Step Into Presence weekend retreat
September 21 @ 7:00 pm - September 23 @ 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 kindness, to ourselves and each other. As we journey in rhythm 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 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. Space is limited to 12 participants, so register early to avoid disappointment. Contact Shasta to reserve your spot.