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Past Events

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These past events are listed chronologically, with most recent at the top.


Traditional Ayurvedic Oil Massage Workshop with Raven
Wednesday Nov.8 - Sunday Nov.12 (inclusive)
At Avalon Gardens, near Berwick

Wednesday class from 10am - 5pm
Thursday - Sunday from 9am - 4pm with 1 hour lunch break each day

Level I - this 5 day/30 hour intensive workshop is for everyone from beginners to advanced massage practitioners.

Our class location will be Avalon Gardens, a beautiful property nestled in the forest of the north mountain in the Annapolis Valley. Our studio overlooks gardens and forest, and is only 1km from the Bay of Fundy.

This course will teach students to give a full body traditional Ayurvedic massage 90 minutes - 2 hours in duration, as has been practiced in India for some 3,000 years. Our main focus will be on massage with introduction to the following:

  • We will discuss the basic theory of Ayurveda and the doshas (body types)
  • Learn various Marma (acupressure) points as we cover the body and it's 5 meridians
  • Practice selecting appropriate oils for each individual massage based on desired effect
  • Space will be available in the early mornings for yoga and meditation and in the evenings for massage practice

Workshop space is limited to 8 people to allow for a higher level of individual attention, tuition cost is $495

To register:   contact Raven @ 902 538 3015   or email: raven@yogaveda.ca

For those interested in experiencing an Ayurvedic session, Raven is offering a 1 1/2 hour treatment for $75. $45 of which will be refunded from the course fee upon registration. A perfect way to get a feeling for this bodywork before signing up!

For students wanting a retreat style workshop we have accommodations available in our unique structures here and on the adjoining property at 15 - $20 pp/night, camping is also an option at no charge. Our outdoor hot-tub (situated on a moonlit slope in the forest) will be open. There will be kitchen facilities available and we do have the option of a delicious catered organic meal per day at 10 - $12. Advance notice required.
Further information on Ayurveda and Massage may be found online at :
http://spas.about.com/od/ayurvedicmassage/
and,   http://www.ayurvedic.org/ayurveda/week_topic_102.asp?nm1=AyurSpeak

To register:   contact Raven @ 902 538 3015   or email: raven@yogaveda.ca

Raven Tree PostureRaven has studied and practiced various styles of Yoga and Ayurvedic therapies in Thailand and India for the past four years with certification from India. His teaching includes all aspects of yoga with emphasis on devotion.

Avalon Gardens WildernessAvalon Gardens Retreat Centre is situated in a peaceful rural setting of woodlands and gardens in Canada Creek on the Bay of Fundy, 15 minutes from Berwick.

 


Yamuna Body Rolling with Barbara Richman
at Avalon Gardens October 20-21st

Explore this quality self massage technique. For more details see www.yamunabodyrolling.com

Friday evening is for absolute beginners from 7-9pm ($30)
Saturday morning a more complete self massage 9-12 ($50)
Saturday afternoon is for experienced bodyworkers ($50)

Contact Catherine at 902-825-6305 to register and for more information as she is organizing the workshop.


The Joy of Chanting with John Coleman
at Avalon Gardens October 14th

Yoga class offered by John at 4pm
Catered light dinner by Carolyn Lowe at 5:30 (RSVP as soon as possible)
Chanting starts at 7pm
RSVP by contacting Cheendana at chee@somagardens.com or call 902-538-8544

For those coming from far away, you are welcome to stay overnite thou an RSVP is Required as soon as possible.

Come and share Sadhana with John Coleman. Based on his Devotion and Heart Centered Bhakti Yoga lineage, John will invite you to release the mundane, and flow into an Open Hearted exploration of Body, Mind and Soul in Asana and Guided Meditation. After a nice flow of Asanas, John uses his Tibetan Singing Bowl and Tamboura with soothing Chants as tools to help you to delve deeply into Yoga Nidra, or Yogic Relaxation.

After Sadhana, get a taste of Yogic Kirtan Chanting as John leads Satsanga. Lyric sheets and some coaching in Sanskrit pronunciation will be provided. The chants are all "Call and Response" and are all in Sanskrit... we'll do a little practice on the pronunciation before we fly into each of them. Significance of the Imagery and chant will also be shared.

There is no charge for either the Yoga or the Kirtan, but there will be a donation basket for people who wish to contribute in helping John continue his training and education.

John Coleman is a devoted yogi who has surrendered his life to his Bhaktan Path. John completed his 200 hour certification with Atlantic Yoga Teacher Training, an affiliate of Kripalu Yoga.

