The Art of Deep Loving

A long-weekend program for couples

Soma, Byron Bay Hinterland – Thursday May 30 4pm to Sunday June 2nd 10am

with Shannon and Rachel O’Brien

Yes, I’m ready to Amplify my Love.

The Art of Deep Loving

A long-weekend program

for couples

Soma, Byron Bay Hinterland – Thursday May 30 4pm to Sunday June 2nd 10am

with Shannon
and Rachel O’Brien

Yes, I’m ready to Amplify my Love.

“I really love and respect my partner.

But if I’m honest, I don’t always feel deeply connected to them. We are busy doing life, not connecting in a way that feels nourishing to me.”

“Sometimes I think we do more work on the garden than we do on our relationship.”

“I know I’ve got so much more love to give and share.”

“I wish I could express that more fully and leave absolutely nothing unsaid.”

“I know they try hard, but sometimes I don’t feel seen or appreciated.”

“There are things my partner does that make me angry, and I often shove those feelings down inside, so I don’t start a fight.”

“I recognise some bad habits we have in the way we relate. I see us repeating some of the behaviours of our parents.”

“I long for that feeling I had when we first met, when all the tastes and colours of the world were so much brighter. I wish I could see my partner with fresh eyes every day.”

“Some days I wish my partner would hold me to a higher standard. I know I’m capable of more and I need someone to help elevate me into my full power.”

“But I’m afraid to go deeper. I don’t know what that might bring up. Things are ok and I don’t want to upset the apple cart.”

These are the sort of comments we are hearing from our clients all the time. They exist in almost all relationships and are usually coupled with an exasperated sigh and “I don’t know what to do, to say, or how to change”.

There was a time when these were dominant for us too. Until it became intolerable. Until the rumblings from our souls’ yearning became louder than the doubts and fears that existed in our minds. A recognition that we were capable of more and deserved better from each other.

And so, together we held hands and dived headfirst into a devotional, nourishing, and exhilarating new way of being.

For the last 10 years we have drawn inspiration from therapists, coaches, shamans, spiritual and yogic embodiment teachers, somatic healers, bodyworkers and more. And it all boils down to this. We are what we practice! The Art of Deep Loving is a program that will guide you how to bring conscious devotion and practice to your relationship to overcome all these challenges and more to reignite your passion and deepest desires.

Love,

Shannon and Rachel

Shannon and Rachel

If we want to grow and learn about ourselves, being in a relationship with a life partner will bring out the very best and worst in us. Relationships are challenging – the highest yoga of all. They are living breathing ecosystems that need care and attention. In the busyness of life, work, kids, personal ambitions, it is often the relationship with our beloved that gets the scraps.

What if we could turn that on its head? What if we told you that with a few simple tools, practised regularly, you could cultivate a rich and thriving relationship that will open you up to new possibilities? A depth and connection that is fulfilling and life-affirming.

This is an invitation for couples that are simply not satisfied to remain on the surface and uphold the status quo. It is a journey for the adventurous heart that is happy to be cracked wide open to new ways of relating, to new depths of connection and to a wonderland of joy and beauty.

There is so much more power available within us and within our intimate partnership. Old wounds, habitual behaviours, fears, and unresolved feelings all diminish the access to our sovereignty. Once we learn the tools, we gain a roadmap to reclaim our greatest power.

If any of this resonates with you, even if it’s just a spark of recognition within, consider the Art of Deep Loving as a path to fulfill your heart’s longing.

We call it a retreat, but a better word might be intensive. In the beautiful, nourishing, and nurturing land of Byron Hinterland, at the luxurious Soma retreat, we will dive into practices and teachings that will elevate you and your beloved beyond your wildest dreams.

We share our own personally curated tools and techniques for deep relating. Thousands of hours of study and practice are shared as a combination of yoga, breathwork, energy and nervous system upgrades, sacred teachings, embodiment practices (all while fully clothed) in a safe, supportive, and loving container that will take your relationship to the next level.

Shannon and Rachel

Thursday 4pm May 30th –Sunday 10am 2nd June

Spaces are limited to preserve the intimacy of this unique experience.

Amplify my Radiance.

Learn tools to unwind from busy lifestyles and bring more intentionality to your art of deep loving all within the healing properties of nature and the delightful Soma Retreat in the Byron Bay Hinterland.

Learn tools to unwind from busy lifestyles and bring more intentionality to your art of deep loving all within the healing properties of nature and the delightful Soma Retreat in the Byron Bay Hinterland.

Inclusions

This all-inclusive experience includes:

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3 nights’ accommodation in Soma’s deluxe suites. All have king size beds, A/C and private ensuite.

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Sacred teachings and workshops on how to elevate your transmission to evoke deeper responses from your intimate partner, including holding the pose, holding space, intentional dialogue, inner child work, occurring world views and much more.

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Daily masculine and feminine embodiment practices, Kundalini Yoga, dance, mindfulness, and breakthrough breathwork sessions all designed to circulate energy through the body and elevate you and your beloved to higher states of consciousness.

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100% organic artisan vegan food that will nourish your body and leave you feeling vital and radiant.

