12 day Lomilomi Healing Arts Immersion April 4-15,2018 on HOOD CANAL in BRINNON, WA
Live together in harmony with Nature, Spirit and other People
while learning massage that is grounded in Hawaiian Big Island lomilomi lineage
Led by Barbara Helynn Heard, LMP
Watch this 3 minute video to get a feel for this 12 day lomilomi healing arts immersion.
I have created this
lomilomi immersion program to pass on to others some of the profound
experiences I've been gifted with by my own special teachers over the
past six decades. My growth in immersive settings such as weekend,
week-long, and even month-long workshops has consistently been
transformative, amazing, and generally joyful for me. I offer this
lomilomi immersion program with intent to create an environment which
fosters transformative and joyful experiences for others.
LOMILOMI BODYWORK COMPONENT OF THE PROGRAM:
We spent about 6 hours daily developing specific skills used in giving lomilomi massage.
Participants of this program:
Learn the Awareness Massage fundamental full body lomilomi protocol.
Learn additional supplemental and/or
advanced treatment lomilomi. The specific supplemental/advanced work
taught each year varies.
Learn an effective way to use our body
weight which differs from the manner in which use of body weight is
commonly taught in most massage schools. Keep your body safe; avoid
burnout; thrive doing massage as long as you'd like to continue doing
Consistently refine their palpation skills so that
both the massage therapist and the people we massage are able to be
more present in our bodies, and to feel very specific, and sometimes
Embrace the reality of unlimited
healing potential as we experience our bodies, and the bodies of people
we massage, as absolutely amazing.
MY LOMILOMI BACKGROUND
Awareness Massage Lomilomi is grounded in Big Island lomilomi via my 13 years focused mentorship with Mana Lomi® founder, Dr. Maka'ala Yates, D.C., 9 years of which I taught Mana Lomi® classes with Maka'ala's guidance. Maka'ala apprenticed for 16 years with beloved and well known teacher Aunty Margaret Machado. I have also been influenced by about 10 other lomilomi teachers with whom I have studied.
Big Island Style Lomilomi is therapeutic, specific body work which
addresses and helps resolve injuries and movement restriction. It is structurally focused massage which incorporates
concepts of Hawaiian spirituality, meditation techniques, and
indigenous values. This lomilomi connects with bones and is done with deep yet gentle touch which feels wonderful to both give and receive.
I bring to this lineage a passion for helping people deeply sense their own essential inner goodness and beauty via the use of specific, loving touch. I also integrate extensive somatic movement awareness exploration into the Big Island lomilomi I have learned.
WHO ARE THE PARTICIPANTS?
Most participants these lomilomi immersions are professional massage
therapists, or students in massage school. Occasionally people who
share massage only with family and friends join us, and I warmly welcome
these folks too!
2018 PROGRAM SUMMARY
The 2018 program focus is "Exploring our Life Purpose"
Identify and clearly state what we currently experience as our life's purpose.
Create and share with each other in circle presentations related to our life's purpose.
Learn lomilomi massage: (1) full body protocol and (2) supplemental techniques including specific treatment work for the back, pelvis, neck & shoulders. Chair and floor massage, time permitting.
Take a field trip: visit a special location on the Olympic Peninsula.
Create various Hawaiian crafts one of which will be bamboo stamp carving.
Experience introduction to ho’oponopono, the art of aligning with the highest good for all, with body, mind & spirit
Participate in body awareness exercises: feel and move your body every day with increased awareness and joy
Experience daily personal cleansing ceremony
Connect with a deeper sense of our own inner goodness within community
live communally with 7-9 people, including cooking together
Rest, release, repair, and restore our bodies, minds and Spirit
Earn 50-55 massage continuing education credits. Most of these credits will be NCBTMB approved.
You will earn 51-55 CE credits for the body work taught in this immersion program. Because we have more expansive time available during this immersion than when I teach the similar material in a shorter classes, participants generally develop more finesse and expertise.
Watch this 4 minute video to see the 2017 immersion participants together dance the hula they
learned. These folks had no prior experience with hula, and this video
was taken after they had been learning for only about a week.
FOUR YEAR THEME CYCLE:
Thisimmersion program runs on
a four year cycle with different and unique themes each of the four
years. Attend the immersion program for four years to experience the
2013: Tend your Bowl of Light by acknowledging and developing your gifts
2014: Know your Life Purpose
2016: Lōkahi: developing personal harmonious relationship between Spirit, Nature and Humanity.
