Program

We keep a very relaxed vibe on the retreat and there’s no obligation to take part in any of the workshops. If you just want to walk in the dunes all day and come back at mealtimes, that’s fine. The idea is for everyone to find their own rhythm according to their needs.

Just please turn off your mobile phone, don’t bring alcohol or drugs and treat everyone with respect

 

Meditation and Contact Improvisation Dance Retreat 13-19 February, 2022

meditation teacher

Durward Burrell will be teaching the art of meditation each morning, helping us find the spaces between our thoughts and connect with who we are beyond the surface agitation of habitual mental chatter and worries.

While this is a meditation retreat we won’t be jumping up at 4 to chant mantras; rather we have the morning group meditation for those who wish to join and also when we climb the high dune in silence at sunset. The retreat has more of a gentle focus on mindfulness and connecting with the heart through all of our activities.

You’ll find that just being in the Sahara increases the awareness of your mind, your breath, your feelings. Just taking a walk in the dunes is like a meditation.

RikkeThe joy of movement

Rikke Ebling will be teaching the joy of movement workshops.  Wherever we go our bodies come with us. Throughout our lives they are sources of joy and pain, opportunity and limitation. When we learn to move with joy we discover the beauty in our bodies, unique and personal as they are.

Each afternoon Rikke will invite us to explore the simple joy of expressing and understanding ourselves through movement. With an emphasis on playfulness and spontaneity, we will discover new possibilities with breath, balance and dance. You don’t need any experience to take part and the only thing you need to bring….is your body!

 

 

 

Sharing Circles

After we’ve eaten at night and the stars have come out we’ll gather around the fire to play music, tell stories and also from time to time share our experiences through talking circles, a Native American tradition designed to encourage an atmosphere of listening and empathy. Year after year we see long-lasting friendships formed in the retreat as each person finds their self-expression and a new capacity to relate.

We will also be going for walks in the desert, climbing the high dunes for sunset, playing some games and Tom Thumb will also do some storytelling – modern fairy tales to let your imaginations go wandering through journeys of myth and metaphor…

 

Schedule

  • Welcome dinner in the village of Hasalbied on Sunday  at 9.30pm. We’ll sleep there and in the morning put our bags on the camels.
  • Monday we walk out into the dunes and hold our opening circle.
  • Each of the following days will be structured around meal times, meditation, workshops and music round the fire at night.
  • Then on Saturday morning we’ll load our bags onto the camels again and head back to town. You can stay an extra night in the village or take the night bus out.