Dr Sam Berne September 2016

Dr Sam Berne is returning to Vancouver September 23. 24 & 25 for a full 3 Day workshop, Eyes All Around, an inquiry into Perception, Movement and Development.  (www.DrSamBerne.com – check out his Newsletter)

By popular demand, we have created three full days of training and to make this work accessible to as many as possible, we have done our best to keep the costs down.  Those of you who know Sam, have benefited from his holistic approach to eye health and eye conditions.   As Sam has shown us,, the eyes reflect everything that is going on in the body. He has guided and supported many of his studients and clients away from eye surgery through this unique approach and system of healing.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the September workshop. Please pass this information on (see link to flyer below) to anyone you think may be interested and benefit from the work Sam is doing.

For registration and information, contact:

Saskia Soeterik, 604-926-7398, saskia2@telus.net.

See flyer:   http://dorismaranda.com/docs/Eyes-All-Around.pdf

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Special Message March 2016

 My offerings this March will mark the end of my Continuum teaching career.  Upon much reflection, poignancy and some sadness, I have come to a decision, mainly for health reasons. that it is time.    I am hoping to see as many of you as are available and interested in the last two practice groups, on March 4th and 18th and/or in my workshop on Sunday, March 20th (information below).  Interesting that I choose the them of “Fresh Start,” before I had made this decision.  

My private psychotherapy and somatic counselling practice will continue so please contact me for one-on-one sessions. 

Of course, this does not mean the end of my practicing Continuum which I will do as long as i live and am able.  I hope to join with some of you who also love Continuum and practice together – I do so love the field we create together.   I also encourage you to form practice groups on your own; I will assist anyone who wants to set that up.  

In our community, Daphne Georghiou will be offering workshops and classes in Continuum, sometimes combined with her experience in other movement modalities.   She will let me know and I will send out messages to you about these events.    Also, Ingrid Rose (www.ingridrose.com) offers “writing from the body” classes In Vancouver combining Continuum and writing.  

Every now and then, I may feel inspired to write a blog entry on my web site which my wonderfully talented computer savy son, Doug, set up for me.  Emilie used to say, when one door closes, another opens so perhaps I will be inspired to write more homilie type pieces.  Or perhaps some other form of expression will replace the inspiration and passion and creativity that my teaching has given me. 

 

Following is a more detailed description of the workshop on March 20th:

 Fresh Start – Tuning into the Waves Within

Sunday March 20th 2-6pm @ Yoga on 7th (156 E 7th)

Investment – $45-65 (sliding scale

During this spring time of the year, our biological rhythms are tuned into renewal, as we observe the plants sprouting fresh, new buds from the roots within the soil which have been composting during the dark of winter time.  It speaks to he abundance of nature, the inevitability of life renewing itself. It is also in the Christian tradition a time of Resurrection, of the dead coming to life in a new foirm.

Within the inner waves of our fluid system, we can tune into this rhythm. Emilie Conrad called this bio intelligence the bio-cosmic orbit, that ongoing constant of form dissolving (sometimes chaotically) in order for new form to emerge.

During this workshop, using the tools and processes of Continuum and expressive art therapies, we will observe and explore how we experience this within ourselves, how we enhance and support this process & how we inhibit it.

Come and joini Doris Maranda, who has been exploring in these waters for twenty-seven years, supporting, guiding, sharing and honouring the incredible potential of the human body, spirit and soul along with the struggles of realizing this in our lives.

No experience necessary just the willingness to explore.

 To ensure your space, please send a cheque to Doris Maranda @ 115-2033 Triumph St., Vancouver, BC V5L 4X3 or by email transfer.

Information:    doris@dorismaranda.com or 604-254-0147

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Newsletter Winter/Spring 2016

Greetings of the Season as we approach the end of the darkest time of the year and greet the returning of the light!

Yes

It could happen any time, tornado,
earthquake, Armageddon.  It could happen.
Or sunshine, love, salvation.

 It could, you know. That’s why we wake
and look out — no guarantees
in this life.

But some bonuses, like morning,
like right now, like noon,
like evening.

