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Freedom & the Nervous System, a 7-day Retreat (Canary Islands – Spain)

July 6, 2018 - July 13, 2018



In this retreat, open to both men and women, we invite you into a gentle and profound experiential exploration of safe ways for releasing the memory of and response to trauma.  Whereby we reclaim renewed freedom to live fully embodied lives…personally, professionally and intimately.

This workshop will be valuable for practitioners who are interested in deepening their skills and understanding of trauma and also for those individuals who wish to enter more deeply into their own healing process.

The inability to be fully present where we are, is one of the symptoms of trauma. How do we move from dissociation, over association and hyper vigilance into gentle presence exactly as and where we are?

It is remarkable how many people have had some traumatic experiences in their lives which have left them stuck in some form of incomplete defence response – whether conscious and/or unconscious. Experiences ranging from falls, accidents, neglect, direct sexual invasion to emotional incest or sexual innuendo can be too much for us to process at the time they occur. As we are unable to defend ourselves, we often find ourselves stuck in fight, flight or freeze.  We often find ourselves fixed in repeated emotional or physical responses, which leave us feeling helpless and stuck. The time for finding our freedom is NOW. The traumatic event is over, let us do the work and reclaim our right to choice.

During this retreat you will get a basic experiential understanding of how the nervous system processes traumatic experiences. You will also receive group coaching support in releasing the trauma held in your nervous system, enabling you to relate more intimately with your body. Opening to a deeper level of energetic experience there will be a natural expansion of consciousness.

Your facilitators :

Karin Ritchie

Karin is a lover of life, a gentle warrior woman, passionate about growth and well-being. She draws on her journey of transformation from a traumatic life to one of grace. She is an Indian trained Kundalini Yoga teacher  and a Trauma Healing Practitioner (SEP). She specialises in the interface between trauma and the portal that trauma offers to well being and true aliveness. Her ongoing studies include sexual trauma, global high, eye of the needle 1 & 2, Authentic Relationships, Conscious communication, Mind and Meditation and Beyond Addiction. Her extensive travels include assisting in training somatic practitioners in Hong Kong and assisting Dr Peter Levine at Omega Institute in New York. As a passionate healer, Karin seeks to create a conscious authentic life for herself and her clients. More about Karin at www.karinritchie.co.za

Rhianne van der Linde

Rhianne is an avid alchemist and a dedicated dreamer with a depth of knowledge and experience of transforming the mundane into the magical. Her personal explorations have led her into working with dreams, as a companion to those busy with their journey of dying, exploring the breath as a thread connecting us directly to source & processing and ritual with groups in wild nature. Truth as emptiness and Truth as embodiment – as consciousness expressing in form, in beautiful bodies of love…it is this language of the heart, this feminine language of embodiment & feeling that Rhianne is most interested in learning and sharing.

The Venue:

Ecotara is located in a stunning location in the southern part of the island of Gran Canaria. We are just twenty minutes from the nearest beaches, but a million miles away from tourism and stress. Ecotara is the perfect place to get away from the noise and busy touristic life on the island. It a place to understand and appreciate the true essence of the Canary Islands.

The nearest village from the centre is Fataga, which nestles in the so-called ‘Valley of the Thousand Palms’ – a picturesque setting of tall cliffs, palms and fruit trees.

Ecotara is situated in 25,000m2 of land with fruit trees, organic crops, pool, jacuzzi and lots of space for deep relaxation and reconnection with nature.

We look forward to welcoming you to our paradise.


Venue: EcoTara (Island of Gran Canaria)

Dates: 6th – 13th July 2018

Directions from Airport: http://ecotararetreat.com/ecotara/get-to-ecotara


Facilitation €585 ($720), plus
Meals and Accommodation in a shared room: €560 ($690), OR
Meals and Accommodation in a single room: €770 ($950),

TOTAL: €1,145 ($1,410) shared room or €1,355 ($1,670) single room




Payment of Food and Accommodation secures your booking. Payment for facilitation is due by no later than 22 June 2018.

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Members of our Circle of Fire Community Program, qualify for a 5% discount on the facilitation fees.  If you are a member of the circle, please email us for your coupon code to use when making payment for the facilitation portion.

All payments 100% refundable until 1 June 2018, 50% refundable thereafter until 22 June 2018, and non-refundable thereafter.

Or to indicate your interested to join this retreat or to request more information please complete this form. This does not constitute any obligation to attend:


Rhianne van der Linde: +27 (0) 83 679 1297 / rhiannevdl@gmail.com


July 6, 2018
July 13, 2018
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San Bartholome de Tirajana, GRAN CANARIA 35108 Spain
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