A message from the Facilitators:
We are both interested in how trauma, both individually and collectively affects individual health, the health of our communities, and the planet. We explore joy as a sustainable fuel for flourishing even in hard times and stillness as a portal into our deepest selves and our intuitive inner guidance. This work is urgently needed as we face a world of chaos and planetary change that is beyond mind-boggling. How will we meet those challenges? What inner strengths and powers will we call upon so we don’t fall into despair and become helpless bystanders?
We look forward to a day of aliveness and healing through the five senses with poetry [Rumi of course], dance, music, drawing, guided meditations, and being sparklingly present to ourselves, each other, and the natural world.
Here’s a brief description of our work.
Resilience through Joy
This is a trauma-informed program to explore simple pleasures through the portals of the five senses, imagination, memory, drawing, and movement with music. This type of meditative exploration helps us become more resourced so we can access deeper wells of creativity and problem-solving. Participants have the opportunity to devise a customized action plan to integrate the learnings and incorporate simple daily strategies to cultivate resilience, bolster the immune system, and improve quality of life. Upon completing the workshop, individuals often report experiences of well-being, feeling at home in their bodies, and having an increased capacity to attend to challenges. Teams report a greater sense of camaraderie and ease in collaboration.
Ari is the founder of Rumi with a View, dedicated to building bridges between the arts, social justice, and well-being. She dances with refugees and facilitates Resilience through Joy workshops on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Her work has been featured in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novel A Girl Called Rumi and the bestselling oracle deck, Rumi’s Gift.
Resting in Stillness
Resting in Stillness is a process of reconnecting with your innermost being or soul through a deep resonance and integration with the physical body. As the body relaxes, the nervous system begins to regulate and a sense of wholeness and deep peace can arise. From this state, the body’s natural intelligence—the same intelligence that created us and sustains us—is called forth. In my work as a craniosacral therapist, I have learned the importance of being a healing presence while supporting the client’s process of accessing deeper states of stillness. In stillness, we find the innate healing resources needed to restore balance and return to the original blueprint of wholeness. In a very real sense, wholeness is health. A big part of the healing process is being witnessed and held in sympathy and understanding. We can learn to be that presence for each other. In the workshop, we will practice giving and receiving sympathetic presence with a partner, and with our kin in the natural world.
Paméla is a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, retreat guide, meditation teacher, and ordained minister in the Inayatiyya Sufi Order International. She has offered healing workshops over the years, including one called “Resting in Stillness.” She is a writer and author of a book of poetry, Bird of the Present Moment, and has just completed a book of essays about our relationship with nature, Being in Nature: Hearing the Call of the Earth. Paméla’s website is www.thehealingtouchaustin.com.
Registration is now open. We will serve a vegetarian lunch of soup, salad and bread. Please send a payment of $110 either through Venmo or by regular mail. Please provide your email address either in the Venmo comment or a note to email@example.com and we’ll send details of the retreat upon receipt of payment.
If you choose Venmo, you will have to set up an account if you don’t already have one. Venmo is free if you use a bank account, debit card, or Venmo cash balance. You do pay a fee of 3% for using a credit card.
Here’s the link to Ari’s Venmo: https://account.venmo.com/u/
Or if you prefer, you can mail your check to;
Paméla Overeynder 2502 Dip Cove Austin, Texas 78704
*There are scholarships available for those experiencing financial difficulty.
We look forward to a delicious time together. Here’s a Rumi poem translated by Ari to get us in the mood for healing through joy, ecstasy, and stillness.
Come! I’ll show you the enchanted garden of your heart Once you enter, you become the fragrance of flowers unafraid of the prickle of thorns