The Art of Movement and Stillness

Time: 5. – 9. August 2019

Matsalu Creative Space at Matsalu National Park, Estonia

About the retreat

Set in the beautiful Matsalu, a peaceful environment in nature that supports one looking inwards within oneself, to work with both the mind and the body through movement and meditation practices.

The movement sessions offer traditional forms of Qi Gong as well as creative and physical tools that allow us to tune into the body, to relax, to release the tensions, to listen to the body‘s intuition, to heal, to express ourselves authentically and to better connect with the world around us. These practices deepen our awareness as we live and move through life.

The meditation sessions will give you an introduction to basic meditation practices. We will also discuss why meditation is important and what it actually really is about. We will see how meditation practice can help us in everyday life and we will take time to practice so that we would have an idea how to meditate after we leave.

During the retreat silence will be the default mode. If you feel it will be more meaningful to talk in a mindful way and you have a willing partner, you are welcome to take a walk and talk. But in general the few days are an environment to rest from all the chit chats and to really learn to notice oneself more. This is best done while being mostly silent.

Teachers

Hsuan-Hsiu Hung has studied closely under a great Qi Gong master in Taiwan for over 10 years. It has been her practice of meditation and life. Through Qi Gong, working with the mind and cultivating the subtle energies in the body, she began to dance and to discover the wonders of movement. This led her to training professionally at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York and later, at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where she is currently developing an interdisciplinary practice between somatic movement, Qi Gong and visual art.

Hsuan-Hsiu has been teaching Qi Gong and contemplative movement practice weekly in London, and in the last years has taught Qi Gong in group meditation retreats in Estonia, Austria as well as workshops in France, U.K., U.S.A., India and Singapore.

To learn more about her work, look at: www.dancinginart.com

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Mikk Tamme was born in Estonia and grew up with a business education. For many years he often asked himself “what’s the point of all of this?” In 2009, his brother invited him to a month-long Buddhist philosophy and meditation course in a monastery in Nepal.

The teachings made sense to him and gave him a larger picture of the meaning of life as if he was beginning to put the puzzle pieces together. Eager to find out if one can really train one’s mind, to be more clear, kind and open in the mind, he went into a few longer retreats in India and in Nepal.

During his retreat time in the Nagi Gompa cave up in the mountains in Nepal, a Yoda kind of character found him. “A teacher appears when the student is ready”, they say. He worked for the yoda in his monastery and retreat centers around the world, and continues to do more retreats and studies himself.

In the last 7 years, Mikk has been organizing meditation retreats every summer, inviting teachers to come teach in Estonia. Like many practitioners, he is constantly looking for ways to integrate the practice into everyday life. In this retreat, Mikk will share based on his journey and studies with some great teachers.

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Schedule

5th of August
13.00 – 15.00 Arrival
15.00 – 15.30 Welcome and introduction to the place and retreat
15.30 – 16.30 Movement session with Hsuan
17.00 – 18.00 18.00 Meditation session with Mikk
18.00 – 20.00 Dinner
20.00 – 21.00 Evening meditation session

6. – 8. August
06.00 – Wake-up
06.30 – 07.00 Wake-up movement session with Hsuan
07.00 – 08.00 Morning meditation session with Mikk
08.00 – 10.00 Breakfast
10.00 – 12.00 Movement Session with Hsuan
12.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 16.00 Movement Session with Hsuan
16.30 – 18.00 Meditation session with Mikk
18.00 – 20.00 Dinner
20.00 – 21.00 Evening meditation session

9th August:
06.00 – Wake-up
06.30 – 07.00 Wake-up movement session with Hsuan
07.00 – 08.00 Morning meditation session with Mikk
08.00 – 10.00 Breakfast and saying goodbye

Practicalities

Transport to Matsalu Creative Space: Matsalu Creative Space is situated on the Southern shore of the Matsalu National Park, about 135 km from Tallinn, 80 km from Haapsalu and 54 km from Pärnu. It is the easiest to come to Matsalu by car but if you arrive to Virtsu or Lihula by bus we can organise to pick you up.

Accommodation: We provide housing in comfortable camping houses in the middle of nature. Each camping house accommodates 2-4 people. Extra places are available.
NB! The showers and bathrooms are following eco-principles. These are situated outside and shared (some showers are also in our sauna-house).

Food: A tasty vegetarian food will be offered throughout the retreat. If you have any strict dietary requirements you should let us know well in advance.

Price of the retreat:
The early-bird registration of 245€ covers training, accommodation and catering; and the plane tickets of teachers. An individual contribution to teachers for their effort in training is encouraged at the end of the retreat.

Registration by writing johanna@kodade.ee

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