After a long and intense professional career as a dancer and performer, Louise Chardon (Lou) develops further her life path through somatic practices enhancing spiritual growth and self-inquiry. For more than 30 years, she dedicates herself to the study of being (in) motion. She specialized in listening to the profound sensitivity of the self and how our subconscious manifests into our embodied nature. She mainly applies her researches to her visual and performative art and shares it through her pedagogic and therapeutic approaches which she defines as Embodied Philosophy & Energetic Physiology.
Louise is a certified Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner.
She embodies Chi Kung, Tuina, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Authentic Movement and Yoga for more than 20 years.
Luk Van den Dries has devoted his life to the study of theater. Theater is a place where people and communities are healed. It shows the vulnerability and fragility of people, allows us to fail, and mercilessly exposes our intimacy. Theater shows what is swept under the carpet and what is unauthorized or taboo. Theater airs up because it shows what we all know, but doesn’t dare to say out loud. In many publications (books, essays, articles), he bears witness to his passion for exceptional contemporary theater makers. He specializes in how theater makers shape their ideas and how creative processes on the rehearsal floor contribute to that creative imagination. After a life devoted to teaching and research, he focuses on the art of touch. Introduction to tantra and years of deepening in various tantric inspired courses were decisive in this new path.
Baziel is a young boy of 11 years with a passionate and intelligent physicality. He unfolds his creative drives into the fields of dance, circus, and magical tricks. And he also meets great pleasure in the transmission of his talents.
~ Authentic Expression through Conscious Dance ~ Ritual Art ~ Tantric Shamanic Rituals, Healing & Coaching ~
Nature has always been her playground and medicine. Her earliest memories are about the wonders and magic she experienced in nature. In her late twenties she came into contact with tantra and shamanism and discovered self-expression and healing through ritual art, sacred body- and energy work, and conscious dance. For almost 30 years she has been creating her life and art and facilitating conscious dance and rituals from a tantric shamanic field. Over the years the desire to live and work closer in and with nature became increasingly stronger and after being invited by Luk and Louise to live on their land she is living and working at “A Mandorla” in her two yurts.
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Indra had a career in the tour operating business, where he founded his own company and managed it for 13 years. It was a period of financial ease and prestige, although the pressure attached to his hectic and materialistic lifestyle, weighed heavily on his health and general well-being.
The pivoting point came in 1989 when he started a daily meditation practice and soon after landed on the Path of Awakening, the start of a long series of deeply transforming moments. He took a bath in the Indian Veda’s and teachings of sages such as Yogananda and Ramana Maharshi. He traveled to live the Inka tradition, went to see Sai Baba in India, did some Philosophy studies, and got inspired by modern science backing up the millennia-old wisdom.
In 2016 he left Belgium for a new life in Portugal and now anchored in A Mandorla, grateful for the hospitality and profound friendship. Here in the yurt, he loves to quietly meditate, contemplate the mystical union, and consciously follow the Divine Flow. As Embodied Consciousness.
His highest excitement is to share his insights with committed seekers for Self-discovery and -development.
Chandra & Irha
Our loving and beloved dogs, very social and playful.
Link to friends who visited A Mandorla on their personal artistic/spiritual journey.