In this workshop, we will combine traditional Buddhist practice of the “Divine Abodes” (brahmavihara) of lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity, with movement meditation and ecstatic dance, to help us access and cultivate these wonderful and transformative qualities of the open heart. We will particularly focus on developing embodied expressions of these four abodes based on our understanding that embodied practices are the key to making the qualities real in our daily lives.
Most of the workshop will involve silent practice and spaciously guided freeform movement meditation and ecstatic dance to music, complemented by talks. There will also be time for discussion and interactive exercises. We will begin with a foundational emphasis on mindfulness and embodiment. We will then build on this foundation by bringing in, over the five days, teachings and practices on the “Divine Abodes” and explorations of these themes through dance. We will emphasize especially how lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity interpenetrate each other as they become more mature, and how these qualities might be further expressed in our daily lives. Come join us in celebration and inspiration as we evoke the depths of our hearts through silence and sound, stillness, and movement. Movers and meditators of all levels are welcome. Helping professionals will learn how to support the development and expression of these skills in their work.
Please Note: Some mornings will be in silence and there will be optional sessions offered before breakfast.