 ~ William Stafford ~

 (The Way It Is)

 The “Yes” poem by William Stafford above speaks to what so many practices encourage us to “Be Here Now” (remember Ram Das’ book.) Truly that is important as so much of our attention is focused on the past. Deepak Chopra states that we have 10,000 thoughts a day (not sure who counted them), 97% of them are from the past. When we attend to ourselves in a sensory awareness, mindfulness way, we tune into what is happening here and now and allow the past to be the past and not influence what is in the present. Research studies show that when we attend in this way, we increase the resiliency in our brains and help to shape new pathways, especially in the empathic and sensory areas.

Recently, however, I have find myself reflecting on my personal past. Having visited my only brother who is very ill, I found myself perusing old photo albums, school yearbooks and thinking of those early years growing up in Saskatchewan. Yes, it is preferable to live in the present but also important to acknowledge that the present is built upon the past. That is the nature of evolutionary and embryological development. Our genes that we inherit, are dependant upon the environment in which we find ourselves in order to be manifest. In studying Bruce Lipton’s “Biology of Belief,” I understand that even our cells are activated by our perceptions, our beliefs which we learn from our environment as well. So, in a sense, we are what we attend to. Thus it is relevant to acknowledge and understand from whence we are in the moment. This is true not only of our minds, but also our nervous systems.

In the words of Emilie Conrad, the founder of Continuum, “The primary characteristic of any fluid system is the ability to keep transforming itself.” I remember Peter Levine stating that what was now a defence mechanism was once a resource. The artfulness of awareness is to be able to uncouple the past from the present so thatrather than being stuck in the past and responding to situations from than perspective, we acknowledge and honour what came before , and move on in a trans formative process..

Exciting news – we have another Continuum Movement teacher in Vancouver! Daphne Georghiou has recently moved here with her family from Los Angeles. Daphne comes to us with a wide range of skills and experiences. As well as being an authorized Continuum Movement teacher, she is a licensed Psychotherapist, a Marriage and Family therapist, Somatic Movement Therapist, and a Tamalpa-Halprin practitioner. Check out her website: www.TherapyofMotion.com. As soon as she gets settled in her new home and community, she will be updating her web site and offering therapeutic counselling and movement classes. Keep tuned.

With love and blessings, Doris

December 22nd, 2016

Offerings for the Winter/Spring 2016 season:

Practice Group sessions will be held at 3192 E 3rd Ave., on Fridays from 10:30 am-12:30pm: January 22nd, February 5th & 19th and March 4th & 18th. By donation.

If interested, want more information and to be on the reminder list, please contact Janey @ janeycm@telus.net.

Sunday workshops will be held @ Yoga on 7th, 156 E 7th, from 2-6pm. Investment: sliding scale from $45-65 for each.

February 21st Be-Longing – through the tools and processes of Continuum, we will explore all the various ways in which we belong and the ways we disconnect, as well as the longings, desires and needs that arise.

March 20 – Fresh Start – Tuning into the Waves Within.

(More details to follow.)

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Newsletter Fall 2015

NEWSLETTER FALL 2015

As our world shifts from our long, hot summer into the cooler shades of Autumn, reflections turn towards a “back to school” mode. So I contemplate plans for this coming season and ponder on the tone and meaning of Autumn. The following poem entitled “Autumn” by Monza Noff, enfolds the theme of “letting go” which is a challenge for most of us.

Urge me to drop every leaf I don’t need

Every task or habit I repeat past it’s season

Every sorrow I rehearse

Each unfulfilled hope I recall

Every person or possession to which I cling –

Until my branches are bare,

Until I hold fast to nothing

Tutor me through straining night winds,

In the passion of moan and pant,

The gift of letting go

At the moment of most abundance

In the way of falling apples, figs, maple leaves, pecans.

Show me the way of dying in glorious boldness –

Yellow, gold, orange, rust, red, burgundy.

This contrasts with and complements much of neuroplasticity research and experiences that are becoming prominent in the psychotherapy field and outlined in Norman Doidge’s books which I have been digesting over the last month or so, (“The Brain that Changes Itself” and “The Brain’s Way of Healing”). They speak to the untapped potential in all of us and how our brains tend to fall into habitual patterns. So the importance of letting go! There’s an illuminating video on You Tube about a man attempting to ride a bike that’s been altered so that the turning of the handlebars is opposite to a regular bike & even when he knew that, it took him 8 months to unlearn the pattern in his brain so that he could ride this different one. (His son who was about 8 only took a few weeks – the younger the brain, the more neoplastic it is.)

