7:00 to 8:00 pm
8 Euro Ikarians
12 Euro Visitors
Please respect that due to crisis all Ikarians will only pay 8 Euro per lesson.
No experience needed –
all levels welcome!
Every MONDAY – Body&Mind Meditation
With Joey Brown from 7:00 to 8:00 pm
You’ll enjoy introductions into different kinds of meditation. I will offer a combination of body-in-silence mindfulness meditation, body-in-motion meditation (f.ex. Osho Kundalini meditation, relax meditations, dance meditations) and Laugher Yoga Meditation. All the meditations have the same goal: to silence the 10.000 voices in your head, and to enter the space of emptiness, to experience totality, peacefulness and light and to open your source of creation, to find your own rhythm, your centre and your place and position in life. And most important of all: you’ll have a great time!
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Meditation for me?
There are many forms of mental training that go by the name "meditation". The first thing you’ll learn is this: EVERYONE has access to meditation, or to the meditative state (being completely connected with the here and now, to be one). And the best way to find out what kind of meditation works best for you, is to try it out.
For silent meditation, I always recommend a technique called vipassana meditation (or "insight" meditation). With vipassana the quality of mind you get is referred to as "mindfulness", a state of open, nonjudgmental and focused attention, to be present in the here-and-now. And this is what I will teach you in the body-in-silence mindful meditation: how to be total in the here-and-now. Mindfulness meditation has positive effects for pain, anxiety, depression, emotional regulation and self-awareness.
The body-in-motion meditations are 100% FUN doing. You’ll learn to listen to your body. What is it that your body wants to tell you? What is it that your body needs? You’ll experience that meditation will help you just "to be". You ARE the dancing, you ARE the sitting, you ARE the jumping or sleeping or relaxing. You’ll relax your mind and your body, and open up your flow of creativity.
For the body-in-motion meditations I will use different Osho meditations (grounding), dance meditations (grounding, de-blocking, how to relax in movement), relaxing meditations (relaxing after movement) and Laughter Yoga meditation techniques (how to laugh without a reason and how to share pure JOY). Sit, relax, stretch, move, dance, shout, cry, laugh, love, share, be without judgment. Just be yourself.
What to bring:
It’s best to wear loose, comfortable clothing. For body-in-motion meditations it’s important that you feel free to move. I will give full meditation instructions at the start of every lesson. I will hold the space for you so that you can feel absolutely safe to explore and experience your own way into meditation. All the instructions are absolutely simple. Really everyone can do it. You too.
“Practice meditation regularly. Meditation leads to eternal bliss. Therefore meditate, meditate.”
“Meditation is all about the pursuit of nothingness. It’s like the ultimate rest. It’s better than the best sleep you’ve ever had. It’s a quieting of the mind. It sharpens everything, especially your appreciation of your surroundings. It keeps life fresh.”
Dipl. Teacher, Writer, Inspirator, Journalist, Editor and Writing Coach
Born in Belgium 1976
From 1999 onwards I worked mainly as a language teacher at high school, as an editor, a writer, and a writing coach. Next to that I was closely involved in the organisation of Antwerp’s major literature festival Zuiderzinnen (2000-2012). Nevertheless I kept on missing something and in 2010 I took sabbatical leave of my teaching job to travel around the world.
It was the best decision ever: finally I could open up to other interests: meditation, silent retreats, breath&body work, painting, dancing and creative groupwork trainings. During these travels, I never skipped my favourite island Ikaria, which I started to call "home".
Only in 2013 I decided to make my dream come true: to set up my own organisation for writing holidays and creative retreats. And in doing so, MANAMAHOUSE was born.
During winter time I edit and write, I give online coaching, I paint, walk, do yoga, run and dance. And yes: some days -when the winds are blowing hard and the sea sings its darkest songs- I do nothing at all. I just allow myself to go Frantically Crazy or to be Totally Lazy (not moving 1 inch out of the house).
1994-1998: English and Dutch Literature, Antwerp University, Belgium and University Utrecht, The Netherlands
1996-1998: Teacher Training at Antwerp University, Belgium
1998-1999: Translation Studies at Antwerp University, Belgium.
1999-2000: English teacher at a French high school, Chateau-Salins
2000-2001: Journalist for a National Belgian newspaper, HLN
2002-2010: Teacher of Dutch and English literature and linguistics, Sint-Ursula-Instituut, Belgium
2000-2012: organisor, webtextwriter, press and communication for the Antwerp literature festival ZuiderZinnen
2007-present: teacher of creative writing in cooperation with several organisations for creative writing: e.g. Creatief Schrijven vzw, Aykohuis, Schrijven Online
2010-present: several meditation retreats and courses for the development of consciousness and Light Body Awakening: e.g. one month silent meditation in Sri Lanka, 10-days silent meditations in India and Indonesia, Tantra or Sexual Deconditioning course in Osho Miasto, Italy, Primal or Childhood Deconditioning in Villagio Globale, Italy, Childhood Deconditioning Training in Osho Afroz, Greece, breath&body workshops in India, Vipassana meditation retreats in Indonesia and Italy, Mindfullness training and Vipassana meditation and retreats in Antwerp, Belgium