General Yoga

Johannes Mochayedi

This general class will be easily accessible to anyone with 6 months+ experience,

It will have some standing poses, backbends and internalising forward bends.  It will also incorporate some pranayama and meditation,

Chi Flow

Jean Forrest

Chi Flow Yoga could be called Energy Flow Yoga. It develops and strengthens the energy source by using circular and
fluid movements to restore a full range of motion in the spine and other joints. It has at its foundation a set of
philosophies which revolve around longevity, happiness, calm and deep peace.

Yin Yoga

Maria Ogden

The beauty of Yin Yoga is a practice much needed in today’s busy world, an opportunity to return to your inner self and inner healing with no judgement with the emphasis on long-held passive stresses of the deeper connective tissues.

Pranayama

Bryan Rogers

Pranayama. How to practice and maintain yoga breathing. Where would we be without the breath. Great for: improving your parasympathetic nervous system response, improving the vitality of your vagus system. Reduce your amygdala spiking and your stress levels. Improve your health generally. Reduce anxiety and depression. Improve your level of Sattva and help your meditation.

Orientation

Telford Scully

It is important to attend the Orientation which covers most questions you may have.

Where to find classes and sessions, meal times, seva opportunities and many other simple queries.   A few laughs as well as a few important points to adhere to so the retreat runs smoothly and peacefully and your safety is ensured.

Saturday

Meditation

Shraddhaji

Each morning Brahmachari Shraddhamrita takes us through MA OM the  beautiful meditation technique devised by Amma.

The technique focusses on the body bringing about deep relaxation and breath and finally the mantra  Ma Om.

MA …..Divine Love and OM ……Divine Light

I AM Meditation

Shraddhaji

A special 3-hour session encompassing the comprehensive IAM Meditation Technique devised by Amma.  This is a package in its entirety.

Shraddhaji travels the globe introducing people to this simple yet effective and easy to remember technique.  Just 20 minutes a day you will find your world is enhanced with peace and tranquility while you are filled with energy and personal power.

At Yogafest we are blessed to have Shraddhaji offering this in this 3-hour special.

Pranayama

Bryan Rogers

Pranayama. How to practice and maintain yoga breathing. Where would we be without the breath. Great for: improving your parasympathetic nervous system response, improving the vitality of your vagus system. Reduce your amygdala spiking and your stress levels. Improve your health generally. Reduce anxiety and depression. Improve your health generally. Reduce anxiety and depression. Improve your level of Sattva and help your meditation.

Beginners Yoga

Rebecca Horne

This will be a foundational class focusing on the breath and the alignment of poses from the feet up. It will teach the foundation of coming into breath, alignment and
centredness. The class will align with being at where we are at and taking it from there with acceptance. A basic and easily accessible class with stretches to warm shoulders neck and spine and work up to some easily accessible sun salutes and standing poses. Some theory and a guided svasana relaxation complete the class which is suitable for beginners and those wanting a gentle practice.

General Yoga

Phoebe Dougall

A well-rounded hatha yoga practice which will cover the various movement patterns and rhythms – including standing, dynamic, back and forward bends and seated postures – linking to breath and energy. A general practice open to students of all levels, however postures may not be broken down into foundations for very new student, who is best to join beginners classes.

 

Chi Flow

Jean Forrest

Chi Flow Yoga could be called Energy Flow Yoga. It develops and strengthens the energy source by using circular and
fluid movements to restore a full range of motion in the spine and other joints. It has at its foundation a set of
philosophies which revolve around longevity, happiness, calm and deep peace.

Shiatsu Workshop

Johannes Mochayedi

Always a favourite workshop at Yogafest is the partnered shiatsu workshop.  Johannes an experienced shiatsu therapist guides the positioning of  the acupressure points and positions,  using thumbs, fingers, hands, elbows and body weight.  The effects of this ancient Japanese healing method brings a sense of release, and relief from tension, as well as a general sense of well-being.

Philosophy

Bryan Rogers

Samkhya – the basis of Yoga

Understand the underlying principles of yoga. Understand what yoga is and is not.

Nature Walk

Vishal Brook

We walk in silence through nature – merging with the life force of the Trees, the Sky, Sea, Sun and Earth. Take a few minutes to sit alone in the woodlands, collect beautiful things and we will make an altar to express reverence to nature, open your aura and bathe in the healing vibrations, tune in to the animals, be still like a tree standing in one place for a century. Dress for all weather, hat, sunscreen, rain coat umbrella as appropriate. Be ready to be still and do nothing and to walk and explore. Weather permitting we can wade into the ocean or if warm we will swim.

