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RETREATS IN 2018
Santosha Yoga is available for bookings during July
Closed for August for family fun
Deep Presence in the Footsteps of Mary Magdalene
A 7 Day Retreat with Dr Stephen M. Marcus and Barbara Kroll
5th May to 12th May 2018
We are excited to once again invite you to join us for a very special retreat in the heart of French Occitania. The core of our time together will be based on the Freedom Through Releasing process of Dr Isa and Yolanda Lindwall (www.releasing.org), and also WE-space presencing practices which allow us to take our inner work even further into the space of our mutual connection and our connection with all of life in trust, openness and love.
As we come together with a genuine desire for the highest not only for ourselves but also for each other, we find that our issues gently dissolve in this space of mutual love and trust. And as our hearts open more and more, we are in deeper contact with ourselves and those around us. Old wounds may be healed and blockages dissolved for ourselves and the whole. A sense of connectedness and oneness arises which very naturally continues after the workshop.
We will also be opening to and deeply embodying the spirit of the land where we find ourselves: looking south, gently rolling hills give way to a spectacular backdrop of the high Pyrenees. This is the land where Mary Magdalene and her followers are said to have lived, leaving sites dedicated to her memory even today and a tangible presence rooted deep in the earth. It is also the Pays Cathare, that part of Europe where a fertile culture of peace and understanding flourished in the 12th century between the Cathar people and the local Catholic and Jewish communities. A golden age of culture, tolerance and understanding which ended with the so-called Albigensian Crusade, the total genocide of the Cathars. The eternal flame of spirit and sacred way of love which they embraced could not be extinguished and lives on in the land to this day.
The retreat will be in English and German.
Go to http://landscapeofthesoul.com/retreat-france-2018-en/ for more information about Stephen and Barbara’s retreat.
Go to http://landscapeofthesoul.com for general information.
Illumination Yoga Retreat
18th May to 21st May 2018
As the flowers start to bloom across the french countryside, so too will we blossom during this retreat to find our most illuminated SELF! Going back to nature in this quaint country village, we’ll eat from the organic garden, salute the sun with our morning yoga practice, hike in the mountains & learn about the history of the region from our stellar hosts, Gillian & Neil.
Your retreat includes:
3 nights/4 days in a historic French cottage
Morning & evening yoga classes (All levels)
Three scrumptious vegetarian/vegan meals per day
Tea and snacks
Hike & picnic on the mystical Mount Bugaresh
Visit & hike to the natural Labyrinth or afternoon at the natural hot springs
Local French market tour
Relaxation time to disconnect & de-stress in the garden or take a long walk in the surrounding vineyards and beautiful French countryside.
*All outings are optional and will depend on the group’s desires
Santosha Yoga Center is an eco-friendly, historical stone cottage built 450 years ago in the quaint village of Conilhac de la Montagne. With a focus on sustainability, everything at the cottage is recycled, reused and composted, providing for minimal waste in an effort to preserve the surrounding environment. It boasts exquisite views of the scenic Pyrenees and Mt Bugarach, and is beautifully set among sunflower fields and vineyards. It’s home to a gorgeous and newly renovated yoga studio, in addition to charming outdoor gardens and terraces.
Accomodations are shared rooms however a private room can be requested.
Early Bird Special (before April 1st): 350€
Price after April 1st: 380€
*A Deposit of 200€ is required to reserve your spot.
If you are interested in joining, please email Angela directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Find out more about about Lila Yoga Massage – www.lilayogamassage.com
Eye Sight and Insight
Willemina Bridget and Gillian Rice-Duncan
24th to 28th May 2018
“Your eyes are the windows of the soul, they are precious and sacred. We will work with the principle that we are created by light and that human perception is light perceiving light.”
This three day workshop will bring clear examples of how to look after eyes in your day to day life. We will repeat basic routines, and we hope and intend that you will leave with a sense of satisfaction so that you may continue with the benefits of the techniques you have learned. Your eyes are the windows of the Soul, they are precious and sacred.
