RhythmQuest: Step Into Presence
November 30 @ 7:00 pm - December 2 @ 3:00 pm
In crafting our RhythmKeepers retreats over the past 3 years, we have been deeply inspired by the teachings of anthropologist Angeles Arrien, whose life work was the study of indigenous cultures throughout the world. In her book “The Fourfold Way”, she outlines four basic healing modalities which are consistent practices in all indigenous cultures in all times and places: singing, storytelling, dancing and silence. We have incorporated these into our RhythmKeepers retreat framework, with the practice of TaKeTiNa rhythm journeys (group rhythmic movement) fulfilling the function of dancing.
Each of our retreats, in addition to these basic practices, has a sub-theme which we explore throughout the weekend. The theme of this retreat is compassion. The following quote is from fellow TaKeTiNa teacher Jacob Stein in Portland, Oregon: “I want a more humane world. I want people to work together for the greater good. For those things to happen, we are going to need a great deal more compassion. Good news: TaKeTiNa can help. Through the TaKeTiNa process, rhythm and music invite us into a state of openness and presence. In this state we get to witness ourselves in rhythm. We make mistakes, find our way back in, and achieve highs and lows throughout one journey. Voices of judgement come and go. As we witness our internal voices, we are constantly supported, consciously and unconsciously, by the group. We also witness the group and individuals around us. We see their struggles, delights, smiles and tears. We share laughter, play and delve into the groove.
We can practice our compassion for ourselves as we witness our inner critic and other obstacles along the way. Critics can often be loud, so we to invite them to be softer. As they become softer, it is easier to see their roots. Growing compassion for ourselves allows us to go ever deeper into the roots of the critics and stories to see new truths.
Compassion for others relies on two things: connection to another human being, and kindness. Entering into rhythm together we practice connection over and over again. Each time the rhythm comes back together, the connection grows. We invite kindness, to ourselves and others, to help us through the vulnerability this process can create. Kindness and connection open us up to being supported and supporting without judgement. By witnessing the struggles of others along with our own, different as they may be, our compassion grows.” I couldn’t have said it better myself!
Give yourself the gift of slowing down for a weekend and allowing yourself to be nurtured by closeness to nature, simple nutritious food prepared with love, and a circle of fellow travellers stepping into presence together.
We offer these weekends in the spirit of the gift economy, sharing in meal preparation and clean-up. The only fixed cost is $60 for food. There is no specific charge for tuition or accommodation, however we will gratefully accept whatever you can joyfully offer in the way of a donation. Space is limited to 10 participants, so register early to avoid disappointment. This weekend takes place at the beautiful Nectar Yoga BnB. Contact Shasta to reserve your spot.