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Release, Reclaim, Renew – A Recap of Our Expansive Reiki Renewal Retreat in Laguna Beach


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9 of the 11 of us after our Reiki Master Teacher workshop

I’m still in a beautiful space of warmth from the inside out from this past weekend’s Reiki Renewal Retreat in Laguna Beach, California. I know many of you had wanted to attend and some of you at the last minute were unable to, but I also know that everything always unfolds in Divine alignment and I look forward to when that timing presents itself again to connect with each of you in the near future.

For those of you who have been wanting to hear about the weekend and what you have to look forward to on future retreats, I always love to share our adventures together, both in word and photo story format, so you can feel a part of the experience and feel into the energy that can be beachcreated when souls come together in intention and love like this.

I know also that this weekend’s Reiki family is looking forward to seeing the photos and having a memoir recap of our time together. So here it goes….

There is always so much magick, synchronicity, and symbolism that unfolds in subtle and not so subtle ways. While I do make it a point to share the things that come to me during our time together and to point out things I see along the way, I do also save some for later, as it adds to the continued integration that can be seen from a different perspective than at the time.

Our extended weekend began on Thursday afternoon at 3pm on the Spring Equinox. I’d been immersed in the energy of the weekend all week previous to it, and then some. My mom arrived on Monday the 17th to assist me and I am ever-grateful for her help, as I couldn’t have pulled it all off without her.

IMG_8911It was so special for me to have my mom with me (who is 71, although you’d never know it!), not only because she’s my mom and I love her so much, but because I knew how huge this weekend experience would be for her (I get chills as I write this). And it was. I had finished off attuning her to Reiki Level 2 and 3 Master Teacher, after my Teacher and dearest friend, Laura Bruno, had trained her to Level 1, but they were simple trainings and quite some time ago.

She had never had an official class with me and so not only did she get a chance to experience me in my “element”, but I was able to gift her with my deepened experience since I trained her, along with her being able to participate in sharing her own experiences, to get a lot of hands on practice IMG_9414with everyone, to share “her” gifts of love and cuisine talents, but also to have others reflect to her what an amazing healer she is, as they experienced her Reiki practice.

It was also the first time she was able to “receive” so much from others in terms of love and Reiki treatments, as she is ALWAYS the one giving. I LOVED being able to gift her this weekend and I look forward to more of these shared collaborations with her. IMG_9371

After she arrived, Mom and I spent the next three days immersed in recipe planning, shopping lists, the mother-load of shopping adventures at Mother’s Market here locally, and then preparing and prepping everything so we’d have time during the retreat to fully engage with everyone and not worry much about things other than getting everything presentable and doing last minute prepping that can’t be done ahead of time. IMG_9263

Knowing how people love food, like I do, I thought you might enjoy exploring what we filled our tummies with this weekend.

Here is the menu we enjoyed for our Retreat experience: Everything was 100% Vegan with some Raw Vegan mixed in to integrate and balance the days and the meals, and with a high amount of gluten-free too. Our beverages were a mix of flavored sparkling waters, coconut water, water, teas, and smoothies.

Thursday: IMG_8851

Appetizer: Baked Almond Feta Cheese Ball with Dill Oil and French Bread

Dinner: Baked Lasagna with Salad followed by Chocolate Cheesecake with Cacao Nibs and Raspberries for DessertIMG_8869

Friday:

Breakfast: Cinnamon Blueberry, Gluten-Free Pancakes topped with Fruit and Maple Syrup and Apple Pie Smoothie garnished with apples IMG_9117

Lunch: Stuffed Mushrooms with Tunisian Eggplant side with Pita Bread Wedges followed by Raw Fudge Balls rolled in Coconut for Dessert

Dinner: Evening out at Au Lac

Saturday:

Breakfast: Raw Chia Seed Pudding with Fruit and Pina Colada Smoothie Lunch: Raw “Tuna” and Broccoli/Spinach Spread Lettuce Wraps followed by Raw Chocolate Pudding topped with Raspberries for DessertIMG_9443

Appetizer: 7 Layered Mexican Dip with Tortilla Chips

Dinner: Raw Tacos (Taco “Meat” with Baja Spicy “Cheese”) on Red Cabbage Shells followed by Raw Spiced Chocolate Brownies with Sticky Caramel Frosting for Dessert

Sunday: Breakfast: Tofu Scramble with Tortillas and “Sausage” Patties and Goji Mint Cacao Smoothies IMG_9377

Lunch: “Cheesy” Kale Quinoa Patties on Lettuce with Baked Potato Fries and 3 Varieties of Hummus with Carrot Sticks and Tortilla Chips followed by Raw Key Lime Mousse Pie sprinkled with Coconut for Dessert

Dinner: 3 Varieties of Thai Curry with Brown Sticky RiceIMG_9556

Monday:

Breakfast: Banana/Raisin/Cinnamon/Vanilla/Oat Breakfast Squares with Fruit Smoothie

I have to say that our planning paid off, as we ended up with not only the right amount for everyone who I knew would be eating with us, but we were also able to accommodate guests IMG_9561that came in and out of the weekend with enough to keep everyone’s tummies more than satisfied. Yay!

I am also super grateful for my sweet friend Lynne (you may remember her from the interview I did – Lynne Day) who was our onsite photographer/videographer and my assistant (thank you for your amazing photo captures!), while she was returning to receive her Reiki Master Teacher training.

Lynne was my eyes during this weekend and I couldn’t have asked for a better second pair, as it was like she read my mind as to what and how I would have wanted to capture the moments. So once again, while I’d love to try to simplify down to just a few photos, I simply could not and so you will not only see photos throughout my share, but a huge album extravaganza at conclusion, because a few just wouldn’t do justice to capturing the essence. (We actually had over edging towards 700 photos, so I think I still did a pretty good job cutting down 😉 )IMG_9344

Between mom and Lynne, I had the dream team that rocked!

