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December 4, 2021

Virtual Retreat:Creating a Somatic Sanctuary: The Liberating Power of Movement

Bodies are the means by which we engage with the world and all that surrounds us. They give us the ability to take powerful action: to make meaning of the mundane; to think deeply and to ask important questions; to create beauty and meaning; to care for others and the planet.

Our bodies tell a story of their own, and their language is movement. Movement has the ability to transform, transmute and liberate. The body is the storehouse of our experiences and exploring movement gives us insight into our action, our emotions and our thoughts. Fuller knowledge of our own complexities gives us insight into our relationships, the groups we are a part of and of the much larger whole.

In this workshop, we will integrate the three components of resilience as elucidated in the Contemplative-Based Resilience programming through Garrison Institute: awareness, balance and connection.

Through exploration of the liberating power of mindful movement in connection with music, we will gain a greater sense of well-being and health, and will strengthen our collective capacity for compassion and altruism.

Please Join us on Saturday December 4th for this virtual workshop with yoga teacher and musician Nichol Chase to explore the healing and integrative power of movement. • We will explore a plethora of practical tools in this workshop, including:
• Movement practices: yoga, free-form dance and more
• Movement in silence and movement to music
• Meditation & breathing exercises
• Discussion about movement and the ability of movement to build resilience and heal trauma
• Journaling

***No prior experience with movement or mindfulness practices required.

 Garrison Institute Fellow Nichol Chase is a teacher, musician, and yogi for whom singing and movement is integral to life. Nichol’s yoga practice is informed by a vast and eclectic set of influences that blend invigorating flow with precise and insightful instruction and extensive study with a variety of innovative teachers. She is a faculty member and teacher trainer for The Mazé Method, where she has worked for several years, and is currently on the faculty for a teacher training partnership between Yoga International and the Mazé Method. Nichol’s artistic experience includes more than a decade of Royal Academy ballet training and specialization as an operatic Coloratura Soprano, earning the Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Vocal Performance from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. Nichol’s study of yoga piqued an interest in Kirtan and Indian Classical music resulting in the addition of the harmonium to her repertoire for accompaniment. She continues to study Northern Indian Classical Music, Mantra, and Kirtan along with a vast array of Western musical styles. For more information on Nichol’s work, please visit her website.

This virtual retreat will be conducted through Zoom on Saturday, December 4, from 1:00 p.m. EDT to 3:30 p.m. EDT. The virtual retreat link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. Please email us at events@garrisoninstitute.org with questions.

Join us for part one of this three-part series with Nichol on September 25, 2021. Each session can be experienced independently OR followed as a whole. PLEASE CLICK HERE IF INTERESTED

Registration Options

1 - Standard
2 - Supporter
3 - Subsidized (student, retired, unemployed)