Module 1 - Sacred Space
Module 2 - Whispers of the Body
“Until we accept the fact that life itself is founded in mystery, we shall learn nothing”
- Henry Miller
What is Biodynamic Touch?
Biodynamic Touch is sprung out of Biodynamic Cranio Sacral Therapy, and is for everyone interested in learning about healing presence, perceiving from the heart, and the power of non-invasive touch.
Module 1 (May 1-7) focuses on developing perceptual and relational skills, anchoring your awareness in the biodynamic approach.
Module 2 (May 9-15) further deepen the practice of module 1 and brings us on a journey through anatomy and integrating within ourselves our own physiology of membrane, diaphragm and cranium.
The classes starts with centering and listening practices intended to create a sacred space for us to explore the dynamics of healing, to deepen into the stillness of presence, and to enter into contact with the body by allowing its inner wisdom to guide us through a treatment. We will also cover the principles and anatomy of craniosacral therapy such as the fluid tide, diaphragms and membrane, and look at stages of embryology through a combination of theory, practice, group sharing, demonstration and time for questions.
The intimacy created within the group is of primary importance. Spaces are limited to 8 to 12 students and the group field will be shaped by each of us. Feel into your heart if this is the class for you.
This course is designed for you to gently immerse yourself in the stillness centered in our heart, and grounded in the mountains of Norway. The class will be held in a brand new nature shala built at the foot of Melkevoll glacier. Stunning mountain views and cozy modern cabins with fireplaces are waiting to host us in the valley. Spring waters abound, saunas, home cooked meals, and access to nearby mountain trekking paths are just meters away, offering abundant natural beauty and comfort to support the co-creation of a sacred space for the group.
For more info about this course, and about the teacher Jean-Manuel, see www.jeanmanuelnadeau.com
Location, Accommodation and Food
This class will take place in the gorgeous valley of Oldeladen in Norway, at the foot of the Melkevoll glacier. Accommodation will be in beautifully designed high standard wood cabin accomodation shared with 4 people.
For Module 1: Your accommodation is included from the night of your arrival on afternoon/evening April 30th to the morning of the 7th May. Class start the morning May 1st. Food (lunch and dinner) is included the days the course last. Note that you need to bring your own breakfast.
For Module 2: Your accommodation is included from the night of your arrival on May 8th to the morning of the 15th May. Class start in the morning at May 9th. Food (lunch and dinner) is included the days the course last. Note that you need to bring your own breakfast.
The cabins have fully equipped kitchens and living rooms, with shower and toilet, fireplace in some of them, and outdoor terrace with stunning mountain views over the glaciers and valley. There is easy access to many mountain trekking paths from the camp site, which also has a sauna and a cold river for the courageous one. The retreat includes nurturing homemade meals prepared by the retreat chef Frank. It will be healthy vegetarian/vegan cuisine for lunch and dinner during the entire 7-day class, and any special diets or food allergies will of course be taken care of. 8 nights of accommodation is included, with 6 full days of training and 1 day of group trekking in the mountains nearby.
This course will cover
The field is highly complex, we will learn to perceive the body on multiple levels of organization. The physical, fluids and energetic. In turn, these skills will become foundation for therapeutic use. We will familiarize ourselves with midtide, fulcrums, primal orientation, embryological forces and living anatomy.
To facilitate a session, we take a position in regards to a patient. This position, although neutral, is enhanced by the ability to be present and is applied through perceptual skills through touch. In order to listen to subtle motions and information contain within the body mind, we need to develop presence and body awareness. Knowledge of physiology and anatomy will enhance your awareness. Learning how to listen with your hands while creating a safe touch enhancing the relationship with physiology.
This work is relational in essence and therefore developing the presence we bring in treatment space is primordial. We will learn the steps in deepening our presence, holding space, listening and being. 99% of the work happen through the unseen and the unknown. Your ability to remain present while in the unknown is at the essence of this work.
Being a therapist isn’t a role for everyone, yet being a compassionate skilled listener is something we can all develop. How to respond to the variety of situations arising in clinical setting, from relational skills therapist / patient to handling trauma release.
WHO CAN ATTEND?
This module is an excellent starting point for anyone looking for self-healing as well as those wanting to add skills to their practice or deepen their understanding of the healing field (energy therapist, massage & movement therapist, CS therapist, yoga teachers and meditators). Our own healing is key in order to facilitate for others.
You will be requested to fill an application form first. The group is limited to 8 students.
Contact Jean-Manuel to receive the application PDF.
This class starts on the morning of the 1st or the 9th at 10am and end around 6pm. The 7th day we will go on a mountain trip. A typical day will see a lecture on different topics, practical exercises, demonstration sessions, exchange practice, sharing and questions & answer. The retreat also includes brunch and dinner with healthy vegetarian food served. Also included is the use of the sauna as well as gatherings in the Stone cave on the last day.
PRICE AND DEPOSIT
The training cost 12,000 NOK.
early bird special 11,111 NOK – Fill the application form & make a deposit or full payment before May 31st, 2018
To reserve and secure your place, full payment is required. A deposit of 2000NOK can be made to reserve and hold your place until full payment. Deposit is non-refundable.
If for any reason the retreat should be cancelled by us, you will receive the full amount back. Please be aware of that we need to charge the full amount for the retreat for any cancellation less than two weeks before the retreat starts.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Light and comfortable clothes for the class, and outdoor/hiking clothing for the mountains and all sorts of weather.
Good hiking shoes.
Bring climbing shoes & equipment if you want to climb. Crashpads for bouldering are available at Bretunet.
Bathing clothes if you wish to take sauna and ice water bath.
If you wish to bring some extra food or snacks, please do so. The nearest grocery store is in Olden, 20 km from Bretun.
notebook and pen
HOW TO TRAVEL TO OLDEDALEN & MELKEVOLL BRETUN?
The easiest way is to come here by car. You head for Stryn, and then onwards to Loen, Olden and then to Oldedalen and the Briksdal glacier. If you come from Førde, you take the road to Skei, Byrkjelo and then Olden and Oldedalen.
GPS coordinates: 61.66473º N, 6.81649º Ø
Sharing car option may be organized.
You can take a bus to Stryn or Olden. There are daily night and day busses from Oslo and Bergen. It takes about 7 hours from Oslo and five from Bergen. Let us know if you need to be picked up at the bus station in Stryn or in Olden.
The nearest Airports are Hovden, Ørsta. From here one must arrange transport to Melkevoll Bretun.