Philosophy

Telford Scully

APPROACHING PRACTICE  we will address the Yogic philosophy of oneness (in particular Kashmer Shaivism and Advaita Vedanta). We will uncover the jewel of ‘witness consciousness’ and how the contemplation of ‘Who am I’ or ‘I am’ underpins all our spiritual endeavours. This philosophy, although universal, can bring about some surprising reflections/results and maybe very challenging.

Kite Flying

Adam Breman

Learn to fly a kite and be a kid again or try your hand on a real kite surfing training kite.

Headstand Workshop

Bryan Rogers

Improve your headstand by learning the postures that prepare you for it.
Head and shoulder stand are the two pillars of yoga asanas. Note they are not actually asanas but mudras. It is so useful to be upside down and free the organs from their habitual space, improve your veinous return, rest the heart and free the chest; preparing your body and mind for pranayama. Learn how to breathe correctly in these postures and how to utilise the three bandhas to improve them.

Satsang

Shraddhaji

A new session for both Saturday and Sunday is the Satsang with Shraddhaji and he will expound on the theme of this Yogafest, ‘I Am That’

The Satsang will take the form of a Q & A developing into conversations from the floor.  Everyone is welcome to post a question in the question box during the day and at the Satsang Shraddhaji will attempt to answer your question to your satisfaction.  ‘I Am That’ is also based on the sounding breath, So (I am) inhaling, and Ham (That) exhaling.

Yogis from time immemorial describe the indescribable (God) as That.

General Yoga

Eugenie Knox

What is the purpose of the Asana?  How to couple the breath with the pose?  What is the metaphysical aspect of Yoga? How to integrate both the physical and the spiritual to become one beautiful integrated whole.  Bringing the group consciousness into the sense of togetherness, the One-ness of all things.  This is the attitude Eugenie teaches in her classes no matter what level of expertise.  The word General denotes some experience in the knowledge of how to place your body in certain positions called Asanas, that is all.  Everyone is welcome to the class.

Experienced Yoga

Michelle Giordmaina

An asana class inspired by the Iyengar method, emphasising technical awareness, sequencing and steady holding of the postures. The class sequencing will prepare us for more challenging asana, suitable for more experienced practitioners.

Yoda Nidra

Rebecca Horne

A guided deep relaxation into the subconscious ‘theta’ space, where we are able to plant seeds of positive intentions in the unconscious. Often accompanied by beautiful imagery and sacred symbolism, we sweep the physical body with the focus of the mind and the aim is not to fall asleep but remain alert and awake yet deeply relaxed. Thus we become very present, peaceful and grounded, which is the ideal space for manifestation to occur. Complete stillness and complete presence of mind, body and spirit are obtained as we dive deep and gain pearls from the depths of our infinite being. We bring these pearls into the conscious realm and therefore into the light of being to enrich and inform our awake lives.

Beginners Yoga

Phoebe Dougall

We’re all beginners! This session will work with repetitions so that we can first explore the gross details and then move through to start to awaken the subtle. Learning in repetitions will give us a chance to learn short sequences that are more easily remembered so that we can tap into elements of practice that go beyond the nuts and bolts of the physical body. These movements will not be overly complex in shape and form and there will be variations should bodies require to adapt. Open to all students at the retreat.

 

Pranayama

Bryan Rogers

Pranayama. How to practice and maintain yoga breathing. Where would we be without the breath. Great for: improving your parasympathetic nervous system response, improving the vitality of your vagus system. Reduce your amygdala spiking and your stress levels. Improve your health generally. Reduce anxiety and depression. Improve your level of Sattva and help your meditation.

Meditation

Vishal Brook

You are guided through every step. You will be prompted to stay focused on the breath constantly reminded to concentrate so that you can practice keeping the mind from wandering and experience the relief of stillness. You can sit in a chair, back to a wall or cross legs on a block or cushion. Bring a mat or blanket to sit on, a blanket to stay warm if needed.

Performance Night

Saturday nights at Yogafest Retreat are when everyone relaxes and enjoys the pleasure of performing for others,  If you have a skill, enjoy singing, dancing, telling stories, acting, working in a group or by yourself, this is the night for you. If you play an instrument please bring, (piano excepted!) and costumes to enhance your act.  You will be sure to receive acclaim and great encouragement, even if it is your very first time to get up in front of others.  At Yogafest we become a very friendly large family, and mistakes are as good and also funny as the smooth perfect act. Don’t be shy.

