Elemental Body: movement, nature and meditation
Subhanaya lives and works at Dhanakosa and was ordained in 2021. She heads up the House and Grounds team and works in the garden, helping tend this wild and beautiful place. Time in nature, particularly swimming in the loch, is an important part of her spiritual and embodiment practice. Dance and movement has been a major part of her life and practice for 8 years, both 5Rhythmns© and Open Floor. She is currently in training to teach Open Floor, which is a resource based movement practice – www.openfloor.org
Amoghavira first encountered Buddhism in 1979 while struggling through a mathematics degree at Glasgow University. Ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in 1982 he then started working at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre.
He worked for 2 years at the Sydney Buddhist Centre in Australia from 1988, and on his way back to Britain in 1990, spent 3 months in Kathmandu helping run meditation and Buddhism course there. Falling in love with Nepal, he’s been a regular visitor there ever since.
In 1996, he moved to Dhanakosa to help with retreat leading here, which he’s been doing ever since. He loves being in the mountains and this has led to a passion for landscape photography and he now lives in the village of Callander, about 15 miles from Dhanakosa.
Open to all, these retreats are suitable for both beginners and those with more experience, but no previous experience is assumed. All these retreats include introductory meditation teaching and periods of silence.
In this introductory retreat we will take an embodied approach to exploring our experience as elemental beings, alive in a living world. We will use dance and movement, alongside nature awareness practice and meditation to awaken our senses to the different elements of the surrounding landscape, cultivating a deeper sense of connection to ourselves and our world.
In the dance we will explore the elements through our movement, listening to the pace and ability of our own individual bodies. No previous experience of dance is needed, only a willingness to explore your body in movement within a supportive group.
This retreat is suitable for complete beginners to meditation, as well as those with some experience. We will introduce the mindfulness of breathing and the metta bhavana (loving-kindness) meditations, and also Buddhist chanting and ritual, with a focus on connection with nature.
For more information please read the retreat information sheet.
2022 Covid-19 update: We expect to be running this retreat with a maximum of 25 people including the team. Before booking, please read our Covid pre-retreat information sheet here for more information about what to expect.