Listening, Dancing, Being
Jayachitta has been a Buddhist since 1981 and has lived and worked with other Buddhists for a lot of that time. She has a deep love of performance and the infinity of human expression. 2002-4 she trained in physical theatre at Kiklos Scuola in Italy.
Since then she trained in Improvisation with Andrew Morrish, John Britton, Kate Hilder and others. Improvisation, movement and exploring the clown are very important to her as additional approaches to the spiritual life, as they are based in physical expression and play.
She sees them as an interactive way of entering and exploring the space that one discovers in meditation. It's in that spirit of play that we can discover who we are and can be. Please check out her website The Play of Now
Pasadini’s (they/them) main focus in practice is working with shadow energies, and they encourage curiosity in meeting all that arises in experience through deeper connection with our heart and energetic being. They currently live in Glasgow and are studying to become a counsellor. They have been a student of Buddhist meditation since 2000 and lead retreats regularly at 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.
Listening can be seen as an activity merely of the mind, where we direct our thoughtful attention – but how is it to listen differently, with and through our flowing body? Being is often associated with ‘being someone’ or ‘being still’, but how is it to ‘be’ within our natural present movement of body or mind? How can we allow Being and Listening to meet, while engaging with each other, or while Dancing?
On this retreat, we will apply what we notice in the physical experience straight to our meditation. Engaging with a spirit of support, play and appreciation makes the retreat very suitable for people who do not think of themselves as ‘performers’. The methods used from the playbook of ‘The Play of Now’ help us to learn how to be present and engaged in this moment, leaving the next one to come freely, without being weighed down by our plans or assumptions.
Everyone is welcome to join this retreat, whether new to meditation, Buddhist practices, or improvisation and movement. Everyone will bring their own experience of these methods - so it should be an interesting mix! With the experience Jayachitta has to offer, in both those fields, all participants will be able to deepen their own research of the interrelatedness of movement and stillness.
For more information read the retreat information sheet.