But equally rocking was the amazing group of souls that one by one trickled in on Thursday, and throughout the weekend, who graced us with their courageous hearts and willingness to embrace this accelerated expansion in their lives. I couldn’t have been more blessed to have such a wonderful group with us.

We had an intimate group of 6 housemates that were at the house round the clock and then several others that came in just for the workshop days and dinners some nights.

There were a few returning students that were just auditing IMG_9452and reviewing the classes to deepen their own practice and prep for their own teaching, others that were joining to receive all 3 levels of training, one person that only wanted levels 1 and 2, and a couple of people that just stopped in to share in the celebrations.

And all around, everyone did and will continue to receive an exponential shift in expansion because of the energy shared and elevated during our time together.

And in the end, we were a group of 11 Reiki Master Teachers lighting up Laguna Beach in our “Top of the World” home in the hills. Wow! IMG_8961

I found it so brilliant how the Universe brought together this magickal and masterful number of 11. How more perfect could that be?

I sent this info to everyone who joined us for the weekend, after we all returned home, to share the beautiful synchronicity of this number with them:

11  –  MASTER TEACHER   –  KARMIC MASTER TEACHER

The Master Teacher, illumination, enlightenment, inspirational, transformation, idealism, intuitive, psychic, channeling, poetry, art/artistic, symbols, expression, dreamer, IMG_9473sparkling qualities, revolution, alternate consciousness, mysticism, catalyst, prisoner, prophet, celebrity, highly energized, radical, sensitive, visionary, enthusiastic, creative/creativity, vision, perfect balance, invention, refinement, congruency, fulfillment, higher ideals.

The Master Number 11 is usually called The Illuminator, The Messenger or the Teacher – inspirational guiding lights that bring illumination to others and to help raise spiritual awareness. IMG_9003

11 develops ‘Soul Power’ through loving, selfless service. 11 is a magical message asking us if we are centered or off kilter. Balance is the key with the #11.

Mmmmmhmmmm….

Some of the people that joined I have known and others I got to meet for the first time, but across the board it was a “coming home” to a soul family we will always have connection to. IMG_9013Whether near or far, we are always in heart and soul, and with the added benefit our distant symbol provides us, we will always have extra energetic connection to draw and call upon.

So our weekend began Thursday, as we celebrated the Spring Equinox getting to know our housemates and digging in to our vegan cuisine extravaganza for the weekend. Each night we IMG_9398also concluded with a magickal crystal bowl sound healing bath by the amazing Shane Chunephisal, who also was a wonderful part of the workshops each day, as he provided valuable information and experiences for the group – not to mention shared his healing hands providing massage body work to some of our house guests.

Each house guest was provided a gift bag upon arrival, courtesy of me, and everyone who attended a workshop received a special Golden Labradorite crystal in a pouch – one chosen for each – that I felt carried the perfect energy for everyone IMG_9427attending and the perfect support for things everyone is going through right now, especially those who are really stepping into new experiences.

For anyone curious, here is the information I provided everyone when gifting them their Crystals, to understand its metaphysical properties:

Also known as Oregon Sunstone, introduces essential life force energy as the golden solar energy that can connect you to the Great Central Sun – the nucleus of the spiritual Universe. Stimulates the Solar Plexus (or Power Chakra), assisting and teaching one the right use of power and will and to better manage your personal IMG_9002power. It is a premier manifestation stone that if used consistently, aids with intentions you are investing attention into creating. Also supports manifesting financial prosperity and in general, aids you to let go of things that hold you back so that you can embrace and embody the new qualities that come through from using it. Excellent to use in curbing procrastination and can help develop consistency in action. Helps one perceive their gifts and abilities and to develop strong self-esteem, assertiveness, physical vitality, guidance, and confidence. Enhances one’s confidence to use one’s spiritual abilities. Empowers and encourages one to let one’s Light shine. Connects one with joy and childlike playfulness. Its energy helps strengthen and enhance creativity, brings greater clarity of mind, courage, revitalization, and expanded thinking. When placed under your pillow at night, you will wake up in the morning feeling more eager, refreshed, morning sunriseand invigorated for the day ahead. It is wonderful for meditation, as it will guide you into this realm and help calm your emotions to help you better see the direction of your life and to let go of control. It will infuse you with a feeling of reverence, love, and gratitude for all that the Divine gives to you, and remind you of consistently feeling these and deepening them, even if you already do. As a Sunstone, it has a very positive effect on your psyche, promotes good humor, cheerfulness, even temper, supports stamina, increases feelings of self-worth, optimism, and enthusiasm, and help you to say “no” and cease sacrificing yourself, while working to help remove inhibitions, support healthy detachment, and help you to see release the IMG_8848ideas of failure so you can see the silver lining in everything. Physically it enhances digestion and metabolism of food. Detoxes kidneys, spleen, and gall bladder, and promotes healthy, stable organs.

I also had been guided to bring along Raja Seraphina, my Crystal Skull, whom you may remember has told me her desire to be a part of my events, gatherings, and workshops – wanting to add her energy to the mix. So we were graced with her powerful presence, IMG_8876alongside several other crystal friends Shane and Yasmin brought along, as well as myself and mom, and all of the Golden Labradorite friends. You can see Raja Seraphina’s energy captured in the photo here, as we prepped for our very first sound bath healing on Thursday night. She was definitely revved up and ready to go!

We even created a crystal grid infront of Shane’s crystal bowls for our sound baths and that all proved, alongside the Reiki, to be quite powerful. Having the combination of Reiki and sound healing was such the perfect partnership of energy to really accelerate things for everyone.

We were definitely in our own little world up on viewtop of that hill, and we now each carry the energy of our time together along with us throughout our day-to-day because it IS a part of us now that is integrating and recalibrating from the inside out.

Our home for the weekend was such the perfect blend of spaciousness, comfort, intimacy, and peace. We had the most amazing view from the huge deck area, along with a side “zen-like” garden with fountain and bench, and being at the very tip-top overlooking everything certainly mirrored our elevating our energy and raising our frequencies to a whole new level.

