2013 Kalikalos FIRs
Tai Chi, QiGong or Yoga Before Breakfast
31 May - 24 June Vicky Sweetlove Dowser of Health, Earth Energies and Shaman
Vicky is a professional Dowser, Feng Shui consultant and Shaman. She will offer group visits to local sacred sites for dowsing earth energies and connecting with the Spirit of Place. She will teach how to use a pendulum and dowsing rods and connect to the energies of the places visited. She will be offering auric field and chakra balancing on a 1-1 basis and show how to dowse for your own health. Vicky will also offer 1-1 consultations in Akashic Record Readings.
7 - 14 June: Lucia Capaldi Personal Development group facilitator
Lucia is a psychotherapist with a passion for health and well-being. This is her first visit to Kalikalos and she will be offering ”group games“ for insight & personal development. Lucia has a particular interest in helping people develop healthy relationships, believing that good relationships can bring about healing and transformation. She is also offering individual sessions. As someone who follows a Buddhist path she will be following the tradition of offering all sessions on a dana (donation) basis.
5 - 19 July: Maria Lamburn Multimedia Artist
Maria is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and multimedia artist specialising in sonic and olfactory confluence. Her approach embraces written and improvised music, photography, film, scent and bodywork, and her compositions characteristically integrate her knowledge and practice as an aromatherapist. Maria will be facilitating tune-catching, sharing salutations, and offering hand and foot massages in groups and/or 1-1 [cd/downloads: Murmur Babel (BDV 2027), Heaven on Earth, and Taith Amser (Welsh lyrics) ]
19 July - 9 Aug Susie Minto Creative Writing & Storytelling
Born in Scotland of a Middle Eastern Jewish mother and a Canadian-born father, Susie’s cosmopolitan inheritance gave her a love for stories from all over the world—both real and imagined. Words spoken and written have been her joyful livelihood for 38 years.
At Kalikalos you can take part in creative writing sessions and learn skills in oral storytelling—world folklore, personal stories and new ones drawn from the deep well of your imagination. For more information on Susie, see www.storiesfromtheheart.co.uk and her main Facebook page, which links to a page about her writing work, Writing from the Well.
19 July - 2 Aug Janke Haga Sound Meditation and Painting
Janke Haga is a music school teacher specialising in healing and expansion of consciousness through sounds and art. While lying on a mat, we will experience the sounds of tibetan bowls, ocean drums, flute, rainstick and more. We experiment together with these instruments to create a soundscape. These healing vibrations of sound and music have the power to bring about relaxation and profound transformative effects. To complement our auditory experience we will also paint our impressions on a wooden mandala.
9 – 30 August Deva Priya Yoga and Sound Healing
Deva Priya's passion and enthusiasm for health and well-being has led her to teach and run courses in yoga, sound healing and bodywork. She has recently qualified as a hypnobirthing practioner and delights in the joy of assisting women to experience bringing their babies into the world in a gentle,calm and relaxed manner. She travels to India every year, and now visits Tamil Nadu to sit in satsang with beloved advaita master Mooji. Deva Priya will be offering early morning body awareness sessions, Indian Head Massage, Meditations & Sound Healing in groups, or 1-1.
9 – 16 August Tracy Seed Coaching, Reiki & Biodanza
Tracy has worked in personal development and with children and families in the UK and internationally for over 25 years. She qualified in teaching, training, coaching, mediation and is an accredited NLP Master, Coach, Reiki practitioner, NVC Independent Trainer, Biodanza teacher (specialising also in children and families) supervised by the Dorset school of Biodanza in UK. She will offer one-to-one coaching and empathy sessions for parents and family members plus Reiki and NVC foundations. She is eager to lead Biodanza sessions for parents and children together.
16 - 30 Aug Anne K. Scott Life Coaching
Anne is an intuitive coach & mentor with a background in leading edge technology. Facilitating project teams from different cultures she experienced the unseen magic of synergy—aligning the passions of individuals to deliver powerful end results. Anne is passionate about exploration, storytelling, the opportunity to use IT to serve the soul's quest and is the creator of FindYourMojo an iPhone productivity app.
Anne will be available for 1:1 coaching sessions and workshops to activate your imagination so you can plant the seeds of the creations you want to bring to fruition.
30 Aug - 20 Sept Rochelle Wilson T’ai Chi, Chi Kung and Shiatsu
Rochelle will be offering you a chance to sample the delights of all three of these holistic therapies, each of which is designed to promote the smooth flow of energy through the body. She will offer one-to-one Shiatsu treatments for such things as stress, back ache and generally re-balancing the mind and body. T’ai Chi and Chi Kung are Chinese exercises for calming the mind, relaxing the body and refreshing the spirit. During your stay at Kalikalos you will be able to learn a complete sequence to take home with you.
