A Cacao Ceremony is an opportunity to explore one of the most sacred super foods of the world, known and used by centuries by many communities in central and south America as “Food of the Gods” for it´s power to open and heal the heart, plus many benefits for the body that are known today. The context of a Ceremony is the creation of a safe and intentional space for exploration, healing, liberation and empowerment of the self, this is what we call sacred space, invoking subtle energies to work with us, such a guidance from the directions, elements, plant spirit and any spiritual teacher that the attendee might want to work with.
In this Ceremony we will focus on introducing some Andean ancient wisdom and rituals as the foundation to work deeper with the elements, directions and cycles of changes that many sacred symbols refer as well as introducing Cacao drinking as a ritualistic practice.
DANCE-DANCE-DANCE - 7-8pm - fridays
A fun improvised dance class open to beginners and more experienced dance lovers, you can take this class at your own pace. Designed to get get you fitter, co ordinated and agile and dancing like a pro.
I will guide you through an improvised warm up, where you get to explore some new movement pathways. The second part of the class is a free style dance jam where you can sizzle your own dance grooves. Fun and relaxed atmosphere with some great music!
Led by Maria Dabrowska. Photo by Vanessa Rushton, from Rushes, Circa theatre 2018.
ECSTATIC DANCE - 7 - 8.30PM - TUES
Ecstatic dance is an intuitive freeform dance, we come together to connect with and through our body. Dancers are guided by the rhythms of the music to their own spontaneous flow that allows them to freely express through sound and movement.
There are no judgements, there is no right or wrong. Simply a space to explore the way your body moves to the music that is presented. Allow yourself to be taken on an internal journey and be surprised by what unfolds.
The music is personally selected each week to take you on a journey, starting out slowly to allow you to land in your body after your day and building to a place of release before coming back to rest again. $10 cash pay at event
yoga @ soma - 5.30pm-6.30pm - mon, wed, (fri, sun - starting in May)
Priya's yoga classes are gentle flows that will boost your energy and ignite your passion for life! They explore breathing, movement and meditation in a relaxed and fun environment. The classes are designed to help focus your mind, giving you more clarity and purpose throughout the day. Leaving you feeling calm and connected.
CI requires no dance experience, just an open mind and a thirst for human connection. It was formed in 1972 by Steve Paxton and is practised all over the world. The dance is a form of communication between 2 or more people and involves weight sharing, rolling, falling, following a point of contact and listening to your partner. Its a beautiful practise that allows you to get out of your headspace and drop into a movement meditation.
A high energy early morning dance experience designed to energise and revitalise. Tap into your joy body through a fun yoga practice then boost endorphins by shaking it on the dance floor. The best way to start your day!
Women will gather as tribe around the time of each Dark Moon to remember our ancestors & help to heal their wounds which we carry. We will honor the cyclical nature of the Cosmos, the Earth and our magnificent bodies. You are invited to ask questions, support others & share what you have learned for the good of all.
Head to the red tent goddess gathering facebook page for more information.
CIRCLE BEYOND GENDER
This is an invitation to sit in circle with some of the people in your community, regardless of gender.
Men & Women let's get together and be vulnerable, say what we feel without judgement or interruption and connect.
This is an invitation to see and be seen. To be present with whatever arises in the moment. To share truth and witness honesty between the masculine & feminine however that presents itself.
Authenticity creates connection! Connection is the meaning of life. We are ready to connect the masculine and the feminine, to celebrate our uniqueness and see the beauty and nature in our brothers & sisters. To witness one another in the moment, to let go of story, triggers and judgement.
5 rhythms - DANCE, MOVEMENT, MEDITATION - DAY WORKSHOP - 30TH MARCH
Movement method 5 Rhythms® was founded by Gabrielle Roth, and today is practised by thousands of people around the world. It is a philosophy, a perspective of life, an art of expression, and a dynamic practice of the movement rooted in the principle that our own psyche will heals itself if we move it.
Movement is also a medicine and metaphor that prevails language, culture and age barriers to transform what is in us into art, art in consciousness and consciousness in to action. Powerful and simple movement meditation that anyone regardless of age, size, ability or physical limitations can practice.
