About This Event
Retreat practice offers the opportunity for deep healing of mind, body and emotions unlike any other. The stillness we align with allows safe space for exploration into interpersonal experiences. A transformation can take place when we allow ourselves to seek solace and quiet within. This retreat is trauma informed.
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- Mindful eating : One bowl meal stems from the Oryoki practice. This practice an opportunity to share home grown and vegan foods with generosity and mindfulness.
- Holding compassionate space
- Walking meditations: River walk, sound walking.
- Creative journaling: Stream of consciousness writing and drawing. We can use the Creative Arts Therapies to investigate and to develop training in mindfulness.
- Silence: Therapeutic Silence is an essential tool for the mind. There is so much internal dialogue ready to come up, that only when one sits in silence can we allowing them the space to be heard and untimely be released into the present moment. Silence is deep listening.
- Forest meditations:
- Electronic and media break: Avoiding the distractions and habitual patters within media provides space to deep listen and create.
- Insight Meditation: This is the technique of meditation that I teach. The approach is less rigorous than some methods and with a trauma informed lens.
- Body Movement: Involves yoga, TCTSY trauma informed methods.
- Mindfulness of breath: Pranayama practice (working with the breath).
ScheduleSummer Forest Yoga Retreat
June 21 6:00pm-9:00pm
Opening the retreat
June 22 9:00 am-4:00 pm
One bowl meal
June 23 9:00 am-4:30pm
One bowl meal
Closing the retreat
Venue HighlightsThe beautiful garden setting that is walking distance to crown land forest, rivers and creeks offers an ideal setting for the experience of Forest Yoga Practice, walking meditation and contemplative study. In this retreat I will offer the Forest Yoga Meditation practice that was introduced to me in my first Dathun. A Dathun is a 30 day silent retreat. This retreat will be over a weekend beginning Friday evening and ending Sunday late afternoon. It will offer instruction and view of the ancient forest yoga practice techniques which are based in meditation and therapeutic silence. Self reflection, transformation and interoception are the result. Interoception is contemporarily defined as the sense of the internal state of the body. This is a trauma informed retreat and suitable for those working with trauma and PTSD. The retreat has a maximum of 7 participants.
AccommodationsParticipants can return home, camp on the land, or an accommodation of their choice each evening.
- Free Parking
- Yoga Studio
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineWild crafted herbal teas, organic vegan snacks, green smoothies. Each participant brings a vegan dish that we share through the one bowl meal practice.
DirectionsThe studio is private and the address is given to participants. It is located in Crescent Valley BC. A 20 minute drive from both Nelson and /or Castlegar.
A free 30 min interview is offered to meet and greet.