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Living Resiliency Retreat – Occidental, CA

Living Resiliency Retreat – Occidental, CA
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Date(s) - Friday, July 20, 2018 - Sunday, July 22, 2018
All Day


Living Resiliency: Connecting with the Land, Community, and Body-Mind Healing to Embody Our True Nature

An all-inclusive camping retreat with Kerry Brady & Brad Kammer


Friday July 20 – Sunday July 22, 2018


Private Reserve, Occidental, California


In this current planetary moment, we are presented with an extraordinary opportunity to create truly regenerative earth and thriving human communities. To do so, it is essential that we find ways to support ourselves, individually and collectively, to be clear and effective instruments of change. Given all we are facing, and all that many of us live with in our day-to-day lives and circumstances, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Living Resiliency is designed to increase our innate resiliency, strengthen our ability to navigate change and build our capacity to stay present and available, to ourselves and each other. It is for those looking to support themselves as well as those looking to integrate reliable skills into the work they are already doing in their lives and communities.

On this retreat, Kerry Brady, founder and director of Ecology of Awakening, and Brad Kammer, somatic psychotherapist and teacher, bring together their years of resiliency teaching to explore tools and practices to support you in moving forward with renewed capacity and a greater ability to effect change. In order to do this vital work, we bring ourselves to the land, to immerse in the rhythms and cycles of nature, within and without. As farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka says, “we are nature working”. Just as ecosystems have the ability to self-regulate, we too have the capacity to bring our bodies and minds into balance by aligning with nature and the brilliance of our own biology. By composing with the innate, regenerative wisdom of our nervous systems, we support our overall physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.

During our time we will draw on somatic psychology, interpersonal neurobiology, deep ecology and earth-based wisdom to deepen into our wholeness and remember our place within the larger unfolding web of life. You will experience and learn a set of skills and practices that draw on the self-healing nature of our nervous systems. As we learn to track and listen to our bodies – both individually and as a group – we become more adept at following the intuitive guidance available to each of us and to our communities. Our time will weave between didactic talks, community dialogue, experiential process, solo time on the land, listening meditation, council practice, ceremony and other time tested processes that support active engagement with life, inside and out. The retreat takes place at a stunning private reserve in the rolling coastal hills of Occidental, CA, marked by coastal prairie meadows, old growth Fir, Oak woodlands and a luscious waterfall and swimming hole. We will be nourished by the gift of community as well as local, organic meals by our fabulous chef, Nora, whose beaming presence is an ever-welcoming gift.

NoteThis is an all-camping retreat. A limited number of special accommodations (with pre-set up, roomy tents with padded cots) are available, on a first come-first served basis for an extra $25/night for non-inclined campers or those with physical limitations. We seek to make this retreat available to all who are called: please note that you do not need to be in top physical shape to attend! We will provide a list of equipment upon enrollment and can assist you with where to buy or borrow equipment if needed. Our basecamp is within walking distance from cars.


  • Understand that our ability to develop resilience and capacity begins with a regulated nervous system
  • Recognize when you are out of balance and learn gentle interventions to encourage a return to physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health
  • Increase your capacity to stay present and available when faced with potentially overwhelming experiences
  • Recognize our deepest identity as that of the universe, forever unfolding and intricately woven into the intelligence of the whole
  • Explore what it is to be engaged, co-active participants in the living universe

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