Yoga retreat with Ruthie at the beautiful Suryalila retreat centre ! It’s such a beautiful place and you will have a week of pure yoga, downtime, fresh air, juices, AMAZING vegetarian/vegan food. This is the 4th time I have taken a group and have watched this place grow in popularity every year.
In September the weather is hot enough for a daily swim and sunbathing but cool enough to enjoy walks or runs.
The theme this year will be about Pratyahara this is the 5th limb o fthe 8 limbed path- ‘gaining mastery over external influences’ or ‘sense withdrawal’ – ‘withdrawal of the senses’.
There are a lot of media messages about how yoga can benefit your life and make you more flexible/more this and that, these messages perpetuate the idea that yoga is going to bring something else to your life if you wear the right clothes, eat the right food etc, this all assumes a change of some sort and infers that we are all lacking something that we will find in a handstand or in downward dog.This can lead the ‘average’ person in a yoga class to feel sort of inadequate about what they have, this is not limited to yoga but extends to many of the ‘well being practices’ that tell us to ‘be calm’ ‘spiritual’ ‘positive’ etc. There is an idea that if we ‘try harder’ ‘are more spiritual’ we will be rewarded-society tells us try harder, be positive, work harder all this effort leads us to a tired place and no where new. It is not the message of yoga.
In clarity this retreat will emphasis the message of yoga – that we are enough, we have what we need, there will be an exploration of the familiar in an unfamiliar way -but there will be a searching inside for what is already there – all the the yoga knowledge tells us we already have what we need- but we have to relate to it properly in order to understand our capabilities. This involves turning in from outside distractions not just looking inside but focusing with clarity on what is there.
Pratyahara means ‘sense withdrawal’ it is a turning in for knowledge a looking inside. A noticing, a deliberate turning to your self for answers.
If you are coming to this retreat you will be coming with a genuine want to explore a new perspective and looking to apply Yoga as a system to your daily life.
AM – Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga – Vinyasa classes themed around the postures of Ashtanga sequence.
Afternoon – Optional Yoga discussion
Or have time to do your own exercusion or activity eg: walk/partner work
either – Yin or relaxing yoga
An opportunity to look at another ‘branch’ of the yoga method eg: breathing techniques, devotional, chanting.
Accommodation and Prices
8 bed dorm £550
4 bed dorm £570
triple bed yurt £570pp
yurt shared double £630pp
twin single occ £800
twin shared pp £690
double room with shared bath £800
double with 2 people in £650 pp
double private bath £900
double priv bath shared £765 pp
All daily yoga and related classes – herbal tea, coffee, water.
I have added £125 for teaching to the accommodation and food costs.
Flights and transfers (buddy up to make transfer cheaper)
Snacks from shop trip to spa optional
£200 deposit to save a place on the retreat
Full payment 4months before retreat.pleasex
15 spaces only.
please note NO refunds are possible up to four months before the retreat due to reservations and costs.