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Join Dru UK for a Bhagavad Gita and meditation retreat. The Bhagavad Gita is the timeless manual for successful living and spiritual realization. It contains a detailed set of instructions on overcoming adversity and reaching your fullest potential. As the sourcebook of yoga and meditation, it contains the essential wisdom you need to live a fulfilling life.
Snowdonia has received a certificate of excellence this year from Tripadvisor for the accommodation. Snowdonia Mountain Lodge has 21 bedrooms, with a selection of double, twin bedded, and family rooms. During this retreat, you will be staying at Snowdonia Mountain Lodge, Snowdonia, United Kingdom in a private or double room.
Aside from that, family rooms are also available with one king-size bed and a single bed. You will also get your own free car-parking space. Other facilities include free Wi-Fi, television lounge area where you can relax and read, and a peaceful outdoor seating area. Depending on the availability, some rooms will also have television.
The five-day retreat in Snowdonia will include study sessions and lectures on the Gita, chanting sessions to help you pronounce the verses, Dru Yoga, meditation classes, as well as walks in Snowdonia if the weather permits. You will learn how to apply the lessons of the Gita to your own self-development and ways to introduce this beautiful text into your yoga or meditation classes.
A section of the world’s longest and oldest epic poem, the Mahabharata, the Bhagavad Gita is a dialogue between Arjuna and his mentor, Krishna. Arjuna represents each one of you, seeking for a more fulfilling and successful life. Krishna represents your inner wisdom or the still voice of spirit within. Their conversation is the climax of what could be considered one of the world’s greatest dramas, in which two branches of a family are pitted against each other in a struggle between rights and might that will determine the fate of the world.
Taking you beyond the cultural and topical content of ancient India, the Bhagavad Gita delivers a universal message relevant for each of the humans’ lives. It will show you that the way we deal with our mind and emotions reflects in our thoughts, attitudes and outward conduct, and teaches practical methods for dealing with the anger, grief, and frustrations that can torment your minds and have affected the minds of human beings since pre-history.
The course will rely upon and cross-reference to material from The Dru Bhagavad Gita and the Bhagavad Gita DVD Series, the main source material.
The Dru Bhagavad Gita will teach you about your central essence and your magnificent inner potential as well as the main things that slow you down. It will also reveal the main skills you need to identify what is important in your life, showing you how to make choices so that every action can speed you down the path towards this most desired goal, fast!
The characters you will find throughout the Bhagavad Gita are all aspects of yourself. The challenges you have in your life are all described in the Gita. The struggle between your ego and your inner wisdom are written large upon its pages so you can see your life more clearly.
Dru Yoga is a graceful and potent form of yoga, based on flowing movements, directed breathing and visualization. With its foundations set firmly in the ancient yogic tradition, Dru works on body, mind, and spirit, therefore, improving strength and flexibility, creating core stability, building a heightened feeling of positivity, and deeply relaxing and rejuvenating your whole being.
Designed to be practiced by people of all abilities, all fitness levels, and all age groups, Dru is a style of yoga that can be quickly dipped into or learned in more depth over a lifetime.
Dru Yoga has its roots in hatha yoga and includes classical yoga postures (asanas), pranayama (breath work), mudras (gestures), positive affirmations, empowering visualizations, and powerful, flowing, dynamic sequences. Dru Yoga is known to keep your joints relaxed and soft during movement just like in Tai Chi. This creates flexibility and a free flow of subtle energy.
Aside from that, it is also known for Energy Block Release sequences (EBRs) which an easy-to-practice, flowing movements that help to release tension physically, mentally and emotionally. In Dru Yoga, all movements originate from the spine because a flexible, healthy spine will support your entire yoga practice. The spinal wave and spinal twist are core features of Dru, enhancing spinal health and vitality.
A deep understanding of core stability is a major focus. Dru Yoga works to balance the chakras which are the energy that centers of the body and access the powerful energy of the heart. Within the flow of movement, Dru Yoga creates powerful moments of stillness which is known as “Dru points.” Classes are tailored to an individual level and usually contain Energy Block Release sequences, graceful yoga sequences, pranayama, relaxation, and Dru meditation.
