Beyond Body, Yoga & Meditation Retreat
Beyond Body: Opening up the View of Yoga
With Jonathan Chambers
17-21 July 2019
Wangapeka Retreat Centre (75 mins from Nelson)
We tend to believe, with conviction, that we have a body. We invest much time and energy trying to improve embodied experience - from fashion to food, from houses to holidays, from romance to yoga practice! But the feel good states we chase don’t last forever (and neither will our bodies, for that matter…). And so, an undercurrent of dissatisfaction remains.
At some point, perhaps through the practice of yoga or meditation, we may glimpse an insight that ’this body of mine is actually an experience’. Rather than feeling that mind is contained within our Body, Body is clearly seen to be an ever-changing appearance within the field of awareness.
A good teacher or mentor may show us how to open up this glimpse. Our concept of Body will soften and we will start to experience more subtle dimensions of Being. Ultimately, this can lead to the discovery of a special kind of Freedom. One that entirely transcends conditioned existence. This is the purpose of the teachings of both Dharma and Yoga. However, in the context of our busy modern lives, this purpose is often misconstrued.
In this retreat, using breath meditation and gentle somatic practices including Yoga and Qigong, we will slow right down and contact the joy of embodiment (a profoundly healing experience in itself!). From this vantage point, we will investigate how the popular view of Yoga can trap us in the very experience it is intended to free us from - conditioned existence. Through contemplation of Patanjali Yoga Sutras and various Buddhist teachings, we will open up our View of Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness, so whatever we choose to practice can become a pursuit of genuine Freedom.
The word Yoga is often used to describe a posture based (asana) practice. While Asana practice is great for improving the quality of embodied experience, it is not a complete path of Yoga. If we aren’t clear about this, our practice may lead us to temporary feel-good states, but we may never develop the insight required to approach the true goal of Yoga, Dharma & meditation: Unconditioned Freedom.
In this retreat, using breath meditation and gentle somatic practices including Yoga and Qigong, we will slow right down and contact the joy of embodiment. Contemplating Patanjali Yoga Sutras and various Buddhist teachings, we will allow our concept of Body to soften so that more subtle dimensions of Being can emerge. We will open up our View of Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness, so whatever we choose to practice can become a pursuit of genuine Freedom.
Set fee covers accommodation, materials and all meals.
In accordance with tradition, teaching is by dana / donation.
Weds 17 July 10am - Sunday 21 July 4pm
Member – $350 + dana
Non – $390 + dana
Friday 19 July 6pm - Sunday 21 July 4pm
Member – $190 + dana
Non – $210 + dana
In accordance with Buddhist tradition, Jonathan offers the teaching of Dharma out of generosity. There will be opportunity to offer dana / donation in return, in appreciation of the teachings and to help support their continued flow. Please give as generously as you can (within your own means, of course…). As a rough guide, we suggest allowing for about NZ$30 per day, but this should be considered in light of your individual means.
If using Paypal please add 5% of the total cost and include with your payment to cover Paypal’s fees – many thanks.
Enquiries and Registration
For all enquiries, please contact Jonathan:
p: 021 1860 476
Or to register please fill out Wangapeka's online registration form:
Jonathan has been practicing yoga, meditation and Buddha-dharma since 2003 and teaching since 2011. He began teaching Yoga under the wing of world-renowned Ashtanga teacher John Scott, and he has been given the blessing to teacher Dharma and meditation by his root teacher, Lama Mark Webber.
Jonathan has studied with many other great teachers in complementary wisdom traditions including Daoist Qigong. Jonathan has a background in earthquake engineering and music and is currently studying towards a diploma in craniosacral therapy.
He lives in Nelson, New Zealand with his partner and two young children. He integrates a full family life with a dedication to the practice and teaching of a universal path of healing and awakening.
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