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SPECIAL EDITION - "YOGA, ARTS AND SHAMANISM" TEACHER TRAINING This teacher training retreat is an invitation to reconnect with your essential and higher self by coming closer to nature and other seekers, re experiencing yourselves through the deep ancient knowledge of Kaula Tantra Yoga, the playful wisdom of Art and the power of a Shamanic Vision. During one month you will stop time. This is a calling!
You are going to create a power circle and let your inner shaman reveal itself. The purpose is healing, connection and creation. Releasing all those things that you do not want to carry anymore. Dancing, singing, story-telling, and entering into the territory of silence so you can listen to your purpose clearly. Opening your hearts to the freedom of creating new ways by unlearning the old ones.
You will stay in Casa Kiliku, a place in the Andes not too far from the city of Quito and just next to the natural reserve of the Ilal Volcano. During the teacher training Casa Kiliku will be close to tourists and open as an Ashram where you share meals, spaces, yoga work, and ashram life experience.
The houses are built by materials from our volcano, with bricks or adobe and wood. Every space is unique. You can stay on the big terrace and chat with others. Or just lie in the hammock and read or meditate on treetops dancing in the wind. It is pure luxury to offer a retreat place in a rural environment at the edge of the ecological reserve Ilal and so close to the center of Quito, 25 minutes by car.
This place is made by ecological local materials and a sustainable way of living is promoted. Accommodation will be in double or triple rooms equipped with kitchen and bathroom with hot shower. You will share meals every day in the communitarian terrace enjoying the view.
Tantra teaches you that creativity is a vital part of life. Everybody is conceived as an artist, and the seed of art is waiting inside of you to be awakened. The only experience you need is life itself.
During this course the base of Tantra knowledge is kept in which creativity is used as a tool of liberation so that through the use of different art techniques we will get in contact with our inner self, release emotions and use arts as a meditation itself.
Kaula Tantra Yoga is rooted in Uttara Shaivism, or Kashmiri Shaivism, one of six Śiva traditions. Students approach the asanas from a place of relaxation, care, and love for themselves.
This yoga series is practised in a slow and flowing manner to build patience and awareness. Each asana is held gently for a period of time to allow students to relax into the posture. This way, each individual finds their own unique way of expressing the asanas without the pressure of competing or ‘performing perfectly’.
Over time, students learn to meditate in the postures to connect with the Divine. This yoga specifically cultures the diaphragms and balances every area of life, including sexuality.
Please note that classes do not involve nudity or sexual contact.
In some classes, students also will have the time to live the practice with the support and emphasis of a partner and applying the tantric philosophy tools in it.
Through the tantra teachings students learn about the energetic exchange between Shiva and Shakti, the two polarities, and how to integrate sexual energy into their yoga exploration.
Once per week you will work with chakras through the Kundalini Yoga experience. This kind of yoga shows us the opposite way of practice if compared with tantra yoga and helps students understanding the difference between the various approaches to the Yoga discipline.
Meditation is basic in the Tantra Yoga practice. Students will learn how many things involve this practice which seems so simple. We will see different approaches to meditation as a tool for you to share when people have not experience with it.
What’s the purpose of art? And of Shamanism? The answer is opened for each one. In this course art is conceived as the main tool for a life with purpose. And shamanism speaks about the purpose of life. Art and shamanism are two sides of the same coin.
In order to transform your lives into experiences with meaning, you need to let go the outside structures that are imposed on you, and understand that Life is a creative process. Nobody else than You is the creator of our own reality, the Shaman of yourselves. Art gives you the tools to go through life with beauty, creativity, wisdom, playfulness, and above all Presence.
When you are present you transform the ordinary into extra-ordinary. Life is becoming a conscious creation, in other words, a ritual. In this course you will develop deeper views on life, relationships, communication, self awareness, creation.
In this course you are going to work with different disciplines such as theater, literature, clowning, voice work, energetic body work, meditation among others.
And you will have the opportunity to experience some local rituals:
In this ancient shamanic ceremony you create your intent for your Teacher Training and reconnect with nature, spirit, and your centered self. It helps students leave old weights behind them and open the door with their fellow yogis to new experiences. Each student receives a Limpia, an energy cleansing ritual made with local medicinal plants, made by a native healer woman from our mountain, the Ilaló.
Movement is a way to explore the body in motion, movement is a way to deconstruct and discover creative, playful and expressive sides of yourself in your own dance and quietness.
Alone and with others. Dance not as something to show but rather as a way to let emotions and energy flow through your vehicle and keep it opened, light, flexible and playful.
Movement is a practice that sometimes we consider the counterpart of Meditation, and as such it arrives to the same point: The present moment. The quality of being present through movement or music, or any kind of performance in art we call Improvisation. Improvisation is playing with presence. An this doesn’t mean doing just anything. Above all it means listening, sensing, sometimes not doing at all. In order to help us understand this dynamics, we use certain structures or scores. Structures for improvisation are a huge way of raising consciousness in new ways of doing , relating and communicating. In art and life.
Techniques used in this part of the course: personal approaches to contact improvisation, body somatic, viewpoints, instant composition.
The world is created and constantly creating itself by stories.
You share and get deeper into the understanding how a story can touch someone and even has a healing power. We get to know the technique of improvising stories and share them with or without words, in a solo and a collective creation. You free yourselves from your fears of not being “good enough” and explore the freedom when we do not have to take our emotions too serious, but can let them flow through expression.
Techniques: body language, work with your emotions, self expression, dramatize your own story
Work with hands, play with the tactile senses, bringing material alive with your own breathe and manipulation by movement, bringing the internal movement into external, creation of simple puppets made of paper, moving them alone and with the group. I connect with the magic of life.
Techniques: you work with day-to-day materials and with colors creating a magic and ritualistic approach to our every day live.
Voice is one of the most important aspect when you decide to share Tantra Yoga.
Thanks to voice you create vibrations to heal yourself. Bringing out the own voice without judgement but playfulness, sound circles, variation and depth of the own voice, sharing simple singing structures in the chorus without notes, just by listening, intuition and repetition.
Techniques: liberation of the voice; mantras; voice and chakra work.
The yoga retreat will take place in Casa Kiliku, in the Andes of Ecuador, close to the capital Quito and on the edge of a natural reserve. You will be located 3 kilometers from the village of Tumbaco surrounded by high trees and mountains.
The Kiliku is a little hawk living here on our volcano, the Ilal. For them, is the symbol of freedom and as he is seeing the reality from high above. It means that this place helps the yoginis to get a distance from their everyday life to fly into the experience of living in a yoga ashram, enjoying the green garden surrounding with flowers and old trees.
The little village bus stops in front of Durgas Tiger Schools door. The new airport, too, you reach in 25-45 minutes, depending on the traffic. To get to Durgas Tiger School you have to get to Casa Kiliku.
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Close by there are places where the national and international community mingles, like the Caf Mare, the Caf Arte, La Casa de Rafa or the bio market. Here you buy organic food and German bread, having a coffee and a chat or enjoy story telling or a concert. Just three kilometers down the road in Tumbaco, you find everything you need: local shops, banks and shopping malls.
There will be excursions to Otavalo, Mindo, Papallacta hot springs, Quilotoa and other beautiful places (during the day off on Sunday). You also have the option to get tantric counseling or a personalized Qigong practice.
Upon completion of the training, we also offer the possibility to take a one-week shamanic tour, five days intensive tantra workshop, or five days intensive Qigong for sexuality workshop which can be included after the teacher training.