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Flesh, Truth, Sacred Body: Exploring Dance and Movement as a Spiritual Journey

Explore the contemplative connection between the body, movement, dance, creative process, self awareness and a meditation practice
Ida Mara Freire

Leader

Ida Mara Freire

Ida Mara Freire, a member of WCCM in Brazil for nearly two decades, embarked on her novitiate journey a few years ago. Her extensive background in Pedagogy, specialized knowledge in Dance, a Ph.D. in Psychology, and post-doctoral research on disability arts, forgiveness, and dance in England and South Africa make her a seasoned and insightful guide for this transformative retreat.

Date

24 - 29 Sep, 2024

Location

Bonnevaux - On the Ground
86370 Marçay, France

The “Flesh, Truth, Sacred Body Retreat” is a 5-day journey designed to explore the profound connection between the body, movement, dance, the creative process, and self-awareness. Drawing inspiration from ten creative journeys, this experience weaves together movement, introspection, and meditation, guiding participants on an enriching voyage of self-discovery, spiritual connection, and holistic well-being.

The primary purpose of this retreat is to offer a contemplative and transformational experience. Participants will be invited to embark on an inner dance journey, delving deep into their emotions, memories, and bodily sensations, thereby crafting their own unique and authentic dance expressions.

Key elements of the retreat include the discovery of creative dance movement experiences that explore the vital space surrounding the body, a heightened exploration of the senses, contemplative practices, and a profound connection with the realms of flesh, truth, and the sacred body. Journaling activities will also be incorporated to facilitate the integration of experiences and reflections.

Throughout the retreat, attendees will have the opportunity to expand their awareness of both their physical and emotional bodies, fostering a deeper connection with their inner wisdom and sacred selves. The program will feature moments of reflection, sharing, and collective growth within a supportive group setting.

This retreat warmly welcomes individuals of all abilities, with or without prior dance experience, who seek to freely express themselves through movement and contemplate the body as flesh, truth, and sacred. No prior dance experience is required—only a willingness to embrace the creative process and embark on an inner journey of exploration.

This retreat is both for the beginning and ongoing meditators. There will be four periods of meditation a day to accommodate your level of practice. Mornings will be in silence through breakfast and lunch, with the afternoon opening to times of rest and solitude and a convivial dinner where you can get to know your neighbour.

Bonnevaux is near Poitiers, France, southwest of Paris. It is 20-minute ride from Poitiers Airport and train station. The journey by train to Poitiers is about 90 min from Paris (Montparnasse).

By road

5 hour drive from Paris along the A10. Parking is available at Bonnevaux. Get directions here

By air

Fly into Poitiers Airport, served by low-cost airlines. The airport is a 20-minute drive from the Abbaye. To the Poitiers Biard Airport website 

Fly into Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport – click here to get all travel info to and from the airport.

Fly into Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport – click here to get all travel info to and from the airport.

By train

1.5h by TGV from Paris to Poitiers station which is about 20 minutes drive from Bonnevaux. To the Gare de Poitiers Train Station website

  • Speakers
Ida Mara Freire

Leader

Ida Mara Freire

Ida Mara Freire, a member of WCCM in Brazil for nearly two decades, embarked on her novitiate journey a few years ago. Her extensive background in Pedagogy, specialized knowledge in Dance, a Ph.D. in Psychology, and post-doctoral research on disability arts, forgiveness, and dance in England and South Africa make her a seasoned and insightful guide for this transformative retreat.

  • Schedule

"Flesh, Truth, Sacred Body
Exploring Dance and Movement as a Spiritual Journey "

ArrivalTuesday 24 September 2024, check-in: 13h30 – 15h30
DepartureSunday 29 September 2024, after lunch (14h00)
  • Contribution

 

Single room€tbc

Single room with shared bathroom

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Shared twin room€tbc                                  

The prices reflect the need to achieve self sufficiency. Therefore if you’re able to give a little more we would be very grateful. Please, click here to donate.
If you need a concession please let us know. We do not turn anybody away for lack of resources. Please, click the email address  <contact@bonnevauxabp.com> to contact us.

  • Dietary Information

At Bonnevaux, we aim for healthy, well-rounded, and nutritious meals. Please indicate your meal preference (non-vegetarian, vegetarian) below within the registration process.

* Unfortunately, we cannot cater to specific intolerances and allergies — we do not have the team or facilities for this. Please also be aware that traces of allergens (e.g. nuts) may be found in the food at Bonnevaux.
* We are committed to balancing protein, carbohydrates, fats and fiber from organic meat, plant-based proteins, vegetables, un-processed carbs, grains, legumes and fruit.
* Gluten and Lactose intolerance: we cannot create individually tailored meals. Should the main course at lunch contain your intolerance, you can always choose from the vegetables on offer and rice (plus non-gluten bread). The salad and soup bar in the evening will offer you a variety to balance out and complement what you have eaten for breakfast and lunch.
* Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at: contact@bonnevauxabp.com.

  • Registration

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Cancellation

— Please ensure you have travel insurance in place as we cannot refund cancelled travel for any reason.
— If you cancel your Bonnevaux booking up to 30 days before the event starts, you will be refunded the full cost of the event.  Cancellations occurring within 30 days of the event start will be offered a voucher for a future event. Bonnevaux reserves the right to cancel events at any point – cancellations occurring within 30 days prior to the event start date will be subject to the voucher refund policy only.

Membership Fee ** – 10€

Membership fee is paid once per year, valid from Jan – Dec.

** by French law you must be a ‘member‘ of the charity (association ABP) Abbaye de Bonnevaux – Centre Pour la Paix in order to participate at an on-the-ground event at Bonnevaux – 86370 Marçay, France.

Membership is non-binding. It simply means that you are invited to attend the annual general meeting if you wish and that you may receive information about our events during the year.

The Abbey of Bonnevaux is the spiritual home of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) which includes a Conference and Retreat Centre dedicated to peace. The on-the-ground activities of the Abbey are organized under the responsibility of l’Association Abbaye de Bonnevaux – Centre pour le Paix (ABP).  The Association, which is governed by the French law of 1st July 1901, is registered in Poitiers under the reference RNA: W863007299.

Address : Bonnevaux, 86370 Marçay, France.
Phone number : 06 33 43 71 71 / 06 61 96 57 74.
José Pype (President of the Association); Giovanni Felicioni (Associate Director and Programme Manager)
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Photo by Ida Mara Freire
Canterbury, England, July 2018

Ida Mara Freire

Leader

Ida Mara Freire

Ida Mara Freire, a member of WCCM in Brazil for nearly two decades, embarked on her novitiate journey a few years ago. Her extensive background in Pedagogy, specialized knowledge in Dance, a Ph.D. in Psychology, and post-doctoral research on disability arts, forgiveness, and dance in England and South Africa make her a seasoned and insightful guide for this transformative retreat.

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