There are many ways we are called to lead a fuller, more meaningful and more passionate life. For some of us, it’s an illness, a loss, an accident or some traumatic event that leads us to question how we’ve been leading our lives. For others, it’s a deep longing, a questioning and a questing of going against the tide, the rhythms of learned tribal behaviour that we as a social group create to belong, to feel safe rather than standing out and feeling the pain of isolation.

Meanwhile, nature weaves its ever-changing web of light and darkness, budding, blooming and composting so that there is a certain rhythm of sameness along with the ever-changing web. Spring is a time that beckons to us of new beginnings, a chance to begin anew while yet building on the seeds of the former that have been planted in the soil of our lives during the previous season, resting and waiting for a time to emerge. So, we reflect upon what is emerging for us in this time of transition and once again, how do we transit, how do we cross the threshold from one state to another. Thus emerged the theme of my mini-workshop on March 18th.

There is also the opportunity to work with Continuum’s founder, Emilie Conrad, who comes to Seatte, May 18-21 for her annual workshop there. I highly recommend this wonderful experience of being and exploring with Emilie.

I, too, have been contemplating on what is emerging in my life and how do I uncover and nurture these new seeds while honouring and accepting the old, that is, what is. For with all my struggles in accepting the realities of my health issues and the aging process, I still feel called to live my life in ever-renewing ways, reclaiming meaning and passion, acceptance and responsiveness to all that comes my way.

Dawn Markova, says it beautifully:

I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible;
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.

With love & blessings for your emerging, Doris

March 11, 2012

OFFERINGS for this season – delighted to have you join us:

Sunday, March 18 – Mini-Workshop – Emerging-Crossing the Threshold – 2-5pm @ Yoga on 7th, 156 E 7, Investment $45 ($36 underemployed) No previous experience necessary, only the willingness to explore.

Classes – lst class of each series as an Introduction for $25

8 week ongoing series :

@ Yoga on 7th, Vancouver (enter @ side off alley) – April 13-June 8 (no class May 18)

@ Alchemy Centre, 3-431 Mountain Hwy, North Vancouver (exit off Upper Levels or 2nd Narrows Bridge, @ Main St., R onto Mountain Hwy) – April 18-June 6.

Investment for 8 week class series: $225 (20% discount for underemployed), $200 early discount by April 1.

Please send $50 deposit to register for class series. You may make-up a missed class if you are registered in one series by going to a class in the other series.

Drop in for above classes $30. No drop-in after 1st class unless you have Continuum experience.

Deepening into Continuum @ Source Point Studio, 3263 Heather St., between 16 & 17 Ave. April 28 – 6:30-9:30pm & April 29 10am-5pm. $125 ($100 underemployed), $100 early discount by April 15. 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. We will come together Saturday evening and move into our individual silent play towards the end of the evening, maintain the silence when leaving and re-entering on Sunday 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 “allnighters.” It truly is amazing how much this format with the silence can assist in the slowing down, dropping down experience which is so necessary to connect to the worlds beneath the world.

Retreat Day – Weaving the Extraordinary into the Ordinary – Sunday, June 3rd – 2-6:30 pm @ Yoga on 7th. Investment: $75
($65 underemployed) $65 early discount by May 25.

What happens after the amazing experiences of a workshop or retreat when we enter into our everyday lives? Does anything change? Is there any carry-over from the revelations that emerge? It is so important that what we have learned become part of our ordinary lives and how we move back and forth between these states, merging and flowing between them.

We will explore through the Continuum processes of breath, sound, subtle, inner & dynamic movements as well as expressive art tools, to enable this weaving to become a rich and nurturing transformation.

Contact: Doris Maranda      604-254-0147      , doris@dorismaranda.com

DORIS MARANDA, MA, is an authorized Continuum Movement teacher (www.continuummovement.com), a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (www.traumahealing.com). “To me, this work is a spiritual practice and has opened me up to possibilities of living embodied that I had only begin to envision in my work as a psyche/soma therapist and educator. It is the basis for everything that I do. In movement, there is no separation and as we begin to live, breathing, moving and expressing our experiences, there comes a joining and a wholeness that leads to healing and to a creative excitation that counteracts the insanity and fragmentation that we encounter in the world around us.”

Private counselling & Somatic Movement Education sessions with Doris by appointment. 604-254-0147 or doris@dorismaranda.com
Free phone consultation.

Emilie Conrad in Seattle, Moving Medicine, May 18-21, 2012
Don’t miss this opportunity to work with Continuum’s founder and visionary, considered to be one of the somatic genius’ of this century, as we redefine & experience new ways of what “body” is.
www.continuummovement.com – Registration: dhmosler@aol.com.

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