A family of souls gather as the whispers of fading sun turn into an inner light.
As Earthtime recedes into creative rest, so we, echo with the same.
A chorus of restorative energies sing through us
as the soon-to-be buds of inspiration
germinate in the welcoming dark. (From a Winter Solstice Intensive with Emilie Conrad)
In June 1989, I arrived at Mount Madonna for my first dive into the Continuum Movement waters. Little did I know at the time that it would be a life changing event and something that I would be involved in for the rest of my life. Now, almost 25 years later, I continue to learn from, be enriched and inspired by this somatic movement work. Of course, we all know that we can’t learn a musical instrument, nor a new language overnight, yet somehow it is more difficult to commit long term to a process like Continuum where one is tuning into a totally different alternate system in our bodies, minds and souls. I am always amazed when a participant believes they have “done Continuum” after one series of classes! Meditators and Yogis know how much of a commitment, time and patience are needed to grock & then to learn from such a process.
While I was practising Continuum this morning, I realized that while I struggle so much with many “I can’ts” – physical limitations due to the effects of post polio, there is also this beautiful place that I can access which to me is sensual, erotic, life enhancing and pleasurable. So as well as time and patience, it is essential that a practice be pleasurable, something that allows one to ride through the struggles and the sadnesses into the realm of pure sensual pleasure, joy and peace. Then I can enter into the “Yes, I cans” which are there for me to inhabit along with the grieving for the losses that are also relevant and need tending to.
The spirit of Nelson Mandela speaks poignantly to the “Yes I cans,” as who but he could imagine not only forgiving his enemies after all he and the South African people had been through, but becoming partners with them. As he spoke in his inaugural address, “We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. …..and as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.” May his soul’s light continue to inspire us to dwell in what is possible even though at times it is hidden from us. May we find the way to lift the veils, “to be in deep relationship with life, to be truly erotic, engaging the whole body, heart, mind, spirit and flesh, calling the inner life into play, where we are pulled to something stronger and more vital than simply ourselves.” (Terry Tempest Williams)
Following is my schedule for the winter/spring session. Immersion Continuum weekend workshop is in the planning stages, for either May or June, hopefully on the Sunshine Coast. In addition, Cherionna will be returning to Vancouver, March 22/23 for a Continuum weekend workshop, “Fluid Attachment.” Check out her website for details: www.cherionna.com.
With love and blessings for the Winter Solstice & the holiday season! Doris
CONTINUUM MOVING MEDICINE CLASSES begin with a Free Introductory Class on Friday, January 31, @ Yoga on 7th, 156 E 7th, from 11am – 2pm. Please register for this class with Doris: 604-254-0147 or email@example.com.
Followed by an 8 week ongoing series from Friday, February 7th – April 4th (no class March 7th). Investment $250 (underemployed 20% off), early discount by January 24th $220. Send $50 deposit to Doris Maranda, 115-2033 Triumph St., Vancouver, BC V5L 4X3.
Drop ins $30 – no drop in after first class unless you have Continuum experience.
DEEPENING INTO CONTINUUM Saturday, February 15th 1:30pm-9:30pm & Sunday February 16th 10am-5pm @ Inner Evolution Healing Centre, 3263 Heather St., between W 16 & 17. Investment: $195, $165 underemployed & early discount by February 1st.
(Continuum experience is required.)
We will come together Saturday afternoon and move into our individual silent play in 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 – Saturday, April 12th 12-5pm @ Inner Evolution Healing Centre.
Investment: $80, underemployed $65 & early discount $70 by March 29th. More details
IMMERSION CONTINUUM weekend workshop – possibly May 17-19 (Victoria Day weekend) or June 20-22 (Summer Solstice weekend).