Trauma 2 Satori; Trauma Healing & Spiritual Growth

Event Highlights

  • What it is:
  • -A supportive environment for self-exploration.
  • -An opportunity to deconstruct self-sabotaging thought patterns and emotional triggers.
  • -Active, fun, safe ways to authentically connect with others.
  • -A very powerful awareness practice.


On the first evening, we will set up a safe container by setting intentions, introducing the processes we'll be using, and agreeing to ground rules. Each full day will be a combination of both contemplative and active processes. In dyad sessions, we sit with a partner and tune into the wisdom of our bodies as we search for answers to empowering questions. On the first full day we will explore what's going well, resources we have available, and also touch into whatever adversity we might be facing. We'll also do guided active meditations to unlock survival energy. This energy is then used to deepen our search for new meaning and empowering possibilities. On the second full day we will deepen the search by introducing "koans" (questions which can't be answered by the rational mind) into the dyad sessions. This technique which comes from Zen helps to focus attention beyond mind and trauma. On the final day, we will integrate what we have found and prepare for taking our discoveries with us into everyday life.

About This Event

Some people not only bounce back from adversity, they actually develop a deeper sense of meaning, closer relationships, and a greater appreciation of life as a result of the struggles. This retreat is a fully immersive, highly structured, experiential deep-dive into positive transformation. The intention is to create expanded states of consciousness through dyads (sitting face to face with partners). Within this context, we use powerful questions and koans (questions which cannot be answered with the rational mind) to elicit deep insights and direct experiences of "Self". The processes are supported by active meditations to help unlock energy and deepen the search. Who are you really?

I believe not only that trauma is curable, but that the healing process can be a catalyst for profound awakening. -Peter Levine

What's Included

  • All meals beginning with dinner on Thursday evening and ending with lunch on Sunday. Accommodations in dorm or private rooms in the main lodge. Unlimited 24 hour access to the hot springs (although there will be no time for soaking during the retreat itself. It is highly recommended to arrive early or stay after to enjoy the springs!).

What's Not Included

Airfare or transportation.

Venue Highlights

Sierra Hot Springs is a wonderful place to visit even without the retreat. Staying a few days before or after to soak in the mineral springs and enjoy the surrounding nature is highly recommended!


All accommodations are upstairs in the main lodge. They are comfortable but basic. We have reserved some of the private rooms and all of the dorm rooms in the lodge. There are shared bathrooms upstairs, and another bathroom downstairs near the group room.


  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • House Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian


Three simple vegetarian meals per day, starting with dinner on Thursday evening and ending with lunch on Sunday. If you have any additional dietary needs please let us know in advance.


Sierra Hot Springs is approximately one hour driving distance from the Reno airport, 2 1/2 hours from the Sacramento airport, or 3 1/2 hours from the Oakland airport. It is a beautiful drive through the Tahoe National Forest from any of these, and driving conditions should be good in late August.

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