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Join us for a weekend for the Mind, Body and Spirit: June 21, 22, & 23, 2013
I am thrilled to be presenting a creative arts class at the Summer Solstice Yoga Retreat, here in beautiful Prince Edward Island. I hope some of you can take time for yourselves and be part of this wonderful experience. Not to worry, I will NOT be teaching Yoga! I will leave that up to our three fine experts.
Knickolle Pitcher will be our host for the weekend. Knickolle has been teaching yoga since completing her 200 hr CYT training more than two years ago. Her Yoga journey began approximately 12 years ago when she was pregnant with her first child. Natal Yoga helped her stay physically fit but more importantly brought her peace of mind. Upon immersing herself in the certification process, she realized how fully transformational yoga can be.
Personal challenges and experience have reinforced her belief in the yogic teachings that breath is the most important part, the vital limb, of yoga. Knickolle is committed to making yoga accessible to everyone. “If you are in a hospital bed, you can do yoga…and you should!” It’s a healing modality with the power to heal body, mind and spirit.
Knickolle teaches yoga regularly at Douglas Street Recreational Center and has experience teaching many styles of yoga including Beginner, Hatha Flow, Hot Yoga, Natal Yoga, Chair Yoga, and Yin Yoga, She has been the Yoga teacher for the Truro Junior “A” Bearcats for two seasons and has also instructed at Breakaway Goaltending Camps, and at Bridgeway Academy. She often volunteers her time teaching Yoga to various groups and offers Karma classes giving the proceeds to various charities.
“It is a truly gratifying experience to love what you do and I can say that I am one of the lucky people who love my work. Students I have had the pleasure to teach have consistently been a source of strength for me and I feel honored to share the experience with them” – Knickolle Pitcher
Kathy Connors, MSW, RSW, is a Counselor at Nova Scotia Community College. Challenged through her own personal experiences of grief and trauma Kathy reached out to healing modalities such as Counseling, Kundalini Yoga, and Mindfulness Meditation. Kathy was introduced to Kundalini Yoga in 2000 and has been practicing ever since. Her inspiration and passion for teaching Kundalini yoga continues to expand as she is forever transformed by this practice.
Kathy journeyed to New Mexico in 2008 to complete her 200 hours Kundalini Level 1Teacher Training Program. Since then, she has continued her education and yoga practice in Kundalini Level 2 courses. Kathy’s teachings are inspired by the 3HO Kundalini Yoga Teachings as taught by Yogi Bajan. Kathy also practices various other styles of Yoga including Hatha, and Yin Yoga and draws inspiration for teaching and life from students and peers.
Kathy’s teachings are about personal transformation. In life we all face struggles that can be very challenging; we will share resources, strategies and tools that will turn your challenges into a transformative and empowering experience. Through a series of healing meditations and Kriya sets that focus of alleviating anxiety and depression you will strengthen your inner core so that you can overcome your inner challenges and tune into your inner intuition and be guided back home.
“There is a calling of the soul that you cannot stop answering” Yogi Bajan
Lise Bourgeois (E-CYT 200) was first introduced to yoga over a decade ago. Since 2008, she’s dedicated herself passionately to yoga, embarking on a personal and professional journey that is forever evolving. With two 200 hours yoga teacher training certifications (Hatha-Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®) achieved, she is also certified in prenatal-postnatal yoga, and yoga for children (YogaKids®, Radiant Child® Yoga and Rainbow Kids Yoga.) Over the years, she has had the privilege to train in many styles of yoga and meditation with acclaimed master teachers. Lise’s main teaching styles are Power Yoga influenced by Baron Baptist meshed with other inspiring teachers, Hot Yoga and Yin Yoga. Her inspirations are her students, especially her yogi kids. Her devotion to the practice is felt when she teaches and acclaimed by her students and fellow peers. Lise, if not at the yoga studio, can be found working in day cares, schools and corporate settings, and presenting at workshops.
Power Yoga classes are challenging, energetic, flowing classes, which synchronize breath with movement, cleanse the body and calm the mind. Expect a great cardiovascular and strength-building workout combined with breath work (pranayama). Power Yoga is inspired sequencing modeled on Ashtanga Yoga practice, yet being more accessible with modified versions of challenging posture always given. Heat is created in the body through challenging work not by adjusting the thermostat as in Hot Yoga classes.
Pamela Detlor (a.k.a. me) has been involved creative endeavors for three decades. From ages five – fourteen she studied drawing and painting. Her interests moved to include photography when she got her first camera at age eleven. During her years of education, Pamela earned diplomas in Mechanical Drafting, Architectural Drafting, and Digital Media Design. She went on to obtain a certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. Over the past two decades Pamela has photographed numerous bands and solo artists in live venues, as well as for CD and website art. She has designed CD packaging for several independent artists. Pamela has also worked, as a photographer, with Maybelline, Redken, and Ford Models. Her writing has been featured in the UK online magazine: Lovegirls, in California based REV IT UP, and she continues to interview people, take photographs, and write for her own website: The Thought Vox. In addition, she continues to create and sell original and commissioned art pieces.
“I believe art is accessible to everyone. There are no mistakes when being creative. Rarely does the finished product look exactly like we envisioned in the beginning. With every piece I’ve created, I tend to NOT like them at all, until I’m about 70% finished. The point in our creative workshop will not be perfection. Our session is about freeing the constraints of our minds and trying something different just to see what may happen and to have fun along the way. – Pamela Detlor”
What You Can Expect on Your Weekend Adventure
This is your invitation to join us for the Summer Solstice Yoga Retreat 2013. My friends and I will share the longest day and the shortest night celebrating this time with various styles of Yoga, Chanting, Meditating and Personal Growth and Creative Workshops.
