Fall Awake Retreat: Living the Dream

Debbie Attias & Luke Simon invite you to Fall Awake II: Living the Dream.

Join us as we co-create a magical weekend of healing, transformation, nourishment and community. In the charged energy of Fall, Upstate on sacred land, we gather to shed our old stories and allow new dreams to emerge. When the veils are thin, we open ourselves up. We listen to the River. We listen to our Heart. We cast our wishes and dreams into the fire.

Luke and Debbie will lead the group through creative, experimental and heart centered fun. Dancing and laughing, you won’t even realize the deep inner work you are doing.

Daily meditation, Breathwork, Dance, Yoga, and delicious healthy food bring our body and mind into a high vibrational state. From there… Talk the dream, walk the dream, realize that you are already are LIVING THE DREAM.

Itinerary:

Friday, November 4th
5pm Arrivals
7pm Opening Circle, Intentions
8pm Fall Harvest Meal
9pm Fireside Dancorcism™ Ritual ** bring ceremonial wardrobe change – dress up as your higher self, your shadow side, or your inner child!

Saturday

Light wake up snacks of fruit and teas
8am Yoga & Meditation
9:30am Hearty Breakfast

Free time

Noon Sacred Hike: re-aligning your energy through interacting with Nature. Picnic at the top of the trail. **weather permitting! We will do an indoor workshop if it rains!

Free time

6pm Crystals & Breathwork. We will rinse our crystals in the river and then breathe to please and open up our energy. Afterwards we will begin an overnight infusion of your customized crystal essence elixir. All supplies included, you will take home a 1oz dropper bottle of this vibrational potion to assist you in manifesting your intentions over the next month.
8pm Big Dinner
9pm More fire and dancing!

Sunday

Light wake up snacks of fruit and teas
8am Yoga & Meditation
9:30 Brunch !!
11am closing circle, gratitude
12pm departure, or free time Upstate for more adventures..! Woodstock flea market, apple picking or pumpkin patches?!

Retreat includes:
-Lodging at the Treehouse in Phoenecia, NY
-Healthy Meals
-Breathwork
-Yoga
-Meditation
-Dancorcism
-A fun Hiking adventure
-Rituals
and MORE!

Energy Exchange: $500/ $600 (shared/private room)
**Early Bird Special $450/$550 (w deposit by Oct. 1st)**

ASTRO DATE * A new Experiential Astrology Healing Offering*

I love spending time one on one connecting heart to heart with people. As my astrology practice is blossoming, I am inspired to share this wisdom in an innovative container of an experience.

My vision is that we
1) touch base in person, via phone or email regarding your current life questions and you give me your birth data (time & location of your birth)

2) I will brainstorm potential *dates* that align symbolically with the current transits of your chart. For example:

  • A walk and exploration through the library
  • Spa Castle
  • A roundtrip train ride together up the Hudson River
  • A hike Upstate
  • Sky Diving
  • Natural History Museum
  • Ashram visit
  • Farm visit
  • A delicious meal or snack place
  • A boat ride

3) I will give you some options and estimated budgets for the date, along with my $120 energy exchange for preparing and sharing your chart.

4) We set a time, aligned with astrological timing that will support the date’s intention.

please contact me to begin designing this sacred friendship approach to learning about your chart and current strategies for maximizing your potential!

Snakes on my Brain

Thinking is like a Chinese Finger trap, the more I tug and think I’m making progress, the further from free I’m getting..!

In the Yoga tradition, negative thinking (worry & doubt) is compared to being frightened of a snake at dusk, but when actually seen clearly, it is just a coiled rope. We think of things in our life as snakes, when really they are just ropes!

Spiritual practices always address the role of the mind — they are the original Philosophy & Psychology. The mind gets a bad rap, though, because it is so tricky. Like the Finger trap, it’s monkey mind, to be avoided, transcended, an illusion, etc. I think it’s more about clarifying the function of the mind so it runs like a clean engine, where we don’t tug at knots and tighten our mental stress, where the inner environment is transparent to perceive the ropes for what they are, and be present for the beauty around us in the day to day.

In Yoga, we investigate our mind-states and conclusions that make us believe there is a snake to fear. Instead, when there is a snake reaction, we remember to breath, to sit with it, poke it with a stick, feel it’s scales, and in that staying presence the thing goes from scary to mundane. We give it time to unwind and reveal that it was different then we perceived, and not so bad, after all.

