ABOUT THE RETREAT
During the week that we will spend together, we will share two yoga classes and at least one guided meditation class per day. Additionally, we shall explore the practice deeper through two workshops on the 3rd and the 5th day of the retreat.
The classes are suitable both for experienced practitioners and for beginners - the former will develop the practice further, while the latter will have the opportunity to learn the basics and have a kick-start on the yogic journey.
Apart from yoga and meditation practice, there is opportunity to learn about organic farming, permaculture, and principles of holistic living.
The mornings will start with a guided meditation practice, followed by a yoga class and a delicious freshly prepared breakfast. After the breakfast, you can enjoy your free time until lunch. Pastoral Vadi farms offers plenty of opportunities for exploration and learning. Depending on your interests, you are welcome to join any of the daily activities on the farm - gardening, farming, animal care, preparing jams or pickles - or to just sit back and enjoy the peacefulness of nature. For those in the mood for a refreshing swim, there is a small river passing through the farm and a stone pool filled with spring water.
In the afternoons, we will have several different activities. On two afternoons, we will conduct two workshops. The rest of the afternoons we will spend exploring the local mountain paths, hiking to the nearby beach, or visiting some of the archaeological sites in the vicinity. We will visit at least one monumental archaeological site. Depending on the affinities of the group, visits to more archaeological sites can be organized.
We finish the days the same way we started - with yoga and meditation practice.
All classes and all activities are optional, and you can always decide not to participate.
FOOD & ACCOMMODATION
We will spend the week of the retreat at Pastoral Vadi organic farm. Pastoral Vadi is located about 15km away from Fethiye, and only 5 km away from the Mediterranean sea. It is a secluded estate, tucked in among eucalyptus, pine, and pomegranate trees. All buildings are ecologically designed, constructed of stone, wood or mud-brick. Each house has two rooms, a bathroom and a spacious front porch.
All the food served is organically grown either at Pastoral Vadi farm, or at one of the neighboring farms. The meals are a selection of traditional Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine. All the meals are freshly prepared and in consultation with our nutrition specialist Erin. We promote a vegetarian diet while on the retreat, however we also advocate the ''to each his own'' principle, so meat options could become available.
This spring tune into your mind, body, and spirit and emerge as the best possible version of yourself!
"Yazdan was introduced to Transcendental Meditation by his father as a young child. At the age of 17, he left Iran for India where he learned Sudarshan Kriya as taught by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and started his regular Yoga practice with master Akshar. After five years Yazdan left for Turkey and studied Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation with David Cornwell (Advayta School), in Cihangir Yoga. He started practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Krama with Ken the Rolfer in Istanbul and continued his practice with Mark Darby, Shankara Darby and Ron Reid in Toronto and Vijay Amar in Goa. In Iran he studied practical philosophy with his teacher Dr. Mohammad Ahyaee, In Toronto continued his Meditation studies with Bhante Debongshi (Buddhananda Bhikkhu) and in India studied Yoga philosophy with Dr. Ganesh Rao. Yazdan feels blessed to practice and serve at Vipassana Meditation courses in India, Nepal, Iran and Canada. He is a member of the Society of Osteopaths of Canada and studied Osteopathic Manual Therapy at National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto. In India Yazdan learned Ayurvedic Abhyanga from Dr. Shashirekha and currently he continues his education in the field of Botanical Medicine through National University of Medical Sciences."See more photos and other events by this presenter
Erin’s career pursuits are in both Culinary Arts and Agroecology. She is also an experienced and passionate urban farmer, permaculture forest gardener, and promotes the fundamentals of health that start with plant-based food-medicine.
Erin expresses herself through visual arts, folk crafts, and music. Her musical passion is experienced through ancient ritual and folk songs spanning many traditions, purposes, and cultures. She sings in many languages and plays percussion. Additionally, she continues the lifelong incremental study of Vedic Chanting and facilitates Sanskrit chanting workshops. Erin’s mission is spreading health, kindness, compassion, and peace. See more photos and other events by this presenter
Marija began her Yoga practice while attending University, and was inspired to continue and deepen her learning journey. She studied yoga and meditation from gifted teachers form Serbia, Turkey, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and the USA. She completed her teacher training with the Indian Association for Yoga and Meditation in Rishikesh, India, after which she started giving yoga classes in India and Nepal. Apart from regular daily classes, Marija has lead several retreats and numerous workshops across Europe.
Hatha Yoga is Marija’s area of focus with an alignment-based teaching style. From her own experience as a practitioner, she came to realize that without proper alignment and without proper understanding of functional anatomy and movement processes, one can access only a small portion of the endless benefits available in the yoga asana practice. Marija is a self-proclaimed “anatomy geek” and emphasizes the importance of understanding the reasoning behind the specifics of the postures. She appreciates the art and skill of adjusting students and loves using props.
Apart from teaching yoga postures, Marija consistently incorporates meditation into her classes, whether as a separate practice at the end of the class, or by guiding students to approach their asanas with a meditative state of mind while being mindful of the breath. She endeavors to assist every practitioner in understanding that the key difference between bending forward to tie your shoe laces and doing Uttanasana is found in the meditative, breath-focused mind.
“My moto in class (and in life) is play with it: play with your stretch, play with your muscles, your balance, your mind, your ego. Just play with it and see where it takes you”. –M.D. See more photos and other events by this presenter