Weekends

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The main element of the two- or three-day non-residential workshop is >> meditation seating, standing or active. The morning and afternoon sessions begin and end with a meditation (guided, or silent).
 
Morning: teaching on the workshop theme followed by meditation in movement  >> internal yoga according to the principles of the Kashmir non-dual tradition).
Afternoon: dialogue followed by standing meditation (Wu Chi) and movement (yoga or Qi Gong/Nei Gong).
 
*It is perfectly possible to participate as a beginner and to sit on a chair.

Residential retreats

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The main elements of the residential sessions are >> meditation and silence.
Some retreats are entirely dedicated to silence >> Aube, Oct. 2020
Each day begins and ends with a silent meditation which may last as long as 45 minutes.
The morning and afternoon sessions begin and end with a meditation (guided or silent, lasting about 20 minutes).
 
Morning: teaching on the retreat theme followed by meditation in movement >> internal yoga  according to the principles of the Kashmir non-dual tradition).
Afternoon: dialogue followed by standing meditation (Wu Chi) and movement (yoga or Qi Gong/Nei Gong).
 
*It is perfectly possible to sit on a chair.
 

Some suggestions

A residential retreat is a chance to take a break from common daily activity, so it is important to set up conditions which will foster the most complete possible attention to the practice and teaching. Notify family, friends and colleagues that you will not be reachable except in an emergency.
Avoid starting the retreat with projects or business still ongoing, intending to finish it during the retreat period, and if possible do not bring a computer.

Warning

A residential retreat can be demanding physically and psychically.
Emotions and problem complexes can rise to the surface. The retreat environment provides a reassuring context so these experiences can run their course gently, without being forced or provoked.
There is no obligation to attend every single session of the retreat. It is important to be able to pace oneself, and on occasion take time to cope with intense feelings or significant fatigue.
Retreats have no therapeutic goal. They cannot under any circumstances replace work with persons qualified in this domain.
If considerable fragility or psychic and emotional instability is felt, it is advisable to consult your therapist before registering, so as to be sure that the context and the duration of the retreat are appropriate and come at the right time.
For those to whom the practices offered are completely unfamiliar, it may be wise to start with a weekend so as to get acquainted with the teaching.
 

Prerequisites

Nathalie asks participants to arrive on time the first day, so the retreat starts right off with the full complement of attendees on the first evening. An introduction to the theme of the retreat will be given, as well as some advice, and a silent meditation will follow.
The retreat is structured as a coherent whole, so Nathalie strongly recommends you stay and participate for the entire duration.