Play of the elements
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
Maitrihridaya encountered Buddhism in her twenties, and has been leading a life increasingly devoted to Buddhist practise since then. She was ordained in 2015 and lives in the north of Scotland with her husband and children, deeply inspired by meditation and the natural world.
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.
How do the elements around us, and in us, move, dance, even play? How can we be part of that playful engagement rather than stand apart?
In this retreat we will be taking the five elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space) as our starting point, and explore them in our own bodies, in meditation, in nature and in the way we relate to one another. Practicing in and outdoors, we will research how the elements move us, and move through us, and so, each, find our unique place within the elemental play of the world.
Easy physical improvisational exercises will help us to become more present, and open to more light and joy. This will enrich our attention within and outside of meditation with the spirit of discovery. In meditation and in movement improvisation we enter the unknown, a dance with ever new experience. Joining this dance, we can discover where stillness and engagement meet.
For more information read the retreat information sheet.