Fri 29th - 31st October 2021
with Elena Byers & Steve Taylor
We're back for our Autumn seasonal celebration at our beloved home-in-the-forest, Ragmans Lane Farm!
Join us for a weekend of community, joy & reflection as we celebrate life through embodied practices and restorative massage. This is a seasonal retreat to celebrate the darker months, deeply embedded in the natural world and it's ability to re-remind us how free & curious we innately are.
'There is subtle movement underlying all else. It is what moves you when you are still and what you hear when there is silence."
Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
You're free to participate as you'd like to. The days move between creative yoga practices which drop you into the innate wisdom of your own body, restorative massage, time exploring nature, ceremony, epic feasts, and fire circles inside and out. Expect the Ragmans hot tub to be bubbling away ready to ease aching muscles after hikes to the enchanting Cannop Ponds nearby, and if that's your sort of thing - opportunities for wild swimming are plentiful too. Take your time sifting through the pages of a new book or join us for a natural medicine workshop with our herbalist Maria to unlock the wisdom of the native Wye Valley plants.
A retreat with Elena will offer you chances to re-kindle creativity and strength in your body, with movement practices, mantra and proprioception work that guide you into questioning and feeling. Steve makes a space where all voices are equally held, his studies in holistic and remedial bodywork, nature based practices, and now Physiotherapy span over a decade, so you're in safe hands. Together they offer a place where joy and playfulness are paramount, so expect games or sacred song to book-end a day of activities.
The mornings open with herbal tea, Vinyasa and meditation woven with the teachings of non-dual philosophy. The evenings simmer with dedicated restorative practices & sound healing, to reset your nervous system and leave you to blissfully drift into sleep.
Over course of the weekend you'll receive a 30 minute tailored massage treatment with Steve, rooted in the traditions of Ayurveda and holistic bodywork and inspired by over a decade's worth of knowledge, helping you to unwind, restore muscle tone & re-balance your nervous system during the weekend.
We'll share 3 delicious vegetarian meals each day in the beautiful open Ragman's kitchen - organic and locally sourced by Trewhitts - and stacked high with treats to fuel you for the day's activities. We are advocates of eating big.
Please come as you are.
Home for this weekend is the magical Ragmans Farm. Our beloved playground full of winding streams, swelling rhubarb beds and sunrise mist. Hidden deep in the heart of the Forest of Dean in the Wye Valley, Ragmans is a 60 acre organic farm where permaculture and organic farming practices are the guiding principles to regenerate the land. Nestled in an area of outstanding beauty, a stones throw from the river Wye which we'll wind down to during our Saturday hike. Expect rustic and earthy accommodation, making new friends as you co-habit the dorm and swap wellies.
Date & times: Fri 29th - 31st Oct 2021 / 4pm - 4pm
// Accommodation & prices (mixed dormitory accommodation & camping.) Please be aware accommodation is simple farmhouse style and shared.
Beamed dormitory x 6: £475
The Library Room: x 2: £475
Bunk dormitory x 4: £455
Own tent/campervan: £399
Please don't let money be an obstacle, if you feel called to join us but money stands in the way drop us a line and we'll work out payment options where needed.
19 - 26 June 2022
A yoga & beach retreat on the island of Kefalonia, Greece
with Yoga On A Shoestring
Each day will begin with a flowing asana class on the wonderful yoga platform overlooking the endless blue ocean, opening the body and attuning the mind to the breath.
Morning practice will be followed by a hearty breakfast. Then you will be free to head off down to the beach, relax by the pool or explore the stunning beauty of the surroundings.
The group will meet again in the late afternoon for a second more restorative yoga session, often including pranayama and meditation as part of the practice. The classes will be suitable for all levels and yoga experience. There will be one yoga free day during the week.
In the evenings, there are a few charming traditional Greek tavernas within walking distance of Vigla. Lunch and dinner aren't included in the cost to give people the option to go for dinner as a group or self cater if they prefer, each apartment has a small kitchen.
Book in to this Summer treat via their website and I can't wait to join you there x
Monthly Sunset Kirtan
Under the 'Big Yellow House' Stoke Park, Bristol
Next date TBC
Remember how good live music is? We’d love to invite you to join us for a sacred sound & kirtan session by the light of the moon (hopefully) & under the ‘big yellow house’. A chance to unwind after work and enjoy being together in community again. We'll explore mantra, kirtan and modern medicine songs with live harmonium and djembe - which you can either join in with, or sink into your blankets and enjoy. Some time to dive into the history of these chants and get a feel for their translations from the Sanskrit too - we’ll have the words written out if you’d like to join in!
This is a very open session - all welcome and no 'good singing' required.
Bring along something warm to wrap up with, a flask, and any instruments you may have. Send me an email to let us know you’re coming.
£8 suggested donation, free to members.
Playing with Gravity: Crow + Headstand
Next date TBC //
Do you feel you would like to explore inversions//balances more fully?
SO often these can feel out of our reach but with help we can enhance and dive deeper into our asana practice through them, discovering more profound playfulness.
Inverting the body offers an opportunity to deepen our strength and confidence - headstand ‘Sirsasana’ offers a profound new perspective flip, while crow ‘Bakasana/Kakasana,’ helps us to shift weight into new foundations by reversing the effects of gravity; resting the heart, aiding circulation and unravelling habitual tension in the lower back - bliss!
This workshop will be: a playful flow to build up strength, a break down of the postures and some alignment tips and tricks individual to your body. There’s the option to play with of couple of variations, straddles, twists also.
Open to all.
£20, discounts for members//class pass holders.
YOGA FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.
I've facilitated in a community & school setting for nearly a decade now, it's one of my greatest joys & challenges to work with young people. Imagine the benefit of yoga amidst the stresses of modern exam time? I often think how good it is mainstream schools are welcoming in teachers to introduce these practices to help support the optimal wellbeing & health of their students. But that's a further conversation perhaps.
I work with groups from ages 7-25, and tailor workshops specifically for the individuals involved; like school years 8-10 at Walworth Academy & QEH Schoolor Freedom of Mind Festival's public audience.
There's no mould, but I work with curriculum - based class structures//incentives, like:
Introduction to Yoga Postures,
Breathing Exercises for Better Mental Health,
Beginning a Meditation Practice.
Get in touch by email if you'd like to bring a project like this to the young people you know?
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