Join Ellen, in Bali, at Mimpi for our Spring, 2021 retreats, with teacher training options. Ellen, a Yogini, Dancer, and Lover of Music, with thousands of hours of practice and teaching under her belt, is joined by Sanga of The Valley, a Trinidadian Djembe Master Drummer. Ellen and her co creators of VIBRANCE, Daphne Tse & Ashley Johnson, combined practices to awaken students and teachers alike to the reality that music, mantra, breath, dance, and asana are all yoga. These time honored embodiment practices are designed to connect you to your own personal power, strength, and authenticity.
Grounded in the beat of the drum, Ellen will guide to root & ground, to connect with Mother Earth. Our daily practices 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, 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.
Curriculum & Certification
- VIBRANCE: ELEMENTS - Root & Ground, Lift & Fly
March 2021The first chakra is earth, steady and grounded; the second chakra, water, brings a fertile creativity; the third chakra is the “fire in the belly” required to transform that grounded creativity into positive action; The fourth chakra is air which integrates the understanding of love, compassion, and connection to everything you encounter.
- STEPHANIE SNYDER of Yoga Journal
This Retreat/Module will focus on the VIBRANCE Embodied Elements class map as a way to:
Become present with where you are in your life
Identify the stories, patterns and fears that are limiting your experience
Imagine, sense, and envision the life you know is possible
And then dance, sing, laugh, float, vibrate, connect, cry, spin, pray and play your way to that embodied vision you have for yourself and the world.
Our guides through this transformative and integrative journey will be the Elements and the first 4 Chakras:
Muladhara Chakra: Earth
What images emerge when you think, Root & Ground? Do you envision your tap root spiraling deeply into Mother Earth, connecting you to and grounding you on this Planet? Our sense of security relies on a balanced energetic and physical body. When we reestablish our symbiotic relationship with ourselves and the earth, we embody planetary and personal stewardship.
Swadistana Chakra: Water
Sense, Feel, Contact, Enter, Explore, Express; these words beckon us into the Swadistana chakra and our more subtle senses through our innate intuitive capacities. We are called to be aware of our digestive, reproductive and eliminatory organs; to contact our feeling state, and allow emotional expression when expression arises.
Swadistana is the home of our creativity and sexuality. In our watery element, we liquify ourselves, then take shape again; we melt, we reform. We soften in the dance and we soften in relationship, while remaining grounded.
Manipura Chakra: Fire
Express, Ignite, Empower are the call to embodying Manipura Chakra. As energy spirals through our Solar Center, our Agni – Fire center ignites, empowering us to express our authentic selves, to step into leadership for ourselves, our families, our communities and the world. Empowered Leadership demands of us, presence, confidence, courage, and the right use of will. Embodied solar power is the force of the Universe, and has the power to create transformation at all levels of existence.
Anahata Chakra: Air
Forgive, Freedom, Fly • • • Connection, Communication, Change, Curiosity
Anahata Chakra’s energies moving into and through our fingers, hands, arms, shoulders, and our physical and metaphysical heart center, call us to LOVE, to Forgive self, other and All. It the home of the lungs which work to inspire (breathe) change and fuel conscious communication where our words are connected to our hearts. As we answer Anahata’s call, we cross the threshold from the physical into the realm of profound love, compassion, joy and truth. Here we find our Freedom and can Fly.
Visudha Chakra: Ether
Sound, Song, Hum, Speak The Truth of Your One Wild & Precious Heart
Vishuda chakra invites us to discover our unique voice, to give voice to one’s Truth, to elongate speech into song. To Sing one’s own Song, is among the most empowering acts a human can engage in. Powerfully presenting oneself, through both spoken word, and song is empowering and life changing
Ajna Chakra: Ether
Insight, Visualize, Imagination - Seeing through the veils of illusion to the nature of reality
Ajna Chakra invites us to open our inner eye, to visualize our dreams, to use our imagination in support of manifesting our dreams. Opening Ajna chakra allows us to drop into the dervish spin, remain grounded and connected to Mother Earth, and open our optic nerves allowing us to see the aliveness in the natural world.
Shahasrara Chakra: Transcends
The Crown or Shahasrara chakra opens to connect us to the divine creative force of the universe. With this connection open, inspiration comes in many forms. The aha moments visit us. Problems are solved with inspired ideas. As Elizabeth Gilbert says in Big Magic, Ideas are constantly floating in the universe, just waiting for one of us to grab them and begin the manifestation process. Opening Shahasrara is the doorway or portal to living an inspired and inspiring life.
Our auric fields surround us, emminate and radiate from us. As we learn to empty and open our chakras, we open our auric field and our personal aura becomes larger and lighter. Radiant Energy is the reward of opening all chakras.
- VIBRANCE: RESONANCE & RECIPROCITY
March 2021Beyond resting and relaxing in the natural hot springs of North West Bali, this 9-Day immersion invites you to explore the connection between the personal and the natural, self-care and earth-care, inner vibrance and outer resonance. By giving more than we take, we align with the principles of reciprocity that are the foundation for making the world a better place.
