The Bridge: Retreat & Teacher Training
With their expertise and unique gifts Daphne & Ellen will guide you in daily practices that tune your personal musical instrument - your Body. Through use of Vibrance’s map of the 8 Chakras & the 8 Senses, we become vibrating, pulsing, energized, awake, aware, engaged, inspired, intuitive and imaginative.
User friendly for all levels of experience, both students and teachers alike are inspired to reclaim your unique creative self expression.
Taking Yoga to the Dance Floor!
Under the skilled guidance of Ellen & Daphne, we’ll move effortlessly through a dancers' vinyassa, then off the mat and onto the dance floor. Yoga and dance - Focus meets Fluidity, compliment one another perfectly, linking breath to movement and the play between structure and freedom.
"Yoga is a dance, you are aware, the body, breath, and mind are united: it’s like a slow motion, moving from one pose to another” - Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
For many teachers, bringing dance into their yoga classes, helps to provide a more varied practice and something unique to their offerings. Learn how to move your asanas into the rhythm of the music and fill your cup full of VIBRANCE.
Dance your Dance!
A Moving Meditation Practice, SpiritDance opens the energies of your 8 Chakras, shakes your 206 bones, and moves your 660 muscles. Powered by your heartbeat, fueled by your breath, and catalyzed by music from cultures both ancient and modern, you will sweat your prayers, shed your skin, and dance your dreams into manifestation.
Through SpiritDance you will learn:
- Dance as a moving meditation practice -
- Tap into the liberated state of being a child -
- Your eight chakras and how to open them -
- Movements to embody earth, creativity, sexuality, power, heart, voice, vision, consciousness and to energize your aura -
- Move and dance through resistance and rigidity -
- Free your body from the issues held in your tissues -
- Transform fear into courage, curiosity and fascination -
- Frolic with delight -
- Allow your intuition and imagination to guide you to inspiration -
- The steps to move through the doorway of spinning, like a Whirling Dervish -
As a physical and metaphysical workout for mind, body, spirit and soul. The VIBRANCE Practice prepares you for singing the song only you can sing….your Soul Song.
Sing your Song!
You will experience the power of your unique voice. Your voice is one of your finest tools for expressing your heart and soul; for healing your body and letting your spirit soar.
As a professional singer, Daphne uses tools and techniques for opening her voice to allow sound from root to crown chakras. You will learn how to connect and balance your chakras through toning and sounding (making vibratory sounds without melody, rhythm, or words). Through sounding, mantra, and singing, we activate and engage all parts of ourselves, bringing us to a greater sense of integration, of being complete as we are. We become connected to our souls, and to our Spirit, through our Spirit.
What is VIBRANCE?
Vibrance is Good Medicine. Morning, Noon, & Night: Early Morning Vibrance energizes for the start of a GREAT Day; mid-day Vibrance refills your energetic cup, evening Vibrance, a slower, restorative, calming practice. Using our map of the 8 chakras; Vibrance activates your 108 meridians, shakes your 206 bones, moves your 660 muscles, calms your mind, opens your heart, and activates your breath. Vibrance’s series of 60 – 90 minute musical compilations provide you with ‘ready to dance, sound, & sing’ without putting on your DJ hat. In this retreat, we offer an extensive Teacher Training module, 2 hours daily for 5 days, for those ready to hold space for others, ready to lead a Vibrance class, ready to inspire yogis and yoginis, off the mat to the dance floor and back again.
What you need to know!
- Ellen Watson
Now a world-renowned somatic arts educator, from 1984 to 2004, Ellen Watson rebirthed and developed the Movement Arts Program at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.
In the beginning of her 30 years of study and teaching at Esalen, Ellen completed countless trainings and continuing education in the somatic and healing arts, including 500-hour teacher certifications in Clinical Hypnosis, 5 Rhythms™, Esalen® Massage, Holotropic Breathwork™ and various yoga teacher trainings. A licensed minister and spiritual counselor, Ellen studied with The Center for Spiritual Healing, Continuum Movement under the guidance of Emilie Conrad and Susan Harper, The Diamond Approach, Gestalt Awareness Practice with Chris and Dick Price, and sound healing with a wide variety of teachers.
One of less than two dozen teachers authorized to teach Esalen Massage, Ellen founded MovingVentures in 1996. Ellen has developed Touching Essence™, a somatic arts practice that combines bodywork, essential oils and sound healing. Through her non-profit educational organization, hundreds of Indonesians have been certified in Esalen Massage and Touching Essence.
Since 2015’s inaugural SpiritDance SoulSong training, new teachers are sharing the practice in Japan, Bali, Australia, South Africa, Europe, Canada and the U.S. Ellen shines in her ability to teach and guide others through their own discovery of embodied presence.
Daphne is a spirited, soulful musician, artist and teacher. After falling in love with yoga more than 20 years ago, she has explored merging her spiritual practice with her contemporary folk singer/songwriter style.
Daphne studied music at The University of Texas at Austin, Berklee College of Music and The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. She learned mantra music from kirtan master Jai Uttal and sound healing from sound troubadour Jonathan Goldman.
She completed her foundational yoga teacher training in Los Angeles in 2004, initially specializing in kids yoga. Daphne found joy and light working with young people, then with students of all ages.
She recently released her second solo album, Finding Water. Her music has been featured on yoga music compilations with her friend and teacher Shiva Rea, with whom she has completed multiple teacher trainings. She also embraces the teachings of Erich Schiffman, Mark Whitwell, Pema Chodron and Ammachi in her daily practice.
Daphne has travelled all over the world, sharing her music and SoulSong teachings with performances and classes in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia.
Francesca Marino - Assistant
Francesca joined Ellen and Daphne in 2017, for Vibrance: The Foundation, and is returning for The Bridge. Francesca is a nutritional counselor, wellness coach, is completing a degree in Health and Wellness at Baystr University. Francesca also a multi-media artist, founded Si Sono, a line of inspiring wellness products.
Sample Daily ScheduleThe sample daily schedule gives an indication of what the usual day of training might look like:
SAMPLE DAY 1
7:00 - 9:00 Vibrance: The Bridge
9:00- 10:30 Delicious & Nutrituous Brunch
10:30-12:30 Optional Teacher Training
12:30 -16:00 Sea, Sun, Swim, Spa, Sleep
18:30 Sunset Dinner
SAMPLE DAY 2
7:00 - 9:00 Vibrance: The Bridge
9:00 - 10:30 Brunch & Break
10:30-12:30 Optional Teacher Training
12:30-16:00 Sea, Sun, Swim, Spa, Sleep
18:30-19:30 Indonesian Dinner
20:00 Dewa Ayu Ceremony.
SAMPLE DAY 3
7:00 8:00 Vibrance
9:00 -14:00 Snorkeling & Menjangan Temple Expedition with Lunch
Travelling to Bali
Flying to Denpasar
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Getting Around in Bali
We arrange shared transport between the Airport and Mimpi Resort for all clients. If you have any other on Island transport requirements before or after the program just contact us to help arrange with our team of drivers.
Full Travel Information
Upon registration we will send you a welcome letter and full travel document containing all sorts of wonderful Bali Information from Visas to Money, Cultural Info, What to Pack, etc.
If you'd like a copy of this document beforehand just Contact US and we'll send it to you.
RegistrationTo complete your registration simply fill in the registration form by clicking the button below.
PricingThis is a residential program, meaning prices are inclusive of accommodation.
Select options below to complete full payment. You may choose between shared and private accommodation for the room categories below.
If you would like to take the Teacher Training Modules you will receive an additional 2.5 Hours of Class time per day, for 5 days and Credits towards becoming a VIBRANCE teacher!