This deeply immersive retreat is a rare opportunity to work ‘within’ and learn from one of India’s great masters and my revered teacher this last decade, Saraswathi Vasuvedan who is visiting Australia from Chennai.
‘Cultivating Friendliness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity’
How can we use practice, reflection and conscious action to calm the mind and acquire clarity and understanding? How can we create contexts for contemplation and reflection? How can we deepen our self-awareness and perceive ourself and our reality with less distortions? How can we listen, understand people and contexts better?
Yoga provides us with simple and profound practices, guidelines for strengthening wholesome response capabilities that will help us live within the family, society and world with greater happiness and harmony, within and without.
This residential retreat will help you explore these practices and reflective methods for engaging with self and the other with greater compassion, joyful friendship, moving towards equanimity.
• instruction from one of the most revered and beloved yoga masters
• accommodation in beautifully appointed houses set in gorgeous gardens in one of central Victoria’s most picturesque historic towns
• fully catered, nourishing vegetarian meals
• option of a private session with Saras who will design your personal practice; massages
AT A GLANCE
LENGTH: 3 Days | Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Mind, body, soul expanding
TYPE: Yoga philosophy | discussion | practice | meditation | silence
START | FINISH: Trentham | Trentham
All accommodation, yoga sessions, vegetarian meals, beverages, snacks
drive | train | coach from Melbourne
20-23 November 2018
from AUD $1330 twin/double share
Maximum 12 Students
For a small additional cost, students are welcome to arrive after 3.00pm on Monday 19 November.
There are two adjoining beautifully restored, elegant houses, each with five extremely comfortable bedrooms, lounges, kitchen, open fireplaces and modern amenities on the doorstep of the very quaint township of Trentham which enjoys cafes, restaurants, boutiques and lovely walking trails. The houses are set in gorgeous landscaped gardens with many nooks and crannies for contemplation. There is a separate large heated yoga barn with picture windows overlooking the gardens. A limited number of singles are available, some with en-suites.
Registration 9.00am on Tuesday 20 November.
Being in a supportive immersive residential retreat gives greater scope for svadhyaya (self reflection and study), relationship, and sangha (community).
In our time together, we will walk, chant, practice asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing practices), silence, meditation and relaxation techniques, and simple mindfulness training exercises (such as mindful eating and mindful walking) that will help you develop awareness throughout the day – all techniques and practices that you will be able to take home and apply to your daily life and perhaps even share with your loved ones.
Morning sessions will commence 6.30/7. Fruit, tea and juice will be served after the morning session. A catered vegetarian Brunch will be served around 11. There will be some free time in the afternoons for massage, walks, quiet study etc. There will be limited spaces to book a private session with Saras during which time Saras can design or refine your private personalised practice. There will be a long session in the afternoon followed by an early, catered vegetarian Dinner. Days will conclude with a yoga nidra after dinner.
- DAY 4
There will be a final early morning session.
The retreat concludes after breakfast on Friday 23 November.
There are charming boutiques and cafes to explore on your return to Melbourne, both in the village of Trentham and in neighbouring towns such as Daylesford and Kyneton.
Your Teacher Saraswathi Vasudevan began her journey in the path of yoga and healing 25 years ago. She studied and trained in the tradition of Sri T Krishnamacharya that is strongly founded in the teachings of Patanjali and specializes in adapting yoga to the unique needs and abilities of each individual. She holds two Masters Degrees (in Nutrition and Psychology) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Yoga.
In 2010, Saraswathi founded YogaVahini, dedicated to Specialised Yoga Training, Therapy & Research with centres in Chennai and Hyderabad. She runs regular training programs for lay practitioners, teachers and therapists. Her dream is to bring personalised yoga therapy into mainstream health care in India. Saras with her warmth and wisdom has touched the lives of hundreds of students both within India, here and abroad. Her training skills have also taken her to many countries for spreading the teachings of yoga as well as training serious yoga aspirants from all over the world. Saraswathi works by integrating the traditional wisdom of Yoga with modern facilitation skills. She is gifted with an innate capacity to establish deeply nurturing connections with her students that enables and empowers them to grow and heal from within.
Tour Retreat Host Marieke Brugman began her yoga journey sixteen years ago, as a healing response to a major health and life crisis. Beginning with Iyengar, then exploring Ashtanga under various teachers, she eventually completed her first teacher training in 2013. Marieke studied with Saras when she first came to Australia nearly 10 years ago, and subsequently undertook the first 10-day Foundation in Viniyoga course. Marieke has collaborated with Saras ever since – arranging workshops and retreats in Victoria, residential retreats in Bali and Darjeeling, and travelling retreats in South India. It is an honour to once again welcome students into Saras’ circle. “Saras is ‘the real deal’. Those of you who have previously studied with Saras will know that each time you return into her charismatic fold, she brings fresh perspectives that engender new pathways into your practice and understanding of yoga. Nothing ever stays the same. Greater clarity emerges”.
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