by Kara-Leah Grant
One thing has become very clear to me over the past year or so – how very complex our lives have become, and how full we are as human beings.
Very few of us have space on a daily basis to just sit and chill – without a phone, without a book, without the TV on, without a hundred and one things running through our minds, without even a practice we feel like we should be doing.
When Helen Thomas and I sat down to discuss how we should theme our yoga retreat, my over-whelming sense was… people don’t need more information. They don’t need more things to do. They don’t need more, full stop!
Out of that, The Great Emptying Out Spring Yoga Retreat (September 11 – 13, 2015) was born.
And of course, it’s spring time, which energetically is the perfect time to finally lay to rest and let go of everything which no longer serves.
As I type these words, I’m seeing an image of an old-over grown garden which was once beautiful but has now become a wild tangled mess of plants. The light is blocked in places, and in others some plants are being strangled. Before anything new can be planted, that garden needs to be cleaned up, weeded, dug over, cleared out.
The same is true of our lives.
Often we’re dragging around old beliefs, ideas, relationships, grudges, feelings and thoughts that we no longer require. That old can be strangling the new growth that’s ready to blossom.
But how do you work with it? And who has time?
This is what Helen and I are offering in The Great Emptying Out – the time and process required to gently and lovingly work through our internal selves with support and guidance from experienced teachers.
We’ll be offering a variety of yoga practices including asana, pranayama, meditation, Yoga Nidra, chanting and philosophy. But most importantly, we’re also going to be offering plenty of space and unscheduled time so people can do whatever it is they need to.
Tauhara Retreat Centre in Taupo offers many different spaces for people to wonder, sit, reflect, connect and chat. Helen and I will both be on hand to offer support and to simply listen to whatever comes up for people over the course of the weekend.
By the end of the weekend out intention is that people feel lighter, brighter and clearer. However, we also want to make sure that people leave with a process to help them maintain a more spacious way of life. Because it’s one thing to feel space on a retreat, it’s another to be able to create space in the midst of our lives.
The cost of the retreat is a $295 Registration Fee, which covers the fixed costs of the retreat including food, accommodation and advertising + Koha. The Koha is for Helen and I, for teaching and organising the retreat.
One generous yoga student has offered to pay the registration fee for a student who wouldn’t be otherwise able to come. This student will still be responsible for offering Koha (more on what that means here), but it reduces the cost of the retreat by $295.
To apply for The Great Emptying Out Spring Retreat scholarship, please email Kara-Leah your answers to these questions before Friday August 21, 2015:
- Why do you want to attend The Great Emptying Out?
- What would winning the scholarship mean to you?
- How would you pay it forward in some way? (It doesn’t have to be financially).
To register for The Great Emptying Out, email Kara-Leah.