Our eyesight governs our sensory perception, the gateway to the inner world of memories, visions and dreams. Through daily meditations sessions we will explore the deeper levels of seeing, opening to intuitive insight and meditation in a loving supportive environment where we can open and journey together. Through becoming aware of of the relationship between our outer world experience and our inner world reactions, we can find solutions to our eye problems. Our mediation practice, some with live music, will concentrate on visualisations of the seven chakras and their colours.
Daily Hatha yoga classes will be given by Gillian Rice-Duncan, co owner of Santosha Yoga Retreat Centre. The yoga classes will be an open level, and available to all levels. We will pay particular attention to where we focus our eyes during the sessions, A daily yoga Nidra session is also included in the workshops. We have a limited number pf mats, blankets and props.
FOOD FOR THE EYES:
Eat the Rainbow! All meals will be organic and vegan, with a balance of cooked and raw foods, and will be as colourful as the season allows. Carotenoids are pigments that give fruits and vegetables their vibrant red, orange, yellow and green colours, and are essential for healthy eyes. Your meals will also be rich in in vitamin C and E, Omega 3 fatty acids and selenium.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Daily sessions on the beautiful roof terrace yoga deck, focusing on long and short distances per day (weather permitting).
Daily palming, Yoga Nidra, Brain Gymnastics, Banda exercises, Kriyas, Yoga for the eyes, candle gazing, visualisations, Kundalini breath work, meditation, Hatha Yoga, walks through the countryside of Conilhac de la Montagne, discussion and journal writing.
Over the past few decades, Willamina Bridget Lytton-Minor, an accomplished Kundalini Yoga Teacher, has developed what she calls Yoga for the Eyes, which are both meaninful and enjoyable. She specialises in hydrotherapy and Pranayama and is a lifelong vegetarian. At the age of 92 she is still enthusiastic about good vision, and helping people to become less dependant on glasses. Or even doing without them completely. She has been running residential eye courses for 12 years, and does not wear glasses herself.
Gillian Rice-Duncan is the co-owner of Santosha Yoga Retreat and Healing Centre. She is a certified 300hr yoga teacher, and was a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Louisiana, USA before moving to France. A vegetarian for over 23 years, and now vegan, her passion for complimentary therapies, especially concerning diet, will be reflected in the meals you will receive here.
The cost of these workshops reflects our gift to you. We are just covering our costs, and Willamina Bridget is sharing her teachings for no monetary gain. If you enjoy the teachings and wish to make a donation to Santosha Yoga, it will be very much appreciated.
Each day will commence at 10am and finish at 4.30om. An organic vegan lunch will be provided, as well as morning coffee and tea throughout the day. You may attend one day for €25 euros, or all three for €60.
Several evenings will feature activities such as chanting and chakra meditations with live music from Peter Bailey.
Evening meal available on request on these evenings.
WHATS INCLUDED IF YOU RESIDE AT SANTOSHA YOGA
3 nights accommodation in beautiful comfortable dorm style rooms, each with it’s own bathroom.
3 organic vegetarian/vegan meals per day.
All the teachings mentioned above.
Free pick up form/to Limoux Gare (railway station, 15 mins away).
The price for this is €200.
We can arrange airport pick up/drop of from Carcassone or Toulouse.
It is possible to arrive the day before (Thursday 24th May) and stay an extra night for a cost of €57 including your evening meal and breakfast the next morning. Check our rooms and facilities here http://www.santoshayoga.fr/the-house-and-accommodation/
In this 3 day workshop you we hope that you will learn, and take away with you, methods and exercises that will help you to improve your eyesight and your general wellbeing. We encourage you to wear your colourful clothing and please avoid wearing black. Yoga mats can be provided. Please bring water bottles and walking shoes, as well as comfortable (colourful) clothes for yoga.
