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"The great sea has sent me adrift;
it moves me
like a reed in a great river.
Earth and the great weather move me,
have carried me away,
and fill my inward parts with joy." - Uvavnuk, an Iglulik Eskimo woman shaman

"Whenever we touch nature we get clean. People who have got dirty through too much civilization take a walk in the woods, or a bath in the sea. Entering the unconscious, entering yourself through dreams, is touching nature from the inside and this is the same thing, things are put right again." - CG Jung

Rest, Regenerate and Renew
Creative Incubation Retreat
@ The Sea Ranch, CA September 10-17, 2020
Retreat begins at 4pm on 9/10 and ends at 11AM on 9/17

Covid-19 update: i will make a decision on August 1 whether to go ahead or not. Make sure you FILL OUT AN APPLICATION so i can contact you then.

This retreat is designed for the creative explorer who desires self-styled open space and time within a mutually supportive group container that focuses on the confluence of somatics, the expressive arts (dance, song, art and/or writing), and the natural environment.

Participants will gather each morning as a group to be guided in somatic practices of breath, vocalization, contact, intrinsic movement and stillness to generate a repertoire of inner attunement resources. We then go out to our chosen spot in the environment for the day (woods, beaches, creeks, and rock formations) with specified tasks and self-directed explorations from the 5-part relational map (see article here) to generate a lively relationship with place.

The site of our retreat - The Sea Ranch - has a long history of creative exploration and innovation, beginning with the design of this community development, continuing with the collaborative workshops between dancer Anna Halprin and landscape artist Lawrence Halprin in the 1960s and 70s, and countless other retreats. There are also community heated outdoor pools and saunas to add a bit of comfort to your experience.

Fees: Shared room: $950 - Single room: $1250


  • 7 nights of lodging
  • Teaching
  • Audio recordings of practice and theory
  • Embodying Nature manual
  • Individual consult online with Jamie for transition and assimilation post-retreat.

Fees are for registrations received by August 5, 2020; $150 additional afterwards if space is available

Not included:
Food. Due to the wide range of dietary considerations, each person is responsible for their own food, with meals prepared as desired - solo or with others. Basics will be on hand such as spices, oil and vinegar, etc. - a full list will be sent upon registration. There is also a fairly good market 10 minutes away from where we are staying; specialty items should be purchased in advance enroute.

Transportation. The Sea Ranch is 3 hours north of the Bay Area and is not accessible through public transportation. You will need to bring your own car or share with another participant. Efforts will be made to pair people up in advance for ride-sharing.

Group size is limited - register early to guarantee your place.


Payments: Your remaining balance is due August 30 unless prior arrangements are made.