So we need to increase our paying attention rather than being on automatic most of the time, and as the poet says, letting go of “every leaf I don’t need.”

We welcome back Sam Berne this September with a free talk @ Banyen and a weekend workshop (details below). Although the Friday classes have been discontinued, I am offering a few weekend events (see below), practice groups and continuing my somatic counselling and psychotherapy practice. Even though I’m slowing down, I am still here. I recently heard news that a Continuum teacher from the Los Angeles area is moving to Vancouver so our community may be blessed with additional resources.

Wishing each and every one of you, the gift of a sensory awareness practice that brings you into the present moment and frees up some of the limitations that have been imposed on us through acculturation and family dynamics,

With love & blessings,          Doris            August 25, 2015

OFFERINGS FOR THIS SEASON:

September 23, 6:30-8pm: Dr. Sam Berne, Free talk & booksigning @ Banyen on “Vision and Neuroplasicity: transforming our personal, emotional & psychological maps.”

September 25-27: Dr, Sam Berne (www.drsamberne.com) – weekend workshop @ UBC Vancouver. To register & for more information, contact Saskia Soeterik, 604-926-7398 or saskias@telus.net

Continuum Practice Groups this fall @ 3192 E 3rd, on Fridays from 10:30-12:30 on October 9 & 23, November 6 & 20 and December 11. If interested, contact Janey @ janeycm@telus,net to register & for more information. (Janey will be away for 2 weeks in September & may be out of email contact so if you don’t hear from her, just contact me.)

Saturday October 17 – 2-6 pm @ Yoga on 7th, 156 E 7th, Awakening Eros, a Continuum Mini-workshop, sourcing and exploring our deep erotic, sensual connection to ourselves and all that is around us. Did you know that 80% of the information sent to our brain comes from our senses? The true meaning of Eros is life enhancing, completing us and our connection to others, rather than the sexual aberrations as seen in our culture. Investment: sliding scale $45-65.

Sunday November 1 – 1-5pm @ Full Circle Studio, 1183 Odlum, Vancouver, Transitions as Creative Flux, a Continuum Mini-workshop. We truly are moving and changing all the time but often have difficulty in handling these transitions. Perhaps a different slant on these events both in the way we view them and having some tools with which to process them, can help to shift the clinging to the familiar, feeling stuck and assist in letting go and moving into a new phase. Investment – sliding scale from $45-65.

November 28, 6:30-9:30 pm & November 29, 10 am – 5 pm @ Inner Evolution Healing Centre, 3263 Heather St. . Deepening into Continuum, exploring stillness and space through movement and silence, finding and honouring your own organic wisdom. Investment: $150 & $125 underemployed & early discount by November 14.

For private appointments for my somatic counselling practice, I offer a ½ hour free phone consultations beforehand. Please contact me @ 604-254-0147 or doris@dorismaranda.com.

EXPLORE BOARD FOR SALE. If anyone is interested in purchasing my explore board, it includes a video with Emilie on the board, hand held weights and weights for wrists & ankles. I would give you some ideas about using the board which is a wonderful resource for strengthening with fluidity. I also have some body rolling balls for sale. Please contact me for more information.

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Newsletter Summer 2015

Greetings as we transit smoothly and subtly into summer, into aspects of new life that have been seeded, blooming and expanding in the surround of ever more warmth and light. Time to resonate with that expansiveness in our own bodies and souls, and to let the worries and cares and productivity of our busy lives take a break – rest, relax and drink in the lusciousness of the season.

Summer plans extend to shifting our weekly Continuum classes to practice groups which will be held at a lovely studio @ 1392 E 3rd Ave near Clark Dr. We have decided to keep to Fridays and the dates will be July 10 & 24, August 14 & 28 and September 18. Time will be from 10:30am to 12:30pm & admission will be by donation. If you do not have Continuum experience you are still welcome to come but just know that there will not be as much instruction as at the usual classes. If you are interested in attending some of the practice groups, please send me your name & email address & I will send out a group reminder before each of the above dates.

