Bring your soul home on a weekend filled with yoga and therapeutic writing. There will be two integral hatha yoga classes which include asanas, pranayama and yoga nidra. Students who have been doing yoga for a while will enjoy these classes as they focus on increasing flexibility, building strength and toning the body. While the classes include a few small vinyasa sequences, the overall class is gentle, focusing on controlling the breath and sinking a little further into the asana.
For the creative part of the retreat we will explore ways of accessing your inner voice through writing. Bring your journal and an open heart. We will be using prompts, images, music, photographs, and objects to help you bring your words and feelings to life. In this safe space you will be encouraged to go as deep as you wish – or you are welcome to simply enjoy the writing process.
On day two we will be taking out our scissors, clue, cardboard and a whole stack of magazines. You will be guided through a meditation, followed by an intuitive selection of pictures, and then you will create a beautiful fold-out vision board that you can carry with you every day.
There are optional aromatherapy massages in the afternoons which are 45 minutes long. Celeste's skilled hands will work gently, massaging into areas that feel stressed and hold tension. You can simply relax and let your mind wander, as she uses a calming blend of aromatherapy oils, aimed at bringing a sense of balance to your body and releasing negative emotions, such as anxiety.
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Yoga and Writing Retreat
Celeste Beckerling & Michelle Ainslie
Celeste has been doing yoga for several years, having started off with Bikram, then Ashtanga, and finally doing her teacher training in Integral Hatha Yoga. She has been teaching for the last year at a small studio in Tokai. She is also a qualified aromatherapist and runs a practice from her home. When she's not teaching yoga or doing massages, she illustrates children's books.
Michelle is a freelance writer and has been involved in the publishing industry for over a decade. She has surrounded herself with authors, books and writing her whole life. Combining this with her postgraduate degree in Psychology and an advanced diploma in Counselling, she provides a unique therapeutic side to writing workshops.