FAMILY NATURE RETREAT Play : Create : Explore : Connect
April 12-14, 2024
...Step out of your routine
...Spend quality time with your Family
...Immerse in Nature ...to Listen, Learn and Connect
Bring your whole family to enjoy a retreat at Seven Springs! Eat, sleep, learn and play! This unique retreat offers workshops for kids only, for adults only, and for kids and adults together. We are bringing together a diverse group of leaders to offer amazing learning-based workshops for the whole family. Our featured workshops are: BrainDance The BrainDance was created by Anne Green Gilbert, world renown dance pedagogist, in 2000. It is used world-wide and is for all ages and ability levels. BrainDance is based on the primitive and postural movements of the womb and in the 1st year of life. These movements are the foundation for sensory-motor development and life-long learning. BrainDance is a form of creative movement taught conceptually through the scientifically based Learning Cycle. Guest teaching artist Maria Simeone (bio below), was awarded her professional certification in brain compatible dance in 2009, trained by her mentor Anne Green Gilbert. Maria has since led award winning workshops world-wide in the BrainDance.
HealthRhythms Drum Circle Since the time of ancient civilization, drumming circles have created a sense of community and belonging. The HealthRhythms Drum circle builds on this ancient tradition while interweaving a scientifically based wellness strategy that improves the immune system, mood regulation, and social-emotional learning. It is a family empowerment drumming experience that builds and fosters socialization, connection, camaraderie, respect, communication and personal expression. It provides an extraordinary opportunity to discover your personal rhythm while enhancing family bonding. Drums are provided (though you’re welcome to bring your own) and is for all ages. No prior drum experience needed. Maria was trained in 2013 by the creators of HealthRhythms, Christine Stevens, MT-BC and Barry Bittman, MD. HealthRHythms is a Remo, Inc. protocol. Maria is a Remo team member for community and recreational drumming.
Sound Baths Sound Baths are an ancient practice that use specific pitches and musical harmonics to improve blood flow, lower stress, and bring homeostasis to the nervous system. It is a gentle, non-invasive experience that is deeply relaxing. Ancient Tibetan singing bowls (200-400 years old), hand percussion, and the voice are woven into this customized family retreat sound bath in an idyllic outdoor setting. Maria received her professional training in sound healing in 2010 at the Tibetan Bowl School, Encinatas, CA.
Arrival: Friday 2pm
Departure: Sunday 11am
All meals included!
BrainDance & Brain Games
Heart Rhythmns Drum Circle
Arts & Crafts with Nature
Movement & Emotional Intelligence
Partner Yoga & Walk on me Thai
Spend Quality Family Time that's FUN!
Per Family Cost: includes a private yurt per family all meals and all activities
Maria Simeone, Guest Teaching Artist Maria is the Creator/Founder of Voice Your Resilience (and formerly, MusicMovestheBrain). She is a teaching artist and musician with over 30 years of experience. She has served as a Teaching Artist with numerous national and international organizations such as Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Pacific Symphony, Remo, Inc. and Opera Pacific. Maria has served as a guest presenter in the US, Australia, Mexico, Haiti, and Ireland. Maria has extensive training and professional certifications in the areas of neuropsychology, rhythmic movement, neuro-reflex repatterning, vocal pedagogy and opera performance, piano, flute, and sound therapy. She holds a BA in research psychology (cognition and neurolinguistics) with published pioneering research in Pragmatics of International and Intercultural Communication, Belgium.
Following the adoption of her daughter Katya from a Kazakhstani orphanage in 2005, Maria discovered the transformative power of brain centered movement, music, and voice work for holistic healing. Since then, Maria has created and led 100s of movement music experiences with major arts organizations inspiring healthy neurological functioning, memory, and social-emotional learning. Her specialty is the application of brain-centered movement and music to support struggling learners and those with emotional trauma. She is currently partnering with BioSpiritual Institute in Dublin, Ireland creating a new training module for the inclusion of the primal voice in BioSpiritual Focusing, a form of whole-body contemplative meditation. Her current program, Voice Your Resilience, supports women on the path of emotional resilience and spiritual renewal through somatic vocal work, movement, sound therapy, and contemplative prayer/meditation. Her website is www.VoiceYourResilience.com
Jessi Luna, E-RYT 500 Jessi was born and raised on the land of Seven Springs. She completed her first YTT200 in 2007 and her YTT300 in 2012. She co-founded Kula Collective Yoga School and Seven Springs in 2015. Jessi has always loved to combine elements of dance and natural movement with traditional yogic sequencing. She incorporates attention to rhythm of the breath, and allows for organic movement to flow in each pose. She is passionate about anatomy and physiology and especially women's health. Her first son was born in 2018, and since that time, Jessi has dedicated herself to learning more about birth and birth keeping, as well as focused on creating support circles for women. She has trained as a Birth Doula and Post-partum Doula, and she is passionate about Pre and Post Natal Yoga. Most of all, Jessi believes yoga is a holistic practice that can benefit every person, and while the asana practice may have brought her into the yoga path, Jessi now enjoys exploring the subtler aspects of the yoga journey through ceremony and circle.
Kaysee, RYT200 + RPYT Kaysee Collins the owner of Alchemy of Maryville, a hot yoga empowerment center and is a geek for neuropathic biohacking. Kaysee's studies began in 11 years ago with formal Ashtanga training and a healthy Hot Yoga addiction while in college When she first had her son, Bodhi now age, 7 that's when her practice stepped into a deeper level of self-realization and rejuvenation; mentally, physically, and spiritually. Through various workshops and teacher trainings, she developed tools to share her passion for self-healing by teaching others to find that power within them. Kaysee is a 500hr Yoga Guide, Thai Practitioner, and space-holder for those that love learning and teaching Mind, Body, and Spirit Sciences. Kaysee is on the board of Guiding Lights Hybrid Homeschool, a Waldorf-inspired learning center, working with leaders in our community to build a legacy for education in East TN. She is also a board member of Shakti Rising Appalachia where she co-facilitates transformative women's retreats along side women