You will enjoy time spent in nature on the South shore of Prince Edward Island with the sounds of the ocean as your play list. The Goeland Center is the inspiration and the location of the retreat. Built on a private 10-acre plot of land, nestled at the end of a country lane in a stand of trees just a minute’s stroll to the ocean the Goeland Center is as beautiful as it is tranquil. The accommodations are modern and tasteful with private and exclusive use of the centre for this event.
A local chef who will provide tasteful, healthy nourishing Gluten Free meals with options for vegetarians and meat eaters will cater the Retreat. (Using all organic products).
We will either enjoy our classes and workshops by the fireplace or in the green space overlooking the ocean, weather dependent. Regardless, you can be sure you will be in an atmosphere that will support your practice and your well being. “There is no such thing as a bad seat in this house.”
The event fee is all-inclusive (shared room, meals, and all yoga/workshops) for $325.00, payable via cheque, money order or e-mail money transfer.
In an effort to make this retreat accessible to all, I was determined to make it affordable and I think you will agree I have been successful. There will be one event rate per participant and this rate is all-inclusive.
The rates are based on shared accommodations with four guests per room. If you wish to have only two or three to a room, that can be arranged for an additional cost.
Space for the event is limited so please register soon to ensure you do not miss out on this fantastic opportunity.
Blessings to all,
To Download your Registration Form and More Detailed Information: http://www.thethoughtvox.com/Solstice2013/
Join The Official Facebook Event and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/200816520042006/
Arrival: 4:00 pm
Dinner: 5:30 pm
Free time to tour the grounds and get settled
7:00pm Opening Session: Yoga with Knickolle
(The opening yoga session with Knickolle will be a Hatha vinyasa class focused on the idea of oneness. Yoga is the yolking or the union of body mind and spirit. In this session we will work at bringing this trilogy into balance and at the same time through the sharing of the space and the simple action of breathing and movement in unison unite as a Sangha.)
8:30 – 9:30 pm Yin Yoga & herbal essential oils for Sleep, with Knickolle
Bonfire, (Weather Permitting). Please bring instruments if you are musically inclined for an impromptu fireside jam Session). If it rains, no problem…we will gather fireside on our cushions and relax and unwind with some tunes and conversation.
Morning Meditation: 7:00 am
(Early morning meditation will be shared at 7:00 a.m. If the weather permits we will practice morning meditation in the perfectly suited open green space by the ocean. Otherwise it will take place fireside.)
Breakfast: 8:00 am
Nature Meditation Walk: 9:00 am
(Our Walking Nature Meditation will take place in nature, rain or shine, so it is advised to bring proper footwear and rain gear (just in case). This will be a time completely devoted to silence and communing with the nature that exists around us always but that we rarely embrace in our day-to-day activities and busy lives. There will be no need for cell phones, ipods, or other technical devises on this journey!)
Power Yoga with Lise: 10:00
(Power Yoga with Lise will be a challenging, energetic, flowing class synchronizing breath with movement. This practice will cleanse the body and calm the mind. Expect a great cardiovascular and strength-building workout combined with breath work (pranayama). Power Yoga is inspired sequencing modeled on the Ashtanga Yoga practice, yet being more accessible with modified versions of challenging posture always given. Heat is created in the body, building an internal fire with no need for a thermostat or special lights to get a sweat to form as in Hot Yoga classes.)
Kundalini with Kathy: 11:15
(Kathy’s Kundalini practice will lead you through a series of healing meditations and a strengthening and detoxifying Kundalini Yoga Kriaya sets designed to help you tune into your intuition and be guided back home. “There is a calling of the soul that you cannot stop answering” – Yogi Bajan)
Lunch: 12:30 p.m.
Creative Arts workshop with Pam: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
(Pam will lead a special creative workshop helping us translate our emerging energy into a work of art. You may discover artistic talents you never knew existed or rediscover talents you have let sit dormant. It will be an opportunity to convey your experience artistically. What will you create?)
Alignment Session with Lise: 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
(In the Alignment and Postural clinic, Lise will guide participants step by step into the most classic asanas. Expect individual attention and hands on assistance with the intention to deepen your awareness of the beauty and value of alignment. Standing, balancing, inversion, backbends, forward bends and arm balance postures to be covered. Particular focus will be given to postures of students choosing.)
Dinner: 5:30 p.m.
Saturday Evening Sessions
Kundalini or Workshop on Stress Management with Kathy: 7:00 p.m.
Yin & Yang Yoga Class with Knickolle and Lise: 8:30 p.m.
(Knickolle and Lise will share duties in a Yin and Yang Yoga Session where a combination of powerful flows and long held Yin postures will allow participants to let go and experience release from long held feelings and emotions that no longer serve them. “Unburden yourself here so that you can free yourself for the Ecstatic dancing session that follows!”)
After hours: Free Flow Dancing Session lead by Kathy
(Awakening the Heart with Kathy leading us through fun and creative ways of dancing to generate our own inner strength and empowerment. This type of dancing is daring, innovative, risk-taking, but, oh, so much fun. It is accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so let’s get ready to celebrate our unique expressions of free-flow dancing.)
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Meditation by Ocean or fire.
10:00 a.m. Workshop with Knickolle and closing remarks and observances
11:00 a.m. Closing and Circle Om Chanting Session
Closing remarks, farewells, and of course some hugs!