn for the evening
8-9 Dance (optional)
10-15-11 Intention, Circle of Blessing, Gratitude and Praise
11-12 Final group BodyTalk session
12-12:30 Closing circle–Awarenesses, hopes, intentions for bringing home
Individual sessions with either Heather (Body Talk) or Debra (Spiritual Direction) available Sunday afternoon from 1:30p-4:30p.
We look forward to sharing this blissful weekend of wholeness with you!