Silent Meditation Retreat with Michael Stone
August 22, 2016 - August 29, 2016
Join us for an 8 day silent meditation retreat on Salt Spring Island. Silent retreats provide an opportunity to drop deep into silence, mature your meditation practice, and touch your awakened nature.
This retreat integrates the techniques of Vipassana with the schedule and basic forms of Zen. It is organized to give new students plenty of support in establishing a meditation practice. Experienced meditators will learn how to drop into deeper levels of practice. Silent retreats are where most students experience breakthroughs in their practice.
Each day, Suniti Dernovsek will be teaching movement classes that aim to embody meditative awareness for students of all levels.
Meals are vegetarian, there will be afternoon dharma talks and opportunities for one-on-one meetings with Michael. Limited to 35 students.
As we strive to be an open and inclusive community, accepting and supporting diversity in age, race, physical and mental abilities, as well as sexual orientation and gender identity* we welcome requests regarding accommodation.
For more information go here.
*Our sangha is inclusive of trans and gender nonconforming people. We recognize that gender is not dependent on how someone looks and can be something other than male or female. One’s gender is often inferred by the pronoun used as reference (he/she/they). We encourage mindfulness around pronouns.
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Fiddlecamp with Zavallennahh Huscroft
August 20, 2018 - August 24, 2018
The Annual Fiddleworks camps are for all ages, and are a lot more than just fiddle! All abilities from first time to advanced players are warmly invited to choose classes in a large variety of instruments (fiddle, viola, cello, guitar, double bass, voice, accordion, banjo, piano, percussion, art, dance, storytelling, and more). Registrations begin on March 1 for Fiddleworks Salt Spring Island.
Camp kicks off with an Instructors Showcase Concert, a truly inspiring way to start off the week and meet your camp mentors. Each day of camp has a planned schedule of classes and events with plenty of time to rest, eat and revel in the beautiful community spirit of Fiddleworks camps.
Our camps wouldn’t be the same without our instructors. Each year we invite world-class musicians and ensembles to form the Fiddleworks instructor team. Past instructors have included Daniel Lapp, Jayme Stone, Marc Atkinson, Gordon Stobbe, Mark Sullivan, Erynn Marshall and many more. From music making basics to fine tuning technique and style, they cater to all levels and abilities.
Other evening events, which the public are invited to attend, include community dances and the Student Gala Celebration on the last night of camp.
All participants are encouraged to volunteer and give back to the camp community, performing random acts of kindness, helpfulness, and goodwill. We also share our music with the unsuspecting public through Random Acts of Violins (come to camp to find out more!)
We offer onsite accommodation options and meals. All classes, accommodations and meals are prepaid, but you can save your pocket change for ‘The Snack Shack’ which offers healthy, scrumptious tidbits to keep all our campers happy and fuelled for fiddling.
Fiddleworks camps also offer Instructor CD’s, books, t-shirts etc in “The Merch Zone”. We also have our own resident Luthier, the lovely Laura Wallace, who is onsite all week to fix instruments, repair bows, and sell you strings, rosin, instruments etc.
For more information click here
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Somatic Meditation: The Journey Home with Neil McKinlay
June 07, 2018 - June 14, 2018
Meditation is a coming home. Through the simple practice of being in one’s body, developing a sense of familiarity with and fidelity to immediate experience, we reconnect with the life we are living and the person we are. Under the guidance of Senior Teacher Neil McKinlay, this week-long retreat will explore the foundational methods of somatic meditation offered by the Dharma Ocean lineage. We will find our way through the confusion and distraction that so characterize our everyday lives. We will come into contact with the openness and knowing that are our true nature. We will come home.
Neil McKinlay is a teacher, coach, and writer. A close student of Reggie Ray, Neil draws from his training in the tradition of Chogyam Trungpa to emphasize the accessibility and relevance of meditation in the modern world. Seeing the spiritual journey as an inherent part of the human journey, his teaching style is immediate and personal, always affirming the dignity and wholeness of our lives as they are.
For more information and registration go here.
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Gentle Somatic Yoga with James Knight
May 24, 2017 - May 31, 2017
Restorative 8-day retreat with James Knight, creator of Gentle Somatic Yoga
This transformational retreat on the beautiful grounds of Stowel Lake Farm is a unique opportunity to become a 32-hour Gentle Somatic Yoga Certified Level 1 Practitioner.
Gentle Somatic Yoga (GSY) is an exploration of movement that is revolutionary in its ability to improve health, wellbeing, quality of life, and personal performance.
Gentle Somatic Yoga incorporates slow, mindful movements that raise bodily awareness to heal persistent tension-based patterns in the body.
The corrective exercises, called Somatic Movement Flows, are ideal for overcoming bodily pain and dramatically increasing flexibility through the healing power of brain to muscle awareness and re-education.
GSY has helped diminish, correct, and/or eliminate symptoms from chronic lower back pain; stiff neck and shoulders; hamstring tightness; poor posture; and joint pain.
This 32-hour Gentle Somatic Yoga® Level 1 Practitioner Certification program is designed for yoga teachers, bodyworkers, health care professionals, therapists, and dedicated yoga students who would like to advance their own healing process. Upon successful completion of the program you will be able to incorporate 20 Somatic Movement Flows® into group or individual practices. The 32 hours from the Level 1 Practitioner Certification may be applied to the 80-hour Level 2 Instructor Certification.
All ages and abilities are welcome to join the workshop.
Cost includes 8 days, 7 nights, 3 organic meals a day, tuition, James Knight’s 144-page workbook “Gentle Somatic Yoga Through Somatic Exploration”, and transportation from the ferry to Stowel Lake Farm.
GSY has been synthesized by Integrative Therapist and Yoga Teacher James Knight, E-RYT, CHSE. This progressive method is the synergy of mindful movements and meditation. It is inspired by the work of Eleanor Criswell, Thomas Hanna, and Moshe Feldenkrais. James lives and works in San Diego, California, USA.
For more information or to register for this workshop, please visit James’ website at www.gentlesomaticyoga.com .
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She Recovers:Yoga & Recovery Retreat 1 with Taryn & Dawn
July 25, 2018 - July 29, 2018
RELAX, REFLECT, RENEW: YOGA AND RECOVERY ON THE FARM
Could you use a time out to reconnect, re-fill, and rekindle your own sense of inner peace? Or are you searching to step into a fuller, more connected, brighter version of yourself? Are you a strong and courageous woman in recovery (we are all recovering from something) looking to deepen your connection with nature? Are you looking to relieve stress, access your heart, refine your listening and care deeply for yourself?
Join 25 like-hearted women for a long weekend of yoga, radical self care, female energy and joyful connection. Stowel Lake Farm is an organic farm on beautiful Salt Spring Island just half an hour by ferry from Victoria, BC. Healthy gourmet meals and two Hatha yoga classes per day will benefit both body and soul.
This will be our 7th retreat at Stowel Lake Farm. As with all of our retreats, we will create a sacred, restorative space for healing and practicing radical self care. Swimming, hiking and exploring all that this beautiful island has to offer can be part of this long weekend for those who so choose, other women will simply want to stick close to the farm and spend their sacred pause resting and relaxing.
More information here.
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