yoga, embodied movement & meditation
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.
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 very much looking forward to meeting and working with you soon.
Holly’s personal yoga practice spans over 20 years of experience exploring a variety of styles and avenues into connecting with the body. Within this period Holly underwent two teacher trainings and has been guiding classes for 8 years.
Drawing from her own Buddhist practice Holly enjoys weaving in the key principles of awareness and kindness, whilst allowing the body to guide and lead the practice from a realm of intuition and instinct as opposed to mental desire and ambition.
Holly seeks to encourage play within fluid movement and locomotion, whilst unveiling our own expressions of the structures of asana practice.
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.