Greece Yoga Retreat with Rachel Zinman and John Weddepohl July 3-10, 2013 Amorgos Greece
Join Rachel and John for the perfect European holiday this summer. Imagine early morning pranayama and asana facing the blue Agean sea, followed by a luscious breakfast, Inspiring talks on Self-Knowledge and Tantra in a calming and restorative environment. Enjoy practicing yoga as the sun sets and have plenty of free time to swim in the sea, explore the island and be yourself. Our daily classes will include: Creative vinyasa yoga, Pranayama, Kriya Meditations, mantra, mudra ,yantra. Lectures on Gyan Yoga ( self knowledge) and Tantra and a sequence which you can use in your daily life.
Who we are: Rachel Zinman has been practicing yoga for over 27 years and has taught for 20. Prior to her initial yoga education Rachel trained as a professional dancer and choreographer in the USA and in Australia. Discovering yoga she originally trained in the Iyengar and Ashtanga methods and first began teaching in her role as Head of Dance at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium where she introduced yoga to the curriculum. Her teaching style continues to reflect her deep engagement with the arts – dynamic and precise with an emphasis on mindfulness.While again living in New York from 2000–2004 Rachel met Yoga Works and ISHTA yoga founder Alan Finger teaching in his BeYoga studios for four years. There she co-created and coordinated the Be Yoga Teacher Training Program, becoming a senior facilitator and mentor.
Rachel returned to Australia to teach in the Yoga Arts Teacher Training, and since 2005 has created and facilitated her own teacher trainings and workshops in the ISHTA System in Australia, India, Bali, Japan, New York and in many major cities in Europe. In 2006 she began practicing Bhakti Yoga and has incorporated Yantra, Mantra, Mudra and Tantric rituals into her workshops and trainings. Rachel¹s deep personal experience and investigation of meditation allows her to be both intuitive and creative in her work and she feels grateful to be able to share her passion with others.
Rachel also co-created and produced a popular Australian Yoga Video series and a Kid's Yoga Video. She is an award-winning musician for her album of chanting and devotional song, Sita Ram, and is published poet.
John Weddepohl started practicing and teaching in 1969 when he opened his first Yoga studio in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa. Travellng in India in 2004 he began studying Advaita Vedanta. Traditional without being a traditionalist John teaches both Hatha Yoga and Gnana Yoga the yoga of self-knowledge, believing both are the tools we need for everyday life. Feeling that commercial yoga is complicating something simple John‘s teaching culminates in a set sequence of exercise suitable as a home practice for daily life. Called ‘Mala’ this garland of yoga is inspired by the ancient Tamil Siddha Kriya tradition and is adaptable for everyday individual needs, ability and time constraints.
John’s says the mantra for today is ‘First work - then do yoga.’ ‘'All Yoga culminates in Gnana yoga the knowledge of the knower. Gnana - the purest form of yoga and tantra deals with the absolute truth of the human being.’
Because John’s initiation has taken many different forms from traditional sangomas (healers) in Africa, to living with sadhus on ashrams in Bihar, Nepal, the Himalayas, Orissa and Tamil Nadu John's teachings reflect these different traditions. Although he spends a lot of his time abroad John still feels Africa is home, where the connection with nature and the creation are intact and unspoiled in many areas. John has a daughter Natasha and lives in Cape Town South Africa. Find out more about John by visitingwww.theyogaco.com or joining his facebook page Urb@n Vedanta
Sample Daily Schedule Overview
6:15-7:00 am • Pranayama • Mantra • Mudra • Meditation
7:15-9:30 • Vinyasa flow practice
Breakfast break 10:30 -12.30 Talks on Gyan Yoga ( self knowledge)
5.00-6.30 • Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra • Ishta Mala Yoga sequence • Group Yantra constructions
•KIrtan and Bhajan
please note: schedule is subject to change
Date: 3- 10 July, 2013 (Please plan to arrive by 2 pm on the 3 of July and check out by 12:00 pm on the 10 of July.) there will be a half day free in the middle of the retreat
Accommodation: Our retreat will be held at the Aegialis Hotel & Spa on the beautiful Island of Amorgos. Amorgos, since antiquity has been thought of as a place full of positive energy. This is why, the Ancient Water Oracle dedicated to the God Apollo was established here, and people from all over Mediterranean visited the island for advice. Today, at the same spot the Byzantine Monastery of Agios Georgios and the spring in a natural cave with Holy Water, continues the mythical story. Amorgos with it's beauty & distinctive landscape, breathtaking scenery and hospitality of the locals plus a history reaching back to the lost city of Atlantis, creates a captivating experience. The romantic sunsets, traditional villages and colorful beaches with crystal clear waters compose the perfect destination island. Aegialis Hotel & Spa on Amorgos is the ideal combination of unique natural surroundings, traditional luxury with a welcoming & romantic atmosphere. Visit www.amorgos-aegialis.com to find out more about our beautiful venue
Cost: 1100 euro 1000 euro Early Bird price if you book and pay in full by May 31, 2013 The fee includes tuition, twin share accommodation, 2 meals per day We will help organize your airport transfers but that's at your own cost. Single accommodation may be available depending on numbers. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Contact: Rachel at email@example.com for a registration form to reserve your space
Retreats are Yoga Alliance approved for international accreditation and participants will receive a letter of completion at the end of the Retreat