Everything is possible.
Healing our nervous systems of trauma, grief and pain.
Learning to recognize our innate JOY
Awakening to the truth of who we are.
Feeling and sensing the platform of our ‘okayness’ grow and blossom.
Loving ourselves no matter what.

By letting go into the somatic practice of yoga and awareness meditation, sacred sound and movement, deep nature connection, sharing our stories, being heard and held by the arms of our own true nature, we can access the wisdom, bliss and clarity that we are.

These are unprecedented times of accelerated change and with this change comes immense possibility and potential growth.

Join us in practice to learn how to access your authentic Joy.

Seeing it many wonderful qualities I rejoice and delight in this human life.
Mingyur Rinpoche

Awakening Joy ~ Hornby Island
July 4-7

Transformational Retreat for Women

A transformational or immersion retreat is where we learn to let go of our attachment to our unhealthy patterns or the habit of ‘un-enlightenment’ and move towards our healthy, happiest self. We allow the background of Presence that we are to come into the foreground of awareness itself and welcome the wholeness of our somatic being (physical, emotional, energetic, mental, and spiritual) to be brought into the light of awareness for integration and liberation! The practices we will do together are simple, eloquent and profound reminders’ of this Presence that we already are.

TO REGISTER ~ please follow this link: https://awakeningjoyhornby.eventbrite.com 

Somatic yoga – practicing and sensing from the inside.

Through gentle somatic movement and awareness we literally lay down new neural pathways to clear our brain / soma communication. This allows us to let go of past trauma and held latent impressions (samskaras) that may be standing in the way of our our freedom and flexibility in mind and body. By self sensing we reclaim our inner authority and begin to self actualize. Moving from contraction and pain to liberation and freedom!

“Elizabeth’s exquisite presence took our retreat to a powerful place of love and wonder that we were amazed at the internal wisdom and power and came forth from each of us.” M.Peters

Truth Mandala – During the retreat we will enter into a sacred practice called the Truth Mandala which is part of the deeply moving and experiential work of ecologist and Buddhist eco-philosopher Joanna Macy.  The ritual emerged in 1992 as a vehicle to support and address our personal and collective unprocessed grief and trauma and has since been practiced around the world to support healing & awakening.

Deep Nature Connection

Immersed in the support of nature we will let go of our daily cares and responsibilities to awaken to the full sensory experience of simply ~ being ~ in harmony with the land, the wisdom of our bodies and the wholeness of our being.

Other Practices we will explore …

Awareness Meditation
Loving kindness and compassion practices
Sacred Sound and Movement
Personal relaxation and
Self reflection time

This is a journey into deeper connection with innate wisdom of your soma/body and the support of nature as a pathway to awakening to your true nature –  the innate JOY and presence that you are. 

Josea & Elizabeth

Your facilitators:

Elizabeth Claire Burr, ERYT

After a spontaneous awakening in my 30’s, I actively sought and found healers, teachers and teachings that could help make sense of the experience I witnessed in my Self. I have since been actively practicing, and sharing these profound and uncommon teachings and have had the great fortune to have studied with true masters from many lineages.

The foundations of my practice and teaching come from a deep and committed apprenticeship style training that I have received in the Vijnana Yoga tradition, Vajrayana teachings in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Essential Somatics movement educator training, Trauma Sensitive Yoga as well as a 15 year mentorship in experience based Somatic Therapy and Visionary Craniosacral Therapy.

My passion is to help women recognize the true essence of who they are and to bring this awareness into compassionate action in the world. Currently, I am being inspired to offer these teachings in retreat format, in nature based location that inspire and support deeper healing and awakening.  

If you are keen to learn more about transformational retreats, workshops, mentoring and private healing sessions you can join my mailing list on my website.

Josea Tamira Crossley

I’m a Somatic & Craniosacral Therapist, Grief Doula and Deep Nature Connection Facilitator (8 Shields).  I believe the gifts of each woman are deeply needed on the earth at this time. Transforming grief allows us to show up as our fullest selves ~ joyful, radiant, resilient and in Love.  My grief tending practice is influenced by the work of Francis Weller MFT (WisdomBridge), Martin Prechtel (author of The Smell of Rain on Dust), Joanna Macy (the Work that Reconnects)  and Jon Young (8 Shields/Deep Nature Connection) 

The Yoga Shala

Sundoor Yoga Shala

Is a rare womb-like haven nestled in the south end of Hornby Island on the West Coast of British Columbia. Surrounded by lush cedars, a year round creek and birdsong this is a place that will soothe your body, mind and soul. Diane Smith, the visionary whose land we will be staying on, has built an inspired eco yoga shalla that has an earth floor and provides a profound, safe and beautiful container for us to practice in.  Diane also provides exquisite, nourishing, organic vegetarian meals that will leave your taste buds in a state of blissful union. 

Hornby Island

Hornby Island

Traditionally, Hornby Island has been known as a place of retreat and healing, the land is exquisitely beautiful and has a profound energetic vibration that supports transformation and awakening.


Semi private accommodations are provided for all retreat participants, this includes rooms inside the eco home, caravan trailers and a cotton bell tent. Private tenting options also available, please bring your own tent and camping gear. Accommodation is allocated based on personal needs on a first come, first serve basis.

Sundoor Eco Home


The retreat includes 3 delicious vegetarian meals a day all food items are locally sourced and cooked on site. Please get in touch to let us know of any food allergies or sensitivities. There is also a small grocery store and restaurants available on the island.

A Personalized Experience

This is a highly personal and intimate retreat limited to 15 women. All the facilitators practice high levels of confidentiality for your safety and comfort.

Fee ~ $775 + gst

Early Bird  ~ REGISTER BEFORE JUNE 1st   – $100 off all fees

Staying off site ~ $650 + gst  ~ Early bird $550 + gst

TO REGISTER ~ please follow this link: https://awakeningjoyhornby.eventbrite.com 

Karma yoga positions are available for those in need of financial assistance. Please apply to the above email.
Please share with other likeminded women who may benefit from this offering. 

May this practice benefit all beings! 

In Love