Summer 2020 is the time to have a wonderful retreat with your family, real or chosen, and take full advantage of being able to experience Quinta Ten Chi in a small intimate group.
Covid-19 regulations forbids any gathering with more than 10 people, so we thought hard on how to make our magical place available to others, and families seem to be at the forefront of what needs to be pampered and cared for after all the many hours of lockdown we all went through.
You can choose your own way to make your retreat. You can come here and camp, or sleep in our dorms. You can choose if you want to cook or if you just want to use the kitchen and cook your meals with your lovely family. You can choose if you want to just hang out in nature and read a book or if you would like to stay here and have some classes of wholesome self awareness, body awareness, fun for the family and more. Each class will add an additional cost of 15 Euros per person. Children can participate for free.
We offer a variety of activities for you retreat, that you can book with us in advance:
Tai Chi Chuan In its serenity and balance, the art of Tai Chi Chuan invites you into a space of relaxation and self-awareness, uniting movement and meditation. As your breath becomes deep and calm, as your mind slows down, and as your body finds an harmonious flow, your inner sources of natural energy are activated, providing good conditions for health and well-being. A deep and meaningful path, where the visible and the subtle of the human body joyfully meet and dance.
Kung Fu Inspired by the movements of animals, the tradition of Kung Fu explores the martial possibilities of a human body. In this art, you improve and expand your physical ability, learn to focus your mind, and progressively understand the offensive and defensive dynamics of a fight: basic postures and movements, arms and legs, controlling and locking joints, and wrestling. While it can be approached from a lighthearted and fun perspective, as a way to improve fitness and body control, it offers a path of self-awareness and growth, based on fundamental human values that have sowed wisdom into the heart of Mankind for many generations.
A brief bio of teacher Pedro Rafael, Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan
Following my love for sports, I joined the Yang’s Martial Arts Association (YMAA) in 1995, to learn Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan. With growing clarity on the state of the human society, I progressively disconnected from a scientific career, embracing a deep path of self discovery. After seven years of full dedication to the martial arts, I started to teach in Sintra and Cascais. Determined to contribute to the growth of the human collective, I also started to facilitate sessions and courses in the areas of Chi Kung, Meditation, and Personal Growth. Today, I am still a teacher in these arts, and I dream of a world governed by sincerity and common sense.
Here is Pedro performing the first part of the YMAA Tai Chi Chuan sequence (Yang style):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmubPE7Qmh
Moving Through the Inner Landscape
We will experience energetic practices like Chi Kung, Tai Chi and Yoga, connected with contemporary dance and conscious movement. Beginning in a circle we evolve into opening and expanding with the breath in a living pulsation. We learn to listen to the group and their needs and to be fully Present in freedom and fluidity. Sensorial based explorations sometimes take place, in playful but always powerful exercises that help us to understand body wisdom and unlock our internal movement and connect it
with the external world. A sense of unity and belonging naturally arises while we integrate mind and emotions.
It’s an experience of deep ecology in every cell of the body, transforming our lives into pure co-creation!
“Self Healing Techniques- from Herbalism to Vibrational Medicine”
Moments of fluid conversations and practices where parents can ask questions and doubts about their health and/or of their children and other family members, at physical, emotional or mental level.
Guidance: Sofia Ferreira
She became involved in Movement research in 2003 at Centro Em Movimento (CEM), where she began the connection with Sensorial Movement and Contemporary Dance. She was particularly influenced by teachers such as Ko Morubushi (Butoh), Peter Michael Dietz (contact improvisation), Ludger Lamers (partnering), Sandra Battaglia (Amálgama Movement). She later Postgraduated in Perceptive Psychopedagogy of Movement and Action (Danis Bois Method of Fasciatherapy), and as been developing work with the community, namely with blind, disabled, elderly, children, pregnant women and babies as well as regular adult classes and individual sessions in Portugal as well as in Mexico, where she also studied in the Maya Holistic Institute Traditional Medicines of various cultures. She intuitively developed her contact with the subtle energies of nature through her Spagiric studies (plant alchemy), creating the YONAH Vibrational Elyxirs.
Social Presencing Theater
Every morning between 10 and 11.30 we offer a practice of SPT called the dojo. It consist of 4 parts: sitting meditation, moving meditation, collective meditation and debrief. You are always welcome to join this practice. Additionally we offer focused sessions of SPT to explore individual and family dynamics. It is a practice based on exploring and listening to the body and its wisdom. Bring loose comfortable close, open mind, heart and will!
Authentic Movement is a method developed by Mary Whitehouse as an extension of Jung’s free associations, from spoken words to movement and sound. It is an opening of the door of being through the body. The mover closes her eyes and allows her deepest impulses to manifest in movement, sounds and maybe words. The witness tracks the mover and (separately)his own sensations, feelings, images, metaphors. When they meet their sharing is the story of the sacred and undivided unfolding of the field of life.
In a course of everyday life, our roles are stable and clear for everyone. With time, under circumstances or effort, the roles change. The way we define ourselves, our explicit and implicit identities, may both help and hinder the process.
This workshop aims to explore self-definitions that influence our life, work and professional development. Self-talk and opinions, especially heard from people of importance to us, may turn into labels that we constantly wear – often without realizing that we do. They change us, our work and the environment – becoming part of ourselves, as if we were those labels. During this game the participants will explore their ways of self-identification, and taking into consideration the current professional and personal goals will explore those identities aligned with the desired future.
