YOGA, MEDITATION AND WRITING - THE EXPLORATION OF THE NATURE BODY AND LANGUAGE
Location: Bonnevaux - On the Ground
This retreat will be an opportunity to explore, through writing, the threshold or alchemy between the body and language in the natural beauty of Bonnevaux.
The poetic or mystic understanding of grace is that it is synonymous to gravity. We might say this ‘ground’ enters our human experience in two ways; through the body and through language, or the word which is the logos. Both are expressed by breath moving through the physical – and here we find the silence of contemplation, found in the depths of all spiritual traditions.
This retreat will be an opportunity to explore this threshold or alchemy between the body and language. Our practice will be Yoga and movement and reflective poetic reading and dialogue. This will lead us into our own writing practice, where we will explore certain themes. Our backdrop is the astounding beauty of the grounds, springs woodland and abbaye of Bonnevaux, and joining the resident community there for daily meditation.
These are some themes to warmly invite you into this exploration: movement, stillness and reflective dialogueare ways to re orientate our senses to a more physical understanding of our experience. Through the stimulus of ground, touch, breath, posture and language we can discover pathways that reach deeper than emotion, the psychologising of our embodiment, into something more spacious and compassionate.
How might this help us to uncover a more gentle, open and clear sense of what holds, binds and unites us, and set us free to see things from a new perspective? In this retreat we will learn through group practice how this applies especially to where we find discomfort, pain, learnt patterns of disconnection. How does movement and meditation apply directly to developing a greater relational intelligence?
All our events taking place at Bonnevaux offer an opportunity to discover the rich cultural and historical French and European heritage of the 12th-century Abbaye de Bonnevaux, as well as to explore the varied and natural beauty of the land which we cultivate as a model of ecological responsibility.
ARRIVAL : Wednesday 19th October
CHECK-IN : 14:00—17:00
DEPARTURE : Saturday 22nd October, after lunch from 14:00
MEAL OPTIONS : At Bonnevaux we aim to offer a healthy cuisine for vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
IMPORTANT! Leaving the option blank (in the registration form below) means you have chosen the non-vegetarian option. Please understand that we cannot change your meal plan once you are at Bonnevaux. Please be aware that food may contain some common allergens (e.g. nuts). In case of food allergy or intolerance, please contact us with a medical certificate.
CONTRIBUTION : 300€ for the retreat and full room and board (single room)240€ for the retreat and full room and board (shared twin room)
We need a minimum quota to run this retreat so once you have booked your place please wait until we notify you on Monday 3 October to book your travel. Should the retreat be postponed or cancelled. you will be fully refunded. Thank you for your cooperation.
Cancellations— Please ensure you have travel insurance in place as we cannot refund cancelled travel for any reason.— If you cancel your Bonnevaux booking up to 30 days before the event starts, you will be refunded the full cost of the event. Cancellations occurring within 30 days of the event start will be offered a voucher for a future event. Bonnevaux reserves the right to cancel events at any point – cancellations occurring within 30 days prior to the event start date will be subject to the voucher refund policy only
Please find this link to join. Hope to see you there! https://bonnevauxwccm.org/all-programmes/contemplation-writing/
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