“Who AM I?” ON MOLOKAI.

Journey to your  Inner-Landscape!
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“Who AM I?” ON MOLOKAI.

This may be the unique opportunity which you have been looking for; A retreat experience of a lifetime on the remote island of Molokai, guided by Elisabeth Lentz.

Aloha & Grüß Gott & Namaste & Happy, Healthy New Year!

Location: Molokai, Hui Ho’olana – Retreat Center, family owned and operated, it feels like a home and fertile ground for Inner-Exploration! Hui.ho.org

Dates: October 14th – 21st, 2017

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Total workshop fee including accommodations and food: $2,300

  • (Sign up deposit) – $500 now

Includes: 7 nights’ accommodation, 2 people sharing a room in the lodge or cabin; Single room available at additional cost, 3 well-balanced meals a day, workshop fees (see Retreat details) and use of lodge, teaching-facilities, pool and grounds.

Does not include: Airfare to Molokai and Bodywork, which is offered on location by licensed local massage therapists, optional and by appointment.

Small group size: 12 – 18 participants.

Intention for this Retreat: Intention of the Retreat: “A Journey to your True Self!”  Discovering practical ways to live an authentic life with awareness at work and in relationships”.  Creating the life, you are meant to live, with ease.

Elisabeth Lentz has a degree in Child Development and Social Work, is a Certified Yoga Instructor and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist.  She studied with Stephen Gilligan, trained in generative coaching and self-relations, and takes part in his yearly supervision courses.  She is experienced in transformative work through Selene Kumin-Vega, currently enrolled in the Embodied Life School Mentorship program with Russell Delman, she also studied the psychology of the Chakras and is certified in Chakra Therapy through Anodea Judith. Elisabeth owns Restore Balance Today, a private business in Park City, where she holds small group classes and sees private clients. She also guides meditative hikes in the Bavarian Alps, by request.

This 7-day retreat offers an opportunity to step back from the course of your daily life and become familiar with the unconscious parts of you, while held in a safe space. This is an invitation to give yourself the time to welcome all there is to you and your being in this world in this lifetime.  As some of you know, my teachings are embodied experiences, so our activities will include daily meditations, movement lessons, yoga, journaling, guided listening and speaking, as well as deep relaxations and guided journeying, using the Chakra System as a map.  Maybe a shift in perspective can occur, when life is simplified, supported by a caring environment and guided by truth and love?  “How can I be myself while in relationships & community?”  This is a question which we will live with during this week together. The Hui allows us space to deeply dive into the practice of being centered within ourselves while contributing our special selves to actively help build community, sangha, and family. We are social beings after all.

I have personally visited this very unique non-profit Retreat Center, that has been in the Cooke family for over 100 yrs. It is comprised of 65 lush acres dedicated to creating a safe environment for inspiration and growth by nurturing the creative spirit. I am so excited to have been offered a week to teach in their busy calendar and to be able to invite you along! I am confident that we will be supported in the work we will be doing together on all levels. Physical needs will be met with simple, comfortable accommodations in a lodge and cabins, indoor and outdoor showers and tubs, abundant nature, gentle tropical climate, cozy gathering spaces, a pool to relax in, plus lovingly prepared, well-balanced meals by professional chefs.  An organic garden, a native nursery which supports a reforestation project and 3 miles of trails, where you may encounter axis deer, providing enough space for active exploration outwardly and inwardly.

Besides individuals, couples are very much encouraged to attend! Although this is not a relationship retreat per se, by learning how to self-relate, one seems to relate to others naturally in a more compassionate way. Additionally, any caregiver, who has the feeling of burn-out and is in need of a recharge, will really benefit from this Retreat as well.

While this Retreat is a serious, courageous undertaking, I promise you our time together will have lots of laughter and sharing in the richness of each other’s gifts. The time will be balanced between classes and free time, guided silence and socializing, talking, learning, integrating, growing and playing. However, this will not be a “typical Hawaiian vacation”. The Hui is in the center of Molokai on a hill where we have a wonderful view of the ocean and island of Lanai. I highly recommend adding a couple of days in the beginning or at the end of your trip to explore this small, oft-overlooked, precious island on your own. I am happy to assist you with info. I truly believe that Hui Ho’olana is a perfect location to restore, heal and reconnect with yourself. If this resonates with you, please, join me on this one-of-a-kind retreat this coming October.

