Special retreat with Carme Torrent and Juan Carlos Escanciano.
Workshops on movement / dance and about the Universe and the Stars.
September 2nd to 7th, 2018
Daily circumstances are full of wonder if one encounters the serenity to observe them in silence. And being conscious that we a part of something bigger, maybe infinite is mind blowing.
Life is movement. No matter how small or slow, this constant and continuous vibration is present in every cell that forms part of the Universe. So the Universe breathing is also present in our bodies. Looking deeply this movement, a beautiful dance in itself, arises the same awe that in a child watching the sky.
ABOUT THE ACTIVITIES
“The focus of Kashmir Yoga is on the art of coping with life itself, on creating integration in our lives and letting life resonate in the Silence. It does not require us to change or transform our way of life or attitude.”
- Eric Baret
This form of Yoga comes from Tantric non-dualist Kashmir Shaivism according to the teaching of Jean Klein. In this practice, the asanas are special moments in which we sense the tranquility that lies at the heart of all life. Time between the asana practice is dedicated to meditation allowing us space to familiarise ourselves with our body’s natural absorption and vibrational state that arises unexpectedly during these moments.
We will explore the body just as it is in each moment – any areas where we feel emptiness, tension or reaction. Without trying to change, improve or relax our body, instead allowing the truth of the present moment to be as it is. Welcoming everything without comentary or judgement, and allowing deep listening to become the guiding principle, without expecting anything in return.
Dance (BodyWeather) is a whole movement practice which helps us develop mindfulness and cultivate a connection between body-mind-environment. It can also be understood as a dynamic meditation practice in which we develop our ability to listen in a holistic way. Listening with real sensivity and opening all of our senses and the pores of our skin, paying attention to ourselves, those around us and the environment.
The main objectives of this practice are:
-To re-examine our movement patterns To listen to the world around us with our skin.
-To re-learn how we generate our movements and what those movements generate in turn.
-And finally to understand the body as a holistic entity made up of many different yet interdependent parts.
During the retreat, we will carry out a series of improvisation exercises that will allow us to open our body and give it space and tranquility. We will also practice Katsugen Undo, a Japanese technique of body movement that consists of paying attention to the spontaneous movement of our body.
During the meditative walks we connect with our internal nature, as well as with our external surroundings, allowing our perception of nature to flow through all our senses, including those we may not even be aware of. Perceptions and sensations flowing from inside to outside and visaversa.
Our breath and its modifications, sensations and bodily reactions, the organic movement that the body creates and the perception of the environment through all of our senses are some of the elements that allow us to re-learn to walk, experiencing the integration of the body, mind and all life.
Walking in silence we can find a natural state of calmness and harmony within ourselves and with everything around us. In this state our minds can experience a deep sense of rest. The origin of this practice can be found in the teachings of the Buda. Nowadays this practice is studied by many dancers, scientists and meditators.
WORKSHOPS ON THE UNIVERSE AND THE STARS
Stop and contemplate the stars in a pure environment where the skies offer us nightly spectacles. Give yourself time to admire the wonders of the earth, our home, awakening the sensitivity and connection with nature.
“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.”
- Carl Sagan
The workshops about the stars, the universe and our place within it, aswell as observing the stars and the moon will be facilitated by Juan Carlos Escanciano. With his scientific knowledge and using modern technology the astronomical observations are presented in an easy and impressive way. Juan Carlos connects astronomy, anthropology and psychology in a very interesting way helping us to understand our origins and our current position in the Cosmos.
It’s a gift being able to directly observe the sky in one of the most pure and virgin places of the Aragonese Pyrenees in which clear night are fascinating and evoke a beautiful variety of feelings while contemplating the universe.
Carme studied and worked in architecture.
In the Dance field, an important part of her experience comes from the Body Weather Laboratory, a dance practice developed by the Japanese dancer Min Tanaka, with whom she has collaborated several times.
She has also been developing a way of exploring and listening to the tactile capacity of the body through the regular practice of seitai (Katsugen-undo and yuki) and trainings in shiatsu and movement with Akinobu Kishi (Seiki).
She was touched by the non-dual traditional teachings, and deepens her understanding with the help of Eric Baret in the practice yoga Kashmir Shaivism.
Juan Carlos Escanciano is the creator of Navetierra, a project of propagating science, with emphasis on astronomy and space exploration, and its potential impact on the human mind and in society.
Juan Carlos was initially formed as a Computer Engineer, a profession he has practiced for over 15 years and now has left. In fact, his early passion for the mountains, science and spiritual traditions encourage him to look for something more tuned with his true vocation.
He is Shiatsu therapist and psychologist. For some years he worked in psychotherapy with the psychiatrist and psychotherapist July Herrero (Escuela Granada) and today he continues his work in a private practice. He is particularly interested in humanistic psychology, mind-body connection (bioenergetics), meditation and transpersonal psychology.
Moreover, in recent years he has completed his studies with a Postgrad in Astrophysics at the Complutense University of Madrid. His passion for discovering the Universe that surrounds us, takes a solid and rigorous basis after this studies. His interest in science does not end here and by self- study he delves deeper into biology, Earth history, evolutionary theory and anthropology, among other disciplines.
Finally, he has created an Earthship project, with the aim of sharing in a pleasant and inspiring way, the different knowledge and experiences that he has being picking up throughout his life. With an integrated and holistic view, he explores the connection between Science and Consciousness, Mind and Cosmos, and much more. He is convinced of the underlying Unity of all aspects of Reality, that are apparently divided only by the limitation of the analytical brain to the complexity and diversity of phenomena.
-How to get here? We can provide transport from Ainsa to Vio on the first day of the retreat, and from Vio to Barbastro on the last day.
-What to bring to the retreat?
-Yoga retreats are undertaken in a toxin-free environment with no tobacco or alcohol.
Everyday from the end of the evening Satsang up until before lunch the following morning, we cultivate joyful silence in the house. This deep silence is very healing for calming the mind and being in peace with ourselves, allowing us to deeply listen to ourselves. We will have a restful sleep and the next day we will enjoy the silence with mental clarity during our asana practice, meditation and other activities. Breakfast will be taken mindfully and in silence. By participating in this period of joyful silence we will be supporting each other in our practice.
Throughout the afternoon we will enjoy conscious speaking and deep listening, which will allow us to get to know each other in a more authentic way.
RATES PER PERSON
|Shared dormitory||615 €|
|Double room||705 €|
|Single room||835 €|
|Without accommodation*||550 €|
*It includes all the retreat activities and meals. Staying in another guest house.
The price includes:
- 5 nights accommodation (except the "without accommodation option").
- 3 vegetarian meals per day.
- All yoga classes.
- All guided meditative walks incluiding mindful movement activities by Carme Torrent.
- Meditation sessions.
- 2 workshops about the Universe and Stars by Juan Carlos Escanciano.
- 2 meditative longer hikes.
- Public Liability and Accident insurance for activities: hiking and yoga.
NOTE: These rates do not include transportation.