Clare Stephen

Clare Stephen - I first encountered yoga while backpacking around Sri Lanka and India aged 19 and instantly fell in love with this most profound and beautiful practice. Yoga has been a constant refuge throughout my life since.

I trained to become a yoga teacher within the Iyengar tradition and qualified at introductory level in 1989. In 1991, after visiting  the Iyengar Yoga Ashram in Pune India, I went on to do further training with senior Iyengar teachers and gained my junior intermediate level 3 certificate in 2005. This allowed me to specialise in teaching antenatal yoga which, being a practising midwife , was an area of particular interest.

In 1986 on a year’s trip to Asia, I visited McLeod Ganj, a Tibetan refugee village in the foothills of the Himalayas and the residence of the Dalai Lama in exile. Whilst on retreat there, we were lucky to have an audience  with His Holiness on two occasions. This experience and indeed the whole journey round Asia, affected me profoundly and deepened my faith in the Three Jewels: the Buddha , Dharma and Sangha. I subsequently took refuge as a Buddhist.

I started coming to Dhanakosa in 2000 and have been teaching on yoga retreats here since 2008. I find the practice of yoga and meditation mutually supportive. Both nurture ease and deep embodiment and create the conditions for insight, wisdom and compassion to arise.

yoga and meditation

Friday, 29 May 2015 to Friday, 5 June 2015 2015

These retreats combine introductory meditation teaching with yoga. The supportive atmosphere of the retreat allows us to develop and deepen both practices, and understand how the two augment each other. Both meditation and yoga teaching will be from first principles and will be suitable for complete beginners.

 

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Booking Fee: 
£75.00

going deeper - meditation and yoga

Friday, 23 August 2024 to Friday, 30 August 2024 2024

Going Deeper with Meditation and Yoga will emphasise a body-based approach to meditation supported by the mindful body work of yoga to help us develop a fuller physical and emotional awareness. We will continue exploring the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana, and also introduce a stronger Just Sitting and reflection element to the practice. These retreats will also include an introduction to Buddhist ritual and the sevenfold puja. Longer periods of silence than on introductory retreats will support a deep and rich experience of ourselves and others.

Booking Fee: 
£100.00

Yoga and meditation

Friday, 24 May 2024 to Friday, 31 May 2024 2024

These retreats combine introductory meditation teaching with yoga. This playful synthesis of body based approaches to wellbeing (through meditation and yoga) in the peaceful and beautiful environment of the retreat can help restore physical and mental vitality and balance in our lives.

We will cover an introduction to two traditional Buddhist meditations as well as give a solid introduction to the principals of meditation. We will also be exploring some traditional Buddhist teachings to get a flavour of how these might be relevant to our modern lives.

Booking Fee: 
£100.00

Going deeper - meditation & yoga

Friday, 25 August 2023 to Friday, 1 September 2023 2023

Going Deeper with Meditation and Yoga will emphasise a body-based approach to meditation supported by the mindful body work of Yoga to help us develop a fuller physical and emotional awareness. We will continue exploring the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana but also introduce a stronger Just Sitting and reflection element to the practice. These retreats will also include an introduction to Buddhist ritual and the sevenfold puja. Longer periods of silence than on introductory retreats will support a deep and rich experience of ourselves and others.

Booking Fee: 
£100.00

yoga, embodied movement & meditation

Friday, 9 June 2023 to Friday, 16 June 2023 2023

These retreats combine introductory meditation teaching with a blend of traditional yoga and contemporary approaches to embodied movement. This playful synthesis of body based approaches to wellbeing (through meditation and movement) in the peaceful and beautiful environment of the retreat can help restore physical and mental vitality and balance in our lives.

Booking Fee: 
£100.00

Yoga and Meditation

Friday, 27 August 2021 to Friday, 3 September 2021 2021

Going Deeper retreats are an ideal first regulars retreat. They are suitable for anyone who has already done an introductory retreat, or who has been attending their local Triratna centre and wants to take things deeper.

Booking Fee: 
£100.00

going deeper - yoga and meditation

Friday, 13 October 2017 to Friday, 20 October 2017 2017

This retreat will emphasise a body-based approach to meditation supported by the mindful bodywork of Yoga to help us develop a fuller physical and emotional awareness. We will continue exploring the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana and also introduce a stronger Just Sitting and reflection element to the practice.

For more information read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00

Yoga and Meditation Weekend

Friday, 6 January 2017 to Sunday, 8 January 2017 2017

These retreats combine introductory meditation teaching with yoga. The supportive atmosphere of the retreat allows us to develop and deepen both practices, and understand how the two augment each other. Both meditation and yoga teaching will be from first principles and will be suitable for complete beginners.

For more information, read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£30.00

yoga and meditation

Friday, 27 May 2016 to Friday, 3 June 2016 2016

These retreats combine introductory meditation teaching with yoga. The supportive atmosphere of the retreat allows us to develop and deepen both practices, and understand how the two augment each other. Both meditation and yoga teaching will be from first principles and will be suitable for complete beginners.

For more information, please read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00

yoga and meditation

Friday, 11 March 2016 to Friday, 18 March 2016 2016

These retreats combine introductory meditation teaching with yoga. The supportive atmosphere of the retreat allows us to develop and deepen both practices, and understand how the two augment each other. Both meditation and yoga teaching will be from first principles and will be suitable for complete beginners.

For more information, please read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00