CEREMONIAL URBAN WEEKEND RETREAT - HEART WIDE OPEN
When we open our hearts, magical things happen. Not just pretty fairy dust magic. But raw human, heart-breaking, wide opening, bringing up all the old pain and fears kinda magic.
To choose to live a life from the heart is a constant choice to live life by. There is this false idea that living life from the heart is just pretty, easy and like a summer holiday advertisement. It can be. But ain’t only. It’s also crying, throwing yourself into adventures that scare you and expand your comfort zone A LOT.
To live life from the heart is to choose to make the right choice when it’s not easy. It’s to choose what feels right beyond the rational and animalistic mind. It’s to do what you know you have to do instead of choosing to stay where you are because you’re too scared. In a life lived from the heart there is no other option. There is no plan B. There is just life unfolding. What is the “right” choice? It’s the choice we’re afraid to do but we know it’s right. Mostly those choices conforont us with our own bullshit, fears and self-denial. Well… Living life from the heart means also to sit with your own bullshit. To listen gracefully. To let pain break your heart open and wash through your selfish, ego trip shit.
This Ceremonial Urban Weekend Retreat is designed to break your heart wide open using the following tools:
Wisdom Goddesses and Mantra
Yin Yoga Journeys
Practices to challenge you to expand your comfort zone
If we crave heart truth, we can’t just ask all the questions. We also have to expand our capacity to sit still with the answers. Even if we don’t like them. Especially them. Just because you follow your heart, it doesn’t mean you’ll at some point have it all figured out. It’s a constant checking in and taking time to tune into what feels right NOW and not has been feeling right in the past. In this retreat we won’t only take time to release old stuff and work on expanding our comfort zones and hearts but also write down clear intentions and actions steps that will be followed through within the rest of the year.
For who is this:
For anyone that feels physically and mentally capable to meet themselves with all the ups and downs and also expand that capacity to deal better with life and have a clearer intention that will inspire them to take clearer actions from the heart. You don’t need particular yoga experience, yin yoga is a very different practice and targets on a physical level the connective tissue (fascia) - it’s like giving yourself a deep tissues massage. It can be very relaxing but also challenging as you’ll hold a shape for 3-6 minutes in stillness and then deal with the crazy mind (cacao helps) and different emotions that might rise. It’s great to slow down, meditate, reflect, release and open up to something new on all the levels. Dance Journeys are very liberating and interesting to explore limiting beliefs and then do it anyways and challenge yourself in believing something new about yourself and life.
8:45: Arriving into our space
9-12: Opening the Space with Cacao Ceremony & Yin Journey
1-4: Dance Journey/Yin Journey
4-4:30: Closing the space with a dessert, tea and sharing circle
4:45: Slowly going home to be, enjoy, create, integrate
The ceremonies will incoperate different rituals, themes and practices next to the Cacao and Dance/Yin. There will be at least two Cacao Ceremonies.
Our Amazing Lunch created by Lorella***:
We’ll be enjoying a fully vegan and gf with love prepared lunch on both days with a delicious dessert, main course as well as appetizers. Imagine cashew tarts (Flammkuchen), khaki panacotta, chocoltte mousse, kale cranberry salad, coconut pumpkin soup,… and much more. Menue will be prepared to be in harmony with the themes and practices we do as well as specific allergies/intollerances of the participants.
PRICING AND REGISTRATION:
Early Bird until April 9th 2021:
CHF 480.- per person / CHF 420.- * for anyone earning less than CHF 3000.- per month
From April 10th 2021:
CHF 580.- per person / CHF 520.- * for anyone earning less than CHF 3000..- per month
*please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to inquiry about the code that you can use in the online shop to book your ticket.
Book your directly through the online shop (www.aleksnikolic.com) - before booking read the cancellation and booking policy carefully.
The space is very limited, early booking is recommended. Pre-payment via credit card or e-banking (has to be transfered within 24 hours after registration, if not, the spot goes to someone else).
Once you’ve registered, send an email to email@example.com answering the following questions:
1. Are you taking any medication at the moment (especially for the heart/high blood pressure or antidepressants), have epilepsy, injuries, physical/mental limitations and/or are pregnant?
2. What is your intention to join this Ceremony? Why do you feel called to join? What challenges you at the moment?
3. Do you have any allergies or is there something you really don’t like to eat/drink? Especially foods, herbs and spices.
4. Is there anything else important that I should know to be able to create the safest space possible for you?
Once you book through www.aleksnikolic.com you’ll receive a confirmation with all the details. At a later point there will be also more details on how to prepare yourself for this weekend. The earlier you register, the more time you have for the preparation.
Who am I? What has been my journey?
I’ve been traveling for over 4,5 years after selling everything in Zurich (I grew up here, have Serbian roots) and leaving with a one-way-ticket to travel Bali, Central America, India and many places in between after quitting my job and selling all my belongings (I was a Modetussi called Frau Glitzeric before that). Listening to my heart and chaning my life drastically hasn’t always been easy. There is no guarantee that things will workout the way you think when you follow your heart in short term…but long term it will all make sense. I started teaching yoga in 2016 and have been going through various trainings but also just experienced a lot in my travels. In 2018 I’ve started sharing ceremonial cacao and combining it with yin yoga and ecstatic dance inspired dance journeys. For me it’s important to create inclusive spaces and appreciate those practices and tools I get to share that are coming mostly from far away cultures and have been appropriated and misunderstood in the past. Constantly checking in with myself if what I share is in alignment with my values and the intention is pure. If I stop knowing why I’m doing what I’m doing, I’ll take a break of sharing it. Everyone is welcome as long as we treat the space and each other respectfully.
More about who I am: www.aleksnikolic.com
***changes may apply due to date change
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Booking and Cancellation Policy:
Please note that with booking this ticket(s) you're confirming that you have read the booking and cancellation policy and agree.
If you cancel the ceremony, there are no refunds (also not if you're sick or late) but you can find someone else to join if it's at least 7 hours in advance.
If the Ceremony can't happen at the studio because of the pandemic/ordinary state, it will be shifted to a shorter gifted online version and you'll receive a voucher of the ceremony amount (the price you paid) for another Ceremony as soon as they can start again, valid for 3 months from the opening of the studios.
-Please wash and/or disinfect your hands as/ before you enter the space, there is disinfectant available before you enter
-If you show any flu and/or covid related symptoms, please stay at home
-We’ll keep whenever possible the space of 1,5 meters
-Wear a mask in the entrance space as you arrive and leave/go to the toilet, it's ok without on your mat only
-No hugs / physical touch but present eye contact :)
-Bring your own mat or 2 big towels to cover the studio mat
-Send me your mobile number and physical address and if you show any COVID-19 related symptoms and/or get tested positive, within the 14 days after the Ceremony, please immediately get in touch with me, Aleks Nikolic via phone (077 488 98 60) or email to firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can inform everyone and we act responsibly.
-Please note that the safety concept may change due to the the official BAG and Canton Zurich Health Direction updates