Advanced Dream Yoga Retreat - Sedona Arizona

Wednesday, November 15 to Sunday, November 19 - Sedona Mago Retreat

A 4-Day Sedona Retreat

Leave your stressful life behind and let the natural beauty of the Sedona desert settle your mind and open your heart. At this Advanced Dream Yoga Retreat Sedona, soak up the sun, savor the natural foods, and meet like-minded people while you learn about the deeper aspects of the nocturnal meditations.

With talks, meditations, visualization exercises, discussion groups, and fascinating videos on perception, we will explore the nature of mind and reality using the medium of sleep and dream.

The illusory nature of reality will be pointed out, and supported by data from neuroscience, physics, developmental psychology, and cognitive science.

You will come out of this program with a totally new relationship to sleep and dream, and learn how you can use every night for psychological and spiritual growth.

This 4 day retreat starts at $940 including accommodations and meals.

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Sleep Yoga Andrew Holecek

Overview of the Program

How do the “awakened ones” see the world? What do they wake up from, and what do they wake up to? How do we co-create our reality? How can we free ourselves and others from the trap of diurnal and nocturnal non-lucidity? What does it mean to see the world as a dream – and how do we attain that awakening? From the exoteric to the esoteric, from theory to practice, from science to spirituality, this program draws on the ancient wisdom of the East and the modern knowledge of the West to penetrate the mysteries of the night — and the wonders of the mind.

Some Topics We Will Cover

  • The illusory nature of reality, and the science that supports it.
  • The origins of non-lucidity, historical and personal.
  • The nature of dreaming reality and its relation to waking reality.
  • Mind beyond body.
  • The limitations of wake-centricity.
  • The spectrum of mind and identity.
  • Advanced induction methods.
  • The nine stages of dream yoga.
  • How to achieve the full lucidity of sleep yoga.
  • How we project our world – the eight consciousnesses.
  • The inner yogas.
  • Removing obstacles to lucidity.
  • Mixing day and night, life and death.

Who Should Attend?

This Advanced Dream Yoga Retreat on the nocturnal meditations assumes participants have either attended one of my earlier lucid dreaming/dream yoga programs, or already have knowledge about the basics of lucid dreaming. This program discusses the more advanced inner yoga induction methods, subtle daily meditations, and an integral approach to understanding non-lucidity and lucidity. If you have questions about attendance, write to me at andrew@andrewholecek.com.

This program is for those drawn to Buddhist practice, and a deeper understanding of the subtle dimensions of mind. It’s for anyone wanting to make better use of the twenty-four hours of each day, and for those wondering what happens when they sleep and dream. It’s for intrepid pioneers interested in exploring the frontiers of consciousness, the creative powers of the mind, or those who want to prepare for death.

Retreat Details

Check-in starts at 4 pm on Wednesday November 15th.  The program begins with dinner at 5:30 pm and ends after breakfast on Sunday November 19th. Arrive early enough Wednesday so that you can have dinner and settle into your room. If you are checking-in after 7:30 pm, please call the Welcome Center at 928.204.3391 to make arrangements for a late check-in.

If you are arriving after 6:00 pm, please eat before your arrival. Please be aware that Sedona Mago is located 30 min away from restaurants and there are no meal options after 7:00 pm

Check-out is at 12:00 noon. Participants are welcome to stay on the property until 5 pm and store their luggage at the Welcome Center. If you require a later checkout time, contact the Welcome Center.

The retreat includes three healthy, delicious meals daily. Meals are pesco-vegetarian (fish and dairy are included) and served buffet style. A mini-refrigerator is provided in each room and a microwave and ice maker is available onsite. Sedona Mago Retreat is an alcohol-free, smoke-free, and meat-free facility.

The schedule will include ample free time for relaxation, hiking, swimming, and to enjoy local options, such as Sedona’s art galleries, wineries, spas, and natural beauty. The retreat’s pool and Jacuzzi are open year round so do bring your swimsuit. Coin-operated washers and dryers are available and they supply pool towels.

The cell phone carrier with the strongest reception is Verizon Wireless; all other carriers have medium to minimal reception.  There is a public phone that dials out locally and phone cards are available for purchase at the Welcome Center.

Wi-Fi is available in the lounge and training rooms.

Available Accomodations

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Your accommodations are casitas which feature two full-sized beds, a table with chairs, refrigerator, dresser, and a full bathroom, supplied with towels and soap, shampoo and conditioner. Hair dryers and alarm clocks are not supplied, but may be available at the Welcome Center. The rooms do not have televisions or phones.

