Mana Retreat Centre

FOR THE COMMUNITY

Join us for a morning of dance or a one day workshop. These sessions are ideal for locals or those staying on the Coromandel who can pop in for an hour or two.

Community Events and Classes at mana Retreat Centre
COMMUNITY EVENTS
<\/p>\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<hr \/>\r\n\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1581667425184_75183\" class=\"sqs-block code-block sqs-block-code\" data-block-type=\"23\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\" style=\"text-align: left;\">\r\n<h3>WHAT TO EXPECT IN CLASS<\/h3>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"row sqs-row\">\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-2 span-2\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564101857519_32899\" class=\"sqs-block spacer-block sqs-block-spacer sized vsize-1\" data-block-type=\"21\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\"><\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-8 span-8\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564099657222_11054\" class=\"sqs-block quote-block sqs-block-quote null\" data-block-type=\"31\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<figure class=\"block-animation-none\">\r\n<blockquote data-animation-role=\"quote\">\u201cOut beyond ideas of right and wrong doing, there is a field.\r\nI will meet you there.\u201d<\/blockquote>\r\n<figcaption class=\"source\">\u2014 Rumi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\"><\/div>\r\n<div><\/div>\r\n<div class=\"row sqs-row\">\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-7 span-7\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564099657222_109811\" class=\"sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html\" data-block-type=\"2\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<p class=\"\"><strong>Open Floor is a dance and movement practice that is suitable for all ability levels. <\/strong>You are never too old to move. We support people to move in a way that accommodates different energy-levels, injuries or physical disabilities (including chairs for moving on).<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">Open Floor Movement Classes combines free-form movement and guided explorations, set to inspiring and provocative soundscapes.\r\nIn every class we make time for personal practice and open dance.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">Every class begins with a warmup where we take time to tend to the needs of our bodies: warming and stretching our muscles and breathing our way into motion. Each class focuses on a particular theme. Often this is a movement skill that serves us as a resource both on and off the dance floor. Examples include: grounding, centring, releasing, activating, settling, moving towards and away... We also focus on particular parts of the body as entry points into our dance.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">This is a non-verbal practice where we communicate through our bodies. You have freedom to seek solitude or connection. The classes usually end with a gentle settling phase so we have time to rest and integrate.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">If it\u2019s your first time read Tips for First-timers below.<\/p>\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n\r\n<hr \/>\r\n\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564099657222_109811\" class=\"sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html\" data-block-type=\"2\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<h3>Introducing<\/h3>\r\n<h3>The teaching Team<\/h3>\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<img class=\"size-full wp-image-5297 alignleft\" src=\"https:\/\/manaretreat.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/Jacqui-Chan-Open-Floor-Teacher.jpg\" alt=\"\" width=\"300\" height=\"300\" \/><strong>Jacqui Chan<\/strong>\r\n<p class=\"\">QUALIFIED OPEN FLOOR TEACHER (ICMTA)<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">I love the freedom and wild delight of dancing.\u00a0I love the power of dance to enliven the physical body, free up emotions, draw me out of my mind, and connect with the larger mystery of life.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">Dance has taught me to fully embrace the joys and challenges of life\u00a0with the knowledge that everything moves. It has cast light on my edges and given me a platform to experience and express the full spectrum of my Self.\u00a0It has inspired courage to show up in both my vulnerability and magnificence.<\/p>\r\nI feel blessed to share this fun transformative practice with others. My wish is that my classes offer people an opportunity to enjoy the aliveness of their bodies, to discover their own unique dance, and to feel part of a vibrant and soulful community.\u00a0My teaching is driven by my passion for self-inquiry and somatic exploration, and draws on various threads from my life journey: yoga, taichi, art, meditation, self-inquiry and healing.\r\n\r\n<hr \/>\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\"><\/div>\r\n<div><strong>Lisa Corston<\/strong><img class=\"size-full wp-image-5298 alignleft\" src=\"https:\/\/manaretreat.