Yoga, Meditation and Space retreat August 2018
6-12 August, 14-20 August 2018
“It is only in alert silence that truth can be.”Jiddu Krishnamurti
Do you feel that your life has become busier and busier? Are you surrounded by constant noise? Do you lack the space to discover yourself, to dream and to just to ‘be’? If so this retreat is designed especially for you. Over the course of the retreat we will explore how to find space, silence and stillness in our bodies, minds and lives. Using simple and effective yoga and meditation practices we will learn to come home to our true selves.
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.
Price per person
The Five Great Elements retreat costs €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
Delicious, nourishing, vegetarian menu prepared by your chef
Daily meditations, yoga nidra or pranayama practice
Fascinating daily workshops
I am a skillful meditation and yoga teacher who teaches ancient and modern techniques from a range of traditions. I completed my first teacher training with Shakti Sprit Yoga in Bali in 2010, and have subsequently done a 500 Hour Teacher training with Brahmani Yoga in India. I have practiced and served in silent retreats and lived in traditional yoga ashrams. What most inspires me about yoga and meditation is its ability to help people get to know themselves better, find peace and space to just ‘be’.
With my teaching, I seek to take my students on an inner journey to the core of their being. I make space in my classes to allow the students to tap into the more meditative side of the practice, whether that is in a flowing, dynamic movement, or a stiller restorative class.Each class with me will be informative and different. I usually start slowly with inner reflection and then move on to some core breath work. We then flow through a series of graceful asanas, often working towards a certain pose or outcome. Then we usually finish with some breathing techniques and meditation. I aim to cultivate in my students a sense of quiet self-awareness, but also offer practical facts and information about the body, the asanas and breath!
Yoga has changed my life in so many wonderful ways. Through becoming a teacher, I have been able to live my truth, from the heart. I look forward to sharing my passion.
I started practicing yoga 20 years ago, starting out with Iyengar yoga, then moving onto other styles like Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kundalini and more. I completed my first teacher-training course in Ha-tha and Vinyasa yoga with the International Yoga Alliance
in Bali, and later did an intensive level two teacher training in Bali in vinyasa flow yoga, breathing and meditation.
I have a passion for Karma Yoga (the yoga of action) and I believe yoga is for everyone! To this end I have been leading an innovative research project to bring yoga to people living with dementia. The results of this project and practices are available in my book ‘Yoga for Dementia: A Guide for People with Dementia, Their Families and Caregivers’.
Styles of yoga to be taught
On this retreat we will be honoring the theme of creating‘space’ in the yoga asana practice. The morning yoga sessions will be inspired by Vinyasa yoga and will focusing on using heat and movement to open and expand our bodies, to create more length and internal space. Each class will focus on a different area of the body, and we will explore how we we can find sweet release in this area.
The afternoon sessions will be more slow and restorative drawing from slow-flow vinyasa, yin, and restorative yoga styles. They will be about creating space within our bodies and minds. You will learn multiple ‘take-home’ sequences that you can use and adapt for your home practice. As well as detailed instructions of the sequences and poses, once we have learnt an aspect of the sequence we will have the opportunity to practice this in silence. This will help us to learn to move with our own breath, trust our own instincts and learn to find space in the movements and practice.
Daily timetable for yoga retreat
07.30 Pranayama or morning meditation
08.00 Morning yoga practice
09.30 - 10.15 Breakfast buffet
11.00 Workshop (practical/theoretical) or free time
15.00 Free time
19.00 Evening yoga practice
20.30 Meditation or Yoga Nidra
21.00 Evening meal
(Please note, this is a sample timetable and may be subject to change.)
There will be one workshop a day, it may be in the morning or afternoon. There is also the option to visit local markets on Wednesday and Sunday.
Your Rustic Retreats journey
“In not only the physical science, but in the real mental silence, the wisdom dawns.” Satchidananda
“See how nature—trees, flowers, grass—grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… .We need silence to be able to touch souls.” Mother Teresa
“Yoga is the progressive settling of the mind into silence.” Patanjali Yoga Sutras
Many of the key teachings of ancient and modern spiritual masters involve lessons around the importance of silence, stillness and space. Yoga philosophy teaches us that we are all perfect souls, however we need to silence the ego and the ‘fluctuations’ of the mind in order to reveal this perfect version of ourselves. In this yoga retreat we will be looking deep within to find our inner teacher. We will learn from the wisdom of the stars, trees and flowers about how we can unfold and blossom in periods of silence.
We will start each day with a period of silent meditation, followed by a dynamic asana sequence. This will help us release tension, and find stillness and spaciousness within our bodies. From this place of calm we will then be using a variety of methods to explore and find a place of deeper silence and spaciousness within. For example, I will introduce a variety of different breathing and meditation techniques to help you still your mind and thoughts, and we will also have periods of silence during each day. We will explore space, stillness and silence from a number of different perspectives including writing, drawing and getting inspired by the natural world. This will help each of us, in our own unique way, learn to tap into our inner world and place of stillness.
Your workshop programme
The theme of this retreat is about Yoga, Meditation and Space. It is about learning to find space in our practice and lives to be fully present moment to moment. How can we learn to be still, sit with ourselves and accept where we are in the moment.
Workshop one – learning to be still
‘Did you ever sit quietly with your back straight, not moving, just only cherishing the beauty of silence?’ JidduKrishnamurti
Do you feel like you’re constantly running in life, chasing the next goal, ticking off things on your to do list (which never seems to get shorter)? Do you find it difficult to be still, to be away from technology, hard to switch off after a busy day at work? At this workshop we will be exploring how we can be stiller in our lives and find time for just being, and the things that nourish and sustain us. We will explore the ‘cult of busyness’ and look at how modern life and technology nudge us to always do more.
We will do some creative journaling exercises where we will look at the things that take up our time. Together we will explore these and develop strategies for creating more time and space. We will also explore some simple meditation, and mindfulness strategies for creating mental space.
Workshop two – Space and Nature
TWe are all made of space and stardust. In this workshop we will use nature and the space around us to inspire our own spaciousness and help us lighten our inner skies. First we will discuss nature and its relationship with space.
Next we will learn some simple meditation techniques, including sitting in nature, walking in nature and reflecting on the world around us. These will help us tap into the healing power of the natural environment.
Workshop three – Drawing Space
In this workshop we will create space and stillness for you to draw. We will start with a simple mediation where we will look deep within the still, peaceful space within us. Emerging from this we will explore some exercises to draw negative space.
The logical mind tends to try to focus on objects, identifying them and categorizing them. However with negative drawing exercises we focus on exploring the space around objects rather than the objects themselves.
This will help us appreciate more fully the importance of space.
Workshop four – Yoga Nidra– moving into stillness
In this workshop we will explore the practice of Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra is a practice that is sometimes known as yogic sleep. It is a practice we lie still and go on a deep inner journey.
Firstly we will explore the theory of how yoga nidra works and helps us to create more spaciousness in the body by releasing preconditioning. We will then explore the correct way of making a sankalpa or yogic intention. After this we will experience the practice of yoga nidra for ourselves
Workshop five – Dancing Space
At this workshop we will explore our bodies and the spaces around them through the medium of dance. We will dance our dreams, hope and aspirations. We will dance alone, with a partner (if we like) and as a group.
As part of the dance we will explore non verbal communication. We will feel energized, push our boundaries and sweat! At the end of the workshop sink into a place of deep and complete stillness.
We are sure you will love Bagend - from our fragrant orange groves, to our simple yet utterly peaceful accommodation in the heart of the Spanish countryside. Get in touch with us to ask any questions, find out more about our retreat or reserve your place now for just €140 deposit.