2017: Developing our Gifts and our Gratitude
2018: Exploring our Life Purpose
2019: Ho'oponopono: cutting ties to that which no longer serves us, connecting with our Highest Good
2020: Lōkahi: developing personal harmonious relationship between Spirit, Nature and Humanity.
Students with passion for this work will attend the entire four year cycle. Repetition is a fantastic teacher!!
VENUE AND LODGING
We will live and learn 'ohana (family) style in the Seal Rock home in the town of Brinnon on Hood Canal. This is a big, beautiful, light filled, waterfront vacation home north of Olympia, WA. Click here to see photos.
We communally prepare and share delicious, mostly organic meals. I take your food preferences into consideration in planning the meals so you'll have food that you enjoy.
We will live together as family. Most participants will share a bedroom with one other person; one or two participants may have a private room. Each person will of course have their own bed, unless they attend as a couple.
Transportation will be arranged from Seattle as needed. For folks who need it we will either use shuttle service to and from SeaTac airport or arrange for shared car rental. The cost for this transportation is NOT included in the program fee.
April 4, 2018: 3-6 pm arrival time, light informal supper provided, 7 pm opening circle
April 5-14, 2018, workshop days 2-11: full class days
April 15, 2018: breakfast, cleanup and closing, leave by 11 am
Approximate daily schedule
until 8:30 am: free time
8:30-10:30 : shared meditation, body exploration, singing and hula
10:30-am -6:30 pm: massage class time with a leisurely break for family style shared main meal, and other activities
evening: informal supper, crafts, free time
Note: This Lomilomi Immersion program is a drug and alcohol free event.
Only 8 students will be accepted in this Lomilomi Immersion Program.
COST, including tuition, room & board
early bird price
until Jan 25, 2018: $1995
full price thereafter: $2195
Payments due in full by February 22, 2018.
Payment plans available on request.
$200 off if you have previously taken at least 27 credits of lomilomi classes from me.
$400 off if you have previously attended this lomilomi immersion OR if you have taken 54 credits or more of lomilomi classes with me.
After paying the deposit online, please pay the balance by check postal mailed to me.
Optionally, you may arrange with me to pay your balance by credit card using PayPal. A 3% service fee will be added to your balance due.
Non-refundable deposit is $500.00
90 or more days prior: full amount over the non-refundable deposit will be refunded
60-89 days prior:
50% of total amount paid, excluding
non-refundable $500 deposit, will be refunded
59 or fewer days: not eligible for any refund, due to the commitment for all expenses involved in hosting this program.
All credit card fees and administration costs will be deducted from any refund, in addition to your non-refundable deposit.
In the unlikely event the training is canceled by the host all monies will be returned.
GOODWILL FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP
One full tuition scholarship, worth $1300, will be awarded for this Lomilomi Immersion to a an applicant who contributes to community using manual healing arts.
2018 Lehua Goodwill Scholarship for the April 4-15, 2018 immersion Scholarship application deadline is December 1, 2017. Winner will be chosen by Dec 3, 2017. Runners up will be offered smaller scholarships.
The number of runners up scholarships I award depends on the number of applications I receive, and the number of open spots in the program. In previous years an average of 12 folks have applied for this scholarship each year, and I have offered runners up scholarships to many applicants.
To apply for the scholarship, please send an email which includes:
Your name, your address and phone number
a statement of your intention to apply for the 2018 Lehua Goodwill Scholarship.
A thoughtful one paragraph introduction of yourself
An explanation of why you wish to participate in this program in 150 words or less
A description of contributions you have made to community and/or how might you "pay forward" the scholarship support once you have acquired the training
Optional supplemental material of your own choosing
Your website address, if you have a website
Tell me how you learned of this scholarship opportunity
Are you on FACE BOOK? If so, please FB friend me: Barbara Helynn Heard.
ABOUT SCHOLARSHIP MONEY:
The full scholarship is for the tuition portion of the cost or the immersion only and does not include the room and board expenses or the cost of travel to and from the retreat.
The full scholarship recipient will pay $700 for room & board.
A $500 non refundable deposit will be due by Dec 6 to confirm your acceptance of the scholarship and the $200 balance will be due by February 22, 2018.
