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Open and deepen into who you really are, connect with each other and all of life in a safe, supportive and profound way. When we make space in our busy lives to take refuge in truth, to culivate mindfulness and compassion, when we turn toward what we are longing for – but may have forgotten- a door opens, beckoning us to return home. On retreat we steep in our essence,  uncover layers of suffering, use skillful ways to meet what arises, and may discover a greater love, freeing us to live awake, fully human and engaged in our world.  Spiritual Retreats include some or all aspects: silence, meditation, inquiery, ancient practices, teachings, integration of our humaness, alone time and awake relating, nature and movement, service.Retreats are offered in various locations and by invitation. For upcoming Retreats see EVENTS . Invite Nicola: CONTACT

INTO THE SACRED: RETREAT ON MT. SHASTA  

This special yearly retreat invites us to enter deeply into what is sacred within and all around us. The stunning wilderness of Mt. Shasta offers a powerful gatewayto connect with all of life.
Meditation, ancient practices in holy places, stillness and communion with all beings, ceremony, light hiking and swimming in clear lakes, usher us to fall in love with life.

NATURALLY CONNECTED                                                                     

Open and connected we are fully alive and in touch with each other. We experience sacredness, creativity and love flow. Difficulties can be more easily transformed. Present, we have access to natural intelligence and wisdom guides our actions and walk. In a state of separation from the spirit of life, ourselves and each other, we suffer. Often we live in between.This Retreat offers a bridge to deepen into who we really are and be in authentic connection with all of life. We embrace our human vulnerability to be able to embody our pearl. And we practice relating with fierce compassion and skill toward each other and our world. Meditation, Inquiry, Teaching, Embodiment & Relating Practices support us on this beautiful retreat.

 

  YOUNG PEOPLE RETREAT

Being connected, inspired, and in alignment with our purpose, whether the sun shines or storms rage, gives us happiness. And how do we live that in relationships, at work, and in the streets of this wonderful and tumultuous world in a time, when all hands on deck are needed to create positive change? This retreat is about building a bridge. Spiritual practices, life tools, nature and a group support us to live truly connected to Spirit, ourselves, each other and the world. Join us to experience the fullness of who you are and grow to make a difference with your gift!

POWER OF CONNECTION

Whether we engage with a beloved, friend, child, colleague or stranger on the street we all yearn for true connection.Relating can be a spiritual practice. How do we relate from presence, wisdom, and kindness to one another? Whatdoes it take to meet across the chasm of different worlds and open the door to authentically connect? And how do we engage with our shared human vulnerability? As we learn to relate in beneficial ways, our relationships naturally grow healthy, providing a gateway into who we are and fulfilling the soul’s longing together.Teaching, Meditation, Relational Skills, Integral Practices, and a safe space for the Heart will be offered to delve deeper into the Power of Connection.

BEING PRESENT — BEING CONNECTED

is the foundation for real love. This retreat offers you to open and deepen into being fully here now and being connected to all that is. The main door is silence and connecting to the Source. Once entered, a new way of being in ourselves, in the world and in relationship emerges. The retreat includes meditation, short talks and movement.

THE WAY OF LOVE

A deep yearning beckons us to fully come home. As we enter the chamber of the heart, the gift beyond prize is revealed. This profound, yet simple path of love transforms us to the core. We experience sheer wonder and joy. Barriers and old hurts arise to be met. As we tend to them skillfully, they turn to compost for new growth. It is the gateway to live present, connected and with real love in our world. This beautiful Retreat is an invitation for: Meditation & Inquiry, Teachings for the Path with Heart, Emotional Healing and Relating Practice.

LIVING FROM THE POWER OF LOVE
Responding from Real Love to all of life means nothing less but to radically open our hearts, to uncover the love within us and to be present so we can embrace what is here. When we are connected in our body and let love move us, our world is affected in a powerful way. In a supportive environment you are invited to discover the jewel that is you, to meet your blocks toward receiving and giving of love, and to allow transformation to emerge organically. This profound retreat provides you with skills and direct experiences, which can enable you to live more fully and freely from love in this world.

