The Return of The Light

January 28-30, 2022


48 Baileys Lane,
The Eagle’s Nest, West Newbury

A  Women’s Wellness Retreat  Restore & Revivify with Vibrance Practices

Facilitators: Tamara Hernandez and Ellen Watson



What is the Vibrance Practice? 

Vibrance is an all encompassing word that includes the expressive arts (dance,song,poetry, & theater), the healing and somatic arts (touch and movement), breathwork, soundwork. 
In this weekend, our program is specifically designed for women...for returning from an extended holiday time, to honor the Epiphany (January 6) or the return of the light.  We’ve woven the fabric for this weekend in support of restoring energetically, physically, and to give all of us a nourishing and replenishing time together.

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What is Vibrance Touch? 

Touching and being touched are essential needs for all humans and animals.  Without touch, babies wither and die, as do puppies, kittens, and all four legged and two legged creatures. 

Vibrance Touch is for Everybody; this is not a training; Tamara and Ellen will share with you the essential techniques for releasing tension in your neck, shoulders, arms, hands, and we do this, your entire nervous system relaxes, calms and restores.  You can take what you learn with you and share it with your family and friends.

Our Schedule :


7.00PM - 9.00PM    Vibrance Dance Night 


10.00 AM - 1.00PM

Vibrance Morning Practice, 

Vibrance Touch: Healing and Enjoyment

1.00PM - 2.00PM   

Lunch; shared vegan/veggie pot luck

2.00PM - 4:30PM

Vibrance Low and Slow, Expressive Arts

Vibrance Touch: Head, Neck & Shoulders, Feet, Forearms, Hands & Fingers 

4:30PM - 5:00PM

Sharing, Questions & Answers


11:00AM - 1:00PM

Vibrance Sunday Dance Celebration

What are my takeaways?

  •  Learning care protocols for self and others
  •  Experiencing a variety of forms of dance..from internally focused low and slow, to embodying joy and happiness.  That dancing sadness and anger are dancing with fear...that all of these open the door to experiencing Joy and Happiness…
  •  Meeting other lovely women…
  •  Getting to know the leaders
  •  Building Community in W. Newbury, Newburyport and surrounding areas
  •  Sharing new music


Ellen Watson

Now an Internationally renowned Somatic Arts Educator, Ellen began her studies and practices in the 1980’s at The Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA. Ellen rebirthed and directed Esalen’s Movement Arts program, studied, practiced and joined the faculty of Esalen®Massage & Bodywork.

After certifying as a 5Rhythms® teacher with Gabrielle Roth, Ellen developed SpiritDance, then Vibrance, for combining Conscious Dance and Singing Your Own Song. Vibrance Practices now include: Touch, Breathwork, Dance, Sound & Song, Vibrance Coaching, Vibrance Healing Ceremonies.  Ellen continues to train healing artists in Touching Essence™ and Esalen®Massage & Bodywork. 

Tamara Hernandez

Tamara joined Ellen’s Dance program at Esalen in 1997, and has been dancing ever since. A mother of two teenaged girls, Tamara shares her gifts with them and their friends, with her two Shepherds Grim and Zara, cat, Moonpie. A lover of Nature, the land and the sea, Tamara built the Eagle’s Nest as a home for her family and a studio for sharing the healing and somatic arts with her community.

While at Esalen, Tamara studied Spiritual Healing and has more recently studied and certified in Equine Massage. Whether touching horses, humans, felines or canines, Tamara has a gift as a ‘Whisperer’.  Whisperers have developed the ability to deeply listen through the unspoken language of touch.

After falling from her horse, and breaking her arm, Tamara picked up a paint brush; brush to canvas…and has emerged 12 years later, as an accomplished, self-taught artist.  Her work captures the soul of her subjects.

Special community rate

Please contact us to register below. We want to make this a friendly opening money is not an issue.

You may come for one class or all four; you must be on time and remain for the entire class time.  Entering late or leaving early breaks the group field.  A real ‘no no’.

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