“Meeting with the Ancestors” Continuum gathering Prague 2-3 November 2019

A somatic & Shamanic exploration

In this workshop, we will use sound, breath and movement to dive into the realm of our fluid origin. Life sprung on earth millions years ago, Emilie Conrad, the founder of Continuum Movement said that we, the human specie, are an extension of this planetary process. The process of forming lives through various kingdoms and species over eons is what shamans have called Knowledge, the Ancestors being all the living forms that developed and evolved over the earth’s timeline. They are the living memory of the earth but also key in the development of her future.

As everything else, we are part of this Knowledge and quite obviously, we have a special role in it, but at this time, it seems that we have forgotten a little our purpose. We look confused about our direction finders: what future do we want? Are we heading towards trans-humanism? Colonies on Mars? Technology or ecology? Are we going to survive climate change? At this moment, it is unknown, it doesn’t seem that we can grasp our potential future.

However, this process of forming life and unfolding Knowledge on the earth and in the universe is expanding into another phase at this time. Many ancient prophecies report it. We are currently observing, feeling the end of a world and the birthing of a new world. We live a time of deep transformation; we can see it in ourselves and through the reality around us. Like « the Mother », the partner of Sri Aurobindo wrote 50 years ago: we are on the edge of a new development, yet we don’t know what it is or how it will look like but it will take place through our bodies.

“Meeting the ancestors” will set up a space to experience this flow of Knowledge and to consciously embody what is happening on the bigger scale in this new phase of development of the planetary process. It is a quest that is inherently in every one of us. In ancient time we would meet the shamans in their caves, nowadays we gather with conscious awareness with the same tools in workshops.

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Continuum retreat “Entering and exiting the dark chamber” July 8-12 2019 Bordeaux FR

This Continuum retreat will focus on a particular sensory space: darkness. In a world where artificial light and technological speed are more and more invasive and destabilizing for our nervous system, we will dive progressively and appropriately into the regenerative darkness.
Found in Taoism and other spiritual traditions, this practice helps to lessen the influx of sensory stimulation to be more attentive to our inner world and by this absence of external light, to illuminate our being from inside.
We will focus upon the  “mystical within the mundane of everyday life”.

This course is intended for people having a somatic practice, meditation and wishing to deepen their self-knowledge.
Hours: 13h – 18h from Monday to Friday
Price: € 300 (€ 260 if registered before April 15, 2019)
Please bring a yoga mattress, a light blanket, a meditation cushion and a soft but opaque headband for your eyes.

Chambre obscure

Cette retraite de Continuum sera axée sur un espace sensoriel particulier : l’obscurité. Dans un monde où la lumière artificielle et la vitesse technologique est de plus en plus envahissante et déstabilisante pour notre système nerveux, nous nous plongerons progressivement et de manière adaptée dans le noir régénérateur.

Cette pratique ancienne, que l’on retrouve chez les taoïstes et dans d’autres traditions spirituelles consiste à amoindrir l’influx de stimulations sensorielles pour être davantage attentif à notre monde intérieur. Il s’agit aussi, par cette absence de lumière extérieure, d’illuminer notre être de l’intérieur. Dans ces traditions, on se réfère à l’activité de la glande pinéale du système endocrinien qui agit sur le cycle circadien à travers la mélatonine, et une production de DMT, substance cristalline produisant des visions.

Il s’agira donc de s’immerger progressivement dans cette chambre obscure, le studio du Cerisier, et de se bander les yeux lors des plongées propres à la pratique du Continuum. Nous aurons des protocoles adaptés pour entrer et sortir chaque jour de cet espace obscure. En adaptant cette pratique ancestrale à notre mode de vie moderne, nous joignons l’expérience « mystique dans le quotidien ordinaire ».

A travers des sons, des souffles et des mouvements inhérents aux fluides de nos tissus corporels, nous éveillerons notre attention somato-sensorielle profonde et focaliserons sur les forces qui régulent notre physio-biologie afin de nous mouvoir vers l’état d’homéostasie.

Ce stage est destiné aux personnes ayant une pratique corporelle, ou de méditation et souhaitant approfondir leur connaissance de soi.

Horaires : 13h – 18h du lundi au vendredi

Tarif : 300 € (260 € si inscription avant le 15 avril 2019)

Veuillez apporter un matelas de yoga, une couverture légère, un coussin de méditation et un bandeau souple mais opaque pour vos yeux.

Merci d’envoyer un cheque d’arrhes de 75 € pour réserver votre place à S. Méret 3A chemin du calvaire 33360 Camblanes

Places limitées à 12 personnes.

