Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are there any additional fees or expenses?
No. The fee covers all food, all accommodation, all guest lectures/teachers, and all transportation during the retreat, and being picked up and dropped off at the Palmerston North airport (or downtown Palmerston North). The only additional costs would be for your transport to Palmerston North, New Zealand, and anything else you find you need while you are here... for instance souvenirs or medicines. We will supply all the yoga props that you need, though we suggest bringing your own mat if possible.
2. Besides the field trips, yoga and meditation, will there be more things in the schedule?
We will have daily theme discussions, to talk about our experiences with our practice and establish themes for the following day. We will encourage people to keep a journal during the retreat to have a place to process some of the inner work experiences.
We will spend some time giving back to the land that will be feeding us, by helping harvest and tend the gardens and orchard.
there will be open time for self reflection, chatting with others, optional additional gardening, relaxing in the infra red sauna.
Our entertainment coordinator is planning at least one playful evening gathering.
3. How much of the retreat will be focused on the practice of yoga asana (poses).
Every day will have at least one morning practice and most days we will have an afternoon yoga practice as well. On days when we go hiking and may be more physically tired, we will practice restorative yoga, or pranayama (breathing exercises). A daily theme for awareness will be given each day, so that even when we are not on our mat, we will still be paying attention to how we are holding/moving our bodies!
4. What type of yoga will we be practicing?
The primary yoga teacher, Rebekah Harbour, was trained in the Sivananda tradition, with additional training in Iyengar, and has a background as a Zero Balancing therapist. Her teaching style is often slow with careful alignment cues, and breathing to help you really access deeper awareness of prana movement in the body, of strength, and of the tension patterns within your body. While we include some sun salutations, she often slows things down so that people can bring more attention to their body coming into and out of a pose, and we are likely to hold things for a while... which can be quite challenging! The intentional pace means we have the opportunity to practice inversions, and more complex poses as appropriate for the individual and group. We will definitely be working with some pranayama as well, as breath exercises add so much to the practice of yoga! Rebekah likes to offer modifications and extensions for poses, so that students with a wide range of physical attributes can feel challenged and also safe and within their means.