Retreats

RETREATS, SESSIONS & GATHERININGS


“Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind,

and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”

- B.K.S. Iyengar

 





SISTER'S CIRCLE - A MONTHLY GATHERING OF SOUL CONNECTIONS, CONVERSATIONS AND CREATIVE CO-CREATIONS


MOVEMENT . CREATIVITY . INTENTION SETTING . GROUP SHARE . SACRED CIRCLE . CELEBRATION


Dear Women,


We call to you, dear sisters and invite you to an afternoon just for you, for us women to share time together.


Traditionally women would gather and weave their baskets of life together. They would sing, move, share, create. In these settings knowledge has been past down for centuries from generation to generation.


At some point in our life we might have lost our connection to spirit and to the celebration of life.


This gathering is an invitation to revive that connection and dream to live our life fully, passionately and creatively as women.


Come and join us to create sacred space, allowing time to connect, reflect, share, listen and be heard.


To work with the wheel of the year and earth cycles to connect with the sacred feminine.


“Your Are the Medicine”


“Women are the nourishing power of the Universe….We have the wisdom, energy and unique power to return wholeness, sacredness, integrity and love to all of existence.”


- THE OFFERING -


⊙ NEW MOON RITUAL to open the circle and tune into the cycles of the moon, season & elements.


⊙ MOVEMENT PRACTICE to connect to the body and the powers and awareness of the energetic realm.


⊙ VISUAL MEDITATION to reflect, journey the themes within each particular moon.


⊙ SACRED CIRCLE as an intimate gathering where we learn new ways of speaking, listening and relating to each other. It is a place where we discover and integrate new blueprints that serve the women we are becoming. Once formed, the circle becomes a container for truth telling and sacred witnessing, healing and transformation. We sit together and welcome one another just as we are. Each unique perspective is valued and recognised for we know each vital piece enriches the whole. We embrace pristine pauses of silence and abandon the need to rescue one another from their experience and feelings.


⊙ CREATIVE WORK to work with our hands and self expressions. This will usually involve practical making, collage, performance, sound, sonics, poetry etc


- BRING -


Comfortable clothing. Please wear comfortable and cozy clothing (warm socks and a shawl to help keep you warm), and bring with you a journal, a pen . Finally bring something small and meaningful to be placed on the altar we create together.

































Women have been gathering in circles since the beginning of time to share experiences, stories, thoughts, ideas and prayers. Sister's Circles offers a safe and gentle space for women of all ages and backgrounds to come together and share.


Humans have been gathering in the round since we began walking upright. Circles with a sacred centre are ancient, the oldest form of social interaction. The fire was in the centre as the people cooked and ate their food, heard stories, worshiped their gods and goddesses, and passed down the traditions and wisdom that kept them alive and healthy.

Ladies-only circles have been taking place all around the world. Many were directly tied to menstruation and the moon cycles. There are menstrual hut and moon lodge traditions all over the world that date back to 800 CE and in some places are still practiced today. While these largely have negative connotations now - women are basically being cast out of their communities for bleeding - but there was an empowering side to them, once upon a time.


The red tent and moon lodges grew in popularity as a sacred space for women and girls to affirm their spirituality and sexuality, and to heal from the wounds of patriarchy through connecting with each other. Religion, too, played a role in the oldest women’s circles, like those practiced by the Celtic Christians in the 5th and 6th centuries.


Despite everything women still continued to gather through collective acts of sewing, weaving, quilting circles to tea parties but the spiritual dimension and tapping into the energy of the sacred feminine seemed to have got lost along the way. Sister’s Circle is an opportunity to reignite those lost voices and dormant connections that lay within all of us and to continue to retrace the path that has already been paved for us.


