This retreat explores the relationship between both fear and trust/faith and the physical body. The day’s sessions will emphasize practical disciplines emerging from the ancient Russian health system of Systema, itself closely linked to the Eastern Orthodox contemplative tradition of hesychasm. We will explore the relationship between physical and psychic tension and fear, and physiological relaxation and faith. Beginning with solitary practices involving meditation, breathing and movement, we will move into partner and group work utilizing relaxation to creatively engage with conflict both within ourselves and in our immediate environment.
Participants will finish this intensive with an expanded sense of the role and potential of body practice in contemplative transformation, and practical methods to improve their physical health and body awareness. This workshop is open to all ages who are interested in body-based contemplative work and are eager to participate in a day of listening, learning, and practice.
NOTE: $10 Ticket Price includes Lunch. Please dress comfortably, as you would for the gym or a yoga class, and bring a yoga mat, towel or blanket for floor exercises.