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Phoenix Retreat

The 6-day Phoenix Retreat is designed to catalyse you into a new level of awareness, enabling you to assume responsibility for and commitment to living your life in alignment with your deepest purpose. It is also a gateway for those who wish to take part in our Apprenticeship Programme.

As we develop, life provides us with the perfect challenges through which we can evolve. On the Phoenix Retreat, we work with what we call the ‘creation story’ you have inherited and lived from, whose characters we call ‘understudies’. In the theatre, an understudy is a person who learns another’s role in order to be able to act as a replacement. On the stage of life, these understudies often take to performing nearly all the time, while the real stars wait hidden in the wings. They shouldn’t be blamed for this; they came into being with the intention of protecting your essence. However, without your attention, they will continue their performances for your entire lifetime, even if it no longer serves your deeper interests.

During the retreat, the practice of Movement Medicine helps in developing the self-acceptance and clear intention necessary to create the conditions in which the understudies can become visible. Once they are illuminated, you can compassionately and with gratitude, invite each one to step aside and make way for your essential self. What is revealed through this process, and how you integrate and embody that, is the work of the Phoenix Retreat.

The Phoenix Retreat is the most transformative thing I have ever done. I feel very empowered by the tools we were given to become conscious and dissolve patterns we don’t need any more. And how beautiful and encouraging is this way of creating a new story, a new future for our lives!!Julia Meier, Switzerland
Fantastic, strong and deeply magic tool … I feel like I finally arrive somewhere with all my potential and talents that I carry as well as with my fears and limitations. Thank you.Kristin Glenewinkel, Occupational Therapist
In my mind I had solved a lot of my life’s problems. It felt quite different to release my body of them. Annebärbel Claussen, vision quest guide, healer, spiritual “coach”
A powerful workshop using dance, conscious movement and ritual to support a journey of self discovery. We uncovered essential parts of our soul selves that had successfully hidden beneath the powerful protective “roles” created to meet the challenges of life. This uncovering was done very carefully and consciously with support and guidance, allowing the essence to be met again and re-integrated into our selves.Carey Yarrow, Educational Facilitator

Prerequisites: To participate in the Phoenix Retreat, you need to have completed 25 hours of Movement Medicine or other related practice (5Rhythms, Open Floor, Soul Motion, etc). You also need to have the inner and outer resources and support that mean you can engage with this intense personal work in a responsible way. If you are unsure whether you meet the prerequisites, please enquire.

FORTHCOMING DATES: July 2020 – Czech Republic, July 2020 – USA (with David Mooney), Feb 2021 – Switzerland


Hope in my Heart – May 2016
Sweat Lodge and the State of being – July 2015

An Invitation to be Initiated – June 2015
What is the Phoenix Retreat and can I do it.
Song of the Soul on Gipsy Bank and in Wolfscote caves – June 2013
Why is the Phoenix the Centre of the Movement Medicine Mandala? – Mar 12
Empowerment, Responsibility & Living The Dream – Nov 12
Long Dance Stories – September 2012 “I refuse to be a victim” – April 2012
The Phoenix Process – April 2010
Shining in the dark with a bit more charge…Oct 2009