IMG_9517We were even graced with 2 Banana mascots for the weekend, which goes back to a long running joke between Lynne and I, which is part of Lynne’s interview you can read at the link above. Both Lynne and my Banana Masters were along for the journey, every step of the way.

IMG_8918They helped bring things down to Earth, infusing our days with lightness and laughter, child-like innocence, and good old-fashioned fun! Just the way every day of life should be danced and just the way I like to roll and play. 🙂

retreat8So, if you were wondering what was up with all the Banana craze in the photos, needless to say, they added the perfect ingredient to the recipe of our flambe that set the weekend on fire. 😉

On the morning of our nature integration day, as we sipped on tea, a strange thing floated in the sky towards us. As it approached, we could make out that it was a balloon – where from, who knows? – but interestingly it was an Orca Whale immediately reminding me of the recent movie “Blackfish” and how that symbolizes “freedom” and our awareness that is needed.

IMG_9155But it also brought to mind key symbolism that was meaningful to our group, such as: connection, leadership, teamwork, community, communication, soul family, intuition, depth, playfulness, intelligence, environment, and Divine Feminine guiding us (as Orcas are a matriarchal society).

So, to back track, after we settled in and enjoyed Thursday evening’s dinner welcome and sound bath, we then began our first workshop of the weekend that next Friday morning. And of course, every day was balanced out with the perfect blend of meals from morning until night to compliment the energy we were working with.

IMG_9218On workshop days where we were working in the spiritual realms and raising our vibrations, we ate a majority of more grounding, cooked vegan foods. And on our nature integration day, in between both workshops, when we were grounding with the Earth, we had a more raw vegan lightened meal plan to keep things balanced. I always strive for creating harmony and balance in everything we do, as that is key in my book.

Friday we began our Reiki training with Levels 1 and 2, greeting new arrivals to our group. Our evening concluded with a night out on the town at the infamous Au Lac, where everyone inhaled a IMG_9130ton of great foods after our energetically opening day, followed by a crystal bowl healing sound bath.

It was an amazing first training day to say the least. I was so excited to see everyone beaming from their attunements and their own excitement about the experience of Reiki for the first time.

Saturday we woke to a lovely and relaxing day ahead of leisurely eating, conversation, nature, Reiki practice, and more sound baths. Four of us went on a hike down the canyon, just a two minute walk from the house. How lucky were we to have IMG_9166nature in our backyard and every variety of flower and bird imaginable, as you can see from the photos. We also came up on fuzzy caterpillar and lady bug friends, and even saw what appeared to be mountain lion-looking tracks. I could feel her presence and that was a beautiful gift.

Looking back in reflection, I do find it fascinating that “birds” seemed to be the main theme of animal guides around us the entire weekend. As mentioned, we saw so many varieties and they would also come around each time we did the initiation attunements during Reiki trainings. One time it was some crows that swooped in just above our group on the deck and actually spoke to one of our group in his attunement, telling him to “let go”. Another time musical birds came to the window chiming in with our frequency shift.

IMG_9518And of course, when outside, they were all around including some hawks and every variety of small bird. We even had a sandpiper guide that was leading ahead of us on the beach and always stopped to wait for us. And on the way home on Monday, just as we were exiting the freeway ramp behind my house, one of my mainstay hawk sentinel friends was peering down from the street lamp in all of his glory, as if to say, “welcome home” – having of course twofold meaning.

I thought you might enjoy this article I posted last April on Bird Wisdom, which shares some of the symbolism and medicine they have to show and support us with:

Bird Wisdom Appearing in Our Lives

We also came upon interesting caves in the rocks across the way, some huge statue that someone had placed on the hill that was of a prehistoric Triceratops! and mystical Cairns sitting atop a

IMG_9247rock overlook that made for the perfect place to have a silent meditation.

We were graced by the sun beaming so bright and hot in the middle of our laying and sitting on the rocks…making us feel very much like Usui on the top of the mountain receiving the very first natural Reiki attunement from Source.

After a leisurely lunch we then proceeded to Crystal Cove State Park Beach – my favorite – and had ourselves a walk along the water, grounding our feet in the sand, enjoying the sea life and air cleansing through us, and having fun practicing Reiki symbols in the sand.

IMG_9271Our night concluded with a dinner celebration with guests and of course another amazing sound healing bath.

This led us to Sunday’s Reiki 3 Master Teacher workshop and another new day of experiences for all. Great food, conversations, lots of love, and beaming smiles and souls were the day’s joys.

We had a lot of practice time, which really was powerful for everyone as they all got to experience just how naturally gifted they each IMG_9470were as unique healers, surprising themselves with how intuitive they really all are. Beautiful!!

And as we said goodbye to each of the souls that had journeyed with us during our workshops, the group of housemates that remained, decided to embark on another beach journey to celebrate a weekend of profound change and accomplishment.

So we took a sunset walk back on Crystal Cove Beach and the Universe gifted us a most stunning sunset that shifted from golden enchantment to red/orange with a portal in the sky, and then to amazing vibrant pinks like that love energy, which was all like a celebratory IMG_9535display of the renewing energy experienced all weekend. Not to mention, quite the send off for our little group.

The golden glows you’ll see in the photos below capture the golden expansion of consciousness experienced. This shifted into a creative power portal rooted in passionate oranges and reds we’re integrating for embodiment, and then the feathered and pulsing pink, like that of our hearts taking flight more gracefully in our lives.IMG_9491

We again enjoyed some Reiki symbol practice in the sand and took some fun group shots of our vibrant and freeing energy. That evening, rather than go out to eat, my mom and I were gifted a beautiful meal created by Shane of a variety of Thai curries that he and Yasmin prepared for us. MMM…MMM…GOOD!

