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Co-Creative Awareness Summer Projects in Ile D’Aix 2017

We are almost celebrating 10 years of summer retreats in Ile d’Aix and this year many different projects are about to happen. You’re welcome to join these events.

Summer co-creative retreat 9-12 July (arrival on the 8th , we will finish on the 12th in the afternoon, departure from the 13th) (max 10 participants) shared costs

– “Bridging worlds” shamanic journeying through sounds, breath and movement 25-27 July with Sylvain Meret (150€)+ shared costs (max 7 participants)

Summer co-creative retreat 29 July – 1st August (max 10 participants) shared costs

“From Form to Formless” summer retreat With Jihae Ko, Kay Patru, Chris Leuenberger 3-10 august (390€-440€) (max 10 participants)

Continuum Movement® intensive with Sylvain Meret 21-26 august (300€) + shared costs (max 7 participants)

General information:

Co-Creative Awareness projects in Ile d’Aix, a small island situated in front of La Rochelle on the Atlantic side, is a local project, initiated by Sylvain Meret on the land of his ancestors. Since 2008 we have created over the years with small group of people, a partnership with the Nature Intelligence of the Island. This framework is based upon Machaelle Small Wright research on “Co-Creative Sciences”. You can look at her work and books here.

We have two spots where the different activities take place: a beautiful land called “Montresor” in front of the beach where we camp and eat with the larger group, and a small studio space for body work and rituals on the side of my house. We have couple rooms to rent in the house when needed.

On the land of Montresor, We have a small kitchen where we share the cooking and cleaning. Running water and nice spots to sleep. You can bring your tent, mattress, sleeping bags (we have few tents, mattress and sleeping bags as well). The food is mainly organic and vegetarian and we alternate team to have a smooth stay where the entire logistic tasks are shared.

Two routes are possible to come to the island: by train or flight to La Rochelle then a boat from La Rochelle (15 min walk from the train station) or via Bordeaux airport, then a train to Rochefort then a bus to Fouras la Fumée. Be aware of the boat schedule that change every day. You can arrive the day before the workshop or the retreat and leave the day after. You can ask if there is some availability to extend your stay on the island.

Some projects are co-creation based, which means the information we receive comes from Nature and the Human Collective Consciousness, in this case we share the costs for food and maintenance. The costs are usually between 12€ and 15€ per day in camping and between 22 € and 45€ per day in shared room or private room.

Some projects are taught by teachers, in this case there is a price for each workshop + the costs for the food and accommodation. For any questions about the logistic, accommodation and travel, ask Sylvain sylvainmeret21@gmail.com

France, Charente Maritime, Ile d'Aix before the Fort Boyard and Oleron island (aerial view)

Weekend d’introduction au Continuum Movement à Biarritz les 13 et 14 mai 2017

Venez nous rejoindre pour ce week end d’introduction et de développement du Continuum Movement pour la premiere fois au Pays-Basque. 

 Informations pratiques:

Samedi 13 Mai de 15h à 18H et Dimanche 14 Mai de 10h à 17H.

(amener de quoi Pique-niquer et partager sur place pour la pause repas)

Lieu/ Ecole de Cirque « Ballabulle ».25, Allée du Moura.64200 BIARRITZ. (prés de la Gare SNCF Biarritz la Négresse)

Prix / 90 Euros ( + Adhésion Association Traversée /5 Euros)/

Arrhes d’inscription 30 Euros à l’ordre de l’Association Traversée avec votre Fiche d’ Inscription complétée. Avant le 30 Avril 2017.
Adresse/Association Traversée/Maison des Associations.11, Allée de Glain. 641000 BAYONNE.

Renseignements et Inscriptions: johannaetcheverry@yahoo.fr
Association Traversée.Bayonne.

Télécharger la fiche d’inscription: Inscription Continuum et Danse:DOC 2017


-Le Continuum est une exploration somatique, fondée par l’américaine Émilie Conrad dans les années 70. Elle a mis en évidence le mouvement fluide et ondulatoire qui imprègne le monde du vivant, de la cellule, a l’embryon, aux méandres des rivières, jusqu’aux spirales des galaxies. Cette exploration s’expérience par le mouvement, le souffle et des sons spécifiques qui vont activer le système des fluides du corps humain [tels les tissus conjonctifs, fascia, liquide céphalo-rachidien…].