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/Lisa-Corston-Open-Floor-Teacher.jpg\" alt=\"\" width=\"300\" height=\"300\" \/><\/div>\r\n<div>\r\n\r\nQUALIFIED OPEN FLOOR TEACHER (ICMTA)\r\n\r\nMy Dance and Art practices are breath to me. Enlivening and enriching, they provide wild exciting sustenance for my experience of being alive.\r\n\r\nI love pushing and stretching the boundaries of who I am, expanding my movement vocabulary as I articulate and express myself and inner world with more clarity.\u00a0 Through this dance practice I feel more at home within my own skin, a stonger sense of steadiness as I meet lifes constantly changing terrain, and I find myself smiling so much more, both outwardly and inwardly. I love the extraordinary friendships that have been born from connections on the dance floor and through the wider dance community, through these connections has come a nurturing sense of belonging.\r\n\r\nI love the invitation to move and include whatever is present in any given moment on the Open Floor.\u00a0 This means every gesture, each and every form of movement, is just right, exactly as it is, there is simply no wrong way of being and moving. The open floor offers full acceptance that every body moves with uniqueness, every dance is different and new, just as each and every moment we are alive is full of fresh potential.\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div>\r\n\r\n<hr \/>\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div><\/div>\r\n<div class=\"row sqs-row\">\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-4 span-4\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564099657222_23119\" class=\"sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html\" data-block-type=\"2\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<h2>WHAT TO BRING:<\/h2>\r\n<ul data-rte-list=\"default\">\r\n \t<li>\r\n<p class=\"\">comfortable clothing<\/p>\r\n<\/li>\r\n \t<li>\r\n<p class=\"\">warm layers<\/p>\r\n<\/li>\r\n \t<li>\r\n<p class=\"\">water bottle<\/p>\r\n<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n\r\n<hr \/>\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1598157400066_44136\" class=\"sqs-block code-block sqs-block-code\" data-block-type=\"23\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<h3>TIPS for First-Timers<\/h3>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"row sqs-row\">\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-2 span-2\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1598157400066_82781\" class=\"sqs-block spacer-block sqs-block-spacer sized vsize-1\" data-block-type=\"21\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\"><\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-8 span-8\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1555641915985_42473\" class=\"sqs-block quote-block sqs-block-quote null\" data-block-type=\"31\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<figure class=\"block-animation-none\">\r\n<blockquote data-animation-role=\"quote\">\u201cNobody cares if you can\u2019t dance well.\r\nJust get up and dance.\r\nGreat dancers are great because of their passion.\u00a0\u201d<\/blockquote>\r\n<figcaption class=\"source\">\u2014 Martha Graham<\/figcaption><\/figure>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-2 span-2\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1598157400066_87324\" class=\"sqs-block spacer-block sqs-block-spacer sized vsize-1\" data-block-type=\"21\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\"><\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"row sqs-row\">\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-6 span-6\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564099657222_173931\" class=\"sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html\" data-block-type=\"2\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<p class=\"\"><strong><em>Rest assured there are no moves to learn and nothing you can get wrong.<\/em><\/strong><\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">If you find yourself feeling awkward or self-conscious try:<\/p>\r\n\r\n<ul data-rte-list=\"default\">\r\n \t<li>\r\n<p class=\"\">feeling what body parts want to respond to the music and how they want to move.<\/p>\r\n<\/li>\r\n \t<li>\r\n<p class=\"\">focusing on how your movements feel inside your body, rather than how they look as a \u2018dance\u2019.<\/p>\r\n<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p class=\"\">If you are in need of new movement inspiration, simply look around the room and try-on a move that captures your curiosity.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">If it\u2019s your first time come early so we can welcome you and have a chat. The space is ready with music 15mins before class.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">All we ask of you is to stay for the full class duration.