Universe Somatic Retreat- Dance of the Sun and Moon
September 10 - 11, 2021
Fri Eve 7 -9:30pm, Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm PDT
Universe Somatic is a practice that integrates meditation, movement and imagination with a spirit of experimentation and playfulness. We explore the union of spaciousness and embodied energies and find that contemplative practice can be expressive, fun and not fixated on stillness.
The heart of the practice is an alternation between Dzogchen open awareness style sitting meditation and movement sessions. The movement phases are multifaceted- a time to appreciate the simple miracle and joy of the living body, a time to connect with energies and emotions beyond our ordinary sense of self and an opportunity to cut through hindrances to awakened awareness on an energetic level.
For example, in a movement session we may work with Water, inviting and embodying the quality of fluidity in order to soften rigidity in ourselves. The movement sessions open and enliven us in various ways and we bring those qualities back into the sitting sessions.
This practice draws on its vision and methods from Dzogchen and Zen with practices brought in from Paratheatre and Butoh.
Apprx Universe Somatic Schedule
7 – 9:30 Orientation and Practice Session
9:30 4 Session Alternation
(4 30 minute sessions alternating sitting and movement) .
11:40 Tantra Recitation
12:00 Lunch and Group Dialogue
1:15 5 Session Alternation
(5 30 minute sessions alternating sitting and movement )
4:10 3 Session Alternation
No one turned away for lack of funds. Email the registrar to apply for scholarship.
Jogen Salzberg, Sensei