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Facilitator: Mel Skinner
As we move towards darker days, it is the perfect time for us to drift and dream our way into the season of winter, and to accept all that we must let go of. Drawing on the yogic philosophical concept of abhinivesha (the fear of death and the will to live), and with an emphasis on restorative yoga and yoga nidra, we will explore the time of surrender, and the peace that comes from doing so.
Event time: Fri 15th Nov 2024 at 4:00pm - Sun 17th Nov 2024 at 2:00pm
As we head closer towards the end of the year, many of us can find ourselves dreading the darker days. Others will find themselves longing to embrace the desire to hibernate and go inwards. For most of us, modern life can make it difficult for us to really slow down and discover the jewels that winter has to offer. This retreat is an invitation to discover the beauty of stillness and quiet contemplation.
This retreat will contain restorative yoga and yoga nidra as two deeply restful and contemplative yoga techniques that teach us how to soften, release and relax, plus the will be a nourishing an healing gong bath on Saturday evening.
When we are relaxed, it becomes easier to face things that may have felt overwhelming or challenging before. Mel will introduce the yogic concept of Abhinivesha, meaning fear of death, and we will use the beautiful surroundings of Hawkwood to observe and connect with the death and decay of nature around us. This will teach us not to be afraid, but instead to accept and acknowledge that all endings offer new beginnings.
By giving ourselves permission to rest, grieve, and feel, we actually become stronger, more resilience and balanced. We move out of “emergency” and “urgency” mode, and reconnect to the rhythm of our soul, and the rhythm of our Earth.
Participants to bring yoga equipment (please see list below). Please also bring a journal/notebook, pen, and any poetry/readings they would like to share with the group.
*yoga bolster (can substitute with pillows)
*yoga bricks and blocks x2 each (can substitute with pillows)
*blankets for warmth - 2-3 is ideal
*cushion for head
Note: Mel can provide some equipment, please email direct at firstname.lastname@example.org to request equipment. Mel will also have blankets to sell.
Mel has been teaching yoga since 2014, and works with groups and individuals, online and face-to-face, to support those looking to develop their spiritual life, as healing from trauma, excess stress, menstrual and womb health, fatigue, sleep problems, and general body aches and pains. She is also a writer, astrologer and reflexologist. She lives just outside of Bristol near the river and the trees with her husband and daughter.Visit Tutor's Website
"Mel's retreats are deeply nourishing for the soul & her authentic nature & wisdom beyond her years really helps give myself permission to relax."
"Mel’s workshops and retreat have had a huge impact on helping me to manage my chronic fatigue syndrome in a way that nothing else has. I can highly recommend both, to those just wishing to treat themselves to some high quality R&R and for those managing stress or chronic illness."
“Mel gave us a well thought out programme alongside a philosophical, informed approach in a beautiful relaxed venue. Thank you."