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IMILOA PRESENTS

Rewire Your Brain and Rewrite Your Life:

Taking the Bold Step Out of Old Thinking and Into New Possibilities

Feb 12 – 17, 2020

THE EVENT

This is not your typical retreat. This isn’t a soft reset or a quick fix. This is about building a new foundation upon which the new you will be built, and remain standing through anything.

The brain and nervous system are remarkably adaptive. Neurons and the connections between them are continually changing in response to new information. Not only are thoughts and feelings the product of the brain, they are the shaper of it. In this 6 day/ 5 night retreat you will learn how to use this adaptivity to rewire your brain for new possibilities.

Through a carefully designed and expertly guided program that integrates the latest research in neurobiology with ancient yogic practices (pranayama, mantra, chanting, and asana) you will learn how to overwrite the old stories that no longer serve you and connect with a new vision of who you are and how you want to live. You will take that first bold step out of old ways of thinking and into new possibilities. ​
 

The first two full days of the retreat are spent in deep practice and one-on-one work with your teacher, Jenny Arrington. The last two full days include time for exploration, processing, and integration. Sound healing technology (in the form of crystal singing bowls and gong baths) will be used to help integrate the lessons of each day while calming the nervous system.

Included in the retreat pricing are two preparatory calls in the week prior to the retreat where you will learn about the science of neuroplasticity and the neurobiologial effects of meditation, mantra, and sound from Jenny and Tait Medina, Ph.D. 

The retreat is limited to 15 women. This small-group setting allows us to cultivate a culture where we feel safe and supported to connect and share. It also allows for personalized attention and one-on-one time with your teachers, Jenny and Tait.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

WE INTEND FOR YOU TO:

  • Learn about the science of neuroplasticity, meditation, mantra, and sound healing
  • Learn about your patterns of thinking and the neurology behind them
  • Learn about and/or dig deeper into Kundalini Yoga practices
  • Identify and connect with a new vision of who you are and how you want to live
  • Learn tools that you can use to hack your nervous system, “code over” limiting fear thoughts, and rewire your brain for new possibilities
  • Create a plan for integrating the tools and insights you gain on the retreat into your everyday life so that you can maintain and continue to develop your new mindset and way of being.

ABOUT YOUR MASTERS

Jenny Arrington

Co-Founder of Rebel Human and Wellness Advisor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Jenny Arrington believes that obstacles aren’t in our way, they are the way. After a decades long struggle with clinical depression and an eating disorder, it was a combination of somatic therapy, asana, meditation, and Kundalini Yoga that finally gave her the ability to process past trauma, forgive, and heal. It was through these challenges and healing that Jenny found her calling as a teacher.

Trained under Harvard neuroscientist, Dr. Srini Pillay, Jenny integrates the ancient tools of yoga, meditation, and ritual with the modern science of neurocoaching to help her students unlock their inner wisdom, connect with their instincts, and overcome their limiting fears.

Jenny works with all populations and ages, including private executive coaching. She has been featured in publications including US News & World Report, Chicago Tribune, Shape, and Chicago Magazine to name a few. And her first book, The Kundalini Yoga Posture Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Teaching and Practicing the Postures, is launching this Winter. 

Jenny is a master at making connections between the wisdom in ancient practices and recent findings within the fields of neuroscience and acoustical physics. Her students like to say that she teaches only those things that either have been proven through thousands of years of practice or have been peer-reviewed. She is also known for her ability to explain esoteric concepts such as the infinite, the spirit, and energy in ways that make sense in our real life.

When Jenny is not teaching and developing educational programming you might find her on the high-wire or the flying trapeze at a circus and performing arts school whose board she chairs because as she likes to say, “I try to do something that scares me at least once every day.”

Tait Medina

Tait Medina received her Ph.D. in sociology with an emphasis in medical sociology and social psychology from Indiana University. Her research has focused primarily on cross-cultural and cross-temporal conceptualizations of health, illness, and healing and the impact these have on subjective and objective experiences of distress. At the core of her research is the principal insight that health, illness, and healing cannot be simply regarded as biological or medical phenomena.

Tait taught for a number of years at the University of Michigan and later worked as a senior research scientist at the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois Chicago. Her research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals such as American Journal of Psychiatry, American Journal of Public Health, and American Journal of Sociology. 

Prior to attending graduate school, Tait enjoyed a successful career as a professional ballet dancer. At fifteen she was hired by the First National Touring Company of The Phantom of The Opera as one of its original members and then later performed with the Broadway company. She retired at 26 to pursue a career in academia.