<\/p>\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-6 span-6\">\r\n<div class=\"row sqs-row\">\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-2 span-2\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564099657222_19663\" class=\"sqs-block spacer-block sqs-block-spacer sized vsize-1\" data-block-type=\"21\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\"><\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-4 span-4\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564099657222_99162\" class=\"sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html\" data-block-type=\"2\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<p class=\"\"><strong><em>Our dance community is warm, inclusive and supportive. We'd love you to join us.<\/em><\/strong><\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\"><\/p>\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>","start":"2020-09-29 09:30","end":"2020-09-29 11:30","borderColor":"#D6B95E","textColor":"#ffffff","color":"#3C6B8D","url":"https:\/\/manaretreat.com\/event\/community-open-floor-dance-classes\/2020-09-29\/","allDay":"","external":"on","nofollow":"on"},{"id":2,"title":"Community Open Floor Dance Classes","description":"<p class=\"\">This is an adult public class open to all ages and abilities. No bookings required, just show up on the day.\r\n<strong>Entry: $15 cash\u00a0<\/strong><\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\"><strong>*<\/strong> Feel free to arrive from 9.15am. The music will be ready if you\u2019d like a longer warmup, or if you\u2019re new come early so we can welcome you.<\/p>\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<hr \/>\r\n\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1581667425184_75183\" class=\"sqs-block code-block sqs-block-code\" data-block-type=\"23\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\" style=\"text-align: left;\">\r\n<h3>WHAT TO EXPECT IN CLASS<\/h3>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"row sqs-row\">\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-2 span-2\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564101857519_32899\" class=\"sqs-block spacer-block sqs-block-spacer sized vsize-1\" data-block-type=\"21\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\"><\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-8 span-8\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564099657222_11054\" class=\"sqs-block quote-block sqs-block-quote null\" data-block-type=\"31\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<figure class=\"block-animation-none\">\r\n<blockquote data-animation-role=\"quote\">\u201cOut beyond ideas of right and wrong doing, there is a field.\r\nI will meet you there.\u201d<\/blockquote>\r\n<figcaption class=\"source\">\u2014 Rumi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\"><\/div>\r\n<div><\/div>\r\n<div class=\"row sqs-row\">\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-7 span-7\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564099657222_109811\" class=\"sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html\" data-block-type=\"2\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<p class=\"\"><strong>Open Floor is a dance and movement practice that is suitable for all ability levels. <\/strong>You are never too old to move. We support people to move in a way that accommodates different energy-levels, injuries or physical disabilities (including chairs for moving on).<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">Open Floor Movement Classes combines free-form movement and guided explorations, set to inspiring and provocative soundscapes.\r\nIn every class we make time for personal practice and open dance.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">Every class begins with a warmup where we take time to tend to the needs of our bodies: warming and stretching our muscles and breathing our way into motion. Each class focuses on a particular theme. Often this is a movement skill that serves us as a resource both on and off the dance floor. Examples include: grounding, centring, releasing, activating, settling, moving towards and away... We also focus on particular parts of the body as entry points into our dance.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">This is a non-verbal practice where we communicate through our bodies. You have freedom to seek solitude or connection. The classes usually end with a gentle settling phase so we have time to rest and integrate.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">If it\u2019s your first time read Tips for First-timers below.<\/p>\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n\r\n<hr \/>\r\n\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564099657222_109811\" class=\"sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html\" data-block-type=\"2\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<h3>Introducing<\/h3>\r\n<h3>The teaching Team<\/h3>\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<img class=\"size-full wp-image-5297 alignleft\" src=\"https:\/\/manaretreat.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/Jacqui-Chan-Open-Floor-Teacher.jpg\" alt=\"\" width=\"300\" height=\"300\" \/><strong>Jacqui Chan<\/strong>\r\n<p class=\"\">QUALIFIED OPEN FLOOR TEACHER (ICMTA)<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">I love the freedom and wild delight of dancing.\u00a0I love the power of dance to enliven the physical body, free up emotions, draw me out of my mind, and connect with the larger mystery of life.