La pratique et ses bienfaits :
La pratique se fait en combinant des séquences simples de mouvements, souffles et sons vocaux favorisant l’éveil des fluides dans certains schémas corporels et systèmes anatomiques [squelette, tissus conjonctif, organes, glandes], s’ensuit l ‘ « Attention ouverte », une écoute profonde par le mouvement, où le corps peut librement s’autoréguler, se réajuster, se régénérer, et développer de nouveaux potentiels de fonctionnement, baigné par les mouvements des fluides primordiaux et des rythmes organiques qui interpénètrent le vaste tissu du vivant.

Le stage est animé par Sylvain Meret, enseignant certifié.
http://continuummovement.com/sylvains-bio-french/

“The Continuum Sounds of Breath and Movement, an alchemical dance between Spirit and Body in a world of lead.”

“The Continuum Sounds of Breath and Movement, an alchemical dance between Spirit and Body in a world of lead.” by Sylvain Meret

This is an article I was asked to write for ALUNA TEMPLE MAGAZINE n 5 “ALCHEMY”. Available at www.joomag.com

1) The meeting

My journey with Continuum Movement began in 2010 during a “Mystery School” retreat in Israel, led by Emilie Conrad, the founder of Continuum. I knew little about the practice at the time, just that it was a somatic inquiry supposed to help chronic pain and physical injuries. I was interested in somatics from the beginning of my dance education and had experience in several different approaches, including Body Mind Centering, the Feldenkrais method, Qi Gong and Yoga. I was striving to heal my body as critical physical issues were limiting my future as a dance artist. However, I knew intuitively that the healing I sought encompassed far more than the tending to physical dysfunctions. Emotional, mental and spiritual matters would show up in this process.

On the first day of the retreat I helped set up the workshop space, which was a rested on the border of the Galilee Sea. Suddenly I felt a presence watching over me. In my felt remembrance, it was similar to a spiraling breath, which moved and penetrated everything in the retreat room. Moments later a woman entered the door, full of life, radiant and fierce. With a potent sense of being seen like never before, I was meeting Emilie Conrad. To me, she embodied the living alchemy of the Eye of Spirit in a friendly and engaging way. From this beautiful woman, in her mid-seventies, emanated waves of fluid motion that penetrated matter, body, personal history, psyche, atoms, cells and molecules. Through her, the Eternal was breathing: inhaling the manifestation of Form, exhaling the dissolution of Form, rhythmically and cyclically transforming the physical world into a constant process of renewal and regeneration. Emilie’s presence carried this Eternal Dance, and that was her teaching and life long inquiry—the history of Continuum Movement.

2) How does it work?

Continuum is a prayer. It isn’t religious in a dogmatic sense, but invokes a longing to meet and encounter the fluid resonance that penetrates the material world. The invocation occurs through breath and vocal sounds, which vibrate and touch the vast web of connective tissues and fluids present in our bodies. From this invocation unfolds the alchemy of sound and breath as vibratory waves inform our bio-systems that we are part of the vast world of Nature: living forms that pulsate, undulate and spiral through the embryonic mandala of creation. We see this mandala of creation in the human fetus, the emerging fern, the solar system or the movement of water twirling down the syphon.

The invocation responds through Sensations and Movements. Like a dance, the body starts to undulate, take on serpentine motions and once dull limbs reconnect, the fluid system floods the arid and desert parts of our body with new moistened drops of living water. The alchemy feels delicious, ecstatic, sensual, and sometimes unbearable due to foreign sensations, the loss of the original resonance. This alchemy is in its nature rejuvenating and medicinal. The lead is compression of time and space, holding trauma, stress, and personal history in deep tissues. One could also see lead as the social straitjacket of bodily concepts such as fitness or “working out,” which limit the expression of how we move creatively and gracefully through life.

