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  • Tango as a Door to Presence

  • With Gawain Bantle

  • September 20 – 23, 2012

  • Program Description:

    The origins of tango are mysterious, though its present form is believed to have arisen in the Rio de la Plata area of Uruguay and Argentina in the mid-19th century. It is an intensely sensual, stylized dance that can be experienced, at least in terms of its discipline and its concentration on postures, as fast-paced movement work like tai chi set to hypnotic music.

    This retreat will explore the essence of tango as it manifests in relationship with another and yourself. Dancing the improvised tango requires one to be completely present. This need to pay absolute attention to your partner and yourself facilitates the development of presence and awareness and can expose barriers to these qualities. When you are fully present with your partner, it is possible to experience many qualities of your essential nature, including intimacy, openness, flow, love, strength and joy—to name just a few.

    This is what makes tango so exhilarating. In this workshop Gawain Bantle will use inquiry, meditation and, of course, lots of tango to create a field of awareness and presence. No prior dance experience is required and you need not come with a partner.

    About the Teacher:

    Gawain Bantle has pursued his passion of dancing and inner work for a great portion of his life. Having performed professionally as a ballet dancer in Cologne, Amsterdam and New York City, he has studied and continues to study Argentine Tango with some of the best tango teachers in the world. Besides being deeply involved in tango, Gawain also teaches inner work, and has been a student of Diamond Heart for 14 years.

    Retreat Schedule:

    Thursday, September 20:
    Check-in begins from 3-6 pm, followed by dinner and an evening meeting.

    Friday & Saturday, September 21-22:
    Short talks, periods of meditation and discussion, as well as plenty of dance and experiential exercises. Full breakfast, lunch and dinner served between meetings.

    Sunday, September 23:
    Breakfast and a morning meeting, followed by a farewell lunch.

    Retreat Costs:

    Private room:
    Please inquire about availability of single rooms.

    Double room:
    $650 per person

    Triple room and meals:
    $600 per person

    Commuter Rate:
    $550 per person (includes all meals and access to facility, but no overnight accommodations)

    Payment in full must accompany registration in order to reserve a space in the program.


    Some scholarship assistance will be available for this retreat. Click here for more information.

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