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In this New Year yoga retreat, The Yogologist invites you to come together in the spirit of self-development and healing for themselves and for the planet. The Yogologist will provide the alchemy for you to see in the new year with a sense of purposes that nourishes the heart and soul. Furthermore, this retreat will be a unique in session with Shaura Hall. She will hold the space for yoga, walking, and meditation while her partner, Neil, will prepare delicious vegetarian food. Refresh and prepare for a fabulous 2018.
The accommodation is situated in the hills of the Algarve, Portugal, and surrounded by mature gardens and natural beauty. It is a spacious, private, and peaceful home which is set in almost two hectares of land with an outdoor swimming pool and terraces where you can relax and take in the sea and countryside views. From the restorative fresh ocean breeze to the scent of orange and fig trees, The Yogologist thinks you will see why they believe the Algarvian hills have magic in them.
As the final dusks of 2017 reach across the sky, you may be preparing for the coming of a New Year’s dawn with excitement and a certain amount of trepidation. What does 2018 have in store for you as individuals and as a collective on this planet? You are certainly experiencing interesting times. The last year seems to have given rise to confusing shifts in world events that appear to be leading you further towards a mind-frame that promotes separation.
Yet, people that study the human experience understand that loneliness has a negative impact on the human psyche and the biological systems. You will know that community and collaboration have many positive effects in the mind and body networks. You will also know that particles behave in the way that you expect them to. The next obvious question is can people use their intuition and intention to shape the New Year in the way that you want it? The Yogologist certainly thinks so and invites you to join in this journey.
Shaura and Neil have been attending Lakota Native American Ceremony in Oregon since 2004 and they have played various roles in the community. Shaura loves building contemplative experiences that connect the seeker to their heart and soul. Neil has been taught how to build and pray with ceremonial fire. Their adaptive shamanism work draws from their experiences with the Native American Indians and from teachings that have been passed through from their adoptive mother, to offer a respectful ceremony that connects the seeker to the hidden realms of consciousness. Shaura and Neil do not claim to be shamans of any description but they are well equipped to hold a ceremonial space.
In the Vedic (Indus valley) ceremonial world a substance was used for prayer and connection that was referred to as the soma or amrita. The soma ceremony was always paired with sacred fire to the Lord Agni who is intercessor between humans and the gods. Shaura has been making a relationship with a particular spice that appears to reach out to the four directions (significant in shamanic cultures) and thus tunes into the environment. The ability to feel safe in the world often depends upon the capacity to adapt to the environment which is constantly in flux.
The secret ceremony uses an ancient spice that has a very mild psychoactive effect if taken in the right dose. You will make a tea out of the spice which is not psychoactive and offers participants the opportunity to take the spice sublingually which may produce a very mild effect. Either way, you will connect to the spirit of the spice and ask it to show the team what you are ready to learn. In addition, the team invites one of the animal guides into the circle and asks it to be present with you through the ceremony. The team requests that it shows you what you are ready to see. You will sing a mixture of Lakota and yogic songs. In this way, the team brings the West and the East together in the prayer. They also invite you to share any songs that you carry in your heart.
There are two drums that assist you in the ceremony, they tell you how to beat them as you connect to your heartbeat and to the rhythm of the Earth. You will connect to each other, to the elements, the beings in the world, and the Earth herself. You will work to promote environmental flexibility and vigor in preparation for a fabulous 2018.
Vision building is a practice that was taught to Shaura by William Bloom. It includes creating a vision, drawing it out, connecting to allies and archetypes, meditation, and positive intention. It is a wonderful thing to do on a New Year’s Eve.
Shaura has been trained in differing yogic, meditative, and mindfulness practices. As a yoga therapist, her approach is gentle and promotes a nourishing environment for all. All mind and body practices are created specifically for the group in response to how the energy feels at the time. Thus, you may practice Hatha yoga, Yin yoga, Kundalini yoga, yoga Nidra, mindfulness, or loving-kindness practices in those sessions.
Yoga Alliance International (Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Nidra Yoga)
Shaura Hall is the founder of The Yogologist and creator of the Pilamaya Yoga 220-hour Teacher Training course. As a certified senior yoga teacher and teacher trainer with Yoga Alliance Professionals, Shaura teaches and works with Hatha, Kundalini, and Yin yoga as well as mindfulness, meditation, and yoga Nidra practices. Shaura became an accredited yoga therapist C-IAYT after training with the Minded Institute in 2011. As a collaborator, she developed the ground-breaking yoga therapy for addictions continuing professional development training.
Neil has been taught how to build and pray with ceremonial fire. The adaptive shamanism work draws from the experiences with the Native American Indians and from teachings that have been passed through from the adoptive mother to offer a respectful ceremony that connects the seeker to the hidden realms of consciousness. Neil and Shaura do not claim to be shamans of any description but they are well equipped to hold a ceremonial space.
This retreat will take place in Algarve, Portugal.
You will be served delicious vegetarian foods prepared by Neil during this retreat.
Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. The guests will need to arrange return flights to Faro Airport (FAO). Transfers from the airport are not included in the investment but The Yogologist is happy to help you make those arrangements so please just get in touch.
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