Monthly QOYA Workshops at Moon Yoga
Friday Nights, Saturday Mornings or Sunday Mornings Once a Month
6 pm to 9 pm (Fridays) or 10 am to 1 pm (Saturday/Sunday) 
Moon Yoga, Mount Albert 

Qoya is a movement practice for women developed by Rochelle Schieck that brings together dance, yoga, sensual movement, sacred community, breath-work, meditation, ceremony and more.  Every month we explore a new theme through movement.  Yoga mats, cushions, all props, artesian water, organic herbal teas and nutritious snacks are provided.  Monthly workshops are announced on Moon Yoga's website and mailing list.  
July's theme is "My Soul Said So".  Through movement, we will dance with the part of us that knows what it can't not do, and dive deeper into making space for listening, honoring and following our soul's resonating call.  This particular class will be offered only twice - Friday evening July 7th and Saturday morning July 8th.  Please email to book your place.  
Cost: $30 NZD

Click here to learn more about Qoya.

Private Sessions in Dubai - FULLY BOOKED 
September/October 2017 
Jumeira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Arvigo® Therapy and Mayan Spiritual Healing sessions with Samar will be available on Sunday September 17th, Tuesday September 26th and Saturday September 30th.  Existing client sessions are one hour in length and new client sessions are two hours long.  Please email to book your session or enquire.
Cost: 500 AED per hour

Qoya 'Winds of Change' Workshop 
Friday September 30th 
Soul Art Center, Downtown Dubai 
7 pm to 10 pm 

Qoya is a movement practice for women developed by Rochelle Schieck that brings together dance, yoga, sensual movement, sacred community, breath-work, meditation, ceremony and more.  It is based on the simple idea that through movement we remember.  We remember that our essence is wise, wild and free.  We remember that deep down, we are bound by nothing except the part of us that hasn't yet woken up to the full glory of what we truly are.

In Dubai, Samar offers Qoya workshops at the beautiful Soul Art Centre in Downtown Dubai.  This September, dive straight in with a workshop themed 'Winds of Change', and dance your relationship to the ever changing tides of energy that inform your life and the wider world around you.  
Cost: 280 AED 

Click here to learn more about Qoya.  

Qoya Initiation (Level 2) Teacher Training, Dubai 
Friday October 6th and Saturday October 7th
10 am to 6 pm on both days
Al Barsha, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

There are three stages to Qoya Teacher Training - Intro, Initiation and Intensive. 

Intro is available to do online and is a prerequisite for Initiation.  Initiation has generally been available as an optional part of the life-changing and beautiful Qoya retreats held by Rochelle Schieck and now other teachers worldwide.  As Qoya has grown, so have the ways in which one can access it.  I am honored to be able to offer this transformative training as a weekend of learning, dancing and ceremony on the ancient and sacred land of Dubai.  

Participants will have the opportunity to teach each part of a class during this training.  This experience will prepare you to teach the required eleven classes to friends and family before you progress to Intensive, the final step on the Qoya Teacher Training journey.  These eleven classes, their playlists and a ton of support will be available to you online through the Qoya Portal - access to which is included as part of your Initiation training. 

This beautiful weekend is being assisted by Radzy Cassidy, a Qoya teacher from Delhi, India.  Radzy offers one-on-one sessions and Qoya classes online.  Click here to learn more about her work.

Cost: $600 US 

Click here to register.   Please email to enquire.  

Qoya 'Elemental Embodiment' Retreat, Australia
Heart and Soul of Wellness Retreat Space
Nobby's Creek, New South Wales, Australia
November 10th to 15th 
Arrival from 4 pm (November 10th) and Departure at 12 pm (November 15th) 

Come face to face with the power of the Elements - just behind your skin and in the Big Ancient Wild.  The Fire in your heart.  The Star Stuff in your bones that lights up when you stomp on the Earth.  The Water that moves through your dreams.  The Air that carries your prayers.  Meet the Elements as friends, remember them as warriors and beloveds.  

Cradled in an ancient rainforest, and held in the energy field of nearby Wollumbin/Mount Warning (a volcanic caldera used by Aboriginal peoples as a place of ceremony and initiation to this day), this retreat will feature Qoya classes, Vision Quests and Ceremony on a daily basis.  A pilgrimage to Lake Ainsworth is one of the special gifts of this retreat.  The Lake can be a deep red ochre, colored by the essential oils seeping through the roots of the Tea Tree and Eucalypts that surround it.  The Lake has been a sacred bathing place for women for centuries, especially post-partum, where they would enter the therapeutic waters to heal their bodies.  

