Wisdom of the Body: Art and the Immediacy of the Body
with Acharya Mathias Pongracz and Claire van Rhyn
Saturday 29 – 30, October
Both ancient wisdom and modern science have found the body to be a seat of intelligence. This intelligence wants to move and it wants to move freely, which it cannot do when it is stuck in the head.
To be touched means to be moved. When we are touched by experience, it causes movement. Be it internally on a subtle level in the heart (or what we sometimes call the soul), or on an outer physical level. It might set in motion an action, a bodily movement through space.
Whether it is navigating the experience of a crowded train; noticing the change of season when walking in the park; or dealing with our partner after a busy day, the body provides a measure of our engagement and disengagement with our world.
What is the starting point of movement –where does it dissolve? Where do we create limits – how do these enhance or diminish our aliveness? How do we embody and manifest our lives?
In this programme we will mindfully explore the potential and the possibilities of bodily intelligence and wisdom. We will look at how the body connects and understands in a more immediate and direct way than the intellect. We will explore how our bodies move together, creating and moving in a web of interdependent relationships, and enquire into the relevance of the individual and social dimensions of the body for our everyday lives.
For this exploration we will use exercises from the Art of Making a True Move developed by dancer and social activist Arawana Hayashi, as well as exercises from contemplative choreographer Barbara Dilley and exercises from the Maitri Space Awareness canon (as developed by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche).
Come experiment with the theatre of everyday life!
London Shambhala Mediation Centre 27 Belmont Close, London SW4 6AY
Early Bird: £110 (by 9 September)
Concession: £80/£60 (Please enquire)
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Acharya Mathias Pongracz
Born in Congo to Hungarians immigrants, Mathias studied Political Science at University of Vienna, and worked for 20 years as a television journalist and reporter for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation. He studied with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche beginning 1983, with Zen Teacher Kobun Chino Roshi until his passing, and now with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, head of the spiritual community of Shambhala, who appointed him as an Acharya (senior teacher in Shambhala). Mathias has 40 years of Yoga and Tai Chi practice experience, and have immersed himself in the Sacred Dances of Gurdjieff, different schools of Qi Gong, as well as disciplines of contemplative movement and Maitri Space Awareness. He teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Shambhala programmes across Europe.
Claire van Rhyn
Claire is originally from South Africa, and now lives in the London with her two children. Trained in Sculpture and Design, she has over 15 years experience in Art Directing and Publishing Design. A student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Claire teaches Shambhala Art in Europe and South Africa, and coordinates the programme in Europe. She works as a transition and experience designer for education communities. She is currently researching the role of the body in cultural transmission. Her research at the Royal College of Art is funded by the Art and Humanities Research Council’s London Doctoral Design Centre.
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