Voice, Body, and Heart/Mind: Doors of Awakening
Offered by the Rev. Myo-O Marilyn Habermas-Scher
Begins: 4:30 pm Friday, April 12, 2019
Ends: 4:30 pm Saturday, April 13, 2019
$225 (Scholarships available)
The process of transforming our hearts is a mysterious creature; we glimpse it in the forest, fluttering in the leaves. Hearing it on the lake, it shimmers, and is gone.
The process of transformation lives in the body; the body is the movement of mystery itself. In this evening and day long retreat we will explore the movement of the voice, rooted in kinesthetic awareness. The voice is the expression of sound and gravity, moving. It comes from nowhere, and goes nowhere. It is vibration of the mystery of the body in specific spaces.
Our time together will be spent in silent meditation, mindful movement, deep hearing, vocal warm-up and attunement. We will also chant, sing and improvise from that kinesthetically aware base. We will share our experiences with each other, and support each others’ awakening with our voices.
Longing for what is not extinguishable is not about making sense; it is simply this.
Rev. Myo-O Marilyn Habermas-Scher works as a hospital chaplain at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, MHealth in Minneapolis, MN. She is a fully transmitted Soto Zen Buddhist priest in the lineage of Dainin Katagiri Roshi, founder of the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center, and a practitioner for over forty years. She has spent sixty years investigating the movement of the body and the voice in many forms, including modern dance, Qi Gong, contact improvisation, Body-Mind Centering TM., and Interplay TM. She is a choreographer, performance artist, dancer, singer, and teacher of VoiceWork, somatically based vocal training. She has offered Voice Healings at Pathways in Minneapolis for twenty-five years.