In the process of playing the game of life…
Are you tired of trying other people’s formulas?
Looking to carve out a path that’s original or totally your own?
Are clear that life mastery means balancing planning and improvisation?
Then join us for Waking Up!: The Improvisation and Spirituality Workshop!
What do we mean by Waking Up?
It’s very easy when living through life’s routines to be lulled into a of trance. We go through the motions, like rats on a treadmill, lulled into a kind of hypnotic slumber. Waking Up! means unshackling ourselves from the habitual patterns that prevent us from living the life that we truly want to live. It means uncovering a mature version of childlike innocence in which exists freedom, openness and spontaneity.
What does improvisation have to do with Waking Up?
In a word, everything! When we’re doing it well, we’re in the moment, mindful and free. We’re dancing in a kind of flow that allows internal barriers to be shattered and solutions to emerge. There’s a dynamic interplay between ourselves and our environment. Developing our innate ability to improvise balances whatever tendency we have to over-analyze, engage in excessive planning, or living in the future or the past. We uncover our in-the-moment ability to create a relationship between what’s going on inside of us and what’s in front of us–without even needing to think about it.
What does this have to do with spirituality?
There are a lot of definitions of spirituality, but the one we like best is the one that defines it as the sense of connection to something infinitely bigger than ourselves. For some of us, this involves having a deep sense of the sacred dimension of all of life. For others, this means the continual refinement of our noblest qualities, such as the quest for meaning or mystical fulfillment.
However its defined, everyone seems to agree on two things: spirituality isn’t a static thing, and it demands practice. The discipline of improvisation can be active spiritual practice, a kind of extraverted twin of what happens in most forms of meditation. Whereas passive meditation teaches us the skill of turning our attention inward, improvisation requires to still our mind, drop our ego, and be in relationship with whoever and whatever is in front of us. Improv invites us to explore the innate interconnectedness between ourselves and others, while encouraging us to let go of our ego in service of spontaneity, playfulness and trust.
Improvisation is the ability to create something very spiritual, something of one’s ownSonny Rollins
So what will we do during the weekend?
Rather than telling you what we’ll do – we’re improvisors, right! — let’s instead focus on our facilitation goals for the weekend.
- We’ll create a safe, fun and playful environment for you to get a deeper sense of what spirituality means to you.
- We’ll lead a range of activities that allow you to explore how your individual way of being in the world plays out in community
- We’ll give you take-away tools to enhance the discoveries you’ve uncovered during the weekend, such as individual and group improvisation practices, active meditation exercises, and tools for reflection and inquiry.
So who are the facilitators?
Angelo John Lewis is the Director of the Diversity and Spirituality Network and a life and business coach and consultant who has designed, developed and conducted group problem solving and community building interventions for non-profit, corporate and government clients. He is the originator of the Dialogue Circle Method™, and the author of Notes for a New Age.
Jules Munns is a professional improvisor and co-founder and artistic director of the Nursery and a member of award-winning improv company The Maydays. He performs regularly in improv shows in London and Brighton, tours in festivals worldwide, and teaches both performance and applied improvisation.
Tuition for this residential workshop is £295.00 and includes lodging and Saturday and Sunday meals.
Register by Friday, February 8 to receive a 20% discount. Place Earlybird in the discount code at checkout.
Date: 31st May to 2nd June 2019
The Venue: Redfield Community, Buckingham Rd, Winslow, Buckingham MK18 3LZ