Workshops/Retreats.

Dod Yn Ôl At Fy Nghoed

June 11th-14th 2020

(To return to my trees)

 The Welsh phrase “I ddod yn Ôl at fy ngoed” means to return to a balanced state, literally back to my trees. The nourishing landscape of felinganol provides a wonderful context for immersion and deepening of our relationship to nature outside, and our own within. We will utilise the channels of the senses that provide us with a wealth of information that we can draw on for our dancing. By simply receiving ourselves, and returning to our senses, we can find an easeful place where we are danced.

 We will work with improvisational movement practices that support us to deepen trust in our own expression by resourcing through the body and imagination, so that we may tap into various energy states that encourage freedom. The retreat is led through a series of simple invitations that look at how we connect with the wealth of creative wisdom that lies within our bodies.

BOOKING:

https://www.yogawithmeriel.co.uk/cai-tomos-3-day-retreat-to-return-to-my-trees

Retreat for people in recovery from addictions. 

Felinganol, Septemeber 2020 ( Details to follow)

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Gradually, you will return to yourself

Having learned a new respect for your heart

And the Joy that dwells far within slow time.

John O’Donohue

 Many addictive processes begin as an attempt to help us feel better, to help us manage some pain or discomfort within us. Over time this strategy becomes a burden and our body/mind moves out of synchronicity. Deep inside this earnest search to soothe ourselves, we try our very best to find ways to manage the experience of ‘disconnection.’

 This retreat will encourage us through curiosity and gentleness, to turn our attention towards what ‘connection’ might mean for us.

 There is a wealth of wisdom that is within our body and its capacity to heal given the right conditions. A part of ‘Recovery’ therefore, might be this process of trusting and building ways into ‘connection’ with ourselves, others, and our environment.

 During this time we might ask ourselves the questions: what makes us feel well? What soothes us? And what matters to us in our journey of recovery?

 Yoga, Meditations, and simple movement explorations will encourage us in befriending new sensations, which can help us develop a more resourceful and resilient relationship with our body. Taking time to deepen our own wisdom, each other’s, all through creative processes of dancing, writing, drawing, gardening and exploring the nourishing environment of Felinganol.

SEP 2020 

 

 

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/moving-beings-tickets-59461443779

Booking link to workshop

 

Moving Beings

 

 

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HOMING 2019

Movement and creative process retreat

May 2019 Retreat Felinganol West Wales , details coming soon….

Bringing the Dancing Heart Home’

A  Creativity, Movement and Imagination  a retreat for Elders May 2019.

http://elcortijoverde.com/

Details to follow…

 

GALW/ CALLING

A movement and creative process retreat 

May 24th – 27th 2018 3pm-3pm

This retreat is open to all who are curious about learning from their own body and imagination.

There is an inherent grace that appears in movement when we begin to source and trust our own dance. It’s a delicate mix of our history, biography, and gravity responses. We will find ways into ‘play’ that encourage dialogues between our sensation and our imagination.

Through structured improvisations we will give value to trusting the unknown and in turn the unknowable dances that can appear as a resource for us. A way to begin is usually to slow down just enough so that we can begin to sense what wants to move within us, like archeology, we slowly see what appears as we uncover what has been hidden.

The movement work is supported by other art forms such writing, drawing, and some use of images and objects as a way to ground and expand our perspectives.

We will spend time both inside and outside in the beautiful grounds of Felinganol.

 

 

 

Review ‘Describing piece’ @ the Place 8th Feb 2014.

Review ‘Describing piece’ @ the Place 8th Feb 2014.

Heading back into the theatre after the requisite interval, I was ready to be dazzled, and Cai Tomos’ Describing Piece  was just the ticket. Tomos stands with his back to us as a film trailer voiceover booms over the darkness, describing the dance with satiric gravitas. ‘Something meaningful is about to happen’ the voice intones, as Tomos peeks over his shoulder to catch a glimpse of the crowd, and his Mum. In fact, the show is based on a conversation with his mother, relayed to us via the trailer voice: ‘I don’t understand dance’, Mum says. ‘Mum, there is nothing to understand’, replies Tomos. Later, over much vocal hilarity from the audience and the soaring strains of Vivaldi, Tomos stares and reaches into the distance, while the voiceover explains the movement’s possible interpretations: ‘Arguing with God / Taking down a duvet because a friend is staying’. Performed to perfection, Describing Piece  lit up the stage, completely captivating the tickled audience.

Lauren fried

 

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve tried to convince dance non-believers that you don’t have to ‘understand’ dance in order to enjoy it. Now all I have to do is direct them to Cai Tomos’s Describing Piece, a video of which should be available in the foyer of every dance theatre. Former Earthfall performer Tomos’s solo, acutely observed and very, very funny, deconstructs every dance cliché in the book, from meaningful looks at the audience to running in circles shirtless, laying bare the tricks designed to make dance look deep and meaningful. As Vivaldi’s Four Seasons ebbed and flowed, a voiceover put the charismatic Tomos through this paces, offering a beginner’s guide to dance gestures: raising his arms to the sky, Tomos could be angry with God. On the other hand he could be flying a kite. Dedicated to Tomos’s Mum (who doesn’t understand dance), Describing Piece is a mini-masterpiece that sidesteps cheap mockery and springs from a deep affection for Tomos’s chosen art-form. ‘Sometimes,’ he confides, ‘Being alive is about dancing.’

Keith Watson.