3) Ouroboros

The mystery school retreat in Israel was about the embodiment of the symbolism of the Ouroboros, the Eternal Return. We learned a sequence using specific arrangement of sounds and breaths in addition to mapping the body with soft touches for opening various layers of bodily tissue. The room filled with a carpet of sounds—a vibratory field supporting the unfolding process of Returning to an Eternal place, the home of all species, the yolk of continual re-creation. I engage my tongue to make a circular path in my mouth as I hum. It feels very ancient, slow, and archaic. I go into “Open Attention”, the receptacle in which we receive the Grail, the nectar of SENSATIONS. My system shifts and starts to undulate from the ground, a very old place of power. I spit fire, I shape shift into the old creature, a Dragon in this place out of time, in the middle of my fellow participants, on the seaside of Galilee. Ancient waves surf up my spine, my core. I ask Emilie: “What is this?” She looks to me with a smile, “It’s an Initiation, it’s pretty good!”

This was my entrance into the mystery of Continuum. A mystery carried forth and nurtured by a vibrant dark haired woman-scientist-artist-shaman-healer-dancer-visionary and, most important, human being.

Years have passed since this first encounter. Emilie left us a couple of months ago with a flamboyant lesson of life: the absence of fear in front of Death. June 2014, I sit in her studio in Santa Monica, California. For forty years that space was Emilie’s laboratory. One afternoon, we dive, sound, move, suspend and inquire into the expressions of fluid wisdom. The alchemical Mystery manifests itself again: all cells, molecules, atoms in my body are penetrated, I am dissolving in the space, I am no longer matter, the breath of Spirit blows me into the quantum. It feels ecstatic, yet I am fully present, aware of the time and space. My inner eye shows me a vision: a black curtain closes the room creating a dark chamber, in the center a God-like-Being lays in the shape of a sarcophagus. I look at its face, which looks like the embodiment of a “sensory system”, anthropomorphic with Hathor ears. Above the being’s heart there is a delicate unknown device, resembling a feather, which rotates and spirals. The God Being emits a sound that is carried through the actual sounds present in the room made by the group. I hear it, but I am not able to describe it. I do know it is the Sound-Song composing all-the-Feelings-of-the-human-species. In this depth, I hear, “You have lost your Song!” Tears fall, I cannot stop the watery flooding, even when I write this, it is still with me. How is it that we have lost our Original Song? How did we lose the template of feelings representing who we are?

4) The legacy

It was Emilie’s belief that we are at a time where we need to make choices about our own evolution. We must inquire deeply. What is the future of the human species? What are we envisioning? In an everyday more technologically controlled world, the question arises bit by bit, every second: are we becoming robots? Are we morphing into a species that replaces bioorganic components with new composite materials, implanted electronic chips under the skin, or software penetrating the intimacy of our body? That future would sing quite differently on this planet from that created by our ancestors. The alchemical outcome will be certainly very different between these two directions. Are we part of the evolutionary process of the Earth? Are we searching for our original Song?

The critical point is to understand the profound connection between fluid resonance and living tissues. Some scientists such as Mae Wan Ho and Gerald Pollack have begun to make serious inquires in this field of study, which is promising.

I have chosen my path: I am following Emilie’s last words that she said in her last class: “I will never give up my humanness”.

Thanks to Josh Bryant.

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With Much Gratitude

Introduction au Continuum Mouvement Ile d’Aix 6 au 8 mai 2017

Weekend d’introduction au Continuum Movement© 

L’Ile d’Aix du 6 au 8 Mai 2017

Ce stage est une introduction aux principes de base du Continuum a savoir le Souffle, la respiration, le son et le mouvement. Nous passerons du temps pour comprendre les fondements de la pratique a travers différentes sources d’inspirations scientifiques ou spirituelle comme l’Embryologie, la neuro-physiologie, L’Ecole des Mystères ou le chamanisme.

Le stage commencera le Samedi 6 Mai 15h00 (Bateau a Fouras 10h30 et 11h30) et finira le lundi 8 Mai vers 13h00 (bateau retour 15h00-16h30-17h30-18h30)

Le prix du stage est fixé sur une fourchette entre 100€ et 160€ en rapport avec vos revenus.

Le prix du stage est fixé sur une fourchette entre 100€ et 160€ en rapport avec vos revenus.

Chacun amène de quoi faire à manger pour le groupe [5-6 personnes] pour un repas environ.

