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Moved to learn Mindfulness

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A five day residential Mindfulness Training

This new approach to mindfulness training incorporates periods of guided stillness with movement inquires. We explore directly where emotions live in the body and how wholesome and unwholesome patterns are activated shaping the worlds we bring forth. In a integrated way we will carve qualities of nourishing ease and clarity into all postures and experiences. The strength of this approach is that it is working directly with the body to help people living busy lives experiences of  wholeness, joy and belonging in a living world.

We are not learning to dance, we are dancing to learn.
— Lori Saltzman, founder member of Open Floor.

We are all teachers, our living is our offering to the world. As caring communities we demonstrate to children how mindfulness lives in our bodies, in our words, speech and actions. At these times of great turning such motivations are essential.

“The key to meaningful living is mindfulness. The heart of mindfulness, a simultaneous blending of love with clear-seeing-enquiry, arises out of the multi-levelled life and living that we are.  This is the music of the universe and it resounds in everything. Listen! You can hear the singing in your bones, your feelings, your perceptions and intuitive understandings. There is singing in the wind and rain, in cities and rural farmlands, in flow and difficulty, in climate change and political shenanigans. The words of this music are infinitely various, but the meaning is the same; “Everything interconnects!”  Tarchin Hearn.

Why dance, why movement and meditation together?

The uniqueness of this retreat is that Jaime is bringing fifteen years of mindfulness teaching together with Open Floor. Mindfulness has exploded around the world for good reason. Neuroscience has enabled us to see the positive changes in the structure of the brain and the nervous system happening through mindfulness.

Mindful awareness is about learning bring gentleness and curiosity to ourselves as we are, to embrace our innate talents and what we sometimes think of as our difficulties. Becoming gentle penetrative awareness into our habitual reactiveness is one of the keys and dance/movement (being able to move well with change)  is a beautiful metaphor for this work. 

It is astonishing that Carl Jung in his work around integration did not venture into the domain of music. Music is the life blood of ever culture on earth, it is our nature. We move to make visible the invisible, to include it all.

I’ve struggled in traditional retreats, it is easy to neglect the body, losing oneself in subtle cravings for blissful mind states and insights. I found the movement inquires enlivening, opening, contrary to how it might appear it actually improved my capacity to sit still.
— Andrew Stephenson

Your Facilitator is Jaime Howell.

Jaime has a Masters in Education. He is a graduate of a three year school of mindfulness/meditation and went on to spend another three years as the resident practitioner at the Wangapeka study and retreat centre. He is a volunteer Director of the Rites of Passage Foundation. Jaime is an Open Floor conscious movement teacher and Director of Opening Minds an organisation dedicated to nourishing the seeds of wisdom and compassion.

Short video showing Jaime training teachers to embody mindfulness

“I would recommend Jaime Howell to anyone wanting to learn mindfulness.”
— Barbara Greene. Counsellor, Coach, Celebrant and developer of Calming the Chaos

What you will get:

  • Learn how to stay grounded and centred in challenging states of reactivity.
  • Connect with joy, aliveness and sense of renewed purpose and power.
  • Learn to welcome difficulties as creative opportunities.
  • Access calm more quickly and easefully  
  • Learn in a supportive group in a nourishing environment.
  • Explore the foundations of mindfulness in a modern integrative way and have resources to share with others in education settings.

The retreat will be held at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre see here

Cost $485. This includes your own room, three nutritious meals each day, accomodation and teaching materials. Scholarships available on request