The Elemental Body: Bodywork and Meditation 2020
Where can we directly experience the 6 elements - the flow of matter and energy that forms us and the universe? Here - in our very own elemental body. By becoming familiar with the sensations of everything from stagnation to freedom, we can activate awareness, dissolve obstacles, and embrace our potential for liberation. Our bodies are great Dharma teachers. All we need to do is turn towards them, open our minds to the awareness they offer us, and let them lead us to depth, delight and awakening.
A synthesis of meditation, movement, energy work, sensitivity exercises and the arts, this retreat works as an effective sideways approach to awareness, which can take us surprisingly deep in a short time by bypassing our habitual ego defences. It also works as a vibrant exploration and appreciation of the human body in movement and stillness, and is designed to enhance wellbeing of the whole body-mind and increase ease and delight.
This is not a traditional-style retreat. It feels more like a week-long workshop, because it's a full programme with a variety of activities, moving quite quickly from one thing to another. To balance this there is plenty of silence (with 3 full days) to increase spaciousness. It does need commitment and willingness to go with it and try something different.
NB: It is important to read the full description before booking (so do click on 'read more'). It is possible to do this retreat if you have some physical or energetic problems, but please check suitability with Dhammagita before booking.