Throughout her time as a ballet dancer, student, professor, researcher, and mom, Tait turned to the practice of meditation (in all its many forms) to remain emotionally balanced, physically resilient, and mentally focused and in 2016 left academia to found two wellbeing companies: Oto Float, a floatation therapy studio; and Rebel Human (with Jenny Arrington), a hands-on educational organization offering classes, immersive retreats, workshops, and one-on-one development sessions that integrate ancient yogic practices (meditation, mantra, breathwork), neuroscientific research, and creative expression. 

TESTIMONIALS

“Jenny has supported and guided me through a time of significant growth and transition. I came to her lost to myself. Through her carefully crafted classes and simple yet powerful messages, I’ve reconnected with my true self, which has empowered me to approach the changing facets of my life with strength, peace, courage, and grace. 
 
Tait is visionary. She is deeply committed to and connected with us, her clients. Keeping our desires for personal growth and care at the heart of her offerings, she seeks to bring us practices grounded in science, spirituality, and ancient wisdom. Her conscious attention to detail creates an environment of peace and beauty that envelops us as we practice. 
 
Jenny and Tait together are light, and I’m so grateful they’ve sparked the same in me” ~ Sarah McGoohan

What I love about Jenny’s teaching style is the contradiction it sustains. She recognizes the thinking skeptical mind as the most susceptible entry point. She begins by engaging your ever-rationalizing Cartesian brain explaining the scientific and medical value of the practice. It all makes terrific sense and you’re in. 
 
​But then the magic. Once knee deep in the asana or the breathing, when you are sweating and reevaluating previously held notions that you’re in pretty decent shape for your age and since when was breathing such a workout; you realize you’ve been tricked. And the whole thing is a ruse to open the heart space, the sweet gooey center where unlimited potential is unleashed as an accidental byproduct of the whole stinking ordeal. 
 
Jenny is a master and anyone lucky enough to add themselves to the ranks of her dynamic student body is fortunate beyond measure and should be hungry and prepared for interior and exterior transformation of the most profound order. ~ Elizabeth

I discovered Tait Medina one day while rushing around town, multitasking as usual, trying to juggle bottomless coffee cups, endless errands, traffic, weather,  etc. The moment I entered her peaceful oasis I felt a serenity and clarity that threw the chaos of my daily routine into stark relief. I knew I wanted more of “this” in my life! Tait Medina proved an immediate “kindred spirit” who’s intelligence, compassion and humor made her an instant friend, a guide and a fellow seeker. Rebel Human is a curated circle of powerful, knowledgeable and joyous educators including Jenny Arrington, who’s beautiful Kundalini Yoga teachings have become an integral part of my personal journey towards self-care, self-acceptance and self-love. Whether participating in intensely focused group classes, luxurious and intentional retreats, sumptuous meals or stirring sound baths I have come to expect and depend upon the vibrant Rebel Human community for spiritual growth and nourishment of the soul. ~ Kristen

YOUR VENUE

We offer 17 Luxury Accommodations sleeping 15-44 people.
Each room is equipped with 850 thread count bedding for maximum comfort, high-speed internet, and clean drinking water derived from our artesian well.

THE BALI HOMES

Featuring over 12,000 square feet of space over looking thousands of acres and the South Pacific coast,
our three Bali Homes are imported from Indonesia and boast hand-carved architecture.

THE JUNGLE BUNGALOWS

Six Jungle Bungalows built on the side of the mountain on the pathway to our very own private waterfall. Bali inspired, the interiors feature natural finishings and a gorgeous exposed shower and bath tub.

THE GEODESIC RIVER DOMES

Six Buckminster Fuller inspired Geodesic River Domes, among the best made in the world and partially powered by solar energy, sit perched on the edge of our private river with the fresh, flowing water feeding up to the domes.

Experience the soothing sounds of relaxing and sleeping next to flowing water. Amazing!

THE HOUSE OF MASTERS

The House of Masters, located in the center of the property, is a 2,000 square foot Balinese structure hanging 100 feet in the Jungle canopy. Adjacent are restrooms and a yoga storage room for mats, blocks and more. The space can be converted for any type of retreat, workshop or dance party.

THE SOCIAL SPACE

A sprawling 3,000 square foot space that is the “Heart of Imiloa,” our social space features loungy, multicultural inspired furnishings, couches, and 5 imported tables from Bali, all under a Polynesian style roof.

 

THE PATHS

Jungle paths connect the 20+ acres at Imiloa, with hand-made stairs and lighting, creating an immersive, easy experience for you and guests.

THE WATERFALL

Beyond the Jungle Bungalows is a path that leads to our own private waterfall. Descend into what feels like an enchanted jungle forest as you bask in the magic and beauty of the surrounding nature.

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