Testimonials from the Deep Ecology and Yoga Retreat held in September 2019
“A beautiful, carefully crafted, heart opening mix of yoga, meditation, dance, song and space for connection and truth speaking. Held with care, love and joy. Very nourishing and supportive and exactly the kind of culture we should take into the world” ~ Natalie
“A thought provoking and emotional release of a weekend where important lessons are learnt and is dictated by a caring community” ~ Nathanael
“The most important and necessary weekend retreat for turbulent times” ~ Sophie
“It is a really powerful and enlightening retreat with supportive, kind and compassionate teachers and students. I really like the mix of yoga and deep ecology, it really works” ~ Traci
I would reccommend this workshop to anyone and everyone as it connects us to the major challenge of our times and helps us to befriend our wish to act and to face our fears and walk towards transformation” ~ Ginnie
“I have experienced great opening up, challenge, inspiration in a safe environment and through which I feel emboldened to continue the journey and path I’m on” ~ Nicholas
“Connecting to the warrior within…and to the rainbow warrior tribe. Empoerment through connection. Transforming negativity into positive action for our world” ~ Josse
“Supportive, informative, consciousness raising, a sense of being part of a community, both for the weekend and for the longer term” ~ Anonymous
“Many of my sorrows, grief, joys and thoughts about the world, nature, climate, ecological crisis and the future were released in a safe, instructive and creative space. The retreat also provided constructive guidance on how to go forward with resilience, perspective and gentleness. It also felt like everyone had their own unique experience from the retreat. Guaranteed self reflection and growth” ~ Lorna
DEEP ECOLOGY AND YOGA RETREAT
Hosted by experienced facilitators Inna Alex and Heidi Smith in the beautiful Devon countryside. This weekend is a heart-felt journey into enhanced connection and empowerment with the earth and ourselves through the transformational tools of Deep Ecology and Yoga.
Deep ecology is a holistic approach to facing the current challenges on Earth that brings together thinking, feeling, spirituality and action. It involves moving beyond the individualism of Western culture and also seeing ourselves as part of the Earth. This leads to a deeper connection with life, where Ecology is not just seen as something ‘out there’, but something we are a part of and have a role to play in.
Drawing on the work of Joanna Macy, John Seed and Arne Naess, we will use theories and interactive practices from 'The Work That Reconnects' to reconnect to our own true nature, the web of life, and to our human community. This work supports us to experience first hand that we are larger, stronger, deeper, and more creative than we have been brought up to believe. When we open our hearts and minds to the love and the grief we feel for our world it empowers us to act on behalf of the Earth.
In the Deep Ecology sessions guided by Inna Alex, you will be journey through the four stages of the spiral of the The Work That Reconnects with experiential practices, poetry, ritual, song, movement and silence. We explore and deepen our connections to Self, each other, and all Life, in order to take part in the Healing of our World.
Inna is a passionate community organizer, environmental educator, deep ecology facilitator and yoga teacher from New Zealand. She has been teaching Deep Ecology workshops and retreats for the past 10 years, having studied both with Joanna Macy and John Seed.
Using traditional yogic practices including Asana - postures, Pranayama - breath work, Yoga Nidra - deep relaxation, and Meditation Heidi Smith will support us to gently attune to both the universal nature and our own. Yoga grounds us, frees up our energy and brings us into balance and harmony, giving us the ability to enjoy life, fulfil our potential and find our true identity.
Heidi has been studying and practicing yoga for over 20 years, spending time in ashrams in India and Nepal. More than simply guiding a physical practice, Heidi guides us to explore the inner landscape of the holistic mind-body connection of yoga and how to integrate these into our daily lives.
We hope that a combination of these two transformational tools will nourish you and empower you to act on behalf of Earth with clarity, love and direction.
No previous experience in either Yoga or Deep Ecology necessary.