Events & Classes

Sacred Sound & Dance Retreat

***Registration closes Saturday, January 20***

Join Kara McNabb and Geoff Lamden for a winter retreat on Lake Michigan.

You’re invited into self-exploration through the realm of the body. Somatic movement and ecstatic dance offer discovery and insight in ways that solely working through the mind cannot. No experience with dance required.

Through singing bowls, tuning forks, didgeridoos and myriad other instruments, you’ll feel the soundscapes resonate as the frequencies open you to new experiences and inspire possibilities. Every workshop, meditation, and experience throughout the weekend will be infused with somatic movement and/or sound therapy.

On Saturday, you’ll have a few free hours outside scheduled retreat time. Go for a hike or enjoy the private Lake Michigan beach front. The Inn has two fireplaces, one in the library and another in the living room. Feel free to cozy up and connect with new friends, pour yourself into a book from the library’s shelves. Private sound therapy and energy work sessions will be offered for an additional fee.

All meals are included: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday breakfast. Snacks, Sacred Springs kombucha, tea and coffee are also included.

Sound Experiences
During a sound experience, also known as a sound bath, you’ll be invited to close your eyes as you listen to the improv soundscape created by Geoff Lamden. Using various instruments, you’ll be bathed in the sounds of crystal bowls, singing bowls or the grounding, primal sounds of the didgeridoo, among various other instruments. Geoff and company will also create rhythmic music to inspire our ecstatic dance events.

Ecstatic Dance & Somatic Movement
Ecstatic dance is a common name used across the globe to describe a way of dancing that is simply a process of tuning into how your body wants to move. Fast, slow, big, small, whatever feels right as you move with the music. Some people have spiritual experiences, some people feel emotions rise, some people process questions, some people practice presence: regardless of what you experience, you’ll most likely experience fun. Kara also refers to ecstatic dance as “somatic movement.” We’ll have free flow dance time along with somatic movement workshops that will prompt you into self-reflection.

Private One-on-One Sessions (Optional)
Experience 30 minutes of magical bliss in a private sound therapy and energy work combo session. Soak in the field of coherent energy to settle your nervous system, clear blocks, and create new pathways. Let us know if there’s something specific you’d like to work on.

Energy work is a potent modality Kara uses to help her clients shift and heal physical, emotional and spiritual issues. Geoff is a gifted sound therapist and uses tuning forks, singing bowls, the didgeridoo, and more to help people feel better in their body.

Sessions will be available on a first-come first-served basis during specified periods. These sessions are an additional fee.

Date
February 23-25, 2024
Friday arrival: 3-5 p.m
Sunday departure: 12 p.m.

Lodging
Solo and shared rooms are available. See attachment here for rates.

Location
We’ll gather in Traverse City, Michigan at a cozy historic inn overlooking Lake Michigan.

Food
Five meals are provided: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast.

Cost

  • Rates include meals, retreat, and two overnight accommodations. Rates vary based on the inn’s room rates. Please reference this list to find rates based on your room selection.

Optional Add-On

  • $100 – 30-minute Sound Therapy & Energy Work session

Want to donate to a scholarship fund to make this weekend possible for those who can’t afford the cost right now? Simply include your donation once you receive the payment link and include “Gift” in the note.

How to Register
Please select your room choice and email Kara at karamcnabb@gmail.com to register and with any questions.

Payment can be made via:

  • CashApp: $karamcnabb22
  • Venmo: @kara-mcnabb
  • Zelle & PayPal (please select F&F): karamcnabb@gmail.com
  • By check or cash: Please contact for address or to arrange payment

Additional Details
You’ll receive the address, arrival information, what to bring, and other pertinent details closer to the event date. We’ll reach out for food allergy and intolerance details.

About your Hosts
Kara McNabb of Magnolia Wellness has been merging somatic therapy with traditional naturopathy and energy work since 2014 to help people heal from chronic conditions, and she’s led somatic movement and dance classes for five years. These movement methods are potent and playful ways to tap into your body’s innate wisdom, and she’s excited to bring you a whole weekend of it.

Geoff Lamden is a sound therapist and co-founder of Sacred Springs sound-infused kombucha. Geoff is never far from a didgeridoo, a singing bowl, or one of his many acoustic or bass guitars. He facilitates sound journeys that calm your nervous system and bring balance to your body and mind.

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