Logement : chambre 2 lits a partager 20€/personne pour les 2 nuitées

Chambre grand lit 40 € pour les 2 nuitées

Camping ou nuit dans la salle de travail : 10 € pour les 2 nuitées

Inscription par email : sylvainmeret21@gmail.com / renseignements : 06 10 13 43 60

[Minimum 2 personnes, max 7 personnes]

Qu’est-ce que le Continuum?

-Le Continuum est une exploration somatique, fondée par l’américaine Émilie Conrad dans les années 70. Elle a mis en évidence le mouvement fluide et ondulatoire qui imprègne le monde du vivant, de la cellule, a l’embryon, aux méandres des rivières, jusqu’aux spirales des galaxies. Cette exploration s’expérience par le mouvement, le souffle et des sons spécifiques qui vont activer le système des fluides du corps humain [tels les tissus conjonctifs, fascia, liquide céphalo-rachidien…].

Ces mouvements fondamentaux émanent de pulsations, d’ondes, et de spirales. Ils représentent le vocabulaire de l’Eau en mouvement, l’élément primordial, sacré dans bien des traditions, et toujours mystérieux dont la vie sur terre est issue. Le corps humain étant composé de 70% d’eau, ces mouvements sont donc aussi présent dans nos corps, et sont en résonance avec le reste du monde organique, fluidique et vibratoire.

Cette pratique somatique nous met en relation avec l’origine de la vie, avec l’évolution des espèces, et à avec les champs vibratoires des royaumes de la nature. La proposition du Continuum est de nous faire récapituler par l’expérience notre connexion primordiale avec notre planète terre.

La pratique et ses bienfaits :

La pratique se fait en combinant des séquences simples de mouvements, souffles et sons vocaux favorisant l’éveil des fluides dans certains schémas corporels et systèmes anatomiques [squelette, tissus conjonctif, organes, glandes], s’ensuit l ‘ « Attention ouverte », une écoute profonde par le mouvement, où le corps peut librement s’autoréguler, se réajuster, se régénérer, et développer de nouveaux potentiels de fonctionnement, baigné par les mouvements des fluides primordiaux et des rythmes organiques qui interpénètrent le vaste tissu du vivant.

Il en découle une expérience de connexion profonde avec soi, avec notre nature corporelle et physiologique, qui nous fait prendre conscience que nous sommes une extension d’un processus planétaire de « Vie sur Terre**» que le monde technologique, moderne et industriel nous fait parfois oublier.

L’enseignant:

Le stage sera animé par Sylvain Méret, danseur, enseignant et danse thérapeute. Il a étudié intensément avec Émilie Conrad depuis 2010 et a suivi ses derniers enseignements au Continuum Studio à Santa Monica en Californie.Il est le premier enseignant de Continuum Movement© autorisé en France. Il a suivi la formation « Wellspring of Continuum » de Robert Litman et Gael Rosewood, collaborateurs de longue date, en juin 2014 a Santa Monica, qui permet d’utiliser le Continuum dans une pratique thérapeutique. Il a étudié de plus avec Linda Rabin, Don Johnston, Suzanne Scurlock, Marcella Bottero, Malcolm Groom, Volker Moritz, Donnalea Goelz…

Depuis 2010, Il a intégré le Continuum dans ses cours de danse contemporaine, chorégraphies, et dans sa pratique de la danse thérapie. Il développe maintenant, une approche plus personnelle fondée sur les principes du Continuum mais élargie a d’autres sources d’inspirations comme le chamanisme, l’éveil Co-créatif, ainsi que le travail de guérison et de transformation a travers la « canalisation » énergétique et les cérémonies chamaniques.

Ces stages font partis des activités qui sont données par Sylvain sur l’ile d’Aix à son domicile. Une salle de travail adaptée pour la pratique du Continuum nous accueille ainsi que le rythme et la beauté de cette ile qui offre un cadre idéal pour ce travail de régénération, de transformation et de découverte de soi. www.co-creative-awareness.org

** {« Life on Land », le livre d’Émilie Conrad, 2007}

Prochain séjour à la Casa Dom Ignacio avec Jean de Dieu 16-28 Janvier 2017