If you would like a longer, residential Continuum experience, check out the Hollyhock calendar for Continuum & Water, taught by Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz and will be held August 4-9 on Cortes Island. I will be attending, as well as Angela Thurston from Victoria, assisting Donnalea. For further information & registration, contact Hollyhock 1-800 933-6339 – http://hollyhock.ca/programinfo/continuum-water/

Dr Sam Berne will be returning here the last weekend in September 25-27 with Vision & Neuroplasticity: transforming physical, emotional & psychological maps. There will also be a talk and book signing at Banyen on Wednesday September 23 from 6:30-8:00

For more information & registration: Saskia Soeterik, saskias@telus.net
See flyer for details

Preview for this fall, it is time for me to begin to slow down my teaching career, although I will still continue my private somatic counselling practice. There will no longer be weekly Friday classes but I am checking into spaces and times for a monthly mini-workshop on a weekend. I would still be involved in a practice group if someone is willing to organize it. If you are interested, please get in touch with me.

This June marks my 27th year with Continuum, my 35th year as a Counsellor in private practice and workshop leader and the 78th year of my life. It all feels auspicious and much has occurred in this last decade of my life , entering into a such a different phase, with more slowing down of the functional, productive, being out in the world as I have been previously. Some of this has been accelerated with the health issues of post polio and some has been the aspects of this latter time of my life, heading into home base, so to speak. I am finding it to be challenging, difficult at times but leading me into places not well known to me and still mysterious in many ways. Again, there is much to learn to arrive at a place of peace and contentment, yet still remain vital to the life force within and around me.

With warm, fluid love & blessings, Doris

June 6, 2015

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Newsletter Spring into Summer 2015

As we merge our incredible spring with the flourishing of life all around us, we celebrate  World Water Day!    How appropriate to honour the water inside our bodies and on our planet which are in the same proportion. We are a microcosm of our world, reflecting down to our cells which are a microcosm of our bodies and also swim in water. The qualities of water – its immense power, resiliency, ability to cleanse and transform, it is our precious commodity from which all life begins and with which many cleansing rituals are composed.

Infants come into the world fluidly, spiralling out of their watery home. As we age, some of that water begins to leave us and we become less buoyant.  So let us honour our waters, both in us and in our world and as the poet speaks,

And water is never lonely,

it holds so many

It says, come close, you who want to swallow me;

although I am part of you.

Come near, I will shape myself around you

so soft, so calm

I will carry you

down to a world you never knew or dreamed.

I will gather you

into the hands of something stronger,

older, deeper.

From “Carry” by Linda Hogan, The Book of Medicines

May the fluid life force within you, flow abundantly and nourish the seeds sprouting within you, with love & blessings,     Doris

March 22, 2015

Offerings for the season:

1st Anniversary dive honouring Continuum’s founder, Emilie Conrad   – April 14th from 5-7pm @ Dharmalab Studio, 202-1814 Pandora.  www.dharmalab.com.    By donation.   Please register with Doris 604-254-0147 or doris@dorismaranda.com.

CONTINUUM MOVING MEDICINE classes begin on April 24 for 6 weeks (no class  May 15) until Friday June 5th, from 11 am – 2pm @ Yoga on 7th, 153 E 7th (between Main & Quebec – entrance on side off alley),     Investment $200, early discount by April 10th & underemployed $150.  To ensure your space, please send $50 deposit by cheque to Doris @ 115-2033 Triumph St., Vancouver V5L 4X3 or by email transfer.

Drop ins $30 (no drop ins after the first class on April 24th unless you have Continuum experience.)

Moving Medicine Mini Workshop – Sunday April 19 – 1:15 – 4:15 @ the beautiful Maa Studio, 489 Dollarton Hwy, Deep Cove.  Investment: $35 (no one turned away for lack of funds).

A time to explore the fullness & depths of who, what and how we truly are as human beings. Helps us to relieve stress, tension, anxiety & mobility issues, to awaken & come more alive and to enhance creativity & healing.

(No experience necessary, only the willingness to explore.)

