UPCOMING EVENTS

ANNUAL SUMMER SOLSTICE HEALING RETREAT

THE CHEMISTRY OF COMFORT & LOVE with FERN ISRAEL & CAROL NELSON

Dates: June 21st – June 23rd, 2019
Fee: $425

*Approved for LMHC 12 CEUS

“There is a feeling, a movement akin to love. It flows quietly, is not overly demonstrative, is texturally soft, and is supported by an inner strength. This feeling applies to the body and to a way of being.” –John Stirk

Science has proven that stress is a major factor underlying illness and disease. There exists within our very being the capacity to reverse these debilitating effects: the chemistry of comfort and love. Refresh, restore and renew yourself with Restorative Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation, PanGu Mystical Qigong and Tapas Acupressure Technique. Fern Israel and Carol Nelson, friends for 40 years, have a palpable energy that provides an environment of deep healing greater than the sum of the various practices.

About Fern:
Fern Ross Israel, MA LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor and experienced yoga teacher. She specializes in the use of energy therapies for mind/body/soul healing. Fern’s compassionate work can be seen with Morrie Shwartz, the Brandeis professor whose journey was highlighted in the NYT’s best selling book, Tuesday’s with Morrie. Fern is also a Teacher/Trainer of PanGu Mystical Qi Gong and Tapas Acupressure Technique.

Schedule as follows:
Friday: 3:00PM – 6:00PM
Saturday: 9:00PM – 12:00PM & 5:00PM – 6:00PM (followed by dinner on the deck, weather permitting)
Sunday: 9:00AM – 12:00PM

FIVE ELEMENTS BREEMA & CREATIVE YOGA

with KATE PEROS & CAROL NELSON

Date: July 13th, 2019
Fee: $80

This class is the second in a trilogy of two Saturday 3-hour sessions (6/1 & 7/13) and a weekend workshop (9/7 – 9/8). Please see the September listing for a full description. Classes may be taken separately or as part of the whole.

Schedule as follows:
Saturday: 10:00AM – 1:00PM

FIVE ELEMENTS BREEMA & CREATIVE YOGA

with KATE PEROS & CAROL NELSON

Dates: September 7th – September 8th, 2019
Fee: $300

This trilogy of classes based on the five elements found in the Vedas – earth, air, fire, water and space – returns us to our elemental essences. Living in a tech-driven environment, many of us are hungry to balance our constant processing of information with a return to nature as well as our own rhythms. We’ll honor the energies of the elements within ourselves, as each of us are microcosms reflecting the larger cosmos.

For many years Kate and Carol have been playful collaborators guiding a dance between Self Breema and Creative Yoga movements. Students comment that these original collaborations are joyful, spirited and nurturing for both body and mind.

About Kate:
Kate Peros is an educator and massage therapist, working at the intersection of sacred wisdom and the aliveness of the body, in practice for 35 years. A long-time student of yoga, Tibetan Buddhism and Breema – The Art of Being Present, Kate loves to gather inspiration and create soul uplifting programs for clients. She lives in Falmouth, MA with her husband and four large dogs.

Schedule as follows:
Saturday: 10:00AM – 1:00PM (Light picnic included) & 3:00PM – 4:30PM & 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 12:00PM

YOGA & MINDFULNESS in TUSCANY

with PAUL SPECTOR & CAROL NELSON

Dates: September 28th – October 5th
Fee: $2,050 (airfare not included)

As one student put it, this retreat is “a perfect balance of discipline and decadence”. Each day begins with guided meditation and a mid-morning yoga session. Afternoons & evenings include delicious meals and fun excursions from our host retreat, Ebbio, a working organic farm tucked in the countryside of Tuscany featuring an 800-year-old classic villa converted into a stylish yoga retreat. Accommodations, all meals, and excursions included.

