A Place to Pray

Overcommitted.
You say yes to everyone but yourself.

Overwhelmed.
You have so much to do, you feel frozen in inaction.

Overthinking.
You look for outside answers to questions only your inner wisdom can answer.

Over it.
You're tired of going on like this. There HAS to be a better way.

Most of the women I encounter in my classes and circles
deal with the challenge of these "overs"
as well as one or more of the "unders."

Under Pressure.
You'll NEVER get through your to-do list.

Underfed.
You crave things that feed your soul.

Underwhelmed.
You miss the sense of wonder you had as a child.

Underloved.
You feel disconnected with the people and world around you.

Life can feel like a storm in which you're perpetually out of control.

It's easy to forget the magic in your busy life,
feeling disconnected, unsupported,
and perhaps even a bit lost on your path.

Take shelter from the storm of life
in the cathedrals of the earth, the water, and the sky.

Come find a place to pray - both at Slipper Island and inside your body.


The rhythms of nature are reflected in your body.


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Deep breath. Have you taken one today?

Take one now and connect with the air around and inside you. Feel your feet on the ground, connected to the earth. Connect to your heartbeat, noticing the fire inside you. Move around, feeling the liquid that lives in every cell of your body.

Even one moment of slowing down helps you remember you're a daughter of nature and reconnect to the elements that make up not only your body, but the natural world of which you're a vital part.

What if I told you that this simple moment of connection through your body is prayer? That you can pray with feeling, sensation, and movement as much as with words, thoughts or ideas?


MOVEMENT IS A FORM OF PRAYER.


On this retreat, you'll find a place to pray both in and outside of you.

By dancing with the elements that live within you,
you'll feel deeply connected to the bigger picture of your life.

You'll feel what you know is truth, but is often elusive to believe:

You are one with creation. There is no separation between you.

The journey to this place of faith requires support:
from the energy of Mother Gaia and all her gifts,
from movement and ceremony,
from the circle of sisters around you.

Using these things as both medicine and metaphor,
how might you use prayer to transform yourself?

How can you feel a part of something larger after plugging into Mama Earth's infinite energy?


On this retreat, you will:

  • Feel pleasure in your body through daily Qoya classes
  • Nourish yourself with healthy, delicious food
  • Engage with your relationship to prayer in ritual and ceremony
  • Get back in sync with nature's rhythms
  • Deeply rest and integrate all the epiphanies and changes within yourself throughout the week
  • Return home with a new community of supportive sisters through the retreat and beyond
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“I have been coming to Qoya now for about five months and I absolutely love it! Yes, I was a bit nervous on my first class as I really had no idea what to expect, but I soon discovered that it was such a safe space made by beautiful women with an amazing teacher. I came away from the class thinking WOW! Every woman should try this. The freedom of really being able to let go and move my body however I wanted has been a wonderful experience. There's something about the movement/dance/ritual that has really helped me release, transform and evolve. Oh, and I did I mention that class are so much fun?! Samar is one of the best facilitators I know and holds such a sacred space. I am grateful for her and these Qoya classes."

-A.D., Auckland, New Zealand


"Samar has been a hugely helpful guide along my path of healing. She is very kind, gentle and strong. She creates a safe space for sometimes difficult or painful issues to come up and be recognized. I've had movement in areas of my life that I haven't been able to get with other forms of healing. I've confidently recommended her to friends and will continue to do so." 

-W.N., Auckland, New Zealand


WHO AM I?

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Samar Ocean Wolf Ciprian

Teaching Qoya feels like a spiritual covenant to me, and one that I am continually grateful for and delighted by. Qoya came into my life when I needed it most. I felt like a volcano about to burst who couldn’t quite find the surface, and Qoya was the opening to the sky I needed. I am astounded and smiling wide daily that I get to share this! 

