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Free Body, Free Mind: Mindfulness and Movement


Sat 15 Aug 2015, 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: The Wellington Study Group Rooms, 31 Hobson Crescent, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Standard: $85.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: damalaya

A day of mindfulness, meditation and mindful movement

Facilitated by Rachel Tobin and Karl Baker

Treat yourself to this one-day city retreat, exploring Feldenkrais and meditation to tap into the power of being in the present moment.

Feldenkrais lessons involve deepening your awareness through movement but as well as the usual benefits of mindfulness, there are others relating to posture and ease of movement, including the breath. In a lesson, you sit or lie, and are guided verbally through a series of very specific, slow and unfamiliar movements. The lessons help you uncover habit patterns which cause limitation and strain, and your nervous system learns instead new possibilities of moving. The outcome is that long-held patterns of muscular tension dissolve, giving you more options for how to move (and think) with more ease. Then, in everyday activities, in sporting, working and creative life, there is greater ease and poise, improved posture, more pleasure in moving, better balance and less effort.

In this workshop we will be exploring a lesson relating to the way we breathe, and a lesson related to the movements of the jaw.

Mindfulness is the challenging art of being present, right here, right now, to whatever is happening, whether it is how we would choose things to be, or not. We take the time to stop and pay attention to our actual experience as we sit, move, or learn something new. When we do this we feel more open, grounded and alive. No matter what is going on in our life, in our thoughts, or bodies, mindfulness offers us all the opportunity to genuinely relax, breathe and let go.
Mindfulness and Feldenkrais complement each other to promote balance, vitality and wellbeing.

Who is this workshop for?
- all levels - suitable for both beginners, and experienced practioners
- anyone who wants to experience more ease and vitality in their day-to-day life

What should I bring?
- food to share for a light lunch - tea and coffee provided
- comfortable clothes that allow movement
- a yoga mat if you wish, although some mats will be available at the venue
- a warm blanket

Places limited to ensure small group size.

About the facilitators:

Rachel Tobin:

Rachel has been practising meditation for over 25 years and is a qualified teacher in a varety of fields including the moving mindfulness practices of qi gong and Feldenkrais. She works individually with adults and children regarding the art of mindfulness, teaches classes for children and regularly runs one-day and residential mindfulness retreats. She finds mindfulness practice invaluable for the cultivation of more ease, well-being and spontaneity.Rachel is a director of The Art of Mindfulness. Rachel lives in Paekakariki, on the lovely Kapiti Coast, has a cat called Brinny, and rides her bike, walks or dances as often as possible. Right now she is producing her first collection of poetry.

Karl Baker:

Karl is a founder and director of Mindfulness Works. He has been practising mindfulness and meditation for over 10 years. During that time, Karl has worked one-on-one with a key mindfulness and meditation teacher and has attended numerous multi-day silent insight meditation retreats. Karl was involved in assisting establishing the Wellington Insight Meditation group. His principle teachers have been Stephen (Nyanaviro) Archer, Shard Rogell and Jeremy Logan.

Karl has an honours degree from Victoria University and has helped found three successful businesses. He lives in Upper Hutt with partner Claro and two cats, Nico and Shanti. He has a sweet tooth, a sweet personality (yes, he did write this) and likes craft beer.

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