John's passion for his yogic path has compelled him to deeply study many ancient and modern texts, and has lead to a life altering personal Sadhana based on Ishvara Pranidhana and all aspects of Patanjali's Ashtanga, or Eight-Fold Path.

John's devotion to God, all nature, all humans, his practice, and his students creates a loving and spiritually meaningful yoga practice. Although this practice will lead to a strong and beautiful body, the intention is to heal, strengthen, and focus the Body, Mind, and Spirit as equal parts of the Human Being. One very important component of John's Bhakti Sadhana involves sacred chanting as he plays his Tamboura and chants very relaxing live music during the deep relaxation in his classes.

Currently, John has the great honour of studying with Divya Prabha, a Great Bhakti Sage living part-time in Nova Scotia.


Yoga Retreat with Raven
Sunday October 16th, 2005
At Avalon Gardens, near Berwick

According to traditional Indian medicine(Ayurveda), the fall is a time of grounding and preparing to become more meditative during the winter months. This day long intensive will provide the space and support to bring your awareness inward and will include various pranayamas(breathing techniques), sitmulating vinyasa(posture flows), mudra(divine gestures) and bandhas(energy seals).

Raven Tree PostureTime: 9:30-12 noon & 2:00-4:30pm after two hour lunch break
Cost: $55 (includes a light lunch)
Place: Avalon Gardens (see directions)
Contact: Raven at (902) 538-8544 or email him at ravenglass99@yahoo.com

Raven has studied and practiced various styles of Yoga and Ayurvedic therapies in Thailand and India for the past four years with certification from India. His teaching includes all aspects of yoga with emphasis on devotion.

Avalon Gardens WildernessAvalon Gardens Retreat Centre is situated in a peaceful rural setting of woodlands and gardens in Canada Creek on the Bay of Fundy, 15 minutes from Berwick.

 


Yoga with Kerry
The Lifestyle of Yoga
Saturday, September 10th

Kerry, Warrior Pose

The intention of this day will be about deepening ones own personal practice resulting in living the lifestyle of Yoga in a more natural and effortless way.

Suitable for all levels provided student has had some basic proper asana training. Not suitable for someone who has never had Yoga instruction.

Cost: $70.00 for the day, lunch & snacks incl. ($85.00 if you sleep over the night before-light breakfast incl.)

8:30-10:00am Vinyasa flow class based on classical Hatha asana and Pranyama studied in India, combined with detail and attention to anatomy and proper alignment studied in Canada.

10:15-12:30 Techniques (both fun and serious) on how to bring all 8 limbs of Yoga into every day life.

12:30-2:00 lunch and walk.

2:00-5:30 (15 min break in there) philosophy & discussion, light restorative asana, pranyama and meditation

KerryYoga has been a part of my life since childhood as my mother was a Yoga teacher. I have been studying and upgrading my Yoga teacher certifications constantly since 1994, and currently teach yoga and meditation in schools in the Tri County School Board in Nova Scotia , as well as the territory of Nunavut. I am one of the instructors for the yoga teacher certification program based out of Halifax, offered through Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio , and also a member of Yoga Atlantic , an association of Yoga Teachers in the Maritimes. My classes are offered in Yarmouth County and I am available for private and group lessons. I will be returning to Nunavut in the fall of 2005 to work with the Youth for Arctic Winter games using Yoga for player development.

KerryRecently, I have returned from yoga studies in India, where I've completed my advanced teachers certification (classical Hatha asana, pranyama and meditation training) under the guidance of Yogacharya Sr. A.P. Madhusudhana of the Swamy Janardhana lineage. I will be returning to India jan and Feb 2006 for further studies in Ayurveda and classical Hatha Yoga. For more information please see www.arjuna.ca

 


Herbal Healing Retreat
Learn nature-inspired tools for healing while being
nurtured & revitalized in a beautiful herbal sanctuary.
August 6 - 7, 2005

Avalon Gardens Wilderness

The skin, lungs, and digestive tract form a triad that acts as an interface between you and your environment. Learn how to fortify this triad with herbal tonics in order to maximize the capacity of the body to heal.

Wild herb paths and a healing mandala garden will be your classrooms. You will learn plant harvesting, medicine making, and practical, sometimes unconventional, applications of herbs.

Other weekend highlights will include YogaDance TM, drumming, a Cape Split hike, story telling, and use of a hot tub under the stars.

Facilitated by Maryse Thuot, herbalist and YogaDance TM instructor and Savayda Jarone, medical herbalist and educator.