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Mindful Movement course starting January 2017

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This course is for anyone who wants to regularly practice with the honest inquiry of becoming fully alive to themselves through deep “looking and listening” as Thich Nhat Hanh would say.  Living an embodied life, which includes your body, your emotional life, your thoughts, and beliefs. Some call it meditative movement, I like to say, it is “Coming Home To Yourself”.

Morning Course ‘A’: Tuesdays

Dates: January 3rd, 10th, 17th and February 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th.
Time: Tuesdays, 7:30 am – 9 am

Fee: $ 120  1 space available!

Morning Course ‘B’: Thursdays

Dates: January 5th, 12th, 19th and February 9th, 16th, 23th and March 2nd.
Time: Thursdays, 8 am – 9:30 am

Fee: $ 120  1 space available! 

Evening Course: Thursdays only!

Dates: January 3rd, 10th, 17th and February 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th.

Fee: $ 120 sold out/full! Call to be put on waiting list.

Location for all Courses: Elisabeth’s Studio, 4950 E Meadows Drive

 

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Welcome Home – Feeling Blessed

Any direction I look my heart opens, physically expanding, sensing the tissue, the layers between the ribs softening.

I am  allowing the ribs to separate like an accordion, with each breath touching upon another tone, or hue, or taste of what home feels like. Nature couldn’t have provided a better welcome home present. A feast for my eyes, almost overwhelmed by what is coming in, Elisabeth you are home.  This felt sense of home, the warm breeze caressing my skin, the sun warming me from the outside in. My feet feeling the familiar ground, stable, yet softly giving way to every step, the moss resonating with every foot step, bouncing me gracefully around the lake, my  walk feels rich almost royal. The smell of the fresh hay, oh so painfully Continue reading

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Sharing a Blessing by John O’Donohue

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For One Who Is EXHAUSTED by John O’Donohue

Today in class at Think Head First, where I teach resting, relaxing, while staying alert and awake to yourself. I read the following poem, which describes so well the feeling many people suffer when they hit their head and are diagnosed with TBS, which stands for Traumatic Brain Injury. Besides the physical symptoms of dizziness, headaches, blurred vision, slow understanding, often called brain fog, no sleep, loss of balance etc., many people also experience extreme anxiety “Weariness invades your spirit”. The advice from doctors is take it easy and rest. Yet what I see, Concussions are hard to manage in our fast times, and most people lack the skills to slow down and rest. What commonly is known as relaxing is watching TV, but that is a big NO,NO.  So what can you do? An hour of slow, mindful movement linked to the breath all done with full awareness in your body and with your inner life is often a valued gift of being allowed to just be with what is, your body as it is, moving it gently, caring, deeply listening, while acknowledging any emotions, thoughts and sensations which might be arising. What does it take to be a caring presence to yourself, your best friend of your inner life? Gentle deep breathing helps to switch from the Flight & Fight mode, to a resting mode, yet the body can still move, unfreeze from the trauma and therefore sending signals to the brain, you are ok, so the brain can start relaxing the emergency brakes and flash lights and start healing, while the well-being in the body can be explored in a caring way.

Maybe a friend will read it to you while you are laying comfortably on the floor, or maybe you are the reader, the friend? Send me a note, how it resonates.

John O’Donohue, For One Who Is Exhausted

When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic,

Time takes on the strain until it breaks;

Then all the unattended stress falls in

On the mind like an endless, increasing weight.

 

The light in the mind becomes dim.

Things you could take in your stride before

Now become laborsome events of will.

 

Weariness invades your spirit.

Gravity begins falling inside you,

Dragging down every bone.

 

The tide you never valued has gone out.

And you are marooned on unsure ground.

Something within you has closed down;

And you cannot push yourself back to life.

 

You have been forced to enter empty time.

The desire that drove you has relinquished.

There is nothing else to do now but rest

And patiently learn to receive the self

You have forsaken in the race of days.