Please register with Maa Yoga studio for this workshop : www.maayogastudio.com (see flyer)

CONTINUUM IMMERSION WEEKEND – MAY 16 – 18 @ Oceanfront Haven on the Sunshine Coast, near Wilson Creek.  From midday Saturday until midday Monday on the Victoria Day weekend, we will gather together in this lovely house by the sea. (www.oceanfronthaven.com)

Through the resources and processes of Continuum Movement, we offer a shared time of moving, creating and being in the embrace of nature, silence and others who are called to deepen into a collective field of movement inquiry. There will be time for Continuum diving, sharing, creative pursuits, walking along the ocean, painting or writing with a long period of silence to follow your own impulse, discovering and honouring your own body wisdom. It will be an opportunity to rest and rejuvenate, tapping into those primary sources which Continuum enables us to access. (Continuum experience is required.)

We will bring our own food with some communal shared meals. We will carpool from Vancouver (two cars with ferry reservations on the long weekend.)

Limit: 6 participants. There are already a few interested so let me know soon. Please contact me with any questions re accomodations in the house, etc.

Investment: $250.00, early discount by April 16th & underemployed $200.

Deposit $100 to hold your space: cheque to Doris Maranda, 115-2033 Triumph St., Vancouver BC V5L 4X3 or by email transfer.

OTHER CONTINUUM EVENTS IN VANCOUVER & NEARBY:

April 25th & 26th , 10:30am – 5pm, with Cherionna Menzam-Stills, Embryo, Earth & Cosmos. Resonance & Resilience wirh Continuum Movement, @ Salmonberry Room, Stanley Park Dining Pavilion, Vancouver. $165, ($115 before March 25th). Registration: Sid Hawkins rootedflight@gmail.com, 604.440-2769). More info & online registration: www.cherionna.com (see flyer)

Vision and Neuroplasticity:  transforming our physical, emotional and psychological maps  –September 25, 26, 27,  with Dr Sam Berne, behavioural optometrist, author, researcher and teacher.

the eyes carry both our history & our birthright for healing

Where: UBC, Vancouver, BC

When: Fri evening 6-8:30  Sat & Sun 9am-4:30pm

Fee & Registration: $375 (CAN) Early bird by Aug 5, $335.

Fri night only: $30

Registration & contact   Saskia Soeterik 604-926-7398  saskias@telus.net

www.drsamberne.com (see flyer)

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Newsletter Winter Spring 2015

December 25th, 2014

Merry Christmas to all & to all many blessings & blissings for the year to come!

Such a gift to have this lovely, sunny day to myself to be quiet & reflect amidst the busyness of this time of year. And to take the time to write this letter, gathering together my ponderings and the many upcoming events for this Winter Spring season.

There is much to choose from, my weekly ongoing Moving Medicine classes, a mini-workshop in Deep Cove after Easter and most exciting, another Continuum Immersion retreat on the Victoria Day weekend on the Sunshine Coast. Ingrid Rose, Lana Maree & I are collaborating for a Soma Fest day on March 8th, International Women’s Day, tastes of somatic approaches to enhance your tuning in and deepening processes. In addition, Sarah Pidutti will facilitate a workshop in January, Robert Litman (whom we hope will come to Vancouver to teach soon) offers a retreat day on Vashon Island and Cherionna returns in April (Details to follow & on my web site.)

Recently, I read an incredible book, called “The Book of Love” by Kathleen McGowan. What struck me so strongly with her recounting the story of the legacy passed down by the gospels of Mary Magdalene, who is emerging according to many sources as Jesus’ companion & partner, was the union of the male and female in the Divine. Many other cultures and religions, e.g., the Hindu recognize the multifaceted nature and union of these opposites. Our Western culture doesn’t seem to, and is much more inclined to emphasize the male aspect of the Heavenly Father & his Son. In that, I believe we are missing half of ourselves & our heritage.

Playing with the opposites is a rich and enthralling process in life and in Continuum. In my recent retreat day, Descent into Soul, we reflected on and explored the ascending movement of Spirit and the Light and the descending movement of the Soul and the Dark. Our culture much favours the light. We like to get high, don’t even like dark skin & tend to avoid the dark, finding it unpleasant and scary. (I speak here not just of the physical dark but also the darkness within, our shadow self.) Yet without the dark, how can we know the light? Each is important to the other, in fact, the light returns in the darkest time of the year which is now. Carl Jung states that a mature person is able to hold both sides of the opposites.

