This summer's Mindsprings retreat on the Holy Isle is looking at the practices of somatic meditation and Earth practice.
From a Buddhist perspective too much investment in the cognitive projections of the thinking mind is like being lost in a hallucination. Rather than tasting, smelling, sensing and feeling the Earth around us, we get caught up in the paper-thin concepts and anxiety-evoking ideas. And yet, much contemporary practice still encourages to find more and more refined ways of our selves out of this dead-end.
Somatic practice - feeling and identifying with the experience of the human body - along with an increased sense of the energetic depths of the world around us - landscape, animals, plants, people, weather offer a very different path. Both these practices start to cultivate a completely fresh mode of being in the world. Over the course of time, we organically shift our centre-of-gravity away from the anxious treadmill of the thinking mind, into the spacious, surprising and alive energies of the body and the earth.
Alistair and Fay will be introducing and guiding us in the basic practices of somatic meditation and helping hold the powerful container of a retreat on Holy Island. Kirsty will be offering daily yoga too. It's a place for real transformation, away from all the distractions and agitations of the consumer-driven world.
This week-long retreat requires no previous experience but will be a deepening for those who practice already. There will be periods of silence and we encourage people to spend the week mobile-, book- and journal-free.
All the holy island bookings and pricings are arranged direct with Holy Island on their website.