AYURVEDIC OIL MASSAGE & RESTORATIVE OIL THERAPY


A full body treatment with organic, Ayurvedic oils customised to your body type. This full body massage melts away muscle tension and liquefies toxins with the traditional anointment of warm herb-infused oils that penetrate deeply to bring true balance and relaxation to the body, mind and senses. This seamlessly follows with the Ayurvedic restorative therapy that begins with a light head and neck massage before your treatment. Restorative oil therapy is a constant poured stream of herbalized warm oil on to your third eye (Ajna Chakra). The effects of this ancient therapy have long been known and recently confirmed by modern science. It profoundly detoxifies, calms and relaxes the nervous system and helps with many common ailments such as stress, allergies, headaches and is especially good for insomnia.


According to Ayurveda, the oil therapy deeply relaxes the nervous system, lowers metabolism, integrates brain function and creates brain wave coherence and an alpha state. When the brain is under stress, cerebral circulation is compromised. As oil is poured on the forehead, the nervous system is deeply stilled. The brain waves slow down and become coherent. Once the brain is quieted, more life energy and oxygen and other nutrients flow more freely to the brain. The result: better brain function, mood stability and improved stress handling ability. With each successive oil therapy treatment, the mind systematically achieves an even deeper state of silence and more healing takes place. Regular treatments are said to increase blood circulation to the brain, improve memory, nourish the hair and scalp, encourage sound sleep and calm body and mind.



GONG BATH & SONIC IMMERSION


“The mind has no power to resist a gong that is well played.” ~ Yogi Bhajan


This centuries-old practise is more commonly known as a Gong Bath but combined with the Kora, the ancient 21 stringed West African Harp-Lute to bring a deep sence of awakening to the body and mind. A Gong Bath is a form of sound therapy where the gong is played in a therapeutic way to bring about healing. You simply lie on your back and let the therapeutic energy of the gong and kora transport you to realms beyond the four walls. The sound and vibrational energy of the gong and kora is an ancient and powerful tool used to help still the mind and allow the body to deeply relax. In this state, we can begin to process and release blocks, and come to deep physical relaxation.


The power of the gong and the kora has long been used to facilitate different states of consciousness. The wide frequency range and ebb and flow of the sound brings about a stillness and presence in the mind of the listener that is otherwise difficult to achieve, leaving one feeling mentally cleansed. As you lie in stillness you slip into yoga nidra or yogic sleep - a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. The sounds induce a relaxed body, fluid mind, and supercharged intuition. A moment for extreme relaxation and subtler spiritual exploration.



NATIVE AMERICAN HERBAL BACK MASSAGE

 

Sunara is a CPD certified masseuse and this 1 hour one-to-one session encourages the body to release stagnant energy and toxins with the help of herbal infused oils. You will be immersed in the way of the ancient shamans as Sunara guides you through an initiation ritual and treatment followed by a hands on healing ritual leaving you feeling a sense of awakened bliss.


5 DAY YOGA, ART, MUSIC AND WELLNESS RETREAT IN NATURE


We combine music with movement and meditation, our custom built classes offer something for all the senses. Bringing together  yoga with detoxing and healthy eating throughout the retreat. You can focus on conscious eating and yoga or juice fasting and yoga to cleanse the body, mind and spirit from the inside out with organic seasonal juices, smoothies and herbal teas throughout the day. Which ever one you choose there is something here or you! There will be daily hatha, ashtanga or yin yoga classes arwhich will be taught by Sunara Begum as well as music, sound healing and gong baths led by renowned musician and multi-instrumentalist, Tunde Jegede who will serenade the scene with live relaxing music throughout. There are usually two, 90 mins classes a day with chanting, healthy eating/juicing and simple ayurvedic meals (including Sunara’s  homemade raw chocolate to open the heart). This five day retreat includes, art, music, morning and evening yoga, gong bath, dance drawings, vision boarding, walks and yoga nidra. Each evening we'll come together to share our jounrey.


PREPARATION

In order to serve you best, we recommend a highly intentional attitude as you enter into this sacred, personal pilgrimage.

We invite you to be ultra clear about your intentions around this experience and write them down the day prior.

You are invited to fast in the 24 hour period leading up to the retreat, for however long feels true for you. This will allow your physical vessel the time and space to detox and clear, preparing you to fully receive the medicine of the moment.