Qoya Initiation (Level 2) Teacher Training is available as an optional offering at this retreat.  

The retreat will take place at the beautiful Heart and Soul of Healing Retreat Spacea heavenly womb created by Sali McIntyre, a Midwife, Arvigo® Therapist and all-round magical being.  The incredible Klyne Wynn, a Plant Alchemist and Qoya Teacher from Melbourne, will be assisting.  All delicious and healthy meals and snacks will be created by the Shoshannah and Lorne from Pearl of the Quarter

Cost: $1350 US + $600 US for Qoya Initiation (Level 2) Teacher Training (optional) 

Click here to register.  Please email to enquire. 

Vision Quest Retreat - 'You are the Universe'  
Friday December 1st to Sunday December 3rd 
4 pm (Friday) to 6 pm (Sunday) 
Ashram Yoga Ohui Retreat, Coromandel, New Zealand 

A Vision Quest is a rite of passage, practiced the world over in different forms by indigenous peoples.  It involves a return to the animate and sentient library of Nature.  Through interfacing with Her directly, we may access layers of truth that are textural in their tangibility.  Talking to the Earth can involve releasing our stories, opening to our intuition, being willing to transform and awakening the vast scope of feeling that already lives within our cells. 

For the third year, we will return to the breathtaking wilderness of the Coromandel to create ceremonial space in which we can awaken to the conversation we are already, and have always been having, with the Earth.  The theme of this weekend is 'You are the Universe'.  What if that were true?  What is life was happening within us, rather than outside of us?  What if every shift, thought, movement, desire and remembering was a note in the orchestra of creation?  What if WE were the creations, the portals, the rememberings, the wisdom-keepers, the traditions, the transformations and the love that we've been seeking?  If we knew this, what might be possible?  

This sacred weekend will include Qoya classes, solo Vision Quests in the wild, ceremony and transformational breathwork with guest teacher Andrea Anstiss.  Andrea will be familiar to some of you as she co-facilitated the Holotropic Breathwork workshop with Cyntha Gonzalez at Moon Yoga in February.  As a Transpersonal Counselor with almost thirty years of experience in somatic therapies, energetics and inner child work, Andrea holds within her a wealth of knowledge and sensitivity.  Click  to learn more about her practice. 
This retreat will take place at the deeply nourishing, family-run Ashram Yoga Ohui Retreat Center, just minutes from the pristine and generally deserted Opoutere Beach.   

Cost: $390 NZ ($360 early bird if paid by October 10th) 
Spaces are limited.  Please email to register or enquire.  

The Arvigo® Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy's Self Care Course 
Friday December 15th to Sunday December 17th 
6 pm to 10 pm (Friday) and 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday and Sunday) 
Moon Yoga, Mount Albert 

Arvigo® Therapy is a widely applicable bodywork-based modality developed by Dr. Rosita Arvigo.  This sacred body of work arose from her long term apprenticeship with acclaimed Maya H'Men (doctor-priest, shaman), the late Don Elijio Panti.  It has also grown strongly out of Rosita's experience as a Doctor of Naprapathy, a Herbalist and a student to traditional midwives in Belize and Mexico (including the wondrous Ms. Hortense Robinson) and a tireless advocate for our Divine Earth Mother and her wild places. 
One of the most unique and powerful aspects of Arvigo® Therapy is the emphasis on the realignment of the womb within the pelvis through gentle external palpation, that can either be received or given to the self. 

This two and a half day course is a deep dive into the Universe of your sacred womb-space, and much much more.  Content covered during this course including learning self-care massage in depth, meditation, history, lineage, anatomy, physiology, herbal support with traditional remedies from the rainforest, spiritual healing for the self, understanding body armoring, nutrition, pelvic steams and soaks, castor oil therapy and more.   Every participant also receives a thirty minute private session with myself or an assistant.  A beautiful and comprehensive handbook is also included. 

While the womb is a definite emphasis with this work, it is also profoundly helpful to people of all ages, stages (including post hysterectomy) and genders as belly massage benefits every abdominal organ, and can be hugely supportive with all manner of digestive, reproductive, circulatory, nervous and spiritual/emotional issues.  
Self-Care is the first tier of training in the Arvigo® system, and a prerequisite for Professional Training (happening in New Zealand for the very first time in February 2018! - See more details below).  

