A little story...
Through the decades I've been charmed by the insights and sparse elegance of Zen teachings over and over again. Here's one of my favorite little tales I'd like to share with you.
Dogen answered, "I have come back empty-handed. What I know is this: that my eyes are horizontal and my nose is vertical. I can no longer be misled."
Ha! We are... just as we are, in this great pilgrimage from here to here. It is rather hilarious isn't it? When expressed so simply, the multitude of drama, of heartache, effort, angst and anguish we need to pass through to finally recognize our original face, or to hear and feel our true voice... it just blows the mind. It's like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz... "You've always had the power to come home!"
While the journey is universal in the movement from unconsciousness to awakening, it is completely, uniquely individual in the myriad forms and expressions each of us encounter and experience along the way. This is just one reason that I utterly love what I do! It is truly miraculous to witness how powerfully transforming it is using voice and movement -- breath and rhythm, song, poetry and prayer in a meditative field -- as vehicles for wholeness, creativity and integration. You will find equal parts blissfulness, discipline, practice and valuable insights filled with AaHaa! moments. Please join us for some or all of these lively Fall offerings...
Fall Diamond Voice Singing Sangha
8 Consecutive Sunday's - 2-5 pm Begins Sept 25th
Nevada City, CA - Early registration ends Aug 27th.
DVSS is a multi-faceted excursion through all the dimensions of voice & self expression as well as a powerful vehicle for developing consciousness, compassion and creativity
Medicine Voice Benefit Concert
September 10, 7:00 pm - Oakland CA
Join us in song for music, magic, and divine mischief made with love at Lisa's Hearth in the Oakland Hills. Maniko and 7 other women will sing original songs from the newly released "Gift of Truth - Medicine Voice" album along with chants and mantra's for all to sing. These are songs that have been born through the healing, transformation and creativity that arise during Maniko's annual Song, Silence & Soul Sanctuary Retreats. With special guest, the amazing Robert Powell on pedal steel and electric guitars. "To sing the truth of your heart is powerful medicine"
Attunement - A Voice & Movement Daylong
October 1, Sacramento CA with Maniko & Bella
Early registration by Sept 11
Ignite the dance of you voice and free the voice of your dance in this dynamic, experiential daylong. Alone and together we’ll dive into our creativity, awareness, embodiment and self-expression, opening doors to the songs, stories and dances that live in us.
All experience levels welcome! Warning: you are at risk of feeling ecstatic.
Hope to see, sing with you, dance with you soon! Wishing you love and happiness ~ Maniko