Happy New Year!

Elemental Harmony, PLLC
Greetings, and happy new year!

I recently returned from a transformational experience in Mexico, where I got to teach
Sheng Zhen to a group of wonderful women who were attending Laura Lavigne's Essential Happiness in the Sun Retreat. And because I was there, I was attending too. Gratefully so. I was doing the work, as well as the play. And let me tell you that it was AMAZING. Not only was the content of her courses great, but teaching Heart-opening, meditative movements in Mexico, outside, overlooking the ocean, and seeing how much the ladies enjoyed it got me all the more excited for my own retreat that's coming up in April. I also got a chance to experience, and witness in others, the general benefits of simply being on retreat.

Going away, getting away, gifting yourself with the time and space to be out of your ordinary surroundings and routine can do magical things. Especially in a beautiful setting where everything is taken care of for you-- no cooking, no cleaning; just being, just enjoying. On retreat, you get to slow down, focus on you, and get reacquainted and reconnected with any parts of yourself that have gotten lost in the shuffle of the hustle and bustle of daily life. You get to relax into a peaceful, blissful state of being. And in that state of being, there is great potential for insights and clarity. And healing. And renewal. Fun. And joy.

So how does a week-long retreat vacation in April, in sunny Mexico, by the warm ocean, practicing meditative movements a couple times a day, taking little nature adventures and/or lounging by the pool or on the beach, and eating great food with great people sound to you?

If you're ready to sign up for
Embodied Joy Qigong & Meditation Retreat in Mexico, now's a great time to do so! I've extended the end of the year special into a New Year's special: If you secure your spot by January 31st for just $250, you'll receive a FREE bonus gift of a 60-minute massage from one of the lovely and talented staff members at Present Moment Retreat at Troncones Beach, Mexico.You can
click here to register online, and if you have questions or want to discuss a payment plan, just call me at 206-599-9270, or email me. If you want this, let's make this happen for you! 

Not interested or just not ready yet? Not sure about this? Take some time. Think it over.
Read about my retreat. Think about what you want. Think about what you need. What's most nourishing and nurturing for you? What do you see in your mind's eye? Do you see yourself on a sunny beach? Maybe you picture yourself going somewhere else on retreat. A private cabin in the woods? A yoga retreat in Bali? A 10-day silent retreat? Whether it's my retreat, somebody else's, or just going off by yourself for some solitude, please, right now or over the weekend, really consider doing this for yourself. If you have a list of goals or dreams for this year, maybe "retreat" gets added. Trust me; it's worth it, and you deserve it.

And once you commit to it, when you really decide you want it and it's going to happen, it will. You'll find the time, you'll receive the money, or hear about a special deal, or work out a creative payment plan, or somebody will offer to watch the kids or the dog for you. There's magic in commitment, as well as in retreats.

Pretty sure I've shared this in a previous newsletter, but it's just so good and so relevant, so here is is again:

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” - W.H. Murray

And I'll leave you with that. Have a wonderful weekend!

Much Love,


Rebecca Gould, Licensed Massage Practitioner, Certified Qigong Instructor and Holistic Health Practitioner

Rebecca Gould

Lic. # MA00024733
(206) 599-9270

Rebecca Gould is a Licensed Massage Practitioner, Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Certified Sheng Zhen Gong Teacher, and Certified Supreme Science Qigong Instructor currently living in  Austin, TX.
Newsletter Archive
Embodied Joy! Qigong & Meditation Retreat

April 19-26, 2014

Come to Present Moment Retreat in Troncones Beach, Mexico for some Sheng Zhen Gong,
fun in the sun, lots of rest and relaxation, yummy food, and optional spa services and adventures like surfing or horseback riding, all with the ever-present soothing soundtrack of the ocean waves.  Read more about it here....

Secure your spot with a deposit! Payment plans are available. SPECIAL DEAL: Place your deposit by January 31 and receive a free massage at the retreat!

Private Qigong and Meditation Instruction from Anywhere in the World!

Whether it's because there are no teachers in your area, or local class offerings aren't the right fit for you, learning through Skype could be the solution. Save time by learning from your home or office, and have more schedule choices and flexibility! Email rebecca@elementalharmony.info or call 206-599-9270 for details and a special offer for first-time Skype students.
Union of Three Hearts Meditation Retreat with Master Li Junfeng

February 28 – March 5, 2014: A 5 day Retreat in the Heart of Texas at Camp Young Judaea Retreat and Conference Center on Cypress Creek, Wimberley, TX. Union of Three Hearts is a seated, non-moving qigong. From a place of relaxation and focus, one guides the qi along the zhongmai, the central channel between the dantian (in the abdomen) and the ni-wuan (in the center of the head). As one progresses, the act of guiding one’s qi slowly transforms into the qi guiding the mind. This is a calming and nourishing experience that brings one a sense of peace and connection, and is the essence of Union of Three Hearts meditation. For details and registration, click here.

Austin Classes

Every Sunday: Sheng Zhen at AOMA, 6:15pm (by donation)

Every Wednesday: Qigong at Sanctuary Yoga, 1:30pm (only $5)

7 weeks of Sheng Zhen at 3Pilates, Mondays 6:30pm, 1/13-2/24 (drop-in ok)

6 weeks of Supreme Science Qigong at AOMA, Tuesdays at 6:30pm, 1/21-2/25


Breath Empowerment in Austin

Experience the Breath Empowerment, a combination of Pranayama and Qigong breathing that leaves your body humming with the vibration of healing energy while creating a deep sense of meditation and connectedness. I'll be leading Breath Empowerment at AOMA on January 19 2-3:30pm. Click here for details and registration. Registration is open until noon on Saturday January 18th, so sign up NOW!
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