Silent Ground Retreats Centre # 12-1601 Comox Sreet.,
V6G 1P4 Vancouver
Since childhood, she has been sensitive to the life force within her body and in nature. Her focus during school years and university was Fine Arts, drawing, painting, theatre, music and dance. Two of the dance performances she choreographed were explorations of the Five Elements, which expressed energetic, emotional transformation and regeneration. Her movement studies included modern, folk and improvisational dance. Psychophysical work, Feldenkrais and dance therapy became an on-going study of the intimate connection and liberation of body, energy and mind. Her interest in holistic health deepened by working with Shiatsu, Acupressure and diet.
Meeting Eurythmy, an art of movement of speech and music, founded by Rudolf Steiner, was love at first sight. The truth in these beautiful inherent gestures rang true in her soul. It was a refined way for her to move with the etheric/energy flows of cosmic forces. She graduated after a four-year study in Nuremberg, Germany.
In 1979 she joined Christer Ekstrom for intensive retreats in the Swiss Alps. Spontaneous Kundalini currents stirred within her. Later she recognized some of her experiences in esoteric Taoist texts. They embarked on an intensive, on-going retreat together on an island in British Columbia. During her partner's dramatic Kundalini crisis they met Master Mantak Chia in 1983. They learned the evolving Universal Tao system, which gave a conscious map of their unfoldment and effective tools to facilitate others in their paths. They have been practicing and teaching this system, along with their creative breath, voice and movement work.
Minke's uplifting presence radiates joy and loving kindness. Her calm enthusiasm for the practices is contagious in person and through her recordings.
Silent Ground Retreat Centre was established in 1982 on beautiful Read Island in the Straight of Georgia, British Columbia, Canada. Senior Instructors, Minke deVos and Christer Ekstrom, welcome adventurous souls to join the community on a deep meditative journey. Groups are small, up to 15 people, to allow for quality, individual attention.
Courses in personal and professional development give a boost to total wellness. Holistic Arts inspire more meaning, creativity, and consciousness in your life, and motivate your independent practice. By fulfilling the requirements, one can be certified in Yogic Breathing, Tao Yoga, and Living Tao Practices (Associate Instructor). Week to month-long intensives or long-term retreats are offered each season.
The program offers a systematic training in mindfulness of breath, body, feeling and mind. Skilful practices enable us to transform the energies of negative emotions and mental/physical tensions into a vital sense of loving connection with ourselves and the world. The safe, supportive environment allows for personal catharsis and helps to center during challenging times. Loving attention facilitates spiritual, psychic and enrgetic awakenings.
Tao Basics investigates the nature of the subtle bodies and flows. This training initiates a self-cultivation process, utilizing foundation practices which continue throughout the succeeding retreats: Inner Smile, Microcosmic Orbit, Six Healing Sounds, Chi Self Massage, Healing Love, Iron Shirt Chi Kung, Tai Chi Chi Kung, Tan Tien Chi Kung, Bone Breathing, Free Flow Chi Kung, Tao Yoga, Yogic Breathing, Human Studies, Cosmic Movement, Tao of Voice, Diet energetics and Brainwave Development.
Progressive and Certification Courses: Retreats cover Tao Basics and progress to other intermediate and advanced practices according to the interest and readiness of the participants. Intermediate courses include Advanced Fusion, Kan & Li and deep healing and creative work. If you would like to come for a longer time the on-going retreat includes about 9 hours of meditation and body/mind practices with a small supportive community.
Seasonal Retreats are wonderful ways to be nourished by nature and the island's wild beauty. For current schedules see: Workshops - By Instructors/Practitioners
Silence your mind in the ground of consciousness. Open your heart to your true happiness. Awaken your vital connection to the universe.
For more information on retreats and Tao Tools, please contact: Silent Ground, Box 28 Surge Narrows, BC, Canada. (250) 830-7212 firstname.lastname@example.org www.SilentGround.com