COURAGEOUS HEART — SPACIOUS MIND — RELAXED BODY

What is your experience right now? How do you relate to it? Meeting what is simply as it is, with openness and curiosity, leads into the greatness of our heart, relaxation of the body and releases the mind from strategies and defendedness.  The practice of relating to anything as it is from lovingpresence, grows our courage and frees us from conditioning.  With that we walk more fully alive, present and in natural friendliness toward ourselves and all we meet.

THE ART OF MEDITATION

offers integrated east/west spiritual practices for beginning and advanced students. Meditation instruction includes dharma teachings, nuts and bolts of meditation, support to cultivate wisdom, compassion, mindfulness, how to meet challenges, open the heart and walk centered in daily life. Meditation retreats invite you to experience your true nature, the sacred in life and deepen into the silence of being.

CONSCIOUS RELATIONSHIPS 

provide an extraordinary opportunity to awaken  and to live real love together. In a safe setting we engage in a soulful and practical way with: vulnerability and power, healthy boundaries and integrity, sexuality and connection, embracing the darkest and most luminous in each other, how to turn battlefields into gardens and to nourish your relationships. We enhance intimacy and understanding through non-violent communication, conflict resolution and the language of affection. Loving relationships are possible when we are present, accept each other and dare, without defenses, to truly meet in love. It is a path of the heart.

TO LOVE AND BE LOVED

This retreat is an invitation for couples and singles to: connect to Love present within you, deepen your availability to fully receive, grow in your capacity to authentically give, experience greater wellbeing in your relationships and life, benefit all by living your gift. Meditation, direct experience, practical skills, sharing and teaching support us at this retreat to be at home and intimate within love’s nature.


MINDFUL PARENTING

supports you to raise your child from wisdom, mindfulness and loving-kindness. This includes understanding developmental changes, learning age appropriate language, using positive discipline effectively, applying creative skills for difficult times and connecting deeply with your child in the midst of daily chaos. You are encouraged to cultivate a wholesome home life, which helps your child’s unique nature to thrive.

WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY

is an important call of our times. Awakening into the divine feminine means to discover our unique way as women, to find and speak our voice, to celebrate our body and sensuality, to release cultural conditioning, to uncover what is true in us and to claim our power. We are guided to trust, to honor and love ourselves. Meditation, dance, song, art, writing, sharing, sacred ceremony will assist us to unfold deeper into ourselves, into connection with each other and to embody the beauty of our womanhood.

LONGING OF THE FEMININE
The forgotten song of the soul is calling. Our yearning takes us home into the deep dark. Here a brilliant light is shining. Your gift awaits to be received and offered into this world. On this special Retreat be nourished and immersed in ancient wisdom, far too deep for words.We are invited into a lovely home to connect with our true life’s calling through meditation, integral practice, sharing and teachings from the feminine wisdom river.

WOMEN’S WISDOM ~ EMBODYING THE FEMININE IN LIFE

In this exquisite course for women you are invited to step into graceLive from the natural elegance and dignity of a queen. Fully embrace your vulnerability and be at ease with your own body.Move from oppression and struggle into the juicy power of the feminine.Rejoice in the sensuality and fullness of your womanhood.Learn practical skills for loving and healthy relationships.Deepen in the art of giving and receiving love.Stay connected and true to yourself in the midst of relationships. Be present to stillness and honor the voice of your innate wisdom nature.Connect intimately with the Source and ride courageously the waves of change.….and offer your gifts in benefit for all beings!


COMMUNION WITH NATURE

allows us to live in harmony with all of creation. We can connect and communicate with plants, animals, the land and the devas, when we are open and listen. This workshop will teach you how and give you practical tools to create garden sanctuaries. You are supported to make a difference by living ecologically responsible and in communion with this earth.

JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF CREATION 

This magnificent journey leads us on horseback into the heart of creation: Canyon De Chelly. It has been the sacred land of the Native Americans for 5000 years, where wild mustangs still run free. The breathtaking beauty, purity and power of the canyon opens us into the sacred mystery, beckoning us to step into a powerful connection with nature, our soul, and each other.The canyon holds great historical and spiritual significance; cliff dwellings tell stories of the Ancient Ones (Anastazi, Pueblo, Hopi), who lived there and whose presence is still keenly felt. Spider Rock is known as a powerful vortex, where Spider Woman has been weaving creation since the beginning of time. Together with her we will weave a new story for our own lives, the future of humanity and the earthOn this sacred retreat, we tread in the footsteps of the ancient ones, sleeping 5 nights in tents under the stars, and riding on horses to discover the many wonders in Canyon De Chelly. Woven into our journey will be meditation, deep communication and healing for our relations, your personal soul quest, connecting in the circle of women and men, and a special ceremony. As we emerge restored and filled from the heart of creation, we can create a world, where we feel truly connected and live in harmony with all of life.This majestic canyon and retreat offers us the experience and gift of a lifetime.

Nicola Amadora has taught retreats and workshops internationally since 30 years with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. She creates a safe and sacred environment, where people can be themselves. She artfully includes meditation, direct experience, teaching, play, dialogue, practical skills, movement and nature to enrich, support and inspire people’s lives. Nicola shares her work with warmth, clarity, humor, passion and deep love.

For upocoming retreats go to EVENTS . To host a retreat in your area, contact us at present@nicolaamadora.com or call: 831-469-4467

People’s Voices who participated in Retreats. For more go to: Praise

“The Retreat: ‘Truly Connected-Make a Difference’ was such a transformative experience! I felt so supported and able to express who I really am- free from judgment and expectations. Nicola is truly inspiring. I look forward to growing further with these amazing retreats”.~ Lauren Barnum, Los Angeles

“The great Turning was such a beautiful retreat! It was special to feel vulnerable and really seen in a safe environment.” Troy

“Nicola is a genuis teacher. I love how her teachings flow from deep compassion, knowing and is real. She embodies spirituality and is fully human. She takes a whole group of diverse people into authentic connection and love.The reteat affected so many of us in a deep and real way and it brought me home.” ~Kristin Crowly, MFT intern, Berkeley

“I just wanted to thank you for an incredible experience at the Green Gulch retreat. It was truly transformative for me. I spent much of the day reflecting and writing about a recent breakup that was extremely painful and has left me in a very dark place for the past ten months. I experienced a lot of healing that day during the retreat, thanks to your guidance. During the meditations I felt a seed of compassion was watered in me, rather than resentment and anger, and I think that was really key to the process. For the past few weeks I have felt very joyful and free from the heavy weight of grief that I was under. I feel lifted out of the darkness I was in, and ready to move on with my life. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for helping me to heal and transform.” Annalise from Marin

“What a beautiful retreat, joyous and opening. I left by the way of magic carpet. So thankful.” Hendrick Paul, Marin

It is rare to find teachers who are able to integrate so much and be able to support others into an felt experience of release and resolution.In an exploration she did with each person, I experienced her attunement and skillful guidance to move to a new perspective and have a transformation.She goes beyond left brain understanding to an embodied journey through barriers and into a new opening and experience.Nicola is a gifted teacher and guide who was able to take a group of people who were strangers into a safe, deep, undefended and healing connection with themselves and the other group members.She fluidly integrated what was arising in the group with experiential explorations,poetry and meditations.Instead of participants having a passive and conceptual experience it was immediate and integrating of body, mind, spirit and psyche. She is highly skilled and embodies what she teaches. It is rare and truly inspiring ~Trisha Rowe, LCSW,Cert. AEDP Therapist, Oakland, CA

