11 days Yoga and ArtTheraphy Retreat in Ecuador
This workshop aims to deepen the psychic and subtle aspects of human experience and address different expressions of the subconscious (archetypal structures, karmic expressions, etc.), to release psycho-emotional tensions and facilitate an energy realignment and harmonization of the individual in relationship with the cosmos.
Type of Event
This workshop is a great opportunity for people of any age, preferably yoga practitioners or any other disciplines that imply a body management and/or that are motivated to go deep in their self-knowledge and restructuring of deep-seated psycho-emotional patterns.
Travellers and back packers who want to take a rest and stop some days in a quiet place to regenerate themselves and take new energies for the following steps of their trip, are also welcome.
RESOURCES AND SCHEDULE
We combine different types of yogic practices (Kundalini Yoga, Kaula Tantra Yoga, Zen Yoga, Dynamic Yoga), with different oriental practices and concentration techniques of dance, martial arts and other oriental and Native American practices (Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Weaving of mandalas and dream catchers, Creative Shodo, Aiki-jo, Butoh dance, energetic cleanings, among others)
Classes will be at the following times:
5:30 – 7:00
9:30 – 12:00
14:30 – 16:00
17:00 – 19:30
Additionally, there will be a consultation time, from 9:00 to 10:00
DETAILS ON THE ACTIVITTIES
Even if this workshop aims to deepen the mind, the psychic aspects, subconscious blocks, we want to do this in an intensive, effective, but at the same time, different and enjoyable way, using resources from different arts and philosophies. The idea is to try to recover harmony in different aspects of being and at the same time awaken the attention, creativity and expressiveness of it.
Below we briefly describe certain aspects that we will discuss in the workshop using these techniques:
Yoga is the biggest part of this retreat.
There are different styles of yoga that focus on special aspects of being and generate certain effects. In this workshop we will mainly work with practices such as Zen Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Tantra Yoga Kaula and Taoist Yoga (especially in relation to healing sounds and breaths), because in their spirit, practice and energy movement they merge better with oriental practices. However, in some moments we will have dynamic yoga practices, to achieve energy activations and changes in body structure and movement flows.
The practice of yoga in this workshop not only refers to the execution of “asanas”. It is also linked to the use of specific mantras, meditations and pranayamas.
Qi Gong is a millennial art of healing and energetic management that will allow us to deepen in these aspects, in ourselves and in relation to others.
We will have Tai Chi classes to work with certain basic schemes to harmonize the corporal forms and movements, as well as to balance the flow of the Qi.
The use of other Healing Arts and Concentration Exercises will complement the course.
We will work with weaving mandalas and dream catchers. Both techniques allow to develop concentration (especially if one works with the focus on breathing), but even more it allows access to subtle energies, patterns of behavior, mental structures (archetypal, magical, mythological), the understanding of being from its center towards the periphery and its progressive healing.
Another technique that we will use for the development of attention and concentration, first of all, is the Shodo or traditional Japanese writing. The Shodo – as a base – will serve to gradually open to artistic expressions, in what is called creative Shodo.
Some elements from martial arts and dance will be introduced too in the workshop. The so-called Japanese fencing or Kendo, as well as the practice of Aiki-jo not only help to develop body awareness, but to live the present moment, to fuse with the other and flow with the movements of the other, to clear the mind, such like the dance; from which we will also use certain resources used in the Butoh dance (which facilitates the expression of the subconscious)