Retreat with Carme Torrent and Daniel Benito.
Regain your natural balance through conscious and meditative movement surrounded by stunning nature.
September 9th to 14th, 2018.
Life is movement. No matter how small or slow, this constant and continuous vibration is present in every cell that forms part of Nature.
The simple act of breathing generates a visible movement in all of us; however there are many other often supressed internal movements that need to be continuously observed and liberated.
We will work in a unique way combining three distinct disciplines that share the same essence and principles: Yoga, Meditative Dance and Hiking.
Give your body the opportunity to regain its natural balance through conscious and meditative movement surrounded by stunning nature. Practice
a dynamic meditation 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 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.
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.
Daniel Benito Po is the Director of Casa Cuadrau. Dani is a yoga and meditation instructor and mountain guide, as well as an ecological builder. From a young age Dani felt deeply connected to the mountains and it was in the Pyrenees and the Himalayans where he discovered hiking to be a powerful meditation practice and a way of deepening his connection with nature. Having studied technical architecture in Barcelona, Dani worked in the construction and theatre industries, and also as a yoga instructor.
He was introduced to Butoh Dance, Body Weather and other movement-based practices under the guidance of Carme Torrent and Andrés Corchero, among other teachers. Following several consecutive trips to India, he completed his yoga teacher training with Bharat Shetty (RYT 500). Dani’s meditation practice is based on Buddhist teachings received from Tich Nath Han (Zen) and S.N. Goenka (Vipassana). He has also developed his own open meditation practice with Open Dharma.
In 2009, Dani moved to Vió to realise the dream he had been harbouring since 2006 of rebuilding and restoring a traditional Pyrenean building and turning it into a Yoga, Art and Nature retreat centre. A place where the practices he is passionate about can be shared.
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