April 8-10, 2022
Play and Possibility
with Kenneth Robinson
Join Kenneth for a relaxed weekend of dance, chant, music and ritual as we shake off the winter doldrums and the underpinnings of uncertainty.
This is a fundraiser for Graybear Lodge and a chance for us to enjoy each other’s company while immersed in the beauty of Graybear. Bring your musical instruments, your poetry, your sacred objects and your bare feet.
"Nobody could just learn this stuff, and it dawned on me that I might have to change my inner thought patterns.... that I would have to start believing in possibilities that I wouldn’t have allowed before, that I had been closing my creativity down to a very narrow, controllable scale... that things had become too familiar and I might have to disorientate myself."
—Bob Dylan, Chronicles
With safety in mind, we encourage that all participants be fully vaccinated; and will require all attending to be tested within three days of our weekend.
Kenneth Robinson has worked for more than thirty years in the healing arts. He began as an addictions counselor, then as director of a family counseling center, and for the past twenty-five years as a body-oriented therapist and teacher. Throughout that time he has been a student of meditation and yoga, and for four years studied Alaya Process, a transpersonal approach to healing.
Who should attend: This retreat is open to all; no previous experience required.
Full retreat price is $435. This includes shared lodging, all meals, all classes and full use of facilities. Massage therapy can be scheduled separately. MC/Visa or PayPal accepted. Group size will be limited; first come, first serve basis. After registration an email with additional details, directions will follow.
We'll begin with guests arriving Friday (3-6pm arrival). Dinner is served at 6:00pm; followed by orientation and opening circle. We finish our retreat on Sunday with closing circle, lunch, and checkout at 2:00pm. (*) Gray Bear is a two hour drive from the Nashville airport, so please plan arrival time/ departure time with this in mind.
Kenneth received a Master’s degree in Counseling and Education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1977. He received his Master’s in Theological Studies from the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University in 2007. He is a member of the Nashville Psychotherapy Institute and past chair of NPI’s Diversity Committee, which offers educational programs for the membership that promote diversity and multiculturalism. He also holds membership in the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy.
Beyond his practice, Kenneth is a poet, musician, and founding member of the music group Chant Ram. The music of Chant Ram leads kirtan, a form of meditation through music that allows participants to move to open-hearted awareness and self-expression through sound.
He has performed his poetry (individually, and in collaboration with Ana María Hernando) in Boulder, Denver, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Vancouver, and in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. His book of poetry, The Year of Lovemaking and Crying, was released in 1999, with a second edition published in 2013.
Gray Bear is home to 400 acres of rolling hills, thick forest, natural springs, and even a waterfall. You can experience the wonders of nature while sitting in a hand-built wood fire sauna; hear the silence of nature's symphony lying on a hammock while curled under a blanket; and revel in clear air and water while using shower outdoors.
With all of this nature we have some suggestions to consider when packing:
- Working flashlight ...it gets dark with only the light of the stars to guide you!
- A bathing suit ... good for the hot tub, sauna, and Watsu massage pool
- Water bottle ...Gray Bear does not use disposable cups. Purified water is available in the Main House and the Yoga Room
- A bath robe/sarong
- House slippers or socks to wear indoors ...no shoes inside please
- Comfortable walking shoes/sandals for an inspired nature hike
- Warm clothing ...mornings & evenings can be cool
- Comfortable clothes for exercising/yoga
Please do not bring any drugs, alcohol, or pets. Gray Bear is a non-smoking, pet-free and alcohol-free facility.