Cost:  $360 NZ (or $300 NZ early bird if registered by November 1st 2017) + $98 US registration fee (payable directly to the Arvigo® Institute online) 

Please note that a large percentage of the $98 US dollar registration fee goes as tithing to supporting traditional healers in Belize.  

You can register for this course by clicking here.  

The Arvigo® Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy's Professional Care Training 
Monday February 26th to Sunday March 4th 2018
7 pm (February 26th) to 12 pm (March 4th)  
Kawai Purapura Retreat Center, Albany Auckland 

When I first opened my practice in Auckland in 2011, it felt like a beautiful dream that one day the sacred work I was blessed to offer would spread and become available to many, many more people.  That day has come!

Professional Care (PCT) is the second tier of training in the Arvigo® system.  PCT prepares practitioners to offer Arvigo® Therapy in their existing practices.  This five and a half day course is highly experiential, with practical learning happening on the table multiple times a day.  All participants will give and receive throughout the course, and benefit form a deep immersion into how this work can feel and the benefits it offers.

In addition to abdominal, pelvic and sacral bodywork, participants will learn how to apply pelvic steams/soaks, castor oil therapy, herbals, nutrition, emotional support and much more to support their clients clinically.  All content is learned in relation to multiple body systems i.e. circulatory, reproductive, lymph, ligamentous etc.  Anatomy and physiology are constant companions on this journey, and are learned in a cohesive and holistic way.  Deep space exists within this training to delve into clinical challenges and discuss real world case studies.  Ongoing support via various channels is also an important aspect of this training.  Upon completion of this course, you will be able to offer Arvigo®  Therapy professionally.  Additional training is offered and recommended, but not required in order to do this.  
Prerequisites:  In order to register for PCT, you must hold a 'license to touch' in your country of residence.   Some of the professionals that may qualify include massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists, nurses, naturopaths (if massage training was included in their training) and physicians.  If you have questions about your eligibility please email.  

You must also have completed the Self-Care (Level 1) training.  Self-Care will be offered at Moon Yoga (Auckland) in December 2017.  

PCT is a residential program, with all participants staying onsite at the lovely Kawai Purapura Retreat Center in Albany, Auckland.   Set on nineteen acres of native forest, this unique location is not only a retreat venue, but a thriving yoga center, residential village for conscious, eco-friendly living and houses the Wellpark College for Natural Therapies.  To learn more click here.  

Cost:  $2325 US
Click here to register.  Please email with enquiries.  

Arvigo® Introduction to Mayan Spiritual Healing (Level 1)
Tuesday March 6th to Sunday March 11th 2018 
3 pm (March 6th) to 12 pm (March 11th)
Ashram Yoga Ohui Retreat, Coromandel, New Zealand 

For the first time in Aoteoroa/New Zealand, this blessed and powerful training is being offered amongst the wild nature of the Coromandel.  As with all ancient cultures, the Maya had and continue to have a highly developed system of medicine that saw the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of life as existing on a continuum.  They comprehended a well established link between physical disease and mental/emotional distress.  This deeply experiential course will give you a window into this profound comprehension, and equip you with ancient tools to support your spiritual self-care. 

During this training you will have the opportunity to explore the major spiritual sicknesses as delineated by the Maya, as well as learn simple but powerful techniques to support the healing of these conditions.  This blessed week will include working with prayer, spiritual baths, plant spirit medicine, smudging and sacred incense, making amulets, space clearing, cosmology and more.  In addition to learning, personal healing in a setting and through a curriculum such as this is inevitable and profound.  An awakened connection to the natural world is also a lasting gift of this training.  

This training equips one to utilize this ancient wisdom for self-care and for supporting one's friends, family and household.  In order to become a qualified Arvigo® Spiritual Healing Practitioner, attendance at Advanced Spiritual Healing (Level 2) in Belize is required.  It is highly recommended to allow a year between trainings to embody this work and let it land deeply into your life.  

People of all faiths and denominations are welcome at this training.  Attendance at this class is not suitable for pregnant women or young children.  This is a residential course and all participants will stay at the beautiful Ashram Yoga Retreat Center in Ohui in the wild and unspoiled Coromandel.  Spaces are limited. 

Cost: $1525 US 

              Click here to register.  Please email to enquire.