Step Into Presence weekend RhythmQuest
September 21 @ 7:00 pm - September 23 @ 3:00 pm
I recently read a blog post from the Hollyhock website which inspired me to think about whether “retreat” was the right word to describe our RhythmKeepers weekends. These paragraphs particularly caught my attention:
“Spending time at Hollyhock has made me realize that most of us have it backwards. We think that going to a place where we can see the stars is a “retreat” from the city – a running away. But, what if it were the other way around? What if we are moving towards something that we don’t even realize we’ve lost? Reminding ourselves of what’s possible?
Maybe it’s just a matter of semantics, but it’s an important one. Whatever you decide to call it – a program, conference, gathering, training, or intensive – when you come visit, I hope you remember and are reminded of what you’re moving towards. I hope you leave inspired and well-resourced to make positive change in your life and the communities you live in.”
Brian and I had some good conversations about what word might capture the spirit of our weekends if they are not “retreats”. We came up with “RhythmQuest”. It seems appropriate as we use the metaphor of the journey in the TaKeTiNa rhythm process. We are all on a quest for wholeness and presence whether we’re conscious of it or not, and rhythm informs every aspect of our lives. Welcome to RhythmQuest!
In crafting our RhythmKeepers weekends 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 all these into our RhythmQuest framework, with the practice of TaKeTiNa rhythm journeys (group rhythmic movement) fulfilling the function of dancing.
Each of our weekends, in addition to these basic practices, has a sub-theme which we explore within the framework of rhythm and song. The theme of this weekend is kindness, to ourselves and each other. As we journey in rhythm and song together, every moment provides a fresh opportunity to practice kindness. Most of us have a vigilant inner critic who is always looking for an opportunity to tell us how we should be doing better. When we sing and move together in rhythm, we are supported by the group and by the rhythm itself, and the voice of the inner critic becomes less important. There may even be moments when it disappears entirely, as we get deeper and deeper into the process.
Give yourself the gift of slowing down for a weekend and allow yourself to be nurtured by kindness, 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 rustic on-site accommodation, however we will gratefully accept whatever you can joyfully offer in the way of a donation, monetary or otherwise. Space is limited to 10 participants, so register early to avoid disappointment. Contact Shasta to reserve your spot.