In this play of opposites, we also resonate with our biological selves. We are conceived from the union of the smallest, fastest cell in our body, the sperm and the largest, slowest cell in our body, the egg, to produce the emergence of something new. Scalar waves (1000s in most of our 10 trillion cells) are two electromagnetic waves of the same frequency but opposite to each other so when they meet, they cancel each other, not in an annihilation of magnetic fields but in a transformation of energy, reverting to a state of potentiality, the possibility of becoming something more.

So, we have ends and beginnings, the old and the new, masculine and feminine (we have both aspects in each of us, male & female). Our universe is full of opposites. which we need to grow and expand and become more of who we truly are. It is true that the nervous system needs a certain amount of stability but it also thrives on diversity. I love the yin/yang symbol of the dark containing the spot of the light and the light containing the spot of the dark. They interweave with each other, dancing and dialoguing. We need to embrace all parts of ourselves with curiosity and with love.

From “The Book of Love,”

We are the very people we have been waiting for, and we have always been. Fear and faith (and I would add love) cannot exist in the same place at the same time. Choose one.

With love and wishes for the year to come, may it be inspiring, nurturing and help us to connect to ourselves, other beings and our world, Doris

My offerings for this season – I would be delighted to have you join us:

CONTINUUM MOVING MEDICINE classes begin with a free introductory session on Friday, January 30th, from 11am – 2pm @ Yoga on 7th, 156 E 7th. Please register for this class with Doris either by phone 604-254-0147 or doris@dorismaranda.com.

Ongoing series follows for 8 weeks from February 6th – March 27th. Investment $250, early discount by January 16th & underemployed $200. Send $50 deposit by cheque to Doris @ 115-2033 Triumph St., Vancouver V5L 4X3 or by email transfer.

Drop ins $30 (no drop ins after the first class on March 6th unless you have Continuum experience.)

SOMA FEST DAY – Sunday, March 8th 10-5pm @ Inner Evolution Healing Centre, 3263 Heather St., Vancouver, (between W 16th & 17th) A series of mini-workshops. (More details to follow later.)

Body is our first home on the planet. More miraculous than the internet and its edgy spawn, we’re designed for a flow of creative exchange and exploration. Through sensation, emotion, feeling and thought, we dance our inner and outer worlds into being.

Come join us and taste your fluid movement through Continuum Movement with Doris, attunement and embodied awareness through Rizze Expressive Yoga with Lana Maree, and your authentic voice with writing from the body with Ingrid Rose.

Moving Medicine Mini Workshop – Sunday April 19 – 1:15 – 4:15 @ the beautiful Maa Studio, 489 Dollarton Hwy, Deep Cove. Sliding scale: $25-$55.

A time to explore the fullness & depths of who, what and how we truly are as human beings. Helps us to relieve stress, tension, anxiety & mobility issues, to awaken & come more alive and to enhance creativity & healing. (No experience necessary, only the willingness to explore.)

CONTINUUM IMMERSION WEEKEND – MAY 16 – 18 @ Oceanfront Haven on the Sunshine Coast. (www.oceanfronthaven.com). From midday Saturday until midday Monday on the Victoria Day weekend, we will gather together in this lovely house by the sea, which has accommodation for about 6 people, time for sharing, communal meals and Continuum diving with a long periods of silence to follow your own impulse, walk by the ocean, paint or write, rest and rejuvenate, tapping into those primary sources which Continuum enables us to access. More information to follow. (Continuum experience is required.)

OTHER CONTINUUM EVENTS IN VANCOUVER & NEARBY:

January 17rh & 18th – 1-6 pmAwakening into Fluid Presence, An Exploration of Continuum Movement, Investment $111 ($100 if registered by Jan10) @ an Intimate Home Studio in Kits. Facilitated by Sarah Pidutti, RCST, Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapist, Authorized Continuum Movement teacher & Birth Doula. www.birthintoContinuum.com.

For registration or information about the workshop:, contact Sarah: sarah.continuum@gmail.com or ph, 604,736.8841.

February 7th, with Robert Litman, The Breath of Moving Life – a day of Continuum @ Tesoro de Luz, on Vashon Island, Seattle WA. Contact Robert: robert@thebreathablebody.com or 206-567-4029. www.thebreathablebody.com

April 25th & 26th , 10:30am – 5pm, with Cherionna Menzam-Stills, Embryo, Earth & Cosmos. Resonance & Resilience wirh Continuum Movement, @ Salmonberry Room, Stanley Park Dining Pavilion, Vancouver. $165, ($115 before March 25th). Registration: Sid Hawkins rootedflight@gmail.com, 604.440-2769). More info & online registration: www.cherionna.com.

