The “real tradition” of yoga involves being guided from within and trusting one’s own inner reference system
– Quote from Donna Fahri’s keynote speech at the IYTA Conference in Sydney, 2017.
Creating and holding a safe, nurturing space in which individuals are provided with the opportunity to be still, be silent, and reconnect and/or rediscover their inner voice, is one of the greatest gifts a teacher can offer their students.
Yoga retreat daily schedule*:
8.30 – 10.30 – Morning practice, to include meditation, enquiry, pranayama, asana and relaxation.
11 – 1 – Brunch
1 – 5 – will either be personal time – to rest, swim, read, explore surrounding countryside, or include a 2 hour workshop.
5 – 7 – dinner
7.30 – 8.30 – enquiry/meditation
9 – silence and sleep
*please note that the schedule is subject to change and will include silent times. The second week will be altered to incorporate self-practice and more silence
Where and how to get there?
Casa Martini is situated in the Tuscan countryside, approximately 90 minutes from Pisa airport. Transport can be arranged to collect students from the airport and bring directly to the retreat villa. Arrangements for this will be made once numbers have been confirmed.
Please do take a look at the website for some further information: https://www.casamartini.eu/
Accommodation and food
The retreat centre is split into three apartments accommodating 2-3 students in each room. Great consideration and care will be taken to ensure all students are comfortable and sharing appropriately. If friends and/or families are booking together please just ensure that information is shared when booking.
All food will be locally soured and vegetarian.
The dates of the retreat have provisionally been reserved for two weeks – the 7-14th and 14th – 21st of September. My initial intention was to dedicate the first week to a more relaxed, open approach to the retreat that would appeal to all students of all levels, and the second week would be focused on a deepening immersion into meditation, self-enquiry and self-practice. This will depend on numbers, and I have the flexibility to adapt in accordance with interest and needs of the group as a whole. Students would be perfectly welcome to attend both weeks, or just the first, or just the second depending on where they’re at with their individual practice.
The cost of one week retreat will be £610. If students wish to attend 2 weeks I will be considering a reduced rate for the second week (to be confirmed once numbers have been determined).
- Daily yoga, meditation, pranayama, self-enquiry
- Workshop sessions and healing gong bath
- All meals
- 6 nights accommodation on site
- Use of natural pool
- Transfer to and from airport (2 minibuses will be arranged)
This does not include flights.
Payment plans can be arranged on a case-by-case basis.
How to Book
A non-refundable deposit of £150 will be required to reserve a place on the retreat.
Account details: 83482863; sort code – 20-65-20
Reference: Yoga Retreat (Initials of Payee)
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 07532030969 if you want further information.
If you want to reserve your place – the retreat is limited to 10 per week – please transfer the deposit and email me with the following information:
- Which weeks would you like to book for – week 1, week 2, or both.
- If you have any specific needs or dietary requirements
- If you are booking as part of a couple, group or family
Sending love and kindness to all, and am looking forward to seeing what unfolds 🙂
Sophia will be holding a beautiful retreat in early spring for women to have the opportunity to enjoy some invaluable “me time”! Please see below for information and contact Sophia via email: email@example.com for further details and booking.
I often experience a spike in bookings and requests at this time of year: Autumn and early Winter. We are currently immersed in a season governed by Vata. Vata, in Ayurveda, is a term used to define one of the three doshas – Vata, Pitta, Kapha. Each of these doshas are a combination of elements that are the foundations and building blocks of our forms, natures or constitutions. Vata is the combination of air and ether, and the qualities of this particular dosha are: dryness, lightness, mobility, subtlety, roughness and coldness. You can feel it in the air, and see it all around you. The leaves falling off the trees, the changeable weather, and drops in temperature. We often experience heightened levels of anxiety, uncertainty, sensitivity, insecurity and a sense of being overwhelmed. Physically we may be experiencing a dryness of the skin, aching and cracking joints, cramps and restless and disturbed sleep. These are just some of the symptoms of a Vata imbalance.
Ayurveda is an ancient holistic system known as the sister science of yoga. Its original texts date back 5,000 years, and has been passed down the generations in India and Sri Lanka ever since. In recent years there has been an awakened fascination and exploration into this science from a western perspective. Its approach is to determine one’s true unchanging nature (Prakruti) and to manage the ever-changing environment and conditions of our existence that create fluctuations and imbalances (Vikruti) within us. These imbalances, if unchecked, eventually lead to illness and disorder. It is an incredibly empowering approach that emphasises the maintenance of optimal health – physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Ayurveda literally means “life-knowledge”.