Places are limited so please sign up in advance. Sign up with Gillian at email@example.com
Joie de Vivre Yoga Retreat
ALUNA ADVENTURES WITH THE MEGS
2nd to 9th June 2018
Joie de vivre \ˌzhwä-də-ˈvēvrə\ simply means, “joy of living,” and on our first Aluna European Adventure, we are diving into this theme. That is what the spirit of the Land that has become our home in Southern France buzzes with. Simple, abundant joy as experiencing through……
Rolling hills. Dancing fields of wheat. Rushing rivers. Sweet wildflowers. Old family vineyards. And a secret labyrinth forest, what one might imagine is the lush dwelling place of fairies. All set in the foothills of the rugged Pyrenees Mountains, the meeting grounds of France and Spain. The natural landscape is wild and sparsely populated, but carries a rich and mysterious history. Caves with prehistoric paintings, crumbling castles, grand chateaus, and gothic cathedrals dot the land. It has been nicknamed Cathar Country, for the mystical Cathars, a sect of Christianity who was persecuted by Pope for being “heretics” and tales of Mary Magdalene can be heard in whispers.
You’ll find refuge in the smallest town in which you may have ever stayed (Conilhac-de-la-Montagne has a population of 60 people!) At this time of year the nights are short and the days are long with the sun setting between 9 and 10pm. Watch the hues of the landscape change as the light begins to fade. Join us as spring begins to turn into summer. A time when nature is pulsing with life. Let the wild, open space allow you to find freedom in your heart. Room for it to expand. Lightness. Tenderness. This land is rich with simplicity and will help you to remember your own capacity for spontaneous, relaxed enjoyment of all things. In a place where the people work the land; till your own soil, so you can grow and expand. Rejoice in simple pleasures. Let the warm breezes blow through you.
Join us on this beautiful journey. Give your heart this gift of living and breathing in joy every day.
Your retreat includes:
7 nights at Santosha Yoga Centre
1 night in the rose city: Toulouse
all transportation in France
daily yoga + meditation
healing massage with Gillian
2-3 meals a day
other surprises….it’s not an Aluna Adventure without a bit of mystery!!
For more information and prices go to: http://www.alunaadventures.com/france-retreat/
Flourish France-a Soulful Yoga/Cultural Retreat in the Pyrennes
23rd to 29th June 2018
Treat yourself to 6 nights and 7 days of soul filling yoga and magical connection in the south of France. Renew your soul in this gorgeous setting where sacred movement, deep culture, and sweet friends gather. Fill your heart, strengthen your body, and have an adventure you’ll never forget!
Flourish Yoga Project Founder Carla Giambrone, PhD, e-RYT
Carla teaches from a deep love for the body/mind connection that yoga creates, and that has transformed her own body and heart. A certified yoga instructor for well over a decade, she created her signature Flourish yoga style from a fusion of flow, vinyasa, and precise alignment into one sweaty, uplifting experience. With a doctorate in psychology and physiological integration, Carla creates pathways of well-being through movement and breath to create transformative intensity and grace in the body/mind and soul. The south of France is one of her favorite places in the world, especially because her family name is Provenzano (“of Provence”). Carla has always loved the beat of small town life, the adventure of travel, and the soulfulness of this magical place.
Your Soul retreat includes all this:
6 nights/7 days in historic French cottages w/private baths
Daily meditation and hiking through the gorgeous mountain range
Morning and evening Flourish flow yoga classes (challenging & accessible to all levels – evening restorative, meditation and yin practices)
Three delicious vegetarian/vegan meals per day
Two French lessons (on food and travel) by native Frenchwoman & former English teacher, Carla’s dear friend, Isabelle
Sunset hike & picnic w/fantastic views of the mystical Mount Bugaresh
Visit & hike to the natural green labyrinth & the Goerges de Galamus
Explore the pre-historic paintings in the walls of Caves at Niaux
Visit to La Cite at Carcassonne, the largest medieval walled city in Europe
Sun and swim at the natural hot springs
Visit to the local and lively French market at Esperaza where you’ll find clothes from Italy, original art work and local crafts galore
Free transportation from and to Limoux Gare (train station)
Relaxation time to decompress & revitalize
* All outings are included and optional
* Some are weather permitting, and may be rearranged if needed
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
$ 400 non-refundable deposit & copy of passport to register
Early bird (before November 10) $ 1409 (dollars)
After November 10 $ 1559 (dollars)
*All rooms are shared and accommodate 2 – 4 people. Roommates provided and requests accepted.
