going deeper - dances of the heart
Subhanaya works at Dhanakosa and was ordained in 2021. Time in nature, in the water and wild places, is an important part of her spiritual and embodiment practice. Dance and movement has been a major part of her life and practice for 9 years, she is currently training to teach Open Floor movement practice, more on her website here.
Moksadhi (she/her) first encountered Buddhism in Nepal in 2012 and has been following the Buddhist path ever since. Her passions lie in exploring external and internal aspects of wilderness. Her practice follows an embodied approach to finding qualities of spaciousness, wildness and freedom in both meditation and movement. Moksadhi was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2019. She is currently training to become a yoga teacher with Bodhiyoga and regularly leads retreats at Dhanakosa.
I have been dancing most of my life. I trained in classical ballet and later as a 5Rhythms teacher (2001) and an Open Floor teacher (2017). I remain passionately curious about movement practice and consider myself a movement practitioner first and foremost.
I co-created the mentoring programme for the Open Floor teacher training programme alongside being a mentor for students and a working member of Open Floor.
I have been meditating for 25 years and as well as being a movement teacher I am qualified to teach Mindfulness after training with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. Most recently I have been teaching retreats combining trauma informed Mindfulness, Open Floor movement practice, Inquiry and art.
I consider all my colleagues and students as my teachers - they each move and articulate the teachings in such a different way which keeps me endlessly curious and on the dance floors of more experienced and newer teachers. I consider myself so blessed to have met and worked so extensively with Gabrielle Roth in her lifetime , and with Kathy Altman, Lori Salzburg, and Andrea Juhan and their team of amazing teachers. For more see my website: www.innerdancer.net
An ideal first regulars retreat. These retreats take themes from our introductory programme and introduce a stronger Buddhist context through meditation, teachings, up to 3 days of silence, ritual and chanting.
Open to anyone who has done an introductory retreat or has been attending a local Buddhist centre, is familiar with Buddhist practice and is looking to take it a bit deeper.
This retreat will take an embodied approach to the traditional Buddhist practice of the Brahma Viharas – the cultivation of loving kindness, compassion, joyful resonance and equanimity.
The invitation is to step into this mandala of the heart - to meet and know these qualities in our bodies and in our dance. We’ll be learning how we can deeply resource ourselves through meditation and movement to embody and cultivate these qualities in our lives. The dance sessions will usually be with music and will involve guided exploration, exercises and time to follow your own experience in movement.
This is a Going Deeper retreat, for people who have done an introductory retreat or have been attending a local Buddhist centre and are familiar with the Metta Bhavana and Mindfulness of Breathing meditation practices. No experience of dance or movement is required, only a willingness to explore your experience of movement in the body you are living in.
For more information read the retreat information sheet.