 

At first your thinking will darken

And sadness take over like listless weather.

The flow of unwept tears will frighten you.

 

You have travelled too fast over false ground;

Now your soul has come to take you back.

 

Take refuge in your senses, open up

To all the small miracles you rushed through.

 

Become inclined to watch the way of rain

When it falls slow and free

 

Imitate the habit of twilight,

Taking time to open the well of color

That fostered the brightness of day.

 

Draw alongside the silence of stone

Until its calmness can claim you.

Be excessively gentle with yourself.

 

Stay clear of those vexed in spirit.

Learn to linger around someone of ease

Who feels they all the time in the world.

 

Gradually, you will return to yourself,

Having learned a new respect for your heart

And the joy that dwells far within slow time.

 

Fell free to contact me if you have any questions on anxiety!

Elisabeth@RestoreBalanceToday.com

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“THE EYES ARE THE WINDOWS OF THE SOUL”

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Felt-Sensing and the preciousness of an ordinary touching moment

This popular saying, “the eyes are the windows of the soul” came spontaneously to mind, when I saw a photo, which a dear friend of mine took. We had just finished an unexpected powder run, when we came upon a stash of light, fluffy snow, untracked hidden in the trees. Weaving with ease and flow through the woods, the sense of playfulness took me by surprise. My attention focused and I became curious, what I would find next. I experienced this moment, like I was riding on a mountain creek, flowing over rocks and roots, being touched gently by branches and here another opening to write my signature “S” with elegance and strength. Light sparkling on the snow crystals ever so briefly, while shadows of the trees absorbed me and released me. Treading lightly on these precious grounds, relating and playing with the terrain, a little hump receiving my weight and responding with a light lift only to sink into the next turn. The touch of the ground flowing through me, supporting me and receiving me at the same time. Dancing with the trees, giving me just enough space to feel free, yet setting limits which I gratefully accepted. Gravity becoming my best friend pulling me gently down, the snow deep enough to soften my my weight. It felt like an eternity and then again it felt like the blink of an eye. Eventually I am coming to my final turn out in the open next to my friend. She must have seen, the magic reflected in my goggles. Clearly, the window to my soul had been blown wide open, mirroring the depth of what was flowing through me.
Now a day later, while looking at the photograph, I couldn’t help but being deeply touched of being truly seen by my friend. At this very moment, I was the mountain, the air, the blue sky, the trees, the light streaming through the trees, the shadow. The mountains were me, radiating strength, caringly supporting my play and I was the mountains. The breath moving through me, my eyes guiding the way through this playground. I was a pure feeling of joy, oneness with nature, I was the sun and the sun was me. There was an indescribable simplicity at this very moment, a glimpse of belonging and an openness captured in that instant, all at one with existence.
I am convinced, if I would have taken off the goggles, my eyes would have shined the same way as I felt on the inside. Honestly sharing the inner experience of a fully lived moment with creation and with a very attuned and loving friend. Thanks to her photograph, I remembered. Instantly, my body got flushed with well-being. This glimpse of the goggles reflecting the mountains, made it possible for me to return to this precious moment of wonder, while I was sitting at my desk, feeding back to me how alive I felt. A wave of gratitude arose spontaneously, spreading throughout my body, expanding my chest like trying to make space. Here sitting at my desk, I am able to taste this gratitude and all I want to do is, to send it out to the greater existence, the plant world, the animal world, to all humans, to the mystery and the gift of being alive. Maybe you got touched by it too.
Now, I invite and encourage you, to take a breath and allow yourself to remember a moment, where you felt touched, but you didn’t really have the time to stop and indulge in it. Take a minute right now and feel deeply back into that moment, it can be something very small and ordinary, like drinking a cup of tea, seeing the light coming through the window, a look of loved one, a smile in the grocery store, etc. Bring back one memory, exhale and just be with it. See and sense it with your inner eyes. Feeling the sounds, the smells, the temperature, trying and finding words for its deliciousness, letting your whole organism consciously relive the well-being and wholeness, in all its simplicity and complexity. Sense its preciousness, while giving it its deserved time and acknowledgements. This is what life is, ordinary moments experienced and being expressed to the world through windows of your soul freely. Maybe touching and creating a moment in someone else’s life.
Maybe this could be called true sharing, bringing light and love into the world.

