Program Details

Embodied Presence: Art of Making a True Move


with Arawana Hayashi
March 8 / 7:00 PM - March 10 / 6:00 PM

The Art of Making a True Move workshop investigates genuineness – an integrated relationship between body, mind, and environment. In her acclaimed workshops, Arawana invites participants to discover their natural creativity as she guides them through a gentle process of paying attention to the body and to physical and psychological space.  Through these non-verbal exercises, they discover fresh responses to challenges in the speed and fragmentation of contemporary life. The workshop provides a unique kinesthetic learning experience that strengthens personal confidence, creative collaborations, teambuilding, group communication, and leadership skills.
 
Many of us are preoccupied with thoughts and mental models that hinder us from being thoroughly present in the body and open minded in conversations, tasks and creative thinking. Mindfulness practice, noticing sensations free from judgment and goal-orientation, brings us into the body and into the present.  We notice our habit of thinking rather than being. By returning attention to the body, the busy mind settles into a deep integration with the body. This practice promotes a sense of groundedness and presence.  
 
‘A true move' is the expression of genuine art and enlightened society.
 
Instructor: Acharya Arawana Hayashi
 
Acharya Arawana Hayashi is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher, trained in both Japanese and Western art forms. From her career’s inception, her work as an artist and meditation practitioner has been intertwined with innovations in community building and education. Since the 1970’s her focus has been on using non-verbal collaborative improvisation methods to increase personal presence and group performance. Arawana is currently on the faculty of the ALIA Institute in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
 
Acharya Hayashi began studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism with the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa in 1974 and has been named an acharya (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She teaches courses on Buddhism, Shambhala Art and Shambhala Training, a secular meditation program for developing the human potential for awakened confidence.

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