In the cycle of daily demands, one can lose touch with core yearnings and the actual passage of time — distancing us from our bodies, our loved ones, and the brilliant spark of life.

The Elemental Intimacy Retreat is for men and women who desire to strengthen their bond with source, self, and the natural world — which directly influences what you bring to relationships, how you earn money, and your capacity to give your gift fully in the time that you have. 

As we practice and adventure, the natural dance of polarity will be present and artfully explored — within the more primary context of awakening and cultivating ones intimacy with Life.

Our time on retreat will include sunrise walks, embodiment sessions, group considerations, explorations into the surrounding valleys, restful afternoons, delicious healthy meals, and celebratory evenings. Relax into deep connection with yourself, the elements, and others with a unique blend of ritual, movement, and stillness. Eli offers skillfully facilitated (and wildly unpredictable) open spaces that will help you engage with the many layers of your own personal journey.

Together, we will:

  • Cultivate a felt sense of awareness, and deepen the dialogue with your body’s innate intelligence.

  • Recognize your core gifts and experience one another across the full spectrum of qualities that our diverse body-minds yearn to embrace.

  • Explore the dynamics of magnetism versus polarity, openness versus closure, allowing versus directing.

  • Practice and expand a state of participation and presence in the body that shifts your level of receptivity to life; learn how to unfold this on a daily basis, wherever you are.

  • Bask in the beauty and intensity of a very wild place while simultaneously noticing and exploring the frontiers of your own internal landscapes.

  • Develop a profound and lasting intimacy with self, one another, and the living landscape.

  • Awaken and align the natural grace, timeless presence and keen animal senses of your body.

  • Encounter and gracefully engage that which challenges you — the shadows and gifts you avoid feeling. Through these, discover new connection to the core of your being that will be available to you for the rest of your life.

October 23—27, 2019

Kolob Terrace region of Zion National Park, within a pristine and privately owned retreat center.

$1,250 — Includes Retreat Tuition, Meals, and Camping

A few work-study and scholarship positions with tuition reductions are available. Inquire for details and application.

Lodging & Meals:
All lodging options include a four-night stay with catered organic, healthy, vegetarian food. Vegan options are available if specified when applying.

Tent Camping: Provide your own camping gear, with access to bathroom and hot outdoor showers. (Some camping gear available for loan.)

Boutique Lodging Upgrades Available
Boutique lodging includes indoor and outdoor showers, full bathrooms, and all bedding + towels. Inquire for prices on shared suite or private adobe bungalow. See photos below.

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Led by Eli Buren. Retreats with Eli are offered in a strong spirit of honor, humor, and heart—bringing newly developed practices, as well as tried and tested ways to cultivate depth, openness, and embodied awareness.

Together with deep regard and strong practice, we will invite and lovingly lean into our unique expressions of integrity, artistry, and love.

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Some of the unique lodging accommodations available.

Private Adobe Bungalow

Shared Suite