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Feldenkrais Walking Retreat - Step into Awareness

• Wednesday 29th – Thursday 30th June 2016 • 

Join us for a midsummer 24 hour retreat near Hadlow, Kent designed to put a spring in your step and help you discover new and simple ways to make walking easier and more enjoyable.


This retreat is not just for ramblers!

Who is it for? 

Whether you want to pop to the shops, walk the dog, climb the stairs or go up in the hills, walking is a function that none of us wants to lose. 
The average person walks 3,000 - 4,000 steps per day. Why not enjoy them? 
If we want to keep moving with ease, we need to become more aware of how we walk.
This retreat uses the Feldenkrais Method® to bring our awareness to how we achieve this incredibl
e and essential movement.  Through the lessons we will learn to recognise our habits and see immediate changes in how we walk, engaging parts of ourselves in the process of walking that were previously not involved.

What is Feldenkrais?

Named after its creator, Moshe Feldenkrais, The Feldenkrais Method® combines movement, breathing and body alignment in the context of mindfulness. It offers a unique and practical way to realise physical and mental potential more fully. It is an educational method, which can bring about improved ease and enhanced functioning. As we grow older we expect to deteriorate, but working with the Feldenkrais Method® we come to understand our continuing capacity for learning and ability to grow.

Feldenkrais group lessons take the form of a guided sequence of movements, some of them unusual or unaccustomed, so that participants can explore a movement journey and then use their increased awareness to release chronic patterns of tension and to create new movement possibilities. Participants will come away from the retreat feeling more grounded and connected, altogether more confident.

“One of the things that never ceases to amaze me about Feldenkrais lessons is that I don’t need to practise what I have learned. My body seems to just take on new patterns of movement that are easier, leaving old habits behind.” 

(Therapist)

"In the past I have always found movement classes frustrating as I was constantly comparing myself to the other students. Feldenkrais lessons feel so relaxed and non-competitive. I really connect with myself and hardly notice others in the room"
 
(Artist)

           “I was told by a physio that I should not walk for more than 45 minutes in one go – a year on I can walk on the Downs all day long.”   

(Writer & Campaigner)

 Retreat Programme

Starting at 2pm on Wednesday 29th June, the retreat will feature a series of Feldenkrais’ Awareness Through Movement lessons taught in a large dance studio with extensive views. These lessons will explore how we walk through experiencing the amazing design of our anatomy and connection with our breathing and our whole selves. The lessons will help us to appreciate being in the present and, enhanced by the beautiful surroundings of the house and grounds, will enable us to experience this functional movement with greater pleasure and satisfaction . The retreat will end after lunch at 2pm on Thursday 30th June with an optional countryside walk afterwards to experience the full effects and benefits of everything we have learned. 

Setting
The base for our retreat is Oxon Hoath, a magnificent stately home built for Sir John Culpepper, a Knight of King Henry V over 600 years ago.
 
Set in 73 acres of parkland the beautiful grounds include a walled garden, meditation garden and lake. The house has stunning views across the West Kent rural conservation area and its rooms are elegant and historic with a Jacobean library and a range of well appointed, comfortable bedrooms. 
Catering
Meals are vegetarian and are created using as much produce from the kitchen garden as possible. Lunches and dinners are both two courses. Breakfast is a buffet and unlimited tea and coffee is available at all times. A bar is available in the evening. 
Accommodation
We have 16 places available for this retreat, so are able to offer en suite bedrooms for the majority of participants. Bedrooms vary in size and position in the house and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Prices are based on sharing and a single supplement applies.

Price per person: £245*

Booking deadline: 15th April 2016  Early bird discount of £20 if booked by 1st March 2016              Contact Kate to request a booking form  

* Single supplement: £18 pp    Special dietary requirements: £9.20 pp (£4.60 per meal excluding breakfast)    Towel hire: £5.50


Facilitators
Rebecca Meitlis
has been an international Feldenkrais practitioner since 2010. As well as giving Awareness Through Movement classes and individual sessions to the general public, she also teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Polish National Opera’s Opera Academy in Warsaw, Glyndebourne Festival Opera in Sussex and Bedales in Hampshire. Rebecca loves walking and is keen to share how the Feldenkrais method can be applied to make this essential activity an even more pleasurable one. 
For more information about Rebecca and her work visit her website.

Kate Sweetapple will assist Rebecca to ensure the smooth running of the programme and the participants’ experience of the retreat. Kate is a massage therapist specialising in myo-fascial release and is currently training to be a Feldenkrais practitioner.  Kate has been amazed by the benefits that the Feldenkrais Method has had on herself, especially in terms of flexibility, and is passionate about encouraging others to try it for themselves.


If you are new to the Feldenkrais Method ® this retreat provides a fantastic opportunity to experience how it works and feel the benefits it can offer you. 
For more information about Feldenkrais visit the Feldenkrais UK Guild website.

“Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself.”                  - Moshe Feldenkrais