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Apr 8-14, 2024


Aguahara Level 1 "Initiation"
Woodside, California

Unceded territory of the Ohlone, Ramaytush, and Muwekma tribes

Join us for the first ever Aguahara training in the USA  with its founder Alex Siebenstern!

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

  • Space held by lead-teacher plus 3 experienced assistants with diverse somatic/aquatic backgrounds

  • A unique and in-depth approach from a lead teacher summing 20+ years of practice and studies 

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

"Taking my Aguahara training was one of the most profound experiences in my somatic journey.   It revolutionized my relationship with the waters within and around me, and gifted me tools to regulate my nervous system as well as the honor and pleasure of offering that to others. I would highly recommend it!"

- João, 2018 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 facilitator

Portrait of Alex, founder of Aguahara, wearing a blue noseclip

Alexander Siebenstern

Alex is the founder and co-creator of Aguahara and an aquatic dancer, who regards Aguahara as a highly intense and profound experience interweaving body-mind-spirit.  He strongly believes in the unknown aspects of water and in this element playing an essential role in our lives since we are mainly made of water.  Alex's research holds a strong intention of applying aquatic approaches and inspirations to life.  His path in life and in exploring energetics and embodiment continually leads him to delve deeper into aquatic consciousness.



Includes accommodation, food, and tuition

Sign up by 3/15 before prices go up.

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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