The retreat is for those who decide to break their major life barrier in this exact moment, opening up to express their power more deeply. Activate your power and discover your true self! This intensive retreat is like a birthing process to rebirth the self. You will explore, try, listen for information, and gain awareness at many levels. You will develop tools and abilities to use for all of your life.
The maximum participants in the group is 15.
In this 13-day retreat, you will be hosted in warm embrace of Manantial de Tara, located near village Arafo on the top of a hill with amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean, alongside with natural canyon and under the volcanic mountains. Tara has several meanings in different cultural settings. In Sanskrit, it means shining, so is connected with the star. In Indian and American tradition, it is connected with the goddess of the sea. And in Irish and Scottish tradition, Tara is a hill where the kings meet.
Tara is also known as the "mother of liberation" in Buddhism, and represents the virtues of success in work and achievements and well she is tantric meditation deity, whose practice is used to develop certain inner qualities and understand secret teachings about compassion and emptiness. Tara is also particularly associated with healing, protecting, and stabilizing your life-force.
Manantial de Tara offers modest and off-the-grid style, shared accommodations from yurts, bungalows, wooden house, and caves. The accommodation is shared between two to four people. There are shared baths and toilets, and systems for obtaining energy from renewable sources, gardens which are based on the principles of permaculture, a system for collecting rainwater and natural water purification for subsequent reuse. Laundry service is available at additional cost.
Each day you will be provided with an embodied wake up with iVitalis practice. After you will have an option to experience a group session of Body-Mind-Spirit to truly awaken, engage and open your body and then we will arouse all your senses through Opening the senses - dance improvisation session.
After lunch you can join a group in deep rest through Yoga Nidra and afternoons we will guide you through Resolving your limiting beliefs session.
Afternoons and evenings you will have a possibility to work individually with professional team of health practitioners and artists through your current issues that are preventing you from growth.
Possible one-to-one sessions on following expertise: Health consultations; Bio resonance treatments; Ayurvedic, Swedish and iVitalis Massages; Pilates coaching; Body in movement consultation.
Program also includes visiting San Cristobal dea La Laguna - city declared World Heritage by the UNESCO, a hike to Los Roques de Garcia (Teide national park) and excursion to Puertito Beach.
Body-mind-spirit and dance improvisation is a synthesis of dance techniques and tools, ranging from classical ballet to martial arts, from modern to contemporary dance, from Tai Chi and Qigong to Kundalini and Dynamic meditation, from contact to theater improvisation, from traditional folk dances to modern urban developments that bind with specific abilities, desires, and expectations of the individual who wishes to develop an autonomous dance and conscious body.
In the sessions, you are working on awareness of the body, mind, and emotions through breathing, on power and softness of movements, flow and the usage of the energy and on focusing the attention and awareness by traveling in an imaginary world and with will pushing the boundaries of what is possible. You are provided with a set of tools for improvisation that you can implement in your own creations and in daily life.
iVitalis program represents physically undemanding exercise, meant for everyone, who wish to be relaxed, have more energy, positive inclination, motivation, regain their health, and also keep it in good condition. The content of the iVitalis program is based on the science of kinesiology use and knowledge of top-level sports. The initiator of such a program in Slovenia is dr. Neja Zupan who with the help of external collaborators, shares their amassed knowledge in a practical way to other people, expanding their positive energy, good will, and satisfaction.
You will cultivate movement practice and explore your bodies through the full potential of dance. By activating inner bodies (states and conditions) and working through touch, smell, and sound, you will gradually open your senses to a degree where your organic movements will develop as means by which you expand your consciousness, awareness, and mindfulness.
Cultivation of opening the sensations (touch, smell, taste, sound) will happen through exposing your body to carefully prepared stimulation, such as elements of Kundalini meditation, extensive breathing exercises, Pilates, principles of contact improvisation dance, authentic movement methods, and tasting vegan food with sacred sounds of local Balinese music.
You will explore and learn to follow the body’s organic intelligence and the need to move freely without obstacles. Sessions will be facilitated by professional dance artists with extra time for self exploration, discovery, and creation.
Through sharpening the senses, you will unlock Pandora’s box and unlock the fountain of your inner self - reflected in symbols, feelings, visions, and imagination. The instructors will lead you to authentic personal creative process! From duets to collective group work, they will create safe and inspiring playground for senses and dance to merge.
You will have a time to reflect gathered experience, to practice mindfulness together with listening to the echoes (of nature and yourself). You will experience the art of doing nothing through movement and total presence in states and actions.
The sessions are framed in a way that everyone can get insight into why something is happening in his or her life and how to relief her or himself from recurring behavior, emotions, responses. A good method to to set yourself free: learn to have, know, and take charge of your own actions, emotions, and mind.