** Remaining balance due March 1, 2017
Not-included: airfare and train to Carcossone (fly into either Toulouse (1.5 hours by train) or Barcelona (4 hours by car).
Options: Swedish and deep tissue massage on-site w/ Gillian $40 euro/hr
One-on-One Session w/ Carla $ 75
For more about Carla and Flourish Yoga go to http://flourishyogaproject.com/
6 night/5 day Day Hiking & Yoga Retreat
1st to 7th September 2018
Tandy’s journey into yoga started over 17 years ago, when she discovered the healing power of Yoga after a serious accident. This journey has taken her all over the world, where she has undergone intensive training from amazing and talented teachers and holistic therapists, which has resulted in her now attaining the status of Yoga Elder with the International Independent Yoga Network.
Tandy is the founder of Prana Navina Yoga and as a Buddhist and Yogi believes that our ultimate goal is enlightenment, which involves realizing the unity and interconnectedness of all beings and things. The transformative journey of Yoga unites body, mind and spirit. Prana Navina Yoga aims to opens the gateway to this ancient spiritual discipline, awakening the power to transform our lives and the lives of those around us.
We strive to live in the present moment every day, evolving and becoming more connected to our surroundings, and the impact that our actions can have on the future. Our aim is to help and support you embrace the Sacred Power of Yoga and deepen your connections to all that is around you, creating joy, happiness, health and a deep connection with our environment. Our Yoga and Hiking Retreat is based firmly on these principles.
Join us for five mornings of Energizing Vinyasa Yoga, followed by an invigorating and connecting hike in the beautiful mountains of the French Pyrenees, then replenish the body with delicious organic food and juices, ending with a relaxing evening of meditation and yoga nidra!…..The perfect way to re-connect with your environment, whilst diving deeper into your yoga practice.
Your retreat includes:
5 guided walks throughout the beautiful mountain range.
5 morning flowing vinyasa yoga classes
5 evening meditation and yin yoga classes with pure organic essential oils
6 nights at the Yoga Retreat and Healing Centre in spacious community-style rooms with nutritious breakfast and organic juices.
5 lunches and 6 dinners organic vegan meals
Sunset picnic dinner with an almost 360 breath taking view of the surrounding valley and the Pyrenees Mountains.
Free transportation from and to Limoux Gare, or we can organize collection from Toulouse airport. Please email for price.
Date and price:
Saturday 1st September for 6 nights
Price: 689 euros per person.
Note: This is a woman’s only retreat….time for women to join together and connect and support each other in this nourishing environment.
For more information: https://www.tandyoga.com/yoga-and-hiking-retreat-in-france/
Inner Stillness Vegan Thanksgiving Yoga Retreat
MICHELLE BAKER and ROBACHARYA
20th to 25th Novemeber 2018
Enjoy the fall season with daily hiking in the foothills of the Pyrenees, teachings on natural lifestyle medicines , a full Vegan thanksgiving feast & French culinary journey with teachings on essential oils &and food as medicine. Enjoy teachings on herbs as an optional extra, payable to Thyme Breaks, a renowned herbalist and visits to Cathar castles and the village of Mary Magdalene.
Essential Oils (with Gillian)
Ayurveda Lectures on healing your life with the 5 senses
Restorative Yoga Therapy
3 Vegan meals per day
Morning and afternoon Wellness practices
5 nights accommodation in comfortable cottage style dorm rooms.
For more details about the accommodation, please see other pages on this website.
Pick up/drop off from Limoux train station.
Transportation to France and to Santosha Yoga Centre are not included.
See our “Where we are” page. Any questions please contact Gillian email@example.com
Hosts: Gillian & Neil
For more info about Shri Michelle and Robacharya go to Swan River Yoga, New Orleans http://www.swanriveryoga.com
Full Investment: $1008 (5 nights)
Deposit required (non-refundable): $650
Coming from Europe? Please pay the deposit in euros directly to Gillian via bank transfer (contact Gillian for details) or paypal through firstname.lastname@example.org The exact exchange rate from $ to € will be determined at time of payment. The balance to be paid on arrival.
