A Dragonfly Practices week retreat in South Aveyron
THE ALCHEMY OF THE 4 ELEMENTS
The intuitive language of ancient science and how it applies to our own lives
August 17 – 24
“Dragonfly is the essence of the winds of change, the messages of wisdom and enlightnement, and the communications from the elemental world. This elemental world is made up of the tiny spirits of plants, and of the elements air, earth, fire and water. In essence, this world is full of nature spirits.”
Jamie Sam and David Carson, Medecine Cards
The idea that everything that exists in this manifested world can be reduced to and understood thru 4 basic elements comes from the dawn of times. Those teachings have been an essential part of the old science that came to us thru the Egyptians but we found them also all over the world, in Chineese culture, in the Native american culture…
During this week of practice we will gather in the South of Aveyron, a very beautiful land known for its mysterious sculptures of godesses dating back 3500 BC, its red Earth, its medival villages amongst the most beautiful in France and it’s round crosses that can be found everywhere in the landscape and speak of the mysticism of this land.
We will dive into the understanding of the 4 elements and how they are connected to our own life and everything that surrounds us. We will learn and practice series of movements to connect us to the essence of those elements, look into our own personal history to see how they manifest in our lives, practice TRE® and breathing technic, to release patterns of thoughts and behaviors and access our deepest self. We will also walk the land of South Aveyron to establish a connection with the Earth, the rivers, the animals, the trees, the stones, the Sky and the Spirit of the land.
In times of change, when nothing is for sure anymore, we will come back to the essence of who we are as human beings in order to become conscious of how to create and maintain a balance between the different forces at play.
We will have 4 full days of workshop and 2 days of excursions. We will also attend 2 concerts of sacred music in the ancient Abbaye of Sylvanès that is hosting a world famous international festival of sacred music.
As an option we are also proposing a 2-3 days event – from Saturday to Tuesday – at a reduced cost: One day of practice around the Theme of the Earth element and one day of tour.
We will be staying at the Valrance center, in the village of Saint-Sernin-sur-Rance which is famous for La Dame de Saint Sernin and Victor the wild child.
Cost of the 6 days of practice including the concerts: 360 € before July 13, 400 after.
Cost for the 2 days option from Saturday to Tuesday morning: 150 € before July 13, 180 after.
Cost of the lodging and meals in rooms of 2: 75 € / person / day: 525 € for 7 days or 225 for the 3 nights only option.
sheets are not included and there is a 3,5 € extra fee for rental to be paid on place.
Possibility of paying in installments.
No refunds after August 1rst.
Please fill up the registration form below if you would like to register, we will send you an email to let you know how to make the first payment.
Closest airport is Toulouse. Then 20/30 mn Shuttle bus from airport (8€) to main Toulouse train station (Gare Matabiau) and train to Albi (one hour train) at:
9h17 – arrives in Albi at 10h23
11h16 – arrives in Albi at 12h16
13h07 – arrives in Albi at 14h15
14h11 – arrives in Albi at 15h12
16h37 – arrives in Albi at 17h44
17h36 – arrives in Albi at 18h35
18h37 – arrives in Albi at 19h35
19h28 – arrives in Albi at 20h38
21h23 – arrives in Albi at 22h29.
Train website: https://www.oui.sncf/
Train from Albi to Toulouse can be purshased at the last moment…
We will pick you up in Albi (45 mn drive from workshop location) or if possible organize carpooling from Toulouse…
Saturday August 17: arrival at Valrance Center
Dinner: 6 – 8 pm
Opening circle and opening practice : 8 pm – 10 pm
Sunday August 18: Connecting to the Earth
Workshop: 9 am – 4 pm
Concert at Sylvanès: Stabat Matter: 5 pm
Monday August 19: Excursion in Aveyron: The Templars villages and the sacred buildings (still to be confirmed) – we are also intending to visit and have a practice at the Cayla which is the property we are buying to build up our own Center.
Tuesday August 20: Connecting to the Water
Workshop: 9 am – 5 pm
6 – 8 pm: Visit of the Combret village and its river
Wednesday August 21: Excursion to be defined
Thursday August 22: Connection to the Air
Workshop: 9 am – 5 pm
6 – 8 pm: Conneting to the Sky in Laval Roquecezière
Friday August 23: Connecting to Fire
Workshop: 9 am – 5 pm
9 pm: Concert: Misa Flamenca in Sylvanès
Saturday August 24: Departure
9 – 12 pm: Closing circle
La Dame de Saint Sernin – Statue Menhir – 3500 BC