Nicola, you are such a gifted teacher, and it was a privilege to be with you on the retreat. Everyone was at home and welcomed in whatever condition they were in. Your guided meditations were inspired and show your deep integration of very profound spiritual teachings. I am so fortunate to have been present and look forward to learning more from you in the future. Keep up your very important work. You have a gift of transmitting very complicated teachings to a receptive audience in an integratabtle, accessible, and very warm manner. Very sincere thanks.” ~ Fayne, Oakland

You are a great and genuine teacher Nicola. And from the moment I started working with you there have been so many shifts in my experience. I feel renewed, I feel strength and peace. The personal session and meditation group has been profound and powerful. You are a true blessing Nicola! ~ Lou Ann Mc Bride, Louisanna

“The retreat was truly enlightening, to be able to to reconnect with myself, each other, nature, the divine. The energy and authenticity was inspiring!” ~ Katie Byram, Martinez

“The Training Power of Connection was inspiring, heart opening. I learnt valuable skills and I experience more love for the places in me that are disconnected, “the refugee’ who is looking for presence and acceptance. I feel more grounded, balanced and loved now. Nicola’s facilitation was excellent, highly skilled and intuitive. We all came away with simple tools for every day life, and feeling far more connected to ourselves, each other and the Divine- in a real way. Thank you so much!”~ Sieglinde Schneider, Nurse Director, San Francisco

“The class on ‘Heart of Relating’ was incredibly uplifting. It inspired me and gave me practical insight on how to stay connected to my happiness in relationships.”~ Karina Alvarez, Berkeley

“The conscious relating practice and how you guided the meditation was off the charts. It affected me and the entire group profoundly. Thank you!” Mirabai Wurkowliz, Mill Valley

“Opening and closing, letting emotions come as they are and staying present. No more running from fear. Instead I welcome it with curiosity. I learnt to listen to the answers from my heart and skills to live from that depply connected place inside. I am filled with gratitude for you Nicola as I leave this retreat. Thank you!” Jesse

“I learned so much and received so many gifts from this retreat. I learnt about the power of real love, and how to embrace difficulties that life presents to us. It was real deep and beautiful. Thank you Nicola!” Jesus Soto, Los Angeles

“If you ever get the chance to work with Nicola Amadora I passionately recommend you jump at it with enthusiasm.Her vibrant caring, good sense of humor, diverse skills and strong, clear wisdom are profound gifts to us humans in these times. After training with Nicola, I feel renewed and reset into a deepened connection with myself, with my co-workers and with Nature itself.” ~ Scott klingemaier, Department Manager at Harbin

“I wanted to thank you for your wisdom, warm heart, and grounded way you lead with the retreat, truly creating an honest, authentic space for our group to unfold into. I’ve since been sitting with and working with some of the pieces that were brought up that day, particularly the practices of honoring my edge, dropping into the belly, and speaking with nature on a more consistent basis. I was truly touched by your powerful story and strength of faith in it.” ~ Lauren Allegra Elio, Los Angeles

The five day Shasta Retreat: “Into the Sacred”was incredible. Being in nature, meditating, deeply connecting with Self and each other was fulfilling and a life changer. Nicola, you are an amazing teacher. How you lead this big group into the Sacred in such a profound, safe and real way, was truly remarkable. Transformational for every one of us. You are a master at this.” Dr. Tonya Fleck

“I have been on many retreats over the years and have my own practice. This retreat made a real difference for me, it was so worth it. The spiritual practice for relating on a very deep level touched me profoundly.” Wendy Wallbridge, Women Leader Coach, Marin

“Nicola you are great teacher. Genuine. The Satsang was amazing. And my personal session with you was life changing.”  Lou Ann McBride, New Jersey

“Wow. My heart is stretched wide open, and once again your wisdom, authenticity has moved me in a very deep way. I cannot express the gratitude I have for you, Nicola. I am honored to be learning the tools for true love warriorship form you and I am committed to follow this profound path. i am filled with such joy,and leave this retreat truly connected.” Breann, Nurse, CA

” The Shasta Retreat was incredible, I still remember it after a year vividly, it was so powerful and life changing. I will never forget this!” Callia Hansen, Boston