A weekend workshop of yoga allows both beginners and experienced practitioners to delve deeper.
We will gather, with the luxury of time and in the beautiful setting of Windhorse Farm, to awaken a new relationship with the everyday movements of sitting, standing, and walking. Even our more mindful daily practices, whatever they may look like or are named, will be considered and reconstructed for a more enhanced well being.
Yoga, or unity of body and mind, is about increasing sensory awareness. We can train and allow our body and breath to open into new avenues without seeking a particular position or asana. Indeed, without attention and freedom, even asana will distract from a true listening.
An authentic yoga practice may help us navigate this passage of life more harmoniously. It begins simply, by breaking a few habits that are not useful and with quiet discipline, substituting newness. In this way, a kind and easeful relationship with the body can begin again.
All levels of experience welcome.
4-6pm Welcome and Yoga
7:30pm Evening Program and/or free time to explore the WINDHORSE RICHES.
7:30am Morning Meditation
12:30pm Lunch and free time
7pm Evening Program and/or free time
7:30am Morning Meditation
The well cared for Forest Wapane’kati, on the magical Lahave River at Wenztell Lake, will be our home away from home this weekend.
All students will stay in shared accommodations at the Juniper Lodge of Windhorse Habitats.
Single accommodations (within Juniper Lodge) available for an additional cost. Please contact us if you require this option.
Delicious vegetarian meals, as well as all day coffee, tea and snacks, will be provided by the wonderful Windhorse caterers.
Please notify us if you have any specific dietary allergies, sensitivities, and/or requests. We will be sure to let the caterers know.
The venue is located 1.5 hours from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
Cabs and shuttles are available from the airport or city.
Carpooling may also be possible. Please let us know in advance if you are in need of a ride, or willing to drive, so we can organise.
Early Bird Special: $695.00 (taxes incl.)
Register and PAY IN FULL by February 20th and receive the early bird rate.
Regular Rate: $745.00 (taxes incl), if paid on or after February 21st.
$295.00 non refundable deposit required to hold your space. The final amount is due April 24th.
Fees include two nights accommodation, four yoga sessions, six meals, tea/coffee & snacks, and access to all of the riches of Windhorse.
Payment by cash, cheque, or e-Transfer.
All prices in CAD.
When the decision was made to move away from Halifax and return west, I was saddened by the idea of leaving my students. They have shown such courage with their continued willingness to participate in this practice’s call to begin again.
So when the opportunity arose to teach a workshop at Windhorse the following year, I was both excited and humbled. Yes – a reason to come back to Nova Scotia!
Windhorse Farm offers much more than simply a pretty place to do yoga. It is a sacred land of abiding peace and love. I have great respect for the Dreschers and the diverse relationships they nurture at Windhorse. Likewise, to study closely and regularly with the inimitable Diane Long is the greatest gift of my life, and one that is meant to be shared.
I hope you might join me at Windhorse Farm this spring to partake in both of these offerings.
Vanda Scaravelli initially studied yoga with BKS Iyengar and Desikachar. She went on to develop an approach to yoga which remains radically different from most forms of yoga taught today. Her book Awakening the Spine, published in 1991, continues to influence practitioners. She refined her yoga for twenty years before taking on students.
The first student she introduced to it was Diane Long, a young expat living and working in Florence. Diane had already been practicing asana with BKS Iyengar’s first western student/teacher, but upon meeting Vanda, a completely different journey began. What ensued was a quarter century apprenticeship in yoga and body/mind awareness.
After Vanda’s death in 1999, Diane moved away from Florence and more resolutely than before, travelled the globe sharing this practice with all interested.
In 2007, Robin flew to England in search of a new way of working and immediately recognised it in her first encounter with Diane. Since that day, she has devoted her life to this path.
Robin introduced this yoga to Nova Scotia when she moved there in 2014. In the spring of 2016, she hosted Diane for two weekend workshops in Halifax. In between the workshops they celebrated Diane’s birthday in the ancient forest protected by Windhorse.
“(Yoga) has become fashionable and people like to do it and talk about it. What we will try to do….is to create a much more serious approach towards our bodies, which have been neglected for so many years. This approach and attitude with regard to the body and the mind are absolutely different, and sometimes even opposite, from the casual way in which it has been done until now. You have to learn how to listen to your body, going with it and not against it, avoiding all effort or strain and centering your attention on that very delicate point, the back of the waist (where the spine moves in two opposite directions). You will be amazed to discover that, if you are kind to your body, it will respond in an incredible way.“