Samhain w. David Scullion (2019)
Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. This is about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice.
Celebrating Samhain is about taking stock, looking inward, preparing for rest and making oneself (body and mind) fertile for the coming of Spring. The retreat is presented in two intertwined workshops which span the course of the weekend.
David presents “The Door”
This workshop, will present an integrated approach to the practice of Yoga, with the intention to deepen one’s understanding of the experiential, philosophical and practical application of yoga and meditation.
This dynamic practice, aimed at discovering balance within an inactive body and over active mind, through pranayama and intelligently sequenced asanas so that we can begin to feel the relationship between posture and awareness, between effort and equanimity, releasing ones natural breath, untying the physical and mental knots in preparation for a guided insight meditation.
The spiritual path can be a confusing one. Here we will attempt to uncover within these ancient practices what is of true and lasting value. Yoga, if understood and applied correctly, has a major role to play in addressing the mental health issues on the rise in this country. Mindfulness is a skill to be cultivated. Your mind is all you have, it’s what you share in every moment with the world.
Daithí presents “Rest & Digest”
A deeply restful, rejuvenating and restorative workshop incorporating Yin & Restorative Yoga, ending with a blissful Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep). The workshop is designed specifically to stimulate the body’s parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) which is also known as the “Rest & Digest” aspect of our autonomic nervous system.
The Yin & Restorative yoga elements will bring the mind and body close to a state of total relaxation. Yin yoga poses are passive floor poses that work mainly on the lower part of the body. The poses stimulate the meridians of the body, balancing the body’s internal organs and systems. The workshop concludes with Yoga Nidra, or Yogic Sleep. Yoga Nidra is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, in which the body is completely relaxed.
Date: Friday 8th – Sun 10th November.
Location: Avondale Retreat Centre.
Catering: Adriana Ballester.
- €295 * / €325 per person sharing
- €350 * / €385 per person private room (Only 2 rooms available, email in advance to ensure availability.)
* Early bird = Deposit received before September 30th.
€100 deposit secures your place. Remainder to be paid 2 weeks before the event by bank transfer. Deposit and Tickets are non-refundable.
4 extended yoga classes / workshops.
2 nights accommodation.
2 plant-based meals per day (brunch buffet and seasonal evening feast).
Free time to explore the beautiful surroundings…
Ballgannon woods borders the grounds of the retreat centre. The Jubilee loop of the national trail walk, the Millennium Forest and the Avonmore River (perfect for a swim) are all easily accessible by foot. Surrounding wildlife includes deer, wild birds and horses. The retreat centre is set amongst some of the most beautiful forests and hills in Wicklow. Charles Stewart Parnell’s house is also a short walk away in Avondale park.
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