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Newsletter Fall 2014

During our Solstice weekend at Penny’s in June, I found myself revisiting aspects of surrender, of allowing my inner body wisdom to flow through me. Emilie used to say, preparation is so important, and that is so as how I prepare determines so much of the nature of the surrender/dissolve. Then I get out of my own way and just receive, a humongous undertaking! This poem by Rainer Maria Rilke expresses this so poignantly and beautifully.

I believe in all that has never yet been spoken,
I want to free what waits within me
so that what no one has dared to wish for

may for once spring clear
without my contriving.

If this is arrogant, God, forgive me,
but this is what I need to say.
May what I do flow from me like a river,
no forcing and no holding back,
the way it is with children.

Then in these swelling and ebbing currents,
these deepening tides moving out, returning,
I will sing to you as no one ever has,

streaming through widening channels
into the open sea.

Since Emilie’s passing, there is much shifting, reflecting and sorting occurring as to how the future of Continuum will unfold. It is a time of transition which in so many ways can feel chaotic. We play with the bio-cosmic orbit, in which form (the gel state) begins to dissolve and slowly through the dissolve (sol) state, new forms emerge. The tide moves in and the tide moves out as with our breath – on the inhale we take in form and on the exhale, we dissolve the form and another new breath comes. 10,000 times a day, with our breath, we reenact this profound biological mystery. Continuum in its essence will prevail, exactly how no one knows as we continue to access the primary source of our being, moving, innovating and being present to it all.

A group of Continuum teachers gathered on Vashon Island at the beginning of August at Robert Litman’s new and incredibly beautiful 17 ½ acre property, Tesoro de Luz. As a community, we reflected together, moved together, cooked and sang together. This place will be a wonderful adjunct for us as Continuum workshops will be happening there and it is nearby! The first workshop offered there is “Words and Waves,” with Rebecca Mark and Linda Chrisman. (Details below & on my website.) Rebecca and Emilie taught together for many years and Linda will be partnering with Rebecca to bring together the creative processes of Continuum and the movement of words. Robert also taught with Emilie for many years and is offering a series of Sundays in Seattle (details also below & on my website).

In closing, I wish to share these lines from a song by Rita MacNeil (who also passed 2 years ago), They keep running through my head and I find them so meaningful:

Have you even felt like a wick in a candle
Part of the question and part of the answer
Part of the mystery far greater than me or you?

May you enter into the mystery of your life with questing and compassion,

With love & blessings, Doris

August 19, 2014

Offerings for this season:

CONTINUUM MOVING MEDICINE classes begin with a free introductory session on Friday, September 26th, from 11am – 2pm @ Yoga on 7th, 156 E 7th. Please register for this class with Doris either by phone 604-254-0147 or email: doris@dorismaranda.com.

Ongoing series follows for 10 weeks from October 3rd – December 5th. Investment $300, early discount by September 19th & underemployed $250. Send $50 deposit to Doris @ 115-2033 Triumph St., Vancouver V5L 4X3 or by email transfer.

Drop ins $30 (no drop ins after the first class on October 3rd unless you have Continuum experience.)

DEEPENING INTO CONTINUUM weekend – Saturday, November 1st, 6:30pm-9:30pm & Sunday November 2nd, 10am-5pm @ Inner Evolution Healing Centre, 3263 Heather St., between W 16 & 17. Investment: $150, $125 underemployed & early discount by October 17th.
(Continuum experience is required.)

We will come together Saturday evening, develop a format and later move into our individual silent play, maintain the silence when leaving and re-entering in the morning and then emerging from the silent time in the afternoon. The silence is always part of the Continuum depth retreats and referred to as the “all-nighters.” It truly is amazing how much this format with the silence can assist in the slowing down and dropping down which is so necessary to connect to the worlds beneath the world.

RETREAT DAY – DESCENT INTO SOUL – Sunday December 14th – 12-5PM
@ Inner Evolution Healing Centre, 3263 Heather St. Investment: $80, underemployed & early discount by November 30th, $65.

