Program Details

T'ai Chi, Voice and Meditation Retreat


with Laura Stone & Veronika Simonett
May 10 / 5:00 AM - May 16 / 6:00 AM

 


 


Embodying Your Voice, Voicing Your Body.


Rediscover playfulness and spontaneity in movement and sound with T’ai Chi, Voice and Meditation.


We will explore individual and contact exercises from T'ai Chi and other body-mind disciplines.


Playing with conscious, gentle movement encourages relaxation and synchronization of body and mind. The exercises are simple for beginners and subtle for those with more movement experience and body awareness.


We will practice sitting and walking meditation as ways to ground and relax with what is.


Sensing and observing what is present in yourself and your surroundings as well as experiencing the silence in between is a way to wake up innate curiosity and to touch basic goodness. Walking meditation will be outside in the richness of the natural surroundings of Dechen Choling.


With conscious movement and meditation as the foundation, we will then play with connecting to music, exploring breathing and sounding. Listening to vocalizing from different cultures and sensing what it does with us will be the ground of touching the breath and our own unique qualities of sound expression. Creative exercises (inspired by various voice and breathing methods) combined with felt-sense experiencing of how we make sound will deepen the process.


Listening with all our senses will provide the framework.




*** For organizational reasons: Please register before the 10th of April ***






Language




This retreat is taught in English. Translation into other languages are available at no extra costs. Please give us notice of your request as early as possible - about 2 months in advance -, so that we can provide translation services. In case you register short-term please get in touch with us in case you need translation into your language.


Daily Programme




This programme starts on Saturday May 10 at 20:00 and ends on Thursday in the evening. You can choose to leave anytime next day, on Friday May 16.


7:15 - 8.15 Pre-breakfast T'ai Chi and Meditation


- Gentle Movement and mindfulness exercises for waking up


- Sitting meditation with instruction


- Walking meditation (outside)


8.30 Breakfast


10.00 Listening, breath awareness and voicing


11.30 tea break


12.00 T’ai Chi movement, soft contact exercises, sitting and walking meditation


13.15  Lunch


15.45  Voicing


17.00 Tea


17.30  T’ai Chi movement, sitting and walking meditation


18.45  Dinner


20.15-21.30  closing session


- Integration of the day


- Spontaneous practice


What to bring




Bring musical instruments; comfortable clothing for movement; clothing for sun and rain, warm and cool; costumes and/or uplifted dress for our closing party.


Prerequisites




No prerequisites. This retreat is for everyone interested, beginners and experienced alike. The interplay of participants and presenters will nourish the flowering of embodying your voice and voicing your body.


Language




This retreat is taught in English. Translation into other languages are available at no extra costs. Please give us notice of your request as early as possible - about 2 months in advance -, so that we can provide translation services. In case you register short-term please get in touch with us in case you need translation into your language.


Teachers




 Find out more about the teachers Laura Stone and Veronika Simonett in our teacher section.


“ I love the natural world, small and vast, and people. Sharing the rich mix of T’ai Chi, music, meditation and life experience with others gives meaning, joy and satisfaction in my life, and hopefully theirs too. A way to contribute to creating an authentic and sane society this very moment.” Laura Stone


“I believe in the power of small things and of silence.  The small is the basis of the large and silence helps to explore power.  Passionate about sound and language, I listen with attention and encourage the strengths in people. If everyone made the sound of his or her heart, the world would become a diverse and cheerful sound field.” Veronika Simonett


 


 


 


 


 

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