Yoga, embodied movement & mediation
Smritiratna first took up Buddhist practice in 1977 at the age of 21 while studying Developmental Psychology at Sussex University. At 27, he began training in earnest with the FWBO and entered the Western Buddhist Order in 1991.
In 1996, he came to Scotland, joined the Dhanakosa project and spent five years on-site, teaching and house-keeping. In 2001, he gave up house-keeping to concentrate on study, contemplation and teaching. He now lives in a forest hut near Dhanakosa. He still leads Dhanakosa retreats and continues to delight in introducing meditation to newcomers.
Amber started yoga at the age of 16 after an injury made her withdraw from competitive gymnastics in the 1970’s. She was fortunate to find an Iyengar Yoga Teacher at that time, and this became by far her most preferred style of yoga due to the alignment and attention to detail of the posture work. Amber qualified as an Iyengar Yoga Teacher in 1997, and in the year 2000 went to the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune in India to study with Mr Iyengar. In the UK Amber taught for 10 years at the Croydon Buddhist Centre becoming the Manager of the Yoga and Health Centre there. Amber is also a qualified Holistic Therapist, and nowadays her passion for health and spiritual well-being is practised alongside her love of permaculture.
Shuddhasara is currently based at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre where she has been teaching Yoga including Remedial Yoga since 2000. Originally from the States where she taught and performed Contemporary Dance and Dance Therapy after receiving a BA with a major in Psychology. She came to the UK in 1994 to pursue ordination and experience team based right livelihood, and was ordained in 2001. She continued with her Yoga training in the UK and is a Jr Intermediate Iyengar 3 teacher and has a special interest in modified and therapeutic applications of Yoga Asanas, Pranayama and Mindfulness. Some of the afternoon workshops will also introduce Sensory Awareness techniques and ‘evidence based movement’. She is vey much looking forward to meeting and working with you soon.
Open to all, these retreats are suitable for both beginners and those with more experience, but no previous experience is assumed. All these retreats include introductory meditation teaching and periods of silence.
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.
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.
No previous experience of meditation, yoga or embodied movement is assumed so these retreats are suitable for complete beginners, but they are also a good refresher for those who already have some experience.
For more information see the retreat information sheet.