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Seasonal fruit, delicious treats, herbal teas, and coffee available at all times.

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Use of freshwater infinity pool, Infra-red sauna, and ice bath.

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Guided nature experiences in Somas mystical bamboo and rainforest walks.

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Fire ceremony to release and let go of what no longer serves together with sacred theatre to call in our deepest desires.

Reserve your place at this exclusive event

Amplify my Radiance.

The Immersion

The Immersion in Detail

You are invited into a new way of relating – one based on the authentic expression of the truth of your heart.

In this exclusive retreat you will learn from relationship embodiment experts Shannon and Rachel O’Brien:

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Unique masculine and feminine practices that evoke deeper response from and connection with your partner.

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How past wounds turn up in adult relationships and hold you back from revealing the truth of your heart.

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How to transcend unhealthy patterns in relationship.

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How to hold space, practice empathy and support each other’s needs.

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How to bring more humour, joy, and physicality.

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And most of all how to love more deeply!

The Immersion in Detail

You are invited into a new way of relating – one based on the authentic expression of the truth of your heart.

In this exclusive retreat you will learn from relationship embodiment experts Shannon and Rachel O’Brien:

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Unique masculine and feminine practices that evoke deeper response from and connection with your partner.

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How past wounds turn up in adult relationships and hold you back from revealing the truth of your heart.

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How to transcend unhealthy patterns in relationship.

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How to hold space, practice empathy and support each other’s needs.

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How to bring more humour, joy, and physicality.

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And most of all how to love more deeply!

For Women

It’s a complicated time to be a woman. On one hand we can have and do it all. We no longer need men to provide the basics of life in the way that many of our mothers our grandmothers did. At the same time, I hear from women about their desire to be seen, understood, and felt by their partner. I also hear from women that they feel depleted and exhausted by the busy and frenetic pace of life.

The two big questions I regularly ask myself are, how do I cultivate a relationship with myself where I fully claim my own unique gifts and strengths? And how do I choose my partner every day? Not from a place of need but from a desire to fully open our hearts to the truest and highest, most special love. In this retreat, we will deep dive into these questions and rediscover the pleasures and joys to fully inhabit our lives as independent, interconnected, and magnificent women. We will go on a juicy journey to;

Connect with your wild and creative feminine energy

and remember what it feels like to be in flow and pleasure, free of tension and stress.

Release the shackles of the mind

and deep dive in to the well of joy that is your body.

Remember how to honour your needs and desires

and communicate those fully and lovingly with your partner.

Reconnect to your passion and presence

by embodying “being” and learn to let go of the busy “doing” that rules our day to day lives.

Learn to speak your needs

and hold your boundaries.

Break old habits

that hold you back from relating with greater radiance. E.g. people pleasing, resistance, closure, repression.

Amplify your vitality

And so much more!

For Men

It used to be simple to be a man. We work and provide for our families. Enjoy a beer and a footy game from time to time. Maybe run the free world and split the atoms in our spare time. To keep pace with the ever-changing, complexity of life, the world is asking more from us men. Our partners, our businesses, our children want us to be strong, purpose-driven and have their backs! At the same time, they want us to be more aware, empathetic, compassionate, and connected to our hearts.

Cultivating this kind of strength in the nervous system is an exercise in embodiment and has everything to do with our transmission. Building this kind of trust and integrity happens through the body and is where people will decide if we are worth following or not. Together will go on a journey to:

Learn how to cultivate a physically strong body, mind and nervous system

that allows you to love and connect more deeply at all levels.

Cultivate practices for mindfulness

that allows you to let go of stress and be more present and available for your partner and loved ones.

Reconnect to your purpose

and engage your partner more fully into your deepest desires.

Learn how to stay strong and grounded

in the face of ever-changing complexity of life as a modern man.

Learn how to create safe containers

for your partner to express her feelings and energy.

Learn how to express anger and sharpness

in an integrated and healthy way that will be received by the world.

Connect to your greatest gifts

as a man walking on this planet at this time.

Amplify your depth.

And so much more!

Amplify my Connection.

Meet your guides on the journey.

Shannon O'Brien

Shannon O’Brien

Shannon used to be a corporate nerd – a CFO of a global enterprise to be precise! A few powerful and challenging life experiences nudged him to a new path and way of being. It was no longer enough to be stuck on the treadmill – he craved a deeper, richer experience of life. A chance trip to Santa Monica in 2016 led him to a Valentine’s Day relationship retreat and his teacher, John Wineland. After over a dozen trips to North America to learn from John and other great teachers, thousands of hours of personal practice and virtual immersions, he now nerds out on meditation, yoga, embodiment and breathwork. He is a devotee to practices that strengthen the nervous system, and circulating energy through the body, which he believes is the single greatest tool for leading self and others. His purpose is “conscious devotion to liberating hearts” and with his wife Rachel, he facilitates a powerful men’s program, Warriors in the Boardroom. He is a great teacher because he considers himself a devoted student. Above and beyond his purpose, he is devoted to working with Rachel to create a deep, intimate connection that is filled with love, joy, and possibility. He is a dad to James and Liam who are the greatest achievements of his life.