I notice the quality of my mind when I forget my thoughts, suddenly I am in a much lighter and simple state of being that contrasts other stressful parts of my day. In a given day I pass from being ecstatic and free, to getting triggered into a drama that pulls me into it’s trenches. I get worried, depressed, feel hopeless, because I am believing this story — that something is a snake, to go back to the metaphor. Because I have studied the ups and downs of my mind, I am more suspect now of these episodes, and more excited about uncovering the snakes for the ropes that they are, learning that there is nothing to fear. It’s been a big opportunity for me to take charge of my life, not to fix everything, but to be present with it, observe and not over-react. Then it’s easier for me to slip back into the simplicity of just being, where I perceive life’s simple beauty.

The very flickering of these mind states proves to me their in-substantiality. The medium of thought is fickle! And we have to learn to ride the waves. That’s really what yoga is about, when it boils down to it. Spiritual / Psychological Surfing. The fact that I can be depressed when I believe one thought and feel totally free when I am not dwelling on that thought makes me realize there is a choice of my inner world.

I share this because I have struggled with my mind and have ruined beautiful days because I was wallowing in something. As I do this inner process of looking at my snakes I am taking responsibility for the way I want to live. As I make different choices about not feeling sad and un-loved due to a past relationship, I start to shift the program in my mind and not fall into the same habitual stories.

So we begin the snake process with all parts of our life. We start to let the dust settle and perceive that life was not what it seemed.
Isn’t it our thoughts that cast and design the film of our life as either a suspenseful drama or a romantic comedy?! Maybe it’s not about controlling it, but allowing it to uncoil into the nuanced multi-disciplinary, genre-bending thing that can’t even be contained, but is so unique and artistic.

So, I invite you to do the extreme sport of sitting with your snakes. I invite you to not run away or try to kill the snake, but to sit with it and use methods to work with the snakes of the mind to transform them. Mantra is the Yogic tool of repetition of tones that re-pattern the mind waves. Mantra is an easier way to deal with a mind that’s strayed. Breath work is another way I always re-set when I’ve gone down a hole of over-thinking something.

Ultimately, our goal is not to know everything, but to be comfortable not knowing. To live more in the body and the heart. To experience life’s subtlety rather then stressing out to make it be the way we think it should be to make us happy. Be blessed!

Soul Clouds

Describing the Moon is not the Moon. As an avid explorer of the subtle world, I have to be careful to not get stuck in equating my experience of seeing the Moon with a validating description of the Moon.

I wanted to write about “Ego” as it is understood in spiritual traditions. But I want to start off by liberating this paragraph from any comparisons to the past. The reader, filing through the mental filing cabinet, searching for a match in the cluttered inner world of ideas, dreams & the X-file of life’s mysteries.

These clouds are natural. But they call to be clarified. Each Soul is growing, learning, clarifying, becoming exactly it’s essence.

I love the spiritual traditions of the World, there’s so much beauty and truth in them for me. I’m riffing on ancient symbols, metaphors and teaching to make them my own. Because there are infinite ways to put things together. Every being is made up of the same ingredients, but comes out completely unique! How is that?! The Universe is an infinite re-mixing of the parts. In it, we can always know the basic Truth, and always discover new ways they fit together.

The Sufis talked of “polishing the inner mirror of the heart”.
Buddhas sat to become empty, again.
Yogis use practices to re-harmonize to the rhythm of the cosmic whole, Om.

All these paths share the desire to return to what we actually are by entering the space of practicing being in that state, again.

Fake it until you make it.
The practice is the experience, until you don’t have to practice anymore.

I love entering the heightened state of an activated energy body, feeling connected and magical. I do this through many ways. Wanting to be in that space is number 1 — it really is an inner creation, calling it in, creating a sacred space, making time to practice, dreaming an experience up and executing it. We become the wizards of our own reality, shifting things to align with our heart and purpose— to reflect cosmic energy. To mirror the infinite energy of Creation. To be part of the Universe, to express, to be.

Clouds that make us hazy get dispersed as we connect more to the inner Sun that is always there.

There is awareness underneath the thoughts and feelings of everyday life. There is infinite space, freedom, ablue cloudless sky that wraps around 360° in all directions and dimensions. Why do we dwell on the clouds that float on the surface of this infinite space?! So, I ask you to honor the clouds as they change shape and speed, and know that you are so much more, and to connect to your hugeness. <3 <3