Enjoy a variety of workshops each day of the festival from experts on the subjects of breathwork, mindfulness, meditation, physical and emotional healing, and more. All workshops are included in the price of registration.
Larkin Stentz: Meditation Teacher & Professional Flutist
Larkin’s Meditation Training Journey
Prior to his freshman year of college Larkin read, “As A Man Thinketh” by James Allen, which launched his journey of self discovery. During his freshman year he took the TM training and received his personal mantra. Another book that influenced his inner journey was, “The Only Dance There Is” by Ram Dass. His teachings on meditation breathing and focusing on the molecules of air as they entered and left the nose was yet another tool that excited Larkin. “I Thou” by Martin Buber helped him realize his connection to all beings, including trees, rocks, water, etc.
Many years later, a seven day Sasheen (or total silent meditation course) with a Korean Zen Master opened the door to his deep innerconnectedness that exists within and around us all. There, Larkin had a profound experience of watching everything around him dissolve, carpets melting and reforming, walls vanishing to leave the outdoors in view, to reassemble moments later. He had no feeling, no pain, no pleasure, no hunger, nor the stiffness that had plagued him for four days. He had a new presence of mind and body, without borders for the next three days.
Larkin’s graduation event occurred three months later. He had been so opened to the universe that a magical energy surrounded him, insisting he accept special power. It felt wrong somehow, and out of tune with the feelings he had experienced earlier. An inner battle raged within him and he was taken to the edge of consciousness where he chose to accept Truth, Light, and Love as his guiding life principles over the “magical” powers that were offered to him. Upon making that decision, he was lifted into a bright loving light of unconditional love. Now, teaching meditation is an act of love, allowing him to share tools of awareness that can assist others in connecting to their inner loving presence.
Beth Bauer: The Mindfulness Happiness Connection
Beth traveled to over 30 countries in the past few years in search of happiness. What she realized is that happiness is a journey, and not a destination and she’s eager to share her insights with others to help them live a happier life. You’ve probably heard it said many times, “Happiness is a choice.” But is it really that simple? If it were, everyone would be happy. So what does mindfulness have to do with happiness? What’s the connection? In this workshop you will learn how to be more mindful (aware) of the things that interfere with your happiness and how to prevent them. Beth has a an acronym for it – FEEDBACK. Learn how FEEDBACK can help you be happier in any circumstance.
Beth Bauer has taught workshops and classes at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington and currently teaches at Grays Community College in Ilwaco, Washington. She has also been a trainer for many corporate clients and non profit organizations, both in the U.S and overseas.
Improving Your Health Through Chakra Alignment
Prana in Sanskrit means vital energy. In Japanese it’s known as chi. Energy, or prana, manifests itself in various frequencies, and every form of life has different frequencies. Animals have lower frequencies than humans, and plants generally lower still. Chakras act as the receivers, transformers, and distributors of prana (or energy) throughout our body. Ancient writings actually mention about 88,000 different chakras, but there are only 7 primary chakras that run from the tip of our body, down to our pelvis. It is their rotating which attracts energy, draws it in, and sends it off. In this workshop you’ll learn practical methods of chakra alignment to enhance your health and general well-being.
Dawn Sorenson: Virtues of the Heart: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Love
A great teacher of mine once said “the seven inch journey from the head to the heart is the longest we take. Some will never choose it.”
This workshop is a heavy weight lifting course for the heart. We live in a heady/intellectual society that doesn’t often teach us how to be heart centered. We may often go to a gym, eat well, groom ourselves, yet how do we expand our abilities and capacity to love in every moment? To love our neighbors and enemies? To love someone else or ourselves in a moment of strife?
This is a practical, applicable toolbox to do just that- taking the idealism out of unconditional love, especially when it’s challenging. Using yogic breath practices to center and ground, then adding simple (yet profound) set of ways to access love when the habit may be to flight/fly/freeze. All that is needed is willingness and a heart- the rest is provided!
It’s easy to love when it’s reciprocated, yet that doesn’t give us the opportunity to know our ability to go way above and beyond that, showing others how they can, too. This workshop will let our practices send a ripple out to the world that desperately needs more love, sweet love.
The Power of Pranayama
Pranayama is the practice of breath control in Yoga. Learn to breathe fully and live life without trying to control, grasp, or push. The flow of breathing is a metaphor we have for the way we live our life and how we react to changes that life brings us. Students will learn different breathing techniques and how to cultivate mindfulness through the practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation.
Padme Grace, owner of Pacific Integrated Martial Arts and My Keto Sensei, found her passion for guiding others toward their best selves through the martial arts. She holds multiple black belts and has been a health and wellness lifestyle coach for over 20 years. Her extensive education includes NASM CPT personal trainer certification with specialties in corrective exercise and fitness nutrition, NLP neuro-linguistic programming and CBT cognitive behavioral therapy.
She embraces a holistic approach with her coaching clients. The main force behind My Keto Sensei is a deep desire to empower and support individuals in achieving their long-term diet and nutrition goals through a low carb way of eating. Whether you’re seeking help with weight loss, sports nutrition, or disease prevention, each client is individually evaluated and provided with a well-researched and comprehensive plan for nutrition, movement, sleep and relaxation they can follow for the attainment of their goals.