About Paul:
Paul, guided by the belief students should leave class feeling better about themselves, creates a safe yet challenging environment that increases one’s presence in the here and now. This focus on present-awareness, the power of NOW, leaves students with a greater capacity for acceptance of what is, and with this acceptance a greater power to effectively interact with the world in a useful, positive way. The former Director of the Integrative Yoga Teacher Training, Paul, synthesizes forty years of study of yoga, meditation and other body-mind disciplines.

THE JOYS OF WALKING AND YOGA

Dates: TBD
Fee: $250

“I have two doctors, my left leg and my right. When body and mind are out of gear (and those twin parts of me live in such close quarters that the one always catches melancholy from the other), I know that I shall have only to call in my doctors and I shall be well again.” G.M. Trevelyan

Walking and yoga go hand in hand. Yoga is an extension of walking; walking prepares us for yoga. We will stroll a backcountry road, wander a woodland path or saunter a stretch of shoreline as a prelude to our yoga. Walks approximately 30 mins – 1 hour over easy terrain. There will be plenty of free time over the weekend to sit by the healing ocean waters, schedule a massage or just BE. Teas, beverages, and snacks will be provided. No cell phones or bags.

Schedule as follows:
Friday: 3:30PM – 6:30PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 1:00PM

YOGA NIDRA AND DREAMS

with MIA WOODFORD & CAROL NELSON

Dates: TBD 2019
Fee: $75 per session

As yoga prepares the body for meditation, so dreams can prepare the mind. Yoga Nidra, sometimes called the psychic sleep/dynamic sleep or deep relaxation with inner awareness, is a systematic method of inducing deep mental, physical and emotional relaxation. This is the groundwork for the receptivity necessary for meditation. Each 3-hour session will blend a gentle asana practice as preparation for the Yoga Nidra experience, and a look at the dreaming state of mind. There will be an introduction to various ways of approaching dream interpretation, tips for recording and recalling them, a discussion of symbolic dream language as both universal and uniquely personal, and the Talmudic notion that there is a gift in every dream, even in nightmares.

About Mia:
Guest presenter, Mia Woodford, a philosophy major, left a career in law to pursue studies in depth psychology at the C.G. Jung Institute in Switzerland. She has recorded and shared her dreams in various groups for over thirty years. She is passionate about sharing her experience of how they mirror the unconscious as well as amuse us.

Schedule as follows:
Saturday: 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 1:00PM

JOHN STIRK WEEKEND

Dates: May 1st – May 3rd, 2020
Fee: $395

John’s unique approach and brilliant presentation is a not-to-be-missed experience. Always touching upon what is universal in the practice, he brings something for everyone, from seasoned practitioners to beginners. He has an uncanny ability to take us to the “heart” of the matter and hold us in its depth. A true master, John’s teaching is a gift.

About John:
John Stirk has been teaching yoga and mind-body movement for 40 years. Based in London and East Sussex in the UK, he has recently published his third book: The Original Body – Primal Movement for Yoga Teachers. John graduated as an osteopath in 1983 from the College of Osteopaths in London, where he subsequently lectured in bio-mechanics and practical osteopathy and was made a fellow of the college. The influence of R.D. Laing, with whom he ran body/mind workshops, classical osteopathy, B.K.S. Iyengar, Vanda Scaravelli, with whom he had personal tuition for several years, and Krisnamurti, has confirmed his belief in finding it in and for oneself.

Schedule as follows:
Friday: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Saturday: 9:30AM – 11:30AM & 4:00PM – 6:00PM
Sunday: 9:30AM – 11:30AM

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND DAILY YOGA

 

Dates: May 21st – May 24th, 2020
Fee: $25 per class

Special Island event, Martha’s Vineyard Environmental Film Festival, a stimulating green weekend of films, discussions, Q&A’s and more.

Schedule as follows:
Thursday: 9:00AM – 10:30AM
Friday: 9:00AM – 10:30AM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 10:30AM
Sunday: 9:00AM – 10:30AM

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