“Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind,
and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”
- B.K.S. Iyengar
AYURVEDIC OIL MASSAGE & RESTORATIVE OIL THERAPY
A full body treatment with organic, Ayurvedic oils customised to your body type. This full body massage melts away muscle tension and liquefies toxins with the traditional anointment of warm herb-infused oils that penetrate deeply to bring true balance and relaxation to the body, mind and senses. This seamlessly follows with the Ayurvedic restorative therapy that begins with a light head and neck massage before your treatment. Restorative oil therapy is a constant poured stream of herbalized warm oil on to your third eye (Ajna Chakra). The effects of this ancient therapy have long been known and recently confirmed by modern science. It profoundly detoxifies, calms and relaxes the nervous system and helps with many common ailments such as stress, allergies, headaches and is especially good for insomnia.
According to Ayurveda, the oil therapy deeply relaxes the nervous system, lowers metabolism, integrates brain function and creates brain wave coherence and an alpha state. When the brain is under stress, cerebral circulation is compromised. As oil is poured on the forehead, the nervous system is deeply stilled. The brain waves slow down and become coherent. Once the brain is quieted, more life energy and oxygen and other nutrients flow more freely to the brain. The result: better brain function, mood stability and improved stress handling ability. With each successive oil therapy treatment, the mind systematically achieves an even deeper state of silence and more healing takes place. Regular treatments are said to increase blood circulation to the brain, improve memory, nourish the hair and scalp, encourage sound sleep and calm body and mind.
GONG BATH & SONIC IMMERSION
“The mind has no power to resist a gong that is well played.” ~ Yogi Bhajan
This centuries-old practise is more commonly known as a Gong Bath but combined with the Kora, the ancient 21 stringed West African Harp-Lute to bring a deep sence of awakening to the body and mind. A Gong Bath is a form of sound therapy where the gong is played in a therapeutic way to bring about healing. You simply lie on your back and let the therapeutic energy of the gong and kora transport you to realms beyond the four walls. The sound and vibrational energy of the gong and kora is an ancient and powerful tool used to help still the mind and allow the body to deeply relax. In this state, we can begin to process and release blocks, and come to deep physical relaxation.
The power of the gong and the kora has long been used to facilitate different states of consciousness. The wide frequency range and ebb and flow of the sound brings about a stillness and presence in the mind of the listener that is otherwise difficult to achieve, leaving one feeling mentally cleansed. As you lie in stillness you slip into yoga nidra or yogic sleep - a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. The sounds induce a relaxed body, fluid mind, and supercharged intuition. A moment for extreme relaxation and subtler spiritual exploration.
NATIVE AMERICAN HERBAL BACK MASSAGE
Sunara is a CPD certified masseuse and this 1 hour one-to-one session encourages the body to release stagnant energy and toxins with the help of herbal infused oils. You will be immersed in the way of the ancient shamans as Sunara guides you through an initiation ritual and treatment followed by a hands on healing ritual leaving you feeling a sense of awakened bliss.
5 DAY YOGA, ART, MUSIC AND WELLNESS RETREAT IN NATURE
We combine music with movement and meditation, our custom built classes offer something for all the senses. Bringing together yoga with detoxing and healthy eating throughout the retreat. You can focus on conscious eating and yoga or juice fasting and yoga to cleanse the body, mind and spirit from the inside out with organic seasonal juices, smoothies and herbal teas throughout the day. Which ever one you choose there is something here or you! There will be daily hatha, ashtanga or yin yoga classes arwhich will be taught by Sunara Begum as well as music, sound healing and gong baths led by renowned musician and multi-instrumentalist, Tunde Jegede who will serenade the scene with live relaxing music throughout. There are usually two, 90 mins classes a day with chanting, healthy eating/juicing and simple ayurvedic meals (including Sunara’s homemade raw chocolate to open the heart). This five day retreat includes, art, music, morning and evening yoga, gong bath, dance drawings, vision boarding, walks and yoga nidra. Each evening we'll come together to share our jounrey.
In order to serve you best, we recommend a highly intentional attitude as you enter into this sacred, personal pilgrimage.
We invite you to be ultra clear about your intentions around this experience and write them down the day prior.
You are invited to fast in the 24 hour period leading up to the retreat, for however long feels true for you. This will allow your physical vessel the time and space to detox and clear, preparing you to fully receive the medicine of the moment.
Bring: Journal, Yoga Mat
BOOKINGS FOR 2023