Friday 5th – Sunday 7th November 2021
We are thrilled to be repeating our nourishing and supportive autumn yoga retreat, live online with Lucy McCarthy and Carlene Bogues. The theme of this retreat is the Art of Letting Go.
Why take a live retreat? For many of us, this year has been a challenge. We’ve been greeted with joys, but also challenges. The art of letting go, or the art of surrender, is perhaps one of the most important life skills any of us can develop. This is the art of knowing how and when to move on, how to navigate through life’s often tricky challenges, transitions, twists and turns. An online yoga retreat with MFML offers a way to re-group and to digest the lessons of the year. It is a chance to gather and feel the warmth and power of community. Together, we can find ways to move forward this winter, letting go of all that no longer serves us.
The art of letting go. Letting go is the biggest life lesson of autumn and winter. The trees know that they simply have to let go of their leaves; there would be no buds in spring without the letting go in autumn. All that we do is always reflected in nature. Just as we cannot inhale without first exhaling, we simply must learn to let go to live a full, happy life. We must let go of all that we cannot control, we must let go of our judgements, or attachments, we must let go of everything that is causing us to feel unhealthy.
But our bodies, as well as our minds, often have a tight grip, a constriction, an attachment over things that would serve us better to release. Our bodies often hold physical tension. Our breath can become shallow. Yoga, breathwork and meditation can really help us to let go of the things that we can’t control in life, to let go of tension and stress, to let go of an anxious mind, to really ground and be in the present, surrendering to all that is. This retreat has letting go and the art of surrender as its focus. Like the trees, we will shed all that doesn’t serve us, so that we are able to nourish, replenish and start anew.
This weekend will be a coming together of full-hearted souls. All the sessions are live on zoom, but you may be surprised the soulful connection we are able to achieve in our ‘sangha’ or community of individuals helping one another to work through some of the more challenging practises of life.
What to expect
Expect a weekend full of yoga, breathwork and meditation practises. We are a friendly, inclusive, down to earth and supportive community, and we always welcome folks of every ability and all experiences. Our teachers are adept at modifying for each individual’s needs; there is always a practise for everybody. On this retreat you will be encouraged to actively participate and share your experiences with others, supporting the whole community, many of whom have had a difficult few years. Your support, your practise and your breath work will raise the whole community. Expect:
- A weekend of live world-class yoga, meditation and breath work classes from Lucy and Carlene, plus a journalling session with Rakhee Jasani
- Interactive discussions with Carlene, Lucy and MFML founder, Kat Farrants. Join in with our ‘fireside chats’ and Q&As as we talk about the importance of surrender in life
- Access to our closed community group with all our teachers and fellow Movers to offer you guidance and support
- Custom-made journal with inspiration, tips and advice and space for you to journal
- A warm, human experience to counteract the restrictions of recent months, with time for you to connect with yourself
- A weekend of learning and support to equip you with the tools to help you let go of the stresses of the last year
Lucy McCarthy teaches mindful, alignment based Vinyasa flow and will be leading the yoga, meditation and pranayama classes, plus the intention setting opening ceremony and the closing ceremony.
Carlene Bogues incorporates aspects of alignment and strength-building in her teaching while encouraging inner reflection. Her classes offer a nurturing, safe and fun environment.
Rakhee Jasani teaches classes which combine breath-led yoga, qigong and meditation to help you discover your own creative expression. Rakhee will lead the Friday evening journalling session.
Kat Farrants is the founder of MFML and she will be binding the retreat family together by hosting the discussions and supporting you all in sharing opinions and experiences.
All sessions will be hosted live on Zoom and are suitable for all abilities. We recommend you take the whole weekend off as if you were away on retreat (but you don’t have the expense and hassle of travel time. Make the most of the time you ‘haven’t lost’ by giving back to yourself). Luxuriate in self-care this weekend. Spend time in nature, read books, journal, relax, book in a massage or bodywork session and eat nourishing foods.
(All times are GMT)
Friday 5th November
5pm – 7pm
Welcome group circle to set intentions for the retreat with Lucy & Kat, where everyone is welcome to participate and ask questions. Then Lucy will guide you through a slow, deep grounding flow with some breath work so we can arrive into the retreat and into the community with a sense of openness and ease
7pm – 7.30pm
Journalling session with Rakhee on the art of letting go
Saturday 6th November
9am – 10.30am
A warming and uplifting vinyasa yoga class with Lucy, culminating in meditation. This practice will be a heating, fluid and dynamic vinyasa flow practice that invites a deep release of pent up tensions and holding patterns in mind, body and spirit so we can then, through breath work and meditation, move into states of deep inner listening
5pm – 7.30pm
A ‘Slow Vin Yin’ class with Carlene that will explore resistance and awareness through self inquiry of the hips. Expect an activated slow flow vinyasa which moves into a full surrender with a mindful yin section exploring how to let go in a more passive resistance and surrender through the mind and body, as we go through the transition of autumn into winter.
Sunday 7th November
9am – 10.30am
A vinyasa yoga class with yoga nidra meditation to close. This practice will offer a sweet balance of effort & surrender, of doing and non-doing. We will start by progressively opening and awakening the body, steadying the mind and soothing the nervous system through mindful vinyasa flow. We will then drop deep into a deep state of rest and receiving through the wonder that is yoga nidra – a guided laying down practice that embodies the art of letting go
12pm – 1pm
A lunchtime Q&A with Lucy. This is the time to ask any questions of Lucy and have a lovely informal chat with other retreat participants, about the practises, and the art of letting go.
5pm – 6.30pm
Restorative yoga with Lucy plus closing circle and meditation with Lucy & Kat. In our final practice of the retreat we will seal it all together through some breath work followed by restorative yoga. Another perfect practice which embodies the art of surrender as well as the sweetest way to integrate the whole weekend and seal our time together
If you cannot attend a session, don’t worry, we will record the sessions and they will all be available for 14-days after the retreat for you to enjoy.
For five live yoga classes, meditations and discussions, access to our private Facebook community for support and guidance, and a retreat pack, the cost is just £67. We price our retreats low so that they can be as inclusive as possible. For those who are key workers, over 70 years of age or experiencing hardship at this time, there is a subsidised cost of £39. We trust you will chose the most appropriate option for you at this time.
If you have any questions about the retreat, drop us a message on email@example.com
Terms & Conditions
The live online retreat is for your education and your enjoyment only. You are participating in the live classes at your own risk. You are encouraged to to take breaks when needed and/or when in doubt, don’t do sequences that you are even a little concerned about. If you have any health condition, please seek medical advice before taking any form of exercise. If you have any concerns, please let us know before the retreat starts.
If you feel unwell in any way or if you experience any discomfort during class, please stop the class and consult your health practitioner immediately. Remember that yoga is mostly a journey off the mat and into life, and it is a journey about taking responsibility for our own actions and cultivating self-knowledge. Only choose exercises which will nurture and support you, and please take responsibility for yourself and your current abilities during your practice. Remember that each day is different, and even if yesterday you were able to perform a movement, that is no indicator that the same exercise is possible today. Please move within your comfortable limits and if you’re in any doubt whatsoever, please seek medical advice.
We are not medical practitioners and we do not seek to offer medical advice. Please consult your healthcare practitioner before starting any new exercise. This is particularly important if you have any limiting condition or are, pregnant, nursing, regularly taking medications, or have any existing medical conditions. We do not accept any liability whatsoever for any injury or damage, either during or after this retreat. Your participation in this retreat is entirely voluntary and at your own risk, and you agree to abide by the T&Cs of Movement for Modern Life.
Your secure payment will reserve your place on this very intimate, special online retreat. No refunds will be made.
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