Of course it was hard to leave the next morning, but after we cleaned up and organized, said our farewells – for now- until the next time. With teary IMG_9564eyes and love filled hearts, we know that what we created here together that weekend will remain with us always and that these new friends will eternally be our Reiki family for life and beyond.

And so, everyone is integrating back from our Reiki Love Bubble weekend. As mentioned in a previous post yesterday, there is a huge expansion that I personally, also, experienced. This manifested as blow outs with my cell phone and the ATM machine. Everyone will, and is, experiencing their own version of an upgrade, as the accelerated energy of this weekend was through the roof.

beachfunIt couldn’t have been more perfect and truly reiterates to me where my heart lies, in supporting empowerment of others and helping people on that fast track to integrating the lives they have always wanted, and to getting aligned with the paths they have soulfully intended.

I honor and celebrate the courage and heart conviction everyone who showed up this weekend has to their personal journey, understanding how integral that is for the collective when they align with who they are. I IMG_9509am deeply grateful, humbled, honored, and in love with each of you for who you are and congratulate you for taking the leap into a more expansive and synchronous life experience.

You are each powerful, natural healers in your own unique ways. Remember to honor that individuality that you have and bring it confidently into everything you choose to create. There is only one of each of you and we need the special gifts you have to offer. You are valuable in every way!

It’s really challenging to express what experiences like these feel like until you actually experience them in person, IMG_9079but this is why I try to capture what I can through my sharing and in photos, to give you a glimpse to reflect on and explore. Words are far too limiting to express the infinite felt and the love that will stay with you always from the connections made and shared.

Our weekend was full of laughs, play, deep conversations, intimate connecting, vulnerable sharing, opening and healing tears, expanded hearts, expanded awareness, and conscious elevation. All the ingredients that provide the potentials for big leaps and empowered transformation.

IMG_9439Some of my most cherished moments, besides all the intimate times that you see captured in these photos and the bonds shared, were the times I got to sit back during teaching in silence as I got to listen to everyone in conscious conversation, teaching each other. I was there as a facilitator/observer/space holder to provide a foundation, direction, and different perspectives. However, the empowering thing that happens – which I LOVE – is that everyone discovers that they are teachers and leaders themselves and so holding that space for them to step into this aspect of themselves that is awakened, and to see people process their experiences out loud, means everything to me.

I also loved the times I got to guide them and then watch them practice on each other, as their faces lit up and they discovered their intuitive gifts and abilities they never acknowledged or knew about before.

PRICELESS! INVALUABLE! And is the reason I do what I do.

IMG_9266I love what I do and am able to offer. It doesn’t come without its sweat and work, but my soul commitment and love is to be of service through the unique vehicle that is expressed by my embodying my personal frequency. I know no other way in life than to integrate who I am seamlessly/simultaneously in service to the collective.

If you missed this retreat and are interested in joining another, you can find updates here on my blog site at the Retreats link, as well as can find updates on the Inspiring Classes & Workshops link. I’ll be teaching (and soon posting) some upcoming advanced IMG_9390Reiki classes, which include combining with crystals, as well as working more with Chakras and creating a magickal and Divine life experience. And there are more retreats this year as well. The next being in Bimini, Bahamas in July.

There are several new inspiring workshops I’m putting together, as well as 2 more retreats later this year. I’m already receiving guidance on next year’s retreats and their whereabouts, so stay tuned. And don’t forget that I will be in Chicago teaching an accelerated Reiki workshop weekend on Saturday October 11th and Sunday October 12th. I don’t know yet if I can make it to Toronto in June, as hoped, to teach Reiki and speak at AnandaFest, but I’ll know that likely by Monday.

tania-retreat3So some fun to look forward to, alongside all of the amazing creations coming forth from so many of you, including this weekend’s students. I know a couple of them are already gearing up to start teaching their own Reiki classes and putting together retreats. And I anticipate some co-creations in store, as I’ve already discussed some cool collaborative ideas with a couple of you. 😉

I love that life’s experiences are only limited by our ability to utilize our imagination and free our minds. I hope that you will actively engage your own creative power, as truly it will gift you tenfold if you do.

Much love and creative magick to you all!

I hope you enjoy the photo album story of our beautiful weekend shared together, realizing that the shifts and expansion each of us make individually, directly impacts the collective and provides others greater ease to make transformational shifts too.

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Important Date Reminders for Upcoming Retreats – Only 2 Spots Left for March


March 20th is approaching in a month and a half, and that day holds threefold meaning.

It happens to be the last day of the shadow post-retrograde period where we will be transitioning into Spring with the Equinox.

It also happens to be the first day of the upcoming Reiki Renewal Retreat – Spring Equinox in Laguna Beach, CA – Yay!

AND, it is the last day to receive registration gifts of up to $200 off the upcoming Accelerate Your Vibration Bimini Retreat this Summer in July.

Tania Spring Renewal 2014

Flyer Design by Jennifer Helminski – http://www.jenniferhelminski.com/

Reiki Renewal Retreat – Spring Equinox in Laguna Beach, CA March 20 – 24th:

I can accommodate only 2 more people on the Reiki Renewal Retreat.

So don’t forget, if you’re interested in joining, February 28th is the last day to get your registration in for that.

That’s just 3 more weeks. Everyone who registers will be receiving a free surprise gift from me, which you’ll receive at the Retreat.

 

Here’s another look at this beautiful extended weekend immersion we will be sharing if you join:

 

Reiki Renewal Retreat

 

 

Accelerate Your Vibration Bimini Retreat July 20th – 25th:

Tania Bimini 4

Flyer design by Jennifer Helminski – http://www.jenniferhelminski.com/ from an actual photo I took in Bimini

Don’t forget, if you register by 3/20 Spring Equinox for this magickal experience, you can receive up to $200 off when partnering up with a travel companion, or $100 if you’d like to meet up with your new pod family on your own.

All who register also receive a free Brazilian Quartz crystal that will be programmed and Reiki charged just for you.

