YOGA NIDRA AND DREAMS
with MIA WOODFORD & CAROL NELSON
Dates: Saturday, October 26, 2019
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. The Saturday 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.
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.
Saturday: 10:00AM – 1:00PM
CREATIVE YOGA CLASS W/CAROL NELSON
Dates: Sunday, October 27, 2019
Join us for 2 blissful hours of creative yoga on the final day of the Women in Film Festival hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society and the Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival.
10:00AM – 12:00PM
CULTIVATING INNER LIGHT
with CATHERINE KELLER & CAROL NELSON
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Winter brings us shorter days, longer periods of darkness & weather that can challenge even the sunniest of personalities. Join us in this special daylong women’s retreat as we focus on techniques that help us retrieve and cultivate our inner light to have it burning all the way through to Spring! A perfect day before the holidays to take time out just for you and recharge through yoga, breath, ritual, meditation, art and connection.
Guest presenter, Catherine Keller, is a licensed independent social worker with over 20 years of psychotherapy experience. Her mind/body/spirit approach to health incorporates 30 years of massage therapy and yoga instruction.
Saturday: 9:00AM – 3:00PM
THE JOYS OF WALKING AND YOGA
“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
JOHN STIRK WEEKEND
Dates: May 1st – May 3rd, 2020
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.
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
ANNUAL SUMMER SOLSTICE HEALING RETREAT
THE CHEMISTRY OF COMFORT & LOVE with FERN ISRAEL & CAROL NELSON
Dates: June 19th – June 21st, 2020
*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.
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