Date(s) - July 7, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
“The real adventure consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in seeing with new eyes” – Proust
It’s no wonder we feel anxiety, disconnection and stress in our lives: we live in a culture that actually promotes those feelings. Our architecture, language, customs and hierarchies all subtly inform us that to be a human being is to be independent: not just from nature, not just from each other – but even from our own bodies, so that we end up living in our heads. In this free-wheeling talk, Philip reveals how the particulars of our familiar environment create our deep sense of disconnection – because once you see how that happens, you create a new possibility for yourself: you can begin to step out of the undercurrent of anxiety, and return to a way of being that is deeply embodied, grounded in the present, and at ease in the world. A feed on the oxygen of fresh ideas and liberating perspectives, this is more than just a talk – it includes a couple of simple practices that can help you come home to yourself.
Cost: $10 suggested donation (free for workshop participants)
River Valley Aikido
Here’s some additional information about the workshop (*Not the Talks!):What to prepare (For the workshop - not for the talks!)
Some of the exercises require that you know a short text by heart. Rest assured, this is not something you will ever be asked to perform – it’s just needed for some of the exercises. You can use one you are familiar with, or find a new one. It can be anything at all – a nursery rhyme, a song lyric, a Shakespearean monologue, the national anthem, a poem, anything. It really doesn't matter, although it does help if it’s something you enjoy. It can get pretty tedious saying, “Row, row, row your boat” over and over. Just saying... Whatever you choose to memorize, it should be at least 45 seconds long, though any length in excess of that is fine. Having it WELL memorized is important.
What to bring (For the workshop - not for the talks!)
Apart from lunch and maybe a snack and a water bottle, you might wish to bring something to lie on for exercises (a yoga mat or even just a towel) and clothes that are comfortable to move in.
Lunch (For the workshop - not for the talks!)
There will be a one-hour lunch break.