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">Dance has taught me to fully embrace the joys and challenges of life\u00a0with the knowledge that everything moves. It has cast light on my edges and given me a platform to experience and express the full spectrum of my Self.\u00a0It has inspired courage to show up in both my vulnerability and magnificence.<\/p>\r\nI feel blessed to share this fun transformative practice with others. My wish is that my classes offer people an opportunity to enjoy the aliveness of their bodies, to discover their own unique dance, and to feel part of a vibrant and soulful community.\u00a0My teaching is driven by my passion for self-inquiry and somatic exploration, and draws on various threads from my life journey: yoga, taichi, art, meditation, self-inquiry and healing.\r\n\r\n<hr \/>\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\"><\/div>\r\n<div><strong>Lisa Corston<\/strong><img class=\"size-full wp-image-5298 alignleft\" src=\"https:\/\/manaretreat.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/Lisa-Corston-Open-Floor-Teacher.jpg\" alt=\"\" width=\"300\" height=\"300\" \/><\/div>\r\n<div>\r\n\r\nQUALIFIED OPEN FLOOR TEACHER (ICMTA)\r\n\r\nMy Dance and Art practices are breath to me. Enlivening and enriching, they provide wild exciting sustenance for my experience of being alive.\r\n\r\nI love pushing and stretching the boundaries of who I am, expanding my movement vocabulary as I articulate and express myself and inner world with more clarity.\u00a0 Through this dance practice I feel more at home within my own skin, a stonger sense of steadiness as I meet lifes constantly changing terrain, and I find myself smiling so much more, both outwardly and inwardly. I love the extraordinary friendships that have been born from connections on the dance floor and through the wider dance community, through these connections has come a nurturing sense of belonging.\r\n\r\nI love the invitation to move and include whatever is present in any given moment on the Open Floor.\u00a0 This means every gesture, each and every form of movement, is just right, exactly as it is, there is simply no wrong way of being and moving. The open floor offers full acceptance that every body moves with uniqueness, every dance is different and new, just as each and every moment we are alive is full of fresh potential.\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div>\r\n\r\n<hr \/>\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div><\/div>\r\n<div class=\"row sqs-row\">\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-4 span-4\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564099657222_23119\" class=\"sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html\" data-block-type=\"2\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<h2>WHAT TO BRING:<\/h2>\r\n<ul data-rte-list=\"default\">\r\n \t<li>\r\n<p class=\"\">comfortable clothing<\/p>\r\n<\/li>\r\n \t<li>\r\n<p class=\"\">warm layers<\/p>\r\n<\/li>\r\n \t<li>\r\n<p class=\"\">water bottle<\/p>\r\n<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n\r\n<hr \/>\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1598157400066_44136\" class=\"sqs-block code-block sqs-block-code\" data-block-type=\"23\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<h3>TIPS for First-Timers<\/h3>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"row sqs-row\">\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-2 span-2\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1598157400066_82781\" class=\"sqs-block spacer-block sqs-block-spacer sized vsize-1\" data-block-type=\"21\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\"><\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-8 span-8\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1555641915985_42473\" class=\"sqs-block quote-block sqs-block-quote null\" data-block-type=\"31\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<figure class=\"block-animation-none\">\r\n<blockquote data-animation-role=\"quote\">\u201cNobody cares if you can\u2019t dance well.\r\nJust get up and dance.\r\nGreat dancers are great because of their passion.\u00a0\u201d<\/blockquote>\r\n<figcaption class=\"source\">\u2014 Martha Graham<\/figcaption><\/figure>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-2 span-2\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1598157400066_87324\" class=\"sqs-block spacer-block sqs-block-spacer sized vsize-1\" data-block-type=\"21\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\"><\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"row sqs-row\">\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-6 span-6\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564099657222_173931\" class=\"sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html\" data-block-type=\"2\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<p class=\"\"><strong><em>Rest assured there are no moves to learn and nothing you can get wrong.<\/em><\/strong><\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">If you find yourself feeling awkward or self-conscious try:<\/p>\r\n\r\n<ul data-rte-list=\"default\">\r\n \t<li>\r\n<p class=\"\">feeling what body parts want to respond to the music and how they want to move.