Check out: Accelerate Your Vibration for all details on what awaits you.

I just booked my flights a week ago for Bimini and am already counting down! 🙂

There is so much fun, love, sharing, growth, expansion, inspiration, empowerment, adventure, and magick continually unfolding and yet to come!!

Please contact me at tania@taniamarie.com with any questions, requests, inquiries, and to register. I’m always happy to support in any way I can.

Reiki Opportunities, Synchronicity & Gratitude – 4 Days Left For this Month’s Special & Reiki Workshops to Raise Your Vibration


hike3This weekend was one of those especially “on point” and magickal messaging kinds of weekends. You know, those times when everything messages you in very poignant and serendipitous ways. This happens a lot, the more we become present and conscious about our lives and see meaning in all that is within and around us.

For me, these experiences this weekend provided great clarity and confirmation with my own life directions.

“Synchronicity is an ever present reality for those who have eyes to see.” ~Carl Jung

hike2I was grateful for Nature’s powerful and timely messages too, which included a gorgeous Rattlesnake again (which happened to show up in the middle of the path, not long after I had murmured the words, “snake medicine” before our hike) and at least 6 hawks, along with some Koi, Squirrels, and Slider Turtles that were a joy to see out at a sanctuary explored. Each appearing in perfect timing and providing a piece to the puzzle I was exploring.

These lovely friends, and many other uncanny experiences, came after Friday kicked off in beautifully resonant flow with our Reiki 1 and 2 Accelerated Workshop.

I can’t thank everyone enough that came and infused their gifts into our shared experience. I feel so honored to assist in the journeys people are embracing and truly excited for what is unfolding for each. Teaching and guiding in a mutually co-creative experience where everyone’s gifts bring value and growth, is one of my greatest joys.

hike4I love this quote from Shakti (which my sweet friend Denise Sheehan of Sage Spirit Coaching & Reiki shared with me Saturday after my class and right before her synchronously teaching a Reiki 1 workshop that day):

“I teach workshops, not because I’ve mastered the information and I am the expert, but because I love to share myself in this way. This sharing deepens my learning experience.” ~ Shakti Gawain

This is something I actually share within each workshop I teach, and Friday was no exception. So it was very beautiful to share this feeling with Denise, Shakti, and I know many other teachers who feel the same.

Being a teacher also entails being a student simultaneously. Teachers commit to a path where growing and learning takes place in a more public field of experience by embracing this vulnerable way of sharing. It’s extremely empowering and enriching for everyone who shows up.

And showing up is something more and more people are doing and it’s exciting to see and hear it. We can each also teach by the example of our own lives, every day and in every experience we have. There are so many wonderful opportunities to share your beautiful self with the world and to cultivate more of the gifts and expansion you are wanting to hone in on and bring forth.

And the more we embrace and share these gifts, the more the Universe gifts us with messages and support that chime in when we need them. These come through synchronous encounters and experiences that draw your attention. And the more you acknowledge and share gratitude for the messages received, the more you tap in to your innate abundance.

I feel more and more gratitude each day for all of the wonderful experiences I get to share in, the beautiful souls I am graced in life to meet and work with, and the amazing ways that life explodes in chime with the beats of my heart. It is love manifest in more than words can express.

And the energy is really amping up. At least that is what I feel. The field of experience feels very fertile and potent.

If you’re feeling it too and you’d like some support with things you are creating right now and shifts you are making, don’t forget about January’s Special (which I call Tania’s Offering of the Month – a new one to come February 1st).

There are only 4 more days to jump in on this, as the special is good through January 31st only. You don’t have to use your session by the 31st, but will need to purchase it by then in order to receive the special savings:

Distant 20-Minute Enhanced Reiki Sessions offered at 40% off.

Regular price $75. So you can get one of these for only $45, which is a $30 savings.

Just for this month I’m offering a 3 package special for only $135. That’s a savings of $90 from the regular $225.

And, don’t forget about the upcoming Reiki Renewal Retreat in Laguna Beach this March.

If synchronicity is leading you to embrace the path of Reiki for yourself, then this may be the opportunity and nudge for you. Whether you are local or from out of town, this will be a beautiful way to immerse in expansion and deeper connection.

All registrations need to be in by February 28th, so that’s just a month away. The Retreat begins Thursday 3/20 and ends Monday 3/24, but remember you can come for just one or both of the training sessions on either Friday and/or Sunday. This is a chance to get your full Reiki certification in all 3 Levels, or just come for the first 2 Levels.

Each Initiation Attunement will open you to a higher frequency of being.

I can take about 4 more people for the workshop days and 2 more people for the full weekend accommodations.

This is going to be a really fun experience!

Also, I’ll be teaching a Reiki 3 Master Teacher Workshop on Wednesday, March 5th in Costa Mesa by request of a client so if you’d like to join, you are welcome to as well. I am able to teach 7 days a week, as long as the days align with both person requesting and myself. So sometimes a workshop like this will pop up and anyone wanting to join is more than welcome, whether past or new student. Being this is during the middle of the week, I anticipate it will be a very intimate experience, so if you prefer learning in this type of environment, this may be the perfect day to join, if it happens to align also with your schedule.

If you’d like support with any of these, please message me at tania@taniamarie.com so that I can be of assistance.

Are you feeling, or have felt for a long time, a certain calling and urging from your heart that is becoming increasingly loud and unavoidable? There are many ways our bodies and the experiences we encounter, both as triggers and as beautiful phenomena, are trying to get our attention. Sometimes it is a constant message that comes through others, things you read and see, or people finishing your thoughts and answering your questions unspoken, but deeply felt.

I keep hearing from people that are opening their hearts to the experiences within that want expression. I love this!! And I am excited to know that many are ready to take the plunge into the waters of their dreams and loves. Sometimes the step you take is simply getting you to the next leg of the journey and not the destination itself, but taking whatever step toward the essence of you, will be rewarding and provide you the next clarity needed.

