Ancient wisdom: the Snake Totem, a movement & breath shamanic embodied exploration 2-5 january 2020 Bratislava

with Sylvain Meret and Martin Duris

In this retreat, we will attune to the ancient totem medicine of the Snake. Before the Catholic Church created a deviant understanding and a belief that snakes represent evil forces, the Snake medicine was a foundation in healing practice such as in ancient Greece or in south America; this medicine still is very known in shamanic cultures as an big ally for healing. Snake are never sick, they dont have disease, their spiritual wisdom is of healing and transformation. In Continuum, the snake has been a motif for movement exploration: the undulatory materialisation of fluid movement on land. We will dive deeper this time into the medicine and healing nature of the Snake Totem, focusing on the transformative spiritual essence of this undulatory creature.

Price: 250 euro
Registration: / 00421 949 141 025

Sylvain Meret:

Coming from an eclectic curriculum in Visual Arts (BA), Contemporary Dance (p.a.r.t.s.) , somatic and Dance Therapy (Master degree), Sylvain has been active as a performer, choreographer and teacher, working in a range of contemporary and experimental styles, collaborating with many different artists in Europe and Asia. Along side his dance carrier, he was drawn to enter the inner realms of the Body and to explore the creative and spiritual potential that lies within us.
Sylvain studied a wide range of somatic, therapeutic and spiritual modalities. He is a continuum Movement® teacher, wellspring practitioner, “Moving cycle” practitioner (C. Caldwell), and dance therapist, member of Ismeta.. He has a background in Qi Gong with Master Li Jung Feng, BMC® and Feldenkrais and has been initiated to Shamanism with Chief dancing Thunder since 2009. He is currently studying with Amber Gray in her program for survivors of trauma.
Sylvain teaches workshops, classes, retreats and private sessions with a variety of clients and groups on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual issues. Living in France and traveling the world, His endeavor is to explore our human potential through embodiment in connection and co-creative partnership with the field of Intelligences weaving our reality.
“ The real gift of this work, which emphasizes an opening to direct communication and direct knowledge, is to reclaim our bodies, sensations and consciousness to further our sovereignty and self-empowerment”. S.M.

Martin Duris

Martin Duris is a movement/dance therapist, cranio-sacral therapist and somatic coach. He graduated in 2010 with a Health & Physical Activity Foundation Degree (FdA) from the Bolton University in the UK. This program utilizes the health promoting principles of sport, fitness, physical activity, nutrition and psychology – to prevent and alleviate a number of conditions. As well as these scientific elements, the course also included aspects of sports and health policy, coaching and health promotion strategy. Martin finished the Svastha Yoga Therapy Programme – advanced teacher training in 2014 and continues studying with Dr. Ganesh Mohan and Dr. Günter Niessen. The highlight of Svastha yoga´s approach is clarity and holistic approach.
He runs a private somatic couching and therapy, and is conducting different courses, workshops and seminars – focusing on the combination of yoga, martial arts, dance, cranio-sacral therapy and health promotion.



A week to gather knowledge about the Feminine and Masculine principles from the perspective of Nature. 

I am inviting you to experience a week of co-creative partnership with the intelligences of Nature. Working in co-creative partnership with Nature implies communication on both ends. This is the basis of Shamanism, the communication with other forms of consciousness. 99% of us have lost this ability that we all have at birth, because it wasn’t developed or educated.

However, we certainly can activate some forms of communication skills through our sensory-based perception “the guts” feeling, the electrical system with kinesiology or “direct communication” by awakening the psychic centers. You do not need to be a medium or a psychic to communicate with Nature although these faculties seem to increase while working of-creatively.

We will set up a “classroom” and ask the realms of nature their insights about the living principles of the Masculine and the Feminine. These principles seem to permeate many domains of life expression. The versatility of expression in Nature is stunning! Have you heard of this 500 years old male tree shifting into a female version few years ago? Nature related tribes like in Native Americans culture honours the “two Spirits” people. Furthermore like the Yin and Yang in Taoism, these principles seem to be the key to life energy and to balance.

Moreover, when we look at how we are carrying in our families lineage the distortion of the masculine and feminine powers, or how family dynamic have accommodate with very dysfunctional embodiment of male and female expression, with so much repression, shame or abuse.

