Valerie Kausen: spiritMuse


When we give ourselves time to disengage from our daily routines there is space for something new to emerge.

Whether it's a few hours or a week-long retreat it's a gift of the possible to that which is ready to come forth.

An opening to let the light of your authenticity reveal itself without expectation.

It's a crucible we create together for the alchemy you are longing for.

Select a retreat to see more information:

 Mwnt Beach Cardigan Bay a 40 min. walk from our sanctuary

Ancient Future:  Reclaim Your Wild Awareness

Sept 19-27, 2018, West Wales, UK

This is a perfectly designed week for you.

All your needs taken care of. Lovingly prepared meals. Nature right outside your door.
Your body and soul receiving exactly what it needs to flourish and let go.

During this 8-night, 7 full day immersion, you will be deeply supported in finding your way back to the truth of your own body and how to be fully alive in it.

We call this embodiment.

Through the support of 6 highly intuitive and skilled practitioners you will have one-on-one and group facilitation to clear the long held stories from your body and mind that hold you back from your innate full expression. 

At your center lies an innocent wildness.

Your instinctual self is able to feel and know your very unique and beautiful way of being in this life. 

We have been programmed through our cultures and long held beliefs of our families and genders. Our bodies hold the transgressions from trauma in its myriad forms. These may include: other peoples' limited capacities to treat us with kindness and respect; physical and emotional injuries; and even our own inability to support our life’s journey with love and acceptance. 

We carry the stories of our lives in our bodies. 

The freedom that lives within us is our truest guide for how to express our authentic self and innate gifts. 

• As a team, we will create a curated experience specific to your needs and desires for your fully expressed life. 

• You will enjoy 5 on location 90-minute teaching sessions with your highly trained team. Daily mindful yoga and deeply nourishing locally sourced meal, 8 individual session (3 on-site at retreat, 5 online supporting before and after retreat).

• We will also have a 4-week preparation course including somatic education, embodiment mentoring, group teaching and group calls beginning early August via Zoom.

• All teaching modules will be recorded (pre-event and during) for you to have available for review.

• You will leave with a “toolbox” that will support you long into the future. 

• This is limited to 10 participants and will be a break from technology to reconnect you with your own rhythms amidst the wildness of West Wales (connection available as needed, of course).

What if you could return to living in awe and wonder?

Give yourself the gift of coming back to your true nature in the presence of nature. 

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Example Daily Schedule:

  • 6:30 am Silent Sitting Meditation
  • 7:00 am Yoga
  • 8:30 am Breakfast
  • 9:30 am Group Teaching 
  • 11:00 am Individual Sessions
  • 1:30 Lunch
  • 3:00 pm Individual Sessions
  • 6:00 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 pm Movement, Integration Work

Everything is optional. This experience will be based on your needs and desires.

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Teaching Modalities:

  • Ancestral Honoring and Connection
  • Breathwork
  • Dance / Movement
  • Embodiment Practices
  • Fire Ceremony
  • Food as medicine
  • Indigenous Awareness Practices
  • Meditation (Resonance, Sitting and Guided)
  • Mindfulness Practices
  • Plant Foraging and Alchemy
  • Plant Essence Anointing
  • Qi Gong
  • Somatic Practices
  • TRE - Tension and Trauma Release Exercises 
  • Yoga

What’s included:

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • All meals locally sourced and lovingly prepared, tea and snacks 
  • 8 private sessions (2 before arrival, 4 during, 2 after for integration)
  • Daily group teaching 
  • Daily yoga and meditation 
  • Wood-fired hot tub
  • Fire ceremony 
  • Local excursions 
  • Celebratory surprises
  • Nature excursions 
  • Time for rest and silence
If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence, we could rise up rooted, like trees.
— Rilke
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Individual Sessions:

  • Ancient Lomi Lomi with Kekoa Powers
  • Cowry Shell Divination with Gary Heine
  • Somatic Release with Pamela Hotchkiss
  • Somatic Retrieval + Embodiment Mentoring with Valerie Kausen
  • Nurturing Heart Rejuvenation Treatment with Stevie Gayle Stephens




What’s not included:

  • Airfare 
  • Ground transportation to and from retreat (you will receive a detailed understanding of how to arrive well and to easily transfer to location)

finding your place

The Investment:

• $2,900 single, double or triple occupancy depending on availability (payment plans available).

$2,900 / £2,200 full payment.

$250 / £190  non-refundable deposit will hold your spot - remainder of balance due by Aug 1, 2018.

• Limited to 10 participants

If traveling internationally, it's suggested to arrive in London a day early, stay overnight and take train on the day of your arrival on-site. Slow things down. You will be given all the details you need for smooth travel.

add-ons for an extra fee:

• Two additional days available (to ease entry and exit) arrive Sept 18 and/or depart Sept 28. Additional days $300 each or $500 for both including food and lodging and any wonderful adventures we create together.