Padme’s baby is her martial arts school, Pacific Integrated Martial Arts, in Long Beach. It is a multiple style fitness facility delivering character building life skills along with its family-friendly atmosphere.
Qigong Shibashi Tai Chi: Peaceful Motion for Health
This class leads you through a peaceful, beautiful, and gentle flowing Qigong exercise that creates euphoric relaxed feelings, and at the same time is physically stimulating.
The rocking motions and stretching movements gently massage the internal organs, stimulate the energy meridians, move the major joints, and improve circulation and digestion. The chest exercises and controlled breathing are good for the heart, lung conditions and asthma related problems. The overall effect of the routine is to reduce mental stress and physical tension carried in the muscles of the body.
Six steps of Qigong
1. Calm mind-empty the mind of all thoughts focusing on the breath
2. Relax body- by deeper fuller and slower breathing
3. Qi flows freely through the body to open meridians (energy pathways)
4. Mind directs the Qi
5. Can absorb the Qi where needed as meridians are clear and open
6. Can release the Qi…letting go or direct it.
These movements are suitable for practiced by anyone regardless of age and can be done seated or standing.
The Spice of Life: Using Spices for Flavor and Health
Spices are the spice of life. In this tasteful workshop you’ll learn the what, when, and how to incorporate herbs, spices, fats, and acid to bring more flavor to your meals. Some spices even have been scientifically proven to have health benefits! Learn which ones you should add to your diet and how to use them to spice up your life!
Sleep Hacks: the Art and Science of Sleep
The overwhelming majority of people have trouble sleeping, even those who have mastered every other aspect of their lives. Even if you had time to sleep an entire eight hours a night, would it be optimal, uninterrupted sleep? Would you wake up feeling 100 percent refreshed?Learn the benefits of high quality sleep, circadian rhythms and sleep chronotypes, the role nutrition and exercise play, tech gadget aids and action steps toward a better nights sleep.
Peggy was injured by her doctor while giving birth, and it led to massive blood loss and severe postpartum complications. As a result, she lost her health, income, insurance, career, and ultimatley, her marriage, home, and family life. She also lost something more, her sense of safety and security, sense of humor, joy, and love of life.
She began a 20-year journey into the darkness of chronic pain, fatigue, anxiety, and a sense of loss so deep the sadness crushed her spirit. Throughout her journey back to health, miracles began to happen daily, and she was re-awakened to the presence of her very soul. Peggy now shares the tools and insights she used to find her way back to the light with her yoga students in Spokane, Washington.
Emotions and the DNA of Healing
Examine the connection between the mind’s perceptions, the effect of their emotions created by those perceptions of the nervous system, and their relationship to dis-ease. Activate the strands of DNA which lie dormant in your body and open your mind to the possibilities of self-healing and the process of agelessness.
Numerology and Your Inner Journey
Based on the ancient spiritual science of numbers and the energy associated with them, numerology works with your given name and date of birth to reveal the true nature of your Self and the intention of your life. It’s been used throughout history by some of the greatest cultures and names in science to create more self-awareness and understanding of one’s place in the world. By studying yourself and becoming aware of your tendencies and how you may respond to challenges and opportunities for growth, you can more easily go with the flow of your life and avoid the suffering that comes from a lack of self-awareness and universal understanding.
Karrie has practiced yoga for over twenty years and is the founder of Belonger Yoga, specializing in helping individuals move forward in their life and guiding them on their journey of self-discovery. Karrie has spent many years in a leadership role within a global manufacturing company, where she has focused on personal and leadership development. In addition to being an RYT-200 yoga teacher, she has a BA in Management and Organizational Development, and an MS in Organizational Leadership, Performance, and Learning. She is also working on a Master Life Coach certification specializing in Happiness and Purposeful living.
Karrie makes her home in beautiful Ocean Park, WA and is married to Joe, a wonderful man and love of her life. Between them they have five grown children and three grandchildren.
The Eight Limbs of Yoga – Moving Beyond Asana to Find Deeper Meaning in Your Practice
Our journey of self begins with understanding who we are and where we are going. As with all things in life, yoga is more about that journey than getting into crazy pretzel positions and being able to stand on your head. Like a tree rooted in the earth, we need a solid foundation to help us as we continuously move forward in finding our authentic self.
The Eight Limbs of Yoga not only gives us that foundation, but it is also the roadmap that will guide us on our journey of self-discovery and true enlightenment.
The success of yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and relationships – T.K.V. Desikachar
As a young adult in the 70’s, Florence always gravitated towards natural therapies. Eager to learn what she could do to make healthy choices, she started studying about herbs in her late 30’s. She began to work for a Naturopath in her hometown, and for seven years she never went home without learning one thing new each day. From there she started studying essential oils, eventually getting her certification in aromatherapy in 1997. In 1998 she became a Licensed Esthetician allowing her to use the essential oils in her practice with profound results.
The essential oils have become her passion. She has taught many classes over the years on aromatherapy offering new options to those who are open to empowering themselves one drop at a time.
Enhancing Your Life with Essential Oils
Have you been looking for natural solutions for your own self care?
Using Essential Oils in your daily life can be very powerful. In this workshop, Florence will share some of her personal experiences with essential oils, like improving her immune system and adding them to her daily routine.
You will get to experience many essential oils at this workshop and go home with recipes to start your journey of being empowered one drop at a time.