For me, every single moment is full of powerful messaging and symbolism that I have chosen to take to heart. Maybe that makes me seem a bit off to some, but regardless of how you may view my approach to life and messages/signs, I sure have fun, which if that is the only blessing, is quite a blessing I’ll take. Thank you! And I’m definitely not getting stuck, because I keep moving. Energy is ever-flowing, so why do we think we would be any different since ARE energy manifest?

hike“Factual information alone isn’t sufficient to guide you through life’s labyrinthine tests.  You need and deserve regular deliveries of uncanny revelation.  One of your inalienable rights as a human being should therefore be to receive a mysteriously useful omen every day of your life.” ~Rob Brezsny

You ARE in fact receiving the support you ask for and the answers, as well as the guiding hand, but you may just not want to embrace the way it is coming through and so you explain it away, until the message no longer is one you can deny. Many want the answer to come in black and white handwriting on the wall, but have a filter on how that writing needs to look.

How is life messaging you? Signs, answers, and synchronous messages don’t have to be profound. They can be as gentle as the kiss of the wind that suddenly rustles through the leaves and across your cheek right as you explore a thought and ponder a question.

“Be AWAKE to Life” ~Risto Rein

Retreat, Nourish & Renew – Offerings to Nurture Your Soul


Tania Spring Renewal 2014
“One must take time to retreat to be nourished and rejuvenate before creativity can begin again. Make sure you are nurturing yourself and feeding your own light. Think about what this means to you and how you can best nurture your own ‘shine.’

Think of yourself as a growing plant. A plant puts forth beautiful blooms when it has the energy to do so. The more it is fed, the less energy it needs for growth. If at any point your growth requires too much effort, try to find the needed nourishment.

If a plant does not rest and receive nourishment after blooming, the next bloom will be small or withered. This is your responsibility. The river of life will take you to many places, but you must feed yourself along the way. Don’t expect to be on, creative, and productive all the time. This is not natural; and doesn’t support healthy growth.

Remember the nature of the human soul is to nurture the earth. You must learn how your own light needs to be nourished and supported, so you can be a caretaker of the earth.” ~Sandra Ingerman

Don’t forget the first retreat opportunity of 2014 is coming up this March over Spring Equinox in Laguna Beach. There is limited space left both in terms of accommodations and workshop attendance space.

Registration deadline is February 28th, 2014, which is just a little over a month away.

Remember if you are a local, you can choose to come for one or both of the workshop days if you don’t want to come for the whole weekend, or you may choose to enjoy a weekend getaway to nurture yourself.

Locals will need to contact me for individual rates that fit your needs in terms of day choices you are wanting to attend. For out of town guests, you can find all the details and rates here: tinyurl.com/reiki55

In the meantime, if you would like some extra support, don’t forget the January Reiki Special is good only through the end of this month only, which is 10 more days to receive the special savings.

I know that many of you are in the midst of shifts, making new intentions, and doing your own internal reorganization. You may be in need of getting rebalanced again, are struggling between anxiety and excitement, wanting to work through the past in order to have more courage, energy, clarity, and laser focus with the new.

So for the month of January, the new Distant 20-Minute Enhanced Reiki Sessions will be offered at 40% off.

Regular price $75. So you can get one of these for only $45, which is a $30 savings.

And just for this month I’ll offer a 3 package special for only $135. That’s a savings of $90 from the regular $225. 

Message me at tania@taniamarie.com if you’re interested in receiving this support so we can schedule a time and day to do so.

(Flyer Design by Jennifer Helminski: www.jenniferhelminski.com)

Last Chance Today to Receive $100 Off Your Spring Equinox Reiki Retreat


crystal coveUntil midnight, today you can still take advantage of the $100 Early Bird registration for our Reiki Renewal Retreat this March in Laguna Beach, CA.

A deposit holds your space and a payment plan is available.

Locals and past local students are welcome to join any of the class days that fit your desires.

New local students can choose your class interests and message me for individual rates. You’re welcome to stay the weekend too.

Past students who are auditing, can do so free. Many enjoy a refresher, as well as find that each class is different and new information is shared. If you are a past student, you will still need to let me know ahead of time what classes you’ll be joining, in terms of food (which will need to be purchased) and any activities you want to participate in.

Out of town, past students can join the classes free as well to refresh, in which case you’d only have accommodations/food/activities to handle.

Please message me with any questions or to get specific rates for your particular needs at tania@taniamarie.com

This is a perfect way to celebrate the renewal of Spring, as a mirror to your own revitalization, healing, empowerment, exploration, and connection, while doing something for you that is of far-reaching service.

Details can be found here: 

Reiki Renewal Retreat – Spring Equinox in Laguna Beach, CA

Reiki Renewal Retreat – Spring Equinox in Laguna Beach, California


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Me at Crystal Cove Beach

As promised, I’m excited to start announcing one of the upcoming retreats I’ve been creating for 2014. This one is an answer to requests by others, as well as had been a nudge since last year.

Reiki Renewal Retreat – Spring Equinox in Laguna Beach, California

Thursday, March 20th – Monday, March 24th 

Immerse yourself in a weekend away from everyday life and allow yourself permission to be empowered, inspired, transformed, and renewed. This is a perfect way to celebrate the renewal of Spring, as a mirror to your own revitalization, and to do something for you that has far-reaching benefit. The Reiki Renewal Retreat is not only a Certification Retreat designed to provide you with a quantum leap in personal healing integration, but will also give you powerful tools to support the full scope of your life and help you to make meaningful changes with positive impact.

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Crystal Cove Beach

You will not only have access to me for the full weekend experience with lots of group and one-on-one feedback, but you will have the opportunity to connect with other like-minded souls, while being nurtured and supported. This is a perfect gift to self for personal enrichment and/or professional certification.