YOGA WORKSHOP & CACAO CEREMONY WITH MORGAN & CARLOTA - 18TH JAN
Morgan and Carlota are back in Aotearoa! Once again they are super happy to return to the Bay of Plenty with new offerings to help you integrate deeper levels of understanding and wellness in your life.
· MORNING WORKSHOP 10am-1pm "Antara Flow: Yoga, Flow States & the Science of Optimal Wellness"
Workshop; A morning workshop focusing on how to understand and cultivate "flow", the physiology of peak states, and what it means for our yoga practice. We'll integrate this knowledge with an Antara Flow session utilizing natural movement, brainwave entrainment, breathwork and guided meditation to develop a deeply regenerative state of internal equilibrium.
Ceremony; A hearty ceremonial gathering, working with Amrita Cacao, yoga, and the power of sound and song to move and guide us through different states of awareness for inner healing! It will be an evening of connection - with ourselves, with the innate intelligence of this beautiful plant medicine, and with each other. Invoking that which sustains us, we will draw on practice and ritual from different traditions, and weave them together to ground, enliven and inspire.
Workshop: $25 prebooked / $30 on the door Ceremony: $30 prebooked / $35 on the door Both sessions: $50
We look forward to see you there! Any questions please get in touch here or firstname.lastname@example.org
VOCAL NECTAR - EMBODIED SOUND - 16TH JAN
An evening of SOUND to connect more deeply to our bodies intelligence to use the voice as a tool to move energy. To sound our pain, pleasure and open to our POWER. There is no 'right' or 'wrong' sound... we will invite our bodies to open to our own unique tone and soul song.
"Why are you so determined to keep your wild silently inside of you? Let it breathe. Give it a voice. Let it roll out of you on the wide open waves. Set it free" Jeanette Le Blanke.
What we will be working with: - Tantra meditation using chakra toning - Womb toning and clearing - Using the voice as an emotional release - Somatic movement, sounding the body as we move - Opening the space to let our own, unique soul song express
$25 per person. Via bank transfer or cash on the night.
Body, Space, Image - a creative laboratory - 25th nov
So you know you love to move, and also have an eye for the creative, a sense of space, or the ability to balance objects well, in relation to their surroundings. You have an inkling that you want to test out this creative thread, and embody your creative flow, but haven’t had the confidence to try it out. Then this workshop is for you.
Using simple improvisational tasks and tools, we will be encouraging participants to reach beyond their existing skill area of creativity and dabble their toes into other mediums. The fun and potency of intermingling creative practices allows for ease in getting things ‘down' rather then thinking things ‘up’.
We create a safe working environment with the group where everyone gets the opportunity to both create and to witness, and share their experiences in both roles. Be prepared to move, draw, write, and witness. Work in small groups and in large. Give your generative inner artist a shake up and dust off, and willfully mulit-dimensionalise yourself!
This workshop has been Inspired by recent work with Alys Longley and the Mistranslation Laboratory as well as with experiments with Smudge Skittle. Clare Luiten and Asho Gevorgyan, co founders of the NZ Contact Retreat and collaborative partners in movement and art invite you to a day of creative play.
Bring movement clothes, your favourite pens, inks, colours etc an open mind and warm heart. We will also bring materials.
$70 / $40 unwaged
Beginners Seated Massage Workshop - 24th Nov
Come and learn how to give an amazing massage, anywhere, anytime to your friends and family.
This 3 hour workshop is designed to give you the tools to help others relax in your hands and ease their muscle tension. Giving and receiving massage has many wonderful benefits such as building connection and trust, and learning to let go. We communicate with touch, massage is a beautiful skill to explore, and we can learn some simple skills to make a difference for others.
Shamanic Journey - Reconnection for the Soul - alyse young - 21st nov
November’s Shamanic Journey is a good way to give you space to reflect and receive timely, empowering messages and healing from Spirit, power animals, and your inner guidance. Its a great platform to experience how you are connected to the All That Is, with Mother Nature, Father Sky, the 4 directions and the all the elements that are also part of your Being. Enter into your inner universe to connect with your multi-universes. This is a unique and powerful time of reconnection. Its appreciated you RSVP your attendance by email, email@example.com, thanks.
