At present, the Solomay Walk Your TalkTM retreats I run are organised on an ad-hoc basis, which means I have the flexibility to hold these anywhere in the world. They can be either fully-residential programmes lasting for a week to ten days or they can be run from a particular centre. People may attend the latter kind of retreat on a daily basis, over the same seven to ten days, but arrange their own meals and accommodation independently.
Both types of retreat can be ‘open’ Solomay Walk Your TalkTM retreats, where you book a place and attend as one of a limited number of guests, but I also organise bespoke Walk Your TalkTM retreats, where a client may ask me to set up a specially designed and run retreat for their own, private group.
Each attendee progresses on their personal journey through an exciting programme of events, treatments and therapies. Each day there will be one-to-one sessions and opportunities to share in groups too. The lynchpin of the retreat is my Five-Step Walk Your TalkTM bodywork healing, which is personal and private to each person and this is supported by workshops run by other leading healing professionals. The key supporting component to the bodywork healing is Nada Brahma – the world of sound. Sound can heal by touching us deeply and moving our energy through vibration, leading to the stillness of silence. I will perform the bodywork healings and David Ikonomou will lead the sound healing work. Group activities can include music, singing and sacred chanting, dance and movement and guided meditations. There is time designated for individual contemplation and self-reflection, which is essential to grow and move forwards out of the state that, until now, held you back.
David Ikonomou, a specialist in sound healing, will be running Soundbath Sessions, Musical Chakra Moving Meditation, Chanting Sanskrit Mantras and some gentle yoga sessions. The Soundbath Sessions will use didgeridoo, gongs and singing bowls to nurture the nervous system. It promotes a sense of peace and well-being, eases tension and soothes away stress in a relaxing, safe environment. Musical Chakra Moving Meditation will travel through the seven chakras accompanied by various music styles to inspire the body to move; these spontaneous impulses help people process emotions and issues they have held in their subconscious that may have been raised through the bodywork sessions. The Chanting Sanskrit Mantras pacify the mind and spirit through repetition of sounds that resonate through the core of the body. Gentle yoga will get the body energies flowing and still the mind. Interwoven between the bodywork healing treatments and personal time, this package of therapies gives attendees a wide scope of tools to encourage and drive the changes on their Walk Your Talk journey to total transformation.
Added to this, the retreats are run in stunning locations of great natural beauty and this assists with the healing process. There will be ample opportunity to explore your surroundings and use the world about you as additional inspiration for your passage to Rebirth.
Planned for the near future is a dedicated centre, The Solomay Centre. This centre will have a programme of different events, festivals and workshops, as well as the pivotal Walk Your TalkTM retreat programme. The final vision is for there to be a Solomay Walk Your Talk Community that lives at The Solomay Centre and we would offer the opportunity for people to come and experience living in the community on a short-term basis. Exciting times ahead indeed!
I also run Solomay Training retreats for already-qualified practitioners who have completed the Solomay Walk Your TalkTM healing programme and who wish to go on and learn how to offer the Five-Step Walk Your TalkTM healing programme as part of their own practices. In order to attend the training retreat you must be qualified in a relevant holistic therapy. These would include therapies like massage, aromatherapy, Thai massage, reflexology and shiatsu, but please do contact me to find out whether your qualification might be suitable to undertake the training. You must also have an anatomy and physiology diploma incorporated in your training or gained as a bolt-on certification.
This training is also between seven to ten days in length and will always take the form of a fully residential course. This is an exceptional opportunity to enhance the breadth of your therapy modalities and strengthen your skills to progress your clients through a life-changing journey safely and responsibly.