Āyurvedic Spring Cleanse Retreat

  • Menla Retreat & Spa Menla Retreat & Spa
  • 375 Panterkill Road PO Box 70 Phoenicia, NY 12464 United States
  • May 23 - 27, 2019 (5 days)
  • Getaway Deluxe Queen - $2,144.00 Getaway Private Queen - $1,993.00 Getaway Deluxe Double - $2,695.00 Getaway Deluxe Double (Shared Bath) - $1,644.00 Getaway Deluxe Quad - $1,556.00

About This Event

Āyurveda is a Sanskrit word meaning “life knowledge.” It is the name of the world’s oldest holistic health system, which offers unique insight into creating balance among all facets of wellness — physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual — using tools such as diet, plant remedies, daily schedule and lifestyle practices, movement and yoga, meditation, breath work, color, and aromatherapy to establish harmony between body, mind, and the natural world.

Balance in mind and body within the context of nature is divine natural order, according to Āyurveda. Action taken to cultivate cooperation between mind and body and the environment yields the symptoms of health that lay the foundation for true happiness and longevity. As preventative wellcare, Āyurveda is behavioral medicine at its finest, making it a science of personal responsibility — one which trains you first intellectually, then intuitively, to make intelligent decisions that invite health and harmony into your experience.

Āyurveda recommends a cleanse to accompany a change in season, to clear and open physiological and psychological channels in the body and mind. Spring is an especially important time of the year, when nature re-awakes from the long, heavy winter and provides us with all the dietary and herbal tools we need to rid our bodies of excess fats and heavy proteins which keep environmental and emotional toxins bound in bodily tissues. A Spring cleanse helps the body to identify stored fat tissue as useable energy, retraining and firing up digestive capacity within the GI tract, bodily tissues, and the mind. Accumulated and stored toxins are brought to the surface of tissues and gently escorted out through elimination channels. The results of the Spring cleanse are empowered digestive and immune systems as well as a purified mind to transition gracefully and energetically from the heavy, dulled winter into the light, auspicious Springtime.

The sophistication of the software and hardware of the human being is an absolutely magnificent phenomenon. And yet, without realizing it, we are getting in the way of its natural and spontaneous self-healing capability by inundating our systems with excessive consumption and exposure to toxicity. We are interrupting restoration and repair of our physical vehicles with careless lifestyles. The goal of this retreat is to provide the tools and space for a gentle yet thorough cleansing of the body and mind, as well as a foundation for understanding how your physiology and psychology work together, why it is important to detoxify the internal organs and the sense organs, and how to use the things you are engaging with each day, knowingly and unknowingly, through environment, society, lifestyle, and diet, as tools to cultivate the physical state and state of mind of your own choosing.

This retreat will include:

An Āyurvedic mono-diet of kitchari and tisanes (herbal teas)

Appropriate herbs to support detoxification (triphala)

A ‘dinacharaya’ tool-kit of copper tongue scraper, nasal oil, mouth gargle, neti pot and salts, essential oils, body massage oil, and a candle to use during the retreat and at home following the retreat

Daily group yoga, pranayama (breath work), and meditation

Daily body work (massage or traditional Āyurvedic oil therapy)

Daily Āyurvedic theory classes

A cooking demonstration to learn about spices, kitchari, and ghee

Daily opportunity to convene with Mother Nature

Schedule

Thursday, May 23rd

• 3 – 5pm Check-in

• 5:30pm Welcome

• 6 – 7pm Vegetarian Dinner

• 7:15 – 8:30pm Intro to How / Why to Spring Cleanse

◦  Tool Kits distributed + instructions shared for morning rituals

• 8:30 – 9:30pm Yoga Nidra – led by Noël

Friday, May 24th

• 7:30 – 8:30am Morning Meditation

• 8:30 – 9:30am Kitchari Breakfast

• 10am – 12pm Āyurvedic Philosophy Class / Introduction to Āyurveda

• 12 – 1pm Kitchari Lunch

• 1 – 4pm Free Time for Being Outside, Resting, Journaling / Bodywork Therapies

• 4 – 6pm Āyurvedic Philosophy Class / 6 tastes + Seasonal Eating + Ritucharya/Dinacharya

• 6 – 7pm Kitchari Dinner

• 7:15 – 8:15pm Yoga Nidra – led by Noël

Saturday, May 25th

 7 – 8am Yoga with Selena

8:30 – 9:30am Breakfast – Kitchari

10am – 12pm Āyurvedic Philosophy Class / Digestion, Seven Tissue Layers + Ojas

12 – 1pm Kitchari lunch

1 – 4pm  Free Time for Being Outside, Resting, Journaling / Bodywork Therapies

4 – 6pm Āyurvedic Philosophy Class / Āma, Agni + Food Sadhana

6 – 7pm Kitchari dinner

7:15 – 8:15pm Yoga Nidra – led by Noël

Sunday, May 26th

7 – 8am Yoga with Selena

8:30 – 9:30am Breakfast – Kitchari

10am – 12pm Āyurvedic Philosophy Class / Stages of Disease Development

12 – 1pm Kitchari lunch

1 – 4pm  Free Time for Being Outside, Resting, Journaling / Bodywork Therapies

4 – 6pm Āyurvedic Philosophy Class / Cleaning up the Mental Atmosphere

6 – 7pm Kitchari dinner

7:15 – 8:15pm Yoga Nidra – led by Noël

Monday, May 27th

7 – 8am Yoga with Selena

8:30 – 9:30am Kitchari Breakfast

7 – 11am Check-Out of Rooms

10am – 12pm Cooking Class / Demo : Intro to Spices, Ghee, Kitchari

12 – 1pm Kitchari Lunch

1 – 1:30pm Questions + Closing

1:30 Departure

*Please note that the schedule is subject to change at any time


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