October 4-6, 2019 A mountain escape that serves your body, soul and spirit! Full Moon Ecstatic dance, yoga, meditation & mountains is your perfect escape.
Join three experienced yoga and movement teachers for a spectacular early-fall weekend in the mountains of WV. DJ’d dance sets! Less than one hour from Harrisonburg, VA is a gathering place for soaking in nature under the darkest skies on the east coast. Our lodge is the perfect place to explore movement of all kinds: expert yoga sessions suitable for all levels; daily guided sound healing meditation, conscious dance every night and organic vegan meals. 360-degree views of unobstructed, undeveloped mountain splendor. Two woodburning stoves, cozy bunk rooms, plenty of space to spread out and lounge. Nooks to hide out in solitude. The energies of the Full Moon will amplify our work, our release and our healing during this special weekend.Depending on the weather, we have the option to dance and do yoga on a large outdoor deck; otherwise, a huge, beautiful hardwood yoga studio with panoramic views of the Appalachian Mountains.
OPTIONAL Kambô Frog Medicine CleanseThursday night, 10/3 7:00pm (details below).
WHAT’S ECSTATIC DANCE? Ecstatic dance/conscious dance is free-form, non-verbal, non-partnered, authentic movement in a safe, consensual group setting, with spectacular DJ’d music.) There is no experience or skill required at all- without the need to follow specific steps, we abandon ourselves to the rhythm and move freely as the music takes us, leading to trance and a feeling of ecstasy. Your dance can look like an explosion of movement, or you can roll around on the floor and release emotions.There are no judgments in this space. No talking is allowed during the dance- wordless expression allows the body to release trapped emotions and experience maximum JOY.
Mornings we will practice the yogic discipline of Mauna- silence. No talking until breakfast. This will allow you to calm your mind and center your energy, and connect to your body during our AM practices. This process allows for maximum clarity in your morning, and maximum joy for your day! This weekend is also your chance to take a break from coffee (a variety of teas will be provided). The workshop options are designed for maximum choice- Vision Boarding will be offered in the AM and PM, so join as you like; it will be possible to participate in all activities if you like…or none at all, and just nap. It’s your retreat. Our lodge offers many places to snuggle up with a blanket, besides your bunk. We will observe silence after 10:00pm. If you have never practiced Mauna (silence) before, you will be amazed by how it calms the mind and sharpens your senses.
Friday Arrive 12:00-4:00pm Settle in.
4:00 Welcome and Introductions
6:00-9:00 Evening Yoga practice that morphs into freeform flow. Matt Wasson DJs sets that will free you into your own rhythm. Through unrestricted movement, we feel connected to others and to our own emotions, as our bodies release restrictions. The dance serves as a form of meditation, helping us relieve stress and attain serenity. The night ends with a Yin Yoga practice and a long, guided Gong Bath meditation and Savasana.
7:30am Early morning Vinyasa flow and sound healing
9:00 Healthy vegan breakfast. We will practice silence until breakfast.
10:00 & 10:30 Morning Workshop Options: Strength & Balancing Techniques; Vision Boarding- Connie get you started on your project and you continue at your own pace over the next 2 days. All workshop participation is optional.
12:00 Lunch/Rest time/Nature time
1:45 Afternoon Workshop: Embodying the Chakras Movement workshop; Vision Boarding continues at your own pace
3:30 Rest time/Nature time
7:00-9:30 Yoga, Dance & Meditation; Yin Savasana
Our movement practice opens with easy, flowing Vinyasa and dissolves into dance. We end with guided Yin yoga for deepest structural release. Gongs and Tibetan Singing Bowls equalize your brainwaves and all body vibrations down to the cellular level, to a point of pure resonance. Enter a state of complete release, safety and bliss.
9:30 Bonfire Ceremony We gather round the fire, a tradition as old as humanity itself, and soak in the darkest night skies in the East coast. Starlight, moonlight, firelight.
7:30 Easy Vinyasa Flow & Meditation
9:00 Hearty Vegan breakfast
10:00 Closing movement practice (outside, weather permitting)
12:00 Nature Ceremony
1:00 Kambô Frog Medicine (optional, see below) or depart in bliss
This retreat is your chance to explore movement in many new ways, in a safe, fun atmosphere, under the guidance of three experienced teachers of yoga, meditation and the healing arts. The end result is a new level of joy, feeling of connectedness and openness.
Connie Magee MS Ed, E-RYT500, LMT has 9 years as Experienced Yoga & Meditation teacher, massage therapist, sound healer, shamanic medicine practitioner, energy worker and acupuncture student. Clients and students value Connie’s creative, integrative and inspired approach. Vinyasa Flow is her foundational style, as well as integrating multiple meditation styles into the movement and seated practice. With 12 years experience as adventure Guide and Wilderness EMT, she’s taken clients all over the world and US on awesome retreats. She teaches weekly classes at The Center Yoga and workshops in 7 states. As a bodyworker, she has deftly integrated sound healing, stones and shamanic healing into her work for the past 5 years, offering private sessions as well as workshops. Her mesmerizing guided meditations blend with elements of nature and instruments, for transformative states and deep clearing and healing. She began sound healing and teaching yoga during her life in NYC, at Sonic Yoga and courses with Satya Brat and Don Conreaux.
