winter wisdom retreat

Registration is Open for the Winter Wisdom Retreat!

2020 marks our 5th annual Winter Retreat, held off-site. Every year we are humbled by your response and grateful to sell out each time. There is something powerful about the beginning of the new year, the intention for deep rest and healing, and the community that comes together. We look forward to meeting you soon.

DATES: Thursday, January 2, 2020 - Sunday, January 5, 2020
TIME: Program starts at 7pm on Thursday and ends at 12pm on Sunday
PLACE: The Christine Center, W8303 Mann Road, Willard, WI 54493
COST: $275 plus meals & lodging

The healing elements of Winter offer us many gifts when we open ourselves to listen. The white season invites us to slow down, rest and reflect—a time of year where we hibernate under the fluffy blanket, draw our energy back inward, and feel the restorative power of Nature. Winter connects us to the place where we incubate our deepest dreams and know our truth. This retreat brings together a community of kindred hearts and guides to inspire and support your well-being with the rhythms of the natural world. Offering a holistic blend of gentle yoga and movement, meditation, tea ceremony, sound baths and wellness practices and conversations, expect to feel nourished, rejuvenated and inspired. Connect to Winter’s wisdom, yourself and others and leave ready to begin the New Year with insightful intention!

 

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ABOUT THE WEEKEND

We are here to be part of this amazing symphony of life, and the Winter Wisdom Retreat invites you to step into this place of knowing and connect to your life and the world around you with more depth. Our weekend together aims to bring the unconscious to the light of awareness through experiencing Nature’s healing force within and around us. Not your average yoga and meditation retreat, from start to finish we embody moving through every day life as ceremony through intentional being practices that dip into the wisdom of the season, our bodies, dreams and more!

How you show up to the retreat and structure your weekend is completely up to your own needs and intuition. Guests are welcome to participate in as much or as little as they would like. This is your time. That being said we have many options and built-in free time every day to suit the needs of people who want guidance and those who want to go off the grid.

What is included in your tuition:

  • Morning Dream Circle: Morning time is fresh with the energy of waking from our dreams. Weaving in the wisdom of dream language that is extra present during the Winter season, our day will begin soaking into these teachings and practices that are offered through honored guest & guide, Leticia.

  • Evening Truthspeaking Conversation: Our evenings will connect us with the deeper truths and intentions residing in our hearts and soul selves. This integration time taps into our physical, emotional and spiritual bodies and minds in a way that allows people to become present to themselves. Conversation held by Elder Leticia.

  • Daily yoga and meditation practices: One practice will be shared Thursday evening, and each morning and evening on Friday and Saturday there will be a yoga session and teaching that will compliment the theme of the circle/conversation. Sunday there will also be one morning practice. Some examples of yoga we practice include Yoga for Lymphatic Health, Yoga Nidra, Joint-Freeing Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Mantra Yoga, Guided Meditation, Breathwork, & More.

  • Daily tea ceremonies: Pause, breathe, and sip in sacred water with a morning or evening tea meditation. Two times are offered on Friday and Saturday to ensure all participants can attend at least one practice a day if they wish.

  • Soundbathing: There will be one full sound meditation practice as well as the use of sound in other guided meditations throughout the weekend with instruments such as drums, Tibetan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, chimes, vocal chanting, gongs and more.

  • Forestbathing: Afternoons are free with the option to go on a guided walk through the woods that will open your senses and expand your mind, body, and heart. 2 walks will be available on Friday and Saturday.

  • Sauna Session: The sauna will have specific hours that it will be tended to and open. A practice will be shared around how we hold space for ourselves and others while in session. We hope throughout the weekend guests will take time to visit the sauna at least once to take in the wisdom that comes with a sit in this warm and healing place.

  • Fire Circle: Weather permitting, Saturday evening we will gather around the fire and share stories, wisdom, laughter and tears. Everyone is welcome. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

  • & More! A full, tentative weekend retreat “schedule” or flow will be provided in a welcome email as soon as we receive confirmation you have signed up for the retreat. All practices are subject to change.

Private Healing Sessions: A select number of private Healing Sessions are available for additional cost which can be scheduled during free time in the afternoons. Private offerings include but are not limited to Massage, Energy Work, Flower Essence Therapy, Vibrational Sound Therapy, Wellness Coaching, Basic Astrology Chart Readings & More! For the list of full descriptions and pricing, email kjh@kali.mn for more information. People must be signed up for Astrology Chart Reading at least 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the retreat in order to be considered. We cannot guarantee we will be able to accommodate everyone’s requests, but we will do our best to meet your needs. For best results, please schedule your session prior to the beginning of the retreat.


ABOUT YOUR GUIDES

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KALI HIGGINS

kali’s yoga classes, wellness sessions and retreats are informed by nature, inspired by heart-body-spirit knowing and shared from her personal practice and life. Kali teaches and practices yoga regularly at her yoga studio she opened in 2017. Prior to opening the studio, she facilitated Mindfulness Training on behalf of Penny George Institute for Health & Healing. She also offered training for professionals in Change to Chill™, a Mindfulness program for teens, in a variety of school districts and community organizations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. As a space holder and retreat facilitator, Kali weaves in the gifts of the community to create experiences where people can slow down and connect to their intuition, to the rhythms of the natural world and to one another. In these mindful moments, we re-find and remember our sense of purpose and well-being. She is excited to lead her 5th annual Winter Retreat and finds much joy and purpose in bringing together people and practices to support transformation and healing in a retreat setting.

