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Giving Thanks - An Acro Retreat

Join us for three and a half days of acro, handstands and Thai massage at Zazen Retreat Center, in Ukiah. Nestled in the rolling hills of northern California, Zazen is less than six miles from Orr Hot Springs and Montgomery Redwood Forest. Prepare to indulge all of your senses over the course of our time together. 

During this retreat we will work hard, and leave time for replenishment in the hot springs and nearby redwood forest. Each day will begin with time in silence for meditation and personal practice, and close with therapeutics in the form of Thai massage and partner stretching. Over the course of the weekend we will focus on building your acro skill bank. We'll review a few washing machines then teach you new ones, condition the fundamentals, pop the pops, and spend time exploring creative flow. And because we are who we are - we will intersperse injury prevention tips and incorporate education on anatomy and biomechanics so that you leave this retreat not only with new tricks up your sleeve, but also with a working knowledge of how it is your body does the amazing things you have trained it to do.

Pre-requisites: The material being shared is at a solid intermediate level, with progressions offered for more advanced students. We assume that you have familiarity with standard acro poses and some experience in a handstand; see list below. If you have questions about this list please contact us directly at  

>> Star, reverse star, front plank <-> shoulder stand <-> back plank, foot to hand
>> Hold a handstand at wall for 20 seconds; 45s plank

Of note: This retreat is limited to 16 participants, and will be an alcohol and substance free event.

Zazen Retreat Center is located on 30 acres in Mendocino County, under 3 hours north of San Francisco, 6 miles from Orr Hot Springs. It is a private retreat space ideal for intimate gatherings. There are private and shared accommodations, a dedicated practice space, and organic vegetarian meals served daily.

Sample Schedule (subject to adaptation):
7-8am: silent time for meditation, journaling, and personal practice
8-9am: breakfast  
9:30-noon: morning movement: handstands, strength training, partner inversions/calibrations, acro fundamentals
noon-1pm: lunch
*1-5pm: free time to enjoy hiking, Orr Hot Springs, personal time
5-7pm: afternoon practice: partner calibrations and acro adventures (machines, pops, icarian, games, creative flow)
7-8:30pm: dinner
8:30-9:30: therapeutics
*On one of the days we will have less free time and more structured training time.

Details about the event:
Dates: Wednesday 11/22 (evening arrival) through Sunday 11/26 (mid-day departure)
Prices**: Single bed: $850
Queen shared bed: $750
Shared room of 4: $700
Camping: $550
Early bird is $50 off before 9/1.

Prices include lodging, organic vegetarian meals, and 4-6 hrs of training per day. 
Location: Zazen Retreat Center, 8150 Orr Springs Road, Ukiah, CA

**Day passes to Orr ($30) not included

Cancellation policy:  
Refund minus $100 processing fee if we can fill your spot by 10/1.
Note: Lodging of your replacement needs to be a spot of equal or greater value.

Our intention in offering this retreat is to join together in community to celebrate our love for acro, and to quietly reflect on all of the reasons we have to give thanks. We want to train hard, engage in knowledge sharing and curious exploration, eat good food, restore our bodies, and laugh a lot. We are excited to be finishing our first year of teaching as "Precision Acrobatics" and want to celebrate with you!

About the instructors:  

Ariel and Liz began their acrobatics partnership in 2009; dare we say it was love at first flight? They have trained extensively with world renowned coaches over their years of practice together and have been teaching as part of the YogaSlackers crew since 2011. In 2017 they founded Precision Acrobatics to share their teaching in a more structured format. Motivated by the interplay of strength and receptivity, Ariel and Liz are known for challenging their students with new material in a way that is safe and attainable. 

Ariel has a Doctorate in Pharmacy and certifications in the following yoga disciplines: Ashtanga, AcroYoga, YogaSlackers, Thai Massage/Pranassage. Liz is a licensed physical therapist and is certified in the following disciplines: massage therapy, yoga therapy, and YogaSlackers.