Bali Yoga Retreat
March 27-31, 2013
with Rachel Zinman and John Weddepohl
Bali is the perfect place to unwind and take time for you. The natural devotional spirit of the island is famous for its healing qualities.
John and I are so excited to be able to share with you what we have gleaned from our combined experience of practice and study. We feel we have come up with the perfect formula for living an inspired and balanced daily life.
Each day we will experience practices from the Kriya Siddha yoga of the Tamil Siddha’s and listen to daily talks from the ancient Upanishadic wisdom which answer the question; What is Self?
Atma Gnanam Self-Knowledge is the yoga of tomorrow. Understanding yourself and enjoying yourself is much more than a goal to attain. it's the nature of Life itself and Yoga is the perfect reminder!
Our daily classes include creative vinyasa yoga, pranayama, mantra, mudra ,yantra, lectures on Gyan Yoga ( self knowledge) and Ayurveda plus you will learn a sequence which you can use in your daily life. There will be free time each day to explore nearby Ubud, have healing body treatments and enjoy healthy cuisine in wonderful local restaurants.
Why not combine our retreat with the Bali Spirit Yoga Festivall celebrations and meet wonderful yogis and yogini's from all over the world, be entertained and explore yoga, dance and music in a stunning setting.
We look forward to meeting you!
Who we are:
||Rachel Zinman has been practicing yoga for over 28 years and has taught for 20. Prior to her initial yoga education Rachel trained as a professional dancer and choreographer in the USA and in Australia. Discovering yoga she originally trained in the Iyengar and Ashtanga methods and first began teaching in her role as Head of Dance at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium where she introduced yoga to the curriculum. Her teaching style continues to reflect her deep engagement with the arts – dynamic and precise with an emphasis on mindfulness.While again living in New York from 2000–2004 Rachel met Yoga Works and ISHTA yoga founder Alan Finger teaching in his BeYoga studios for four years. There she co-created and coordinated the Be Yoga Teacher Training Program, becoming a senior facilitator and mentor.|
Rachel returned to Australia to teach in the Yoga Arts Teacher Training, and since 2005 has created and facilitated her own teacher trainings and workshops in the ISHTA System in Australia, India, Bali, Japan, New York and in many major cities in Europe. In 2006 she began practicing Bhakti Yoga and has incorporated Yantra, Mantra, Mudra and Tantric rituals into her workshops and trainings. Rachel¹s deep personal experience and investigation of meditation allows her to be both intuitive and creative in her work and she feels grateful to be able to share her passion with others.
Rachel also co-created and produced a popular Australian Yoga Video series and a Kid's Yoga Video. She is an award-winning musician for her album of chanting and devotional song, Sita Ram, and is published poet.
started practicing and teaching in 1969 when he opened his first Yoga studio in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa. Travelling in India in 2004 he began studying Advaita Vedanta. Traditional without being a traditionalist John teaches both Hatha Yoga and Gnana Yoga the yoga of self-knowledge, believing both are the tools we need for everyday life. Feeling that commercial yoga is complicating something simple John‘s teaching culminates in a set sequence of exercise suitable as a home practice for daily life. Called ‘Mala’ this garland of yoga is inspired by the ancient Tamil Siddha Kriya tradition and is adaptable for everyday individual needs, ability and time constraints.
John’s says the mantra for today is ‘First work - then do yoga.’ ‘'All Yoga culminates in Gnana yoga the knowledge of the knower. Gnana - the purest form of yoga and tantra deals with the absolute truth of the human being.’
Because John’s initiation has taken many different forms from traditional sangomas (healers) in Africa, to living with sadhus on ashrams in Bihar, Nepal, the Himalayas, Orissa and Tamil Nadu John's teachings reflect these different traditions.
Although he spends a lot of his time abroad John still feels Africa is home, where the connection with nature and the creation are intact and unspoiled in many areas. John has a daughter Natasha and lives in Cape Town South Africa. Find out more about John by visiting www.theyogaco.com or joining his facebook page Urb@n Vedanta
Sample Daily Schedule Overview
6:30 -7:00 am
• Vinyasa flow practice
Talks on Gyan Yoga ( self knowledge)
• Ishta Mala Yoga sequence
Evening programs TBA
•KIrtan and Bhajan
* Group Yantra creation
please note: schedule is subject to change
Date: March 27-31, 2013
Accommodation:Our retreat hotel, Bhanuswari resort and spa is hidden away in the southern foothills of Bali, just a short 10-minute drive from Ubud city center, The resort gives new meaning to the word “tranquility”. The breath-taking beauty of terraced rice fields, towering coconut trees, natural spring-fed streams and luscious flowering gardens envelop this perfectly secluded sanctuary of peace. From the Balinese architects who designed the resort, to the local builders having constructed it and the Balinese staff and management continuing to operate it, Bhanuswari remains an authentic and genuinely Balinese resort. Even the resort’s furnishings are made from local coconut wood, and the artworks featured throughout the resort’s rooms and villas, have been created by local artists and craftspeople.Known as a center for spiritual awakenings, creative inspiration and restorative healing, Ubud has long been visited by travelers the world over, in search of calm and serenity. Bhanuswari embodies the essence of this Ubud tradition, providing guests a much needed escape from the everyday; a place of stillness and solitude, where they may once again regain their sense of inner balance, and find greater peace of mind. http://www.bhanuswariubud.com/
Cost:$ 1000 AUS
Early bird price $900 AUS if paid in full by February 7, 2013
Fee includes: Tuition costs, Accommodation for twin share, breakfast
Deluxe rooms and single rooms are available at an extra cost send us an email if you would like to know more.
Please plan to arrive at the retreat at 2:00 pm on the 27 March
Retreats are Yoga Alliance approved for international accreditation and participants will receive a letter of completion at the end of the Retreat
Images from Bali and India