Aside from doing yoga, you will also be able to enjoy some mediation sessions. Meditation does not have to be boring, difficult, or uncomfortable. It can help you focus your mind, keep calm, and feel positive and uplifted. Plus, it does not need to take too long, even 10 minutes can make a huge difference. Dru Meditation is the perfect way to find mental clarity and emotional balance.
The following three techniques can be easily fitted into the start of a busy day. Meditation can often be seen as sitting still with your eyes closed. However, taking meditation into your life in the form of mindfulness is essential yourselves and your communities. Get started with these easy-to-do Dru Meditation techniques.
When you wake up in the morning, completely relax your body for one minute, while you are still lying in bed. Think of five things you’re really grateful for today. Take time to absorb the feeling of gratitude and let it spread through your body and mind. When you're ready gently sit up and wrap your duvet around you. Bring your attention to your breathing and let it get deeper without forcing it at all. Focus on your heart chakra and feel the warmth spreading through your body as you breathe. Continue for five minutes, then stretch, ideally following a Dru Yoga sequence and start your day.
Dru Yoga is a powerful tool to help you relax. It systematically stretches and relaxes the muscles using graceful, flowing movements which bring calmness and increased energy. This relaxation is often taught at the end of a Dru Yoga class. Do some stretches then lie down on the floor on a firm yet comfortable surface preferably a soft carpet or blanket is fine. Cover yourself with a blanket so you don’t get chilly. Make sure that your body is aligned in a straight line.
Starting from your feet, tense, and relax each part of your body. Contract the muscles first in your feet, and then feel each of the toes relaxing as you soften the feet against the floor. Work up the body, through the legs, hips, abdomen, chest, back, neck, and head. Then, focus on your breathing, and each time you breathe out, let your body release tension. As you breathe in, take peace and calmness into the body. Repeat for 5 minutes.
To finish, gradually bring your awareness back to your body and feel how your body is positioned on the floor. Move your toes and fingers gently, then stretch, and sit up without disturbing that wonderful feeling of relaxation.
Relax for a few moments and focus on your breathing, watching the natural rhythm of each inhalation, and exhalation. Imagine a situation in your life that needs healing. Create an image of that situation in front of you, as if it were on a video screen. As you breathe in, draw some of the stress of the situation into your heart and immediately send it upwards and out of the top of your head as you breathe out.
Feel that above your head is a region of golden light in which you have full access to your healing potential. Imagine the stress entering this region and visualize the situation being completely healed. On an in-breath, draw this new situation into your heart and breathe it out into the scene in front of you, bringing peace and a good solution to that situation. See smiles of relief on the faces of everyone concerned. Repeat steps two to five until you feel relaxed, calm, and full of joy.
Kindly note that the main sessions will vary according to the theme of the retreat.
John Jones is an author, a senior Dru Meditation and Yoga teacher, Director of the International School of Dru Yoga and a Gita acharya in his own right. He has extensive experience in yogic and vedic philosophy and has a skill at presenting practical spirituality. John has led workshops in more than 40 countries, including the post-war zones of Chechnya, Bosnia, and Northern Ireland. A detraumatisation and stress management specialist, John has worked extensively as a health consultant in both the private and public sectors, including the Red Cross and United Nations.
Petra is a senior Dru Yoga teacher trainer at the Dru Yoga centre in North Wales and co-created the Dru Sound Certificate course. Petra leads workshops in Dru Yoga and Dru Sound across the UK, Europe and Asia.
This retreat will take place in Snowdonia, United Kingdom. The retreat is a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life but is still easily accessible by rail and road on the A5.
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During this retreat, you will be served with daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The delicious vegetarian cuisines are tasty, healthy, and complement the courses perfectly. Dru UK also caters for vegan and other special diets, such as gluten-free, and more. Please let Dru UK know your diet upon booking.