The sessions are based on personal experience and knowledge of Neja Zupan, who recovered from life threatening disease: aggressive form of ductal hormonal dependent cancer using practices that she is going to deliver at this retreat. Neja has more than 25 years of experiences in healing and personal transformation. To recover, she has used all her knowledge and wisdom. She is living testimonial that incurable disease does not exist.
Sessions are very practically oriented. You will discover yourself, learning to embrace and become the exciting process of living in ways that create magical and powerful transformations in yourself and your world. What you will change in nine days is the most you can change, which is much more than you believe it’s possible.
Yoga Nidra is one of the deepest forms of meditations, leading awareness through many levels of mental processes to a state of profound stillness and insight. In yoga Nidra, one leaves the Waking state, goes beyond the dreaming state, and enters into dreamless sleep while remaining awake. While yoga Nidra is a state that is very relaxing, it is not the same as deep relaxation. Yoga Nidra is used by yogis to purify the samskaras, the deep impressions that are the driving force behind karma.
The practice of yoga relaxation has been found to reduce tension and anxiety. The autonomic symptoms of high anxiety such as headache, giddiness, chest pain, palpitations, sweating, and abdominal pain respond well. Yoga Nidra refers to the conscious awareness of the deep sleep state.
Upon your arrival into healing atmosphere of Manantial de Tara we will comfortably accommodate you into yurta or bungalow. You can take a rest at a beautiful open-air lounge and enjoy the view on permacultural garden.
In late afternoon, we will perform a welcoming ritual and you will get to know all like-minded beings that will support your profoundly transformational endeavors in this retreat. After dining your first vegetarian delicacies, your senses will melt into gentle acoustic sounds of the Atlantic ocean in a distance. Better to pamper yourself immediately with nice and easy-going walk around!
Imagine waking up really, really early ...and take some time to work out on your own or in a group on an open-air platform, surrounded with mountains and ocean and on the catch of the fresh Qi essence in the air....hearing sounds of cocks and barking dogs in a distance…
You’re still not sure if you are dreaming, right?
But yes, you are in the embrace of this divine volcanic island!
And after breakfast, four amazing facilitators will be available just for you to individually discuss and provide insights for currently hot issues that burden you and prevent you to surrender to your inner blissfulness completely.
For those more frisky, Goran & Sandra will welcome you to balance your Body, Mind, Spirit and by Opening the senses session, you will delve into your first inner dance journey through meditative movement and improvisation practice. Your dancing appetite will awaken….…..
And how about digesting in a unique state of silent & restful alertness instead of heavily lying on your bed and bla-bla-ying? After lunch we will immerse into Yoga Nidra to reduce our tensions and anxieties.
After good rest in afternoons, Neja will invite you to dig deeper into your habits by mirroring your busy- bossy minds.... to get insights into why something is happening in your life and how to relief yourself from repeating behavior that gets on your nerves.
In this first three days there will be plenty of body - mind processing. But no worries, there will be many breaks too!
After all this experiences, you will finish your days, proudly walking around equipped with tools and skills to bring clarity and quality into your everyday existence. You will begin practicing how to have, know and take charge of your own actions. All your why’s and how’ s will be later on constructively discussed in a sharing circle of extraordinary individuals!
Today is a day of Depart to Los Roques de Garcia ( Teide national park) - forest & vulcano. It is an easy route, ideal for get to know unique flora and fauna of this preserved area. On the way, you might see the “alcaudón” (small birds which love eating insects) and beetles, such as the “pimelia” (small, black and with bellies).
The pumice stone, abundant on the place, is formed when hot lava mixes with water and hardens, resulting in a porous material (perfect for sloughing away dry skin). This type of stone becomes the essence of the plain so-called Cañada de los Guancheros.
All these colors create a contrast with the coppery colors of La Fortaleza, the great mountain that reminded after Las Cañadas collapsed. The green of the canarian pine trees and cedars add the place a fascinating aspect.
Spending morning until late-afternoon there, you will have time for site-specific exploration - with lots of group movement and exploration.
And for sure after first intensive days you will have something to let go from yourself.
As you will deepen your connection with yourself, old habits will begin falling away, to be replaced naturally with rejuvenated body, regenerated mind and refreshed spirit.
It’s time to continue with our mornings by focusing our body, mind and emotions and afternoons by releasing limiting beliefs and habits so we can invite unlimited abundance into all areas of our life. We will finish the day with Dance celebration under the stars!
We will drive to nearby excursion - El Puertito Beach for snorkeling and swimming. The ocean has a depth of up to 12 meters here and even turtles can be seen at a depth of eight meters all year round. The terrain is made up of an impressive rocky reef...just impressive and powerful place to spend when you have
Plenty of free time for reflection, rest and fun!
Afternoon, Guillermo, our host at Manantial de Tara, will delightfully lecture on their "Walk towards the Sustainability " - the story on how this amazing Finca was designed according to the principles of Feng-Shui of the present time.