<\/p>\r\n<\/li>\r\n \t<li>\r\n<p class=\"\">focusing on how your movements feel inside your body, rather than how they look as a \u2018dance\u2019.<\/p>\r\n<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p class=\"\">If you are in need of new movement inspiration, simply look around the room and try-on a move that captures your curiosity.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">If it\u2019s your first time come early so we can welcome you and have a chat. The space is ready with music 15mins before class.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">All we ask of you is to stay for the full class duration.<\/p>\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-6 span-6\">\r\n<div class=\"row sqs-row\">\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-2 span-2\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564099657222_19663\" class=\"sqs-block spacer-block sqs-block-spacer sized vsize-1\" data-block-type=\"21\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\"><\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-4 span-4\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564099657222_99162\" class=\"sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html\" data-block-type=\"2\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<p class=\"\"><strong><em>Our dance community is warm, inclusive and supportive. We'd love you to join us.<\/em><\/strong><\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\"><\/p>\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>","start":"2020-10-13 09:30","end":"2020-10-13 11:30","borderColor":"#D6B95E","textColor":"#ffffff","color":"#3C6B8D","url":"https:\/\/manaretreat.com\/event\/community-open-floor-dance-classes\/2020-10-13\/","allDay":"","external":"on","nofollow":"on"},{"id":3,"title":"Community Open Floor Dance Classes","description":"<p class=\"\">This is an adult public class open to all ages and abilities. No bookings required, just show up on the day.\r\n<strong>Entry: $15 cash\u00a0<\/strong><\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\"><strong>*<\/strong> Feel free to arrive from 9.15am. The music will be ready if you\u2019d like a longer warmup, or if you\u2019re new come early so we can welcome you.<\/p>\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<hr \/>\r\n\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1581667425184_75183\" class=\"sqs-block code-block sqs-block-code\" data-block-type=\"23\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\" style=\"text-align: left;\">\r\n<h3>WHAT TO EXPECT IN CLASS<\/h3>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"row sqs-row\">\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-2 span-2\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564101857519_32899\" class=\"sqs-block spacer-block sqs-block-spacer sized vsize-1\" data-block-type=\"21\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\"><\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-8 span-8\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564099657222_11054\" class=\"sqs-block quote-block sqs-block-quote null\" data-block-type=\"31\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<figure class=\"block-animation-none\">\r\n<blockquote data-animation-role=\"quote\">\u201cOut beyond ideas of right and wrong doing, there is a field.\r\nI will meet you there.\u201d<\/blockquote>\r\n<figcaption class=\"source\">\u2014 Rumi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\"><\/div>\r\n<div><\/div>\r\n<div class=\"row sqs-row\">\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-7 span-7\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564099657222_109811\" class=\"sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html\" data-block-type=\"2\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<p class=\"\"><strong>Open Floor is a dance and movement practice that is suitable for all ability levels. <\/strong>You are never too old to move. We support people to move in a way that accommodates different energy-levels, injuries or physical disabilities (including chairs for moving on).<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">Open Floor Movement Classes combines free-form movement and guided explorations, set to inspiring and provocative soundscapes.\r\nIn every class we make time for personal practice and open dance.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">Every class begins with a warmup where we take time to tend to the needs of our bodies: warming and stretching our muscles and breathing our way into motion. Each class focuses on a particular theme. Often this is a movement skill that serves us as a resource both on and off the dance floor. Examples include: grounding, centring, releasing, activating, settling, moving towards and away... We also focus on particular parts of the body as entry points into our dance.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">This is a non-verbal practice where we communicate through our bodies. You have freedom to seek solitude or connection. The classes usually end with a gentle settling phase so we have time to rest and integrate.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">If it\u2019s your first time read Tips for First-timers below.