6 - 20 Sept Liane Culp Yoga
Liane is a Yoga Teacher and artist from Vancouver Island, Canada. She has also studied Ayurveda, diet/nutrition, cooking with whole foods and healing herbs. After serving several months last summer on staff at Kalikalos she moved to Volos where she spent the Autumn learning Greek, meeting locals, exploring Greek green communities and teaching dance to youth. Liane will be offering group yoga in the mornings and early evenings, as well as 1:1 yoga consultations and diet/nutrition tips and programs.
13 - 20 Sept Barbara Swetina Music, Song & Dance
Barbara is a musician who has lived in the Findhorn Community since 1984. She plays many instruments (piano, accordion, flute, recorders, guitar and harp) and has collected a wide repertoire of songs and dances from many cultures in her traveling. Barbara will be sharing these songs and dances helping to build community through music. She will also be offering 1-1 and small group sessions for those wishing to learn to read music through a new innovative rapid method she has developed.
Over the years at Kalikalos we have had a number of summer workshop and retreat leaders from diverse disciplines who come to the Centre and offer ad hoc sessions to the living-in-community guests and staff members who happen to be here at the Centre.
This sometimes happens because prospective workshop leaders come to stay for a week or so to get to know us to see if they might like, at some later date, to offer a workshop/retreat here. During their visit, guests who are here often express interest in their work so the visitors feel drawn to offer taster sessions
It also can happen that the Centre or a scheduled workshop leader is unable to recruit enough participants to make up a viable group and a leader finds him or herself here without a group. Because facilitators enjoy their work and have come expecting to give sessions, they naturally find themselves offering their healing arts to the community. In 2009 and 2010, because of the recession, we had many weeks like this, and we found that these ad hoc weeks were often as vibrant and energetic as a fully scheduled week. |
These spontaneous sessions given to interested staff and community guests have proven to be both very attractive and profitable, as the fee charged by a facilitator for a few one-off sessions (€15-€40 euros/per person/per session) is usually enough to defray travel expenses. Because the Centre earns a percentage for the use of the facility, the extra income from these "Facilitators in Residence" has helped to keep us afloat financially in the present difficult economic climate that began in 2008.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! Therefore, out of this experience, we created in 2010 a new category of workshop leader designated Facilitator in Residence (FIR) and we now work pro actively to invite more FIRs to come during the season.
In exchange for a registration fee of €165, we offer food and accommodation to a limited number of qualified facilitators to come for periods of 2-6 weeks to be here at the Centre as staff members and to offer their skills on an ad hoc basis to anyone who is here and not otherwise engaged in either Centre work or a workshop. Our FIRs typically charge €15-€40 euros/person/session (or sometimes work on a donation basis) and share their earnings with the centre 50/50. It’s a working holiday!
On weeks where there is no workshop scheduled, our FIRs offer ad hoc sessions in the morning workshop slot, 10:00 hr - 13:30 hr. Virtually any holistic skill or healing art is appropriate, but some that we had in recent years as examples were: art therapy, voice and singing, Feldenkreis, the dance of intimacy, the Game of Transformation, Yoga, creative writing and Astrology.
Additional possible FIRs for the upcoming season of 2013 that would complement our existing schedule of workshops would be painting/drawing, healing, shiatsu, poetry, tantra, flirtshop, stock trading for beginners, duplicate bridge, enneagram... . As you see, we are very open to expanding our repertoire!
Early Bird FIRs — Reduced Registration Fee
We normally have one “early bird” FIR in residence at all times who offers Tai chi, Qi Qong, or Yoga in the morning before breakfast. Because this is a regular commitment, the €165 registration fee for “early bird” FIRs is reduced by 25% to €122.50. If this sounds of interest please us with details of your experience and availability.
FIRs are Staff
Do note that Kalikalos FIRs are ordinary staff members as well as extra-schedule facilitators, although their weekly work load is half that of an ordinary staff member, i.e., about 17 hr/week with one full day off per week. In practice an FIR can expect to be working as a staff member three or four mornings in the week plus doing the five rota shifts that all community members do: one evening cooking shift, two after-dinner washing up shifts, one evening gardening shift, and joining the Centre cleanup on Friday morning. FIRs who do not know this Centre, or who haven’t had ecovillage experience receive a basic staff orientation during their first week with us.
We are an international group and part of our richness is the intermingling of people of all ages from many different countries, walks of life, spiritual paths, genders and backgrounds.
Barbara Swetina is teaching a group here how to read music using her innovative music-reading-game that makes it fun and at the same time speeds up the process immensely.
If you've always wanted to learn to read music but put it off because you thought it too hard and time consuming, this is your opportunity!
Click to see a 5 min video clip of an interview with the founder of the Centre. It might give you an idea of the vision that has inspired us here and whether you think you might like to join the Kalikalos FIR team.