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 In Workshops, Workshop-Retreats, individual and group sessions, we practice the many-splendoured BODY SENSE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE Art of Poise, Awareness, Relaxedness. The Art of Natural, Conscious Walking, Impeccable Attentiveness and Eco-Awareness
 

Extended weekends in The Gardens of Temenos, McGregor

WORKSHOP-RETREATS  May 22-24, 2020, November 6-8, 2020

~ ‘MINDFUL BODY  -  EMBODIED MIND’ ~ 
~  MOVING with EASE  ~ 
into 
HEALTH – WELLBEING - Peak PERFORMANCE - 
will focus on a combination & aspects of
BODY SENSE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE  +  BODY SENSE TAI CHI/QI GONG + 
THE ART OF NATURAL, CONSCIOUS WALKING

 

Integrating  the principles & practice of Alexander Technique,  Tai Chi/Qi Gong and Natural, Conscious Walking,  Marguerite guides us into the shared perspectives of these significant  Arts. Our attitudes and intentions toward ourSelf and our relationships can be seen, felt and sensed    – EMBODIED in what we do and ‘be’.   Embedding Movements from these disciplines to let go of strain and tension, force and  effort,  allows the body’s natural EASE & design,  to operate. 

Taking home practical, gentle, self-care Life skills: Centreing, balancing,  grounding our bodymindSelf  into Effortless Activity, Alertness, and Vitality -  so that 

our actions flow from the bodymind’s natural intelligent co-ordination and EASE. 

INVITATION !

COME  with me on this Path to Awareness, Consciousness and our  Natural  state of BodyMind Freedom, Ease, Pleasure & Poise.

Through  engaging our conscious awareness and innate intelligence, and learning to stop and release tensions,we discover who we actually are – not what we think we have to be.  
MOVING with PRESENCE and EASE  offers a means to enhance our coordination, our overall health, mobility, composure, and potential for learning.
The process develops from restoring our birthright of 
Awareness-Attention -  Poised Self-Carriage – Effortless Mobility – Supple Balance – Constructive Resting

MINDFUL BODY  -  EMBODIED MIND

BodyMind   Presence – Poise - Power

Temenos, with its peaceful, beautiful, spiritualized environment, and Alexander Teacher Marguerite,  come together where, gently and skillfully,  we restore   EFFORTLESSNESS & FLOW  in our Doing and our Being. Such that each moment, each step, each action, embodies the beautiful  AWARENESS & CARETAKING of both our human Self and our Eco-environments.

 Alexander Technique  - Is gentle, therapeutic, intelligent, absorbed courtesy of the Teacher’s hands-on guidance.  Body knowledge of balance, tension & ease  through releasing tensions, habits, patterns - and learning how to USE your body as Nature designed. With gracefulness, effortlessness, relaxedness, true alignment, alertness, vitality, good self-carriage (posture) and moveability. Restoring the effectiveness of our body’s natural mechanisms.  
T’ai Ch’I – Qi Gong - the ultimate exercise-art  & training. Slow,  flowing, no-strain  - in a beautiful sequence, or stand-alone movements  - so important in addressing the ills of our western lifestyle, 
Temenos  - offers us its unique environment of quietude and restfulness, allowing us intimate connection and awareness of Nature’s Garden, and the space for personal  ’retreat’.                                      
Smatterings  of delicious food, music, meditation,  me- time, deep  & creative relaxedness - all support the process. With time and space for what-you-will – wander The Garden, listen to the silence or the birdlife, watch clouds, leaves and ducks, meander, write,  sketch, simply ‘be’.

Marguerite - Internationally qualified, professional teacher of The Alexander Technique (30+ yrs).and of T’ai Chi, widely studied in the fields of body,  mind and spirit, Marguerite brings to her teaching a gentle, open, practical, holistic approach, a  respect for the magnificence and potential of the human body’s design, and the individual’s ability to build health and performance  in a natural, effective way.

Alexander teachers  ‘accompany people into their fluidity, spaciousness and poise, while ensuring their feet rest comfortably on solid ground. We awaken people to a sensory world full of simple pleasures and knowledge. Our ART is HUMAN TOUCH, an inexhaustible resource for education, nurturance, growth’.     
B. FERTMAN

PROGRAMME

Early morning : walks, meditation, Inspirational Mobility (Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Body Sense, other).  

Mornings  & Afternoons : Workshop sessions  - group & individual.  Guided through the skilful   Alexander- hands-on process.  Also free own-time

Evenings:  quiet richness of music, poetry, story, whatever the evening calls … 

Meals: wholesome, delicious, beautifully prepared vegetarian 

Meditations:  in The Well, The Little Way, Temenos Garden,.  Conscious Mindful Walking 

COST:  R4 495 -  all-inclusive: single accommodation, all meals, facilities. Stay over Sunday night at no extra cost.

BOOKINGS/ENQUIRIES: CONTACT:   Marguerite 028 271 4555;  margsmerwe@telkomsa.net  ;   www.bodysensetechnique.co.za   www.alexandertechnique.org.za  or www.temenos.org.za, temenos@lando.co.za  ; 023 625 1871

MARGUERITE (OSLER) van der MERWE is a senior teacher of Body Sense Alexander Technique and Tai Chi, with more than 30 years professional experience in the mind-body-spirit domain. She presents individual sessions, workshops and retreats countrywide.  In June 2016, Marguerite was awarded the University of the Free State’s CHANCELLOR’S MEDALLLION “for exceptional service to South Africa and the world beyond our borders.

 Author: ’THE ART OF WALKING—Path to Health & the Richness of Well-Being’; 

 ’EVE-OLUTION—Enhancing Feminine Consciousness &  Body Awareness’; ‘PRAISE-POEM for The LAND’; ‘THE ARTS OF TAI CHI ‘; ‘BODY SENSE: POISE PRESENCE POSTURE POWER‘. 


 

They say: 

I enjoyed being with you under Alexander’s umbrella. Especially watching you offer the same treatment/ principle to each of us, seeing the starting point and then the response of the individual. This was brilliant teaching!  A S 

What a wonderful few days of focus and not focus.  Just loved it all with your skillful direction, the allowing and the being. The venue and of course the food.....equally delicious in their offerings. And the people...so enjoyed the spirit, the humour and the learning vibrancy. And of course to enjoy your very special spirit.   I look forward to the unfolding of the circle dancing- And Temenos 2020. L H 

Thanks such peaceful memories of a lovely empowering time spent with you... it does help to have realise me through others eyes...  D.O.

Thanks so much for a really amazing weekend, walked away feeling taller and very peaceful 

I would very much like to continue with Alexander sessions… We will definitely try and join a future one.  N.



 “The only thing you have to offer another being, ever, is your own state of Being”  RAM DASS

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