Sandra has has been a yoga practitioner for 15 years and completed her 200 hour teaching training through Neighborhood Yoga in Boone NC in 2015. She is also a mindfulness practitioner, and helps facilitate Whispering Waters Sangha, a local meditation group. Sandra’s philosophy: Yoga means to yoke, to join. When we bring our breath, our mind and our body into unison, we allow the wholeness that is our essential nature to express itself. We step on the mat to intentionally witness how we move through the world, in order to lovingly encourage this wholeness to shine through. The more peace we can generate within ourselves, the more peace we have to offer the world. We can then express our values through thought and action from a place of groundedness and spaciousness. The path of the “wholehearted warrior” empowers us to create the world in which we want to live. Yoga, therefore, can be an act of resistance to the forces that encourage us to remain fragmented and distracted from our larger truth.
Since 2012, yoga has become a cornerstone practice for Matt’s well-being. Yoga taught Matt how to listen to his body and opened the door to other practices like meditation and dance that are key elements of a happier, healthier and more connected lifestyle today. Matt teaches a vinyasa flow style in which poses are built from the ground up and the core out and every transition is initiated from a place of support. His teaching is informed by many modalities including the Alexander Technique, which was the basis for my recovery from chronic back pain. Matt’s intention in teaching yoga is to help students learn to listen to their bodies and use them more wisely and to increase their range of motion, strength, equanimity and mindfulness.
OPTIONAL: Kambô Frog Medicine Cleanse, Thursday night Oct. 3, ~7:00pm and Sunday, Oct 6, 1:00pm
Requires a 12-hour fast prior. No food, minimal water , the entire day Thursday.
The ultimate cleanse- body, mind, spirit? Kambô is the medicine of transformation, as it is the Master Cleanser. Multi-dimensional healer Connie Magee offers a special ceremony the night before our retreat. Traditionally, we receive Kambô medicine at every season change, for health and alignment. You will sleep deeply and awaken with incredible clarity, lightness and clearer skin and sensory organs! This will enhance your weekend experience and allow you to connect more deeply to the movement, the energies of nature, the nourishment of the foods, and ultimately yourself as a divine being.
Rapéh & Sananga will be served, as well. These indigenous medicines are legal, powerful agents of emotional & spiritual transformation as well as physical cleansing of the entire system. Bioactive peptides allow your system to dump its toxic load and fully release. All medicines offered are legal and safe. These are not psychedelics.
This indigenous and ethically obtained medicine is from the Amazon, where it has been used for centuries to purge the body, cleanse the spirit, release energetic attachments and heal disease of all kinds. It is known simply as “The Inoculation.” Tribespeople take Kambô at every season change, lifelong.
The medicine provides incredible mental clarity, sensory acuity and restored physical function, as well as pain relief for chronic conditions. It is also known as “Hunter’s Medicine,” as is taken by tribesmen prior to hunting in the jungle at night, due to the stamina and mental clarity it provides. It is especially effective for depression, anxiety, substance abuse/addictions, PTSD, sexual trauma, autoimmune issues, Lyme disease, musculoskeletal pain, heavy metal and chemical toxicity, infertility and many other conditions. Clients invariably report feeling lighter, more emotionally intact, and empowered to make changes in their lives, where they were previously blocked. Longstanding physical and mental issues show improvement or complete resolution with this medicine.
Kambô is best received in a Cycle of 3 during one moon cycle, or ideally, 3 in 3 days. Connie offers this medicine continually by appointment in Harrisonburg and other areas, and in group session at the season changes. This allows the Medicine and process to work at progressively deeper levels, for greatest benefit. If you wish to incorporate a Cycle of 3 into the retreat, Connie can offer an additional ceremony on Sunday at 1:00.
There are dietary and spiritual preparations- contact Connie directly via fb Messenger or email to initiate.
A detailed preparation document will be sent and each participant will receive an in-depth 1:1 screening. This medicine is not offered to anyone with serious heart conditions, history of aneurysm, Crohn’s or Addison’s Disease or an active drug or alcohol addiction. A fast of 12 hours is required prior to each ceremony, and meat/dairy-free diet for 3 days before and after.
This medicine is safe, powerful and effective. References available upon request.
PAST RETREATS: coming again soon!
April 26-29, 2019: Spring Escape w/ Justine and Connie in West Virginia! $450 early sign up (before Mar. 1)
Individual or small group healing retreats in amazing natural settings. Call (540.416.2964) for individual or custom trips.
Past custom healing adventures have included the island of Dominica; Sedona, AZ; regional outdoor adventures and journeys in the western US. Connie offers retreats at Treasure Mountain Lodge & Bike Park in Franklin, WV. Next retreat is April 26-28, 2019.
Retreats can be created based on an individual, couples, families or small groups. Any of the modalities and services listed on this website can be included: private yoga & meditation instruction; sacred practice cultivation; specialized bodywork, outdoor adventure. Connie has 12+ years experience as an adventure guide and Advanced wilderness EMT. She has taken clients to 8 countries and traveled to 22 herself. Start to finish, you’re in good hands.
Jan 2019 Feedback:
Spending a weekend with Connie Magee was a profoundly grounding
opening beautiful awakening. I went to the weekend with an empty cup
no expectations, but knew that I have been dealing with many anxieties
and fears and I’ve been trying to work through over the past year.
Connie held space on a beautiful sacred mountain top where there was
no light pollution, no cell phone service, no flight Paths.
Through movement/yoga, breath work, daily individual and group sound
healing with her magnificent gongs and singing bowls, energy work, and
chanting all held in sacred ceremony, I feel as though I was able to
release all of the things I intended To let go of, and created space
and openings for many blessings that I’ve been waiting to receive.
Thanks again for such a great weekend!