Sunday

Meditation

Shraddaji

Each morning Brahmachari Shraddhamrita takes us through MA OM the  beautiful meditation technique devised by Amma.

The technique focusses on the body bringing about deep relaxation and breath and finally the mantra  Ma Om.

MA …..Divine Love and OM ……Divine Light

Pranayama

Bryan Rogers

Pranayama. How to practice and maintain yoga breathing. Where would we be without the breath. Great for: improving your parasympathetic nervous system response, improving the vitality of your vagus system. Reduce your amygdala spiking and your stress levels. Improve your health generally. Reduce anxiety and depression. Improve your level of Sattva and help your meditation.

Beginners Yoga

Rebecca Horne

This will be a foundational class focusing on the breath and the alignment of poses from the feet up. It will teach the foundation of coming into breath, alignment and centredness. A basic and easily accessible class with stretches to warm shoulders neck and spine and work up to some easily accessible sun salutes and standing poses. Some theory and a guided svasana relaxation complete the class which is suitable for beginers and those wanting a gentle practice.

General Yoga

Telford Scully

Telford will be teaching a prana(energy) focused, general level yoga class. The class will combine some  well known, with some lesser known techniques with a view to ripening the experience of the pranic body. Breath and attention will be combined with specific practices in order to facilitate the ability both read and influence the flow of prana. Connecting the physical body with the pranic not only opens the door to an awareness of the more subtle bodies, it also aids a healing practice through prana known as Prana Vidya.

Experienced Yoga

Johannes Mochayedi

The session includes strengthening standing asanas, softer and more surrendered forward bends seated, twists around the spine and back arching poses.

You are required to have a steady yoga practice and are able to move into the poses without too much instruction.  As you progress the poses become your friends and your body and mind know how to move into them independently.

Chi Flow

Jean Forrest

Chi Flow Yoga could be called Energy Flow Yoga. It develops and strengthens the energy source by using circular and
fluid movements to restore a full range of motion in the spine and other joints. It has at its foundation a set of
philosophies which revolve around longevity, happiness, calm and deep peace.

Philosophy

Bryan Rogers

Pantanjali – Sadhana Pada. Summary of Chapter 2 of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras – the chapter on practice.

Understand Kriya Yoga and what it does for you. Find out about the four steps to freedom. Understand Avidya, Karma, Patanjali’s take on the world make up and our place in it.

The 8 limbs and associated Siddhis

Beach Jog and Stretch

Adam Breman

Beach Jog and Stretch
Spend a session jogging the surrounds of Coolart gardens and then a beach jog back. We will then spend some time integrating yoga stretches and running techniques.

Connecting in Contact Improv

Michelle Giordimaina

Connecting in Contact Improv: a practice in mindfulness
A workshop in the fundamentals of Contact Improvisation (CI) – an improvised dance form where two or more bodies share a point of physical contact and allow the forces of gravity and momentum to influence the dance. CI demands that each dancer is in continuous, immediate awareness with one’s partner as they engage in weight sharing – giving and receiving physical weight. This workshop will be suitable for people with little or no dance experience, as well as those who have practised CI before.

Asana Foundations Workshop

Vishal Brook

Are you confused at how to work in a pose? Not sure if you should point your toes or flex your feet? Turn those legs in or out? Are you always getting stuck in that one pose and just can’t make a shift? This workshop will look at some of the simple alignment “must haves” of key poses that will lay perfect foundations for developing into more complicated poses. We will also look at how vital parts of the body can be moved to fine tune your poses.

When we know these basic tools our yoga practice can develop quickly and strength and stretch build equally.

Roll and Release Workshop

Maria Ogden

Yin Roll and Release:

“To touch the surface is to stir the depths”

This practice uses soft grippy therapy balls to consciously and curiously observe our inner landscape and body’s response. Exploring stillness, passive movement, native breath and conscious direction of breath.

Satsang

Shraddhaji

A new session for both Saturday and Sunday is the Satsang with Shraddhaji and he will expound on the theme of this Yogafest, ‘I Am That’

The Satsang will take the form of a Q & A developing into conversations from the floor.  Everyone is welcome to post a question in the question box during the day and at the Satsang Shraddhaji will attempt to answer your question to your satisfaction.  ‘I Am That’ is also based on the sounding breath, So (I am) inhaling, and Ham (That) exhaling.

Yogis from time immemorial describe the indescribable (God) as That.