<\/p>\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n\r\n<hr \/>\r\n\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564099657222_109811\" class=\"sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html\" data-block-type=\"2\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<h3>Introducing<\/h3>\r\n<h3>The teaching Team<\/h3>\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<img class=\"size-full wp-image-5297 alignleft\" src=\"https:\/\/manaretreat.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/Jacqui-Chan-Open-Floor-Teacher.jpg\" alt=\"\" width=\"300\" height=\"300\" \/><strong>Jacqui Chan<\/strong>\r\n<p class=\"\">QUALIFIED OPEN FLOOR TEACHER (ICMTA)<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">I love the freedom and wild delight of dancing.\u00a0I love the power of dance to enliven the physical body, free up emotions, draw me out of my mind, and connect with the larger mystery of life.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">Dance has taught me to fully embrace the joys and challenges of life\u00a0with the knowledge that everything moves. It has cast light on my edges and given me a platform to experience and express the full spectrum of my Self.\u00a0It has inspired courage to show up in both my vulnerability and magnificence.<\/p>\r\nI feel blessed to share this fun transformative practice with others. My wish is that my classes offer people an opportunity to enjoy the aliveness of their bodies, to discover their own unique dance, and to feel part of a vibrant and soulful community.\u00a0My teaching is driven by my passion for self-inquiry and somatic exploration, and draws on various threads from my life journey: yoga, taichi, art, meditation, self-inquiry and healing.\r\n\r\n<hr \/>\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\"><\/div>\r\n<div><strong>Lisa Corston<\/strong><img class=\"size-full wp-image-5298 alignleft\" src=\"https:\/\/manaretreat.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/Lisa-Corston-Open-Floor-Teacher.jpg\" alt=\"\" width=\"300\" height=\"300\" \/><\/div>\r\n<div>\r\n\r\nQUALIFIED OPEN FLOOR TEACHER (ICMTA)\r\n\r\nMy Dance and Art practices are breath to me. Enlivening and enriching, they provide wild exciting sustenance for my experience of being alive.\r\n\r\nI love pushing and stretching the boundaries of who I am, expanding my movement vocabulary as I articulate and express myself and inner world with more clarity.\u00a0 Through this dance practice I feel more at home within my own skin, a stonger sense of steadiness as I meet lifes constantly changing terrain, and I find myself smiling so much more, both outwardly and inwardly. I love the extraordinary friendships that have been born from connections on the dance floor and through the wider dance community, through these connections has come a nurturing sense of belonging.\r\n\r\nI love the invitation to move and include whatever is present in any given moment on the Open Floor.\u00a0 This means every gesture, each and every form of movement, is just right, exactly as it is, there is simply no wrong way of being and moving. The open floor offers full acceptance that every body moves with uniqueness, every dance is different and new, just as each and every moment we are alive is full of fresh potential.\r\n\r\n&nbsp;\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div>\r\n\r\n<hr \/>\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div><\/div>\r\n<div class=\"row sqs-row\">\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-4 span-4\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564099657222_23119\" class=\"sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html\" data-block-type=\"2\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<h2>WHAT TO BRING:<\/h2>\r\n<ul data-rte-list=\"default\">\r\n \t<li>\r\n<p class=\"\">comfortable clothing<\/p>\r\n<\/li>\r\n \t<li>\r\n<p class=\"\">warm layers<\/p>\r\n<\/li>\r\n \t<li>\r\n<p class=\"\">water bottle<\/p>\r\n<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n\r\n<hr \/>\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1598157400066_44136\" class=\"sqs-block code-block sqs-block-code\" data-block-type=\"23\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<h3>TIPS for First-Timers<\/h3>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"row sqs-row\">\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-2 span-2\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1598157400066_82781\" class=\"sqs-block spacer-block sqs-block-spacer sized vsize-1\" data-block-type=\"21\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\"><\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-8 span-8\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1555641915985_42473\" class=\"sqs-block quote-block sqs-block-quote null\" data-block-type=\"31\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<figure class=\"block-animation-none\">\r\n<blockquote data-animation-role=\"quote\">\u201cNobody cares if you can\u2019t dance well.\r\nJust get up and dance.\r\nGreat dancers are great because of their passion.