Pranayama is an intimate process of apprenticing ourselves to the subtle and responsive intelligence of life.
We invite you to join us in the serene charm of Bali for an experiential journey through the rich terrain of pranayama, meditation, restorative asana and a shared inquiry into yoga psychology, philosophy and embodied life.
This retreat will be physically gentle but internally rich as we embark of an intimate,
soul nourishing exploration of the inner dimensions or yoga practice.
Pranayama expands and refines our capacity for feeling.
Pranayama is an intimate exploration of the subtle energetic dynamics of our inner lives.
We are not simply breathing with Pranayama practice, we are cultivating the exquisite sensitivity to the responsive intelligence of life.
This Prana, Breath and Mind retreat is as much about cultivating an intimacy with the subtle dynamics of feeling and mind as it is about the breath.
The study and practice of pranayama points us towards a process orientated relationship with life.
Cultivating a relationship with pranayama is cultivating a relationship with the living current of life itself.
It is a profoundly intimate affair.
Prana is accessed through feeling and the practice of pranayama expands and refines our
capacity for feeling.
Pranayama is a way of opening ourselves and being available for the essential nourishment of life.
OUR RETREAT FOCUS
This retreat is designed specifically to open you to a more intimate relational orientation in your practice.
and to give you the tools and support you need to expand your understanding of the dynamic interface between prana, feeling and mind.
This retreat will be an intimate, yet gentle immersion into the rich and subtle terrain
of the subtler dimensions of practice.
We will balance a clear conceptual understanding of yoga psychology and the more contemporary insights of developmental psychology on the one hand, with the intimate encounters discovered within the rich and subtle terrain of our very own hearts and minds.
You can expect a nourishing and transformative retreat experience
Some themes we will cover
Grounding and embodiment
Prana as nourishment
Safety and belonging
The role of gravity in breathing.
The feeling of mind
Trauma and the breath
Understanding the interplay of Energy and Mind
Trusting the natural intelligence of life.
06.45 am Meditation and Pranayama
07.30 am Asana & Embodied Movement
09.00 am Breakfast
10.30 am Dharma Talk, Inquiry and Meditation
12.00 pm Break
04.15 pm Restoratives, Yoga Nidra and Pranayama
05.30 pm Meditation
06.00 pm Finish
Our retreat program, though extensive, allows plenty of time for you to explore local Balinese life, to walk through the rice fields, to have a massage, or to rest by the river.
This retreat is held in the beautiful and serene valley of Sidemen
" I have been a student of yoga for twenty years and am blown away by Paul’s teaching. I have not met anyone who demonstrates his understanding of yoga and meditation so completely and effortlessly. He doesn’t teach a style, he teaches principles, he teaches essence. He guides you to what is already alive in you. What he teaches can open and deepen whatever style of yoga you practice. My practice has been completely transformed and its feels like mine for the first time. If you are a student of yoga you simply must find your way to his work."
PAUL HANLON, NEW ZEALAND
Nirata, Centre for Living Awareness
SIDEMEN IS ONE TO THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PARTS OF BALI
Sidemen is Bali green at its best! Rolling rice fields, rice terraces, rushing rivers, epic waterfalls, majestic mountains and total village vibes. It's the perfect place for nature lovers, people wanting to get away from the crowds to experience the real village life of the Bali of old.
6 Nights Accommodation
Airport Pick Up
1-hour Balinese Massage
All Teachings (3x daily)
Airport Drop Off
Early Bird rate, if you book and pay by May 1, 2023.
Full payment due by June 1, 2023.
If you have to cancel your booking, please inform us as soon as possible.
Payment refundable in full (minus admin costs) before June 1, 2023.
For last minute cancellations (after June 1, 2023), we can only refund your payment, if your spot is filled.
Booking & Cancellation Policy
Visa - Visa on Arrival (VOA) costs 500.000 IDR ($50)
Proof of Covid vaccination (at least 2 doses)
Unvaccinated travellers can enter Bali only if they are medically exempted (comorbidity diseases or other reasons that clearly state that for medical reasons they can not be vaccinated). You need: Medical statement letter from a doctor explaining the medical/health conditions and reason for vaccination exemption.
About Paul Wooden
Paul has been practicing and studying yoga and meditation for 40 years and teaching for 35 years.
He draws from his experience in many different styles and traditions and, through a practical understanding of their underlying unifying principles, weaves together a cohesive and integrated approach to yoga.
Paul is a unique voice in the world of yoga. He has a way of bringing the sometimes abstract teaching of yoga into ordinary language making them accessible and workable in our lives.
For Paul, yoga is first and foremost a relational process, with technique being a way to serve a deepening and more intimate relationship with ongoing moment to moment reality of our lives.
Working with Paul is an invitation to the deeper dimensions of practice. His particular way of working opens us to the sensitivity and receptivity necessary for the subtler inner practices. He has been running retreats for over 2 decades and finds them fertile ground for real transformation.
He continues to study the inexhaustible richness of the wisdom traditions and complements these studies with a more contemporary understanding of the human condition, including developmental psychology, integral theory and trauma work (somatic experiencing) which seeks to help uncover and release the binding patterns of trauma in the body.