Californian-based musicians Dan Martier and his wife Laura run a deep Sound Journey meditation involving an hour-long bathe in gongs, chimes, crystals and Tibetan bowls. The moment the first instrument chimes loudly overhead, any residual anxiety shifts from my body as though the instrumental therapy is tuning me up. Besides relieving tension and stress, sound therapy is said to help with depression, high blood pressure and insomnia, removing blockages from the body and invoking a deep state of relaxation.
As I emerge from these two consecutive sessions, I do feel some kind of alchemical shift. It’s only been 24 hours but already there is a sense of the “Wanderlust feeling”.
There are outdoor hula hoop and circus skills sessions with a more playful yoga practice, including tight-rope walking, and the AiReal sessions with leading aerial yoga expert and former Cirque performer Carmen Curtis are a dream. The hammock serves as a supportive prop, “giving you the space to go deeper in your practice.” Created by California-based Curtis at the request of her students for ‘savasana in the hammock’, this slow practice includes a gentle warm up, followed by some mild inversions that can aid in “reducing swelling, stress and migraines”. We are soon guided into the cocoon of our brightly-coloured silk nests and invited to stretch out completely, before coming to rest in a sort of hanging savasana. It is the most relaxing, liberating sensation. I am quite literally, hooked.