Rajeev Aaron Kahn
TEATRchakra Yoga & Theatre Retreat
in Tuscany, Italy
TEATRchakra Yoga & Theatre Retreat - Rajeev Aaron Kahn

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TEATRchakra Yoga & Theatre Retreat

TEATRchakra Retreat in Italy:

Join Aaron Rajeev Kahn for a rejuvenating retreat combining the healing and creative practices of theatre and yoga with pure fresh vegetarian and vegan food in one of Italy’s most beautiful places. The TEATRchakra retreat will take place on a hillside farm overlooking the sea in Tuscany. The farm is only a few minutes away from the famous Nicky de Saint Phalle “Giardino dei Tarocchi” and the fantastic sandy beaches of Capalbio and Argentario.

• Theatre
• Yoga
• Chanting
• Walks
• Swimming
• and delicious fresh Italian vegetarian or vegan food in a beautiful house replete with a pool for relaxation and swimming.

Aaron Rajeev Kahn is an American artist currently based in Vilnius, Lithuania. His work as a theatre director, actor, teacher, vocal and movement artist, has been carried out around the world in over two dozen countries. (A more complete bio can be found at the bottom of the event info.)

The venue is just 1.5 hours from Rome’s FCO and CIA airports and 2 hours from Pisa airport. It is easily reached by train from both Pisa and Rome. (More transport details can be found below.)

The program is suitable for those with interest in yoga and/or performing arts. Teenagers and senior citizens are welcome as well as everyone in between.

No. No prior professional experience or training is required. Professional performing artists who have participated in past TEATRchakra programs have found it applicable to their work. Some have secured funding subsidies to offset program costs.

TEATRchakra program overview*:

Thursday, June 14th, 2018:
Participants arrive before dinner
19h00 Greetings and dinner
20h30 Opening circle: Kirtan (call and response chanting in Sanskrit) and introductory dharma talk “Why Yoga & Theatre?”

Friday, June 15th, 2018:
Optional morning shat karma class (gross cleansing and purificatory actions) followed by guided pranayama practice & silent meditation
8h30 Energizing asana practice & extended savasana with guided chakra meditation
10h30 Brunch
11h30 Break
14h00 Introductory theatre games & exercises
16h00 Break
18h00 Dinner
19h45 Grounding asana practice

Saturday, June 16th, 2018:
Optional morning shat karma class (gross cleansing and purificatory actions) followed by guided pranayama practice & silent meditation
8h30 Energizing asana practice
10h30 Brunch
11h30 Break
14h00 Introduction to Jacques Lecoq’s ‘Seven Levels of Tension’ and ‘Balance of The Stage’ (intermediate theatre exercises)
16h00 Break
18h00 Dinner
19h45 Grounding asana practice

Sunday, June 17th, 2018:
Optional morning shat karma class (gross cleansing and purificatory actions) followed by guided pranayama practice & silent meditation
8h30 Energizing asana practice
10h30 Brunch
11h30 Break
14h00 Exploration of pranayama for performance, characters, and emotional states. Ensemble building exercises including group vocal improvisations. Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis for character work.
16h00 Break
18h00 Dinner
19h45 TEATRchakra rendering: Improvisations on the seven chakra archetypes (attributes, powers, and maladies) layered and combined with Seven Levels of Tension

Monday, June 18th, 2018:
8h30 Reflection, sharing, debrief, analysis, observations, questions, and answers
10h30 Brunch
11h30 Closing circle
12h Departures begin

*The organizers and the presenter reserve the right to make alterations to the program based upon group size, weather, ability, and experience level.

For purificatory reasons and to encourage early sleep and early rising, two meals will be offered each day (brunch and dinner). In the mornings, a simple tonic cleanser of lukewarm lemon water will be available. For those participating in the optional early morning classes this is recommended in lieu of tea or coffee. For those opting out of the early morning sessions, coffee, tea, porridge, fruit, muesli, breads, and spreads will be available before brunch. Participants are encouraged to refrain from eating for at least 45 minutes before yoga practices. The sister sciences of Ayurveda and yoga prescribe eating between 7am and 7pm and fasting from 7pm until 7am. We will attempt to adhere to these precepts while still enjoying the bountiful Italian cuisine! Buono appetito!

In the days preceding the retreat and throughout the weekend, participants will be asked to keep a dream journal. Those who feel inspired to share what they have dreamt and/or written will be invited to do so during the Monday morning debriefing.

4 nights accommodation, 8 meals, and up to 30 hours of expert instruction:
• Shared Room Euro580
• Single Room Euro760

YES. *Professional performing artists, students, and unemployed qualify for a 10% reduction with proof of eligiblility.

Air: Fly to Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) or Ciampino International Airport (CIA). Take the train to Roma Termini or Roma Trastevere station, change trains for Capalbio. Once in Capalbio we will be delighted to pick you up at the train station and bring you to the farm. Flights to Pisa International Airport (PSA) enjoy a direct train to Capalbio.

