Assisting is a different and powerful way to participate in a Solsara Immersion, with a primary focus on being there to serve others. The purpose of assisting is to create the most conducive environment possible for the students to learn about themselves and the practice of Solsara, and to expand into the glorious fullness of their authentic selves. Our job as assistants is to create and hold a beautiful, still, and empty container in which the students' natural response is to trust and to open. We achieve this by bringing ourselves fully present, with clarity, focus, intention, and open hearts.

There are two main aspects to assisting:

  • supporting the students' physical needs by setting up, maintaining, and cleaning the classroom and other spaces, and preparing tea, water, and snacks.

  • interacting with the students to support them in their learning and growth (we will provide training on this throughout the weekend).

While your focus is on being there for the students, assisting is also an opportunity to deepen your own learning and practice, and will offer ample opportunities for you to recognize and let go of attachments, practice honesty, and be in your vision. Assisting is also a wonderful and satisfying way to experience teamwork, collaboration and co-creation, and it's also a lot of fun!

To be clear, assisting is not a way to come to Solsara at a discount. Although we are all participating in many of the exercises together, the roles are distinctly different. There is a level of responsibility that comes with leadership and we hold this role with the utmost care and consideration in service to the students.

As a new assistant, you are asked to contribute $100 for each of the first 2 times that you assist. This fee directly supports our efforts to help you integrate into the role of assistant, provide basic training, and uphold a strong level of leadership and experience on the assisting team. This is a revived structure that we are reintroducing in 2019.

REGISTRATION AND AGREEMENTS

Please register and make your payment HERE. This will reserve your space. This fee is non-refundable if you cancel within one month of the event. Exceptions will be considered for emergencies only. Please do not come to the Immersion if you are ill or have any contagious conditions. If for any reason you are not able to attend, please notify us as soon as possible as shifts on the assistant team can greatly impact the success of the event.

By being a part of the assistant team, you are agreeing not to initiate or pursue any new romantic or sexual relationships with any participants during the Immersion, and for a minimum of three months after. If you have any questions or concerns arise, or if you have a connection with someone that you are unclear about, please reach out to the facilitators immediately.

Assistants are required to attend all sessions and be available throughout the entire four days. While you may be able to step aside during breaks to attend to other responsibilities, by committing to assist you are agreeing to bring your full attention to the Immersion. If you have health or mobility considerations, please contact us and we will do our very best to accommodate.

SCHEDULE

Day 1
10:30 am - 6:00 pm* Assistant Day (please bring your lunch)
Assistant Day includes a combination of connecting as a group, doing Solsara practices together, reviewing the student information, discussing the "role of Assistant", skill building, and preparing the space which will mostly include organizing supplies, decorating, making flower arrangements and preparing snacks.

Day 2
8:00 am - 9:00 am Assistant Meeting
9:00 am - 1:30 pm* Group Session
1:30 - 3:00 pm* Lunch Break (approx.)
3:00 - 9:00 pm* Group Session

Day 3
8:00 am - 9:00 am Assistant Meeting
9:00 am - 1:30 pm* Group Session
1:30 - 3:00 pm* Lunch Break (approx.)
3:00 - 9:30 pm* Group Session

Day 4
8:00 am - 9:00 am Assistant Meeting
9:00 am - 2:00 pm* Group Session
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm* Assistant Clean up and Closing Meeting

* ending times are approximate


ASSISTANT OPPORTUNITIES

• Assistant Day: The assistant team arrives to the Immersion one day early, to practice Solsara, receive support during triads, review assistant tasks and expectations, and review basic skills of assisting. We meet from about 10:30 am - 6:00 pm.

• Morning Assistant Meetings begin with a silent meditation. You will be assigned a “buddy” on the assistant team for the weekend who will be someone you check in with each morning and can go to with questions or concerns throughout the weekend. Assistants are asked to arrive in time to be settled and seated by 8am each morning.

• Afternoon Assistant Meetings are dedicated to reviewing any questions that may come up for you, to continue practicing the skills introduced during the first day, and to review guidelines on assisting triads.

Closing Circle: Assistants are asked to stay after completing with the students to disassemble and pack all physical supplies and decorations and clean the venue to the original condition or better. This can take 1-2 hours. Once complete, the assistant team has a closing circle in which shares are welcome.

•  Assistant Training Days are day-long or weekend retreats dedicated to developing and refining skills. These are scheduled based on interest and availability.

Solsara couldn't happen if it wasn't for our lovely team of assistants. We are honored to have you join us. Once we receive your registration payment, you will receive another email with more details. Please let us know if you have any questions.

CONTACT

For Eugene Events - Contact Larry

For Portland March Immersion and Yachats Immersion - Contact Carrie

For Portland May Immersion - Contact Sara Eden