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Magickal starfish at Crystal Cove Beach tidepools

There is opportunity for free time, as well as a free “integration” day where you can immerse in the beautiful nature offered here through hiking, biking, beach time – including my favorite beach, Crystal Cove. Crystal Cove is a magickal beach where you’ll enjoy strolls, relaxing, and exploring the tidepools. You may even see pods of dolphin, sea lions, starfish, a plethora of sea birds, and depending on time of year even whales. I’m constantly in awe of the energetic beauty of this special, off-the-beaten-track beach. There are several other beautiful beaches you can choose from too, as well as check out Laguna’s shops and galleries, or even take in a world-class spa experience at one of the local resorts.

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Shane Chunephisal

We are also going to be blessed by the amazing Shane Chunephisal – Sound Healer and Massage Therapist. (I’ll be sharing more about him in one of my upcoming healing arts, visionary leaders interviews). Shane will be our on-site Meta-Sense Sound Bath Extraordinaire, as well as our resident therapist who will be available during free times to offer all types of body work, including crystal healing, sound therapy, and integrated energy therapy. (For more details on his beautiful offerings throughout the entire weekend, see the schedule below).

Everyone is invited and there are no pre-requisites to joining, other than bringing along an open heart. Even if you’re not feeling so open, but that is one of your intents to change, I promise you will have a breakthrough expansion from this experience.

We each have a beautiful song to share with the world and opening yourself to Reiki is one way of igniting your individual voice so that you can share your unique gifts and add to the beauty of the collective symphony.

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Crystal Cove Beach

Everyone’s experience will be different, but your retreat for a weekend of combined self-nurturing and service will help you to reconnect with parts of you that you’ve forgotten. You can come with a personal intention or be open to receiving exactly what is needed most in your life at this time.

My intent is to create a loving and connective group experience, while focusing on individual needs as well.

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Reiki Master Teacher training with me

This will be an intimate group experience and space is very limited, so if this calls to your heart, don’t hesitate to take that step in the direction of a more empowered you.

Both locals and non-residents are invited (see below for details).

You are welcome to join as a refresher if you’ve already taken Reiki Levels 1 and/or 2, or even if you’ve taken all 3 Levels. Some people have had training years ago and find taking the classes at this point in their lives to be a completely new and different experience, relative to where they’re at and the difference in teaching styles.

*If you are a local and have already taken one of my classes, but would like to further your training, you can come for just the class you desire and can share in the activities, as well as meals, for the given day of your class. Locals are also welcome to stay at the accommodations for a getaway weekend.

Where You’ll Be Staying:

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Spectacular sunset at Crystal Cove Beach

Laguna Beach is southern California’s premier, seaside destination midway between Los Angeles and San Diego with world-renowned sunsets and picturesque coastline. A year-round retreat for art lovers, nature enthusiasts and beach-goers, Laguna Beach is a resort for all seasons that features seven miles of soft sand and the sound of the surf, as well as is perhaps Orange County’s least-overdeveloped beach town and one of its most beautiful. Created as an artist’s getaway, Laguna Beach retains an artistic essence, with nice galleries and fun arts festivals. Laguna Beach is great almost any time of year, but like most of the California coast is susceptible to days where the Sun may decide to rest behind the clouds and this creates a beautiful mystique of its own.

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Our Laguna Beach deck with view for the weekend

Your home for the weekend is a “Top of the World” Luxury Laguna Beach, California home set in the hills with panoramic views from every vantage point of mountains, valleys, and ocean by day, and sweeping city light views by night of this artsy beach town. This provides you the chance to breathe in fresh air, sleep deeply, and feel revitalized each day. You’ll be minutes from the beach, including my favorite beach, Crystal Cove, as well as a few minutes walk to hiking trails or 10 minutes drive to other favorite trails.

Retreat Weekend General Schedule (subject to shift, as I do like to flow): All Activities are Optional

Thursday, March 20th – Spring Equinox

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Our family room leading to deck with view for the weekend

3pm Arrival, Settle In, and Welcome Reception out on the view deck with appetizers and refreshing drinks (if you come in earlier, you can enjoy the beach or Laguna shops and galleries before checking in)
6:30pm Dinner and Dessert
8:00pm Spring Equinox Star Gazing Crystal Bowl Sound Bath & Meditation (We will only be 4 days after the Full Moon of March 16th, so the sky night should be bright to hold our ceremony on the deck with tea and still within the energy of this Moon phase). This will kick start our weekend with some high vibes and clarity of intentions.
The rest of the evening is yours to star gaze, reflect, or get a good night’s rest from your travels

Friday, March 21st:

Reiki Training

Reiki Level 1 and 2 training with me

Enjoy the views the deck has to offer as you take in the sunrise with some tea or enjoy your own morning meditation or yoga practice (if an early riser, you can get in a short hike or bike ride)
8:00am Smoothies and Breakfast
9:00am – 4pm Reiki Levels 1 and 2 Training
12pm Lunch
4pm – 6:30pm FREE TIME either individual or group organized (beach, hiking, town exploring, napping, reading, relaxation)
7:00pm Dinner Outing
Evening gathering, Reiki shares accompanied by Shane’s Crystal Bowl Sound Bath, star gazing, or relaxing

Saturday, March 22nd:

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Pacific Rim Trail Hike with view of Catalina Island

Enjoy the views the deck has to offer while we enjoy a sun gazing morning Crystal Bowl Sound Bath and meditation to set the tone for this beautiful day of integration, as you take in the sunrise with some tea OR enjoy your own morning meditation or yoga practice (if an early riser, you can get in a short hike or bike ride)
8:00am Smoothies and Breakfast as we discuss group ideas for today’s free day for integration
9:00am – 5:30pm FREE “INTEGRATION” DAY (We will enjoy a day of combined hiking and beach group excursions, as I prefer time in nature for connecting, balancing, getting centered, and keeping grounded and refreshed. It’s also good for reflection and being present with this experience)
6:00pm Dinner and Dessert
8:00pm – 9:30pm Special Evening Crystal Journey with Shane and I – Shane will lead a Crystal Bowl Sound Bath Meditation set amidst some of our potent crystals, while you all receive Reiki from me and can join in on sound healing