Facilitator Rita Venturini
Trained as a scientist (MD and Cognitive Science) and as a mover/improviser (Laban Movement Analysis, Authentic Movement, Contact Improvisation, Action Theater, Improv, Social Presencing Theater) Rita has always been interested in bodies and interactions. How do body interact with the world (social and natural)? What impulses help us to connect with our higher Self and others? After being a visiting scientist/improviser at the Champalimaud Center for the Unknown for the last 6 years, Rita is a cofounder of AutoScope, a tool for individual and collective awareness, as well as being a facilitator of embodied experiences working internationally while based in Lisbon. She is now creating a new center of body wisdom in Quinta Ten Chi, Sintra, Portugal.
An activity for the entire family. A beautiful way to connect with strength and power. A safe environment for parents and children alike to enjoy physical contact and playfulness. You will experiment with how to stay together while fighting and what comes up for you when you do. A fun, refreshing, joyful game of being with!
Facilitators: Rita Venturini (see bio above) and Caterina Foà
Caterina Foà is an italian passionate about somatic practices and learning, awareness through movement and dance (tribal, contact, impro). She is trained in physical theatre, communication and transcultural performing arts. Caterina works in Lisbon as Feldenkrais Method pratictioner and Visceral Manipulation therapist as well integrating the AutoScope self-awareness research project. Actually she’s deepen her experiences and starts a new exciting journey as PlayFight space-holder.
Caterina also offer group and individual session of Feldenkrais (below just in Portuguese)
MÉTODO FELDENKRAIS –
Aulas de grupo – Awareness through movement
Aulas individuals – Functional Integration
O método Feldenkrais é uma prática de educação somática que permite (re)descobrir movimentos funcionais e divertidos juntamente com sensações, sentimentos e maneiras de pensar. Pode ser praticado em sessões individuais (hands-on tipo massagem) ou em grupo (movimento livre tipo meditação ativa), em ambos os casos se trata de uma experiência suave e profunda de contacto e conhecimento de si próprio que dura aproximadamente uma hora sempre guiados e acompanhados por uma profissional certificada. A atenção circula entre ritmo, respiração, linhas, peso e volume do corpo, relação com o espaço interno e externo, resistências e os hábitos quotidianos, enriquecendo assim a nossa percepção e auto-imagem, potenciando capacidades performativas e cognitivas, ligando e envolvendo as partes do corpo cada vez de forma diferente para estimular interesse, curiosidade e sensações agradáveis de facilidade, leveza, presença, alegria e conforto, eliminando padrões de juízo e modelos constringentes à origem das dores, para ganhar novas margens de liberdade e serenidade na relação connosco próprios e com os outro. Ajuda a aliviar dores e tensões esquelético-musculares, libertar emoções e a melhorar a sensação de bem estar, presença e conforto, melhorando a qualidade do movimento e o prazer de estar em si próprio e agir conforme a sua essência mais profunda e espontânea.
Kundalini Yoga acts on an electromagnetic and consciousness level, linking different yoga techniques: static and dynamic asanas (postures), pranayanma, mantra chanting, mudras, relaxation and active meditation.With just a few classes it is possible to observe the results: conscious breathing, dissolving accumulations of toxins, balancing the glandular system, improving the nervous system …, among others.
Bio Paramatma KaurI was born in Argentina and trained as a Kundalini yoga teacher in 2008 in Barcelona. Since then, I teach group and private classes, experiencing for myself the great teachings that support this yoga and witnessing the beautiful impact it has on those who attend the classes.4 years ago I came to live in Portugal to study with and work for my spiritual master Shiv Charan Singh.
- Communication as emotional couples practice – 2hour practice with Isabel Viegas – Portuguese, English and French Languages supported
- Sharing circles – Integrative Community Therapy – 2h practice with Raquel Martinho – Portuguese and English Languages
Emotional communication couples practice – 30€/couple, 15€ per person.
Sharing circles are also 15€/Person.
Isabel Viegas Bio:
Isabel is passionate about People and the subconscious. In this way she uses trance states and the language of the subconscious to heal People emotionally and also physically. By shortening the distance between the Person and his Essence, true miracles happen because each Person naturally begins to change the direction of his life towards what makes him happy. This real magic has only one name: Empowerment. Her journey began with a degree, a job, a marriage, a son, until questioning, crisis and chaos knocked on her door and a huge gate of rescue, of liberation from the past, of healing, of development of their gifts, all this associated with a lot of study at national and international level about People and their wounds. This mix of experience and study allows to reach an enormous depth in her daily work.
Luis Trindade – Emotional Trainer
Born December 15, 1974 in Lisbon. He learned to be a caregiver from early ages. Empathy, creativity, pragmatism are the words that distinguish him in his uniqueness. He had a 25-year career in IT as a manager in corporate companies, teams and people. Also in the last 26 years, he has dedicated himself into learning practices related to therapies, behaviour, emotions, Somatic communication and NLP, having carried out his trainings and certifications in schools of national and international referencing. Passionate about people and human essence, he developed his studies and became a practitioner in the areas of Community Integrative Therapy, Social Panorama and Generative Trance. Over a year ago, left the corporate area and started his Creative Life Change project, where he works and trains people who want to take a different direction in their lives and want to find themselves rescuing their essence and their creativity. Some of his mantras are: “We are always talking about us inside of ourselves” and “as we have everything within us, we just need the tools and support to discover it. “