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MOVEMENT MEDICINE: Phoenix Retreat with Ya'Acov Khan

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This is the first-time offering of a Movement Medicine School programs offered in the USA.  This 6-day Movement Medicine Phoenix Retreat is designed to catalyze you into a new level of awareness, enabling you to assume responsibility for and commitment to living your life in alignment with your deepest purpose. It is also a gateway (entry-level requirement) for those who wish to take part in the Movement Medicine Apprenticeship Program.

As we develop, life provides us with the perfect challenges through which we can evolve. On the Phoenix Retreat, we work with what we call the ‘creation story’ you have inherited and lived from, whose characters we call ‘understudies’. In the theatre, an understudy is a person who learns another’s role in order to be able to act as a replacement. On the stage of life, these understudies often take to performing nearly all the time, while the real stars wait hidden in the wings. They shouldn’t be blamed for this; they came into being with the intention of protecting your essence. However, without your attention, they will continue their performances for your entire lifetime, even if it no longer serves your deeper interests.

During the retreat, the practice of Movement Medicine helps in developing the self-acceptance and clear intention necessary to create the conditions in which the understudies can become visible. Once they are illuminated, you can compassionately and with gratitude, invite each one to step aside and make way for your essential self. What is revealed through this process, and how you integrate and embody that, is the work of the Phoenix Retreat.

PREREQUISITES: To participate in the Phoenix Retreat, you need to have completed 25 hours of Movement Medicine or other related practice (5Rhythms, Open Floor, Soul Motion, etc). You also need to have the inner and outer resources and support that mean you can engage with this intense personal work in a responsible way. If you are unsure whether you meet the prerequisites, please inquire directly with Movement Medicine.

RESIDENTIAL HOUSING IS LIMITED - Once application has been approved by Movement Medicine you may register for housing. 
****There is still room in the workshop and there are a couple of rooms left!


To make payment ...please see the information (lower) on this page.  Please note cancellation policy.

Ya’Acov Darling Khan

From a young age, Ya’Acov has been drawn to the down-to-earth connection with the spirit world that shamanism invites. He has pursued this yearning throughout his adult life, studying and practicing with many gifted teachers around the world. He has been recognized as a practicing shaman by Elder Shamans from the Sami (European tradition), and Achuar and Sápara peoples of the Amazon. His Movement Medicine workshops are inspiring, empowering, contemporary and practical and are attended by people from all walks of life.

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Housing for The Phoenix Retreat

Madrona MindBody Institute is a moving arts sanctuary located in Port Townsend, Washington, an easy drive from Seattle. Our learning campus is unmatched with it’s exemplary movement space - the floor and space are entirely delicious.  Group meals are provided with local cuisine.  Housing offers stunning vistas of two mountain ranges and full horizons of pristine beaches.

Madrona's lodgings are modest and simple. The rooms that are still available for this program are single occupancy rooms newly remodeled with your own Queen bed. Bathrooms are shared. Linens and towels provided. Rates are based on 4:30pm arrival and 9am departure from your room.

  • Private Dorm Room with twin bed: FULL
  • Private Queen Room in 4 Bedroom House: $89/night plus tax (Only a couple left)
  • Sleeping Bag Option: Limited, $25/night (sleeping on the floor in the dance space)


ON-CAMPUS MEALS are required with housing and will be included in check out at an additional $50/day.  Meals included are breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is dinner the first evening and breakfast and lunch on the last day.
*Sales and room tax will be added to these prices at checkout.


Tuition: $599
Meals: $250 pus tax - starts with 5:15pm dinner the first night and ends with lunch on the last day

Cancellation: If the event organizer needs to cancel (for any reason) a full refund of tuition will be provided. **Note (if Ya'Acov has to cancel for any reason): All travel & lodging costs are at the participants' expense and risk. Please plan accordingly with travel insurance. 

Cancellation: For participant cancellation, a full refund minus $75 is available up to 10 days before the event. If you cancel with fewer than ten days notice your remaining balance, minus the nonrefundable $75 deposit, will be credited toward a future workshop booking with Madrona MindBody (must be utilized in less than one year).

Housing Check in is at 4:30pm on Jan 30.
Check out of rooms will be the last morning before your final session begins.

First Movement Session begins at 6:00pm.
Last session on Sunday, Feb 4 will end at 3pm.

Dorm Building Looks out over ocean

Dorm Building Looks out over ocean

In honor of retreat-style housing, Madrona's accommodations offer a quality that blends comfort, simplicity and a peaceful setting into a combination that supports you in your training as well as the essential solo integration time that deepens your experience. Housing is within easy walking distance to the beach, forest trails and your program. Bathrooms are shared and down the hall.
More about Accommodations.

TO REGISTER FILL OUT THIS APPLICATION AND SEND IT TO MOVEMENT MEDICINE. You will then receive a payment link. (Application as a Word Doc if PDF doesn't work for you)

For Information about Transportation to Port Townsend Click Here.

Cancellation policy Here