Renseignements et inscription : Sylvain Méret 06 10 13 43 60 /

sylvainmeret21@gmail.com

www.sylvainmeret.com

www.continuummovement.com

www.continuumteachers.com

Sylvain Méret, RSMT, CM, MA

Fasciné par les possibilités créatives de corps humain et du mouvement en particulier, Sylvain a reçu une formation artistique universitaire, suivie par les Beaux Arts de Bordeaux, et l’école de danse contemporaine P.A.R.T.S. Il travaille en tant qu’artiste chorégraphique, performeur, et enseignant du mouvement depuis 20 ans. Après une rencontre décisive en 2010 avec Emilie Conrad, fondatrice du Continuum Movement, il se forme aux aspects thérapeutiques du mouvement somatique et dansé, master international en danse thérapie (CODARTS, Rotterdam). Il se consacre à l’étude du  Continuum auprès d’Émilie jusqu’à sa mort en 2014. Il est enseignant certifié de Continuum Movement®, praticien de « Continuum Wellspring« , praticien « Moving Cycle » thérapie psychocorporelle de C. Caldwell, « Body as a Voice » polyvagal informed dance therapy avec Amber Gray, traitement des  traumatismes et chocs psychocorporels. Par ailleurs, Sylvain est nourri des enseignements traditionnels chamaniques de Chief Dancing Thunder depuis 2009.

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Retreat in the beautiful nature of Slovakia 1 – 4 July 2018

Continuum Movement® and Cranio-sacral self-care
/ with Sylvain Meret and Martin Ďuriš


ABOUT THE EVENT:

Beginning on Sunday at 16:00 in Brána, if you come from abroad, Martin will assist you to find the right travel connection to get there and will pick you up in Zaježová, then we have to walk there, it is on the top of the mountains/hills!:)
We finish on Wednesday at 13:00

Program will depend on the weather and the process of the group. We will spend time indoors but also outdoors. Please bring quality trekking clothes.

Price: 280 euro (includes accomodation and food)

Registration: martin.duris82@gmail.com , 00421 949 141 025

We look forward to meet you in Brána! 🙂

Sylvain and Martin


water-955929_1280During this retreat, we aim to address the issues around self-care. Whether we are therapists, clients, or just regular folks, self-care is our life insurance in today’s world challenges. Without this consciousness, our health is in the hand of the random and chaotic forces that our cultures have developed.
One of the mission statement of Continuum Movement® has been to bring back an awareness around self care through a practice that involves a deep attention to our sensation as a “first order experience”, meaning the most direct sensory information, without the cognitive, emotional or behavioral filters.
By being attentive to our sensations, we become more aware of our own need, and we give a counterpart to the cultural assumption that the health of our body is in the hand of an external opinion.
Many of our society constructs are about to give our own power away to be fed by external “expertise”, not saying that we don’t need doctors or specialists, but rather that we can take care of ourselves and maintain health, balance and creativity.
In Continuum we use specifics breaths, vocal sounds, movement sequences and visualization to awaken what we call the fluid system, the presence of 70 % of water flowing throughout the body (connective tissues, blood, lymph, CSF…). We invoke the intelligence of nature, as a resonant field that not only connect us to the earth but to all species and beyond to the universe.
The fluid system seems to play an important role in rejuvenation by enhancing and producing more fluid activity and hydrating our body. We could say that aging is dehydration process. Movement and sound (or vibration) are two powerful mediums to engage with organic activities. Combined with touch, visualization and attention, they form the basis of the practice of Continuum.
During this week, we will explore, experience and embody these concepts in combination with Cranio-Sacral principles.
We will particularly look at bodily tissues, how touch, sounds and breath can shift rigidified or dense tissue through the awakening of fluid activity.


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 Ďuriš:

is yoga/movement therapist and cranio-sacral therapist. 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. �Martin finished the Svastha Yoga Therapy Programme in 2014 with Dr. Ganesh Mohan and Dr. Günter Niessen. The highlight of Svastha yoga´s approach is clarity and holistic approach. Combining traditional yoga with a wide spectrum of modern medicine and ayurveda. He is a student of Grof´s Transpersonal Training which combines the Holotropic Breathwork, Transpersonal psychology and integrative methods leading to the empowering of individuals and communities.
Martin focuses on the combination of yoga therapy, movement/dance therapy and the health promotion. His main aim is to promote and explore new ways of looking at the human body and all which human being contain.

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CO-CREATIVE AWARENESS—EXPLORING PARTNERSHIP with NATURE INTELLIGENCES

16 — 23 SEPTEMBER
€450 

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: http://www.kalikalos.org/cocreative-awareness

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: http://www.perelandra-ltd.com/-W34.aspx

About working with Subtle realms: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjT3NN0vL0A

About “Two Spirits” in north american shamanism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYGxZL870ZE&feature=youtu.be

About Cayce’ readings of Atlantean figures: http://www.mcmillinmedia.com/atlantean-aczine/