Embrace Tiger Return to Mountain
Jayaraja has been a practicing Buddhist and meditation teacher for over 25 years and he has been part of the team on several four month ordination retreats. He has a diploma in Gestalt psychotherapy and has studied interpersonal neurobiology, attending workshops and conferences with Dan Siegel amongst others. He trained over a number of years with Marshall Rosenberg in Non-violent Communication. He is also a co-author of the Yellow book of Games and Energizers and "Live" life skills for teens.
Larry Butler was born in Illinois and has been living in Glasgow since 1981. He has been leading retreats at Dhanakosa since the early nineties when it first opened. His day job is teaching tai-chi in healthcare settings including the Maggie Cancer Care Centre where he also facilitates a therapeutic writing group.
His passions are poetry,dance, drama, gardening and wild swimming. He's the editor for Playspace Publications , a published poet and researcher for Art in Health.
Susanne Lin Jensen
The interest in Taiji and Qi Gong started when I was 21 and has continued to be central since. I came to Scotland in 1993 to study at Glasgow School of Art, where I got a degree in Photography. I have lived, studied and worked in Scotland since. In 1997 I finished my apprentice training with Rising Dragon Tai Chi. At the same time, I also qualified as a Kairos therapist. Ever since I have continued learning and developing Taiji and Qi Gong forms, with various teachers. I have been a Mitra with Triratna since 2013 and have been on various retreats. I am interested in the importance of ‘embodiment’ or how body work can help us to be more present and alive. I am also very interested in working with energy and healing, as an aid for change.
Open to all, these retreats are suitable for both beginners and those with more experience, but no previous experience is assumed. All these retreats include introductory meditation teaching and periods of silence.
Each move is a metaphor – Tai Chi & Qi Gong, writing & poetry have much in common: form, structure, sensitivity and a striving towards essence. Whatever arises from our practice we will use to play with the reality of our inter-connectedness - write about it and share our stories.