In addition to being a Qoya teacher, I am a Certified Practitioner and Self-Care Teacher of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, and a Mayan Spiritual Healing Practitioner of the same lineage, with additional training in advanced bodywork techniques and pregnancy/post-partum care with Dr. Rosita Arvigo. Being part of this lineage has changed me on a cellular level, and restored my respect for the depth of humanity’s inherent wisdom. It is a privilege to offer this work.

I have also had the joy of training with Tami Lynn Kent, author of Wild Feminine. I am honored to be a Holistic Pelvic Care™ and Holistic Pelvic Energy™ Provider. This work feels like such a missing piece, drawing together the earthy wisdom of the body with the wild winds of Spirit’s energy. 

These three exquisitely transformative modalities make up the core offerings of my practice, and have been the blesses structure through which I am able to offer my my soul’s inherent knowing - that we are the Earth and the Earth IS Love. 

In my life outside of work, my intuitive connection to the Natural world is thankfully always present, and is a source from which I draw support, love, inspiration an strength. I am also deeply grateful for my roles as poet, gardener, water baby, mother and beloved partner.

ABOUT GUEST HEALERS

You will have the option to book private sessions with 3 different healers at the retreat:

Massages with Anita Dempsey: "As a Certified Arvigo Therapy Practitioner and Massage Therapist, I feel a deep calling to work with women to co-create their healing. I have had the honor of completing my training with Dr. Rosita Arvigo in Belize, and I am committed to continually developing and growing as a practitioner. It's vital to keep learning to navigate the gifts of ancient wisdom, new discoveries, and most importantly your deep knowledge of your body."

Bodywork and Therapy with Rochelle Gates: "My journey into the healing arts started with own health issues at an early age. I completed my first massage therapy training at 18. My graduate and post-graduate degrees are in Health Science and Psychology. My hunger for learning and health led me to train in a wide range of modalities. I am a Relationship Coach, Neurolinguistic Programming Practitioner, and am currently training in Psychodrama and Psychotherapy. I am also honored to be able to offer the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy, a body of work that supported me on my own fertility journey."

Intuitive Oracle Card Readings and Movement Rituals with Libby Garrison: is a passionate advocate of truth, individual choice and body-love. Libby is a Qoya Teacher and Naturopath in Training, with a wealth of real-world experience navigating light and shadow and finding the medicine in fun, connection and heart.


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OPTIONAL QOYA INITIATION TEACHER TRAINING

Qoya Initiation Teacher Training will be offered during the retreat at an additional cost of $600. If you wish to enroll, simply add it on during the checkout process. Click here to learn more about Qoya Teacher Training. Note: you must complete the Intro to Qoya online training before the Initiation Training in order to participate.


SAMPLE ITINERARY (exact times may vary)

Day 1 - November 1, 2018
4pm - Arrival and settling in
6:30pm - Dinner
7:30pm - Evening Opening Ceremony

Daily Schedule
7:30am - Qoya class
9am Breakfast
10am - Optional Teacher Training
1pm Lunch
2pm - Afternoon Relaxation/Exploration Time
6:30pm - Dinner
8pm - Evening Ceremony

Day 6 - November 6, 2018
7:30am - Qoya class
9am Breakfast
10am - Closing Ceremony
12pm Depart with blessings for your next adventure!

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"It is difficult for me to quantify or put into words just how much Samar has guided me on my path. She has helped me to reinstate a level of personal health and well-being that I did not think possible. When I thought things were hopeless, she gave me hope and the result was nothing short of a miracle. I will always consider her my guardian angel and am grateful that our lives managed to intersect." 

-D.K., Vancouver, Canada


LOCATION

The Slipper Island Resort in Coromandel, New Zealand is a private island historically used by Maori as a place to take shelter during stormy weather and a place to land their canoes. It's a working farm with horses, cows, alpacas, beautiful clear water to swim, snorkel, kayak, and scuba in, and a friendly resident eagle ray called Eddie. Thee's a working lighthouse on its 225 hectares of rolling hills and coastline to rest and play on. All meals will be lovingly prepared by our wonderful Naturopathic Chef Amy Lynn.

All rooms will be shared (4-5 people per room), but private rooms may be requested at an additional cost, subject to availability. Please contact samar@moon-yoga.com to enquire.


COST + REGISTER

All bedrooms are shared (either 4-5 people to a room) in the retreat house. Pricing is per person. For private rooms, please enquire to Samar at samar@moon-yoga.com.

Your tuition includes:

  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • All delicious healthy meals and snacks
  • Daily Qoya Classes
  • Daily Ceremonies

Your tuition does not include:

  • Shuttle from Auckland Airport to Tairua Marina is available through www.go-kiwi.co.nz - $260 NZD round trip if organizing private shuttle, or $100 NZD round trip for ground shuttle. If interested in group shuttle option please email samar@moon-yoga.com.
  • Optional Initiation Teacher Training ($600 US)
  • Massages with Anita Dempsey - Arvigo Therapy, Relaxation Massage, Mayan Spiritual Healing and Reiki - $90 p/h or $130 for 1.5 hrs
  • Bodywork and Therapy with Rochelle Gates - Arvigo Therapy, Kahuna Massage, Mayan Spiritual Healing, Energy Work and Therapy - $90 p/h or $130 for 1.5 hrs
  • Intuitive Oracle Card Readings and Movement Rituals with Libby Garrison - $45 per 30 minutes
  • Kayaking (see www.slipperislandresort.com for pricing)
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Register Today

Payment plans are available through August 30th.

Cancellation Policy
If you need to cancel for any reason and we can find a person to take your spot, we will refund the amount paid minus a $250 non-refundable deposit. If we cannot find a person to take your spot, there are no refunds; however, you can transfer your paid spot to someone else, so you can send a friend or family member to the retreat in your place.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

+ What time of day does the course start, and what time does it finish?

The shuttle to Slipper Island will leave Tairua Marina on November 1st at midday. However, exact departure times will depend upon sea conditions. Aim to be at the Marina no later than 11:30 am.

The shuttle leaving from Slipper Island on the 6th will leave the island at midday, dependent upon sea conditions. For an outbound flight please make sure you leave plenty of spaciousness in case there are delays with the boat launch. Flying out on the 7th rather than the 6th is recommended.

Shuttle from Auckland Airport to Tairua Marina. Available through www.go-kiwi.co.nz - $260 NZD round trip if organizing private shuttle, or $100 NZD round trip for ground shuttle. If interested in group shuttle option please email samar@moon-yoga.com.

+ How do I get to the retreat?

Auckland International Airport is the closest airport. From there, get the shuttle to Tairua Marina in the Coromandel. From Tairua Marina, the water taxi will take you straight to the Island.

The shuttle to Slipper Island will leave Tairua Marina on November 1st at midday. However, exact departure times will depend upon sea conditions. Aim to be at the Marina no later than 11:30 am.

The shuttle leaving from Slipper Island on the 6th will leave the island at midday, dependent upon sea conditions. For an outbound flight please make sure you leave plenty of spaciousness in case there are delays with the boat launch. Flying out on the 7th rather than the 6th is recommended.

+ Is it women only? What age group?

This is a women only retreat for women ages 18 and up. There are no levels in Qoya, and all levels of movement experience are welcome. No experience with Qoya is required!

+ Do you cater to specific dietary requirements?

We will cater for any dietary requirements provided you let us know when booking. Please feel free to bring any special snacks you desire.

+ What is the Initiation Teacher Training?

Initiation Teacher Training is our second level of teacher training for those people pursuing the journey of becoming a Certified Qoya Teacher or who wish to form their own home practice. If you are a regular Qoya participant, Teacher Training is an amazing way to bring more structure and inspiration to your personal practice, and to go deeper into the fundamentals of Qoya. Similarly, if you are new to Qoya and wish to dive deep with the practices, teacher training is a wonderful way to submerge yourself in all things wise wild and free. For more information: http://www.qoya.love/qoya-teacher-training/

+ I have more questions. Who do I contact?

Any questions we haven't covered here? Email me at samar@moon-yoga.com.