For this 3rd and final module of VIBRANCE we team up with the Biosphere Foundation, whose goal is to inspire intelligent use of the earth’s natural resources and empower individuals to become leaders in biosphere stewardship. Their projects on and around Bali include Coral Reef Conservation & Stewardship, Forest Replanting and Restoration, & Trash Management.
VIBRANCE is a tribe of dedicated artists, leaders, and embodiment teachers whose mission is to inspire you to find joy, self-expression and radiant health through integrative sonic and somatic practices. We believe that through movement, music, breath, sound, song and visualization, we can transform ourselves, our relationships, our communities and our planet. Together, we are the bridge between devotional awareness and effective ecological stewardship.
Prepare to be completely immersed in the Elements of Earth, Water, Fire and Air as we use the map of our Foundational class (VIBRANCE Elements) to align with our true natures. It is one thing to mentally understand the concepts of “interconnectedness”, “reciprocity”, and “resonance”. It is quite a different thing to have a deeply embodied experience of these important stepping stones to healing and well-being. We will literally be planting ourselves in the earth, the fish and turtles will be our dance partners, the ceremonial fires become our allies as we burn through layers of disconnection and turn ourselves into the song that sings the world back into strength.
If you’ve been envisioning a new path for yourself and feel called to help others, now is the ideal moment for Resonance & Reciprocity. We connect sensory intuition with environmental stewardship and activism. We believe that without a practice of self-intimacy, we cannot be held accountable as change-agents. Do you long for a wider vehicle to put your energy into? Do you struggle to name your unique gift and how best to share it? If you know in your bones that your true potential to serve the whole is remaining unused, but can’t quite see what your mission is, this program is for you.
Join our lifelong Vibrance tribe who will help you stay connected, accountable, and inspired. No matter what we steward, reciprocity always changes the alignment—for the better. It pulls us from helplessness to empowerment, it breaks through barriers and leads us to healing solutions.
- Teacher Training Certification
Completion of all 3 modules is required for certification as a Vibrance Instructor. At the end of the training we will run evaluation classes. In addition to these sessions, you will also be required to submit class reportsfrom classes you are leading after the training. Further details are available upon request and are otherwise provided in our training manual given at the start of the training.
Module I must be taken before modules II & III in order to complete certification. Students may take Module I and complete remaing modules at a later date/location, though we recommend completing the full training where possibly for a deeply meaningful and immersive experience.
Similarly, if you're not ready for the complete teacher training and prefer to experience Vibrance first, each Module may be taken as a retreat!
About this Program
In our 2020 teacher training, our faculty, the co-creators of Vibrance, combine their 50 years of study, practice and teaching a variety of moving meditation, somatic and expressive arts practices. We will work together in sharing, educating, and nurturing you, whether you are interested in personal development, deepening your practice, or professional vocational training.
This course offers the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the arts of singing, sounding, breathing, dancing and building community. You will learn powerful teaching and facilitation skills, such as class theming, the craft of DJing, anatomy of movement, and understanding how energy and sound move into and through your body.
We will guide you toward your own unique expression as a practitioner or a facilitator of this incredible and personal evolutionary path.
Singing and dancing are the oldest spiritual practices on our planet. Vibrance brings these ancient healing techniques into the modern world. Discover your body as a musical instrument, empowering you to be in vibrant, radiant health.
Vibrance fuses cross-cultural spiritual and philosophical truths with Western psychology and modern scientific research. A fusion of the eight chakras and the five elements, we begin with the root chakra, powered by your breath and your heartbeat.
Accessible to everyone, this moving meditation invites you to realize physical and metaphysical fitness by opening your heart, freeing your voice, letting go of the past, exploring your breath, strengthening and detoxifying your cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and toning your digestive and reproductive systems.
When we sing, the breath, heart, mind and body resonate together. SoulSong uncovers the songs in our hearts and awakens our true voice. You can learn to use your voice as medicine -- no musical background required.
SoulSong’s natural pranayama exercises invite sound from all parts of your body, your musical instrument, opening space, new vitality and balance.
SoulSong is an experiential practice that creates a safe space for everyone to express the heart song they have deep inside, waiting to be shared with the world. Tap into the liberated state of being a child, open your throat chakra, and immerse yourself in the healing power of sound.
Through movement, music, breath, sound, song and visualization, we can transform ourselves, our relationships, our communities and our planet. This is the intention of 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.
We often invite special guests to join us during our teacher trainings for part of the program. These include local musicians, sound healers, personal coaches, wellness practitioners and related experts in their field. We will announce any special guests through our social media channels close to the beginning of the program. These special guests always offer the opportunity of a unique perspetive on music, philosophy, dance and healthy living.
Sanga of The Valley
Sanga Of The Valley is originally from Trinidad. Playing African drums from an early age, he moved to New York City in 1970, where he met Babatunde Olatunji and became one of Olatunji’s students. Sanga Of The Valley eventually became one of Olatunji’s lead djembe players and spent 25 years as a member of Olatunji’s Drums of Passion.
