The Body Is Not An Apology
Radical Self-Love for Everybody and Every Body
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January 1, 2020
For 10 years I have been teaching people how to live unapologetically through the power of radical self-love. Whether they just finished the book or saw me at a live event, people inevitably say, “I feel so inspired and empowered by the possibility of RADICAL SELF LOVE, Sonya!” Encountering the work of radical self-love leaves folks feeling like they can take over the world! But a few days or weeks later, those same people tell me that life’s sheen has reverted back to the lackluster of self-doubt and soon the chorus of negative self-talk returns. They are back to wading through the thoughts of not-enoughness and defeat. Maybe this unfortunate scenario sounds familiar.
Two years ago, I took one of the boldest Radical Self LOVE steps of my life. I packed up all of my belongings, left everything I have ever known and moved to the bottom of the world: to New Zealand. It was a risk born out of my radical self-love practice. I was drowning in fake news, social media outrage and the trauma of living in a society whose business model is built on my self-loathing. I needed a dramatic shift focused exclusively on loving me! I found the time to use my own tools and truly explore what it meant to spend my time in less DOING and more BEING! Today more than ever, I know that we need quiet, rest, and sacred unapologetic community to most powerfully manifest the full possibilities of living in radical self love.
But this work cannot be a one time injection. Radical Self Love is a life long integration of practice and community. I want to help you build both! Twice a year I will be opening my magical home in Brookby, New Zealand to host 8 select people per retreat who desire to work with me to build a life changing. transformational, radical self love practice that will alter the direction of their lives!
Morning- arrive in Auckland, New Zealand and be picked up by my Life Lift team.
(accomodations for early arrivals can be arranged at additional cost)
Afternoon– Lunch, Welcome Ceremony and Afternoon Tea, Tour of Blackwood Manor and grounds
Be officially welcomed to the land of Aotearoa and to my home, Blackwood Manor.
Evening– Welcome Dinner, early Jet Lag recuperation and bed time
Morning– Joyful Movement session (optional), breakfast
Mid-morning early afternoon– Session 1: Laying Radical Ground
Through ritual group work, meditation, laughter and song we will set intentions for our collective time and individual desires from the Life Lift. This session will focus on reconnecting us to our inherent sense of interconnectedness and radical self love.
Early Afternoon– Rest, Lunch, Rest, Read, Walk, Swim, Think, Laugh
Mid to Late Afternoon– Session 2: Radical Root Work
Through small and collective group work, writing, meditation, laughter and land we will examine what currently exists at the root of our relationship to self and others, pulling up the weeds of our stories of shame and planting strong vibrant radical self love roots.
Early Evening– Rest/Relaxation, Dinner
Evening Session– Fresh Fire Ceremony (a healing and renewal fire ceremony)
Early Morning– Joyful Movement session (optional), breakfast
Mid Morning– Free Flow
Late Morning – Depart for Waiheke Island Day Trip
Afternoon/Early Evening– Waiheke Day Away
participate in Wine Tasting, Tour, Horseback Riding, Ziplining and Beach Possibilities on a beautiful island off an island!
Evening -Return to Blackwood Manor, Music, Fire, Bed
Mid-morning early afternoon– Session 3: Soaking the Soil
Together we will create a collective practice that embeds radical self love in our daily lives. Through group work, creative activation, laughter and song we will create a practice that saturates our existence with radical power.
Mid to Late Afternoon– Session 4: Spreading Seeds
Through small and collective group work, movement, laughter and land we will examine how radical self love operates in creating a just, equitable and compassionate world. We will explore practices that germinate justice in our every day lives.
Evening Session– Together in the Dark (night time trust building activity)
Night– Music, Fire, Bed
Mid-morning – Session 5: Radical Bloom
We have uprooted, deeply watered and spread the seeds of this radical self love work together and now we can see the blossoms of our radical work. We will close our time together with a collective visioning of how we care for the flowers we have grown and how we ensure that new buds sprout again and again in us and in radical community. We will end our time with a closing ceremony honoring what was sown, tilled, and harvested during our time.
Early Afternoon -Lunch, pack
Afternoon– airport drop offs, museum visit for interested guests before evening flights
Drop Off to Flights
By: Sonya Taylor