Bring: Journal, Yoga Mat


GEMS OF GAMBIA RETREAT

FULLY BOOKED FOR 2019, SEE YOU IN 2020!!!



Come and enjoy the smiling coast of Africa and visit the Gambia. Start your day waking up to the ancient sounds of the mystical kora and move to the music through a guided 90mins yoga class. Join Sunara and Tunde on this seven day immersion as you journey deeper into your self and embrace the magical sphere of Gambia.


Join the Kora Yoga tribe, Sunara Begum and Tunde Jegede on a seven day Kora Yoga Retreat, a Mystical Shamanic Escape in Gambia 30 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019!!!! Surround yourself in nature, be immersed in the powerful duality of yin and yang yoga practise, visit ancient ruins, lose yourself in trance to traditional Manding music or just relax to the beat of the atlantic ocean!


We’ll be hidden less than an hour from the international airport but a world away from the hustle of everyday life, in a private eco-lodge that sits in an idyllic piece of coastal forest. Situated in a magical location, a jewel on one of the most pristine, beautiful beaches in Gambia. The area is bristling with palm trees, clean white sand, plenty of mango trees, birds and even monkeys to share your breakfast with!


Sunara will be teaching powerful pranayama deep breathing, kundalini yoga, vinyasa flows fused with the elements of animal flow, nature rhythm and primal movement to wake you up in the mornings whilst Tunde guides you into the world of healing, ecstatic dance with evening sound meditation, trance and traditional African ceremonies. There will also be special restorative practice, wooded walk adventures to open the heart as well as yoga to live Mandinka music (Kora music and songs from the Gambia).


We’ll be providing predominantly plant based food as well as seafood brought in fresh from the local fishing village. Local, seasonal and fresh food to nourish the body inside and out. To mark the end of the retreat there will be a vedic fire ceremony (yagya) to create the positive energies, with the intent of integration of the experience as we continue our creative paths.


Retreat Price

One person £950 / €1,050 /  $1,150

£1,500 x 2 people / €1,600 /  $1,700

£1,750 x 3 people / €1,850 /  $1,950


What’s Included?

* Accommodation in traditional African dome mud brick houses

* Breakfast and dinner, organic and locally sourced

* Non-alcoholic refreshments

* Program of transformational movement practices with Sunara Begum

* Daily sound meditation, healing and immersions with Tunde Jegede

* Kora Yoga therapy

* Transportation from and to the airport

* Free time walking, swimming in the ocean

* Campfire with drumming and song

* Chilling in hammocks

* Optional permaculture activities


What’s Not?

* Flights

* Travel Insurance

* Yoga mats

* 1 on 1 training: bespoke training sessions tailored to you (yoga and music therapy)

* Excursions (pre bookings required, subject to change)


We look forwards to sharing this experience with you.


This is an amazing opportunity to get away from it all, experience being at one with nature in a secluded sanctuary, listen to the heartbeat of Mother Earth, and journey deeper into your own heart. With plenty of free time to explore, bask in the sun, cool off in the sea, and connect with like-minded others, you will have the space to gain clarity on your soul path and life purpose. You will learn techniques to connect to your essence through your heart, find answers and access your own truth.


Wake in the morning and experience deep vinyasa flow yoga in the forest to anchor and embody your transformations. We will gather around the fire with drumming and song, sacred ceremony, conversation, connection and community. You will also be able to learn about Eco living, permaculture and sustainable practices.


Gambia may be the smallest country on the continent, but there's no shortage of things to do during your time off! It’s captivating array of attractions belies its tiny size. Surrounded by Senegal, the Gambia has a mere 80km of coastline, but what a magnificent stretch it encompasses: golden beaches backed by swaying palms and sprinkled with scenic lagoons, sleepy fishing villages and biologically rich coastal reserves. Look below to see some of what we’ll be sharing with you during the retreat


To Book Please Contact: hello@korayogaafrica.com / 50% non-refundable deposit required. 28 day cancellation policy.


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KORA YOGA


MUSIC

MOVEMENT

MEDITATION


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