dance of the elements: poetry and tai chi
Sukhema was born in Illinois and has been living in Glasgow since 1981. He has been leading retreats at Dhanakosa since the early nineties when it first opened. His day job is teaching tai-chi in healthcare settings including the Maggie Cancer Care Centre where he also facilitates a therapeutic writing group.
His passions are poetry,dance, drama, gardening and wild swimming. He's the editor for Playspace Publications , a published poet and researcher for Art in Health.
Jayaraja has been a practicing Buddhist and meditation teacher for over 25 years and he has been part of the team on several four month ordination retreats. He has a diploma in Gestalt psychotherapy and has studied interpersonal neurobiology, attending workshops and conferences with Dan Siegel amongst others. He trained over a number of years with Marshall Rosenberg in Non-violent Communication. He is also a co-author of the Yellow book of Games and Energizers and "Live" life skills for teens.
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.
A retreat expanding our horizons through language: opening to the wisdom of the body and integrating our heart and head. Each move in Tai Chi is a metaphor. The structured forms provide an inspiring backdrop for the creation of rhythmic patterns with words. Tai Chi, writing & poetry have much in common: form, structure, sensitivity and a striving towards wholeness. Clouds like thoughts come and go; inspired by the surrounding mountains, lochs & sky, we will combine writing with movement and mindfulness for our own wellbeing and for all living beings everywhere.
This week of Tai Chi, writing and meditation will trace our intimate relation to the dance of the elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Space, and Consciousness – with an overall theme of impermanence. Whatever arises from our practice we will use to play with the reality of our interconnectedness - write about it and share our stories.
For more information read the retreat information sheet.