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Sep 25 - Oct 1, 2024


Aguahara Level 1 "Initiation"
Woodside, California

Unceded territory of the Ohlone, Ramaytush, and Muwekma tribes

Aguahara is unique in the field of aquatic bodywork due to its free-flowing and creative nature without any predetermined sequences of moves.  Practice deep attunement to the body you float and the waters you are in, using your "vocabulary" of moves intuitively to make each session a unique aquatic journey.

Located 1 hour south of San Francisco; Immerse yourself in the stunning and secluded Inner Sanctum warm water sanctuary for this 7-day all-inclusive retreat.  Get 40+ hours of water practice, build a profound relationship with the water medicine and take your first step to start holding space for others with the magic of Aguahara.

You Will Learn

  • To float a body in a way that facilitates trust, surrender, and relaxation

  • The ergonomics and energetics of supporting a body

  • Foundational movements of Aguahara on the surface of the water

  • Transitional moves

  • An introduction to underwater moves

  • Technical vocabulary

  • To attune to the water and the person floating

  • To give a basic, on-the-surface Aguahara session

The Experience

This course will take place on  85 acres of secluded land overlooking the ocean and filled with wildlife, yet centrally located in the SF Bay Area.

  • Silent and peaceful location allowing deep retreat

  • Spacious body-temperature pool ideal for this practice

  • Meals designed to optimize your water experience (3 per day; included in registration)

  • Immersive learning experience in a cutting-edge aquatic modality

  • Community-building focused residency with like-minded aquatic peers

  • Two lead-facilitators with diverse somatic/aquatic backgrounds

  • Space holders sum up a decade plus of practice and studies in aquatic therapies 

The Venue

The Inner Sanctum is a Spiritual Temple, Warm Water Sanctuary and Community Gathering Space devoted to awakening and deepening connection with self, other and spirit through love, touch, music, dance and human connection. 

What is Aguahara?

What people are saying

"Aguahara changed my life, my relationship with water, surrender and trust. I didn't realize how much I was holding until I fully allowed myself to be held. This practice has flowed into other aspects of my life and informed my intention to be more like water."

- Martin, 2019 graduate

Sample Schedule


7:00 - 9:30     Morning water practice

9:30 - 10:30   Light breakfast & integration

10:30 - 12:30  Course material - water/land

12:30 - 2:00  Lunch & integration

2:00 - 5:00  Course material   

5:00 - 6:30  Communal dinner

6:30 - 7:30  Integration

This is a sample schedule and subject to change according to the needs of the group.

Meet the facilitators


Kelly McRee aka

Water has always been a consistent safe haven and place of reverence and healing, a source of freedom and joy for her. Having learned to swim before she could walk, moving in water is a natural experience that she loves to share with others through group aquatic explorations, Aguahara sessions, sailing, and swimming confidence lessons. She brings a powerful mothering, healing presence to all of her work through experiences as mother, teacher, and trauma navigator.


João Paulo Pereira aka ankor

João's relationship with aquatic therapies and dance begun in 2018 on their first Aguahara training, adding to the life-long study of somatic and spiritual practices that they started in their teenage years in Brazil. They have been on a 20+ year mission facilitating movement, breathwork, meditation, and healing. They are excited and humbled to be in service of the deep whisper of the water medicine in other's hearts: softness, presence, freedom, and play. 



Early bird for the first 5 sign ups!
Includes accommodation, food, and tuition

Registration opens June 17th!

Our intention is to make this training as inclusive and diverse as possible. Limited spots for partial scholarships & skill-based work-trade positions for those with marginalized identities and in financial hardship. To apply, click here.

Payment plans may also be available via PayPal's check out . Contact us for any other info.

This Training is Perfect For Those Who Want To...

  • thrive in a learning environment that is at experiential, technical, and intuitive

  • feel called to deepen their connection with water as medicine

  • learn a foundational skill-set for giving aquatic bodywork

  • feel ready to experience the profound softening and transformation that this work offers

  • retreat, take a digital detox, and be nourished in community

  • live amongst and help build international and multi-cultural aquatic community

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is included?
    For retreat-style residential trainings: tuition, food, and board. NOT INCLUDED: airfare and transportation to the venue. For non-residential local trainings: tuition only.
  • What if I just want to deepen my practice but not teach?
    This training’s main focus is to instruct you on how to build your personal practice, which once built and established can easily lead to great teaching. So if you are coming mostly to get your 200 hour certificate, please don't come. If you are on a personal quest to develop or give new meaning or depth to your personal practice, you will emerge from this training transformed and more embodied. From an authentic personal practice you will begin to naturally share and teach others if that is something you are seeking and wanting.
  • How to get there?
    Upon registration you will receive the address of our private studio where training will take place.
  • What is the weather like?
    Sonoma County has warm to hot days and chili evenings. We recommend that you bring layers to be able to easily adapt to erratic weather changes and temperature fluctuations.
  • Is there food nearby?
    Many options that are 5 to 10 minutes away. You can also bring your own food.

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