Embracing Your Life Purpose: Ikigai Weekend Retreat in Sapporo, Japan, set within the tranquil surroundings of a traditional Japanese house. Over the course of 3 days, you will delve deep into the world of meditation, breathwork, and yoga, while exploring the essence of Ikigai, the Japanese concept of finding purpose and fulfillment in life. You'll discover the balance between what you love, what you're good at, what the world needs, and what you can be paid for.
During this immersive retreat, you will gain insights into your own Ikigai while experiencing a unique blend of meditation, breathwork, and yoga practices. Engage with the principles of Ikigai, explore your passions, and identify your unique life purpose.
As a special gift, you will receive a Japanese Tea Ceremony Cup. This retreat is suitable for individuals of all levels, whether you are new to these practices or have experience, and it will empower you to create a fulfilling and purpose-driven life.
By the end of this Ikigai weekend retreat, you will not only have a deeper understanding of your own purpose but also be equipped with the tools to help others on their own journeys towards a meaningful and fulfilling life.
Hatha is a traditional form of yoga that emphasizes the physical practice of postures (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama). It is designed to balance and harmonize the body and mind. It is a gentle practice that can be suitable for beginners, and it is widely practiced as it serves as a foundation for many other forms of yoga. Classes usually include a combination of standing, seated and reclined postures, as well as relaxation and meditation techniques.
Yin is a slow-paced style of yoga in which poses are held for longer periods of time. The focus is on stretching the connective tissue, such as ligaments and fascia, rather than the muscles. The practice is said to be beneficial for increasing flexibility and promoting relaxation. Poses are typically done on the floor and are often seated or reclined. The practice is also believed to have a calming effect on the mind.
Zazen is a practice that's good for nothing, yet in its purposelessness, it holds profound value. Instead of seeking goals or outcomes, it encourages us to simply be in the present moment. This "good for nothing" approach leads to a deeper understanding of the self and reality, as it's in the act of doing nothing that we often find the most meaningful insights and inner peace.
Dzogchen, also known as the "Great Perfection," is a profound and advanced form of meditation within Tibetan Buddhism, taught in thirteen world systems as well as on our own world system. It emphasizes the recognition of the innate nature of one's mind as inherently pure and enlightened. Key aspects of Dzogchen meditation include non-dual awareness and the practice of "rigpa," which represents the primordial, unconditioned awareness. It is considered one of the highest and most esoteric meditation practices in Tibetan Buddhism, with the aim of leading practitioners to the realization of their true nature beyond conceptual limitations.
Breathwork with Native American flute
This practice combines the use of meditative music from a Native American flute with different breath techniques to achieve a state of deep relaxation and heightened awareness. The Native American flute's soothing sounds are used to induce a state of calmness and promote relaxation, while the breathwork helps to create a deeper connection to the present moment. Different types of breathwork, such as deep breathing, rapid breathing, and circular breathing, are used to enhance the experience. This combination can lead to an altered state of consciousness where the individual can access inner wisdom, peace, and clarity.
Meals are not included; however, we have recommendations for affordable healthy restaurants nearby. Water, tea, served throughout the day.
In a traditional Japanese house in Sapporo, a sense of enchantment weaves through the very fabric of the tatami mat floors and shoji paper sliding doors. The gentle embrace of the Hokkaido landscape outside seems to permeate the space, creating a magical atmosphere.
The group will be small which allows us to personalize the training to your personal needs. Everyday sharing circle will allow us to give you all the support and the answers you need.
Japanese Tea Ceremony
Tea ceremony, known as "chanoyu" or "chado," is a highly ritualized event held in a tranquil space. Beyond its precision and cultural values like respect and harmony, it carries a profound spiritual meaning. It represents a journey towards inner peace and mindfulness, emphasizing the importance of being present in the moment, thus reflecting the essence of Japanese aesthetics and philosophy.
Below is a sample of our daily schedule, however it may vary from day to day.
Sharing a Traditional Japanese room, with another student of the same gender.
What is the check-in and check-out time?
Generally, check-in time is 12pm and check-out time is 12pm
How to get there?
Please fly into New Chitose Airport (CTS) in Japan.
Traveling between New Chitose Airport and Sapporo is easily done by train, bus, or rental car. JR Hokkaido's Airport Rapid service provides the fastest service at 37 minutes.
At the age of 16, Wolf Kinsmen began practicing meditation, breathwork, and yoga, eventually leading him to become the founder of Tree Yoga. Living a nomadic lifestyle expanded his realizations, inspiring him to become an author. Wolf learned breathwork under the guidance of Wim Hof and further honed his coaching abilities at the Tony Robbins Coach Training School. He studied shamanism with Don Howard alongside the Shipibo tribe in the Amazon of Peru. In Nepal, he learned Dzogchen meditation from Sangngak Tenzin Rinpoche within a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. He guides international teacher trainings, drawing from his personal experiences to empower others.