28th September to 4th October or 6th October to 12th October 2016
During the week, using Patanjali's 8 fold *Astanga Yoga process as our model, we will enjoy traditional Hatha yoga classes as we watch the sun rise, weaving the ancient wisdom of the observances of Yama and Nyama into our Asana practice.
You will join us on our beautiful, solar powered, off-grid site for the chance to get in touch with nature and truly disconnect from the stresses of day to day life. Sleeping in beautiful bell tents surrounded by the mountains and groves of lemon trees you will feel at one with nature and invigorated by the fabulous daily practice and workshops.
Investment of €450 per person
(including all meals, yoga, workshops & equipment. Not including flights or transfers)
Reserve your place today with just €140 deposit.
Twice daily yoga practice on our stunning mountain-side platform.
Deliciously nourishing, vegetarian menu prepared by your chef, Elliot.
Daily meditations, yoga nidra or pranayama practice.
Fascinating daily workshops
Your teacher: Leonie Dunlop
Hi Yogis and Yoginis,
I am very much looking forward to returning to Bagend to facilitate a new retreat this September/October. I am expecting to see some radiant sunshine, mesmerizing star filled night skies and to enjoy the great company of other earth loving souls like you, in the beautiful and peaceful oasis that is Bagend.
My yoga journey began over 15 years ago and right from the beginning it offered me access to levels of peace inside me that I never remembered having experienced before. I have been a regular practitioner ever since and tried many different styles, learning a lot from each one.
Already working as a holistic massage therapist, in 2002 I trained and qualified as a reflexologist and then I trained for 2 years with Phil Parker (inventor of the lightening process) in London to become a master practitioner of hypnotherapy, NLP and life coaching.
I have completed yoga teacher training in India and Spain. I love teaching as I have a great interest in healing and transformation and am deeply inspired by the possibilities of empowering people to heal themselves through yoga.
My preferred style is a fusion of traditional Hatha yoga and the Pure yoga of Swami Purohit. In my classes you can expect plenty of stimulating and opening movement, followed by deep relaxation, powerful pranayama breathing exercises and access to deeper levels of consciousness inside you.
I have an interest in all yoga paths and as well as benefitting massively from all the styles I have explored, regularly attend satsang (association with truth) and Bhakti group meetings. I am also a mum and nan and student of life. In truth, I love all aspects of yoga and intend to continue practice until the day I leave this planet.
Your Rustic Reteats journey:
During the week, using Patanjali's 8 fold *Astanga Yoga process as our model, we will enjoy traditional Hatha yoga classes as we watch the sun rise, weaving the ancient wisdom of the observances of Yama and Nyama into our Asana practice. In Hatha yoga we balance our solar and lunar energy using gentle and powerful movement, posture and breath work.. Stimulating, soothing, opening, lengthening and restoring balance as we salute the sun...
The views are stunning from our yoga platform and the walk up and down the mountain each day is a valuable treasure in itself...
We will also come together for a daily practice of 'Pure Yoga' as taught by Swami Purohit. Swamiji is a living master of Kriya, Hatha, Jnana,Tantra and Mantra yoga from the Giri line of traditional Himalayan yogis. In this tradition we use Asana and Pranayama practices to draw our attention deeply inside (Pratyahara), clearing energy pathways within us and enabling space for the process of Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi (meditation) to naturally unfold.
According to Kriya yoga only 20% of our energy comes from the food we eat. The rest is absorbed from the cosmos through the body's highly sophisticated energetic system. This system is made up of a network of 1000's of channels called nadies or meridians and chakras or wheels of energy. This process is usually unconscious but through experience we will begin to discover how to consciously generate, process, direct and store this prana (energy)
Through this practice we will stimulate the regeneration of the system, clearing, opening and making way for a stronger and smoother flow of life force through our physical, mental and emotional body's, strengthening our soul connection.
There will be morning and evening meditation sittings...
Within the perfect stillness at the heart of the Murcian countryside we will have the opportunity to journey deeply into ourselves, beyond body and mind.
We will also enjoy delicious home cooked vegetarian meals together as we look out over the peaceful valley.
Sample daily schedule-
08.00 Yoga and meditation/pranayama practice
09.30 - 10.15 Breakfast buffet
14.30 to 17.00 workshop will between these hours
17.00 to 18.30 Yoga
18.30 19.00 yoga and meditation
20.30 Evening meal pool side or in the house by a log fire
We also take a hike across the mountains on market day to sample the local tapas and explore the 10th century village of Aledo, taking in the stunning views from the top of the mountain. Each day will have at least one workshop (often two) and all of the workshops and yoga is optional so you can do as much or as little as you choose.
Your workshop programme for the week:
Introduction to Reflexology workshop
Reflexology uses pressure points on the feet, hands and ears to stimulate and balance energy flow through the whole body and mind. Working under the same principals as acupuncture, it is a very effective complementary technique to promote healing as a stand alone therapy or alongside most other treatment. It is very powerful in increasing healthy circulation throughout the body, helping it to detoxify itself, as well as usually being very relaxing and enjoyable.
I have been a practicing reflexologist for many years and would like to share some of this knowledge with you.
During the workshop we will learn how to give and receive a therapeutic foot massage which will soothe and restore equilibrium, balancing body, mind and soul.
Osho Kundalini Meditation
In this workshop we will follow Osho's well developed, step by step, movement to music process to enliven our energetic body. In most cases, due to unnatural living, particularly the repression of emotions, this system is functioning to only a fraction of it's potential. This active meditation is a powerful wake up call, causing us to become vibrantly alive and ready to live our truest potential.
Chakra awareness and activation workshop
The chakras are spinning 'wheels' of energy that exist in and around us. Although their correct function controls the health of the physical body, they are not actually part of it and connect us with the astral plane. Although there are many more, a main, 7 chakra system is often described and worked with. These major chakras all have their centres in the spinal cord but each radiates out from that point, within and around the body to circulate a particular flavour of energy.
In this workshop we will discuss this system and how it corresponds to the 5 elements of earth, water, fire, air and ether to create our reality. We will look at some related imagery that has been used to depict the qualities of each one, according to ancient yogic texts.
We will then explore the mudras (energetically stimulating hand positions) and mantras (sound vibrations) that can be used to activate each one and finish with a balancing and deeply nourishing meditation.
'Yoga karmasu kaushlam' - 'Yoga is excellence in action'...
As described by the perfect yogi, Lord Krishna himself, 5000 years ago.
How can we bring excellence to every action?
During this workshop we will delve into the ancient wisdom of the Bhagavad-Gita and other texts written by great masters (inc. Eckart Tolle) to shed light on this inspiring principal; discussing how we can integrate this transcendental wisdom into our lives today...
Meeting the Inner child
In this session we will use guided meditation to meet and welcome our inner child, just as he or she is. This attention and acceptance is usually very welcome and builds a bridge of understanding for any unhealed aspects of our character that appear to be stuck in time to evolve and be integrated back into our present being. This process frees up trapped energy in the body/mind system creating wholeness and peace.
The Divine Light Invocation
I am expecting by this stage of the week we will all be wide open and ready to gain maximum benefit from this ritual...
Using physical movement and creative visualization as a launch pad we will re-charge every cell of our body with light and realize a deeper understanding of this as our essential nature.
I have found this to be a very powerful and often blissful practice and hope that you will enjoy it too...
All in all, it will be a fun-filled week through which we will all grow and transform in ways which allow us to more fully express our highest truth and fulfill our dreams...
*Astanga yoga process as described in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras consists of Yama, Nyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.
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