Saturday, July 23, 2011

Return Mountain: Immersing ourselves in Self-Care

The old people came literally to love the soil. They sat on the ground with the feeling of being close to a mothering power. It was good for the skin to touch the Earth, and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with their bare feet on the sacred Earth. The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing, and healing.

Ota Kte (Luther Standing Bear)
Lakota Sioux writer, educator, and tribal leader

Well, what a wonderful suprise vacation I'm beginning tomorrow! Invited to share the driving to Lenox, MA for a few days of R and R at Kripalu Institute - a breathtaking natural setting in the Berkshires - where I can practice what I preach... Great timing really, as I'm planning special events every Saturday in the 'burgh - Self-Care Summer Saturdays in the with the bounty of summer vitality - in a splendid variety of venues for my BodyArts fans.

I am deepening my personal practice at Kripalu communing with the trees and earth sparked this week having taken in Warren Grossman's book as well as his set of essays.
No doubt the upcoming August BodyArts workshops I'll lead will be sparkling with some fresh jewels from these gifts.

The first Self-Care Saturday in August is a collaboration with Patty Lemar--another passionate foodie who loves sharing and encouraging others with easy prep yummy gluten and casein-free organic foods. We'll all prepare lunch together and even a healthy high tea. We're even including exploring the East Liberty Farmers' Market and there will be some special grounding outside of The Waldorf School -

The second week-end's natural setting will give us the opportunity to be inside a Green space - and outside mindful walking enjoying the unique new permaculture project . Both this August 13th and August 27th - similar programs -different venues offer a great way to 'put your toe in the water' and get an introduction to BodyArts Therapeutics with the creator of The YeSSS Method of Restorative Yoga plus Chinese Yoga (qi - pronounced 'chee' - gong) and The Tai Ji Dance of the Five Elements. Also included is a guided mindful eating practice and a Wellness Resource packet.

During the floor work, using special props, each participant receives prescriptive suggestions on how to feel better using this system - taking home some simple, easy to use techniques for first-aid if bothered by pain, stiffness or fatigue.

And although not a full day immersion, the Return Mountain: Return to the Garden two hour events also in the 'burgh, promises Getting Grounded, Centered and Joyful with Fresh Air QiGong and The TaiJi Dance of the Five Elements in the pristine Feng Shui garden complete with waterfall Koi fish pond, and delightful hospitality by the visionary artist who designed it. Those who dare go barefooted will experience a new dimension in literally re-connecting to nature...those who re not, I promise alternative direct connections...(ya just gotta be there!) (August 20 and 25)

Each of these Self-Care Saturdays are recommended for seasoned practitioners as well as new-comers.

Stay tuned for reports of my adventures in paradise (Kripalu) and later on from participants in these guided Self-care explorations Celebrating the Inner Healer - the oneness of nature. And do tell of yours!!

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,

places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal

and give strength to body and soul. John Muir

Many Species - One Planet - One Future
I See You ~ Namaste ~
Yours in Wellness, Gratitude, Vitality and the Rhythm of Nature,
Suzen Sharda Segall
This blog post can be reproduced in its entirety with the following information:© Suzen Sharda Segall 2010, Suzen Sharda Segall, Wellness Personal Trainer/Consultant, designer and facilitator of BodyArts Therapeutics, has provided an integrated approach to health and wellness for a wide variety of populations, internationally,for over thirty-five years

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