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The Song of the Body: Movement and Meditation Retreat with Chani Grieve

Oct 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pmNov 1, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

This retreat is now full, to go on the waitlist please contact the course manager Graham: graham.ento@gmail.com

Moving with awareness, gentle and patient, the body unfurls with its own timing and grace. As we enter into our experience, we discover a fresh open field to meet ourselves directly. Here, the familiar “grip” of tension and holding begins to release.

When we generously listen to our one-and-only body, we are always moving in the direction of wholeness.

This retreat offers time and space to experience the wisdom and song of the body, through guided movement and meditation.

We will apprentice ourselves to the body as teacher. Simple, intelligent movement sequences, performed with awareness, offer a method to support a new understanding of ourselves. This process is rich in discovery and individual insight.

Learning to move with our own rhythms, attending to ourselves with care, we can hear and enjoy the unique symphony of our embodied life. This allows clear-seeing, intelligent and heartful responses to emerge that gently empower us to live conscious and satisfying lives.

Participants will be supported by group movement classes, opportunity for one-on-one guidance, simple meditation practices to deepen our embodiment, nourishing vegetarian food, ample time for rest and reflection, and the healing beauty of the Wangapeka land.

This retreat is suitable for adults of all ages. It may be of particular interest to those in the healing/education professions, people with health challenges needing a gentle and attuned approach to self-care, and anyone curious about how the body can guide our natural unfoldment into wisdom and compassion.

Weekend and part-time attendance is possible, as long as participants begin on the 26th. Preference will be given to those who can attend the full retreat.

For all enquiries, please contact the Course Manager: Graham Sandlant graham.ento@gmail.com

Cost for this retreat:

$410 members
$446 non members
($70/$76 per day) 

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To register please fill out our online registration form

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Course fee includes all meals and accommodation, cooks fee, and a small materials fee. This does not include Dana for the facilitator.
Dana is the practice of generosity. In accordance with the tradition of these teachings, Chani offers her facilitation freely. You are welcome to offer Dana/Koha as a gesture of appreciation. It is an offering from the heart, according to your means.

About Chani:

Chani Grieve is a Feldenkrais Practitioner and has been passionately practising meditation and body-centred modalities for over 15 years. Her principal meditation teacher is Bonni Ross, and she also acknowledges the influence of Leander Kane whose masterful approach to bodywork inspired her to undergo the 4-year Feldenkrais Training Program in Melbourne. Chani is inspired to facilitate people to discover for themselves the liberating power of working with the body. She teaches classes, workshops and retreats in Australia and New Zealand, and now resides in Nelson.

“I believe that embodiment practices are utterly essential for our time. The ancient ones were so at one with their environment it didn’t bear mentioning. In this age of distraction, we modern people become easily disconnected from our true sources of nourishment – the earth, oceans, rivers, forests, the sun and the stars, connection to our fellow humans and all forms of life.

Our own bodies and senses are the doorways through which this nourishment is offered, and where true healing can take place.

By learning to inhabit our bodies again, we reclaim not only our own personal healing and freedom, but we will also be agents for the healing of our planet”.

“Movement is the song of the body… this song if you care to listen to it, is beauty”Vanda Scaravelli
“The present is the time in which we live, and what we do with our present selves is the most important thing. For the past is carried into the future through our present selves; what we do now is the most important factor for tomorrow” Moshe Feldenkrais


Oct 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Nov 1, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
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Welcome to the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. People visit from all over the world to meditate and enjoy the peace of this remarkable destination. The Wangapeka is a purpose built retreat centre, with fresh clean air and beautiful vistas. It is very quiet and ideal for respite, stress relief and deep meditation. We have a meditation hall, solo retreat huts, a main hall for dining and community, and a fully catered kitchen and an onsite vegetable garden.

The Wangapeka Study and Retreat Meditation Centre is a Universalist centre home to a wide range of teachings, paths, and studies. Retreats are held on Mindfulness, Vipassana, Insight, Heart based practices, Loving Kindness, Calm-abiding, Metta, Compassion, Conscious Movement, Nature, Forest Walks, Yoga, Dance, Feldenkrais, Wellness, Wellbeing, Archetypal Integration, Western Mysticism, Non-Duality, Zen, Dzogchen, Mahamudra, Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings with Empowerments and Sadhana Practice.

We are located in the foothills of the Southern Alps overlooking the Wangapeka River, about an hour and a half drive SW of Nelson, in the South Island of New Zealand.

We have meditation retreats throughout the year, have huts available for solo retreats, and welcome bookings from external groups. There are also opportunities available to work on our land. Come and enjoy this uniquely vibrant and peaceful centre.

355 Wangapeka River Rd
R.D.2. Wakefield 7096
New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 522 4221

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