“Human presence is a creative and turbulent sacrament, a visible sign of invisible grace”. John O'Donohue

Friday, 18 August 2017

Yoga of Sleeping - Workshop

(Into the arms of Morpheus)

Sunday 27th August 2017

11 am - 5 pm

@"Trees" Bodhi Garden, near Uckfield, East Sussex

(optional overnight camping into Bank holiday Monday with early session)
2nd in a series of Sunday Sessions during the Summer of 2017

This day invites participants to slow down and listen deeply, feel the body and enter states of conscious sleeping through body awareness, sound and Yoga Nidra (sleep of the Yogis), into the sleep of night; the surrender to unconsciousness. Hosted and facilitated by Richard Harding (Richard Harding SatBodhi Yoga) and Jude Murray (Ceibhfhion) at Trees Bodhi Garden, near Uckfield, East Sussex.

Join us for a day (and night) of rest, relaxation and meditation and Yoga Nidra in the peaceful and natural surroundings of the Forest Garden. The day will leave you feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and nourished with tools for deeper relaxation and meditation. The day will also incorporate sound bathing with Himalayan singing bowls and other instruments of love. Body, sound, Yoga, sleep.

In ‘daily life’ we rush, organise, do everything as ‘conveniently’ as possible with scant regard to the rhythms of body and nature. We put shoes on, eat on the move, travel at speed. We neglect to appreciate that the illusion of time is running the show and that the present moment is squeezed by memory and projection; sometimes we live daily life as if sleeping and unaware of the ‘now’. Invite yourself to slow the pace; feel the body’s inner wisdom, listen deeply and rest the mind. Step in time with time and sleep in the cradle of presence.

In ‘sleep’ the brain-body is alive. Healing itself, growing, processing, and present only to itself. As consciousness changes and the body is given full reign to slow down and reconfigure. In this altered-state the brain processes the tangle of sensorial information, we learn, remember (reconstruct) and evolve. Allow us to guide you into ‘conscious sleep’, a state where you may access the flow state and the space of healing.

Yoga and movement practice and teaching is influenced by Scaravelli and the experience of a Butoh trained dancer and will be an invitation to go slow and deep with body awareness, breathing and postures. Some partner work is envisaged as well as personal investigation. There will be meditation accompanied by Himalayan singing bowls and native American flute. The afternoon will be devoted to sounding, chanting and Yoga Nidra.

Yoga Nidra is a practice which guides the participant on a journey through the body toward a place of conscious sleep using image and imagination. The language of the body is after all metaphor. In this state brain wave activity is shifted from beta or alpha (30Hz- 7.5Hz) to theta (7.5Hz-3.25Hz) and potentially delta waves (3.25z-0.5Hz). These frequencies represent the states of consciousness from wakefulness and the alert, focussed (at high-beta, stressed and in the fight, flight or freeze mode) mind to that of meditation, REM sleep, deep sleep; the the possibly of moving into delta wave activity which can facilitate the transcendental or healing experience. The state of alpha-theta (7.8 Hz) is a place called ‘flow’. This flow state is the experience of the ‘now’. It is also the pulse of nature and Earth herself; the Schumann Resonance. If we can access this state we are one, one with Earth and nature; the illusion of time falls away as the brain-body comes into presence. Creativity, spontaneity and the beauty of Being shines.

Please bring

• Your yoga mat (and any bolsters, blocks, blankets that you enjoy using)
• Comfortable clothing to practice in. Movement sessions will either be in the yoga studio or in nature (weather permitting), so you might want to dress in layers. A warm garment if you wish to sit for a while by the fire for music, chant and conversation
• Bring lunch to share. A healthy smoothie and tea/coffee/water are offered as refreshments.
•tent (small preferably unless multiple occupancy), bedding, torch etc for camping.

Location directions supplied on booking confirmation.

Contact directly through Messenger or via email at:
Richard Harding SatBodhi Yoga (Facebook)
Or email: satbodhiyoga@gmail.com

•Investment: £70 (limited to 10 participants). A sliding scale operates…don’t let finance hinder experience.

•A discretionary donation to cover cost of dinner and breakfast if camping into Monday.

Richard is a Yoga and Movement facilitator (RYT200, member of Yoga Alliance) and bodyworker standing for healing; an artist, musician and gardener. He is passionate about consciousness, the body, its anatomy and ecology. His journey traverses the arts and sciences and ranges from dance training and performance, BA Hons Fine Art Painting, to medicine working as a Paramedic Practitioner in the NHS, (BSc Healthcare practice- Paramedic Practitioner). In 2001, he lived and trained in with Min Tanaka (Butoh artist/farmer) at Bodyweather Farm, and DAnce Resources on Earth, Japan. He has also trained with other notable Butoh dance-artists. His Yoga, teaching and caring practices span 25 years The Yoga has been influenced by the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli. He has recently become interested in Yoga Nidra, a practice that addresses the practitioner directly, and with scientific evidence, to the neurophysiology of consciousness. Through these practices, we can access various altered-states recordable as ‘brain waves’ that can, in turn illuminate and invite space for healing.

Jude is a yoga teacher and therapist, healer, body worker and Anam Cara, with some twenty five years’ experience as a teacher, trainer, group facilitator and celebrant. Jude's heart offering is Celtic Yoga a seasonally aligned practice informed by her personal practice of Celtic Druidry. She also specialises in Yoga for Cancer, integrative care and palliative care, and has been course director on Healing Space – Yoga for People Living with Cancer - since 2011. She is an IYN Yoga elder, Yoga Alliance Professionals Senior Teacher, a senior teacher of Embodied Yoga Principles and Anatomy and Physiology teacher on Shanticentre’s Yoga & Spiritual Development Teacher Training Programme. She is a Scot based in Brighton and teaches here, across the UK, and internationally.

'Trees' Bodhi Garden is a long-term project encompassing agroforestry (Forest Gardening), creativity and sustainable options for living, growing and cultivating. The vision evolves and grows in its fundamental desire to provide a discreet space for healing, retreat and community. The time has come to start a process of planning and organizing to see where the next step can take us. As such, the proceeds from any activities and events will go directly to the fund to let the vision evolve and grow.
The yoga studio is 90 square meters of spruce ply inside a poly-tunnel. Temperature fluctuations are a natural response to the structure’s design and, as such, provide an environment more in tune with the nature outside.
I am always happy to show visitors around and talk about forest, nature, holistic gardening, and the ecology of being.


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