Mindful Movement Talking Story
Mindful Movement Talking Story is a workshop dedicated to exploring the confluence of movement, words, and embodied witnessing: listening to the stories that the body carries, to the movement of the body that longs to be expressed, and to the impulses of the body that most deeply represent what is meant by the idea of the 'self' as an awareness created through relationship. Each of our six days of this retreat is divided up into a morning of movement exploration of autonomy and communion, afternoon explorations of group dynamics in the thrilling nature of coastal Hawaii, evening council focusing on group-supported explorations of the individual psyche, the effect of loving group attention on the natural impulses toward communion and healing.
In morning sessions participants are guided through explorations of free-form improvisational movement inspired by music, silence, and deep compassionate witnessing. In the traditions of Medicine Dance (www.medicinedance.com) participants are encouraged to find and follow their body's own deepest impulses rather than follow imperatives of choreography or other people's expectations, even when in partnership. This attention to somatic signals allows participants to gain a deeper experience of the shifting awareness and differentiation among sensations, feelings, emotions, and cognitions, inspiring what Somatic Psychology describes as bottom-up processing.
By practicing moving the body in community and relationship while always in the context of autonomy, participants of this workshop hone the skills essential for psychological and spiritual growth and healing: empathic attunement, embodied witnessing, differentiating and integrating sensation/emotion/cognition/self and other; supporting profound healing through a liberation of the body's eloquent but wordless impulses.
Afternoons we move as a group into the natural coastal environments nearby, investigating the intersections of the natural world with the psyche, especially using the nearby lava-heated warm ponds to practice partner and group experiments in assisted floating and meditation.
The evening sessions integrate the morning’s somatic awareness practice with the stories we carry consciously and unconsciously. In the group tradition of the Threefold Way (www.threefoldway.com), we explore eliciting, holding, and embodying the narratives that implicitly mold and define our sense of our 'self' and each other. Compassionate witnessing and holding allow us to release the unconscious psychic and somatic adaptations that we once had to make to survive our developmental challenges. Together we explore different modes of holding a container for other people’s stories through group limbic attunement, role-playing, group movement, music making, and aspects of therapeutic touch.
We offer CE credits for psychotherapists, psychologists, psychoanalysts, nurses, social workers, and dentists. For more information please see this link:
Kalani is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your stay here supports our mission to provide transformational experiences via nature, culture, and wellness.
Kalani retreat rates are all-inclusive and provide access to meals, accommodations, and use of Kalani's amenities including our clothing-optional 25-meter pool and hot tubs. Kalani cannot pro-rate fees for late arrivals or early departures. Registration for the full retreat experience is required.
Not Included are airport transfers, and flights to/from Hilo airport (ITO.) Continental Airlines has direct flights from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Hilo; Hawaiian Airlines, and go! Mokulele both offer intra-island service between Honolulu and Hilo.
|Fees Per Person
| Treehouse Room
| Bungalow Room
| Lodge Room (Private Bath)
| Lodge Room (Shared Bath)
*Offsite Commuter: Does not include accommodations.
**Kama'aina Commuter: Does not include accommodations. A valid Hawaii state-issued ID or driver's license must be presented at check-in to receive the kama'aina rate.
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Kalani offers shuttle service from Hilo International Airport (ITO), which can be arranged via Kalani Guest Services, [email protected] or 808.965.0468. Please send flight details, including airline carrier and flight number with your shuttle request. We also pick up from the downtown Hilo bus station and hotels. Shuttle service is subject to availability; one-way pricing is $50 per person for shared rides and $75 per person for single bookings. If you require airport shuttle service, please contact us to make your reservation a minimum of one week in advance.
Taxi service is available from ITO or Hilo Downtown for a one-way fare of approximately $125.
Cancellations up to 7 days in advance of arrival incur a $75 administrative fee. Cancellations within 7 days of arrival incur forfeiture of fees paid up to $250. No refund will be provided for no-shows or cancellations within 24 hours of scheduled arrival, 4:00 pm on check-in date. No refund will be provided for early departures from retreat programs. Participation in any parts of programs at Kalani Honua is completely voluntary.
Kalani Honua reserves the right to dismiss a participant at any time before, during or after a program if one:
- Becomes dangerous or harmful to self, others, or property
- Behaves disruptively or inappropriately
- Is not able, for whatever reason, to be present for learning
- Breaks the law
- Refuses to cooperate with program leaders or Kalani Honua management
- Does not pay accordingly for program or services provided
Gary Glickman, PhD (Somatic Psychology), Somatic-Experiencing Practitioner, lecturer, novelist and songwriter (www.dreambrothersmusic.com), is also a body-centered psychotherapist in Santa Monica, California. With co-DreamBrother Stephan David Hewitt, he facilitates RSP workshops (Relational Somatic Practices) grounding relational somatic psychotherapy principles in authentic-impulse movement, experiments in safe touch and boundaries, archetypal narrative, singing, toning, harmonizing, dream work, mask-making, theatre, sand-tray, and creative writing.
Fred Sugerman is founder and primary facilitator of Medicine Dance, a practice that provides exhilarating, non-violent, sensual, communal ways to success-full, sustainable, respectful living. Movement artist and educator, energy wrangler and masterful workshop facilitator, his primary interest lays in the space between the healing and the performing arts. His expertise: creating a space of safety and permission, where participants can become quiet and still enough to identify already-occurring movement in their bodies, and allow that internal experience to emerge as dance, and from there, a way of life.
Stephan David Hewitt
Stephan David Hewitt is a spiritual counselor using astrology, meditation, Jungian archetypes/dreamwork, and is a Certified Relational Somatic Practitioner. A long time Vipassana meditator, Stephan is also an artist, songwriter, singer and pianist. His bi-weekly astrology blog of lunations (Full Moon, New Moon) can be accessed via his website
Colleen Sugerman, life and creative partner with Fred in Medicine Dance, is an outdoors woman and movement artist, as well as a teacher of the movement work. Certified in Movement Expression and Dance Alive, she also works with private clients who are experiencing change and transition (ie. college students who are entering the work force, older adults who are retiring, etc.) and desiring support in identifying and manifesting their next steps. She calls herself “Midwife of Change.”