Embodying the Mystery

A 4-Day LIVE Online Retreat
With Master Teacher, Bestselling Author & Founder of the Strozzi Institute Richard Strozzi-Heckler

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Two Weekends
March 13-14, 2021 & March 20 & 21, 2021
9:30am - 12:30pm Pacific / 12:30pm - 3:30pm Eastern

Discover Your Body as a Doorway to Your Spiritual Path

Live Q&A with Richard Strozzi-Heckler

Move through deepening practices alongside your new global community of fellow seekers — to awaken and open the body to its inherent wisdom and potential.

Embody and integrate Soma & Spirit to cultivate lasting change — in your life, relationships, and work in the world. 

When keeping up with the pace of life, commitments, expectations, and more… moments of feeling centered, calm, or grounded can become fleeting.

It can be challenging to stay present with yourself, connected to the bliss of your heart-opening morning practice once you’re in the throes of your daily routine...

And with the isolation that was required of us this past year, the communal connections you’re used to leaning on for accountability and support may have (understandably) fallen by the wayside.

However, these rich states of consciousness are not created outside of yourself… and do not come from a specific teacher, tradition, or practice...

The truth is, when you experience awakening you’re actually opening to deeper levels of consciousness within yourself.

Your body is a doorway. It’s a path to Spirit and the Mystery of life. 

As Soma and Spirit come together, you create more space for spirit within you — expanding your capacity for healing, love, and serving others.

You become more aware, have more choices, and discover you can take effective action in your life…

Soma — your mind-body-spirit continuum — is a doorway to Spirit and the great Mystery of life.

This isn’t about transcending life’s messiness, but recognizing that your emotions, needs, wounds, joys, as well as your longing, are the elements that help you wake up.

Your only experience of the Mystery is an embodied one, where you’re so deeply connected that it illuminates everything you think, do, and feel — all that you are, and everything you’re becoming. 

Through the lens of your embodiment, you navigate the world, make choices, take actions, and impact those around you…

However, Soma is impacted by the world and the reality of your experiences — it’s easy to develop habits and routines that dim your connection to life, land, Spirit, and others... 

It’s all part of the beautiful complexity of being human.  

Another powerful part of being human is how the body is the doorway to Spirit...

Spend four days on (virtual) retreat with Richard Strozzi-Heckler, PhD, pioneer in the field of somatics, master teacher, and bestselling author, and learn how to embody the Mystery more purposefully…

You’ll discover what’s possible when you embody the true meaning of Soma and Spirit.

You’ll connect with your new community and move through processes that emerge as you experience the interconnection and interdependence of body, energy, Mystery, and Self.

How does this deep embodiment impact the way you act in the world — how you empathize with others, and connect with others?

Richard will guide you and your fellow seekers  through distinctions, practices, and stories of the interdependence of soma and Spirit and how these show up in our everyday lives.

Over the course of four days — over two long weekends — you’ll work with Richard, moving through deepening practices collectively and one on one coaching.

During this 4-day retreat with Richard, you’ll discover:

How to embody the Mystery more purposefully

• The processes that emerge as you acknowledge and embody the interdependence of body, energy, Mystery, and Self

• How whole-self embodiment opens a pathway to more aliveness and more connection to Spirit — as you experience greater connection to others, and to your work in the world

• How to stay closer to Source throughout your day, regardless of external circumstances

• Guided journaling prompts to follow in class — and share with your new community if you feel called

• Exercises to identify the three principles you want to live by in exploring your spiritual lineage

• A welcoming new community of like-minded spiritual seekers from around the world•Ways to access your intuition by using your embodied experience and by delving into your unconscious thoughts, images, and sensations

• The power of asking the question, What is the best way of being for me to be? — and how to apply it to your next day, moment, meeting, conversation, and more

• How you have a choice in the state of consciousness you want to live

• How shifting states of consciousness can orient you to acting from wisdom, compassion, and skillful action

• How to access the inner resource of spirit as it lives within you

• Ways to understand your body, your spirit, and their relationship with each other 

What You’ll Discover During This Life-Changing 4-Day Retreat


This is a rare opportunity to join Richard LIVE for four days! 

In this 4-day transformational retreat, Richard will guide you step-by-step, showing you exactly how to master essential practices for staying connected to Source, and so much more.

Through Somatic awareness (becoming aware of sensations), Somatic opening (bodywork to release held patterns in the body) and Somatic practices (meditation, movement, and being present in everyday life) Richard helps you integrate body-oriented somatic practices to help you dissolve habits, behaviors and beliefs — that are keeping you from moving forward in your critical areas of your life. 

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You’ll become reacquainted with your body portal as the portal for your spirit taking you deeper into connection with the fullness of your livingness.
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Your emotions, needs, wounds, joys, as well as your longing, are the elements that help you wake up...
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You’ll explore how your body is a doorway to skillful action, grounded compassion, pragmatic wisdom — and a way to          love the world, and let the world love you.
Each session features live in-depth teaching, guided exercises, interactive training, and practices you can apply right away.
Join Richard via Live Streaming Video


You’ll easily connect with Richard (and your new global community!) face-to-face via video. Joining the sessions online is easy with your favorite device — phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

And, don’t worry if you can’t join live — you can catch up anytime with recordings! 