Road: Drive to Pescia Fiorentina and we will provide you with precise directions to arrive at Azienda Il Diaccialone.

Rail: Take a train to Capalbio and we will be delighted to pick you up at the train station and bring you to the farm.

Private Car Service: From Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) we can book for you a personal driver that will pick you up at the airport and bring you to the farm for an extra charge.

Aaron Rajeev Kahn (b. 1975, Chicago) is an American artist currently based in Vilnius, Lithuania. His work as a theatre director, actor, teacher, vocal and movement artist, has been carried out around the world in two dozen countries on four continents*. When graduating from The Chicago Academy for The Arts he was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in The Arts finalist after winning the Young Arts Foundation National Competition. In the 1990’s, he established three companies in America: The EXIT Theatre Company, The Namaste Theatre Company, and Laboratory for Enthusiastic Collaboration. Abroad he founded Theatre en Jeu (Paris, 2010) and, with Lithuanian artist and anthropologist, Goda Palekaite, co-founded Rather Than Happiness (2015, Vilnius).

With Peace Child Israel, Open House Ramle, and Seeds of Peace International Camp, he trained and directed Palestinian and Israeli teenagers in peace-building projects utilizing collective creation theatre techniques. This work culminated in Kahn’s undergraduate thesis “Peace-building With Collective Creation Theatre West of The River Jordan” written at Marlboro College and The School for International Training in Vermont from where he received his B.A. in theatre directing (cum laude). Among others, he has studied and worked with Judith Malina and The Living Theatre, The Bread and Puppet Theatre, Joseph Chaikin, Peter Brook, and Goat Island Performance. In 2002 he began developing the TEATRchakra method of training combining the practices of yoga and physical theatre. From 2008-2010 he studied Arts de la Scene at l’Universite de Paris 8 (Vincennes-St. Denis) and in 2012 he completed his professional training at the legendary Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He has been an active member of The International Theatre Institute (ITI-UNESCO) for over 20 years.

Under the auspices of Rather Than Happiness, Kahn co-directed a site-specific production of “Mud” ("Dumblas") by Maria Irene Fornes in an abandoned Soviet-era school in Siauliai, Lithuania; performed all the roles in the premiere reading the new play “Conversation on The Roof of Chungking Mansions” in Vilnius; carried out audio-visual research on the ancient Khazar civilization in The Caucasus Mountain region of Southern Russia and Georgia with Goda Palekaite and Monika Lipsic, for a project in development inspired by Milorad Pavic’s “Dictionary of The Khazars"; wrote and performed an original monologue and lullaby called “Khazar Mythology” at The Calvert Foundation Gallery in London as part of the exhibition “The Future is Certain; It’s The Past Which is Unpredictable” which later transferred to The Blaffer Art Museum in Houston, Texas.

Currently, Aaron is director-in-residence, choreographer, and physical theatre trainer at The Juozo Miltinis Drama Theatre in Panevezys and a member of contemporary composer Arturas Bumsteinas’ noise machinery ensemble in “Bad Weather.” “Bad Weather” is a sound art performance that premiered at Tadeusz Kantor’s Cricoteka Theatre in Krakow, Poland as part of the 2017 Unsound Festival and is currently on tour in Europe. In 2016 Aaron served as movement director and choreographer in Paulius Ignatavicius’ adaptation of Aeschylus’ “The Suppliant Women” called “Europieciai” (“The Europeans”) at The State Small Theatre of Vilnius.

As a senior instructor of yoga, under his Sanskrit name, Rajeev, Kahn brings more than 20 years of practice and 15 years teaching experience to his thousands of students in over twelve countries. In 2009, while on the faculty at Rasa Yoga Rive Gauche, he was named a “pointure” (master teacher) in the book “Paris Yoga” (Parigramme Editions, 2009). In 2014 he was invited to Hong Kong to serve as Director of Learning and Development for Pure Yoga International the where he oversaw the continuing education and quality control of more than 280 teachers in four countries who serve 6000 students per day. From 2009-2015 he led retreats at Ulpotha, a village in the jungle of Sri Lanka. Since 2000 he has been a dedicated student of the world-renowned traditional Ashtanga Yoga master and silent monk, Baba Hari Dass. According to some scholars Hari Dass — considered by many to be a living saint — is likely the only silent monk playwright in world history. It is to Babaji that Rajeev credits his patience, humor, and optimism. Rajeev regularly returns to Mount Madonna Center, a community built by the students of Hari Dass, to continue his in-depth study of doing the dishes and other forms of advanced practice.

*The U.S., Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, England, France, Spain, Italy, Lithuania, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Bosnia, Czech Republic, Singapore, Hong Kong, Israel, U.A.E., Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Russia, Georgia, India, and Thailand.

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His next yoga retreat will take place in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico July 21-28, 2018 at Yoga Retreats & Co. https://yogaretreats.co/ https://www.facebook.com/yogaretreats.co/