Helen Stephenson has practised Hatha Yoga and Insight Meditation since 1979. Initially she was taught by the late Robert van Heeckeren and in 1981 she began to study classical yoga with the Indian Yogateacher Sri. S. Rajagopalan. Her movement work is influenced by the work of the late Moshe Feldenkrais "awareness through movement" and her training in body centred therapy with the late Ron Kurtz. Having lived most of her life in a communal setting she and her husband are now part time wardens at a busy Quaker centre in Milton Keynes.
Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived. Instead of measuring our progress we engage in the practice with our entire being. This opens us up to the "light" that is in us and around us and we can experience a joy and connection with life that is beyond measure.
The way we think, feel and experience on retreat is not different from the ways we approach our experience in daily life. Whatever shows up is met with kindness - nothing is excluded. Our difficulties then become the manure for our transformation.
By turning inward we meet our shadows that we so easily can see outside of us and around us. Only by meeting our own shadow with love we can create integration and better social worlds. Looking at the body we can see how each part is communication, cooperating with each other.