You’ll receive lifetime access to streaming video recordings of each session. You can refer to them time and again to capture the teachings and practices at a time and pace that works for your schedule.

Four LIVE Sessions with Richard over Two Weekends
March 13-14, 2021 & March 20 & 21, 2021
9:30am - 12:30pm Pacific/12:30pm - 3:30pm Eastern
Day 1: Awakening States of Consciousness & Understanding Your Spiritual Lineage 
(Saturday, March 13)

On your first day together, Richard will guide you to understand Soma as a doorway (somatic awareness) — and how it's about shifting states of consciousness... 

This means opening to the body as a doorway. It’s a portal to accessing stuff and also spirit itself. We’re harnessing an awareness within ourselves. We will connect to our core life energy and explore it’s intelligence as a guiding force in our lives.

    It touches on the almost-infinite possibilities that are within you as you listen to Soma, your livingness — and everything it opens up for you in your life.

    There’s a great luminosity, beauty, and emptiness that’s unlocked by a spiritual moment that happens at some point in your life — it might come through a person, animal, art, nature, or something else that’s meaningful to you.

    As Richard will explain, it’s easy to come to a crossroads in your life when you begin to feel limited by your own personality or character, as though you’re starting to impersonate yourself…

    This produces a longing that’s connected to your basic sense of why you’re on this earthwalk — what you’re really here to fulfill and embody for yourself… and as you’ll discover, it’s far beyond your personality and character.

    You’ll step into an inquiry into your life patterns that are keeping your longing from presenting itself. 

    On this opening day, you’ll discover:

    • A deep reflection on what we really mean by Spirit
    • What is our spiritual lineage
    • How you have a choice in the state of consciousness you want to live in
    • Ways to cultivate a more intimate relationship with your own longing
    • How shifting states of consciousness can orient you to yourself and to your life
    • How to access inner resource of spirit as it lives within you
    • Ways to understand your body, your spirit, and their relationship with each other — and how it all illuminates what you’ll discover over these four sessions
    • A practice to engage in shifting states of consciousness — you’ll repeat this same practice during this course to track your understanding.
    Day 2: Meeting The Friend
    (Sunday, March 14)

    One of the names Sufis have for God is “the Friend.”

    As Richard will share, this name points to the mystery that beneath all the confusion and pain we may experience as human beings, your life is supported by a sacred safe harbor, a place of love, and sanctuary… 

    In this session, you’ll learn how to meet the friend, the place of internalized safety...

    You’ll begin to explore how to deepen your personal healing work and  your own access points to Spirit —

      perhaps it’s an out-of-body experience, near-death experiences and dark nights of the soul… or just a moment of profound understanding that changes everything.

      As Richard will explain, whether or not you've had one of these experiences, you can still experience a renewal, a reorientation to life as you know it... Because it’s not about going somewhere else, but about cultivating a greater awareness of the new reality that's here, within you.

      As you search for this place of renewal, what are the blocks that arise for you in your life? Do you find resistance  — like a suddenly busy schedule or scrolling social media — popping up in your life?

      Richard will help you spot your blocks and work through them, reaching a new place within you, that empowers you to integrate this new place of consciousness into your daily life.

      In this session, you’ll explore:

      • Deeper connection with your inner and outer lives, within the Soma, and how they can empower you to act in wise and skillful ways in the world
      • How the wisdom of an embodied spirit leads to spirituality in action
      • Ways to access your intuition both using your embodied experience and by delving into your unconscious thoughts, images, and sensations
      • The power of asking the question, What is the best way of being for me to be? — and how to apply it to your next day, moment, meeting, conversation, and more
      • Richard’s stories and discoveries about the intersections of spiritual practice and deep embodiment
      • A return to the practice of shifting our states of consciousness that deepens our embodiment of the practice
      Day 3: Surrendering Into The Mystery
      (Saturday, March 20) 

      When is it necessary to surrender something.. and when should you surrender into something? 

      On day three, you’ll continue to deepen your practice and the felt experience of the Mystery.

      Richard will guide you to look to somatic opening — the thawing of long-standing (habitual) numbness and contraction.

      As you experience this somatic opening through body awareness, you’ll learn how to open to the Sacred and reach the next level of mastery…

        It starts with letting go of parts of who you think you are, then surrendering into a new identity that's bigger, larger, more in harmony with the rhythm of the Universe.

        Richard will guide you to ask yourself what you need to let go of, to deepen into your embodied spirituality...

