The story of Manitou Center is really a story of community and of hope. At times, the narrative that shapes our world seems as though it is encumbered with negativity, separation, and suffering. It seems to us that this story of life presented by the dominant narrative was out of sync with the ways of living we hold as being fundamental. We feel our efforts and energy could be put to good use abridging that dominant narrative with one that presents life in balance, where intentionality is directed to fostering holistic human development to the end of building balanced individuals, connected communities, and a more compassionate world.
To meet this end, we aspire to create a living, breathing community space where the focus is upon providing access to cultivating high level, traditional mind/body practices in a setting where there is a common thread that connects all of these practices together. That common thread for us is holistic human development, where body, mind and spirit have the opportunity to flourish. In doing so, the narratives we share build up a chorus with harmony in place of the discord we were so accustomed to encountering. The people with whom we have been blessed to share time with both here in the US and abroad over the years have been amazing individuals who are devoted to building communities shaped by love, by compassion, by laughter, and by hope. Of course, no path comes without its trials, but the resounding echoes of that experience have always been one of interconnectedness and of deeply rooted compassion.
So, the practices that form the core of our work are rooted in movement, meditation, and mindfulness. All of these practices present a framework within which individuals have the opportunity to gain access to pathways for deepened understanding into themselves, to others, to their communities, and to the larger intersecting realities we all share. We accomplish this through Kung fu, Taiji, Qi Gong, Nia, and Yoga from an embodiment/movement art perspective. We reach outward into the community and bring the community into our space with mindfulness education and practice opportunities. We host Dharma River Zen Community, a practice community focused on providing education and practice within that tradition. We also partner with amazingly talented folks from all over this globe who support the goal of bringing to the Winona community and beyond the opportunity to cultivate holistic integration of mind, body, and spirit…all one breath at a time.
We welcome all to come and participate in the experience at Manitou Center!
Paul and Trish