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Embodied Intimacy Retreat 2020

  • Tui Events Park 237 McShane Rd Tata Beach, Tasman, 7183 New Zealand (map)


5 day-retreat combining Open Floor movement practise, Sharing Circles and Restorative Yoga.

Inspiring intellectual, emotional & spiritual transformation.

Let your body move hand in hand with your heart & soul.

A warm welcome to embodied intimacy. Sybille Feint and her skilled and experienced team invite you to step out of your busy daily life and enjoy the exceptional opportunity to nurture yourself. We invite to build community with us and to feel the great joy of being real and authentic.

Five Day Retreat

Early Bird Price: Until 1st of January 2020 - $490

Full Price: $590

Date: 18-22 of March 2020

Venue: Tui Events Park, Wainui Bay


Sybille’s workshops nurtures a safe space for the participants to explore our inner selves, share with and learn from each other. Highly recommended.
— Babu Blatt, Wanaka

The residential retreat will be taught by Sybille Feint and a team of skilled facilitators. Sybille is an experienced Open Floor teacher, facilitator, and healer who has gained a deep understanding of how to create exceptional workshops and retreats based on the need of her students.

  • Tuition for Open Floor movement practise.

  • Tuition for restorative yoga every day.

  • Yummy simple food 3 meals a day.

  • Four nights camping accommodation.

  • Facilitated sharing circles.

  • Hot tub, Sauna daily.

We will come together in the stunning Wainui Bay at the Tui Events Park nestled next to the Abel Tasman National Park - 5 minutes to the beach. With the support of a beautiful setting that allows stillness combined with wonderful food, beautiful people and lots of spaciousness. We will create a magic that allows intimacy, fun and transformation. Something precious in the time and world we are living in.

If you love to move and want to see how much you can grow, I’d really encourage you to get along to this and feel the freedom.
— Gareth Edwards, Nelson

Each Day…

  • Open Floor dance for 2-3 hours

  • Sharing circle for 2-3 hours

  • Restorative yoga for 1-2 hours (optional)

  • Hot tub, sauna (optional)

  • Free time - other activities will be offered by participants and team members. We also encourage each other to spend time resting and enjoying the nature and the beach.


What is Open Floor movement practise?

All knowledge until it’s in the body, is still a rumour.

Open Floor is a fun, transformative dance practice. Human beings are born to move. With dance we thrive – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

On the Open Floor we honour the importance of creating a safe space for people to turn up and take time to simply be, just as they are.

People gift themselves time to arrive home to their own bodies, and get an opportunity to discover their own unique way of moving & dancing. Any movement exercise offered up by the teacher is designed as a doorway inwards; each person’s movement response will be different and just right.

The offerings at this retreat will be a mix of stirring music with clear guidance to inspire wild dances and tender ones, connections between dancers and solo.

Every session will be building on the one before, guiding us slowly deeper. We start first with the physical body, feeling and connecting with our own body, then going on a journey.

Every session will be unique and different, allowing and exploring new ways to to build trust and community and to learn more about ourselves. Over the 4 days open floor movement practice there will be offerings of mindfulness tools and an offering of handouts at the end of our time together.


What is a sharing circle?

The use of a talking stick during counsel, assures every voice is heard fully without interruption.
— Madisyn Taylor

Heart sharing circles are powerfully connective - both with the self and the whole group. Through simple active listening, and honest sharing, a mutual exchange takes place that allows for deep empathy to emerge. Heart sharing supports growth, authenticity and a natural transformation. In this retreat we have a powerful group of experienced facilitators with years of familiarity with heart sharing.



Community is the spirit, the guiding light of the tribe, whereby people come together in order to fulfill a specific purpose, to help others fulfill their purpose and to take care of one another. The goal of community is to make sure that each member of the community is heard and is properly giving the gifts he has brought to this world. Without this giving, the community dies. And without the community, the individual is left without a place where they can contribute. The community is that grounding place where people come and share their gifts and receive from others.

Sobonfu Somé

"The Spirit of Intimacy"

What is restorative yoga?

Restorative Yoga is a practice that is all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching. During the long holds of restorative yoga, however, your muscles are allowed to relax deeply. It's a unique feeling because props, rather than your muscles, are used to support your body.

