Rewriting Embodied Myths: A Yogic (W)rite of Passage in Iceland
About This Event
We all are the embodiment of the stories we collectively, individually, unconsciously, and consciously tell through our thoughts, words, and actions. While some stories empower us to access and tap into hidden or unknown aspects of our whole selves, we often cling unconsciously to faulty, self-limiting myths that inhibit and imprison us. Whether we are reflecting on the internalized myth of not being good enough or calling upon the narrative of our inner courage, we are invited to look at the stories we have writ large into our body, our minds, our spirits, and revise (see anew).
Yogic scriptures have long taught us that the body is made of unresolved karmas—the echoes of these stories of thought, word, and action. And through the practices of Yoga, we can access and address the underlying myths that determine how we experience our bodies, our breath, our relationships, our lives, and our world. Further, we are always reading and writing the world–imposing and extracting meaning from our experiences and encounters. Thus it is a powerful practice to give voice to the internal dialogues, the hopes and dreams, the fears and heartaches that underpin our sense of self. We meet our patterns and so much of our inner workings when we provide a sacred space for what seeks expression.
Our weekend will invoke and call upon diverse wisdom traditions to guide and inspire us, from the Nordic myths of Iceland’s own heritage to the stories of the Celts, Hopi, African, Hindu and ancient Greek gods and goddesses. Together we will explore which myths we are “living by,” how those stories are carried in our bodies, thoughts, and actions, and how to write our way to freedom and joy. Like all rites of passage, we will bring sacred inquiry into our practices of yoga (asana, meditaion, pranayama, bhakti, and kriya), dance, song, story-telling, masks-making, and more. We will savor solitude and silence, partner/small-group activities, and collective/tribal experiences to support reflection and expression. Reading and writing your life from these transformative perspectives, you will leave with a better sense of “your” myth.
6 Nights Accommodations
3 Vegetarian Meals Each Day
Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Airport
Daily Yoga Practices
Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
Jessica Patterson has been practicing and discovering yoga for more than 25 years, during which time she has had the great privilege of exploring many methods, approaches and teachers, including her most formative teachers, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Mark Whitwell, Manorama, and Nischala Joy Devi. She is a 500-hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. As a graduate of both The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (NYC) and the Nutrition Therapy Institute (Denver, CO), Jessica weaves together her diverse passions as a teacher, writer, nutrition therapist, and integrative consultant to emphasize integration and wholeness in all she does. She is the founder and director of the 7-month, 200+ hour RootEd Apprenticeship & Teacher Training Program (in its 10th year). In RootEd, Jessica leads small, intimate groups of students deeply into the embodied experience of Yoga as they discover the teacher within. In 2014, Jessica opened Root: Center for Yoga and Sacred Studies, a Colorado Springs-based sanctuary that serves as a home for her public classes, workshops, Sadhaka Sessions (intensive learning modules for those who seek deeper study outside of “teacher” trainings), 1:1 sessions, and more. Jessica has been offering retreats for over 11 years in diverse locations (Colorado, Mexico, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Iceland in 2019), integrating thought-provoking themes. In addition to her public offerings at Root, Jessica loves to work with individuals one-on-one through Yoga Therapy, Nutrition Therapy, Mentoring, and Off the Mat sessions. Whether teaching public classes or intensive offerings and retreats, Jessica is committed to sharing Yoga as an empowering technology relevant to our modern lives. Making it “real” is what it’s all about.
Nestled at the base of some of Iceland’s dramatic mountains, the Mountain Lodge Yoga Retreat is the perfect way to experience the beauty and peace of Iceland. What was once an ancient sheep farm and home to Viking settlements is now a cozy mountain lodge with beautiful cottages and a nature filled atmosphere. Relax and rejuvenate with the outdoor hot tub, indoor sauna, spa house, and barn-turned yoga room! During the summer months, enjoy endless sunlight and opportunities to explore the local wildlife on the Troll Peninsula. During the colder months, gaze in awe at the northern lights and snow-capped mountains. While staying at this retreat center, you can look forward to delicious, healthy meals, opportunities to hike, ride horses, and explore the local wilderness, and simply relax and enjoy!!
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Alana Roach October 22, 2014
I have been working with True Nature Education over the past 6 months. There is such a sense of community amongst the staff and I love the abundance of knowledge that is passed along from these retreat gurus! The staff has been especially helpful and motivating me throughout my promotion of Explorations of Self: A Costa Rica Yoga Experience Jan 17-24, 2014 (My first retreat in Costa Rica). I definitely believe this is a good way to go if you are new to teaching internationally or want to continue and grow with an amazing group of spiritual and intellectual people. Thanks a million, TNE!