Breema Retreat with Jon Schreiber in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Aging with Grace and Balance: Practical Tools for Conscious Living


Workshop Schedule

​Evening Program Session 7:30-9pm: Opening circle

Morning Program Session 9-noon: Breema and the Art of Being Present
Afternoon Program Session 2-4:30pm: Conversations on the Brain and Perception
Evening Program Session 7:30-9:30pm: Breema and The Nine Principles of Harmony

Morning Program Session 8:30-11am: Conversations on the Brain and Perception
Embodied Medicine: Movement/Art/Expression
Closing Circle


This workshop integrates experiential body-mind connection with neuroscience and psychology, to support our health—and our lives. By looking through the lens of neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and timeless wisdom, we can explore the essential nature of life, the deeper meaning of health, and how to actualize it.
This weekend will introduce you to Breema and the Nine Principles of Harmony, along with the dynamic practice of Embodied Medicine, drawn from movement, art and somatic experiencing techniques, interwoven with the latest neuroscience on habits, happiness, and how to make the most of our lives.
The nonjudgmental atmosphere created by Breema’s Nine Principles is deeply nourishing and enables us to let go of conditioned patterns and connect to new and more natural ways of moving, thinking, and feeling. We will gain first-hand experience by learning and practicing self-Breema exercises and Breema partner sequences, in a mutually supportive format. By using Embodied Medicine’s movement awareness experiments in solo, in partnership with other participants, and with the group as a whole, we can experience embodied presence, which can serve as a template for increasing consciousness in daily life. Throughout the weekend, we will explore the dynamic role the brain plays in how we relate to and experience the world.
You will leave with exciting and practical tools for increasing body-mind connection in your daily life, and science-backed paths to building greater focus, connection, and satisfaction.
No prior bodywork experience is necessary. However, participants need to be able to sit, move, and lie down on a well-padded floor.


Faculty Bios:

Jon Schreiber, DC
Director of the Breema Center and Breema Clinic in Oakland, California, Jonhas been teaching Breema in the US and internationally since 1980. He has presented Breema to professionals in the fields of medicine, psychology, bodywork, holistic health and personal growth. In his clinical practice, Dr. Schreiber uses Breema bodwork, Self-Breema, and the Nine Principles of Harmony to help his patients discover the real meaning of health. His numerous articles and books focus on the universal and practical philosophy of Breema.

Alexandra Johnson, MD
Alexandra R. Johnson, MD, trained in Family Medicine at the University of Colorado, with a fellowship in obstetrics. Throughout her medical career, her emphasis has been on finding simple and meaningful paths to optimal health. Her current clinical practice integrates Breema bodywork, hypnosis and diet with functional and western approaches, to create a personalized plan for each patient.
Dr. Johnson has been studying and teaching Breema bodywork for over 20 years and has found this approach invaluable in working with any health condition. Her work focuses not only on improving immediate symptoms of illness, but on developing a connection to the body that supports insight into how our unconscious conditioning affects our health. This catalyzes a profound process of personal growth and healing.

Ellen Petry Leanse
Author, The Happiness Hack, an Amazon bestseller
Author, Stanford instructor, and digital pioneer Ellen Petry Leanse harnesses learning from 35 years as a Silicon Valley insider in her work as a leadership guide and organizational innovator.
An alum of early Apple, she served on the Macintosh launch team and championed the company's groundbreaking 1985 debut into digital environments. Her work since then has spanned entrepreneurship, investing, and leadership coaching – experiences fueled by a growing commitment to integrating neuroscience, psychology, and wisdom practices into the world of business. Her popular Stanford courses guided hundreds of students to "think different” about professional and life satisfaction and the potential of business to create positive change. A respected Silicon Valley influencer and globally-known speaker, Ellen is passionate about intentional living and brain-aware practices that increase well-being and impact. She's been featured on CNN and the Today Show, in Time Magazine, Health,, Forbes, Inc., and Entrepreneur, and as a contributor to Thrive Global. Today, as Chief People Officer of Lucidworks, she guides values-driven contribution and growth for a global community focused on the future of search. Her bestselling book “The Happiness Hack" shares science-backed paths to building focus, connection, and satisfaction.

Deborah Cohan, MD
Deborah is a loving mother, joyous dancer, compassionate physician, and subtly mischievous rabble-rouser spreading the messages of joy, interconnectedness, and love. As a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCSF and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG), Deborah runs HIVE, a hub of sexual and reproductive wellness for pregnant women and others living with HIV. Deborah was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 44. A dancer all her life, she danced the day of her diagnosis and nearly every day throughout her treatment, including in the operating room immediately prior to her bilateral mastectomy. A video of the intraop flash mob taped by the anesthesiologist and posted by a friend unbeknownst to her on YouTube during her surgery went viral and instigated a pop-up social movement of joy and healing through dance. Upon completing chemotherapy, Deborah founded Foundation for Embodied Medicine and offers her teachings at Commonweal, ZSFG, and other venues locally and nationally. When not dancing or mothering or delivering babies, Deborah likes to meditate and explore primary sensory experiences.

Scotts Valley, California, United States