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Reflection on the Fall 2015 Meditative Hiking Tout in the Bavarian Alps -Pilgrimage to Yourself-

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Gratefulness

The first word which came to mind after the group of eight pilgrim women left on Sunday October 18, 2015 was, GRATEFULNESS

Grateful, that I had the courage to trust my inner wisdom, that a meditative hike, as I experienced it with my husband, wasn’t just transforming for myself and our relationship, on contrary, it actually could be a trans-formative experience for others.

Grateful, as I shared this insight with some of my students, that I received a response of curiosity, excitement and a demand to offer it to others.

Grateful that I was able to listen and hear that there is a wanting, need and willingness for this kind of inner adventure.

Grateful that I was able to say Yes, I am going to give it all I have. As one of my teacher’s said once, when you say yes, go for it 110%.

Grateful for all the response and financial commitment I received early in the year, so I was able to plan, organize, book and research the inner and outer journey.

Grateful to all the people who supported my effort, in hosting, accommodating and feeding us.

Grateful to share my culture honestly, with all its pro and cons.

Grateful for the openness and receptivity of my teachings in kindness and compassion towards the body, mind and spirit.

Grateful to the opportunities we received, through people, weather, elements etc. to practice what we learned. Basically seeing what we learned when the rubber hits the road and there was another day without sunshine. Yet, explored how we could let our inner light show even warmer, always knowing that the sun was just behind the clouds and the majestic mountains behind the clouds were still emanating their strength to us.

Grateful to how our bodies responded to that disciplined yet kind care and how they performed for us and carried us and our belongings from one place to the another.

Grateful for the flexibility of the women, exploring and expanding, sometimes reaching their limits of not knowing. Yet always trying again, getting up, moving forward.

Grateful that we all remained un-injured, despite not so easy trail conditions.

Grateful that the mindfulness practices and movements translated onto the trail and we were able to manifest our insights, through conscious walking, listening, feeling, hearing and talking, seeing and being present for what is.

Grateful for the presence of each individual and their gifts they brought to the group.

Grateful for mother nature and the presence of all the sentient beings we were touched by and which taught us so much, things we are not even aware yet.

 

Yes, GRATEFULNESS is the most fitting word, yet not in the sense, as you say “thank you” in a habitual and customary way.  No, I experienced this feeling of gratefulness as a deep opening. It was a truly physically felt as an expansion in the heart and chest space, close to becoming painful. I noticed temperature changes, moving through me sometimes as heat, sometimes like a shiver; there was a softness and strength to it. Of course many thoughts, images, sounds, smells and tastes flooded me. Some from the trip, some from my childhood and some new insights and ideas. Fortunately, I gave myself some time to be alone and still, having learned over the years that I need space and time to integrate, to be with, to really pay attention to the shifts within me after a retreat or in this case a 14-day walk. I was able to sense and allow myself to be touched by the greater context of this kind of journey, the support from the greater existence in an undertaking like that. I was amazed how much easier it was when I was able to let go of control, and just being open and present to what is. Although I have read it in many books, but never so clearly experienced the truth of such presence.  I seemed to have received the response to what was need in the moment. Whether it was to take another trail, or to slow down, to walk with someone at the back, or when to act, to speak, to be silent, all it needed was being there as myself, being present, open and not-knowing, vulnerable as a “leader”.

UPCOMING Pilgrimage to Yourself will be this September 2016, contact Elisabeth Lentz for details! 435-640-4885.


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Mindful Hiking Tour in the Bavarian Alps 4 -18 Oct, 2015

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Guided Mindful Hiking Tour in the Bavarian Alps Wettersteingebirge

This 2 week pilgrimage begins with 2 nights in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, my hometown, with guided meditations and walks to help you arrive and settle.  Then we hike up to the foot of the Alpspitze; spend 3 nights at a simple mountain lodge exploring the surrounding nature as well as your true nature within.  Coming off the mountain we shall transfer to the Ammergauertal, where we will walk daily from village to village, taking our time for reflection. Continue reading

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