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training
MICHELLE BAKER E-RYT
26th to 29th Novemeber 2018
THIS EVENT DIRECTLY FOLLOWS SHRI MICHELLE BAKER’S 5 DAY VEGAN THANKSGIVING RETEAT
(Come to both! See www.santoshayoga.fr for details )
Learn to properly navigate through the use of all props for a true and official Restorative Yoga Class, which is low to the ground and ever supportive. The use of bolsters, blankets, straps, blocks, bricks, sandbags and more are applied.
Useful to bringing homeostasis and accessible to any age, capability, injury, sickness, or level of anxiousness, depression, low immune system ,compromised emotional state, mood swings and heightened nervous system. Perfect especially for task oriented, competitive and goal mindsets in recalibrating them back to the potent affects of inner stability, inner noise reduction and projection outward, which is most of the West!
Don’t want to teach Restorative Yoga? No problem! This course is also for those that simply want to understand how to set up their poses, get the background, science and safety as well as do Restorative Yoga within the Course and as a home practice!
In this Restorative Yoga Teacher Training ,you will learn to properly:
1. Set up props and understand their use
2. Modify all poses according to different bodies
3. Understand the science, anatomy, subtle body, physical, mental and emotional benefits of each pose
4. Relate to Restorative Yoga as Therapy to address specific ailments
5. Create atmosphere, safety and eagle eye contra-indications
6. Relate the anatomy of specific pose types to their function on the body with a break down of Corpse Pose, Backbends, Inversions, Twists, Forward Folds and Hip Openers.
7. Subtle Body discussion of the Vayus from an Ayurvedic perspective
8. Sequence appropriately and apply Therapeutic sequencing ideas
9. Practicum in sharing with another
10. Practice other conscious stillness based practices such as different meditations, breathing exercises, Yoga Nidra and an introduction to Sound Therapy with tuning forks.
Broken down into 3 parts.
Part 1: (8 hours) Opening Up to Totally Slow Down: Backbends, Shavasana, History & Use of Props
1. Restorative Yoga atmosphere, history, definition and demographic
2. Props use and forum
3. Backbends purpose, alignment, modifications list, anatomy, nervous system affects, subtle body effects, emotional response
4. Sequencing with skill and safety
5. Shavasanas affects of Rest and Digest and modifications list for specific spinal health, respiratory health and constitutional vitiations
6. Do Restorative Yoga
Part 2: (8 Hours) Restoration is Cool: Forward Folds, Inversions, Yoga Nidra, Breathing Practicum
1. Forward Fold purpose, alignment, anatomy, nervous system affects, subtle body effects, emotional response
2. Inversion purpose, alignment, modifications list, anatomy, nervous system affects, subtle body effects, emotional response
7.Do Restorative Yoga
3. Yoga Nidra history, mythology, trauma awareness, subtle anatomy effects, Ayurveda benefits and how to lead Yoga Nidra correctly
4. Breathing exercises and how to lead
5. Meditation’s benefits to brain health and Supreme consciousness activation
6. Do Restorative Yoga
Part 3 (8 Hours) Stillness Is Hip: Hips, Twists, Safety and Practicum
1. Hip Openers purpose, alignment, modifications list, anatomy, nervous system affects, subtle body effects, emotional response
2. Twists purpose, alignment, anatomy, modifications list, nervous system affects, subtle body effects, emotional response
3. Restoration as Therapy: Digestion health and sequencing, Respiratory Health and Sequencing, Putting it all together
4. Contra-Indications and safety eagle eye and check list for the types of poses for you to be aware of and look for
5. Practicum: lead others in poses and get feedback
6. Do Restorative Yoga
7. Certification Ceremony
What you Receive:
1.A Certificate of completion will be honored upon completion of this 24 hour training! Michelle is Registered at the highest level with Yoga Alliance. This means anything you do can count for continuing education hours that may be registered through them .
2. A useful and complete Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Manual with photos of medications and a workbook to take notes by Swan Michelle Baker
3. Resources to incredible researched books, websites, and access to the Restorative Yoga Teacher Page from which to stay connected to others teaching in their field.
