The Awakening Body, Santa Sabina Retreat Center


Join Ellen in a weekend of exploration of our essential nature, bringing a gentle focus on our felt  and tactile experience in the tradition of non-duality and Kashmir Shaivism.

This ancient approach is an invitation to simply welcome and experience our body as it truly is in the moment: a flow of sensation, energy and vibration arising out of and unfolding within the open field of Awareness.

In our daily lives, the body is seldom tasted as it is. We rarely listen to its language or allow it to simply unfold and blossom in its natural original intelligence.

In fact we have deeply disconnected from this level of experience and even when we turn back towards the body, we come with agendas and ideas that we project upon it, forcing the body into a new mode, only to perpetuate a felt identification with a body, that may seem improved, but in fact remains a mere projections for the separate self that seems to live in its center.

Using guided meditation, simple postures and asanas, free movements, breathing exploration, and tactile visualizations, we will reestablish our true identity as ever-present and unlocated Awareness. We will reawaken the body's organic and natural resonnance with this Awareness as its source and substance.

In this contemplation, resistances and chains of bodily contractions, the habits that create the illusion that our identity is limited, located and separate are allowed to surface and to be revealed for what they are: feelings and sensations that come and go in Awareness. 

Gently and effortlessly, the body is slowly realigned with our understanding. We come to feel that our true identity is an open field of tactile openness, limitless, vibrating and and ever-present. The body flows as a living substance with more and more ease and transparency and reflects and expresses the ever-present freedom and silence that is its invisible source.

The weekend will be puctuated by moments of conversation in the form of questions and answers. There will be also be free periods for rest, walks, solitude and sharing.

Please bring a yoga mat and/or a cushion.


Please note that there are different fees depending on accomodation. Balance is due three weeks prior to the event. When you make your balance payment please pick the apropriate fee for your situation, payable through Paypal.

Whole weekend: Single Accomodation with three meals: $465  Double accomodations with three meals: $425 (per person) Commuter fee with three meals: $365  Commuter fee with lunch and dinner: $245

Date 15th Feb 2019 - 17th Feb 2019
Time 3PM on Friday to 2PM on Sunday
Location Santa Sabina Retreat Center.
Cost No tickets available



3pm: arrival 

4:30-6PM: session

6pm: Dinner

8pm: meditation


8-9am: Breakfast

10:15-12:15pm: Awakening Body session

12:15-1:15pm: Lunch

3-4:15pm Contemplative conversation

4:30-6pm: Awakening Body session

6pm: dinner

8pm: informal gathering, and silent meditation


7:15-8am: Meditation and Pranayama

8-9am: Breakfast

10am to 12PM: Awakening Body session

12-1pm: lunch

1-2pm: Contemplative conversation and closing 


Cancellation Policy

Please email if you wish to cancel your reservation.
75% refund if cancelled before 15th January
50% refund if cancelled up to 22nd January
No refund after 22nd January