Updated: Feb 15, 2020
Pilgrim, Pilgrimage, and Road, Was but Myself toward Myself; and Your Arrival but Myself at my own Door; – Rumi
We are busy preparing for our next retreat which takes place very soon on the 3rd – 6th May. Our chosen theme this time is Relationship. Last August you will remember we developed the idea of the power of intentions and discovered how the mere vibration of a thought has the power to change the world as it grows into an action and a movement.
Garden meditation area at Springhead
In keeping with our aim of guiding you into a realisation of your full potential through Yoga, this time we are looking at how we connect with the world. As humans we embody the power of choice and discrimination, and our evolved consciousness enables us to place ourselves rationally in time and space. When we look at our relationship to the world then we discover who we are. Not one single one of us has ever existed independently; in fact not one single action we have performed in our lives have we made independently.
Yoga means union – union of the aspects of the self but also union between you and the world around you. During weekend we will look at our concepts of the “Other” and direct ourselves towards an appreciation of who we are in relation to our ancestors, to the natural world and the five elements, in relation to our past and to our inner world, and in relation to greater consciousness. This is all to guide you into a knowledge of your completeness and of the interconnection of all things.
Yoga is an experiential practice, so our work will be deep inner work within Yoga classes. We will do postures, breathwork, mantra and meditation to awaken the chakras and balance the subtle body. The classes will take a different focus each time in order to develop our theme. Guests are invited to ask questions about the philosophy behind the practice, although that will not be a class on our agenda. Morven is always available for questions and loves to talk about all things Yoga so if you have a question, either before, during or after the retreat then please ask away either by blog, email, Facebook or of course in person.
As we will be in the peaceful countryside location of Springhead, Dorset for our retreat, you will have the opportunity in your own time to reflect and contemplate your relationship with the Earth and the five elements. We will make a labyrinth in the garden together with Marinella, which will be a space for silent contemplation for the weekend for those who are drawn to the practice of meditation and silent reflection.
The Vedic mantra of completeness:
purnamadah purnamidam purnaat purnamudachyate purnasya purnaamadaya purnameva vashishyate purnamadah: ‘That is complete.’ purnamidam: ‘This is complete.’ purnamadah purnamidam ‘That is complete, this is complete’. purnat purna mudachyate – ‘From that completeness comes this completeness’ purnasya purnamadaya – If we take away this completeness from that completeness’ purnameva vashishyate: ‘Only completeness remains.’
We can’t wait! There are still two spaces left so you’re not too late to book. Hope to see you there.
With love and gratitude,
Morven, Marinella and Sarah