4. If teaching in New Orleans, you gain access to being our our sub list or auditioning to teach. Restorative Yoga are some of our largest classes in our community and so if you live somewhere else, you may be some of the first to re-introduce the need for conscious stillness practices becoming popular again!
Investment per 8 hour Training: $170
Entire 24 hour 3 part Module: $450, which includes the Manual, Certification and Yoga Alliance hours accredited .
Does not include accommodation and meals (see below)
*IF PAYING IN $ PLEASE REGISTER ON THE SWAN RIVER YOGA WEBSITE http://www.swanriveryoga.com/retreats
COMING FROM EUROPE
*IF PAYING IN £, PLEASE CONTACT GILLIAN FOR BANK TRANSFER DETAILS email@example.com
Deposit £200 payable by 1st November
Balance £175 payable on arrival
*IF PAYING IN €, PLEASE CONTACT GILLIAN FOR PAYPAL OR BANK TRANSFER DETAILS firstname.lastname@example.org
Deposit €200 payable by 1st November.
Balance €225 payable on arrival
*Please note, there must be at least 5 persons signed up by 1st November. If less then 5, this TT will be cancelled, and any deposits paid will be refunded in full. Otherwise the deposit is non refundable.
A SHORT BIO of Swan Michelle:
Swan Michelle has been teaching yoga full time in New Orleans, the Gulf Region and Internationally since 1998, for 20 years! She is the Founder of Swan River Yoga (3 locations), created the first Yoga Teacher Training in New Orleans, which is called Swan School, and trains and leads full time International workshops in Bhakti Yoga, Sound Therapy, Restorative Yoga, Ayurveda Yoga Therapy, Energy Medicine and Yoga Nidra.
She helped open the first Prasad Vegan Cafe in New Orleans, Good Karma Cafe, is a singer in Bhakti Caravan, and leads numerous Sound Baths with sacred instruments.
She has studied with Radhanath Swami, Sharon Gannon, Ram Dass and Dr Marc Halpern as her primary yoga teachers. She is initiated in the Hanuman Bhakti lineage under Neem Karoli Baba, and has certifications in Jivamukti Yoga, Sivananda Yoga & Anusara Yoga.
She has been to India 9 times, which imbibes her offerings of all that she has uncovered yoga to be, along with service, Self Lead entrepreneurial nature and unconditional Love! Check out her CD, Forest Dwellers by Bhakti Caravan on iTunes or go to her website to view online trainings, training manuals and courses.
For a Longer Bio:
Check out her new website http://www.swanmichelle.com where Michelle provides online holistic trainings globally!
Go to Swan River Yoga in New Orleans http:swanriveryoga.com to find out all that she holds space for and employs along with her business partner, Keith Porteous.
ACCOMMODATION AT SANTOSHA YOGA, FRANCE
You will be staying in comfortable community dorm type rooms. We have found that this encourages a greater connection of friendship for retreat participants. Each room has it’s own bathroom equipped with multiple showers and toilets. Your meals will be 100% organic, and vegan (some dairy at breakfast), and locally sourced wherever possible. For more information go to www.santoshayoga.fr
Guests are advised to arrive the night before, ready for the commencement of the teachings early the next day.
The cost of 4 nights accommodation, 3 meals per day plus breakfast on 29th is €265 or £240. If you require an evening meal on Sunday 25th, please inform Gillian before arrival.
Cost of accommodation is payable on arrival.
Retreats scheduled for 2019
Saturday 18th May to 21st June 2019. Status: Not Confirmed
Dr Stephen Marcus and Barbara Kroll
Saturday 25th May to 1st June 2019. Status: Confirmed
Saturday 8th to 15th June 2019, 7 nights. Status: Confirmed
Thursday 20th to Monday 24th June 2019 4 nights. Status: Confirmed
Mary Glackmeyer, Jivamukti, from Longwave Yoga
Tuesday 2nd July to 9th Jyly 2019, 7 nights. Status: Not confirmed
Saturday 31st August to 6th September 2019, 6 nights. Satus: Not confirmed
Kelly Benning and Jenny Cook
Thursday 19th to 26th September 2019, 7 nights. Status: Confirmed