FAQ’s

Are There Any Prerequisites?

The only prerequisite is that you have either attended one of my earlier lucid dreaming/dream yoga programs, or already have knowledge about the basics of lucid dreaming. This program discusses the more advanced inner yoga induction methods, subtle daily meditations, and an integral approach to understanding non-lucidity and lucidity.

Any Suggested Reading Materials Before Attending?

Although there are no prerequisites or reading assignments required for attending this program, for those that are interested, there are several resources:

Andrew’s book, Dream Yoga: Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep

Or his 6 hour audio program, Dream Yoga: The Tibetan Path of Awakening Through Lucid Dreaming.

Reading List

Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge.
Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life by Stephen Laberge
The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep by Tenzin Wangyal
Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying by The Dalai Lama
Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light by Namkhai Norbu

Any Suggestions On Initiating Dreams?

Start with Strong Motivation and Intention

Motivation creates momentum that carries into the dream world. It’s as if you are “seeding” the lucid dream, a technique that is basic to any level of dream induction or incubation.

Intent comes from roots that mean “to stretch toward” (in- ‘towards’ and tendere ‘stretch’). Dream yoga begins by stretching the mind with intention. In order to wrap your mind around the dark you have to stretch towards it. You eventually want to stretch your awareness into previously unconscious states of mind, and the warm up for that elongation begins with your intent. Stretching in this intentional way therefore begins to expand your mind.

Have you ever had to get up early and not had an alarm clock? By setting a strong intention to get up at a certain time we often wake up at that time despite not having an alarm. In the same way we can set an internal alarm to wake us up within a dream by setting a strong intention.

Say It Out Loud

To actually practice intention, say to yourself throughout the day “Tonight I will remember my dreams. I will have many dreams. I will have good dreams. I will wake up within my dreams.” Don’t just mouth the words. Mean it. Really meaning it expresses that intent. You also strengthen the intention by saying it out loud. As you’re lying down in bed, ramp up your intent, like a sprint to the finish line.

Strong intention has a connection to the power of hypnosis, which can be effective in lucid dream induction. Saying to yourself that you will have lucid dreams etc. can be viewed as a form of auto-suggestion, or self-hypnosis.

Soak In The Material

Studying the view behind lucid dreaming and dream yoga strengthens this intent. Other expressions of intent come from reading books, taking courses, and basically spending as much time as you can with this material. When Stephen LaBerge was doing his PhD dissertation on lucid dreaming he was soaking in this material and had lucid dreams almost every night. My own work in writing my soon to be released dream yoga book echoes this phenomenon. Plant lots of seeds and you’ll harvest lots of plants. Do not underestimate the power of intent. Dream researchers Robert Price and David Cohen write, “Lucid dreaming appears to be an experience widely available to the highly motivated.”

There are a number of good resources; we have provided a reading list in the above FAQ.

Any Procedures to Improve Dream Recall?

Good Dream Recall

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Good dream recall is essential. Even though we have at least six dreams each night, many people don’t remember them. LaBerge says that until you can remember at least two dreams each night it’s better not to even try the lucidity techniques.

Good dream recall begins with your attitude. Value your dreams, and then plant the seeds for better recall. If you make your dreams important they will come to you more frequently. As dream researcher Patricia Garfield says, “Those who do not “believe in” dreams or who believe them to be nonsense do not remember their dreams or have only nonsensical ones. Dreams are what you make of them. . . . Dream states respond to waking attitudes.”  Tell yourself that you will remember your dreams. Get plenty of sleep, and allow yourself to sleep in. The fun part of dream yoga is giving yourself permission to languish in bed.

Start a Dream Journal

Dream journaling, or a dream diary, really helps. Getting a dream journal sets the intention that you’re taking this seriously. You’re putting your money where your mouth is. Anthropologist T.M. Luhrmann writes, “Many years ago, I joined a group that decided that we would write down our dreams. And my dream life changed. I seemed to dream more. I remembered more detail. I sometimes had dreams of mythic intensity.”

If you have a hard time remembering dreams it helps to write down any snippet of any dream you can remember. When you wake up, ask yourself “Was I dreaming?” Close your eyes and try to go back in to recapture any part of the dream.

