At a certain point, I realized that was plenty of action and striving in my life, but very little rest and acceptance. I could see that this imbalance, clinging to Yang and ignoring the importance of yin, was causing me to suffer, bringing physical discomfort and metabolic disharmony into my body. At that time I was working as occupational therapist in a hospital and the need to understand the importance of balance and acceptance, propelled me to search deeply for more knowledge and teachings in different energetic body work fields. I am grateful to my teachers in this field: Cyriac Joseph, Fabian Scarpan, Till Heeg, Jack Chaya, Rosemary Wallace, Krishnatakis, David Lutt, Sahji Sivanada, Sara Power and Thich Nhatt Hanh. They led me to look more deeply at Thai and Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Taoism and Buddhist Philosophy.
Tarthang Tulku, a Tibetan lama, said:
“in brief tranquil moments when the senses are relaxed and responsive, when the heart is easy and the mind light, we can hear the voice of silent space speaking…Awareness responds, and the blessing of healing and knowledge flows forth.”
In many wisdom traditions around the world, there is an understanding of the balance between striving and acceptance. And this balance allows us to be in our natural state of joy and health.
Whenever the energy (known as chi, prana, lom, lung or life force) is stagnant, deficient, or excessive, the physical body is affected, and consequently the emotional body is also affected, or it might also be vice versa.
“…… all emotional stress is stored physically as tension in the body. The stress of past traumatic experiences, neurotic patterns, and of day-to-day living cause physical blockages… Emotional and physical problems can block our growth as individuals in many ways. Physical and emotional health, however, creates a strong foundation for developing and unfolding on all levels of our being: physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually.”*
*Michael Reed Gach with Carolyn Marco, Acu-Yoga (Tokyo and new york: Japan Publications, 1981), 17.
Many of us are out of touch with what we are feeling because we lack time and space in our lives to explore the deeper aspects of ourselves. In this weeklong retreat we will offer a practice that allows the individual time for inner listening, tuning the body and bringing harmony between the visceral (organs), emotional and energetic layers of the body.
Suryalila is the perfect magical place where we can find the pace to move into healing. You will be served delicious vibrant vegetarian meals and beautifully housed in bright shared apartments with access to a divine salt water pool and sauna and the best sunset in the hills of Andalusia.
Through this retreat you will develop a close relationship with your own physical body, which will allow you to follow the body´s wise guidance towards healing. Within each of us lies the key to our healing.
As traditional medicine is opening its doors to ancient healing arts, now there is a great opportunity to integrate the concepts of meridians from Chinese Medicine, the power of herbs from ancient Greek medicine, and massage and steam, as well as integrative breath work and holistic healing yoga born from the Taoist and Ayurvedic tradition.
We will also develop body awareness and release old stored patterns using osteopathy, cranio-sacral and biodynamic concepts. Last but not least, we will employ the mindful practice of meditation from the Buddhism.
The aim of this week is to offer a variety of tools to take back home that can facilitate the healing process. You will be given a manual where all the practices will be shared, including a the Therapeutic Yoga poses that we will practice each day on the retreat; the name and properties of each herb used for the herbal cleanse teas and for the hot herbal compresses; different meditations, and qi-gong/tai chi exercises, etc.
Subject to changes
- 8.00 – 9.15am – Therapeutic Yoga practice
- 9.15 am – Cleansing herbal tea and mindfulness practice
- 9.30 -11am Breakfast
- 11.00 – 12.30pm – Various Lectures and Practices, including The importance of Herbs, food awareness, different body energetic works, Group Dynamics, Tai chi/Chi-gong exercises, Biodance, body awareness and metta meditations.
- 13.30 – break for lunch
- 16.00 – 19.00pm – Sauna / Swimming Pool / Private Therapy
- 19.00 – Dinner
- 20.30 – 21.30 – Alternate evenings there will be Meditations, Singing circles and a review of the day.
Note: On day four there will be a cleansing day. We will only do a gentle therapeutic practice in the morning and a lying Meditation. The rest of the day will be for resting and relaxing in the sauna and swimming pool. We will do a belly releasing massage and there will be a special day of cleansing food.
On day Five, after Breakfast, there will be a free day to visit some of the interesting local attractions.
All Inclusive Price per person:
- Mini Dorm (4 people): €662
- Yurt: €690
- Twin: €795
- Superior Double (shared bathroom): €928/shared per person €760
- Deluxe Double (private bathroom): €1,026 / shared per person €956
This retreat is limited to maximum of 10 persons to offer maximum attention and monitoring to everyone’s personal healing process.