Join Shasta and Brian at the beautiful Yum Yoga Studio in Cowichan Bay for a deep dive into rhythmic complexity, while appreciating simplicity and developing flexibility. With your voice as guide and your body as instrument, explore your relationship to rhythm in a dynamic group process. In the circle, we will step, chant and clap in layers of rhythm that add up to a whole much greater than the sum of its parts. Insights can spontaneously emerge from places in our bodies that are activated when the mind gets out of the way.

If you are looking to deepen or transform your relationship to rhythm, this could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. We welcome all levels of experience, including none, into the circle.

Contact Erin Collins at erinayacollins@gmail.com or 250 746-0390 for more information and to register.

After 3 years of hosting RhythmKeepers retreats, we have decided to change the name of the weekend to “RhythmQuest” in the spirit of moving towards what we want rather than retreating from what we don’t want. Inspired by the teachings of anthropologist Angeles Arrien, whose life work was the study of indigenous cultures throughout the world, we have incorporated into the weekend the four basic healing modalities she outlines in her book “The Fourfold Way”: singing, storytelling, dancing and silence. The practice of TaKeTiNa rhythm journeys (group rhythmic movement) fulfills the function of dancing.

Each of our gatherings, in addition to these four practices, has a sub-theme which we explore throughout the weekend. The theme of this RhythmQuest is restoring wholeness in a fragmented world.

 

Give yourself the gift of slowing down for a weekend and allow yourself to be nurtured by rhythm in a circle of fellow travellers stepping into presence together.

We offer these weekends in the spirit of the gift economy, sharing in the preparation  of simple nutritious meals, 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.  This weekend takes place at a private home on beautiful Bowen Island. Contact Shasta for details and to reserve your spot.

After 3 years of hosting RhythmKeepers retreats, we have decided to change the name to “RhythmQuest” in the spirit of moving towards what we want rather than retreating from what we don’t want. Inspired by the teachings of anthropologist Angeles Arrien, whose life work was the study of indigenous cultures throughout the world, we have incorporated into the weekend the four basic healing modalities she outlines in her book “The Fourfold Way”: singing, storytelling, dancing and silence. The practice of TaKeTiNa rhythm journeys (group rhythmic movement) fulfills the function of dancing.

Each of our gatherings, in addition to these four practices, has a sub-theme which we explore throughout the weekend. The theme of this RhythmQuest is kindness. From my friend and fellow TaKeTiNa teacher Jacob Stein in Portland, Oregon:

“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.”  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.  This weekend takes place at the beautiful Nectar Yoga BnB. Contact Shasta to reserve your spot.

Appreciate complexity. Practice simplicity. Develop flexibility. Sound good? Come to The Yoga of Rhythm at the beautiful Yum Yoga and Dance studio in Cowichan Bay for some serious play with the rhythm instruments that are your own voice and body. We will take all the time we need to co-create rhythm mandalas comprised of simultaneous layers of chanting, stepping and clapping. You can stop any time you like, and feel what it’s like to not have to get it right. What a relief! You can always choose simplicity, no matter how much complexity is in the room.

Rhythm is life and life is rhythm. Please join us for a weekend of unifying body, mind and spirit through rhythm. Contact Erin Collins – erinyacollins at gmail dot com – for more information and to register.

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, “Pay attention to what has heart and meaning”, provides us with the opportunity to connect deeply with our inner wisdom. As humans, we are always searching for meaning and trying to find ways to manifest our hearts’ desires. With rhythm and song as a framework, we can explore the many facets of the heart on the path to meaning.

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 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.

Brian and Shasta with Berimbaus

Join Shasta & Brian on Bowen Island for a journey to inner stillness. With your body as instrument and your voice as guide, allow the rhythm to take you home to yourself.

Shasta & Brian have been leading groups in rhythmic meditation for over 10 years. They are certified facilitators of the TaKeTiNa approach to teaching rhythm. One of the premises of TaKeTiNa is that we are inherently rhythmic beings and your body already knows everything you need to know. There is nothing new you need to learn. The process is one of reclaiming our primal rhythmic knowledge and learning to let go of whatever gets between us and our rhythmic intelligence.

There is no prior experience required to attend one of these evenings, which will take place at a private home on Bowen on the 2nd & 4th Thursday evenings. They are being offered in the spirit of the gift economy, meaning there is no set fee. We will gratefully receive whatever you can joyfully give. RSVP for address and directions.

Join Shasta and Brian for a weekend of TaKeTiNa moving meditation at the beautiful Yum Yoga and Dance Studio in Cowichan Bay. With your body as your instrument and your voice as your guide, find your way to inner stillness through gentle movement in the company of like-hearted souls.

One of the Sanskrit roots of the word “yoga” means “to unite”. In TaKeTiNa, we unite our voices, feet and hands in a journey of polyrhythmic simultaneity. Our bodies and brains get to be in simultaneously intense and relaxed relationship with each other, with sometimes surprising results.

We invite you to be curious about where such a rhythm journey might take you, and we look forward to seeing you in the circle.

Contact Erin Collins for more information and to register. 250 746-0390 or erinayacollins@gmail.com.

STEP INTO PRESENCE – a RhythmKeepers retreat

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, “Be open to outcome, not attached to outcome”, provides us with the opportunity to connect deeply with our inner wisdom. Angeles Arrien says “Trust is the container out of which the qualities of wisdom grow: clarity, objectivity, discernment, and detachment. Wisdom is at work when we are open to all options.” With rhythm and song as a neutral non-judgemental framework, we can co-create that container of trust.

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 $50 for food. There is no specific charge for tuition or rustic 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.

Brian and Shasta with Berimbaus

Join Shasta & Brian on Bowen Island for a journey to inner stillness. With your body as instrument and your voice as guide, allow the rhythm to take you home to yourself.

Shasta & Brian have been leading groups in rhythmic meditation for over 10 years. They are certified facilitators of the TaKeTiNa approach to teaching rhythm. One of the premises of TaKeTiNa is that we are inherently rhythmic beings and your body already knows everything you need to know. There is nothing new you need to learn. The process is one of reclaiming our primal rhythmic knowledge and learning to let go of whatever gets between us and our rhythmic intelligence.

There is no prior experience required to attend one of these evenings, which will take place at a private home on Bowen on the 2nd & 4th Thursday evenings. They are being offered in the spirit of the gift economy, meaning there is no set fee. We will gratefully receive whatever you can joyfully give. RSVP for address and directions.

Brian and Shasta with Berimbaus

Join Shasta & Brian on Bowen Island for a journey to inner stillness. With your body as instrument and your voice as guide, allow the rhythm to take you home to yourself.

Shasta & Brian have been leading groups in rhythmic meditation for over 10 years. They are certified facilitators of the TaKeTiNa approach to teaching rhythm. One of the premises of TaKeTiNa is that we are inherently rhythmic beings and your body already knows everything you need to know. There is nothing new you need to learn. The process is one of reclaiming our primal rhythmic knowledge and learning to let go of whatever gets between us and our rhythmic intelligence.

There is no prior experience required to attend one of these evenings, which will take place at a private home on Bowen on the 2nd & 4th Thursday evenings. They are being offered in the spirit of the gift economy, meaning there is no set fee. We will gratefully receive whatever you can joyfully give. RSVP for address and directions.