At the retreat, Kali will teach gentle and strengthening yoga and meditation practices that highlight winter’s restorative gifts as well as craft a special flower essence for each participant. More information about the specific classes will be shared in the weekend flow (“schedule”) as it comes together. Kali will also be available for a few private wellness sessions as time allows. To learn more about the healing appointments available or to book a session, email kjh@kali.mn.

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CHRISTIN AMENT

christin learned the art of tea in Taiwan from a Buddhist monk. She studied under Wu-De, Zen Master and Master of Tea and brought this practice back with her to Minnesota. She worked as a critical care and hospice nurse and now is a practitioner and advocate of integrative healing in the medical field as she pursues her doctorate in nursing! Since studying traditional medicine around the globe, Christin applies these practices to Western medicine. Serving tea is a cornerstone that grounds her self-care practice, and she is honored to share its benefits with the community.

At the retreat, Christin will serve meditative tea both in the morning and in the evening to ensure all people are able to experience cha do. Cha Dao “The Way of Tea” is a practice that comes from Chinese lineage more than 10,000 years old. It has been used since its discovery by the Daoists and sages as a form of medicine and a way to cultivate awakened presence, sustaining long states of meditation. Tea, when used in ceremony, is a blend of all the elements of nature; she  connects us to nature and deep meditative states. Tea is unique, providing whatever is needed at each ceremony, with grace.

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KYIA DOWNING

kyia is a soulful, spirited human who loves to explore, express, make and play. She is a benevolent creator who brings keen insight and a healing presence to everything and everyone she touches. For the past 10 years, she has designed and led transformative events and experiences designed to awaken women’s wellbeing and help create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible. kyia studied for 3 years at the Christine Center and received a certificate in Spiritual Deepening for Global Transformation, and is certified in Vibrational Sound Therapy.

At the retreat, kyia will support the other teachers (and participants) and collaborate with Kali on a meditative sound bath. She will also offer private 1:1 sessions that incorporate vibrational sound therapy—a deeply relaxing healing modality that uses Himalayan bowls played directly on the body to bring bliss and create coherence in all physical and energetic systems.

HONORED GUEST & GUIDE: LETY SEIBEL

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Leticia (Lety) Seibel, known as ‘Woman of the Four Colors,’ traces her ancestral lineage to the people of southernmost North America: the Popoluca Maya from Veracruz, the Olmec/Mixtec/Zapotec from Oaxaca and Guerrero; and to West Africa, China, and Europe. Lety began her career as a Human under the tutelage of her Curandera (Healer) Grandmother, who led her to be a generalist, to be aware, to learn by listening, and to grow in relationship with the leafed, winged, furred, and all who feed and are fed by them. Lety is a chameleon, daughter, mother, grandmother, educator, simultaneous translator, energy worker, massage therapist, gardener, farmer, primitive potter, leathercrafter, beader, seamstress, dancer, drummer, mischief maker, business owner and manager, accountant, poet, storyteller, fool, tracker, guide, child, adolescent, woman, and crone. She now finds herself stepping into her Grandmother’s legacy, by ever more sharing her joy and gratitude for the Spirit that enlivens and connects us all. Her offerings guide us to fulfill the primary encouragement from the Sages of all Ages: Know thyself.

At the retreat, Lety will lead two circles that will support restoration and renewal. One offering is called Truthspeaking: Creating the life we yearn for with every thought, feeling, and word we speak. In this session you learn to: listen deeply, to enrich your relationships with self and other; identify your genuine need of the moment, and give it voice; recognize behavioral patterns and beliefs that keep you from being heard; and build bridges instead of walls. The other, Dream Guidance, will invite you to meet your Dreamself—your personal guide who knows you better than anyone, including your conscious self. You will learn that your Dreamself has the sole purpose of supporting your Reason for Being by providing daily emotional cleansing, assistance, encouragement, and warning when you stray off course. Breathwork and guided meditations are an integral part of Lety’s offerings. Her work usually begins with one or the other and retreatants will return to these practices during their experience as a means of looking deeply within, re-centering, grounding, and stepping back to gain perspective. Lety will offer a number of private healing appointments. To learn more about the healing appointments available or to book a session, email kjh@kali.mn.


REGISTRATION DETAILS (takes place through the Christine Center>>)

Step 1: Choose dates for our retreat program.

Step 2: Choose lodging: classic or rustic hermitage or a guest house room. Choose meal schedule.

Step 3: Call the Christine Center at 866-333-7507 or 715-267-7507 

Step 4: After you make the required $50 non-refundable deposit by check, or online with Visa, Mastercard, or Discover, you will receive a confirmation of your reservation by phone or email.  Please be sure to call the Christine Center at 866-333-7507 or 715-267-7507 before you make a deposit on your reservation.  Thanks!

Step 5: Forward your reservation confirmation to kjh@kali.mn, including your name, email and phone number. We will reach out to retreatants before the retreat with information about what to bring/expect, the retreat schedule and information on private sessions if you want to book a healing appointment while you are on retreat.

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