April 25-27 2013
Retreat to stunning Galiano Island, BC for a weekend of Anusara-Inspired™ yoga blended with Traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony: Gong Fu Cha.
Anusara yoga is a hatha yoga tradition rooted in a philosophy of intrinsic goodness with special emphasis on the biomechanics of the body. When breath and movement are integrated with particular alignment, the shape of the pose can begin to speak to the practitioner. The language is not one of words but one of texture and substance. We will explore how the body speaks through skin, muscle, bone and breath.
Gong Fu Cha (工夫茶”) literally “making tea with skill” is a traditional and meditative practice that allows you to cultivate deep appreciation and connection with tea and the people you share it with. Each physical and procedural element of the service is carefully crafted in order to maximize the aroma, taste and the quality or “yun” of the tea. In addition to experiencing the practice itself, you will learn some the history of tea and its cultivation. We will enjoy white, green, oolong and aged pu-erh teas.
By centering the mind and body through yoga an optimal state is created to enter a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. This retreat will synthesize the two ancient traditions of tea and yoga. The retreat is suitable for all levels of experience.
The Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa
2 nights accommodation (shared) in an oceanfront fireplace room breakfast each morning.
What to Expect:
Tea Ceremonies in the Garden
3 Yoga sessions
Optional morning meditation
Discount off spa treatments
Discount off dining
For over a decade Lucas has been extensively studying film, theatre and movement. Since discovering yoga he was ignited with a passion for radical transformation. Lucas has been a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200 hour level – RYT200 with Yoga Alliance since 2010 and a certified Anusara-Inspired™ yoga instructor since 2012. He received his training from E-RYT500 teachers Darren Rhodes, Christina Sell, Jonas Westring and Shelley Tomczyk. Lucas maintains that through cultivating a disciplined yoga practice we invoke the fullest potential of the human body in relation to the absolute.
For 8 years, Gong Fu Cha (工夫茶 ”tea with skill/effort”) has been a practice, a mediation, and medicine for Adrian Sinclair. Adrian continues to study tea with guidance from Chinese Tea Master Daniel Lui and other mentors in the Vancouver tea community. He teaches tea workshops at Sun-Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and loves pouring tea at events like Natasha Marin’s Miko Kuro’s Midnight Tea, Luke Moloney’s Replay Your Tea With Me RPYTWM and co-producing the global tea tasting room at The International Dragon Boat Festival 2012-3. He has served tea in gardens, greenhouses, saunas, art galleries, tea shops, underground dance parties and on ancient tree stumps in the Squamish Valley.
The retreat is suitable for all levels
Pricing: From $399 per person, shared accommodation
APRIL 25 to 27, 2013
Space is limited pre-register