A Movement Weekend Retreat
Friday, February 10 - Sunday, February 12
Celebrate Valentine's Weekend in the Berkshires -
couples, family members, and singles are all welcome!
This special package is devoted to tuning your body and nourishing your ability to sense, feel, and be healthy.
Your experience includes:
- Movement and Yoga sessions
- Outstanding macrobiotic meals
- Relaxation and renewal at our serene
600-acre mountain-view setting
"We improve our well-being when we learn to fully use ourselves."
Living in a healthy body is a vital source for emotional well-being. Embrace your body's capacity for joy of movement and the development of the mind-body connection!
Improve Movement, Improve Life!
Explore a unique combination of enjoyable, therapeutic, body sensible movements, empowering you to:
- be lighter, taller, and grounded
- connect to your body's "intelligence"
- move smarter, easier, and with pleasure
- regain youthful coordination and greater flexibility
- meet your nervous system proactively
- integrate muscles from your head to your toes
- self-manage discomforts and pain
- find effortless good posture and better balance
- boost your immune system
- experience the power of your breath
- access new levels of body awareness for greater freedom and self-confidence
In this movement weekend retreat you will be introduced to two rejuvenating, body-wisdom processes, guided by experienced practitioners, suitable for every age and fitness level regardless of whether you see yourself as a "couch potato," as a weekend warrior, or in-between.
Feldenkrais Method®, is an internationally acclaimed
movement program that brings awareness to range of motion options, balancing the relationship between muscle, bone and the brain. Participants at Kushi Institute have remarked on how simple yet extraordinarily powerful and transformative these classes are. Find better balance and flexibility, grace and ease, and comfortable posture as you explore your own ability for optimal functionality, cueing into your body's intelligence. The Method originates from developmental moves of babies and the coordination of martial artists.
Its founder, Moshe Feldenkrais, was one of the 20th century's most innovative thinkers and, along with Ida Rolf, and F.M. Alexander, was a seminal figure in the body-mind field of somatics. His legacy has the potential of helping millions of people suffering from common aches and pains to debilitating neurological problems, in addition to assisting athletes and performers who wish to maintain and enhance their developed abilities. View this YouTube demonstration and click here for written information (check the right side for articles).
Yoga for all levels. Learn to trust your body's wisdom
and find grace and power on and off the mat.
This weekend retreat includes:
- Yoga appropriate for all bodies, ages, and levels;
- Breathing techniques applied to postures to deepen your experience;
- Posture variations and modifications adjusted for individual needs and growth.
Freeing the body of restrictions, and eliminating stress and tension creates a calmer and more balanced you.
Learn to listen to your body's energy and emotions, and expect to feel blissful afterwards.
SPECIAL BONUS! Yoga For the Face! Like any other area of the body, the face muscles need exercise to keep an ageless appearance. Using Yamuna® Face Balls, learn toning and therapeutic techniques to improve your facial appearance. The eyes become relaxed and open, brows are lifted, cheekbones soften and become defined; the whole face is at ease. Let your face reveal the real you! As one participant at Kushi Institute remarked, "If Hollywood gets wind of it, plastic surgeons would loose millions on cancelled procedures." For more information on Yamuna® Face Saver click here.
RETREAT PROGRAM SCHEDULE
Friday, February 10th
2:00-4:00pm Arrival and check-in with office
7:45-9:30pm Introduction to Gentle Movement with Feldenkrais
Awareness Through Movement® & Yoga Nida
Saturday, February 11th
6:50-8:00am Early Morning Yoga
9:45-11:15am Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement®
"Rolling from Your Back and Coming to Sit"
1:45-3:00pm Small Groups for individual attention
* Group A: Yoga for the Face
* Group B: Feldenkrais Awareness Through
Movement® "Variations on the Pelvic Clock"
3:15-4:30pm Small Groups for individual attention
* Group B: Yoga for the Face
* Group A: Feldenkrais Awareness Through
Movement® "Variations on the Pelvic Clock"
4:45-5:45pm Yoga Flow
6:00-7:30pm Gourmet Valentine Weekend Dinner
7:45-9:15pm Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement®,
"Flexible Feet and Ankles"
Sunday, February 12th 7:00-8:15am Early Morning Yoga
8:30-9:30am Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement®
"Movements of the Tongue and Jaw"
10:30am Room check-out
Feel free to stroll around the property and enjoy
the Berkshires throughout your weekend stay!
If you like outdoor activities, bring your walking
poles or even snowshoes depending on the weather!
If you have a yoga mat and bolster, please feel free to bring these along.
Shirley Barnes is a certified Hatha Yoga and Kripalu yoga instructor in addition to being a Yamuna® Body Rolling practitioner. Her focus as a teacher is to build a rapport in body ease and well-being. Her personalized yoga style nurtures the whole individual, body, mind and spirit.
is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais®, & Bones for Life® practitioner in addition to being a licensed massage therapist with practice in the Berkshires and at Kushi Institute. An effective method for reclaiming child-like flexibility, ease, and balance, Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® classes are transformative for those suffering from injuries or congenital difficulties. Additionally, healthy individuals wishing to move more freely receive fantastic, long-term benefits. The modality is especially important as an effective preventative process for anyone needing sustained bed rest, as it enables one to move (or imagine movement) regardless of one's condition, improving circulation, joint mobility, and well-being.
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$275 includes all
classes and meals
Housing Fee Starting as low as $50
including both Friday through
Extend Your Stay!
A great opportunity for
renewal & self-care
Come for a day or more before
the retreat to:
- Relax in our serene natural environment
- Enjoy our delicious whole-foods meals
- Socialize with like-minded people
- Stroll along our scenic country roads
- Explore regional culture and activities
- Book a private movement session with retreat leaders
- or a macrobiotic consultation with a Kushi Institute counselor
Only $75 per person per day
includes housing and meals
Private Session Bookings
Call ahead for availability
and to schedule
Individualized menu planning
Feldenkrais Functional Integration®
Yoga for the Face
For more information
and to register
198 Leland Road
Becket, MA 01223
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