Greetings to all on this Solstice day!
Having just returned from an amazing ten day retreat with the Continuum teachers @ Holy Spirit in Encino, California, I am feeling personally revitalized and even more deeply committed about “continuing the Continuum” explorations in our community. So deeply profound was my experience, that I am returning to California in January to attend another teachers’ retreat, work with Emilie and attend her classes at the studio and a special healers’ retreat with Susan Harper at the end of January.
It was such a contrasting experience spending much time at the computer over the last couple of days, making arrangements for this adventure and then feeling how that effected my body! How important in our electronic age to have practices that counteract the effect of these. Waiting at the LA airport, I noticed that hardly anyone reads books anymore. About 3/4s of the people there were at computers, smart phones or e-readers!
Here is a poem I read recently by William Stratford, entitled, “Cutting Loose.” (Don’t you just love that title!)
Sometimes from the sorrow, for no reason,
you sing. For no reason, you accept
the way of being lost, cutting loose
from all else and electing a world
where you go where you want to.
Arbitrary, a sound comes, a reminder
that a steady center is holding
all else. If you listen, that sound
will tell you where it is and you
can slide your way past trouble.
Certain twisted monsters
always bar the path—but that’s when
you get going best, glad to be lost,
learning how real it is
here on earth, again and again.
(from “Dancing with Joy”)
Finding a way to an alternate way of being in the world, holding high the candle of curiosity, past the song by Peggy Lee, “Is that all there is?” to the place where we open to the expanse and richness of who we might become beyond the self and the world that we know, that is the journey. This necessitates a certain amount of “cutting loose” and opening to the emerging unexpected (reflects the theme of my retreat day on March 16th, “Wondering & Wandering.”) Yet, at the same time, it is to be content with where we are in the moment. A line from a poem by Mary Oliver, “The nature of rock is to be satisfied, while the nature of water is to want to be somewhere else.”
For the Solstice and the new year, may you dance between your rock and water nature, and flow with contentment and curiosity about what’s next,
With love and blessings, Doris
December 21st, 2013
Following are my offerings for the season. We would be delighted to have you join us:
CONTINUUM CLASSES IN VANCOUVER
FREE INTRODUCTORY CLASS – Friday, February 1st, 2013, 11am-2pm @ Yoga on 7th, 156 E 7th between Main & Quebec, entrance on side off alley. (Please contact Doris to register for this introductory session.)
Followed by 7 week ongoing series, February 8 – March 22nd, 11am-2pm. Investment $225 (20% discount for underemployed).
Early discount $200 if registered by January 15th. Please send $50 deposit to register for class series to Doris @ 115-2033 Triumph St., Vancouver, BC V5L 4X3.
DROP-IN FOR ABOVE CLASSES $30. No drop-in after 1st class.
DEEPENING INTO CONTINUUM @ Inner Evolution Healing Centre, 3263 Heather (between W16 & 17th), Saturday February 23, 2013, 6:30-9:30pm & Sunday, February 24, 10am-5pm. Investment $150 ($100 underemployed). Early discount: $110 by February 5th. Open only to participants with Continuum experience.
At the request of participants wanting a more intensive time with the Continuum processes, this workshop enables us to dive deeper into the intrinsic sources of our organism and its connection to the larger realm. Participants have been amazed at the profound depths of their experience in that short space of time.
We will come together Friday evening and move into our individual silent play towards the end of the evening, 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 – Wondering & Wandering, 3263 Heather, Saturday March 16th, 2013. 12-5pm. Investment $80 (underemployed $65) Early discount $70 by March 1st.
MOVING INTO WORDS: The Heart of Healing, with Ingrid Rose (www.ingridrose.com) – Friday April 26 – 6:30-9:30pm, Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28 – 12-6pm @ Inner Evolution Healing Centre 3263 Heather. Investment $195 (underemployed $180). Early discount by April 12 – $175.