Waking Up!: The Improvisation and Spirituality Weekend
The Redfied Centre
Are you tired of trying other people’s formulas?
Are you looking to carve out a path that’s original or totally your own?
Are you clear that life requires both planning and improvisation?
Then join Jules Munns, Angelo John Lewis and Fiona Robertson for Waking Up: The Improvisation and Spirituality Weekend.
What do we mean by Waking Up?
It’s very easy to be lulled into a trance by life’s
routines. We go through the motions in a
kind of hypnotic, half-dead slumber, like rats on a treadmill.
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 which
includes freedom, openness and spontaneity.
What does improvisation have to do with Waking Up?
In a word, everything!
When we’re improvising, we are in the moment, mindful and free. We’re dancing
in a kind of
flow that allows internal
barriers to break down and solutions to emerge. There is a dynamic, fluid interplay
between ourselves and our environment. Developing our innate ability to
improvise balances our tendencies to over-analyze, engage in excessive
planning, or live 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 improvisation have to do with spirituality?
There are many definitions of spirituality, but the one we like best defines it as the sense of connecting 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, it means the continual refinement of our noblest qualities, a quest for meaning or mystical fulfillment.
Whatever the definition of spirituality, everyone agrees on two things: spirituality isn’t static, and it demands practice. The discipline of improvisation can be an active spiritual practice, a kind of extraverted twin of meditation. Whereas passive meditation teaches us the skill of turning our attention inward, improvisation requires us to still our minds, drop our egos, and be in direct 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 be in service to spontaneity, playfulness and trust.
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, playful and fun 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 made during the weekend, such as individual and group improvisation practices, active meditation exercises, and tools for reflection and inquiry.
Who are the facilitators?
Together, we have more than three decades of experience in facilitating experiential learning events.
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 the 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.
Fiona Robertson is the author of The Dark Night of the Soul: A Journey from Absence to Presence and The Art of Finding Yourself: Live Bravely and Awaken to Your True Nature. She is a facilitator and teacher of the Living Inquiries, an embodied inquiry process she co-created. She facilitates individuals from around the world and occasionally offers in-person gatherings.
Where will the event be held?
The residential event will be held in the Redfield Centre, a converted stable and coach house at Redfield Community in Winslow, Buckinghamshire. Tuition includes meals and lodging and may be paid in monthly installments (on Checkout, choose "Pay with Payment Plan").
How can I get more information?
Visit the course homepage to receive updates about the event; write us at info@divspirit, or call us at +44 7870 639321.