        In this module, you’ll discover:

        • Practices to deepen into your sense of embodiment
        • How to let go into your larger, somatic identity
        • A practice to go back over your day to spot your North Star
        • The One, Two, Three Practice — to deepen your practice even further as you engage in shifting states of consciousness 
        Day 4: Skillful Action: Bringing Soma & Spirit Together
        (Sunday, March 21)

        On Day One, you began the journey through a doorway (or shifting States of consciousness). On Day Two, you met The Friend. Day Three was about embodiment…

        Now on Day Four, you'll actualize all you’ve learned and prepare to move out into the world with your new sense of being.

        In this final session, you’ll explore different pathways that bring Soma and Spirit together and add the question of right action.

          As you’re embodied and in the world, how do you skillfully engage in your moment in history — in your community and family?  

          To continue the work you started during the last session, your newfound sense of embodiment will become more than just a felt sense — it’s now a tangible quality you’ll bring out into the world with you…

          Richard will share how you can stay connected to the experience you’ve already opened yourself up to.

          You’ll move through a guided inquiry practice where you’ll discern who in your life deserves more of your acknowledgement, practical ways you can stay connected to Source, and so much more.

          You’ll participate in guided journaling practices to distill what you’ve learned — and share with your classmates, if you’re feeling called.

          You’ll also bear witness to your fellow classmates as they share their own reflections.

          And after spending four days in community, Richard will share ways you can cultivate your own community of practice — you might also call it your dojo or your “team.”

          If you’re feeling called, you’ll share what’s come up for you during the retreat, which practices you want to commit to going forward — and how your ideas have shifted, dignifying your more complex and vulnerable emotions.

          In this closing session, you’ll explore:

          • Ways you can remind yourself to stay closer to Source throughout your day
          • Empowering guidance from Richard as you take what you’ve learned and move into the world
          • Journal prompts to follow in class, to help you synthesize all you’ve discovered about yourself — and share with others 
          • A guided journaling exercise to identify the three principles you want to live by
          Embodying the Mystery Bonuses

          When you register by Sunday February 28 at Midnight Pacific, you’ll access special pricing (for a limited time):

          Save $100 — Register right now for only $297!
          (Early Registration is $397)

          Plus access a special 2-pay payment plan!

          Here’s What You’ll Receive when you register for Embodying the Mystery

          Four 3-hour LIVE online retreat sessions with Richard
          Receive depth teachings, guided practices, demonstrations, and interactive Q&A — accessible on your favorite device, in the comfort of your own home. 
          Depth Practices & Exercises
          In addition to the guided interactive sessions during the retreat, Richard will share practices, exercises, and “assignments,” for you to apply in between sessions to deepen your retreat experience.
          Four Video Recordings of Retreat Sessions
          Soon after each retreat session, the video will be available for you to stream in high-quality format. Should you miss a session, you can catch up when you watch the recording, anytime and anywhere — on any connected device.
          Four Audio Recordings of Retreat Sessions

          After each session, the audio will be available via high-quality MP3. Should you miss a session, you can listen in and catch up at your convenience.

          Private Online Learning Community

          You will be invited to join the private Online Learning Community where you can access all the recordings, practices, and other information for the retreat.

          A Unique Opportunity to Join Richard for this One-of-a-Kind 4-Day Online Retreat

          When you register by Sunday February 28 at Midnight Pacific, you’ll access special pricing (for a limited time):

          Save $100 — Register right now for only $297!
          (Early Registration is $397)

          Plus access a special 2-pay payment plan!

          Pay in Full

          One Payment of
          $397 $297

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          $228 $163

          Your satisfaction is 100% Guaranteed!

          Your satisfaction is 100% Guaranteed. If Embody the Mystery isn’t a great fit for you, for whatever reason — refunds will be issued up until 5:00 PM Pacific Time until Saturday, March 13, 2021.

          What graduates of Richard’s trainings are saying:

          “To relax into full learning mode as a student is a true delight.”
          As someone whose life passion is teaching and learning, I am grateful and appreciative beyond words to have Richard as a teacher of such extraordinary calibre.... To have a level of trust to be able to relax into full learning mode as a student is a true delight.

          – Billy Strean, PhD

          “He illuminates the smallest, almost invisible ways in which the culture shapes people to live at a distance from the body… "
          Richard has spent nearly half a century as one of the few agents of transformation who has succeeded in carrying his work and explorations far from quiet meditation halls and therapy offices and out into the borderlands with warriors and entrepreneurs. He illuminates the smallest, almost invisible ways in which the culture shapes people to live at a distance from the body… He puts forward a model of somatic coaching with easy-to-implement strategies that seamlessly weave practices of sensitive attention, conversation, breathing, touch, movement, and gestures.

          – Don Hanlon Johnson, PhD, founder of the Somatic Psychotherapy graduate degree program at California Institute of Integral Studies 

          “...helped transform my relationship to yearning...”
          [Richard led] a physical experience of my deep yearning — and that yearning itself is a source in the mystery. To feel this in my heart center, solar plexus and belly — each at different times — helped transform my relationship to yearning from one of vulnerability and shame to one of exultation.

          – James Shaffer

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