the Snake Totem, a movement & breath shamanic embodied exploration

Ancient wisdom

The Snake Totem, a movement & breath shamanic embodied exploration with Sylvain Meret and Martin Duris

2-5 January 2020 Bratislava, Slovakia

In this retreat, we will attune to the ancient totem medicine of the Snake. Before the Catholic Church created a deviant understanding and a belief that snakes represent evil forces, the Snake medicine was a foundation in healing practice such as in ancient Greece or in south America; this medicine still is very known in shamanic cultures as an big ally for healing. Snake are never sick, they dont have disease, their spiritual wisdom is of healing and transformation. In Continuum, the snake has been a motif for movement exploration: the undulatory materialization of fluid movement on land. We will dive deeper this time into the medicine and healing nature of the Snake Totem, focusing on the transformative spiritual essence of this undulatory creature.

Price: 250 euro
Registration:  / 00421 949 141 025

Sylvain Meret:

Coming from an eclectic curriculum in Visual Arts (BA), Contemporary Dance (p.a.r.t.s.) , somatic and Dance Therapy (Master degree), Sylvain has been active as a performer, choreographer and teacher, working in a range of contemporary and experimental styles, collaborating with many different artists in Europe and Asia. Along side his dance carrier, he was drawn to enter the inner realms of the Body and to explore the creative and spiritual potential that lies within us.
Sylvain studied a wide range of somatic, therapeutic and spiritual modalities. He is a continuum Movement® teacher, wellspring practitioner, “Moving cycle” practitioner (C. Caldwell), and dance therapist, member of Ismeta.. He has a background in Qi Gong with Master Li Jung Feng, BMC® and Feldenkrais and has been initiated to Shamanism with Chief dancing Thunder since 2009.
Sylvain teaches workshops, classes, retreats and private sessions with a variety of clients and groups on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual issues. Living in France and traveling the world, His endeavor is to explore our human potential through embodiment in connection and co-creative partnership with the field of Intelligences weaving our reality.
“ The real gift of this work, which emphasizes an opening to direct communication and direct knowledge, is to reclaim our bodies, sensations and consciousness to further our sovereignty and self-empowerment”. S.M.

Martin Duris

Martin Duris is a movement/dance therapist, cranio-sacral therapist and somatic coach. He graduated in 2010 with a Health & Physical Activity Foundation Degree (FdA) from the Bolton University in the UK. This program utilizes the health promoting principles of sport, fitness, physical activity, nutrition and psychology – to prevent and alleviate a number of conditions. As well as these scientific elements, the course also included aspects of sports and health policy, coaching and health promotion strategy. Martin finished the Svastha Yoga Therapy Programme – advanced teacher training in 2014 and continues studying with Dr. Ganesh Mohan and Dr. Günter Niessen. The highlight of Svastha yoga´s approach is clarity and holistic approach.
He runs a private somatic couching and therapy, and is conducting different courses, workshops and seminars – focusing on the combination of yoga, martial arts, dance, cranio-sacral therapy and health promotion.