Poetry and Music as a Portal to Awakening
with Kim Rosen and Jami Sieber
Hale Kai, Ho’okena Bay, Hawaii
March 19 – 26, 2017
“Mystics, poets and shamans have always known that in the rhythms and sounds of the soul’s language, the mind bursts open and all levels of being come into alignment.”
For over 25 years now, Kim has gathered circles of kindred hearts in one of the most beautiful and fierce landscapes on the planet. In this retreat she is joined by musical alchemist, Jami Sieber. The magic created by Jami’s cello and chant in oceanic resonance with the poems, songs and silence emerging from the circle is a constantly evolving creative wellspring. Poetry and song as well as deep personal inquiry and healing stream between the notes of wind, rock, dove cry and cello.
Join Kim and Jami to pioneer the frontiers of consciousness and creativity that unfold through this transformative convergence. Poems, prayers, and song speak the mystery, the silence, the ineffable joys and sorrows of the inner life. When you take them deeply into yourself and give voice to them, you cause shifts in your biochemistry, feelings, thoughts and consciousness that align you with your deepest self. You are giving voice not only to the words, but to your true being.
In these retreats we immerse in the poems we love and the words we write. They become our teachers, healers and companions. We invite the magic that unfurls as poetry intertwines with music. In addition there are sessions of breathwork, chanting and movement. We enter silence together and alone. The retreat culminates in a “mysterium”: a exploration beyond ordinary words that spans poetry and music, night and day, sound and silence, waking and sleeping, aloneness and communion…
“I feel I’ve shifted to a deeper, more ‘me’ place, and the shift feels permanent. I let the poems and music transport me into the grief I’ve never been able to allow before. I carry the poems I learned in my heart and even more, the freedom I’ve discovered by letting them be my teachers.” -Lyn, a university professor from Vancouver
On the Big Island of Hawaii, creation and destruction are a constant red glow on the horizon from the Volcano. The spinner dolphins leap from the sea and the mountains are threaded with the burial caves of the ancestors. Hale Kai is built on sacred ground just steps from the waves and a five minute walk from Hookena Bay where the spinner dolphins play and whales sing their wisdom. Our days are planned to allow plenty of free time for hiking, exploring and swimming with the dolphins and the miraculous tropical fish which abound.
“Beyond Words was truly consciousness changing–We were deeply held in the beauty, aliveness and love that is Hale Kai, a perfect setting for Kim and Jami’s work using rhythm, music, breath, movement, silence and potent layers of poetry. A deep sense of community grew–we shared our deepest heart with each other, and little that was superficial. I was transported into a more creative, non-linear, self-revelatory, unconscious, connected experience of writing, hearing and responding to poetry that has continued since I returned home.” -Barbara, a psychotherapist from Washington
The workshop costs are as follows: Workshop Fee: $2900 for shared occupancy; $3215 for single occupancy (limited availability, register early) — All expenses included except travel.
Special $100 discount if paid in full, or payment plan is applied, before November 15, 2016.
To Register: Space is extremely limited. A $500 deposit will hold your place. Full payment is required by January 19, 2017 (or November 15, 2016 for discount). Please make your check payable to Kim Rosen and mail to Kim at 100 Toyon Road, Fairfax, CA 94930. We will reserve spaces in the order in which we receive payments. If you’d like to pay by PayPal, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Timing: Please note that arrival at the workshop location is any time between 4:30 and 6 on March 19, and departure is at 10 am March 26.
Cancellation: If you cancel before January 19, your payment will be refunded, minus a $150 administrative fee. Ifyou cancel after January 19, 2017, we will try to fill your space from the waiting list. If that is possible your payment will be refunded, minus $150 administrative fee. If it is not possible, you will be responsible for the full payment.
“We were held within the womb of safety, connection, and community created by Kim, and the pathway to the deep created by Jami’s music, and the magic of place. In a fine balance of solitude and community, our tribe danced, laughed, breathed, cried, sat and moved in stillness/silence, ate as we watched the sun set, read, wrote, sang or played music, walked, observed, took photographs, swam, snorkeled, shared, witnessed for and honored one another, and made lots of eye contact. A wonder that community can be created so quickly! The retreat brought me gifts I didn’t know I needed… an opening and expanding of heart and body. Passions and energies that had been lulled to sleep within me awakened. Of course I am the same “me” at my core, but transformation did occur in Hale Kai, as if I shed an old skin or emerged from a cocoon in which the final essential melting had occurred. I feel a revitalization, a newness. Just another stop along the way of pilgrimage, yes, but a magical important one I would not have wanted to miss.” ~Carol Ann, a retired business professional from California