BIJA YOGA presents ‘Summer SOL at Vanam Retreat’
Friday 13-15 November 2020
A weekend of true SELF-care as we explore the nature of the eternal Self or Soul through the practices of asana, pranayama, meditation, deep relaxation, mantra and yogic philosophy. Arrive and take your time to settle late Friday afternoon any time from 2pm to sit, read, journal, doodle or simply watch the sun go do down. First evening class is RESTORATIVE Yoga with an extended guided deep relaxation followed by an incredible vegan dinner which will make you feel both loved and nourished.
Wake up to pre-breakfast (!) before practicing an extended Jivamukti Yoga class on the theme of Unravelling the Layers to the SOUL. This class may be physically challenging for some but as always modifications will be taught (it’s always worth the effort for the guided deep relaxation at the end!). After breakfast there will be free time or a bush walk led by Jeff and the dogs of Vanam. After lunch, the afternoon is all yours; perhaps you would like to explore Mt. Victoria and it’s many antique shops.
Dinner will be served before evening Satsang and in this time we will explore the weekend’s themes in greater detail, sing a little and meditate together. Wake up again to pre-breakfast and then our final class together, a yoga class that explores the notion of trusting one’s Soul Journey, beginning with breaking down the concept of Vinyasa (flowing) yoga and ending with held restorative asana and finally deep relaxation and meditation. Brunch, followed by free time and ‘slow departure’ by 2pm.
What you need to bring:
- Yoga accoutrements
- Journal, pen
- Swimmers for spa
What to know:
- All food will be vegan and utterly incredible; you won’t miss anything
- ‘Do’ as little or as much as you’d like
There are 9 spots in total (including the teacher (Keith Kempis). Vanam usually caters up to 14 but due to COVID, we have much more space. Accommodation is Twin Share and there’s one Queen Room available. If you’re joining us, please get in touch to organise payment of your $180 deposit. Full payment is required by Friday 23rd October.
Vanam is an off-grid solar-powered retreat centre made from ethical and reclaimed materials. It is both architecturally-designed and aesthetically-uplifting; focused on the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi. Our hosts Jeff and Andy created Vanam with a vision to share the broad teachings of yoga in a natural and beautiful setting. I personally love everything about Vanam and I cannot begin to tell you what it means to me to be sharing the precious teachings of yoga there for one very special weekend this Summer.