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w o r k s ho p 

a trauma-informed nervous system reset
for womxn to reclaim the body as home

Imola Institute, Costa Rica
Feb 15-19th, 2024

The Retreat

Finding the time to focus on our own healing within the entrenchment of our daily obligations & hectic schedules,

sometimes just isn’t possible... unless we can remove ourselves from our habitual environments & stressors,

temporarily, for a reset - a jumpstart, if you will. 


That’s where the Water & Women Retreat comes in - as a literal nervous system reset. 

This experience is equal parts in-water somatics sessions & cathartic portraiture - with a team of female facilitators & artists.

Establishing a baseline of safety in the body is the first true step towards building capacity to be in then face, feel & free sensations & stored memories in the body. Coming home to your Self, to know safety and security in your bones, as an unshakeable truth, is the core intention of this workshop - and water, with its in-womb-like qualities provides one of the most secure neurosensory experiences of safety we can get as adults. 

 This trauma-informed workshop also provides new ways to see your Self -  with images taken artistically in beautiful surroundings, both solo & in group, to proffer a new, perhaps kinder, lens and perspective on who & how you know yourself as.

In short, when women come together by the water, wonder happens. This is an opportunity to trust your body, make art, re-encode safety & affirm that healing & accessing your authentic Self doesn't have to be a hard, heavy, arduous process. Here we inject connection, fun, creativity & exploration into the sacred journey you're on back home to your Self.


Please join us for this is a specifically-crafted immersive experience for each participant to reconnect with Self, their wholeness &  sense of possibility, and cultivate feeling at home & safe in the body.

your own portraits

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In this immersive capacity-building

retreat in Hawaii, you'll...


  • Cathartic portraiture opportunities; in individual & group photo sessions, that playfully capture the new sense of authentic Self you are coming into communion with throughout the retreat experience.

  • Embodied nervous system (SE) foundations to better operate in coherent allyship with your nervous system works (ie. your own human operating system).  



  • Deep somatic release & nervous system stabilization using in-water therapy & sound healing.

    • The water is the one place you can infinitely pour whatever you‘re carrying and this immersion is designed for you to set an intention, let go, release & actually experience a shift.

  • Compassionate inquiry techniques for trauma exploration & dynamic in-person facilitation of somatic tools to anchor in nervous system shifts.



The feeling of relating with water is at once meditative and exhilarating; evoking primal memories of safety in the fluid environment of our mother’s womb.

Water also often feels cleansing and renewing in deep ritualistic, almost indescribable ways and immediately allows the cortical defenses of our egoic mind to let go as we explore deeper aspects of our Selves and our body’s stored trauma imprints within a crystallis of profound safety.

This retreat is for all beings looking to:


  • Find deeper levels of safety & trust in their body & in relating to others & the world.

  • Feel more open to connection & relating securely attached.

  • Activate healing & repair & understand how to help the body shift into a regulated, homeostasis place (critical for those experiencing autoimmune & physical disease).

  • Embody their truth more effortlessly.

  • Understand how to relate to, and move towards resolving, persistent, non-serving behavioral and/or thought patterns.

  • Reclaim inner safety & resiliency to release trauma, loss, grief & other unprocessed experiences.

  • Embrace your nervous system & the latest scientific understandings of how our human operating system works

The Location

Imiloa Institute is a home and an experience where human beings are invited to awaken their consciousness.

Jungle luxury meets Bali-esque geodesic domes & infinity pools overlooking the ocean. Locally-sourced, gourmet vegan food and a stunning open-air movement center.

The miles of untouched nature pathways are sure to lead you deeper into the home of your Self. 

The intentional, spirit-infused, environmentally-conscious ways of life here, focused on community and the maintenance of ethnic lineages, creates an atmosphere unlike any other. It is a profoundly healing place.

Click for a video tour of the retreat space

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The Facilitator

Christine Ren, Somatic Therapist/ Coach


Drawing from an eclectic background of undergraduate and Master's degrees in pre-med and anthropological disciplines, a former professional career as a dance performer and decade of consulting work with startups in Silicon Valley,

I facilitate nervous system-led upgrades remotely with clients 1-on-1 and in small groups, as well work locally guiding in-water somatic experiencing sessions for clients with higher trauma burdens in the body that need deep safety re-stabilizing in order to heal.

As a somatic therapist/ coach, I'm in the business of helping conscious women live their truth & express their gifts -

by integrating trauma & limiting stories through somatic coherence therapy, which is a type of both and intersectional work of healing of the mind’s story (meaning and context its made),

and the body’s memory (somatic imprint/  physiology, that remains in the body and  nervous system from various experiences, threats and woundings).




  • 5 nights of accommodations (single occupancy);

  • 3 meals a day of organic catered food from a local, private chef (breakfast, lunch & dinner);

  • 2 60 minute in-water SE sessions;  

  • 4 days of in-water facilitation & creative SE movement work;

  • 2 1-on-1 photoshoots & numerous group photo opps + 4 final image edits per person;

  • Travel to and from all workshop destinations.

Not Included 

  • Airfare & luggage; 

  • Travel to/from the retreat space from airport; 

  • Extracurricular travel into town & shopping outside of the workshop itinerary.


Price per person: $3,950 
(*based on single occupancy) 


50% deposit due on booking

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