The Essence of Soul, The Anatomy of Being: An Embodied Exploration of Consciousness
May 16–20, 2022
May 16–20, 2022
with Gitanjali Hemp
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Open to the mystery and remember the truth of who you are, as an integral part of a greater whole. Join Gitanjali Hemp, creator and founder of the Syntara System School of Energy Awareness, in this transformative exploration of what it means to inhabit our bodies while exploring consciousness — both our own and that of the greater collective.

Culturally, we don’t have a lot of language or construct for the unseen realms, and this has left us disconnected from our true potency and magic as human beings. Often this leaves us recreating conditions handed down from previous generations or patterned from experiences in our past, rather than seeking our path. Liberating ourselves from these outdated ways of being — while remembering, discovering, and unlocking our unique gifts — is a loving contribution and service to ourselves, our families, our communities, and ultimately the world.

In this experiential workshop, you will learn to use ancient practices and innovative frameworks to integrate the sacred with the mundane in your daily life in grounded, meaningful, and practical ways. These practices will allow you to be a powerful and compassionate co-creator of the world we know is possible.

Some of the techniques we will use are:

  • Meditation and visualization
  • Transmission teachings
  • Energy work
  • Subtle body movement
  • Breathwork
  • Journaling
  • Partner work
  • Group discussion

We will engage in ceremony and connection with Nature and Land to embody our essence nature, arriving more fully in the truth of who we are while in community and connection with the world around us. This renews us, allowing us to remember our belonging, and draws us into a dance with the paradox of surrender to the unknowable and the clarity of understanding.  

Some of the frameworks shared will include:

  • The Torus: the fundamental energy pattern of all creation.
  • The Aspects of Being: a structural map of our ephemeral nature.
  • The 4 States of Consciousness: a simple model to presence and partner with our awareness and mindfully transform our perceptual state.
  • Resonant Stories: a framework that grants access to the intersection of our soul lineage with our ancestral lines, paradoxically rooting us more firmly in the present.

Our days will follow a nourishing schedule of experiential practices woven together with refined structural teachings, delicious meals, community connection, soaks in the healing waters, and reciprocity with the nature spirits and land.

This work is accessible enough for beginners while being nuanced enough for those more advanced on the path. Join us!

Gitanjali Hemp

Gitanjali Hemp

Gitanjali Hemp is a master energy healer, mystic, teacher, writer, mother, and the founder of Syntara System, a deeply integrative, evolutionary energy healing and awareness modality. It is her great joy to bring this life and world-changing work to you.

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Workshop Schedule

Mon 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tue, Wed, Thu 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Tue 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Thu 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Fri 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

More activities can be found on our open class schedule.

See general schedule information including arrival, departure and meal times.

Accommodations & Tuition

Click Register Now to view availability of accommodations and all-inclusive, program-specific tuition. Please note that not all accommodation levels are available for every workshop and additional faculty fees may apply.

We offer scholarship funds for those with financial need. Learn more.

Accommodations & Tuition

For this workshop, you will register and pay for accommodations and tuition in two separate steps.

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Prices for accommodations include your lodging, meals, open classes, and use of the baths and other facilities. View partner program accommodations pricing.

COVID Update

All guests and faculty must provide proof of negative test results at time of check-in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

In addition to proof of vaccination, all guests and faculty must provide proof of negative test results at time of check-in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective January 7, 2022 in response to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant, all guests and faculty will provide proof of negative PCR, NAAT, or antigen test results at time of check-in. The test must be taken within 72 hours nd results must come from a laboratory or healthcare provider.Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective December 15 in accordance with new guidance from Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Health, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are required to wear masks in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for the next four weeks (December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022). Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective November 19, 2021, in accordance with new guidance from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are no longer required to wear masks indoors on campus. Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Starting November 5, 2021, due to substantial levels of COVID-19 transmission in Monterey County, a mask mandate established by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors will go into effect. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

All guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival starting September 3, 2021. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Masks are no longer mandated indoors or outdoors, except during massage sessions. Guests are not required to provide testing or vaccination verification before arriving on campus. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

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