Over the years, Sanga Of The Valley also worked with artists such as Carlos Santana, Nina Simone, The Grateful Dead, the Neville Brothers, and Stanley Jordan.
Venue & Accommodation
Mimpi Resort, Menjangan, Bali
On the North-West coast of Bali in the village of Banyuwedang, Mimpi looks out towards the Menjangan Island. The area is notorious as a hot-spot for diving and snorkelling and just a little further down the coast a regular dolphin hangout.
Mimpi's most special feature is its waters, as the resort is built across land with several natural hot springs. The careful architecture and landscaping makes for several shared natural hot spring pools across the 3 hectares of land. Inevitably the water and it's high mineral content is totally refreshing, rejuvenating and holds it's own healing qualities. For us the pools are perfect for aquatic bodywork, where we dance in the water to feel true fluidity.
Classes take place in the Wantilan. A large space with wooden floors, the sounds of birds and some gentle breezes. We decorate the wantilan with beautiful silk hangings and bring a range of equipment from musical instruments, to dancing scarves, yoga mats, yoga balls and of course an excellent sound system!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need any prior certification or training in dance or singing?
No prior dance or music training is necessary.
We advise you to attend as many different forms of facilitated movement, ecstatic dance or conscious dance sessions as you can. You can start to see what others are doing and what resonates with you as you move into developing your own teaching style.
The book "Sweat Your Prayers" by 5Rhythms founder Gabrielle Roth is a great introduction to movement as a spiritual practice.
How rigorous is the training? Will we have time to relax?
We absolutely recognize the need for personal time and rest, and we make sure to schedule down time during the program. On our off days, we usually offer optional activities, such as local temple ceremonies. You may also choose to go to the beach, receive spa treatments, enjoy the hot springs, go diving/snorkelling, or just relax and enjoy alone time.
I'm interested in Exploring Bali before or after the training. Is it a safe place to travel?
Bali is considered a safe place to travel alone. It is a welcoming and beautiful culture, and we recommend spending as much time as possible to explore the island.
Ubud is definitely worth checking out as one of the main wellness capitals of the world. It's about an hour from the airport and full of yoga studios, inexpensive massages, dance performances, terrific healthy food and ex-pats who went for a visit and decided to stay!
We've got Balinese and Indonesian team members on the ground all year so just ask us if you want any insiders travel advice!
Can I connect with other students before the training?
Yes, absolutely. We normally create a Facebook group for those registered to meet each other and communicate throughout the training and beyond. Once you're signed up we can add you to the group.
Is there any way to reduce the cost of the training?
Producing a program in the perfect environment means considerable production costs, giving small profit margins for our teachers and staff to be able to provide such an experience in education.
There are a few options to help find funding for the training or reduce the cost where applicable:
Referrals: If you're planning to come with a friend, or if you have a network you can promote us through this can help to provide a discount for you and your referred person. Contact Us to ask for your referral code and if you're referral uses this when signing up for the training, we'll give you both a $100 discount! Sharing the news at your local dance classes or on social media may help to get a referral!
Work exchange: This option is only available to skilled professionals who may significantly assist in the growth of Vibrance. Photographers, videographers, bloggers, social media wizards and similar are most useful to us and can result in partial work exchange. You will need to send us your resume and various examples of your work to be considered for work exchange.
Crowdfunding: For some, this training comes as a calling for a new direction in life towards a dream career. Put the word out to your friends and family via GoFundMe, KickStarter, etc. and let them show their support in helping you fulfill your dream.
Payment Plans: In some cases with sufficient time ahead we are able to setup a payment plan with recurring billing. This however usually ends up costing more in the long run.
Assistants Discount: Places for on-site assistants are like hot cakes. We offer a significant discount for your continued help in organization and production throughout the program. However, we usually only have 1 space available and often these are taken very quickly. Inquire asap is the secret if you want to get an assistants place.
Join our Newsletter & Social Media: If we're going to offer a discount, it's most likely to be announced to our followers! We send infrequent Newsletters which commonly contain a special offer to our following. Similarly we may announce flash sales through our Facebook or Instagram pages so stay connected and you won't miss them!
Do you include or assist in booking flights and transportation?
Flights - We don't include or assist with flights. We highly recommend using Google Flights as the quickest and simplest way to find great options on your travel to Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS).
Local Transport in Bali - We do help to provide shared or private transportation from the Airport and Ubud areas to and from Mimpi Resort. Upon booking we will send you through our full Bali Information Packet which gives plenty of details on local transport.
Who do I talk to if I have more questions?
Get in touch with us through the Contact Form. You'll go straight through to the MovingVentures team who produce our programs in Bali and they will get back to you as soon as possible (Weekdays 9-5 Bali Time).
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Please note that all Full Payments include free shared transportation to and from Mimpi and a Free Esalen Massage!
Please note that all Full Payments include free shared transportation to and from Mimpi and a Free Esalen Massage!