Sunday, March 23rd:

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Dolphins playing in the surf off Laguna Beaches

Enjoy the views the deck has to offer as you take in the sunrise with some tea or enjoy your own morning meditation or yoga practice (if an early riser, you can get in a short hike or bike ride)
8:00am Smoothies and Breakfast
9:00am – 4pm Reiki 3 Master Teacher Training
12pm Lunch
4pm – 6:30pm FREE TIME either individual or group organized (beach, hiking, town exploring, napping, reading, relaxation)
7:00pm Dinner Outing
Evening options of gathering for talks, Reiki shares accompanied by Shane’s Crystal Bowl Sound Bath, star gazing, or relaxing

Monday, March 24th:

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Stunning sunset at Crystal Cove Beach

Enjoy the views the deck has to offer as you take in the sunrise with some tea or enjoy your own morning meditation or yoga practice (if an early riser, you can get in a short hike or bike ride)
7:30am Smoothies and Breakfast and Closing Before Departures
10:00am Check Out

One of the days you will also have the choice and opportunity to experience Shane’s Crystal Bowl Sound Bath ON CRYSTAL COVE BEACH ITSELF during one of our free times, or on the free “integration” day. To be determined within flow of our weekend. This will be a rare and amazing experience not to be missed.

What You Will Come Away From This Experience With:

  • Not only is this a retreat weekend, but unlike some other retreats you will come away with Full Certification in Reiki Levels 1, 2, and 3 Master Teacher (This is a $1000 Value on its own) – You will learn how to self treat, as well as treat others both hands-on and by distance, and gain tools to support any intentions and healing integration in your life and the lives of others. You will also have the skills to teach. Whether you think you will ever teach or not, you will gain skills to help nurture more confidence, commitment and responsibility, while being able to attune others to Reiki. This can be beneficial even if just for close friends and family, if in fact you don’t teach professionally.
  • Come away inspired to live more fully and consciously from your highest potential
  • Feel more connected to everything, including a new soul family of friends
  • Feel empowered and renewed from a weekend of commitment to you, eating healthy meals, spending time in nature, and immersing in a conscious spiritual journey, leaving with new experiences and perspectives, as well as deeper connection to your path

What’s Included in Your Reiki Renewal Retreat:

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Our living room with real wood burning fireplace for the weekend

  • 4 Nights and 4 Days Accommodations in a beautiful Laguna Beach Home
  • All vegan (balance of both cooked and raw) breakfasts, lunches, 2 dinners, snacks and healthy beverages – let me know about any allergies or special needs – compliments of my me and my mother (who is also a Reiki Master)
  • Professionally facilitated Reiki training workshops and group activities, as well as transport to group activities
  • Reiki Manuals & Certifications
  • Wi-Fi is available throughout the home, although we always recommend shutting down as much as possible to immerse as fully into the experience
  • There are 2 bicycles (his and hers) available for use at the home
  • Full Laundry is available to use during stay, beach towels and beach mats provided
  • Memories to embrace for a life-time and tools to empower your life and live from a more responsible service focus

What’s Not Included:

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Optional massage therapy on-site or spa experiences at nearby resorts

  • Roundtrip Flights to SNA (John Wayne) or LAX (Los Angeles International) Airport (I recommend SNA because it’s very close by, but sometimes fares are better through LAX depending on where you’re flying in and out of)
  • Airport transfer to and from our Laguna Beach home for the weekend – inexpensive roundtrip shuttles are available (message me if you need help with this)
  • 2 Dinners Out – We will sample some of the amazing Vegan options that the area has to offer including the world-renowned Au Lac
  • Rental car if you feel you’ll want to get out on your own during free time or if you plan to stay on longer on your own, but not necessary
  • Shane’s on-site massage therapy optional services – everything you could want is right at your weekend home-away-from-home
  • Extra spending money for incidentals – shopping, shuttle tips, etc.
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Formal dining room of our artsy home for the weekend

You can either pay in full or choose a payment plan option – both require a $500 non-refundable deposit to hold your space. The balance will be due 30 days prior to March 20th. Contact me if you’d like to explore a payment plan option.  

Early-Bird Special Available – Receive $100 Off Your Weekend Retreat if Booked by 12/12/13.

Your All-Inclusive Investment to Join Us for this Extended Reiki Renewal Retreat:

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Double bed with plush pillow top mattress with private full bath and private yard outside the french doors

Single Rate is $1495 or Early-Bird Special $1395
Double Occupancy is $1195 per person or Early-Bird Special $1095

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Master Bedrooms (2)
Large rooms (one is a suite) – both with four post queen size beds and views with shared bathroom

Single Rate is $1395 or Early-Bird Special $1295
Double Occupancy is $1095 per person or Early-Bird Special $995

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Single Bed in a Shared Room
Two twin beds with plush mattress and shared bathroom

Single Rate is $1095 or Early-Bird Special $995

Comfortable Queen Sleep Sofa in Family Room With Shared Bathroom

Single Rate is $995 or Early-Bird Special $895
Shared Rate is $895 per person or Early-Bird Special $795

*There are 3 Full Bathrooms that have luxury amenities and hair dryer, showers, double sinks in one, and there are two tubs – one of which is a jetted tub.

Local Residents:

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Me playing on Crystal Cove Beach at sunset

Rates are available for local residents that would like to join just for the workshops and accompanying meals/activities for that day. You are welcome to come for one or both of the workshop days, which will be Friday the 21st and Sunday the 23rd. Message me with your preferences and for rates. You are also welcome to stay for the weekend and enjoy a get away, in which case the above rates apply.

Contact me at tania@taniamarie.com with any questions and to register for your Reiki Renewal Retreat.

Looking forward to supporting your journey!

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