Your Groovy Facilitators
Lydia Violet Harutoonian (she/her)
Lydia Violet brings with her a robust scholarship in cosmology, archetypal psychology, and group work facilitation aimed at individual and community repair. Through compassionate and grounded facilitation, Lydia’ is able to move her groups through both intellectual study, somatic tending, and emotional mending in a way that balances mind, spirit, and heart.
Leah Song brings with her 15+ years as the frontwoman of internationally-renowned folk group Rising Appalachia, born from her own lifetime immersion in a variety of folk music traditions. Leah is also passionate about somatic healing, offering groups her own unique synthesis of yoga, dance, meditation, and vocal exploration.
Community Welcome Dinner!
Sofreh Altar building with ancestral objects.
Meet your cohort and set your intentions.
Community Singing Lullaby Session.
Session 1: Why We Start with Story: Psyche, Soul, and the Nature of Archetypes
Healing in the Diaspora
Session 2: Archetypal Story Figures from Around the World, The Patterns Humanity Shares, Connecting to the Psyches of Our Ancestors Through Story
Meet with Small Counsel Group
The Literal Truths and Mythic Truths Found in Folk Stories and Mythologies, and What They Can Tell Us About the Lives of Our Ancestors
Stories from Around the World: Ancestral Reconnection Oral Storytelling Circle
Session 1: Folk Music Traditions: Drums, Winds, and Strings from Around the World!
Session 2: Vocal Workshop with Leah Song: explore sound vibration and body movement as tools for self-awareness.
Embody the physical art of making sound from all the many resonators in the body, and expand your voice.
Meet with Counsel Group
Session 1: Music As Medicine: Why All Peoples Make Music, and Learning A Song In Your Blood.
Session 2: Songs from Around the World!
Songs from Around the World: Oral Songshare
Lads of Trad: A Traditional Irish and Old Time Dance Party, from the Heart Of Appalachia
If you live locally or would like to find your own accommodations, you are welcome to attend the retreat during the days only, for a reduced fee!
If you would like to stay with us on-site, Prama Institute has a few housing options: 3 private rooms with 2 beds in each, as well as 4 dorm rooms: 2 with 6 bunk beds and 2 with 8 bunk beds. All of the bathrooms are shared in this building.
Prama Wellness Center, an adjacent building to where we our gathering space is, has 3 rooms with a double bed, 1 room with 2 beds and 1 room with 4 smaller twin beds. All these rooms have bathrooms.
When you fill out your application, you’ll indicate your first and second choices for the type of room you’d like to stay in.
All our food is vegetarian with a strong leaning to vegan.
Prama is well known for serving delicious and nutritious vegetarian meals incorporating as much seasonal, local and organic food as possible. They can also meet many diets such as gluten free, vegan and more, and you will have a chance to specify any dietary preference on your retreat application. Your registration feel includes dinner Thursday, 3 meals Friday and Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.
There is a ramp that enters the main dome where we meet through the kitchen. There are two rooms on the main level with no stairs, but do not have bathrooms. The bathrooms for those rooms have a 3inch step into the shower .
In the Wellness center, there is one room with a shower room suitable for disabilities and an accessible pathway to the main dome. If you need this room, please indicate so on the application.
There are also 4 rooms at the wellness center available without stairs, however, those bathrooms are not accessible.
If you have any other questions about anything including accessibility and accommodations, please contact Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When does the Retreat start and finish?
Participants are welcome to come anytime after 4pm on Thursday, March 23rd, have dinner provided by the retreat center, and our first group session will start at 7pm on Thursday, March 23rd. Our final retreat session will end at 12:30pm Sunday, March 26th, with participants welcome to stay for lunch before leave the center.
Can I pay on a payment plan?
Yes, 3-month payment plans are available for all payment tiers.
Is there a deadline to register?
The early bird pricing deadline is 30th of January, besides that we will close the door when we reach 35 participants but there is no specific deadline for registration.
What should I bring to the retreat?
Comfortable clothing, and layers for the early-Spring Blue Ridge Mountain weather!
Hot Drink Mug
Journal and Writing Untensils
Dance Party Outfit
Sleep Aids (ear plugs, eye mask)
How far is Prama from the nearest airport?
Asheville is a 35 minute drive from Asheville Regional Airport, and 2 hours 20 minutes from Charlotte International Airport. We will do our best to put participants in touch with each other to arrange carpools.
How many people will be at this retreat?
Prama can accommodate 35 participants at full capacity, so we will be an intimate group, with plenty of time and space for connection!
Is it okay if I have to arrive late or leave early?
While this isn’t preferable, we can accommodate folks who may need to miss a session in the beginning or end of the retreat.
What is the cancellation or refund policy?
100% refund until February 23rd, 50% refund after Febraury 23rd.
Will you join us?
We cherish this opportunity to meet all of you in person, and continue this dedication to healing and learning. Let’s sing over the bones, and in doing so hear the song of healing coming through all of us in these times.
So if you’d like to join us, please complete our simple application by clicking the button below. We are capping the participants at 35 to ensure an opportunity to build meaningful connections with others and create a sense of community.