SONGLINE: A PATHFINER RETREAT
WITH THOMAS DROGE + JES ALLEN
When: March 9-16th, 2019
Where: Morocco, Marrakech
All Levels Welcome
From the living tradition of Australian Aboriginal mythology; the songline is a route through the landscape of the earth and sky which is believed to have been travelled during the Dreamtime (or Alcheringa) and features a series of landmarks which tells the history of the people, the land, and the sky.
In many ancient traditions the idea of Dreaming is used to represent the concept of a place or way of being that is outside of our normal view of reality. The aboriginals call it ”time out of time" or “Everywhen.” The process of being in a “place outside of time” s a way of discovering the doorway to the spirit realm. In this realm humans could discover information and understandings far beyond those found in their regular day to day lives.
SITTING IN OBLIVION
In the Daoist tradition the concept of “Sitting in Oblivion” is about entering into a state of perfect stillness that allows us to become one with everything. A state of infinite presence outside of time. In the Yogic tradition Samadhi is also state of entering into pure consciousness.
Jes and I specifically designed this retreat to create a combination of elements that will guide this group together through a physical, spiritual, and energetic process of remembering and discovering your personal songline; who you have been and who you will be; where you come from (ancient lineage to present) and where you are going. The Pathfinder process is the process of tapping into the infinite wisdom of the Four Directions (spirit, body, mind and the architecture of universal consciousness).
TOOLS WE WILL USE:
Movement practice: (Yogic Asana and Qi Gong) infused with the energetics of Shamanic Daoist lineage practices.
Stillness Practice: Meditation and seated Qi gong practices. Songline practice; guided meditation to open and move through the “Everywhen/Dao”
Sharing practice: After we have discovered our songline, we will share the the journey with the group in whatever form feels the most authentic to each person.
Marrakech region at the foothills of the Atlas mountains. We chose this place because of its natural ability to pull you out of your normal touch points and into a place where you can leave behind the fixed identity of yourself and enter into the realm of the constantly changing truth of you; the unlimited possibility of this life.
Practicing where the mountains meet the plains before they descend down to the ocean is to imbed yourself in the support of nature to restore you and help you integrate change while also inspiring your shift by physically representing the power and harmony of the elements.
OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES
Visiting the souks in Marrakech
Horse back riding
Practice by Lake Talla Tak