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The 2015 season starts in May and there will be Yoga retreats, transformative workshops, shamanic works and trainings..
23rd - 30th of May
"Engaged Yoga retreat "with Christopher Gladwell
"I am looking forward to your company on my Empowerment Retreats. The purpose behind these retreats is for you to deepen in practice, insight, yogic realisation, love and empowerment."
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12th -15th of June
"Prayer of the heart retreat" with Dominique Sakoilsky, Amanda Rayment and Louise Bennet
The annual Prayer of the Heart retreat is offered to everyone who yearns to step back for a few days from daily life and discover...
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4th - 7th of July
"Bees and women caring for each other - A holistic approach to bees and beekeeping" with Sandira Cornuejols and Belinda Bluebell
For eons, bees were considered as sacred beings of the goddesses and gods, messengers of love and guardians of the threshold between life and death.
During the last centuries this sacred relationship has been lost as we have come to see bees only as little machines that produce our honey and pollinate our monocultures. Today, bees are dying all over the world. Their disappearance feels like a radical response to the disrespect that they have been receiving from their old human friends.
During this workshop, we will reawaken our innate knowledge of the bee hive as a living being with its own soul and personality.
As we enter deeper and deeper into the fascinating world of the bee community, we will re-emerge into the sacred relationship between bees and human beings.
How do we create home for bees where we live, in a way that is based on cooperation, a process far removed from exploitation and the pressure of honey production.
Together, we will hone our perceptive tools and abilities enabling us to live within in a mutually nourishing connection with the bees.
The invitation to this workshop is restricted to women so we may create a space for the unfolding of our feminine wisdom through the contact with our Little sisters of deep knowledge.
Team: Directed by Sandira Cornuejols, assisted by Belinda Bluebell
Sandira is born from a bee-keeping mother in Brittany (France) and therefore bathed from early childhood into the world of the bees.
Today, she lives in the Peace Research Community of Tamera, in the south of Portugal. There, she has created a educational bee garden, living along side the bees with much love and passion.
Belinda started her training at The Sacred Trust working with Bee Shamanism (The Path Of Pollen) in 2006 and she has beautifully integrated this work into her practice as an intuitive Healer and Body-worker; Belinda has travelled widely studying different bodywork modalities and now lives in Totnes, Devon,England.
Some contents of this course:
-Biology of the bee and the beehive
-Global situation of the bee worldwide
-Material and tips to visit a beehive safely and respectfully
-Overview of natural bee-keeping hives
-Daily bodywork and sensorial awakening
-Visit of a hive, and making contact with the spirit of the bee
-Making your own candles and wax&honey cream
Fee: 400 Euros (including tuition, accommodation and food)
Accommodation: 4 beds tipis and tents
Food: vegetarian full board
Arrival and departure: the day before/after the course
Minimum and maximum number of participants: 6 to 12 women
Registration: email@example.com or 00351 236 098082
16th - 20th July
Radiance and Space: A Vinyasa Flow Immersion with Hermione Armitage
16th - 20th July - £275
Join Hermione in Portugal for a magical 5 days of creating space and connecting back to your true nature through daily Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Immerse yourself, feeling the earth under your feet, the summer sky above you, and space all around you to breathe. This magical summer yoga immersion at Gravito Eco retreat in Portugal will be just that - magic.
Hermione currently teaches creative, accessible Vinyasa Flow Yoga for beginners through to advanced/open level practitioners in studios, homes and offices across London.
She completed her first Yoga teacher training with Yoga Campus (London) in 2011, Then went on to train at the Special Yoga Centre (London) in Teaching Yoga to Children and Yoga Therapy for Children with Special Needs. Hermione has also studied with and worked alongside Mollie McClelland Yoga/ Sadhaka Yoga, through Mollie’s unique teacher training and mentoring programmes. Hermione is a trained massage therapist in both deep tissue and Thai Yoga Massage therapy.
Hermione is currently studying towards a 300hr Prana Flow Energetic Vinyasa certification with Shiva Rea.
Starting with an opening meditation on Thursday evening and moving into 3 days of Vinyasa flow immersion. There will be 2 sessions each day, the mornings will consist of a stronger/ solar practice working on radiant back bends and inversions. The afternoons, a more lunar/ quieter practice moving into deeper hip opening and forward bending work, meditation and relaxation.
This immersion is designed to help anyone, no matter where they are on their path -beginners or experienced practitioners, to deepen their own experience and connection to themselves. The weekend will end with final group practice on Monday morning followed by breakfast.
The full cost for the retreat is £275, incuding accomodation, yoga and all meals.
If you would like to join us, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
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25th of July - 8th of August
"Yoga Immersion Course" with Christopher Gladwell
"I am looking forward to your company on my Empowerment Retreats. The purpose behind these retreats is for you to deepen in practice, insight, yogic realisation, love and empowerment. We will be exploring practices of Contemporary Yoga Tantra."
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12th - 19th of September
"Yoga by Nature Retreat" with Morven Hamilton
A week to reconnect to nature and to yourself.
The yoga will be taught by Morven, who teaches in the Akhanda yoga style. All abilities are welcome - you will be supported and challenged in your practice whether you are relatively new to yoga or whether you are a seasoned practitioner. Our morning practice will be meditation for early risers, followed by a two-hour Akhanda yoga practice designed to both nurture and challenge you whatever your ability or experience may be. The evening practice will be a gentle practice - we'll explore mindfulness techniques, restorative yoga and yoga nidra, and there'll be some time allocated to discussion either during the afternoon or in evening session time.
Miranda Bungey will be coming to lead us in some optional singing circles during the evenings, and we will also have nightly jams with Tamsin Marshall, Andy Smart, Morven and anyone else who wants to bring an instrument and join in. There are lots of drums to play at Gravito and there'll be the opportunity to have music circles around the fire pit.
Treatments on offer are Reflexology and Thai Yoga massage.
We will meet in Lisbon on Friday the 11th September (see the website for alternative travel arrangemets for those who prefer to travel straight to Gravito), and enjoy the food and culture of this lovely city. Guests will arrive throughout the day and we'll convene in the evening for a group meal out. On Saturday morning we'll travel together by private bus to the countryside just outside Pedragao Grande for a week in the mountains doing yoga, resting and enjoying local walks.
Retreat can be a time to improve and recommit to asana (posture) practice, but it's also an inner process where we have the opportunity to adjust our perspective and re-centre ourselves. As always, there will be some exploration of aspects of yoga philosophy and its application in our daily lives, with plenty of opportunity to discuss what that means for us as individuals.
Easyjet and Ryanair both fly to Lisbon at reasonable prices.
The price of £650 includes hostel accommodation at Old Town Hostel in Lisbon on Friday 11th Sept, transport to and from Gravito from Lisbon, twice-daily yoga, morning meditation, sweat lodge, seven nights teepee accommodation, evening events and all meals.
Details of the retreat here
What we facilitate...
Yoga, Chi Kung, Tantra, Meditation, Massage, Ceremonies, Shamanic work and courses, Music & Art workshops, Dance and more…
Excursions to mountains, waterfalls, hot springs, river beaches, sea and various Portuguese power sites.
We also organise canoeing trips in beautiful lake sites near Gravito.
If you are interested in bringing a group to Gravito or want more information about running a retreat or a workshop here please contact us.
We are ideally suited to cater to groups of between 10 and 30 people. For this we charge 42 euros per person per day, based on at least a one-week stay. This includes full use of the facilities, accomodation in a shared tipi and full board.
Gravito is a non-profit organisation. All the profits are invested in the project of sustainable developement of the valley and the promotion of awareness of unity.