Rachel O'Brien

Rachel O’Brien

Rachel is a woman on a mission! Her highest calling is to facilitate growth and change – subjects she is well versed in. After a shock diagnosis in 2010, Rachel abandoned her highly successful corporate career to heal and to find the true meaning of her life. In the 13 years since, she has pursued a vast array of modalities to enable the best, healthiest version of herself to shine. This journey started with a shaman and a deep dive into connection with nature and the feminine essence. She embarked on the practical skill of a nutrition certification, and following a random invitation from her BFF, she travelled to Maui and found her teacher and the spiritual practice of Kundalini Yoga. After three trips to Mallorca to study with the great yogi, Guru Jagat, Rachel received her teacher’s certification. All this plus the study of embodiment have gifted her with thousands of hours of personal practice that has elevated and changed her life. She founded a life-changing women’s leadership program called Goddess in The Boardroom and she is passionate about guiding women back to their authentic, feminine selves. She is a wife to her beloved, Shannon and step mum to James and Liam.

Yes, I’m ready.

About SOMA

Soma is Australia’s leading retreat venue set on 22 acres of rainforest in the Byron Bay Hinterland. Just 15 minutes from Byron Bay and 45 minutes south of Gold Coast Airport.

We chose this stunning property because we want you to feel at home. We want you to share in communal meals on the seven-metre-long dining table, share stories around the fire pit, receive sacred teachings in the exceptional geodesic dome, swim in the freshwater infinity pool and walk through the lush bamboo and lychee forests on the property…

All while learning tools to unwind from busy lifestyles, evoke deeper responses and bring more intentionality to your art of deep loving.

The Immersion

The Venue

The Soma property features:

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10 deluxe rooms all with king beds, A/C and ensuites

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Bespoke designer furniture and modern interiors featuring contemporary art from some of Australia’s most celebrated artists.

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Huge geodesic yoga dome immersed in the forest.

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Freshwater infinity pool

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Massive fire pit perfect for ceremony and sunset gatherings

The Venue

The Soma property features:

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10 deluxe rooms all with king beds, A/C and ensuites

^

Bespoke designer furniture and modern interiors featuring contemporary art from some of Australia’s most celebrated artists.

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Huge geodesic yoga dome immersed in the forest.

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Freshwater infinity pool

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Massive fire pit perfect for ceremony and sunset gatherings

Q and A’s

You mention embodiment practices, will I have to get naked?

Absolutely No. Even though we do some embodiment practices, there are strict rules that are upheld for the entire retreat that forbids nudity, touching private parts, kissing in public etc. We put devotional energy into creating a safe, strong and respectful container for everyone. You are of course free to get naked in the privacy of your own room!

I’m having problems in my relationship and considering separation, is this a good place for me to get some help?

Our intention is to create practices and toolkits for couples that are devotionally committed and wanting to deepen to new levels of intimacy. If you are on the verge of separation, this may not be the best place for you. We are happy to discuss individual needs.

I get shy sharing my feelings and doing role plays, will that be a part of this program?

Yes, and we guide you gently and safely to meet your edges and not blow through them. The container is safe and supportive, and you will be able to go at your own pace. We will ask you to challenge yourself from time to time and likely you will thank us at the end as you expand your range of expression.

Will I be able to get some therapy and counselling?

No. We are not therapists. We have done thousands of hours of our own practice which enable us to share tools and techniques to uplevel. If you need specific therapy, we will refer you to other specialists in that field.

What if I really want to do this but my partner won’t come with me?

This is for couples only. We would love an opportunity to have an obligation free call with you and/or your partner to support you to overcome any fears or resistance.

Will drugs and alcohol be made available, or can I bring my own?

No. Soma and this retreat is a drug, alcohol, and smoke free space. That said, we give you every opportunity to create a natural state of wellbeing for yourself with transcendental practices. You won’t need the other stuff!

It says it’s a vegan diet, will I be able to get meat?

No. However, if you have a specific dietary need, please let us know and we will do all possible to facilitate an amazing food experience.

Will there be coffee?

Yes, and chocolate!

I need to be contactable for my work and children, is there WIFI and are phones allowed?

WIFI is available, and phones will only be used in the privacy of your room. We encourage you to have a digital detox to the best of your ability and use this time to deeply connect to yourself, your partner and nature.

What If I’m in a same sex relationship. Can we participate?

Absolutely, and we would love to have you join. All the teachings and practices we coach apply to any relationship based on mutual respect, love and devotion.

Your investment

This program will require you to invest your energy, time, and commitment into the relationship of your dreams. We will be your guides, but the work is up to you. Your investment includes:

3 nights all-inclusive accommodation

at Australia’s leading retreat venue in the Byron Bay Hinterland.

Sacred embodiment practices and teachings

in the art of deep loving.

100% organic artisan vegan food

that will nourish your body and leave you feeling vital and radiant.

Deep and devotional connection with your beloved

and an opportunity to connect to a like-minded community of practitioners.

$4,500 per couple

Please contact us to make suitable arrangements.
Minimum $1,000 deposit. Full payment required 1 month before retreat start.

We look forward to meeting and guiding you on this sacred journey together.

Love, Shannon and Rachel.