2019 Summer Retreat


with Caroline Coggins

Otford NSW

February 1, 2 & 3:  Retreat Only

January 31 – February 4: Retreat & PD for Teacher Trainees and Teachers

 

Paul Bowles speaking of the  desert… THE BAPTISM OF SOLITUDE.

A strange and by no means pleasant, process of reintegration begins inside you, and you have the choice of fighting against it, and insisting on remaining the  person you have always been,

Or letting it take its course. 

For no one who has stayed in the Sahara for a while is quite the same as when  he came. 

Perhaps the logical question to ask at this point is: 

Why Go?

The answer is that when a person has been there and undergone the baptism  of solitude 

She cant help herself. Once she has been under the spell of the vast, luminous, silent country, no other place is quite strong enough for her, no other  surroundings can provide the supremely satisfying sensation of existing in the  midst of something that is absolute. She will go back, whatever the cost in  comfort and money, for the absolute has no price.

 

Why this quote.. what has it to do with a summer Yoga retreat in Otford?

It is a plea for us to experience the potential beauty of ourselves, our lives, our practice, our desires. Our world wants to keep us only in the administrative level of existence, make us into a frightened nanny state people. We become preoccupied, busy with nothing much, keeping our eyes down, forgetting to lift our eyes and hearts to the huge sky lying over our heads, forgetting that we have an unfathomable desert at the heart of our country, and inside ourselves. This place that is full of life and mystery longing for freedom and meaning.  

And so we place ourselves in the company of the transcendent.

We must stop, smell the essence, follow the light, see this in those we love, and even those we rub along with.

It takes practice and trust to lift our eyes from the bits and pieces of our lives, to allow ourselves to be transformed by what we love.

We will have this time in Otford, in the company of those who share some of our deeper values. 

Caroline Coggins


 

This retreat is for students with Iyengar Yoga experience, Trainee Teachers and Yoga teachers.

Retreat Schedule
Arrive on Friday for 4 PM start with group practice then dinner.
Saturday AM meditation followed by asana classes in the AM & PM.
Sunday same as Saturday but will finish after lunchtime 2 PM.


Retreat costs:
A deposit of $200 is required to hold a space on the 2019 Summer Retreat.
See below for how to register.

Camping
Includes: All Yoga tuition, 2 nights camping plus all vegetarian meals.
Earlybird cost if paid in full by December 18: $630
Full fee due by January 18: $710

Share (Quad share, non ensuite)
Includes: All Yoga tuition, 2 nights share accommodation plus all vegetarian meals.
Earlybird cost if paid in full by December 18: $710
Full fee due by January 18: $790

TWIN SHARE en-suite accommodation is available but very limited.
Costs: $830 Earlybird and $910 Full fee.


Teacher Training Module 1 & Retreat Schedule

Trainees and certified teachers arrive Thursday for 4 PM start with group practice then dinner.
Friday is a teacher development day. ‘Intensive only’ students join from 4pm, and intensive starts with 4pm-6pm group practice.
Saturday: AM meditation followed by Asana classes in the AM & PM.
Sunday: AM meditation followed by Asana class in the AM. Intensive ends after lunch.
Sunday PM. Teacher development continues for trainees and certified teachers.
Monday: Teacher development continues. Finishes after lunchtime at 2 PM.

 

Teacher Training Module 1 Retreat costs:
A deposit of $300 is required to hold a space for the Teacher Training Module 1 Retreat. See below for how to register.

Camping
Includes: 25.5 training hours, 4 nights camping plus all vegetarian meals.
Earlybird cost if paid in full by December 18: $1,185
Full fee due by January 18: $1,265

Share (Quad share, non ensuite)
Includes: 25.5 training hours, 4 nights camping plus all vegetarian meals.
Earlybird cost if paid in full by December 18: $1,325
Full fee due by January 18: $1,405

TWIN SHARE en-suite accommodation is available but very limited.
Costs: $1,565 Earlybird and $1,645 Full fee.


How to Register for either of these this events please complete the 2019 Summer Retreat Application Form and forward this together with your payment’s bank receipt to: office@yogacentre.com.au

Payments are via direct transfer, please email us for banking details.
Payments via credit card attract a 2.3% fee.

Please see terms and conditions if you need to withdraw/ cancel


Other information for those attending this event

* Please bring: Yoga Mat, strap, blocks, support for shoulder stand & any other specific props you use for practice.

* Participants can request the possibility of a ride share with others by emailing the Yoga Centre office.

* Quad share participants need to bring their own bath towel.

* Camping participants will need to supply own camping gear i.e: tent, camper van etc, linen etc. There is no powered sites, however everyone has 24 hr use of the dining hall & bathrooms close by.

* Govinda Valley is a retreat centre developed to facilitate and assist the health and healing of not only its guests, but also the community and environment, as such, it is requested that all guests strictly adhere to the following rules: no meat, fish or eggs, no smoking, no alcohol and no illegal drugs are permitted on the property.

* The retreat venue is located in Otford around an hour’s drive from Sydney, or 1 1/2 hours via train. Download map for directions to Govinda’s here

 

Spaces are limited, so it is advised to register early so accommodation can be reserved.