News For Our Sonoma County Friends!

To our friends in Sonoma County… We love and appreciate you so much!

+Thank you+ for all of your incredible support over the last six years and standing so solidly beside us through all the ups and downs of this beautiful life we share. We care deeply for all of you, and it’s making a difference in your lives — mentally, physically, emotionally — that motivates us to bring a little bit of softness, kindness and meaningful care into your lives.

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As many of you know we have been working to bring our Mind/Body Studio and additional healing services including yoga classes, meditation classes, sound healings and more to you all in Sonoma County. (To get an idea, please visit our sister studio and click on Classes + Workshops.)

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In a very unexpected-but-happy twist of fate, we are going to be able to both stay in our current location AND grow in our current location. We know many of you will be relieved not to drive to a new location, and furthermore we’ll be able to bring you classes much more quickly this summer! We have already begun creating an amazing founding teaching team and schedule of classes. Stay tuned in the coming weeks!

Please read below for a list of Q+A that we hope will answer most of your questions…

When will classes begin? In the coming weeks, you’ll begin to see some of our neighbors relocating and the walls coming down. As soon as the demolition is complete, we’ll work as quickly as possible to build out a beautiful class studio. Our hope is to begin classes this summer!

Will you stay open for massage & bodywork while the studio is being built? Yes, we will be here for you as always.

Where will the studio be? Just next door! Our fantastic neighbors will be re-locating from the adjacent spaces, making space for us to place a beautiful, spacious studio just alongside us.

How do I sign up for classes? How much will they cost? Very soon we will be offering very special charter Memberships for our current customers and members… These are amazing deals that allow you to receive incredible savings on both massage and mind/body classes while supporting our growth.

What kind of classes will you offer? We’ve done our very best to bring you the types of classes you’ve been asking for! We will have Yoga for Beginners, Restorative Yoga, Flow Yoga and more… Meditation classes, Qigong, Sound Healings, and Cacao Ceremony. Also look for special yoga and meditation workshops, as well as collaborations with other local Sonoma County businesses and healing practitioners.

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Sonoma County, we adore you and have appreciated your steadfast support more than you know — thank you for believing in us and trusting our team to care for you… mind, body and spirit! While the incredible benefits of monthly massage are well-known to many of you, we are so excited to bring you additional healing and self-care practices that you can enjoy on a daily basis.

We look forward to seeing you all soon ~ Much love from all of us at Soulstice

Being of Service: A Healer’s Game Plan

I’ve been blessed to study, search and seek in the healing arts for over twenty years now. With each passing year, I feel evermore lucky to have discovered my path and purpose at a relatively young age and spend the majority of life within and alongside a community of healers…. I owe so much to Esalen, my early teachers and the guides around me who loved and supported my — at the time — pretty weird interests. Like many in the healing arts, my practice has healed me from my own childhood traumas and over time has deepened an inner resiliency and resolve that has seen me through life’s disappointments, heartaches and betrayals. A daily practice — with all its physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits — is what I rely upon most to weather life’s ups & downs, the strength to hold the tough conversations, and the ability to stay true to my heart in a very noisy world.

To my friends and colleagues in the Healing Arts… the Yoga Teachers, Massage Therapists, Meditation Guides, Studio Owners, Counselors, Therapists, Caregivers and more: We’re in the dawning of a time when our work, our art and our contribution are vital to our collective future. Every day we are waking up to the fires and floods of our earthly and inner worlds, and can no longer hide, dismiss or delay the deep healing that is called for right now. It’s all-encompassing and undeniable — and it’s going to take all of us, together, to shift the paradigm and evolve.

Creating a Safe Space + Sanctuary: Ask anyone in the healing arts, and they will agree…. healing can only happen once your soul feels safe for that healing to occur. Healing cannot be commanded, rushed or controlled. Rarely is it convenient, well-timed or predictable. In fact, deep healing typically happens when your spirit is finally in a comfortable place to feel, express and be; it’s rarely easy, never pretty and oftentimes when you’re in the thick of it you’ll wonder what on earth is happening to you. Only in hindsight will you see the wisdom of experience, learn the body’s way of knowing and reach the deep well of compassion that exists within us all. As healers, the very first thing we must do is create a true, authentic and safe foundation for people to simply rest their hearts, minds and spirits.

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Valuing Our Work: The work of a healer is to assist the transformation, blossoming, positive growth and flourishing of an individual, community and society. It’s kind of important, no? Vital. As healers we must begin to appreciate our work and service in how we present, value and honor ourselves and each other. For generations past we have aspired to and held up the lawyers, the bankers and those professions that move and leverage other people’s ideas and creations. Focused on achieving and amassing, wealth and self, these professions do little to cultivate empathy, instill meaning or create beauty in the world. So why do those professions command respect and deserve greater value?? Simply because they have demanded it.

It’s vital that moving forward we as healers begin to reshape how we value our work, price, prioritize and present what we offer. How much would you pay for a happier, more joyful and meaningful life? Let’s stop nickel and diming ourselves with sliding scales, outdated “by donation” payment models and treating our healing sanctuaries like a 24-Hour Fitness. Treat your time and contribution with the honor and respect it deserves, and by doing so we help shift what society values and attaches meaning to in life.

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Don’t Teach, Model: At our Soulstice studios, we have never seen our community more in need of care and healing. Anxiety, depression, hopelessness and despair is epidemic. Approaching our professions with the intention of saving people from their pain will only lead to burn-out. Healers need to Show, not Save. We do this by being brave enough to live differently. Being happy with what we have. Enjoying the freedom that comes with having less stuff. Spending our resources on experiences over acquisitions. Valuing rest, spaciousness and stillness. Being willing to call out unethical behavior and stand up for people who can’t stand up for themselves. Modeling kindness, sharing and curiosity to learn one another’s stories.

We’re on this planet to achieve and contribute, but we’re also here to enjoy, laugh and experience the ease, humor and beauty of being human. As Healers we need to show — not teach — balance, priorities and a new way of being in our world.

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Lose the Guru: As people grow more desperate for a path out of their pain, it is our job to help remind people that every individual already has everything they need within themselves to heal. Our role is to be a catalyst, a spark, a means, a sanctuary, an inspiration to empower people to heal themselves. To pretend or imagine “our way” is the only route or method to healing is doing society a disservice and more of the same limited, ego-centered thinking that got us here in the first place. There is not just one type of Yoga that’s ‘better than’ or Massage Therapist that is ‘most effective.’ We’re all in this together!

We believe everyone’s path is unique, and therefore everyone will have their own very personal experience of healing. Each has their own method, place and timing and none of us truly know what’s best for another person. This is why we will always champion diversity, difference and exploration at our studios, trusting that people can and will grow through making their healing a priority, accessible and available to their daily life. Whether through bodywork, yoga practice, breathwork, meditation, dance, music, mantra, art, qigong or more, we give ourselves the best opportunity for growth when we’re open to a diversity of experience. Healers, we have so much more to gain when we support, respect and learn from each other and come from a place of interdependence and sharing.

As with all healing, once the smoke clears and land beneath us settles, we’ll understand why it was so necessary to live through this incredibly challenging moment in our collective story…. Grateful for our amazing healing community who wake up every day and work toward a more beautiful, giving and kind world. We see you ~ and we thank you.