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.

Beltane Wild Food & Yoga

Venue: Brent Island, South Brent

Date/time: Saturday 1 May 10.30am-1pm – event moveable depending on weather (2nd or 3rd May)

Cost: £20

Starting with a gentle guided walk to look at Spring wild foods – mainly leaves and flowers – there will be a chance to taste, smell and observe at this beautiful site and wonderfully bountiful time of year. We will spend an hour doing this and then have a break sampling wild tea. Bring own cup and snacks. Hot water provided.

Followed by a 1 hour yoga session suitable for all with some standing and floor sequences, breathing exercises and quiet still moment to finish. Bring own yoga mat.

Penstave Wild Food & Nature Connection

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

Date/time: 14 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.

Seaweed Foraging

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

Venue: East Prawle

Dates/Times: 27 May 11.30am-3.30pm, 26 June 12-4pm, 25 July 12-4pm

Cost: £30

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: 12 June

  • 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

  • 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: 17 July

  • 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

FUTURE WORKSHOPS

Woman in yoga pose
Maha mudra – The Great Seal. An important position in the Vinyasa Krama system.

Design your own Yoga Practice

An opportunity to learn how to design your own yoga practice using the Vinyasa Krama system of yoga. This basically means learn the essentials and variations of yoga step by step. We will start with a short practice and then look at some of these essentials, including the importance of breathing techniques and the aim of a calm mind. We will use the Vinkasa Krama Yoga Manual to design balanced home practices including 3 of different lengths to suit the time you have available. Finally some advice on when and how to fit it into daily life.

There may be future workshops, to learn more about yoga gradually.

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 manual will be available for sale at £15 (separate). It has been put together by Steve 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, to help you work out practices.

Cost: £25, booking essential. Places secured by full payment. Contact me to arrange or pay at a class.

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.