Yoga and Nature Workshops

All workshops have a Covid policy and risk assessment

Places secured with full payment, booking essential. Places non-refundable unless I can fill the place or if the workshops is cancelled by me or due to Covid restrictions.

Penstave Wild Food & Nature Connection

Venue: South Brent Village Hall to Penstave Copse and return (1-2 miles total)

Date/time: 21 May 10.30am – 12.30pm (finish time may not be precise)

Cost: FREE and for the over 55s.

A Naturally Healthy May event funded by ‘Active Devon’ for the over 55s. If you would like to increase the amount of exercise you get, plus learn about and ‘be’ in nature, then come on this guided walk. We will be looking at wild food plants – leaves and flowers mainly – en route and there will be opportunities to use your senses to be really present with nature around us. The walk includes slopes up and down, plus stiles.

We will have a short time for yoga breathing exercises and quiet still moment/s, to help us feel calm, grounded, alive and connected.

We will sample some ‘wild tea’ from the leaves we harvest. Bring own cup, hot water provided.

With kind permission from the Woodland Trust who own and manage the site. They would prefer no dogs on this event, to help preserve biodiversity.

Seaweed Foraging

Kelp Laminaria digitata oarweed
Kelp at low tide – Laminaria digitata – oarweed

Venue: East Prawle

Dates/Times: 25 May 10.45am-2.45pm, 26 June 12-4pm, 25 July 12-4pm

Cost: £30 (children £12 – enquire for age suitability)

A chance to learn about foraging edible seaweed & other wild foods. Learn which are most easily harvested, used and cooked. Go away feeling empowered to provide yourself with tasty and highly nutritional free foods harvested in a sustainable way.

We will meet at East Prawle village and walk down lane/footpaths/field, looking at wild foods en route to reach a wild beach and catch the Spring tide.

I will guide you to the seaweeds I have been harvesting for years, identify them, harvest sustainably and suggest edible uses. Plus talk about the health benefits of seaweeds. We will also look at some edible cliff plants and enjoy this rugged wild landscape.

Bring lunch and we will take a short break to eat on the beach. Come equipped/feel confident to walk on uneven ground and slippery rocks with seaweed on/around rockpools. Bring own basket/container, scissors and go away with a harvest! The return time in East Prawle village can vary a little and the timing includes the walk back. You can stay on at the beach if you wish finishing with the workshop slightly earlier.

A free guide containing the main seaweeds I talk about will be emailed afterwards but it is recommended to take notes and photos.

Yoga Philosophy and Practice – Parts 1, 2, 3

Venue: South Brent Village Hall – POSSIBLE TO ATTEND VIA ZOOM ALSO

Cost: £25 per workshop, includes handout

Workshop 1: 5 June, 10am-1pm

  • What is Vinyasa Krama yoga & its lineage
  • What is the meaning of yoga, the goal & its 8 limbs
  • Benefits of basic breathing practices
  • A short practice

Workshop 2: 3 July, 10am-1pm

  • summarising & picking up from previous material and expanding on the goal of yoga
  • the 5 Kleshas – ‘afflictions’ or causes of pain & how yoga can help us with these
  • Mudras – some of the more important positions that have a greater effect
  • A short practice

Workshop 3: 31 July, 10am-1pm

  • summarising & picking up from previous material and expanding on the goal – what is meant by ‘liberation’
  • some principles in Samkhya, an ancient philosophy from India that describes the nature of the universe and consciousness. It is closely aligned with Yoga philosophy.
  • different components of the mind and how the mind is involved in these principles
  • is yoga spiritual/religious? And how it fits in with Eastern/Western philosophies/beliefs.
  • general points/advice for getting a balanced life/responding to life & applying yoga principles in the challenge of daily lives
  • A short practice
Woman in yoga pose
Maha mudra – The Great Seal. An important position in the Vinyasa Krama system.

Design your own Yoga Practice

Venue: TBC – POSSIBLE TO ATTEND VIA ZOOM ALSO

Date/Time: Date TBC, 10am-1pm

Cost: £30

An opportunity to learn how to design your own yoga practice. We will look at the meaning of ‘Vinyasa Krama’, the essentials and variations of a practice, learning step by step, plus the importance of breathing techniques and the aim of a calm mind. We will use a practice manual to design balanced home practices including different lengths to suit the time you have available. Finally some advice on when and how to fit it into daily life.

Suitable beginners/experienced. The practices on the day will be adapted as necessary for different people, but contact me if you want to discuss in advance.

The Vinyasa Krama Yoga Manual will be available for sale at £15 (separate). It has been put together by Stephen Brandon, true to the Krishnamacarya lineage of yoga and invaluable for getting an overview of the sequences, together with background information. It will be referred to in the workshop, and used to help you work out practices now and into the future.

FUTURE WORKSHOPS

Learn Yoga? An Introduction

Venue:

Date/time: TBC – do get in touch if you’d like to attend one

Cost:

Yoga is not about being flexible! This is for anyone who would like to learn a few basics about yoga & then join a class. Or you can be practising yoga already and be interested to find out more about this particular tradition.

A pupil recently gave me a card that started with ‘Yoga is not about touching your toes’ & later ‘calming the mind is yoga’. This is a chance to put yoga in context and learn a little background philosophy, basic principles and try out a short practice suitable for all (everyone will be able to practice to their ability). This will include body movements and positions, breathing practices and a short quiet time.

At the end we can discuss which weekly class would be suitable for you. My classes include gentle chair yoga.

The card from a pupil also said ‘Yoga has been known to cause health and happiness’! I teach Vinyasa Krama Yoga from the Krishnamacharya tradition, the movements are slow, co-ordinated with steady breath.

Autumn Berry Walk

A guided walk to look at edible berries this Autumn and also see if any chestnuts are ready! We will look closely at some of the perhaps less well known berries and fruit, some from native trees/shrubs and some from cultivated. This will include identifying from leaves/fruit/bark and then discussing their edible uses. I will also mention uses of edible nuts that we probably won’t see on site.

Recipes will be emailed after the event but you will have all the info from the walk, to harvest for yourself and experiment with eating and cooking! We won’t harvest loads on this site to preserve enough for wildlife.