Sessions are offered freely as dana – we support all expressions of generosity
Through the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic we are teaching both live and via Zoom in order to comply with social distancing protocols. Therefore it is essential that you let us know if you wish to attend in person.
Explorations in Movement
Sessions Sunday Mornings – Fortnightly
Without movement there is no life. Movement is the basis of what we are – how we feel, think and act. Through movement the living moving world is felt as an integral part of our own living and moving body~mind.
By exploring particular movements of the body in a very gentle and focussed way, feeling the tactile/kinetic/kinesthetic sense of what is happening and resting in the arising experiences, can bring a deep understanding of body~mind. A more natural and open way of being is uncovered along with the release of old habitual patternings. This practice can lead to a profound state of ease and calm with a natural unfolding to a more flowing and compassionate way of being with the world .
Exploring the Teaching
Exploring the Teaching
These sessions engage expressions of Buddhadharma – the universal teachings of awakening – within both the group setting and personal everyday experience. The sessions include themed teachings, gentle movement practice, meditation, contemplation and group discussion. Engaging with particular themes between sessions and expressing reflections and understandings through visual art, writing and poetry both supplements and enriches personal and group understandings.
Monthly Retreat Days
Setting aside a whole day for Dharma practice in a supportive environment is what is offered through our monthly retreat day. We provide a general theme for the day, lead a session of Explorations in Movement and a group sit followed by individual contemplative work using the practice space, the garden, the bush and the beach walks available in the neighbourhood. The day includes group feedback on working questions and further avenues of exploration; and a shared lunch.
Since Open Path convened in Shoreham, we have held two (2) nine-day retreats annually focused on a specific theme in April/May and October commencing on a Saturday and finishing the following Sunday week. The schedule generally includes a morning and occasionally an afternoon teaching session with plenty of time between for personal exploration and practice.