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3 - 5 Nov 2017 | Body Sense Workshop Retreat

Updated: Mar 8, 2020

In Workshops/ Workshop-Retreats, individual and group sessions, we practice the many-splendoured BODY SENSE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE arts of Poise, Awareness, Relaxedness, The Art of Natural, Conscious Walking, Impeccable Attentiveness and ECO-AWARENESS

Managing our lives in such fast changing, challenging times, we need the lifeskills of – POISE – POSTURAL BALANCE – PRESENCE – SUPPLENESS - in body ; ATTENTIVENESS – CONSCIOUS AWARENESS - FOCUS – in mind; EASY FLOW & RICHNESS - in our emotional, spiritual Self and the grace of EFFORTLESSNESS all round!

All the Arts emerge from the Art of Living… the whole of Life is ARTISTIC. Bring Beauty into your work – Integrity, Love, Presence, Imagination… Spirituality is a QUALITY OF life. SATISH KUMAR

Join us in the beautiful, peaceful environment of TEMENOS, McGregor, for an extended weekend of BODY SENSE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE where, gently and skillfully, we restore our inherent Arts of GRACE – POSTURE – POISE – IMPECCABLE ATTENTIVENESS and the essential capacity to ‘Stop/Pause – Think – Act’ - such that each moment, each step, each action embodies the beautiful AWARENESS & CARETAKING of both our human Self and our Eco-environments We will learn & re-learn & restore these basic, essential lifeskills as we explore : 10 WAYS to Begin & Frame Your Day 10 MOVEMENTS training in BodyMind Poise – Posture - Presence - Conscious Awareness

Alexander Technique - sustains attention to developing/embodying the POISED state of conscious, constructive, effortless Being and Doing, ensuring these healthy, beautiful qualities throughout life. We begin to understand and change the root causes of many of our ailments, from painful backs to anxiety and the stresses/challenges of modern life. Temenos - offers us its unique environment of quietude and restfulness, allowing us intimate connection and awareness of Nature, and the space for personal ’retreat’. Smatterings of the Arts of Walking, Tai Chi/Qi Kung, delicious food, music, meditation, creative- and me- time, deep restfulness & creative relaxedness - all support the process. With time and space for what-you-will – wander The Garden, listen to the silence or the peacocks, watch clouds, leaves and ducks, write, sketch, simply ‘be’. Marguerite - Internationally qualified, professional teacher of The Alexander Technique (30 yrs).and of Tai Chi, widely studied in the fields of body, mind and spirit, Marguerite brings to her teaching a gentle, open, practical, holistic approach. Aware of the negative influences of our Age, she has focused on integrating a scientific, psychological and spiritual understanding into the realm of the body, restoring a healthy respect for the magnificence and potential of the human body’s design, and the individual’s ability to build health and performance in a natural, effective way.

DISCOVERING your own MIND: The attentive mind is like a well-trained athlete , a disciplined dancer, a chess or aikido master – a mind that has all the subtleness, suppleness, flexibility, and appropriated knowledge to deal with every person and every situation in a totally focused and appropriate way.


Early morning : walks, meditation, Inspirational Mobility (Tai Chi,Qi Gong etc). Morning/afternoon: Body Sense Alexander : The Arts Of Grace – Posture – Poise – Impeccable Attentiveness . For participants, an Individual session during the weekend. Evenings: quiet richness of music, poetry, story, whatever the evening calls … COST: R3 500 all-inclusive - single accommodation , all meals, facilities. Stay over Sunday night at no extra cost.


CONTACT Marguerite 028 271 4555 ; or Temenos: 023 6251871,

MARGUERITE (OSLER) van der MERWE is a senior teacher of Body Sense Alexander Technique and Tai Chi, with more than 30 years professional experience in the mind-body-spirit domain. She presents individual sessions, workshops and retreats countrywide. Author of ’THE ART OF WALKING—Path to Health & the Richness of Well-Being’, and ’EVE-OLUTION—Enhancing Feminine Consciousness & Body Awareness’. In June 2016, Marguerite was awarded the University of the Free State’s CHANCELLOR’S MEDALLLION “for exceptional service to South Africa and the world beyond our borders.”

Alexander Technique is a way of becoming more aware of balance, posture and movement in everyday activities – overcoming unconscious habits that cause physical and emotional stress - restoring the effectiveness of our body’s natural mechanisms and facilitating improvement in health, awareness and performance. it is a practical way of helping us to do things more freely, effortlessly, in accordance with the way our bodies are designed to work.

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