yoga, embodied movement and meditation
Sraddhadharani first began practising Buddhism in Manchester in the late '90's. A desire to explore her practise more deeply away from the distractions and demands of busy urban life lead to her moving to the Scottish Borders, where she has lived for the last 16 years with her partner and various dogs and cats. Her interest in and commitment to Buddhism continued to develop and thrive, helped by the beauty and peace of the surrounding landscape, as well as the many opportunities available within the Triratna Buddhist Community and she was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2013. She has a particular interest in meditation and has been co-facilitating a Meditation Group in her local village hall for the last 8 years. She also works as a dog walker and massage therapist and enjoys using ritual and ceremony as a way of bringing people together around shared values and experiences.
Shuddhasara is currently based at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre where she has been teaching Yoga including Remedial Yoga since 2000. Originally from the States where she taught and performed Contemporary Dance and Dance Therapy after receiving a BA with a major in Psychology. She came to the UK in 1994 to pursue ordination and experience team based right livelihood, and was ordained in 2001. She continued with her Yoga training in the UK and is a Jr Intermediate Iyengar 3 teacher and has a special interest in modified and therapeutic applications of Yoga Asanas, Pranayama and Mindfulness. Some of the afternoon workshops will also introduce Sensory Awareness techniques and ‘evidence based movement’. She is very much looking forward to meeting and working with you soon.
Jane has had a personal yoga practice for many years and now enjoys sharing a yin/yang style approach. She blends Dru Yoga, a graceful and potent form of yoga, based on soft flowing movements and sequences, with Yin, a quiet, contemplative practice which utilises long-held poses to work deeply into the body, heart and mind.
Jane’s love of wild places, stillness, poetry and beauty supports a practice of developing deeper connection, compassion and embodiment.
Open to all, these retreats are suitable for both beginners and those with more experience, but no previous experience is assumed. All these retreats include introductory meditation teaching and periods of silence.
These retreats combine introductory meditation teaching with a blend of traditional yoga and contemporary approaches to embodied movement. This playful synthesis of body based approaches to wellbeing (through meditation and movement) in the peaceful and beautiful environment of the retreat can help restore physical and mental vitality and balance in our lives.
We will cover an introduction to two traditional Buddhist meditations as well as give a solid introduction to the principles of meditation. We will also be exploring some traditional Buddhist teachings to get a flavour of how these might be relevant to our modern lives.
No previous experience of meditation, yoga or embodied movement is assumed so these retreats are suitable for complete beginners, but they are also a good refresher for those who already have some experience.
For more information read the retreat information sheet.