Designed to elevate your practice, whether you are a beginner or have years of experience,
there is always more to explore.
It never ends,
it just gets deeper...
come home to your inner joy
28-Day Meditation Practice
February 28th - March 27th, 2021
Asana 6:30-7am PST
Meditation 7-7:30am PST
we meet virtually daily via Zoom
all practices recorded and made available day of
$200 for First Time Meditators
$50 for Dedicated Practitioners
Practices are recorded and shared daily, along with support materials, to enjoy at your convenience.
How might your life be transformed if you were to discover within yourself, an infinite inner luminosity and eternal reservoir of sorrow-less joy? This is what meditation is for. Maybe you are familiar with meditation, maybe you’ve dabbled, maybe you’ve never tried, but feel called to its many benefits. This is for all of you.
WE RISE is a 28-day guided group meditation practice. We are an international community of meditators dedicated to receiving the promises of Yogic Meditation. We gather via Zoom at 7am every morning for 28-days to meditate together. Each practice lasts approximately 30 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for reflection.
The meditation techniques shared in WE RISE have been preserved and passed down through the Himalayan Tradition. Simultaneously simple and profound, they are accessible for all levels of practitioner, and their impact, effectiveness and depth develop exponentially with quality, consistency and devotion in practice.
We will approach this practice gently and systematically, honoring the intention of the Himalayan Tradition, of which I am a devotee. This particular system of meditation is based in our experience of the real world, and employs an effortless approach for developing sensitivity to accept the invitation to joyful surrender. Through these techniques, we will develop a worldview which is hopeful, powerful, purposeful, transformative and transcendent.
an auspicious beginning
ATHA Is shared virtually via Zoom with additional support content available on Coursecraft. We study the Sutras and apply their wisdom through lifestyle recommendations, and a Tantric approach to Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Contemplation, Purification and Relaxation.
$100 per four week session
ongoing sessions for ten months
You can register for one session/month only or sign up for the full ten-session course and be billed monthly.
ATHA is available for drop-in, one time only, to determine if the offering is right for you. After that, please register session by session/month by month.
ATHA is an opportunity for us to rediscover yoga, guided by Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, as a means for freeing ourselves from sorrow and embracing true freedom and lasting joy.
Every time I read Patanjali's Yoga Sutras I am astounded by the wisdom they contain. They are an intricate, in depth manual for maximizing our experience of humanity. Many of us in the west begin our foray into yoga outside of the context of the Yoga sutras, and so miss out on the profound possibility yoga contains.
Asana, the physical practice of yoga, is one limb of an eight-limbed approach to the complete body of wisdom contained in the Yoga Sutras. The other seven limbs include ethical restraints and observances, breath and energy management, control of the senses, concentration, meditation, and spiritual reunion with our source. Asana is a vital element of the yogic path, so how we approach it is wildly significant. The Yoga Sutra offers us specific instructions and hints to help us maximize our experience of asana. When we then layer the progressive steps ofTantric Hatha on top of effective asana, we are equipped for a truly transformative journey home to our Self.
The Tantric Hatha Path progresses through the various stages of PREPARATION (purification and strength), MOON (calm and stability) SUN (expansion and dawning of higher awareness) FIRE (illumination and spiritual absorption) and BEYOND (Rudrani and Kundalini).
Each session is four weeks and consists of weekly live 90-minute practices - plus uploaded video and written content such as pranayama tutorials, daily meditation guides, purification techniques, lifestyle recommendations and more.
RITUAL OF REST
For Deep Awakening
4-week Immersion in Yoga Nidra
Stay Tuned for Spring/Summer Dates
virtual via Zoom
Sliding Scale Investment: $100-$200
Uncover a sacred space where you can take refuge and receive deep healing in the form of nurturance, guidance, and grace. Through the time honored practice of Yoga Nidra, we will create a Ritual of Rest. This rest will awaken us to the truth of who we are and draw awareness to the transitions happening within us and in our world.