Venue: Tui Events Park

Welcome to the Tui Treefield

In this nurturing and inspirational space, magic happens. It has attracted people from every corner of the globe to add to the collective wisdom, expressions of art, ritual, stewardship, connection, service, and wellbeing.

The maturity of the programs offered in the Tui Treefield is founded on a great need for change in the world. Many thanks to people who have contributed to the global vigil; changing people’s lives, creating awareness and teaching other

The atmosphere under a growing canopy of trees is tangible and recognized as a very special place. The Tui Treefield is situated across the road from Tui Community and is held and maintained to create a connection space for the wider community.


One Person’s Experience

I like to close my eyes and tiptoe into the music at the beginning of a session, taking time to find and feel myself.  Sybille had long slow starts to each session, allowing everyone to fully inhabit themselves and the space.  With an increase in the tempo there was an increase of movement and the invitation to allow whatever is alive in each person to become embodied, visible and known.  This is easy for me to do alone, but not so easy to be in that space surrounded by others.  Slowly, with lots of support, we freed each other, allowing ourselves expression of everything between self-consciousness and absolute freedom with authentic movement.

I always feel nervous about the partner work. In the workshop I felt supported to just stay with those feelings.  Under Sybille’s guidance, I felt safe as we took turns witnessing and being witnessed as we shared feelings, moved and supported one another.  This reciprocity helped create safety and intimacy, and the honesty about nerves made room for compassion for both self and the other. 

Movement sessions were three hours long once per day.  Three hours sounds like a lot but is easily doable for all fitness abilities, as the only request was to stay in the space.  Those who were feeling more physically restricted were able to sit down as well as having full permission to move gently and safely whenever desired or necessary.  There was lots of time to integrate at the end of the session so we went out from the dance floor energised and ready for the rest of the day. 

I loved the music selection, it covered all the emotional bases and poked into the nooks and crannies of my being.  I felt challenged by the exercises and found them useful and applicable to everyday life.  For example, having someone dancing my greatest joy and someone else my greatest disgust while I danced with each of them allowed me to see my relationship to each emotional state and how this affects me in the world.  It is great in a workshop space to have the time to get warmed up, more embodied, and more connected to the group before going into those edgy places.  Each day our trust and connection grew, which allowed for deeper exploration of ourselves.

The rest of the day was taken up with eating food especially prepared for different diets, having cups of tea and treats, optional saunas and hot tubs, or just spending time amongst the trees or at the beach.

For the Heart sharing we sat in a large circle with the roaring fire in the centre.

The workshop was in the Tui Treefield situated right next to the Abel Tasman National Park.  It is stunningly beautiful.  Accommodation is pretty rustic, with options of sleeping in teepees, a cabin, a bell tent, or your own tent.  It is a good idea to bring lots of layers as at this time of year as it can be hot in the day but cold at night.  Both the dance floor and the heart-sharing space are semi-enclosed and covered, but with a view of the trees.  I loved this as it gave a sense of containment and protection from the elements, but still felt both spacious and close to nature. 

For the Heart sharing we sat in a large circle with the roaring fire in the centre.  People took turns to stand, pick up a talking stick and speak from the heart without interruption.  Some nights the Heart sharing had a theme, and others it was open.  Sometimes there was a chance for feedback and other times we moved from one speaker to the next.  There was an opportunity one night to share with just men, or just women, but this did not go as planned as many people decided to have an opposite gender experience.  Each Heart sharing was a different experience.

The ability to talk about our experiences as a group deepened the group intimacy as well as allowing some tricky topics to be given voice. 

In one of Sybille’s workshops we explored the four hungers – hunger for connection with the self, hunger for connection with another, hunger for connection with a group, and hunger for deep connection with nature or spirit.  In the four days of the event we covered all that territory.  There was opportunities for deep connection and intimacy with the self in dance, in the unscheduled time during the day, and in the large natural area of the Treefield where it was easy to find beautiful places with none in them.  

The need for connection with another was met with trusted old and new friends over cups of tea and meals, with partner work in the dance, and in the hot tub or sauna.  There was a deep and real feeling of belonging to the group, as we danced and shared together, seeing one another and being seen and accepted in our authenticity. And of course, a blessed chance to be close to nature and spirit in the natural environment and as it played through all the aspects of our gathering.

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