Don’t Move

Moving as you are waking up from sleep engages waking consciousness and pulls you out of the dream world. If you’ve already moved and think you did have a dream, return to the position you were in when you first woke up. Memories are lodged in our bodies. I have often recaptured a dream by returning to the position I was in when I had it.

Make Use of “Primetime Dreamtime”

To most effectively learn lucid dreaming, it helps to understand and take advantage of our sleep cycles. There are times when it’s best not to disturb sleep, and other times when we can make use of a sleep cycle to trigger lucid dreams.

There are two main kinds of sleep, non-REM and REM sleep. REM sleep, which accounts for 25% of sleep, is associated with rapid eye movement (REM), muscle twitches, sleep paralysis, an active brain, and dreaming.

The first REM period of the night is short, about five to ten minutes. This is why we rarely remember dreams from the early part of the night. If we have a non-REM dream, it tends to be less intense and emotional, often just a recollection of events from the day. As the night progresses, REM periods increase and non-REM periods decrease. The first half of the night is mostly non-REM, and the second half transitions into mostly REM.

Just before awakening we can be in REM sleep for 45 minutes to an hour, which is why we mostly remember our morning dreams. This is primetime dreamtime. On the weekends you can practice this by setting an alarm to wake up about two hours before you normally would, then stay up for fifteen minutes or so, and then going back to sleep. This will greatly increase the likelihood that you will remember a dream.

With these tips it’s easy to start remembering your dreams.

May my spouse/partner/friend join me but not attend the dream yoga program?

Yes, we have a spouse/partner rate option under the double occupancy registration (paid in full option only). This includes all room and food. They are welcome to join us.

What is your Cancellation Policy?

Space is limited in these programs and your reservation, if cancelled last minute, may mean another person can’t attend.

Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to 14 days before the program.

Nonrefundable credit toward a future program or stay (less a $50 processing fee) is available if you give notice between thirteen and one day(s) before the program. Credit may be applied to any program for one year following date of issue.

No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day; if you do not show up; or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.

We reserve the right to cancel a program at any time. If we cancel a program, you will receive a full refund.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have any questions please contact Cindy Wilson at (760)899-2813 or cynthiawil2@gmail.com

Space is limited, sign up soon!

Lead photo courtesy Mike Liu – Shutterstock

 

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About Sedona and the Sedona Mago Retreat Center

Sedona is an Arizona desert town near Flagstaff that’s surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. USA Weekend recently rated Sedona as number one on its Most Beautiful Places in America list. Known for its mild climate and regarded by Native Americans as sacred, Sedona continues to be recognized as a place of healing and spiritual renewal. Visitors are drawn by the many art galleries, the recent addition of wineries and the energy vortexes that are believed to be part of the magical nature of Sedona. It is said that of the Earth’s 21 known vortexes, five are in Sedona.

The Sedona Mago Retreat Center is located 40 minutes southwest of downtown Sedona and 2.5 hours north of Phoenix. It’s nestled among the beautiful rock formations of the Sedona area on a 163-acre stretch of land in the high Arizonan desert, 4,500-feet above sea level. The center’s amenities include an outdoor pool and jacuzzi (open year round), a beautifully landscaped lake, an organic farm, a 24 hour lounge, meditation areas and a gift shop.

More about Sedona Mago Retreat.

Pricing and Accommodations

What’s Included:

  • Accommodations 4 nights (Nov 15 – Nov 19, 2017) • Food – 3 meals per day • All program events

What’s NOT Included:

  • Not included shuttle to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor airport ($40.00 each way).Reservations can be made online at Arizona Shuttle. Online reservations must be made before 6:00 pm the night before travel in order to guarantee your space. Round trip fare is $142.
  • Air fare not included.

You may choose to have your own private room or a shared room. Shared rooms reflect a per person rate and private is single occupancy. If you wish to room together with a family member or friend, please select the shared room option. If you are coming alone and register for a shared room, we will assign you a roommate (of the same sex).

Total cost of program, accommodations and meals:

Private Room: $1140

Shared Room: $940  For spouse/partner not participating in program – $690 for lodging and food (he/she is welcome to join us for all meals).

Space is limited in these programs and your reservation, if cancelled last minute, may mean another person can’t attend.

Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to 14 days before the program begins.

Nonrefundable credit toward a future program (less a $50 processing fee) is available if you give notice between 13 and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any program for one year following date of issue.

No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day; if you do not show up; or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.

We reserve the right to cancel a program at any time. If we cancel a program, you will receive a full refund.

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