Sacha Paddy and Neal Ghoshal wish to thank all who came to the Sweet Surrender Retreat at Mana Retreat Centre, in August this year. A very beautiful time sharing our wild dance, exploring movement and yoga, singing and chanting up at the sanctuary.
Penelope Holmes, wrote this lovely poem about her experience:
Your biggest fear is being alone in the silence
Yet this is the next part of your journey
After the busy world of work, families, children, pets, the needs of others comes the time of stillness
Curling inwards to witness the true self
The weekend gives you the opportunity to see the path unfolding
Every possible moment is in the walk to Tara, the sanctuary
Walking, resting, noticing beauty
Entering the sacred space
Listening, hearing the tumbling water
The air breathing through the trees
Experiencing the symmetry of geometry
Black circle hands on pounamu the heart
The windows of oneness all religions
The track to Mana’s mountain
Touching the thirty million year old rock
Cheek to cheek
Finding my spot lying still in the grass watching
Islands and the sea, my childhood of sailing unfolding
I hear you in the call of the kaka parrot
Meeting, mating in that blue sky, flying free
This love, the huge enormous love lights the way forward
Thank-you Sacha my body hears the call, dance, surrender, be who I am
Thank-you Neal the essence of paying attention to every speck of kindness
to self and others, builds up the kind of knowing that will last a lifetime and beyond.
Thank you Mana – a place of peace kind to the soul
A great intro to the 5Rhythms and let Gabrielle Roth guide you through Flowing:
"Just jump in - God is always dancing - always."
"Life is the dancer and you are the dance."
"Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor."
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
"There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good."
"Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion."
May the calm be widespread
May the ocean glisten as greenstone
May the shimmer of light
Ever dance across your pathway
The Whale Rider, Witi Ihimaera
"Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free."
"Put the psyche in motion and it will heal itself."
"The 5Rhythms are a map to everywhere we want to go, on all planes of consciousness - inner and outer, forward and back, physical, emotional and intellectual."
"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance."
"Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It’s the rhythm of your life. It’s the expression in time and movement, in happiness, joy, sadness and envy."
“If not now, when?”
To reach for love
is to change the shape of the arm
To look on beauty
is to alter the eyes
Prayer sanctifies the lips
Song liberates the throat
Dance fills the bones with light
Love makes of the heart
an Open Hand.
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”
"Life is short and there will always be dirty dishes, so let’s dance."
"For me, God is both the dance and the dancer, I am just the part that gets in the way."
“Move and the way will open.”
"To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak."
Hopi Indian Saying