Alyse is an Energy Intuitive and Shaman. She specialises in interpreting your personal energy and the dynamics of energy back to emotions and feelings, assisting with healing and empowerment. Available for private sessions while in Tauranga, please enquire, email firstname.lastname@example.org. www,youngalyse.com
Awakening Feminine Sexual Essence with Ellie wilde - 4th nov
What “Feminine Sexual Essence” is and how it differs to the mainstream more goal orientated approach to sex. Learn the powerful embodiment tools of BREATH, MOVEMENT, SOUND, AWARENESS to connect to PLEASURE and fully embody your FEMININE SEXUAL ESSENCE Clear personal and ancestral blocked or stagnated energy from your body, so that you can be a clear channel for your sacred sexual feminine essence. Connect to the power of your womb with a Shamanic 7 gates womb ritual (This is a journey with oneself, the womb gate journey is a dynamic ( breath sound and movement) meditation process. The gates journey is said to have its lineage with the Temples of Isis, it has been called the Holy Grail. I am super excited to share this powerful work with you.) Please note: This workshop is a gentle taster and exploration into Conscious Sexuality. It is a space for those who identify as female. We will be exploring sexual and emotional energy in this workshop. The workshop is a fully clothed space with no sexual touch or interaction with others.
Kiyiya journey meditation - 1st Nov
KIYIYA = THE HOWLING WOLF Reclaim your Purpose, Passion & Voice
The wolf knows its purpose it’s in touch with it’s instincts and howls the truth from the highest mountain tops.
It’s your time to do the same. Are you wanting more clarity, passion and confidence? You may have layers of stress, hurt, judgement and expectations that are ready to be released so you can walk forward towards a joyful, authentic life.
Lie back and be taken on a journey into the subconscious mind to discover your truth and heal with Lustre Collective Founder and divine channeler Justine Jamieson.
These events are to raise awareness for the after effects of emotional and physical abuse. Profits will be donated to women in refuge so please give generously.
Cacao ceremony - 14th sept, 7pm - 10pm
As we open to the divine abundant energy of Spring let us also open to the abundantly divine energy within each one of us.
This will be a nurturing evening of connection, heart energy and Transformation for you to take into your life. with Arielle offering a Sacred Healing Cacao ceremony and Ruby Grace accompanying with a sound journey on Crystal singing bowls.
Massage workshop - 15th sept 2-5pm
Come and learn how to give an amazing massage to your friends and family. This workshop is designed to give you the tools to help others relax in your hands and ease their muscle tension. Giving and receiving massage has many wonderful benefits such as building connection and trust, and learning to let go. We communicate with touch, massage is a beautiful skill to explore, and we can learn some simple skills to make a difference for others.
open form intensive - Atlas talisman
2 day intensive which immersed participants in an array of physical training practices, guiding them to piece together their very own martial arts/yoga system, which they can adopt as a daily practice.
The tradition of drinking ceremonial cacao has its origin in the ancient cultures of the Mayas and Aztecas in Central America. It was used to evoke IXCACAO - goddess of Chocolate, Fertility and Abundance. She was also known as the "Queen of Love and Pleasure", connected with the energy of the HEART. Some of this magical plant, a full-scale nutritional wonder, harvested and packed in the sacred lands in Guatemala by a cacao shaman is now in New Zealand to be shared and enjoyed.
Celebrate National Poetry Day at Soma Studios with Incantation. A spell binding unplugged open mic event. Bring words to share, music, stand up - your own brand of the spoken word. We can come together in Soma's casual yet intimate sharing space to be our authentic selves, free to express our gifts and inspire others. We’ll aliven our senses to a new way of thinking, a fresh perspective, a heartfelt wisdom, a collaboration of creative thoughts and colourful expression. Come and be inspired by the energy of our eclectic community, your ideas are valuable to others and the listener/viewer completes the circuit.
Lets make magik!
The Story of a woman - 2nd sept - 23rd Sept
My story is long and complicated. It’s like yours. It was written before I was born. I have been traveling around planet Earth to create my story and that way I found The Story that I was made for. Now I’m in New Zealand seeking new stories to be told. Would you walk with me? The Story of a Woman is a poetic photo installation, it starts from Eve and the end is in your hands. Welcome to experience The story of a woman!