Each individual’s prakruti (nature) will be a unique combination of the three doshas. Put into context, a person who has, by nature, a high proportion of Vata in their constitutional make-up will be more likely to experience an agitation of Vata at this time of year. Equally, if someone were to have a high level of Pitta (fire and water) in their constitution, then the cooler climate may actually be a welcome and balancing change. The subtleties and nuances of Ayurveda can take a life-time of study but even the most basic understandings of the qualities of each dosha and the seasonal shifts and changes, can be incredibly supportive and balancing for every person. Taking into consideration the qualities of Vata, as defined above, there are some very simple day-to-day things that we can do to counterbalance the environmental increase of Vata, such as:
- Avoid dry, cold and rough foods such as raw salad, crackers, iced drinks, and favour warm, nourishing grounding meals such as stews, and sautéed vegetables with spices such as ginger and cumin. Carry a flask of hot water with you and sip throughout the day.
- keeping warm, particularly the hands, feet and head. Wear a hat that covers your ears, particularly if it’s windy outside.
- Slow things down and ensure that you’re factoring in some downtime for yourself. This time of year is certainly prone to perpetuating stress and high demands. Be vigilant and ensure that personal space and rest is being given as much emphasis and importance, if not more so, than completing the extensive to-do lists.
- Be tactile. Vata needs touch and warmth. Hug your loved ones, and take a hot water bottle to bed.
- Abhyanga (warm oil self-massage) is one of the most effective ways of balancing Vata. Use warm organic sesame oil and massage your feet and hands before bed. It is a wonderful self-practice that is nurturing, grounding and encourages deep sleep.
- Go to a yin-based yoga class. The gentle, more intuitive practices encourage an increased awareness of the body, and can help to quieten and still the mind.
So often we can feel off-centre, depleted, or just not quite ourselves. When this happens, see if you can pause for a moment and just acknowledge the qualities of your environment. Today, as I write this article, it is cold, grey, with blustering winds (typical Vata day). I ask myself what I can do to create warmth, vibrancy and stillness and these considerations will influence many of my day-to-day choices. It’s a dance between the outside world and our inner-selves, through which we can discover great peace and harmony.
To know myself beloved, to call myself beloved on this earth – Scilla Elworthy
Saturday 28th October 10.00 am – 5.00pm
Our humanity joins us together. We breathe the same air, are nourished by the same earth, are warmed by the same sun and share the common ground of the heart in this matter of being human. This restorative meditation retreat offers an engaged, contemplative space to explore this matter of being human in our uniqueness and our commonality, as part of this great body of earth.
To really meet ourselves as we are requires curiosity, kindness and some discipline. Through meditation we are not trying to change who we are, we’re entering the garden of ourselves, so that we can know who we are. From this ground of being we then engage in the world with greater wisdom, clarity and compassion.
Ally Stott is a Craniosacral Therapist & Transpersonal Psychotherapist. For many years she has accompanied people as they have journeyed and inquired into this matter of being human. She co-correlates Discovering Unity courses in Oxford, and can often be found on her allotment. www.allystott.co.uk.
The cost of the retreat is £55. To make a booking contact- Allysoilandsoul@gmail.com.
Our explorations will happen both inside the hall and outside in our broader nature.
Healthy Oxford’s Sophia is offering a series of Spring Time walks in Woodstock and Oxford throughout May. A wonderful opportunity to explore nature and to learn about wild food foraging. Please see below for details:
Silvie is now back in UK offering four treatment modalities: Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Zen Shiatsu, Reiki and Intuitive Healing.
Silvie is an intuitive healer who specialises in helping people to:
- Relax deeply and let go of tension or stress;
- Release old physical and/or emotional ‘holding patterns’ from their system;
- Rebalance their flow of vital energy (a pre-requisite for good health);
- Gain valuable insights to help them understand themselves better and utilise their own inner resources for healing;
- Connect with the inner peace and stillness that is always available underneath the ‘mind chatter’;
- Gain more energy, vitality and a greater sense of wellbeing.
How Silvie works: Silvie’s style is gentle, sensitive and intuitive. Her deep sensitivity enables her to ‘tune into’ the client’s body and energy field, to see blockages on a physical, emotional or energetic level, and clarify where healing and rebalancing is needed. All the treatments help to stimulate / work alongside the body’s own natural healing processes, and support the client with whatever they are ready to release physically, emotionally and/or energetically. Silvie herself is not the ‘healer’, rather she supports the client and their body to connect with their own healing ability.
Who can benefit from treatments?: People come to see Silvie with a variety of conditions, including back / neck / shoulder pain, headaches / migraines, digestive disorders, unresolved emotional issues, hormonal issues, chronic fatigue, stress-related symptoms, TMJ (jaw) issues, injury, whiplash and for general wellbeing.