Facilitator: Mark Kutolowski
Sponsoring Group: Northeast Wisdom
In this intensive retreat, we will complement our Wisdom practices of centering prayer, lectio divina, chant and conscious practical work with an immersion into practices that bring interior freedom and peace into dialogue with the body and support outer manifestation in physical relaxation, ease and a transformed nervous system. Our sessions will emphasize practical disciplines emerging from the ancient Russian health system, itself closely linked to the Eastern Orthodox contemplative tradition of hesychasm. We will explore the relationship between physical and psychic tension and fear, and physiological relaxation and faith. Beginning with solitary practices involving meditation, breathing and movement, we will eventually move into partner and group work utilizing relaxation to creatively engage with conflict both within ourselves and in our immediate environment. Participants will finish this intensive with an expanded sense of the role and potential of body practice in contemplative transformation, and practical methods to improve their physical health and body awareness.
Contact: Kerstin Lipke
Image: The Trinity, Hildegard von Bingen