Tibetan Monastery, PharpingFor Tibetan Buddhists, the hills of Pharping where we immerse for our retreat is considered as sacred as Bodhgaya in India, as it is where is where the second buddha Guru Padmasambhava (“Guru Rinpoche”) attained the state of enlightenment, before going on to establish Buddhism in Tibet.
We will stay in the modern and comfortable guest house at the monastery, enjoying the calm of the surroundings and wonderful, plentiful, healthy food. The monastery which is our home during the retreat makes important contributions to the preservation and sharing of the Buddhist teachings, and our stay there helps to fund education for the many young monks from remote areas of Nepal. The lovely guest accommodation has spacious and bright rooms, comfortable beds for deep and refreshing sleeps, all with attached bathrooms, and built in Tibetan style. The stunning yoga hall overlooks the rice paddies of the Kathmandu Valley, ringed by the Himalayas, which the sun rises over during morning practice. It is the perfect place to relax, restore and revive. See more events in this venue
Join us for three days to feel fabulous, look fabulous and think fabulously! We're holding a Nourish & Flourish 3-day retreat, hosted in a stunning Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. It is packed with tips for a happy healthy lifestyle, with cooking demos (chocolate balls, banana ice cream, smoothies - we're about vitality, not diets :-)), vinyasa flow yoga, mindfulness practices, and in a setting to make your spirit soar.
The physical practices of yoga can make you feel great. By moving your body in mindful ways and in synchrony with your breath, the postures experienced on your mat can make us more compassionate, kinder and happier with ourselves and with others around us. And the way that we nourish our bodies can enhance – or undo – that.
The health of our body, influenced by the movements we make and the way that we take care of it, has an enormous impact on our minds, and through this on our relationships, outlook and decisions. For all the work that we do to shape our lives, we are under tremendous influence of the food that we eat, the food that we don’t eat, and the way that we use this body that houses us.
This very special retreat is a chance to explore how yoga and nutrition can help us to become more centred and balanced, so that the way we live our lives can improve the way we experience our lives. And with guided meditations and mindfulness practices, set in the extraordinary location of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, we take time to tune in to the heart of you, and learn how the daily choices we make can help us to live more truly and more in harmony with our Self.
Many of us know that our diet can help us to experience more balance and harmony in our lives, but it can be hard to know how. And even when we have the information, it can be hard to integrate it as a practical – or appealing – reality in our lifestyles. Sometimes we don’t even realise we are out of balance until something big happens and makes us stop and take stock.
Topics will include:
- the food groups and what balance in these means
- what different vitamins and minerals do and how to include them in your diet
- identifying foods that harm and heal
- how we can eat healthily in a busy on-the-go lifestyle and be more conscious about our cravings
- how our diet affects our emotions and our emotions affects our diet
- how we can develop habits that create a more pleasurable, healthy balance
Putting the theory into practice, we will enjoy delicious, nutritious and varied meals throughout the retreat (a substantial brunch and mouth-watering dinner, with time to try healthy afternoon treats). Note that this retreat is not about diets or detox! Here we learn to enjoy real food and a healthy, life-enhancing relationship with what we eat.
We will also try our hand at preparing some dishes which you can easily enjoy back home.
Each morning will begin with joyful and dynamic Vinyasa Flow yoga, a time to get into our bodies, to celebrate them, and to use movement with breath to enhance how we experience ourselves.
The retreat will also look at the relationship between the physical practices and the mind, and give you the space and time to experience how the suppleness and openness of the body can create a softness and joyfulness in our hearts and attitudes.
We will include guided meditations – both seated and walking, to give you space and time to get away from your mind and into your Self.
There will also be time for you to relax, rest, connect with yourself and the surroundings. If the weather and time supports us, we will take a walk through the paddies to enjoy our great foods in a picnic near the extraordinary caves of Guru Rinpoche’s enlightenment.
Join us for three days packed with tips and practices for a happy, healthy lifestyle - and start to feel fabulous, look fabulous and think fabulously!
Having begun her career as a microbiologist, Nic realised that her true path was in sharing her greatest passions: food and yoga. With a huge calling to see the world, she used her skills to work around the world, discovering new ingredients, recipes, techniques and nutritional ideas on her journey. Consolidating this on her return with an intensive year in culinary school, she then became the chef for the Quiksilver surf team, where she was introduced to ‘clean’ eating, gluten free and dairy free – which rocked her world. Since then, she has specialised in clients requiring specialist nutrition and complex diets, and has loved developing delicious new recipes for healthy wholefood living. Her passion for the benefits of this style of eating led her to study nutritional medicine, and to share her knowledge to empower others with the joys of choosing real food which nourishes the mind, body and soul.
Herself a trained yoga teacher, with further studies encompassing a whole range of foodie fascinations from Ayurveda to the gut, Nic also turned her life around from an unhealthy past to a joyfully healthy present and teaches from the heart to share with others. She combines all this experience and learning in a practical, caring and down-to-earth approach which helps others to make genuine lasting changes for a happier, healthier life. See more photos and other events by this presenter
Annie teaches Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow yoga, with a focus on understanding and experiencing the practices from perspectives of the workings of the mind and the physiological systems, and as a process for bringing the body, mind and spirit into alignment for greater health, happiness, gratitude and kindness.
Annie’s studies have included intensive training under Ashtanga and pranayama masters Paul Dallaghan and yoga anatomists Adarsh Williams and Andrew McGonigle, and she has assisted at multiple workshops, retreats and TTCs including those taught by Heather Elton, Emil Wendel and Ellen Johannesen. Her studies at the KPJAY Institute in Mysore and practice under some of the world's leading Ashtanga teachers including Tim Miller, Hamish Hendry, Lisa Shrempp and Iain Grysak have been instrumental in deepening her practice and teaching style. She brings an energy, warmth and accessibility to translating Yoga practice and traditions to students from all over the world and of all backgrounds.See more photos and other events by this presenter