Ivy Mayer Lavie, MFT,
is influenced by Somatic Experiencing, the Hakomi Method, and her teaching experience, including for The Marin School, The Moving Center School, Spirit Rock, and Yes!. She offers Coming of Age programs, psychotherapy, trauma and resiliency work, and movement workshops.
Imagine a beautiful and protected space that supports you to mindfully turn within and find greater ease, and gives you space to play and just be with your family—all held in the dramatic natural surroundings of Esalen. This family retreat offers time to unplug from the busyness of life and find meaningful reconnection within and without. We will have time together as a group, and time when adults and children meet separately. Adult meditations will support quieting the mind, opening the heart, and being present to the beauty and challenge of life.
Let your children experience the magic of Esalen during this 4th of July weekend retreat. This unique experience includes visual, expressive, and sensory art experiences that invite integration of the whole child. Children can choose to make art projects, play dharma games, and explore the garden using mindfulness meditations for the senses. This program has two related goals: to support children in feeling truly at home in themselves, and also to have their gifts appreciated by the group.
During the days before Halloween, we'll celebrate the spirit of this earthy season. The festivities will include a Saturday night bonfire (weather permitting) with face painting, fun stories, lively songs, and, of course, costumes. We'll also go on a short trick-or-treat adventure to receive some healthy treats. During the daytime, we'll be honored to visit our good friend, the Garden, where we will harvest from our own special patch planted for us by the garden crew, and create garden-to-table snacks to share.