What it is
A 3 day playful exploration of meditation through movement and mindfulness
Too often meditation is perceived as “serious” business, something that will require an overhaul to your life, a lifestyle and career change, an entire new group of friends to be acquired, perhaps one must learn Sanskrit and prepare for long bouts of solitude.
It certainly can feel serious when we first step onto the path of self-discovery. It can be intimidating to step into a room full of seasoned sitters. Meditation need not be this way, it is simply finding ways to relax with what IS, within our bodies, our minds, our emotions. We can learn to infuse meditation in HOW we move through our daily lives.
Our society is moving full speed ahead but when we take time to pause we can be flooded with feelings of frustration, sadness, loss, confusion and even anger all of which can keep that train in perpetual motion.
Conscious movement and dance, the sensate body, creative play and humor are all things that can assist us to calibrate the brakes of our moving worlds so we can live a more balanced life of action and non-action without losing anything at all, in fact we reclaim our whole self and respond to life appropriately, less reactive but with more ease and heart.
In this event we will experience a variety of dynamic meditation techniques that will ground our experience, center us in the present moment and support our body-mind as we move from fixed to fluid states of being. Guided movement explorations and dance are at the heart of this event. We will also experience sitting in silence, walking mindfully, watching, active listening, witnessing and sharing.
We warmly welcome you to join us! No previous experience or technique is necessary - Only your whole heart required and a willingness to come as you are! All are welcome here.
Meditation is not created by WHAT we do but by HOW we do it - by the quality of presence and awareness that we bring to the act itself - and because of this there are many practices that can become a meditation.The classic meditation taught by the Buddha consisted in sitting silently, watching the inner traffic of our mind as a detached witness and using the awareness of the breathing process as a way to anchor ourselves into the present moment. This method helped Buddha to experience Reality.
But for the poet, spiritual teacher and mystic Rumi - the way to finally be able to experience that Truth was through a movement meditation where he was whirling - spinning around his physical axis like the Sufi Dervishes still practice today - for many hours and days at a time until he was able to experience his unmovable center and through that center to connect to that Reality.
In between these two apparently opposite methods of meditations there exist many more. Even if the goal of all of them is to eventually lead one to experience one’s true nature, their expressions, their forms, can be very different.
For us meditation is a tool that takes one to experience a state where one can perceive Reality, with the capital R. Not the reality that is a mixture of desires, fears, projections and common beliefs that form the thoughts that are constantly traveling through our mind. We are referring to the reality that is perceived in those rare moments when we are still and silent, when the inner chattering has come to a full halt and time stops. In those moments we can perceive that which truly IS, the unfiltered, pristine Reality - or what we can also call Truth.
In this group we pair movement and stillness as two complementary methods in which to work.
There are important reasons why we have chosen to do this: it is not easy for many of us to go into a static posture without having some prior opening for the body. Hence much of the point of asanas in yoga was a preparation for prolonged sitting in sitting posture. Moving our bodies can assist in stilling the thought patterns and mind activity. Many of us are living a life that is in itself very sedentary and that creates often an energetic stagnation. To be able to free that energy and let it circulate we need to first move our bodies. Once the energy is moving and is refreshed we are then able to access more readily stillness both inner and outer.
This retreat is about going back home feeling supported and resourced in our beings with real tools to take back into our daily lives. We will use some active meditation techniques as well as methods taught on the Open Floor
, an International Conscious Dance, Meditation and Embodiment School. We use universal movement principles intrinsic in the human body and the universe like breath, ground, gravity, centering. We will learn to use movement to soften the tight spots in our tender hearts and stretch our capacity for relating.
What happens if we turn old repetitive thoughts into choreography for creative dances?
There are no steps to learn, no pre-requisite to attending, there is no right or wrong way to move or meditate. We just ask that you come with the willingness to step back into the driver seat of your life.
FRIDAY 1 June:
14:30 Arrival and Check-in
16:30 to 18:30 FINDING COMMON GROUND :
Welcoming session - setting intentions and an opening guided movement exploration.
19:00 – 20:00 dinner
20:30 to 21:30 Devavani Meditation in 4 stages
SATURDAY 2 June:
7:30 to 8:15 Morning Meditation - Watching the Breath
8:30 – 9:30 Silent Breakfast
10:00 - 10:45 Gentle Yoga Practice – Opening the body
10:45 – 12:30 THE SACRED PAUSE - Contacting the Center through mindful movements and dance
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Free time (Spa, Nature, Relax, etc )
16:00 – 17:30 TRUSTING THE UNIVERSE - a movement exploration of expansion
18:00 – 19:00 Kundalini Meditation
19:00 – 20:00 Dinner
20:30 – 21:30 Doorway to Silence – Meditation on Listening with live music
SUNDAY 3 June:
07:30 – 8:15 Morning Meditation - Laughter meditation and watching the breath
08:30 – 9:30 Silent Breakfast
10:00 Check-out from rooms
10:00 – 12:30 MOVING IN STILLNESS - A Dance Meditation cycle
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Farewells