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Self-Awakening Yoga Retreat

Deepen Your Personal Yoga Practice

August 13 - 18, 2017

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

$595 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

Master yoga instructors Amba Stapleton and Don Stapleton, PhD, are internationally recognized for their ability to approach yogic inquiry as a way to facilitate depth contact with your own source of internal guidance—which is where your yoga practice emerges.

In this retreat immersion, you are invited to come home to yourself and experience a level of personal ownership of your yoga practice that frees you from the illusion that truth exists outside of you.

Self-Awakening Yoga practices consist of easy-to-follow movements that engage you in an exquisite combination of introspection with celebration, strength with compassion, and tradition with evolution.

This retreat is crafted to provide you with a carefully balanced schedule that will nourish and inspire you as you learn and experience:

  • The rejuvenating effects of Self-Awakening Yoga
  • The roots of yoga practice as a creative learning process and an expansion of consciousness
  • Movements based on the neuro-muscular developmental stages encoded within the body’s memory from birth
  • Entering any form of yoga practice without abandoning contact with your inner guidance.

The sequences of movement inquiries in this retreat reveal fundamental insights into developmental patterns, structural alignment, and mobility, as well as how to balance flexibility with strength, differentiate functional movements, and energize core strength.

This Self-Awakening Yoga retreat helps you gain a foundation for your personal yoga practice that taps into the wisdom always naturally flowing from your being.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Don Stapleton, PhD

    Cofounder of Nosara Yoga Institute

    Don Stapleton, PhD (Brahmanand)

    Brahmanand has been designing and leading professional yoga trainings for more than 40 years. As a teacher and director at Kripalu Center for almost two decades, Brahmanand shaped Kripalu Yoga and the renowned Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training program, teaching and inspiring thousands of practitioners and teachers.

    Trained in several styles of yoga‰, including Kripalu, Iyengar, and Ashtanga‰, Brahmanand cofounded and directed Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica with his wife, Amba Stapleton.

    His book Self-Awakening Yoga: The Expansion of Consciousness through the Body‰’s Own Wisdom, synthesizes Don‰’s extensive experience learning about the body from the inside out, while embracing the practice of yoga as a creative, conscious-expanding process.

    Don resides in Costa Rica with his wife Amba and their Labrador Pepe.

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    Amba Stapleton

    Yoga educator, teacher trainer, and avid researcher

    Amba Stapleton has been a yoga practitioner and yoga educator for more than 30 years. Passionate about finding the links between science and mysticism, she is an avid researcher of the latest studies in neuroscience, neurobiology, neurochemistry, and exercise physiology.

    With her extensive knowledge of physical alignment, and her connection to the unseen forces at play in her own life, Amba guides her students and teachers-in-training toward a grounded connection with the body as the foundation for engaging all of the dimensions of the Self‰’s multidimensional experience.

    Amba co-founded and directed, with her husband Don Stapleton, Brahmanand, the Nosara Institute

    She is the creator of Pranassage and the DVD Where Rhythm and Gravity Meet. She resides in Costa Rica with her husband Brahmanand and their Labrador, Pepe. Their pro-gamer/philosopher son Tesla also resides in Costa Rica .

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  • Why Attend
    • Gain the confidence to start a home yoga practice—or deepen an existing one—based on your personal body inquiries and curiosity.

    • Experience yoga as an empowering practice of creative exploration that facilitates a deep connection to the wisdom of your body.

    • Develop trust in yourself and your ability to make wise decisions based on what feels right in the quiet depth of body instinct and intuition.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

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    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    Recommended Reading

    Self-Awakening Yoga: The Expansion of Consciousness through the Body’s Own Wisdom, Don Stapleton

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.

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