A deeply nourishing experience for body, mind and soul, we will explore rituals which bring beauty and devotion to our practice and our life. Offered as a series of mini-retreats in the comfort of your own home, we will gather virtually, but through the magic of ritual and Yoga Nidra, we will transcend the limitations of the virtual realm. Each week you will receive support for at-home self-care rituals, recipes for tonics and treats, music, poetry, journaling, and contemplations to open your heart. You will also receive a recording of each practice for daily nourishment.
We will invoke Divine Feminine through gentle movement, mantra, ceremony, visualization, and Yoga Nidra. I invite you to open yourself to the mystical aspects of this practice and experience the depth of remembrance available to you.
Embodying the Yamas & Niyamas
Stay Tuned for Spring/Summer Dates
Support practices including asana, pranayama, meditation and self-reflection are provided weekly.
Teachers, Natalie Backman and Chris Johnson, are members of the Himalayan Tradition.
Sliding Scale: $300-$450
*Pay what you can within this range/Scholarships Available
Tantric yoga is a systemic approach to cultivating, containing and wielding power. Traditional yoga asks us to become steeped in a code of ethics to illumine our shadows and supercharge our light. This code is known as the Yamas & Niyamas, the first and second limbs of the Royal Path.
What happens if we dive into practice without undergoing a process of purification? We empower our shadows along with our light. We unintentionally supercharge our neuroses and lose sight of the end-goal, a more peaceful relationship with ourselves and our world. In the Tradition, we embrace the ethics of yoga because without these observances and restraints, we are likely to reinforce our harmful behavior and beliefs.
PURIFIED POWER is an in-depth, community-based exploration of the Yamas and Niyamas. It’s well and good to discuss yogic ethics as theory, but as a practitioner, it is imperative we embody them. The course will include the study of commentaries by Vyasa and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, as well as discussions around the contemporary relevance and application of the Yamas and Niyamas, influenced by thinkers such as Michelle C. Johnson. Through these studies and discussions, along with asana, meditation, and self-reflection we will accelerate the process of embodiment and propel our journey toward a pure and empowered experience of life.
LA DOLCE VITA
YOGA, CULTURE & CUISINE
2021 Dates pending due to the pandemic
Agriturismo La Fontaccia
Rufina, Tuscany, Italy
$1,450 all inclusive (double occupancy)
$350 Deposit to Reserve your Space
Space is limited to 12 guests ~ All rooms are double occupancy
Nestled in the lush Tuscan countryside just outside of Florence, your Italian home away from home is the Agriturismo La Fontaccia, a restored 200-year-old farm home owned and operated by locals of the region, Samuele & Elisabetta.
Daily Yoga & Meditation
Appropriate for all levels of practitioner – all practices are optional
Lodging at the beautiful Agriturismo La Fontaccia near Florence, Tuscany
All rooms are double occupancy and require sharing a bathroom with another person
Breakfast & Dinner at La Fontaccia featuring local, seasonal, traditional Tuscan cuisine
Lunch included most days, WINE IS INCLUDED with dinner
Cultural Excursions & Activities including: Traditional Italian cooking class, visit to local Goat Farm with Pecorino Cheese Tasting, Wine Tasting with Tuscan Snacks at the Pomino Vineyard. *Optional excursions include Hot Springs, Nature Walks, Horse-Back Riding,
visit to museums and historical sites in Florence, day trips to Sienna, Luca, Cortona & more
Rental Car Transportation around Tuscany
Yoga & Meditation Retreat
in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
2022 dates TBD pending the pandemic
Fivelements Resort & Spa, Ubud
Reserve your Space with $500 Deposit
Retreat Offerings Include
Yoga, Meditation & Yoga Nidra
Lodging at the Stunning Fevelements Eco Chic Resort & Spa
Gourmet Vegan Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Traditional Fire Blessing
Traditional Water Blessing
Single Occupancy (King Bed): $2,700/person
Double Occupancy (King Bed) $2,000/person