1pm – 6pm Sunday 20 June, Elliott Heads Hall

Looking for some harmony, light and love in your life? Join us to celebrate International Yoga Day with a Half Day Retreat on Sunday 20th of June

This half day event includes two inspirational yoga flows, a relaxing meditation session, a heartfelt pranayama class, a practice in the art of mindfulness and an immersive sound healing session. 

We will also be sharing a catered afternoon tea and sharing circle to help build community and connection. 

Enjoy an incredible afternoon of movement, breath and connection. Reconnect with the feeling of gratitude and radiate in the joy of movement, stretch the mind/body as you experience the healing nature of a yogic practice that can be the start of the path to self-discovery. 

This event is suitable for novices with absolutely no yoga experience.  Men are encouraged to come with the full knowledge that they will be accepted as they are.

Schedule 

  • 12:45pm – Doors Open, Mats unrolled, greetings 
  • 1pm – 1:30pm – Opening ceremony with pranayama (breathwork) session with David Chauncy 
  • 1:30pm – 2:15pm –  Movement Medicine Flow with Katie Laurie 
  • 2:15pm – 3pm – Calming breathwork session / Yoga Nidra with David Chauncy leading into Yoga Nidra meditation session with Katie Laurie 
  • 3pm – 3:30pm – Catered afternoon tea and connection circle 
  • 3:30pm – 4:15pm – Free Time / Mindfulness walk and meditation session with David Chauncy 
  • 4:15pm – 5pm – Slow Yoga / Yin yoga session with Katie Laurie 
  • 5pm – 5:45pm – Sound healing session with Karen Betts 
  • 5:45pm – 6pm – Closing ceremony and meditation

What to bring
Yoga mat, blanket, pillow, towel, water bottle

About the Breathwork session and its teacher David Chauncy

Would you like some Light in your Life, some time out where you can rest, relax, rejuvenate and feel bliss? Would you like to connect with your breath and be shown how, through the breath, we have a tool that can help reduce stress/anxiety/depression? 

Breathing properly can improve digestion,  lead to weight loss, help with your sex life and provide better sleep.

There are no prerequisites, all that is required is that you turn up breathing. You can sit on a chair or on a mat, wear something comfortable.  There will be heaps of rest, either on the floor or in your chair. 

David is an experienced teacher of movement. Initially trained as a yoga teacher he has completed further studies in Moveingness (body movement with attention), Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Tibetian Acupressure Massage and Pranayama (Breath Work).  David is passionate about making movement and breath accessible to everyone, irrespective of age, shape, fitness or mental well being. 

David has a solid meditation practice built over 25 years of practice.

About yoga sessions and their teacher Katie Laurie 

Our movement sessions together will thread together yoga postures, focus and breathwork to become meditation in motion. Designed to help students remember and reconnect to their innate radiance, our practice will begin by using the  outer body in asana practice into commence a journey that ends in the inner realms of the heart. 

Our Movement is Medicine flow will draw on traditional yoga poses and form a practice that will be accessible to everyone from complete novices to experienced yogis. 

Our Slow Flow and Yin practice will release tension from the body in a series of seated and supine postures selected for their relaxing influence on the mind, body and spirit. 

Both sequences will be accessible to all yogis beginner to advanced. Modifications for those in need of more gentle/supportive will be offered throughout as will variations on classical practice for those seeking more challenge on the mat. 

Katie Laurie has been teaching yoga for 10 years. It is her passion and purpose to share this healing art with the world. As founder and owner of Happiness Yoga Studio, she is a dedicated devotee of the yoga mat. 

Her journey has led her to a deep appreciation for the practices of meditation and mindfulness and she shares teachings in this space and many others through immersive courses and daily classes. 

About the sound healing session and its conduit Karen Betts 

The universe is a world of frequencies and the language of the universe is song. This is the basic premise and foundation of sound healing.

Consisting of 99% pure quartz crystal, the bowls speak the frequency of every cell in the human body, which consists of a liquid crystalline structure. Hence the bowls speak to the frequency of our DNA.

The complete set of 8 comprise a musical scale ranging from low C to high C. Each bowl tuned to a specific frequency that correlates with our chakras, meridians, colours, spoken tones and scared geometries.

The singing chalice and copper pyramid amplify the frequencies facilitating access to source and higher dimensions. The chalice is specifically tune to the heart chakra, working with higher heart consciousness,  higher heart healings and activations.

A sound healing session can rebalance energy, clear blockages, open energy centers and bring in healing frequencies from source.  

Karen has always known she was a healer and after a life changing experience at Machu Pichu, she was drawn to the resonant, healing power of sound. 

Karen is experienced in both group and personal healing sessions. She hold a diploma of sound healing from the International Sound Healing Academy in England.