Meditation is an age-old practice for developing a peaceful mind. Plenty of studies suggest many benefits of meditation on your mind, body and spirit. Meditation can help you stay focused, manage anxiety and depression, reduce stress and ease pain.
Meditation workshops provide explanations of the techniques required to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state. No previous experience is needed, the workshops are suitable for beginners and for those who would like to deepen their knowledge. No experience in practicing yoga or sitting in a cross-legged pose is necessary. Sitting in a chair works too.
A guided meditation will start after the explanation. There are different ways to meditate – using sound, imagery, gazing, breathing or physical sensations and it can be done while sitting, walking, standing or reclining. The workshops end with participants sharing their impressions and a discussion.
Tango – the art of listening
This is a three hour workshop which presents tango as the medium of listening to your dance partner through listening to yourself.
While dancing tango, we move with our partner, always looking for contact. The relationship between the two bodies is always new and fresh, it is an improvisation that depends on the moment and on listening to each other.
In the beginning there are roles; the leader and the follower. But tango is a process in which both partners must give, but in the same time they will receive what the other is giving. In the moments of harmony the roles from the beginning disappear.
Tango acts as a metaphor for our relationships and gives us the inspiration for an open and playful sharing of ourselves with others.
Yoga is an ancient discipline originating in India. In the last 30 years it became popular in the Western world as a system of physical exercise. Most people today see it as a practice of connecting body, mind and spirit. Yoga is not a religion.
A yoga workshop can be a single yoga class lasting up to an hour and a half or a full day workshop around one particular subject. Workshops or classes are suitable for beginners and experienced yogis. You do not need to be flexible to do yoga, it is practicing yoga that makes your body and mind more flexible. While practicing yoga we connect the movement of the body and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of our breath.
Sound bath ceremony is a relaxation technique, originating from an ancient practice with roots in Tibet. Participants allow the healing sounds of traditional musical performances to bath over them. There is no water, the participants will be bathed in beautiful sounds, music and vibrations. The instruments used during a sound bath are metal ‘singing bowls’, gongs, drums, other instruments are possible too.
Participants lie down and some sit in a comfortable position during a sound bath and the room is usually darkened. Sound baths last up to an hour and a half.
The goal is deep rest and relaxation. A sound bath has a calming effect on the body and mind, but it is also believed to boost creativity. It is a form of meditation too, as the sound helps to reach a meditative state more easily. Sound baths also help with anxiety and stress.
A tea ceremony is a cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of tea in Asian culture. The Chinese saying says: Meditation and tea have the same taste – the taste of life. There are a lot of similarities, both tea and meditation relax the body, and invigorate the mind. Both support physical and mental health.
The workshop is an introduction to the tea ceremony and tasting teas.
As Chinese people believe – one’s state of mind can easily be passed onto the others.
That is why it is important to relax and leave everyday worries behind before performing the tea ceremony – the ceremony is a spiritual process as well.
During the ceremony we will pour and drink tea, talk about tea botany, tea processing, tea industry, pouring techniques and rituals, customs and stories.
Food preparation and meals can be social events that promote a sense of belonging, family and community ties, and overall inclusion. Also, many cooks have recognized the therapeutic power of the time spent in the kitchen. For them, cooking is meditation with something delicious in the end. Psychologists are using cooking courses as a means to treat depression and anxiety. Cooking for others satisfies the urge to provide and gives the freedom to express creativity.
Different food workshops are available: food as medicine, ayurvedic diet, raw food, plant based food. The goal of each of these workshops is to bring different diets closer to people who have not yet had contact with them or bring deeper knowledge to those who have.
Theatre and self-inquiry
Let us try and play with the stage and theatre to explore ourselves.
This is a multi-day workshop about taking roles. We do it all the time without being aware of it.
Our focus during the workshop will be on being fully aware of taking roles. We want to make the shift from managing through the day to finding joy in playing these roles with a presence. In that way we can celebrate the different ways we interact with others as well as enjoy many faces of our own. Being a lead actor in our own life gives us a chance to really explore and enjoy our own possibilities.