General Yoga

Eugenie Knox

The sculptural shapes of the Asanas, the beauty of the poses, how to bring the statue-like stillness and grace to the body we find ourselves inhabiting.  Some tight, some loose, some large, some small, yet everyone can begin to train the physical body with the ancient shapes called asanas.  Add the breath and the poses spring to life, even when totally still.  As BKS Iyengar said, “Yoga is the greatest of all the arts, it is the art of the Self ”

The General class is suitable for all shapes and sizes as long as you know your left from your right and have good ‘listening ears’.  All welcome.

Experienced Yoga

Vishal Brook

Using some poses from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga we will skip too much explanation and get stuck into it, moving through a practice that covers the key stuff – with a chance to work on headstand, handstands, back bends and drop backs, legs behind the head and lotus work. Bring Mat, Block, Strap, Blanket. You need to know the main poses and be able to self manage modifications in poses that are challenging.

Restorative Yoga

Phoebe Dougall

Quietening, calming practice in which we do a small number of postures, using the supports of props to offer unforced, non-invasive release and re-centring. The physical body is the tool, but it is the mind, nervous system and other physiologies which receive the fruits of the practice.

 

Pranayama

Bryan Rogers

Pranayama. How to practice and maintain yoga breathing. Where would we be without the breath. Great for: improving your parasympathetic nervous system response, improving the vitality of your vagus system. Reduce your amygdala spiking and your stress levels. Improve your health generally. Reduce anxiety and depression. Improve your level of Sattva and help your meditation.

Meditation

Vishal Brook

You are guided through every step with a meditation into stillness, the moment, slowing the mind and allowing the universe to open within you and around you. Let the superficial fade and the real dawn. You can sit in a chair, back to a wall or cross legs on a block or cushion. Bring a mat or blanket to sit on, a blanket to stay warm if needed.

Kirtan Chanting

Sunday evenings at Yogafest Retreat are always blissful and uplifting.  Everyone gathers in  the main hall, and the musicians face us all with their instruments.  The lead singer and singers, harmonium, guitars, squeeze box, flute, violins and tablas.  The musicians call and the group responds.  The energy rises and everyone is transported to higher realms in intoxicating ecstasy.  Every cell in the body dances in joy.

Astronomy

Adam Breman

Weather permitting, we’ll spend part of the evening finding planets and galaxies with a telescope, binoculars and various phone apps.

Monday

Meditation

Shraddhaji

Each morning Brahmachari Shraddhamrita takes us through MA OM the  beautiful meditation technique devised by Amma.

The technique focusses on the body bringing about deep relaxation and breath and finally the mantra  Ma Om.

MA …..Divine Love and OM ……Divine Light

Pranayama

Bryan Rogers

Pranayama. How to practice and maintain yoga breathing. Where would we be without the breath. Great for: improving your parasympathetic nervous system response, improving the vitality of your vagus system. Reduce your amygdala spiking and your stress levels. Improve your health generally. Reduce anxiety and depression. Improve your level of Sattva and help your meditation.

Beginners Yoga

Johannes Mochaedi
This class will focus on easy accessible postures, slow paced using props to allow good alignment and comfort in the asana.
It will have some pranayama and meditation.

General Yoga

Vishal Brook

A light flowing Vinyasa Yoga Class pitched at people who have some yoga experience through to intermediate students. There will be options so you can work in a pose the way that works best for you today. We will flow through the practice executing key poses to give you a thorough practice freeing up the body, stilling the mind and clearing the energy body. Bring a block and a strap. Blanket if your hips are tight or for warmth in relaxation.

Experienced Yoga

Michelle Giordmaina

An asana class inspired by the Iyengar method, emphasising technical awareness, sequencing and steady holding of the postures. The class sequencing will prepare us for more challenging asana, suitable for more experienced practitioners.

Yin Yoga

Maria Ogden

The beauty of Yin Yoga is a practice much needed in today’s busy world, an opportunity to return to your inner self and inner healing with no judgement with the emphasis on long-held passive stretches of the deeper connective tissues. This is why I am drawn to these practices.

Closing Event

All good things must come to an end, including Yogafest Retreat!  What a blissful, blessed time we have all had.  Remembering the theme of ‘I Am That’ So Ham Ham Sa, in breath and out breath from the day we are born.  We are all in this great cosmos together and we all have a purpose of duty to fulfil.  Compassion, loving kindness and expanding our awareness and consciousness to embrace all beings and see everything as one great Whole.

Let’s come together before heading back to our lives in the world, and spend a few moments in meditative prayer for the happiness and peace of all beings by chanting Om Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu