The following is a curated list of resources to support you in your journey of wholeness,
outside of ALIVE Retreats. The resources below have been tried and tested, and have proven to be effective and helpful for the staff of ALIVE Retreats and their clients.
Open Floor International
Open Floor Movement Practice is a lively, sweaty, full-on dance inquiry. There's an essential movement language we all speak when we take our questions to the dance floor. We call on universal elements that are inherent in any moving body, such as breath, gravity, centering, expansion and contraction. This is the common ground that all embodiment practices share. Since the beginning of time human beings have gathered to dance. Mindful movement is surging all over the planet because it's good for us. People who dance regularly have keener minds, greater emotional intelligence, and a calmer presence. Connection, compassion, and communities grow. In this challenging world, common sense tells us to spend time dancing. The ripple effect is inescapable. One dance can change someone’s day, one act of kindness can inspire a whole community. Students often leave a session able to bring a more generous presence out into the world. Open Floor International dedicates their work to the common good, to the benefit of all beings.
Monastery Made & Athena Ellen, esthetician
4077a 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
All that is pure is all that you need. Monastery skincare is made of the earth's finest ingredients and contains only the plants, flowers, barks and nuts of this earth. Anything altered by man is left out. All of these ingredients are sourced with extreme care to quality. Small farmers around the world are secured as Monastery's suppliers because they are conscientious in their farming techniques, and their products have proven to be the highest quality. San Francisco's veteran esthetician of Noe Valley, Athena Hewett, began crafting the line in 2011 after finally clearing and improving her own skin with oil mixings. Years of what was said to be the industry's finest in skincare did nothing but make her skin inflamed, dry and acneic. Slight improvements in her skin would only be temporary as her skin was never clear for longer than a few weeks. She performed a skin elimination diet on herself and discovered that her skin seemed to have an allergy to alcohol. But wasn't alcohol in every product that she owned? She started researching ingredients and found alcohol hiding in the ingredient list of every single product, even the natural products. She felt duped. If this allergy were true for her, was it also true for her clients? Athena created her own practice to utilize her new approach in skincare. In 2011 Athena opened her private skincare studio, Athena Ellen. After over 400 recipes and thousands of sampled products by her clientele, Athena released Monastery in 2016. Athena still loves performing facials (with over 15,000 facials under her belt) at her studio using only her own creations. Her organic products contain no alcohol, salts, or fillers. Athena and her husband Branden still handcraft and hand pour each and every Monastery product at their studio in San Francisco.
186 N. Main St., Sebastopol, CA 95472
The Dhyana Center is a premier Ayurvedic School, self care studio and community center teaching experiential knowledge through education, classes, services and events. Their yearly Ayurvedic Clinical Program presents a hands-on approach to learning, giving students a thorough explanation of Ayurveda as a practice for balancing and maintaining good health. Other educational classes include body mapping, anatomy, physiology, Yoga teacher training and various workshops. Outside of the educational programs the Dhyana Center provides leading Ayurvedic treatments, a Self Care sanctuary, an Apothecary Bar and lounge space, an Essentials retail store and Body Temple movement classes. Through their many departments, Dhyana Center creates a space where all people can heal, learn and grow through the ancient wellness techniques that have been established throughout the world. Self Care is the best health care we have.
Dr. Nicole Yezman, Clinic of Natural Health
4340 Redwood Highway, Suite A-22, San Rafael, CA 94903
Dr. Nicole Yezman, ND, LAc uses a blend of Naturopathic and Classical Chinese medicines to help you feel better with less side effects. When you are seen by Nicole you feel like you have your very own personal health detective. She is a board certified Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist who is dedicated to supporting you on your journey to attain optimum physical and emotional health.
Berkeley Colonics and Bodywork Cleansing Center
1611 San Pablo Avenue, #9, Berkeley, CA 94702
At BCB, we specialize in deep-cleansing colonic treatments blended with wellness counseling, masterful massage therapy, and digestive health. Our closed-system detox and colon cleanses help restore core vitality, clearing constipated matter and changing patterns of eating for the positive transitions desired in life, allowing a true essence of health and beauty to emerge, many of our clients affirm. Our therapists give nothing short of top-notch, highly attentive services, catered to your needs and targeted to the condition of your body at the time of your appointment. We are here to pamper, cleanse and massage Berkeley to greater health and wellness, one beautifully revitalized being at a time. We look forward to meeting and getting to know you.
Cleanse Marin, Colon Hydrotherapy Center
1100 Sir Frances Drake Blvd. #3, Kentfield, CA 94904
Our mission is to support you in your journey to obtain optimal and vibrant health from the inside out by means of colon hydrotherapy and customized detoxification/cleansing programs. We have been in operation since Grace Janho started the business on January 1, 2005 and have had the privilege of helping and supporting hundreds of clients on their journey to optimum health. Our offices in Kentfield have been designed to offer you a friendly, professional and comfortable environment, and we’re expertly experienced using our state-of-the-art systems that have been recognized as the best in the industry. Your comfort is our promise. Your optimal health is the goal. We are members of the I-ACT, the International Association of Colon Therapy. I-ACT is the certifying body for colon therapists around the world. Its purpose is to increase the awareness of colon therapy, to ensure continuing and progressive education in this field, and to establish the training standards and guidelines, as well as regulate colon therapists. As a member of the I-ACT, we strictly adhere to the highest standards and guidelines set forth by the association.
2000 Van Ness Ave., Suite 504, San Francisco, CA 94109
Body Harmony supports health conscious individuals by offering the highest quality service in colon cleansing and colon care. They provide their services in a safe, comfortable and professional environment. Their holistic approach supports each client in body, mind and spirit. Body Harmony listens and takes great care to help their clients realize their personal health goals.
Mental, Emotional & Spiritual Care
iRest (Integrative Restoration)
900 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901
iRest is a modern adaptation of Yoga Nidra, developed by Richard Miller, PhD, a world-renowned spiritual teacher, yogic scholar, author, researcher, and clinical psychologist. He and his team put together a beautiful protocol that uses ancient wisdom, neuroscience, and Western psychology to help people experience deep healing and an inner sense of peace. iRest is a simple form of meditation designed for modern day living. It teaches us that we are more than just our bodies, thoughts and emotions. Everyone needs a way to feel at ease when life gets challenging. iRest helps us tap into a place that is calm - even when life is not. It is easy to learn, easy to do, and it can be done by anyone.
771 Center Blvd., Fairfax, CA 94930
The teachings and practices at Sukhasiddhi Foundation support students to recognize and unwind the unhealthy habitual patterns that block us from recognizing and appreciating the true nature of ourselves and reality. The teachings are offered in a loving, joyful, respectful, and supportive community environment.
601 29th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131
Wisdom Sun is about bringing meditation teachings home: home to our own culture and locale; home to our mind, body, and heart. Bringing meditation home, we learn to live fully and fearlessly, with joy, humor, and love. We begin to genuinely connect with who we are as individuals, and strengthen and enrich our relationships with others. We develop a clarity and depth of awareness — wisdom imbued with warmth, like the light of the sun.
Dr. Rick Hanson
Dr. Hanson has many offerings from his two books, Buddha's Brain and Hardwiring Happiness. He has TED talks and online programs to help people find their core of happiness and wellbeing. He has spent decades gathering research, information, practices, and other resources to help people just like you, turn everyday experiences into a powerful sense of lasting well-being. With simple practices, you can hardwire more happiness, love, and wisdom into your brain and your life!
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