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Ageless Body,
Able Mind
A Movement Weekend Retreat
Friday, February 10 - Sunday, February 12

elebrate 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."  

  -Moshe Feldenkrais      


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!   

Joyous Movement
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 Feldenkrais Movements

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.Simple Yoga Pose


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.   


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Friday, February 10th 

2:00-4:00pm  Arrival and check-in with office

5:00-6:00pm  Orientation

6:00-7:30pm  Dinner

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

8:00-9:00am   Breakfast

9:45-11:15am  Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement®
                      "Rolling from Your Back and Coming to Sit"  

12:30-1:30pm   Lunch

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
10:30-11:30am  Brunch

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
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.  


Misha Forrester
Misha Forrester
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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Program Fee
$275 includes all
classes and meals

Housing Fee
Starting as low as $50 
including both Friday through
Saturday nights

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

Macrobiotic counseling

Individualized menu planning

Restorative Massage

Feldenkrais Functional Integration®

Yoga for the Face



For more information
and to register
Int'l: 413-623-6457

Registration Office and Main House
Kushi Institute
198 Leland Road
Becket, MA 01223


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