All nine of us started out as strangers and left here family. Speaking for myself, I came to this immersion seeking a few things. The most important gift I wanted to receive was achieved. I discovered how to alter it and receive it. I found patience and peace when I feel frustration and also chose patience and peace when I feel frustration. I owe it to this experience and to Barbara for helping me with that. I’ve completely altered my way of perception and ability to receive gifts. I’ve also learned things I can use beyond the massage room. I loved starting with somatics and guided meditation and the food was awesome.
massage therapist in Ohio
April 9, 2017
There was so much thought and work put into this
retreat. We had even the most specific
and specialty foods here! Our time was
the perfect balance of structure and freedom.
Barbara is really a teacher by nature and has a deep understanding of
the work she does. I’ve deepened my
knowledge of massage and awareness of my own body in the most effective and fun
ways – like hula. I learned so much
about Hawaiian culture and spent time with amazing people in a safe and
massage therapist in Florida
April 9, 2017
The environment was perfect for learning. I learned new skills to
better my massage practice and lengthen my career physically with proper
massage therapist in Washington State
April 9, 2017
Barbara is a great teacher.
She can break down the steps in a concise way. Everyone understood and had plenty of time to
learn the material. In the end she
understands that we students will make lomilomi our own so there is a great
deal of creativity allowed. She always
has fun crafts for us to do in the evenings.
She has taught me ways to take care of my body, which will and has added
longevity to my practice. I will always
be grateful for the things she taught me.
massage therapist in Indiana
April 9, 2017
back from the 2015 12 day Mana Lomi Immersion and it has been a truly
transformational experience! Barbara is an exceptional and gifted
teacher and shares the length and depth of her knowledge and experience
with ease and expertise. I feel a dramatic shift in the way of doing
massages, as it was meant to be done, with greater presence and
connection to clients.The program is carefully crafted and offered much
more than I ever imagined. Happy to have made some wonderful new
friends, eat delicious healthy food and dance the hula!
massage therapist in Trinidad
April 4, 2015
I must say that
this was an immersion in every sense of the word. We (6 of us) were
immersed in Mana Lomi® and Hawaiian culture daily... learning Hawaiian
songs, Hula and crafts.
Barbara is an
amazing instructor. We were never bored, she always had something new
for us to learn and was continually available for questions and help if
we needed it. Having a small class was perfect for individual
The location, right on Summit Lake in Olympia,
couldn't have been better...with the tranquility of the lake view right
outside, and family style gourmet-type meals daily, none of us wanted
I highly recommend this immersion if you are looking
for a healing modality that encompasses clinical work with a side of
spirituality, if you are looking for something special to offer your
clients, and/or if you are interested in bettering your body
massage therapist in Beacon, NY
April 4, 2015
I first signed up for the immersion I had it in my head that I was
heading to the West Coast to learn another massage modality.
walked away with is so much more. I was able to become more
to my body, soul, and mind. Learned how to deal with an
still persevere, how to work well with others in a close living
environment, and how to appreciate other cultures, nature, &
foods. I have returned home to the East Coast with another
appreciation, and friends for life.
on FaceBook Tammy Bocchino
massage therapist in Baltimore, MD
April 4, 2015
find it hard to find an expression to communicate the experience of
these last two weeks. The nature is cathedral like, the lake
perfect, the mountains are humbling. The people I have shared this time
with...Ba Lan, Terri, Donna, Kadie, Barbara, Chuck,
Michael, will always be family to me. The bodywork we learned
connected me deeper not only to myself but to all living things... A
new delight and appreciation for touch and not just "massage"... A
whole new way of life!
Here's to stepping into my life
and body more fully! Now off to see the Pacific Ocean for
first time in my life!!!!!! ALOHA!!!
Jen Raines massage therapist
in Westfield, NY
This class was more
than I expected. Barbara is a generous gifted teacher. Her teaching is
balanced on mind, body,and spirit. She is attentive to the details and
works with students to ensure that their intuition is alive and
Not only does she award scholarships for Mana
Lomi techniques, she also has a deep resource of knowledge that focus
towards spirit and mind healing. She engages her students in fun
Hawaiin culture activities from art,dance,chants and teaches the rich
history of the Hawaiin culture. You walk away covered in the mantle of
I was a student of her 10 day workshop. I
walked away from the workshop a changed and healed woman in spirit,
mind and body. If you have a churning in your soul I would urge you to
sign up for these Mana Lomi classes. You will be very glad you persued
PS. Barbara, is a GREAT COOK!!!!!! Her Lamb Stew was the bomb!!!!!!!
Thank You Barbara,
Paula Henry massage therapist
in Vancouver, WA
Barbara Helynn Heard is approved by the National
Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as
continuing education Approved Provider #1056.
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