YOGA & PRANAYAMA RETREAT
JANUARY 3- 8, 2022
ROCKLYN ASHRAM - DAYLESFORD
Set in a completely private and sublime natural environment of Rocklyn Ashram,
this retreat is a rare opportunity for us to let go of the pressures and distractions of
our day-to-day lives and turn towards the clarifying wisdom of the Dharma.
The heart of our work is to open towards a deeper relationship with the essential foundation
and innate intelligence of our lives.
Each day an opportunity the dive a little deeper into the intimate terrain of our bodies, hearts and minds, gathering in and integrating the sometimes fragmented impulses in our lives into a cohesive wholeness.
Nourishment will be the main theme for this retreat.
How we make contact with the immediate felt reality of our lives and the world round us.
How we touch and are touched by life can open for us a profoundly nourishing relational exchange.
While we will be practicing some embodied movement and asana, mostly this retreat is a
deep dive into the qualities of, and our relationship to contact (sparsa), intimacy and nourishment
and how available we can be for our practice.
So expect 5 days of deep rest through restoratives, yoga nidra, pranayama, meditation and inquiry
as well as nourishing time in nature.
We are learning to relax, and find our home in the simple elegance of embodied living,
uncontrived, open and natural.
OUR RETREAT FOCUS
This retreat will focus on the rich and subtle dynamics of pranayama, offering us a deeper insight
into how to work with breath and the responsive intelligence of feeling.
PRANAYAMA IS AN INTIMATE PROCESS OF APPRENTICING OURSELVES
TO THE SUBTLE AND RESPONSIVE INTELLIGENCE OF LIFE
Cultivating our 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. A refined and intelligent sensibility to feeling is a gateway
to the rich and subtle terrain of the deeper dimensions of yoga and life.
There is, of course, technique, but it is the responsiveness of feeling that is the guiding intelligence of Pranayama.
Pranayama, as with all yoga practice, is not a technique we do to ourselves.
It is not a method of controlling the breath, it is an intimate relational invitation
into to the nourishing intelligence of life.
Pranayama requires deep listening,
and a willingness to respond to the moment to moment demands and invitations of life.
THIS RETREAT WILL BE OF GREAT BENEFIT TO TEACHERS LOOKING TO
DEEPEN THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF PRANAYAMA
6.30 am Meditation and movement
8.00 am breakfast
8.30 am karma yoga (til 9am)
10.30 am Dharma Talk, inquiry and Meditation
12.30 pm Lunch and break
3.30 pm Restoratives, yoga nidra and Pranayama
5.30 pm Meditation
6.00 pm Dinner
7.00 pm . Evening session will vary, with Meditation
8.30pm break for the day
Silence encouraged until after breakfast next day
All rooms and the practice rooms are comfortably heated in winter.
Please note there are limited numbers of the ensuite option
WITH SHARED BATHROOM
BRING YOUR OWN TENT
If you have any
specific dietary needs please let us know before the retreat
ABOUT PAUL WOODEN
Paul has been practicing and studying yoga and meditation for 35 years and teaching for 30 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.
REQUIRES ALL VISITORS
TO BE DOUBLE VAXED
We are limiting numbers to align with social distancing protocols,
The yoga studio is large
so there will be plenty of
room for us all
is about 10 minutes
from Daylesford &
90 minutes from Melbourne
We can help co-ordinate
a ride if you need
Hit the button below and send me an email
if you would like to secure yourself a place