This inability to ground in our lives a fully genuine expression of the masculine and feminine principles have created a field holding us back into a primitive state of being. Events in the world today illustrate this imbalance dramatically.

There is a lot to explore, to heal and to transform. The good news is that we are not alone with this issue; Nature and her kingdoms have their say.

But we first have to understand what these principles are, what they stand for and how to manipulate them, that is the purpose of this week of co-creative partnership.

The “classroom” with Nature and the Subtle Realms.

The set up for this retreat holds a particular Intent for Co-Creation. Beings from Nature’ s kingdoms, Guides, Ancestors and Beings from the Star Nations related to this Intent often tend to be on the communication line with us. They will assist our understanding of Nature’s teachings and co-create situations, realisations, and experiences in order for us to gain knowledge, transformation and move further in our evolution.

Be ready for the unexpected, the extraordinary in the most mundane context, and a little stretch for the intellectual mind. Fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride, the subtle realms of nature don’t lack humour and joy!!!

I have been holding co-creative retreat for 8 years now and I am amazed each time about the amount of knowledge that is given.  It is truly magic to witness how each participant, no matter their background, holds pieces of the puzzle that is unfolding as the awareness process moves forward. Co-creation is a path toward self-empowerment and the realisation that we all need each other to move further faster.

We will be lucky to experience the fall equinox, a particularly powerful alignment for co-creative work. For this retreat, a theme has been suggested: sexual preferences in spiritual work will be addressed, recognised and honoured as part of the healing and balancing of the feminine and masculine powers of earth and its inhabitants.

Co-creation is a perspective that acknowledges life as a web of inter-relation between everything

Consult the blueprint [content] of the retreat

To register go to the Kalikalos website:

The price 450€/450€ includes the food, the accommodation in shared rooms and the teachings. Look at the different options for single room or tent. The affordable price is balanced by helping with cooking, cleaning gardening for 4-6h during the week [Karma Yoga].

I post this links as introductory material to the retreat, have a look and don’t hesitate to email me if you have any question!

About Co-Creative Science by Machaelle Small Wright:

About working with Subtle realms:

About “Two Spirits” in north american shamanism:

About Cayce’ readings of Atlantean figures:

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Summer retreat 2015 Ile d’Aix FR

Soon, we have our next Summer retreat 2015, Ile d’Aix, 17123 France

Dates: 1-2 August, (3)-4-5 August 2015

Co-creative practices Love and Communication from Nature perspective

Intentional content of the 4 days:

1-Definition: a retreat in Ile d’Aix, for opening our awareness to the understanding of nature intelligences and co-creative processes around the concepts of Love and Communication.

2- direction:

– Creating a safe and supporting learning environment.

-Teachings co-created from nature intelligences and from human consciousness.

-Connecting with the new spiritual energies, spirituals ancestors and animal spirits of this time. -Connecting with power places.

-Activating our human potential for co-creative partnership.

-Establishing partnership with others realities / dimensions of intelligence and existence.

-Co-creating good and friendly conditions for this gathering

-Mastering new skills according to everyone’s spiritual gifts in pursuing our spiritual path.

-Spiritual cleansing of the old beliefs and behavioral patterns.

3-purpose: process of personal transmission from the higher realms. Cleansing of old beliefs. Updating the understanding of realities. For our personal growth and the understanding of our spiritual destiny. Process of empowerment. To bring this knowledge out into the world. To transform ourselves into higher functioning beings.

The intent is to offer a frame that will profit individuals’ own development through experiencing the co- creative relationship with Nature.

Here definition of Nature from Machaelle Small Wright:


The setting is based on a Coning (a strange name for a simple setting linking Human consciousness and Nature intelligences) read more here: Conings-W68.aspx

This gathering is free, it is not a workshop, everyone is responsible for his or her own need, we are limited to 13 people, we cook and share cost for food, we can camp and gather in a private terrain. Contact me for more info.

Travel info: trains to La Rochelle or Rochefort, Flight from Brussel Chareloi with Ryanair to La Rochelle, ferry to Ile d’Aix from Fouras or La Rochelle.