Journeying together in deep realms of body, mind, emotions, spirit, we will be diving into breathing and energy exercises, dancing even deeper into meditation, opening our heart and invite in a profound compassion and love for ourselves and others.
It's been more than a week already - Your rebirth is starting and you are filling yourself with the core confidence to explore unknown territories!
Stretch your boundaries of what is possible !
Here you are! Starting to fully train your perception (of self, others, group) on physical, mental and emotional level by translating information's gathered through opening the senses (touch, gaze, voice, smell and taste) into movement and dance.
Your old emotions has released and you feel more peaceful and calm. the silence is nesting so profoundly inside you, no need to use any more words
Time to absorb, integrate and share the boost of newly received information and for silent reflection.
Congratulations! You have found your true self and your life purpose, identified and begun dissolving negative habit patterns, and learned how to focus your body, mind and emotions on creating what you truly want in your life.
Departure day! We can help you arrange Airport Transport (if you are not staying in Tenerife. Check out is by 11 am. Depending on your travel schedule, you may have time for photos, last minute shopping, and many hugs and kisses!
During the retreat, you will have the chance to visit Los Roques de Garcia (Teide National Park) to enjoy the forest and volcano. There is also an excursion to El Puertito Beach for snorkeling and swimming and another excursion to Santa Cruz.
Dr. Neja Zupan is an internationally recognised trainer of personal excellence and NLP (neuro linguistic programming), NLP coach, registered with International NLP Trainers Association, and an internationally recognised trainer and therapist of the method Touch for Health, registered with the International Kinesiology College. She is also an extremely experienced practitioner of many forms of healing as well as Craniosacral therapy and very senior and advanced practitioner of OM KARA Kriya Yoga studying with lineage holder Swami Anandakapila and practitioner of ancient shamanic traditions.
Petr is an iVitalis trainer, touch for health practitioner, and healing with sound therapist. Music accompanies him in different forms all his life. Singing, dancing, and playing on different instruments travel with him through the endless universe of sound, motion, and rhythm. He is researching the magic and the soothing influence of the universal language on well-being, the balance of energy state, and widening the realization of himself and others. He is walking with sunshine and laughter on his shoulders.
Sandra studied contemporary dance, contact improvisation, dance improvisation, Horton technique,and jazz ballet for more than 15 years with renowned pedagogues in Slovenia, Great Britain at LABAN, China, Austria, and Georgia. In the field of dance and improvisation, she was teaching in Slovenia, India, Indonesia - Bali, Vietnam, and Croatia. She is also integrating knowledge of Kundalini and dynamic Meditation, dance movement therapy, authentic movement, Dervish, and other practices into dance education. Sandra is also a licensed Pilates instructor.
Goran Bogdanovski is an award-winning performer, choreographer, teacher, curator, and artistic director. Since 1989, he has worked with over 70 choreographers and directors in many fields of the performing arts. At the same time, he was also a soloist at the Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. He founded Fičo Balet in 2000. Since then, he has developed his own style of expression, combining music, light, dramaturgy, technology, text, and body. Until now, he realized numerous dance productions, international research projects, festivals, and educational programs.
This retreat will take place in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.
Throughout the retreat, you will be served three organic vegetarian meals per day, as well as tea and coffee.
During your stay in Tenerife, you can book individual sessions with aditional payment. The following services are available to enhance your stay.
"My experience was very positive and inspiring. The whole process was from time to time painful, but profoundly healing. Day after day, I was able to release the ever more poisoning material in my body and thoughts, emotions, and memories in my spirit that were stored in me, but which I no longer needed. The whole process was supported daily by iVitalis exercises, meditations, relaxation, lectures, and cleansing of the most vital inner organs. Through these practices, I was able to gain an insight into my body and my life: what I want to get rid of and what I want in its place. The entire experience was very fulfilling since I was able to reprogram myself and gather more energy. I sense great relief. I am also very proud of myself that I persisted in this challenging process to the end and won. From my heart, I am deeply thankful to Neja and Petr for all the help you both generously provided to me."
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"Neja’s detox retreat was a very interesting experience for me. Her approach to cleaning up the body is actually like a general service of a car. It includes methods for cleaning all of the most important inner organs, stimulating the lymph, exercises for raising energy and relaxation, different sorts of therapies, live food, education, and counseling. Neja is an energetic and persuasive person with a lot of knowledge based on many years of education and her own experience. Her program is complex and not only includes the body, but also the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of health. The detox is really efficient."
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"For me personally, it turned out to be a great gift. Especially the last few days, twisting my ankle, having the experiences in the little village, my perspective changed. I remembered my love for dancing. I re-experienced the moment. Coming back to Copenhagen, I have been thinking a lot about how we structure our lives, what makes sense and not."
"I believe very much that our society has a need for people like you who work hard to bring things back to basics and share that. Thank you for that."
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