\u00a0\u201d<\/blockquote>\r\n<figcaption class=\"source\">\u2014 Martha Graham<\/figcaption><\/figure>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-2 span-2\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1598157400066_87324\" class=\"sqs-block spacer-block sqs-block-spacer sized vsize-1\" data-block-type=\"21\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\"><\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"row sqs-row\">\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-6 span-6\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564099657222_173931\" class=\"sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html\" data-block-type=\"2\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<p class=\"\"><strong><em>Rest assured there are no moves to learn and nothing you can get wrong.<\/em><\/strong><\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">If you find yourself feeling awkward or self-conscious try:<\/p>\r\n\r\n<ul data-rte-list=\"default\">\r\n \t<li>\r\n<p class=\"\">feeling what body parts want to respond to the music and how they want to move.<\/p>\r\n<\/li>\r\n \t<li>\r\n<p class=\"\">focusing on how your movements feel inside your body, rather than how they look as a \u2018dance\u2019.<\/p>\r\n<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p class=\"\">If you are in need of new movement inspiration, simply look around the room and try-on a move that captures your curiosity.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">If it\u2019s your first time come early so we can welcome you and have a chat. The space is ready with music 15mins before class.<\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\">All we ask of you is to stay for the full class duration.<\/p>\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-6 span-6\">\r\n<div class=\"row sqs-row\">\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-2 span-2\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564099657222_19663\" class=\"sqs-block spacer-block sqs-block-spacer sized vsize-1\" data-block-type=\"21\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\"><\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<div class=\"col sqs-col-4 span-4\">\r\n<div id=\"block-yui_3_17_2_1_1564099657222_99162\" class=\"sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html\" data-block-type=\"2\">\r\n<div class=\"sqs-block-content\">\r\n<p class=\"\"><strong><em>Our dance community is warm, inclusive and supportive. We'd love you to join us.<\/em><\/strong><\/p>\r\n<p class=\"\"><\/p>\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div>","start":"2020-10-27 09:30","end":"2020-10-27 11:30","borderColor":"#D6B95E","textColor":"#ffffff","color":"#3C6B8D","url":"https:\/\/manaretreat.com\/event\/community-open-floor-dance-classes\/2020-10-27\/","allDay":"","external":"on","nofollow":"on"},{"id":4,"title":"Sika Concert","description":"<h3>Drift into the dream time in the sanctuary of Mana Retreat Centre.<\/h3>\r\nJoin us for what promises to be a captivating evening. Besides didgeridoos Sika plays an extraordinary range of natural instruments, including drums, native flutes and Taonga p\u016boro ('singing treasures'). He creates a safe space to let go of our ordinary reality for a while, inviting us to lie down, close our eyes and let the sounds carry us.\r\n\r\nYou may also feel the vibration of the didgeridoo played directly over your body as Sika moves around the space, weaving his magic. These ancient sounds have a shamanic, primordial quality that speaks to something deep within us. Helping us feel connected to ourselves and to our wild, beautiful planet. Besides profoundly relaxing, many find the experience illuminating, even transformative. Not to be missed!\r\n\r\nSika is a sound artist and multi-instrumentalist based in the South Island of New Zealand. He is one of the world's most experienced Sound Journey facilitators. You can learn more on his website www.sikamusic.com and via his Facebook page.\r\n<h3>Details:<\/h3>\r\nPlease bring whatever you need to lie comfortably - a yoga mat, blanket(s) and a small pillow or cushion for your head. If you prefer to stand or sit that's completely fine. It's your journey.\r\nWe recommend bringing a journal to capture any insights or images you may experience, plus a bottle of water.\r\n\r\nThere will be two sound journeys during the evening, with an interval in between.\r\n\r\nSound journey CDs will also be available to buy on the night, cash only.\r\n\r\n<strong>The price of this concert is $30 collected at the door. Only cash is accepted.\u00a0<\/strong>","start":"2020-11-04 19:00","end":"2020-11-04 21:00","borderColor":"#D6B95E","textColor":"#ffffff","color":"#3C6B8D","url":"https:\/\/manaretreat.com\/event\/sika-concert\/","allDay":"","external":"on","nofollow":"on"},{"id":5,"title":"Summer Working Bee","description":"","start":"2020-12-18 16:00","end":"2020-12-20 14:00","borderColor":"#D6B95E","textColor":"#ffffff","color":"#3C6B8D","url":"https:\/\/manaretreat.com\/event\/summer-bee-2020\/","allDay":"","external":"on","nofollow":"on"},{"id":6,"title":"Winter Working Bee","description":"","start":"2021-06-18 16:00","end":"2021-06-20 12:00","borderColor":"#D6B95E","textColor":"#ffffff","color":"#3C6B8D","url":"https:\/\/manaretreat.com\/event\/winter-working-bee\/","allDay":"","external":"on","nofollow":"on"}]" data-first_day="0">
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