Dharmakaya 2023

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A Continuum Immersion:
Life-Nourishing Breath, Sound and Movement Practices

September 14 – 17, 2023 (Thursday evening to mid-day Sunday)
Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing, Pinebush, NY
Registration information will soon be available. Stay tuned.

Continuum guide: Elaine Colandrea

The serene Dharmakaya retreat setting, where basic needs are elegantly met, allows multiple days of immersion into the breath, sound and fluid movement sequences of Continuum. The primary focus is on the life affirming act of supporting personal life force, rather than tending the day-to-day activities of survival, which often lock bodies and identities into tense self-limiting patterns. 

Life force is difficult to define, yet possible to sense and nourish once we step away from outer focused action. The biologically based explorations in this workshop are resources to tend our inner fluid nature which is responsive to heartfelt and soulful attention. 

Practicing in the covered Outdoor Pavilion restores our connection to nature, giving a necessary infusion of the elemental energies that make up our bodies and our world. The indoor Meditation Hall and fire pit offer additional spaces for nurturing introspective and interoceptive discoveries. 

This is a somatic movement workshop accessible to all ages and levels of ability.  Once laid out, the practices are done at one’s own pace. This self-guided aspect of Continuum builds inner authority and offers the opportunity for deeper levels of self-regulation – a necessary component of health, wellbeing, creativity and learning.

Workshop size is limited; Continuum experience is requested. In lieu of Continuum experience, please arrange an interview with workshop guide Elaine Colandrea, who will be happy to meet with you.

Continuum related videos:

www.watermarkarts.org

www.elainecolandrea.com

Omega 2023

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Interdependence in Motion: A Continuum Retreat

July 2 – 7, 2023
Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Rhinebeck, NY
Registration information will soon be available. Stay tuned.

Continuum gives us elegantly simple, practical, and relevant tools for experiencing the transformative power of wholeness. Creative movement explorations change our embodied awareness and perception, opening portals to the reality of interconnection.  Breath and sound practices, silent meditation, and community exchange enable participants to restore the broadest sense of belonging and acceptance of being with what is

As participants, we dissolve internalized patterns of resistance and physical restrictions providing ease and comfort in our bodies. The transforming experiences of this somatic workshop will inform all our relationships as we integrate them into our everyday lives. This retreat is pertinent to educators, health care practitioners, artists, activists, and anyone – regardless of physical limitations – who wish to sustain themselves from a fluid state of wholeness and well-being. 

Megan and Elaine will be joined by an additional faculty of Continuum teachers.

Co-Faculty List:
Robin Becker
Ellen Cohen
Melanie Gambino
Bonnie Gintis
Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell
Linda Rabin

Workshop organizer Elaine Colandrea explores how the somatic arts shape consciousness, informing and inspiring the creative process as well as fostering connections between self, others and nature that organically create a more humane world. Artistic Director of Watermark Arts, as well as a movement artist, Continuum teacher, somatic educator and massage therapist, her work has been deeply influenced by her association with Emilie Conrad, founder of Continuum. Her abiding passion is bringing people together to directly experience the body’s transformative capacity. With Rori Smith, Elaine co-authored “The Elemental Body: A Movement Guide to Kinship with Ourselves and the Natural World.”

www.watermarkarts.org

Workshop organizer Megan Bathory-Peeler is an expert somanaut, fully engaged by the moving inquiry of what it takes to thrive in a human body and within the human experience in the 21st century. Her unique Somanautiko approach synergistically weaves together three decades of professional interdisciplinary study and practice as a teacher of Continuum, Certified Somatic Therapist/Educator, bodyworker, choreographer, performance artist, activist, and mother. Megan’s greatest pleasure comes from co-creating safe spaces that allow people of all ages to return home to themselves, reclaim the power of their own creativity, and find ease in the innate wisdom of their bodies.

www.somanautiko.com

Shantigar 2023

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Moving Body Playground

May 25-28, 2023 (Thursday evening to Sunday mid-day)
Shantigar Foundation, Rowe, MA
Registration information will soon be available. Stay tuned.

In May 2023, Megan Bathory-Peeler, Elaine Colandrea, and Melanie Gambino return to the natural beauty of Shantigar to bring you the magical delights of Continuum. This year, the focus is on the more active and dynamic aspects of Continuum practice referred to as Continuum Playground.

One of the key characteristics of a healthy system is the ability to adapt to constantly changing demands of the biosphere. By moving our bodies fluidly, in a multiplicity of positions and situations, we can get beyond the culturally imposed rigidities, fixations, and limitations so many of us experience in daily life. Human bodies are at least 70% fluid. About 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. By engaging the potency of fluid movement, Continuum powerfully reconnects us to our essential biology and our interconnectedness to all life on this planet. 

Moving Body Playground offers the unique opportunity to work with specific Continuum equipment – the Explore Board and Flight Plan – as well as familiar household furniture, and the trees, rocks, and the land itself, when out of doors. Shantigar’s natural playground makes it the perfect place to spend a weekend focused on building strength and resilience through creative and dynamic play. This immersive retreat invites us to extend the scope of our ability to connect inside ourselves, outside in nature, and through time and space with one another.

FACULTY BIO:

Megan Bathory-Peeler, Elaine Colandrea, and Melanie Gambino are devoted to sharing direct experiences of the body’s innovative and transformative capacity with people of all ages.  These three women are all passionate teachers of Continuum, professional movement artists, and somatic educators. Their work and lives have been profoundly shaped by their relationship to Emilie Conrad, founder of Continuum. They are honored and excited to bring Continuum back to Shantigar this spring, nurturing the legacy of Jean-Claude’s love for Emilie and this practice.

Dharmakaya 2022 Retreat

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Fluid Anatomy, Fluid Movement, Fluid Life: A Continuum In-Depth Retreat

September 15 – 18, 2022

Elaine Colandrea, Continuum Guide

Fluids are the primary life supporting substances within our bodies as well as in all living systems on the planet. In this program you will use the Continuum process of breathing, sounding, and fluid movement to work with your own health and wellbeing, connecting with nature’s life force; it’s the perfect antidote to today’s overly programmed and homogenized world.

To highlight our connection with the natural world, this workshop will be offered in the covered Outdoor Pavilion at Dharmakaya, therefore space is limited to 16 participants. Continuum experience encouraged.

The somatic practice of Continuum lays the path to the direct sensory experience of our fluid anatomy. The breath and sound explorations cultivate fluid movement, opening us to greater physical and psychological freedom. Continuum empowers a deep knowing of how to live with fluid grace in a mutable world – whether we are adapting to cultural shifts, health concerns, the aging process, or the changing circumstances of a pandemic world.

The self-guided pace of the workshop develops inner authority. In an atmosphere of rest and renewal, participants let their own biological awareness be the template for self-healing and self-growth.

Continuum is of interest to many fields of inquiry, including but not limited to, health care practitioners, activists of all kinds, educators, artists and all those who choose to thrive in a co-creative process with the earth itself.

The natural landscape and serene beauty of the Dharmakaya Center and its outdoor pavilion offers the perfect setting for this personal exploration.

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