Zip World is home to 11 unique adventures set in 3 stunning location within North Wales; Zip World Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda (5-10 mins drive) is home to Velocity, the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe. Zip World Velocity is the nearest thing to flying, taking you 500 meters above the quarry lake, reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Zip World Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog includes the first 4-person zip lining in Europe to the unique, all-weather underground adventures.
You can visit Caernarfon Castle, a medieval fortress (13 miles away) in the historic town of Caernarfon. This grand castle is one of the most famous of Wales's castles and was the venue for Prince Charles’ investiture as Prince of Wales. Its commanding presence and sheer scale set it apart from the rest.
Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and England and is more than well worth a visit for its breathtaking views. You can choose from six different walking paths to conquer this 1085 meters giant; The Llanberis Path, Rhyd-Ddu Path, PYG Track, Miners’ Track, Watkin Path, or the Snowdon Ranger Path.
You can also let the mountain railway take you on a journey of a lifetime to the rooftop of Wales. The park's historic Snowdon Mountain railway climbs to the summit of Mount Snowdon, offering views across the sea to Ireland. The beginning of most of the tracks up Snowdon is a 20-minute drive from Snowdonia Mountain Lodge.
Ancient Isle of Anglesey is only 10 miles away (or a 16-minute drive) from the lodge. Numerous prehistoric stone markers and monuments are present on Anglesey which historically has been associated with the druids. Anglesey has stunning landscapes and unspoiled coastlines. Explore unusual landscapes that are home to an extraordinary amount of plants and wildlife.
You can wander through picturesque villages and explore miles of scenic walks or cycle paths on the coastal path. The beaches of Rhosneigr are great for surfing, fishing, and diving. The island has a rich culture and heritage. The Isle is known as the second most Welsh-speaking local authority area in Wales.
Snowdonia offers some of the best climbing spots in the UK. For those who prefer bouldering, there’s a variety of choice too. The popular climbing spots include Plasy Brenin, Tryfan, Glyder Fach, Milestone Direct Route, and Great Gully. The mountains climb above the beautiful Welsh landscape tempt walkers with the promise of breathtaking views and natural beauty. Trails on the mountains are well-marked and well-maintained.
They offer some of the best walking trails in the UK. You can climb past mining huts, lost caverns, and beautiful clear lakes on the way to the top of Snowdon, Conwy Mountain, and Tryffan. Even on misty days, the mountains display a mystical quality that sings with the legends of Welsh dragons. Wild horses call the mountains home and they are a wonderful sight to behold as you make your way across the stunning natural landscape.
Penrhyn Castle (6 miles away or a 12-minute drive) is a country house in Llandegai, Bangor, in the form of a Norman castle. It was originally a medieval manor house with the fortification around the area. There is a lot to see in its extensive gardens regardless of the season including the snowdrops, bluebells, and daffodils. The formal gardens include a Fuchsia Arch and the 60 acres of grounds which also have woodland walks. The interior of the castle includes a one-tonne slate bed built for Queen Victoria and there is a dolls house museum and model railway museum. The castle is ideal for a family visit.
Zip World Fforest, Betws-y-Coed offers an idyllic woodland setting for all your adventurous wishes. Zip Safari is a journey through the canopy of the trees on 23 zip lines and 6 other ropes course elements 60 feet up into the trees. The Fforest Coaster is based on the traditional toboggan but runs on rails, which offers an all-year and all-weather experience. You will fly through the forest at exhilarating speeds!
Surf Snowdonia Adventure Park is the world-first inland surf lagoon and the UK’s most compelling outdoor adventure holiday destination for you, your friends and the whole family to enjoy. There are lots to explore but its main feature is an awesome 300-meter surf lagoon.
Spa treatments are available upon request for additional prices. From Ayurvedic Abhyanga full body massage to foot reflexology, when you enjoy a therapy on one of the retreats, that is when you will really feel the true benefits of the whole Dru experience. You can also book a personal mentoring with one of our expert tutors on topics such as chakra analysis, Vedic astrology and much more.
The Snowdonia Mountain Lodge is 3.5 hours away from London by train.
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