• Add a 3-month Embodiment Mentoring package with Valerie Kausen to enhance the depth of the work - $1,500 via Zoom.


About your team:

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Valerie Kausen

is an Embodiment and Business Mentor. Through myriad certifications and personal study through trauma resolution at all levels, she has come to understand the path of awakening to our innate wisdom and innocent wildness.

Valerie's work includes: her own modality called Somatic Retrieval™, Emotional Release, Trauma Release Exercises (TRE), dance, Breathwork, Meditation Instruction, Shamanic Healing, Master Level Communication Skills and many, many modalities of integration, deep intuition and creativity.

With a lifetime of personal development and 25 years of organizing and leading retreats, she brings her presence, compassion and playfulness fully to whatever experience she is in.

Valerie is grateful to give back what has been given to her. You can read more about her work at

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Tahnee Shim

Tahnee Shim is a passionate cook, alchemist, yoga teacher and organizer.  Applying her degree in Hotel Management and Culinary Arts from Switzerland she has spent the last 15 years in hospitality & event production focusing on nutrition and wholistic health.  She believes that clean organic food and herbs are essential to healing mind, body and spirit.  She customizes meals to dietary needs while preparing delicious creations.  If you have any dietary restrictions, please be sure to inform us ahead of your arrival.  

Her love for yoga took her on a journey of enhancing body awareness.  She has had a daily practice for the past 5 years, while attending teacher trainings on Maui and several workshops in both Maui and Switzerland.  She teaches slow, mindful Hatha yoga classes, focusing on the balance of strengthening, stretching and breathing.

Tahnee has travelled the world, immersing herself in many different cultures.  Growing up in both Hawaii and Switzerland she speaks 3 languages (English, German & French). 

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Kekoa Powers

 is an organic farmer, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wilderness EMT, wild-crafter, artist, musician and Qi Gong practitioner. Growing up close to the land on organic farms in both Hawaii and the US Mainland, he has lived a life of stewardship and body awareness.

With two decades practicing primitive awareness skills, twelve years as an organic farmer and six years studying/practicing Ancient Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Kekoa has developed a passion for what he calls the “Soilbody”, the inseparable relationship between our bodies and the earth.

It is through simple changes in perception and a burning desire to reclaim the forgotten pieces of our being that he believes we as humanity will begin to act as a positive force on the Earth rather than a destructive one.

His work focuses on complete embodiment of all that we are, the dark and the light, for in order to live in harmony with ourselves, each other and the natural world we must be inclusive rather than exclusive in our relationships. Find out more:

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Pamela Hotchkiss

With over 30 years of teaching experience, Pamela is a compassionate and supportive educator. Her background in Biology, Hanna Somatics, dance, and music has guided her creation of Mindful Motion, a mindfulness-through-movement program which provides individuals and groups the tools to navigate life with resilience to stress and ease in the body.

Mindful Motion uses the fundamentals of Somatic Release, Pamela's hands-on therapeutic movement and brain training modality designed to release physical and emotional tension in the body. Read more about her work at

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Gary Heine

is humble and quiet in his ways, yet the power that comes from his connection with the natural and ancestral worlds are deep and felt.

He uses the ancient tool of Cowry Shell Divination, learned from Malidoma Somé, which allows him to bring gifts of precise and clear messages from the unseen worlds. These messages act as guideposts for awareness and healing.

An ordained Spiritualist Minister, he uses skills in Mediumship, Meditation Instruction, Hakomi, Soul Retrieval and other tools to create readings that resonate and inform long after they are completed. 

Gary also teaches Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) to help individuals and groups begin to safely release the trauma stored in their bodies. Most importantly, he is the father of four amazing people. Learn more about his work at

Stevie Gayle Stephens

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comes with nearly 30 years of experience in working with energy medicine in practical application through massage therapy, visionary craniosacral therapy, aromatherapy and botanical perfume therapy.

For the last 23 years, she has combined these elements in a highly specialized bodywork treatment initially offered in four-star spas and later in private practice. Using high quality essential oils blended into natural perfume as a vehicle of beauty and healing, her life’s work is rooted in intuitive plant communication to restore peace and harmony within one’s existence at a core level.

For a complete biography of Stevie Gayle’s journey as a healer and artist in the field of energy medicine and perfumery, see


Curated Personal Retreats


During these 1 to 10 day retreats we will together create the initiatory gateways for the life your desire to emerge naturally.

When we receive exquisite attention we open. What is at the surface and ready to resolve and birth will authentically present itself.

Force is unnecessary when awareness is the guide. Being simply with what is and allowing the voice, emotion and sensations to move through.

I am highly intuitive and deeply trained in presence. I can feel you when you invite me to. 

This invitation is for those who are ready to go deep into the unknown and find the pleasure that results from being willing. There is no map except you. Your body. Your story. Your desire for freedom from limitation.

In the location of our choosing we will create a sanctuary for the work that is calling to be attended to.