In these difficult and dark times in our world (which we see reflected in many personal lives), our souls are calling us to gather and to deepen into ourselves.. “If you’re falling fast, the only way to react is to dive down deeper.” The soul brings the healing, the reconnecting to the eternal world, the world behind the world, touching once again into the mystery.

In this workshop, we will explore slowing down and descending into our inner darkness through the tools and processes of Continuum, ritual and expressive arts, to create an incubating chamber for new connections and possibilities to emerge.

BREATHING WAVES: A CONTINUUM SERIES with Robert Litman, in Seattle. Saturdays, 10am-1pm, September 27, October 25 & November 22. Questions: Robert : 206-567-4029 or robert@thebreathablebody.com. Registration: Karen Clay, 206-329-7046 or mailto:karenclaysoma@gmail.com.
(Details: www.dorismaranda.com/workshops.)

WORDS and WAVES: a Continuum based workshop with Rebecca Mark and Linda Chrisman. (Continuum experience required.) November 7-9, Vashon Island, WA.
To register: contact Linda Shrisman 510-507-2903, linda@somatic wisdom.com.
(Details: www.dorismaranda.com/workshops)

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Summer Greetings and Remembering Emilie on August 31

Warm fluid summer greetings!

(Please note event on August 31st – see below)

Since Emilie’s passing on April 14 of this year, I have been so aware of how many beings who have been influential in my life, have passed from our earth planet in the past year: Maya Angelou on May 23 of this year, Rita MacNeil in April 2013, and Susan Harper’s Mother, Mary Jane, in May. It feels like a potent time to reflect on what dying, leaving our earthly body means to me. It also brings to mind what exit I personally may be heading towards as I celebrated my 77th birthday this June. In every moment, there is the interplay between beginnings and endings but I sense an increasing turning inward with the passing years as the exit looms.

June has been a full month, with Sam Berne’s workshop on Visual Alchemy at the beginning of June, tending to the interplay of how we really see, how our eyes reflect everything that’s going on in our bodies, and how our beliefs and attitudes come into play. With so much enthusiasm, Sam will be back next June. Then a weekend on Galiano with my women’s movement group, followed last weekend by the retreat, Deepening into Light, immersing ourselves into Continuum and the creative process with a long period of silence on the Sunshine Coast. This week I go to my heavenly retreat at our waterfront cabin on Cortes Island for a time to integrate and digest all of the above, or at least to continue on with that process.

Another event is planned to honour Emilie Conrad and the legacy she has bequeathed to us. Before she died, she requested that there be a world-wide dive on August 31, September 1st and 2nd. On August 31st, there will be an afternoon gathering from 1pm to 6pm at the Full Circle Studio, 1183 Odlum Dr., in Vancouver (E of Clark Dr and S of Venables). We will have a 2 hour Continuum dive at the beginning, followed by a film that was made a few years ago, called “Em Moves.” The film was made by her long term friend and videographer, Hanna Hetting, and is beautifully done with vignettes showing Emilie moving, teaching, performing, and walking around the streets of Brooklyn with Hanna where she grew up. There will not be a formal event here on September 1 & 2, although I would encougage you to mark that time on you r own in some way. Teas will be available and admission will be by donation. Please RSVP as space is limited.

My fall schedule has been posted on my website and a Fall Newsletter will be coming out at the end of the summer with further details.

Hoping to see you soon and bathe with you in the healing Moving Medicine waters of Continuum,

With love and blessings, Doris

June 25, 2014

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Celebration for Emilie

You are invited to a Celebration of Emilie Conrad’s Life

To be held at Inner Evolution Healing Centre, 3263 Heather

On Saturday May 17th, from 1pm-5pm

We will honour Emilie by participating in a Continuum process for the first two hours, led by Emilie (via video & Doris’ guidance), then a ritual celebration of her life. followed by sharing of tea, coffee and snacks.

You are asked to bring some finger foods (keep in mind that there is a frig, but only a microwave in the studio,no stove) for our pot luck snack table (drinks will be provided) and, if you wish, any object or writing (either your own or others) that symbolize what Emilie &/or Continuum mean to you.

In lieu of any fee for this event, at Emilie’s request, we ask for donations that will be sent to the Continuum studio to further her work.

Please RSVP if possible so we have some ideas of how many folks will be coming.

With love & blessings from the Continuum Vancouver community

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