Black Rock on the North Mountain of the Annapolis Valley
$140 (includes overnight accommodation, two healthy vegetarian meals and workshop instruction)
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Space is limited.
Contact Savayda for further details: 431-4105


Opening your heart
Anusara yoga retreat with Helen Wilson-Welsh

Helen

At Avalon Gardens Retreat Centre (near Berwick Nova Scotia)

Sunday, July 17th, 2005
9:30am-12noon
2:00pm-4:30pm

Step into the heart of Anusara Yoga - Immerse yourself!

Anusara means, "flowing with grace" or "following your heart" and offers a challenging practice with a clear, precise and simple set of universal principles of alignment that help prevent injury and increase effectiveness of a yoga practice.

We will incorporate pranayama (breath work), asana (postures), work with vinyasa (flows of poses), focus on alignment and how the same Anusara principles carry over to all postures, do some partner yoga work, and above all have fun, laugh and enjoy the beauty in and around us and feeling our hearts.

This retreat is appropriate for those who already do yoga regularly and is not suitable for those brand new to yoga.

Avalon Gardens Retreat Centre is situated in a peaceful rural setting of woodlands and gardens in Canada Creek on the Bay of Fundy, 15 minutes from Berwick. Rustic shared accommodations and delicious vegetarian meals.

Cost: $63 (includes a light lunch)

Contact Cheendana at 902-538-8544 or

HelenSpace limited to 10 people.

Helen has been teaching yoga for about 15 years, fell in love with Anusara Yoga in 1999, inspired by its heart centeredness, detail to alignment and therapeutic benefits and she is currently studying to become an Osteopath. She lives in New Minas, NS with 4 year old daughter Dalia her husband Patrick and their 2 dogs.

 


Yoga Retreat with Raven
Sunday June 12th, 2005
At Avalon Gardens, near Berwick

This day long intensive will provide the space and instruction to allow the participant to deepen their current practice. Classes will include Asana (postures), pranayama (breath) mudhra (sacred gestures) and banda (energy locks) with Vinyasa (flow) style and a focus on the devotional aspects of yoga. Ultimately, yoga becomes spontaneous as we learn to feel our energy and follow it, free to experience our unique union and oneness with life.

Avalon Gardens WildernessAvalon Gardens Retreat Centre is situated in a peaceful rural setting of woodlands and gardens in Canada Creek on the Bay of Fundy, 15 minutes from Berwick.

Cost: $63 (includes a light lunch)
Contact Cheendana at 902-538-8544 or
Space limited to 10 people.

Raven Tree PostureRaven has studied and practiced various styles of Yoga and Ayurvedic therapies in Thailand and India for the past four years with certification from India. His teaching includes all aspects of yoga with emphasis on devotion.

The layout of the day....

9:00am - Registration
9:30-12 noon - Class
Noon - Lunch
2:30-5pm - Class (which will include chanting)


Carolyn LowCarolyn Low is a charismatic, enthusiastic & wide smiling cook who puts all her love and energy into creating wholesome, balanced meals that will tickle your taste buds. Currently, she is teaching cooking lessons to people who want to learn the simplicity & ease of working with fresh & nutritious foods. Carolyn strives to take the intimidation of working with new foods out of the kitchen and replace it with fun and enthusiasm for ... make you feel good food !


Womens Health
featuring the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal & Uterine Massage
June 3rd-5th, 2005
In Halifax at the Canandian School of Nutrition on 5663 Cornwallis Street

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal and Uterine Massge are a non-invasive external massage that guides abdominal organs into their proper position enhancing health and well-being. This self care training workshop addresses anatomy and physiology of abdominal structures and organs, causes and symptoms of a displace uterus and demonstration in self care. Completing the self care training prepares an individual to perform the Arvigo abdominal massage on themselves and is a pre-requiste to enrollment in the professional training for licensed practitioners who may want to perform this technique with clients.

This workshop is for anyone who experiences one or more of the 35 identified symptoms of a misplaced uterus, such as painful periods, ovarian and breast cysts, difficult menopause or in men, prostate problems and for any licensed practitioner who may want to begin the process of including this technique in their practice.

Many common womens health issues will be covered including recommendations in nutrition, exercise, herbal remedies, emotional and spiritual healing along with self care instruction.

Instructors:Lois Hare ND is a graduate from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and Cheendana(Lorie-Ann Martin MT) is a graduate of the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. Both Lois and Cheendana are certified Arvigo Practitioners and are qualified to teach self care weekends.

Times: Friday June 3rd, 4-8pm and Saturday and Sunday 9-5 with hour breaks for lunch

Cost:$300 tuition, Register by May 29th

To register: call Lois Hare at 902-538-8733 or Cheendana at 902-538-8544

For additonal information regarding the Arvigo Techniques see http://arvigomassage.com

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