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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Zero Balancing I, with M. Lavery and C. Van Arnam

Start Date: 10/20/2021 6:00 PM EDT
End Date: 10/24/2021 4:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: Gainesville Retreat Center

1551 SE 51st Street
Gainesville, FL  United States  32641

Organization Name: ZB Florida

Carla Van Arnam
Phone: (352) 318-8974

Registration Requirements

COVID-19 has impacted the manner in which we are able to offer in-person ZB classes and has provided new challenges in how we safeguard the health of our students, our classes and our faculty. In order to register for this class, you will need to have read and agreed to the Covid In Class Protocols and Guidelines and the Covid Risk and Liability Waiver.

In addition, we have updated our Terms & Conditions. You will need to acknowledge and accept prior to completing class registration.

Use code ZBHA200 at checkout for the supersaver tuition of $595. Expires 8/21/2021.
Use code ZBHARepeat at checkout if you are repeating this class.

DATES & TIMES: Oct. 20 6-9pm (check in), Oct 21-23 9am-9pm, Oct 24 9am-3pm
INSTRUCTOR: Megan Lavery, LPC, LMT  and Carla Van Arnam, LMT, ZBHA Faculty
PRICE: $795.00, Super Saver until Aug 20: $595, Early until Sep 21: $695, Repeat:  $350


Zero Balancing I is the first half of the Core Zero Balancing program and the first course of the Core Zero Balancing curriculum. ZB I introduces you to the technique, theory, touch skills and history of the art and science of Zero Balancing. In these hands-on workshops, you will learn how to perform Zero Balancing sessions and experience what it feels like to receive a Zero Balancing session. 

The instructor will deliver clear presentations and demonstrations of Zero Balancing evaluations and techniques, along with a detailed study guide to inform your ongoing practice.  

You will learn: 

  • A basic treatment protocol that addresses the whole body in about 30 minutes  
  • Theory and principles of Zero Balancing 
  • To distinguish body energy and body structure through touch 
  • The skill of using energy as a working tool 
  • The structural and energetic anatomy of the skeleton 
  • The theory and application of Zero Balancing techniques called fulcrums
  • How to give a ZB session that addresses the whole body 

What Participants say about ZB I: 

"Thank you for four amazing days of learning—perhaps for the first time in my life—“the easy way.” unfolding awareness, discovery of subtle and meaningful truths that lay waiting to be known and engaged consciously." Christine G. LAc

“I loved the benefit of the pause. Rest and non-action are often not viewed as treatment. This really highlighted the importance of a client’s processing and work that occurs during that time.” Kristin Keenan, PT

“Zero Balancing requires less energy to do. It’s exciting to watch my clients and see what’s unfolding for them.” Sarah-Elizabeth Anderson, LMT, CST

Using the understanding of touching structure and energy at the interface will be helpful in all my work – as a nurse and in my bodywork practice.” -Sandra Denner, RN

I needed to hear the concept of interface and clarity of presence and energy! I feel my work will be refocused and re-energized!” -Cathy Schneider 



Below is specific information on our class schedule and details on making your reservation with the Gainesville Retreat Center for lodging if you will be a residential student. Please do this after you register for the class.

Leaning in,
Megan Lavery & Carla Van Arnam
ZB Faculty

DATES & TIMES:  October 20-24, 2021 (Class is Oct 21-24)



Wednesday, October 20, 2021: Arrival and check in. The program begins with dinner on Wednesday and a class meeting for 1.5 to 2 hours to “on board” everyone. Distribution of study guides.

Thursday through Sunday, October 21-24, 2021: Class meets full days on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We will be teaching based on an Esalen-style schedule that has a longer midday break (for resting, exploring the grounds, or hanging out by the pool) and an evening class gathering after dinner.

Sunday October 25: Class will end by 3pm.

Details about the Gainesville Retreat Center

This gem is located on the east side of Gainesville, not far from Newnans Lake, on 150 acres of undeveloped land trust. There are walking trails. We’ll have use of a screened-in swimming pool. It is 15 minute drive from the Gainesville Regional Airport. Details on accommodations in the GRC flyer.  Download flyer.

  • Gainesville Retreat Center main building(GRC) with a Zendo/classroom, vegetarian kitchen, large screen porch, 5 bedrooms, and 2.5 bathrooms.

  • Meditation Retreat Center (MRC) with 2 private rooms and a dormitory-style room, 2 baths and a kitchenette. MRC is a short walk along a shaded path and over a creek from the GRC.

  • There are additional “simple cabins” near the GRC, and RV hook-ups.

Room & Board Rates:

4 nights, arriving on Wednesday and leaving on Sunday afternoon.

  • $45 per person/night - single bed in a shared room, GRC or MRC.

  • $60 per person/night – private room (single, double or queen bed), GRC or MRC

  • An 11% tax will be added to all lodging to cover state and local taxes.

  • $120 per person for meal plan (estimated cost as of 6/12/2021): 3 vegetarian meals/day and tea/coffee between meals. A local chef will be hired to prepare our meals.

Lodging Reservations

Please make your lodging reservations and payment directly with the retreat center:

Shana Smith


Check in is 4pm and check out is 12pm.
On Sunday, October 24, please have your bags packed and room ready to turn over by 12pm. There will be time in the class schedule for you to do this.

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