Underwater Movement & Healing Immersion

BELIZE

May 18-23rd, 2021

6 day, 5 night underwater workshop
funding local ocean conservation efforts

In a world that demands we move fast and break things, we also need to create time and space to cultivate our capacity for stillness, slowness and surrender.

That's why, I'm headed to Belize May 18-23rd, 2021 to run an underwater movement immersion focused on healing, regeneration and connection.

In this 6 day, 5 night immersion, you'll experience a cultivated series of exercises, in and out of the water, to facilitate your own transformative process. I'll guide you through each step of centering, surrendering then transmuting.

The water is the one place you can infinitely pour whatever you‘re carrying and this immersion is designed for me to help you set an intention to let go, release and actually experience a shift.


EXPLORE MEDITATIVE FLOW STATES





 

TRAINING DETAILS

These underwater techniques facilitate new levels of freedom and flow and I can't wait to share this underwater practice with you.

So please join me, to discover what’s below the surface and enjoy a week-long workshop focused on the process, not the end product.

Though, you will come away with some lovely underwater photographs and video clip of yourself - so you can remember the experience and that at anytime, how you can tap back into these meditative underwater states.

You'll also be also funding local ocean conservation efforts, which is the best part. 10% of the trip proceeds are re-invested locally to coral reef restoration efforts.

 
 

IN THIS UNDERWATER IMMERSION, YOU'LL LEARN:

     

  • Buoyancy, safety and breath-control basics for performing underwater;
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  • How to release into the water through a 3-step process of center, surrender, sequence;
     
    CENTER: is a training of meditation, breathing exercises, ribcage isometric and intention setting
     
    - SURRENDER: is a series of guided above-water movement-based exercises to expand lung capacity and enable the body to feel safe slowly moving from structured patterning to losing structure completely and being open to impulse after achieving stillness.
    Then followed by in-water watsu dance and flow techniques, both solo and then in partners, that act as a bridge between land and water.
     
    FLOW: is the step where we bring the practice to the deeper water and layer one-by-one underwater movement and safety techniques.
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  • Exploration of underwater modeling and posing techniques, working with cameras & lighting. Underwater photos and video will be taken of all participants while engaging in this immersion and everyone will come away with dedicated shots of themselves.
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ITINERARY

 

We're headed to Placencia, Belize for this retreat strategically during
the period after the May full moon that whale sharks are known to aggregate around.

As a group, we will take a tour to swim with the whale sharks and attempt to take photos.

As with any wildlife excursions, there are no guarantees -
but we'll have an amazing trip regardless,
as you can see in the itinerary details below.

 

 

DAY 1: INTRO

Afternoon
Group arrives for introductions & course overview
Evening
Practical application & demo in the pool
with Justin Lutsky & Christine Ren

DAY 2: CENTER & SURRENDER

Morning
Yoga, meditation & partner movement improv;
build trust, tap into lower brain states, moving with grace with and without
Afternoon
Advanced partner watsu movement in ocean shallows;
learn to release & follow & practice hydrodynamics
Evening
Apnea safety, equalization & buoyancy basics discussion & practical
Pool shallow water underwater movement & posing demo
with student groups rotating, observing each other,
testing deeper water immersion
Group circle & sunset meditation

DAY 3: FLOW

Morning
Beach meditation& shallow water ocean group watsu
Underwater dance demo with Christine Ren
then students explore movement & posing flow techniques
underwater in the shallow & deeper ocean waters
Afternoon/Evening
The first 4 students each receive their first
dedicated 2 hour underwater photo session
with Brett Stanley or Justin Lutsky
The rest of the students have free time for guided
journaling, reflection & rest or sightseeing
Day ends with group integration & Q&A time

DAY 4: CAPTURE

Morning
Underwater photo/movement demo with
Christine Ren & Brett Stanley
Q&A with practical technique demos on student questions
from their shoots yesterday
Afternoon/Evening
The second set of 4 students each receive their first
dedicated 2 hour underwater photo session
with Brett Stanley or Justin Lutsky
The rest of the students have free time for guided
journaling, reflection & rest or sightseeing
Day ends with group integration discussion & closing meditation

DAY 5: WHALESHARKS CAPTURE

Morning
Local excursion to swim as a group with the whalesharks (as possible)
Afternoon/Evening
Each student works with either Brett or Justin for a
1 hour individual open ocean photoshoot
with the whalesharks (as possible)
Integration & brief group share to close
Final group dinner

DAY 6: INTEGRATE

Morning
Yoga & dance flow based on the week's water work & seaside meditation
Final group underwater dance jams in pairs
& group underwater photos
Group reflections on the retreat
Afternoon
Lunch & goodbyes

 
 

WANT THE FULL ITINERARY TIMING BREAKDOWN?
Email me@theunderwaterwoman.com
and ask about the 2021 Belize underwater retreat.

 
 

 

THE PORTRAITS

The end of this immersion culminates in personalized photoshoots capturing you in pure flow underwater showcasing everything you've learned during the week. Bring your own costume or use some of our fabrics available. The underwater photo sessions are your chance to showcase all your new underwater skills.

Underwater photographer Justin Lutsky joins our trip and provides 2 edited shots per attendee. Justin is an OC/LA-based filmmaker, as well as a PADI open water instructor, with extensive experience as both a cinematographer and photographer - above and underwater.

Check out the imagery below for a taste of what your underwater portraits will look like.


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WHO IS THIS FOR?

This retreat will cultivate a safe space for you to explore releasing anything that no longer serves you. The more you release into the water, the more you train at a physical level, the feeling and process of letting go.
All participants will experience meditative flow states and come away with some amazing underwater images to encapsulate the immersion.

Ocean- and travel-enthusiasts who are looking for a unique experience with a philanthropic component will also find our offering as a culmination of these desires. You don't need to be a diver or a dancer, simply hold a willingness to go deep and do the hard work of surrendering.

This course is acceptable for beginners, but you must be able to swim and feel comfortable in the water. A wetsuit, mask, and snorkel are not required but are helpful. Nose clips, however, are required. We will not be using fins.





THE LOCATION



You’ll be staying for 5 beautiful nights in the quiet, ocean-side ambiance of The Belize Ocean Club, complete with infinity swimming pools, A/C, wifi, laundry, and a serene nature setting right in Placencia, where the largest aggregations of whalesharks come to each year. Walking distance to local shops and restaurants, sundecks, modern-style bathrooms and open-air restaurant. View more photos and information at http://www.belizeoceanclub.com.






 

TRIP PRICING

Cost per person: $2,800 (double occupancy)



This workshop is filling fast and is first come, first serve.
Please contact me to put your 50% deposit down today.



Prices above do not include your airfare or dinners during the trip, but do include 5 nights of accommodations, all your gear rentals, transportation, and breakfast/ lunch each day.


 

APPLY TODAY

Send an email to me@theunderwaterwoman.com with the following information, or use the form at the end of this page:

  • Name
  • A brief introduction including your swimming, or freediving, level
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Which workshop you’re interested in
  • How you heard about the workshop

To reserve a spot for the retreat, a 50% deposit is required. The second installment is due Mar 15th, 2020. Credit and debit card payments accepted securely through Paypal or Venmo.
 
 


SNEAK PEEK


Here's a closer look at the practice of freedom and flow related to moving in and through the water: