Semi Silent Satyananda Ashram style retreat

  • Semi Silent Satyananda Ashram style retreat with Tadhg Ferriter

    July 26th – August 1st 2013

    Full week retreat: €690. Click here for prices to attend part of retreat

    Summary of Silent Satyananda Ashram style week retreat

    Please note this in not our usual style retreat-holiday, but is instead a more simple ashram like environment to support a more spiritual inner journey.

    This is a very special semi silent retreat. If you have not experienced a silent retreat yet, then please be reassured that there will be opportunities to chat and get to know the others on the retreat, and opportunities to go deeper with longer periods of silence, or not.

    We will create a more ashram style environment and leave behind the usual trappings of modern life such as mobile phones, newspapers, tv, iPods, iPads and other distractions.

    We will encourage you to leave behind caffeine and cut out tea and coffee for the retreat. If you absolutely need tea or coffee there will be a facility well away from the others on the retreat.

    This retreat will be an opportunity for you to take a complete break from your usual everyday life, and leave behind any cares and troubles, leave behind the usual distractions and take the opportunity to learn new yoga and meditation techniques to create a more harmonious You.

    The techniques we partake in will include

    • physical yoga practices
    • breathing practices
    • meditation techniques
    • other practices to calm and tame the mind
    • chanting
    • Yoga Nidra deep relaxation
    • Mouna (Silence)

    as well as introduce you to practices such as karma yoga, cleansing techniques, healthy vegetarian food for body and mind, guided outings into Nature in the Burren hills and by the sea.

    By simplifying life at least for this week we can bring ourselves more into the realm of ‘simply being’, thereby encouraging a more profound healing of body and clarity of mind.

     

    Who this Silent Yoga and Meditation retreat is suitable for

    This retreat is suitable for complete beginners to regular yoga practitioners of all ages and all levels of fitness.

    Please be aware this will be a deeper more spiritual retreat involving periods of silence compared to our other retreats, but will be made accessible for complete beginners as well as regular practitioners.

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    Arrival on Friday 26th July 2013

    Time Activity
    5:30 – 7:00 pm Arrival & Registration
    7:00 pm Dinner
    8:00 – 8:30 pm Karma Yoga
    9:00 pm Introduction to the retreat
    9:15 – 10:00 pm Breathwork and deep relaxation
    10:00 pm – after class next morning Mouna (Silence)

     

    Saturday’s timetable

    Time Activity
    7:30 – 9:30 am Satyananda yoga class
    9:30 – 10:00 am Meditation (including introduction for beginners)
    10:00 am Breakfast and end of Mouna
    10:45 am Karma yoga
    11:15 – 1:45 pm Outdoor trip into the Burren
    2:00 pm Simple Lunch
    4:30 pm Approx return to centre
    7:00 pm Dinner
    7:45 – 8:15 pm Karma yoga
    8:00 – 9:00 pm Free time
    9:00 – 9:30 pm Meditation
    9:30 pm onwards Mouna (Silence for next 2 days)

     

    Sunday’s timetable

    Time Activity
    7:30 – 9:30 am Satyananda yoga class
    9:30 – 10:00 am Meditation
    10:00 am Breakfast
    10:45 am Karma yoga
    11:15 – 1:45 pm Outdoor trip into the Burren
    2:00 pm Simple Lunch
    4:30 pm Approx return to centre
    5:00 – 6:30 pm Satyananda yoga class
    7:00 pm Dinner
    7:45 – 8:15 pm Karma yoga
    8:00 – 9:00 pm Free time
    9:00 – 9:30 pm Meditation

     

    Monday’s timetable as above

     

    Tuesday’s timetable as above except some participants may decide to talk after breakfast

     

    Wednesday’s timetable same as Sunday where all participants may decide to talk after breakfast

     

    Every second afternoon we will have extra class

    Time Activity
    5:00 – 6:30 pm Satyananda Yoga class

    Every second day, as well as the usual classes listed on the typical day’s timetable above, we have an additional afternoon class.

     

    Close of retreat on Thursday 1st August 2013

    Time Activity
    7:30 – 9:30 am Satyananda yoga class
    9:30 – 10:00 am Meditation
    10:00 am Breakfast
    10:45 am Karma yoga
    11:15 – 12:00 pm Farewells
    12:00 noon Depart

     

  • Instructor Bio Tadhg Ferriter

    Ireland Satyananda Yoga

    Tadhg Ferriter is in his mid forties, and practiced from many yoga styles before discovering Satyananda yoga in the mid 90’s. Like many students of yoga he was first attracted to the relaxing benefits the postures brought to the busy lifestyle and demanding career path he found himself on.

    Tadhg completed his training as a Satyananda teacher with Swami ShraddhaMurti and Swami ChetanMurti in Galway in the mid 1990’s.

    Since then he continues to study with great teachers in Ireland and abroad taking courses in Meditation, Yoga Therapy and Ashram Life in France, Wales, India and Greece and the resulting clarity he has achieved in his teaching shows in the way he understands and connects with his own students.

    Read more Tadhg Ferriter‘s full Bio

    Satyananda Yoga Ireland class

  • Tadhg Ferriter’s Satyananda gentle yoga and meditation course was the perfect introduction to yoga for me, and helped me deeply experience the physical and mental benefits of yoga practice…. Liz, Galway

     

    Description of Silent Satyananda Ashram style retreat with Tadhg

    There is a lovely balance of lightness and a sincere spiritual enquiry to Tadhg’s approach giving us clear guidance on how to let go of our external everyday life, and to take this journey inwards of Self Discovery.

    Satyananda Yoga Teacher Tadhg Ferriter

    Who this Silent Yoga and Meditation retreat is suitable for

    This retreat is suitable for complete beginners to regular yoga practitioners of all ages and all levels of fitness.

     

    Ireland Satyananda Yoga

     

    Please be aware this will be a deeper more spiritual retreat involving periods of silence compared to our other retreats, but will be made accessible for complete beginners as well as regular practitioners.

    Satyananda Yoga is suited to anyone who is looking for an integrated approach to their physical, mental, and spiritual development.

     

    Satyananda yoga class

     

    This retreat is suitable for all ages and all levels of ability. The Burren is a very spiritual environment with an ancient history of saints, meditators and ancient spiritual sites going back over thousands of years.

    The unspoilt natural countryside of The Burren and the un-inhabited spectacular shaped limestone hills which plunge into the Atlantic ocean is an ideal place to take time away from your usual life and be inspired to undertake this spiritual journey inwards.

     

    All ages Burren group

     

    Satyananda Yoga® classes are balanced between physical postures (asana), breathing (pranayama) and meditation practices.

    Working with the awareness is emphasised right from the start. Satyananda Yoga is suitable for people of all ages, sizes, and physical abilities.

    This silent ashram style retreat is reasonably gentle and includes

    • breath work
    • some gentle postures
    • some more challenging postures (variations will be given to beginners)
    • salutation to the sun
    • Yoga Nidra deep relaxation
    • Meditation

     

    Satyananda yoga holiday

     

    Tadhg gives instructions appropriate for each individual.

    The goal of this silent yoga and meditation retreat is to provide you with the ideal environment to undertake this deeper journey inwards and also to ensure you have a genuine Satyananda yoga experience, covering a range of practices some unique to the Satyananda system with a view to using them, and benefiting from them in your life.

     

    Satyananda Yoga Ireland teacher

     

    Dave who founder the centre in 1999 will take the group out on a silent guided outing each day into the Burren hills or by the sea.

    The quietness and peacefulness of the Burren is an inspiring place to see and to feel present within.

    The silence all around is inspirational, and is a lovely backdrop to allow that silence to develop and grow within all levels of your being.

    These guided outings are also a great way to get to see some special places in the Burren well away from the usual tourist places.

     

    Yoga classes Galway

     

    Spending time in Nature is another great way to awaken our appreciation for the Abundance of the universe, and to help awaken gratitude and appreciation within all levels of our being.

    Just spending time in Nature is like food for the soul.
    We will bring a packed lunch with us on our outings and at some point we will stop to enjoy our simple lunch within the beautiful surrounds of the Burren hills or else beside the sea.

    By bringing our lunch with us, we won’t have to break our silence if we had to go to one of the local cafes.

    In most Buddhist monasteries and most yoga ashrams, food is eaten in silence and in gratitude to the whole of the universe and to all the people involved in growing and bringing this meal to our plate.

    Tadhg will help us tune into this way of experiencing and appreciating the present moment, and ultimately these practices help us savour every mouthful of food and resulting in a much richer experience.

    surfing and yoga

     

    Some retreat participants come along on this silent retreat to deepen their existing yoga practice, others will be starting out.

    Some people come along on this retreat simply to get away from their everyday lives and to spend time in a relaxed nourishing environment learning new skills of yoga and meditation as well as possibly sampling periods of silence for the first time and spending time with like minded people.

    Tadhg’s clear approach is suitable for all. ‘Even if you are an experienced practitioner of a different tradition there will be plenty in this course to challenge and encourage you.’

     

    Satyananda Yoga Ireland pose

     

    Students engaging in the beautiful practice of Trataka – The word Trataka means ‘to look’ or ‘to gaze’.

     

    Satyananda Yoga Ireland tratak

     

    It is both an uplifting meditation practice and a cleansing practice and it acts as stepping stone between physically oriented practices and mental practices which lead to higher states of awareness.

     

    Satyananda yoga tratak

     

    Tadhg takes care that everyone is practicing them at a level suitable for their body.

    There is no competition or comparison between people within Satyananda yoga, and Tadhg ensures that everyone is comfortable practicing to their own level.

    Swami Satyananda Saraswati

     

    Some of the postures Tadhg teaches are reasonable gentle, while others are more challenging, energizing and invigorating.

    Each class has a measured balance of postures, and also some classes include meditation or other specific practices for calming and taming the mind.

     

    Satyananda yoga pranayama

     

    This week is a lovely way to explore your inner self more fully, and to be taken around to different parts of the Burren and to be shown many special places well of the usual beaten tourist trail.

    The Burren has been described as a lunar landscape, as it is like nowhere else on earth with it’s spectacular shaped hills which plunge down into the Atlantic ocean.

     

    guided walks in the Burren

     

    If you enjoy swimming you should bring your own beach towel and swimming gear and there will be many opportunities during the week to either go swimming in the sea or the lake nearby the centre.

    We are blessed on the west coast by the gulf stream and hopefully this summer we will be luchy to have nice sunny weather so that we can also take some time out to sun bathe and to simply lie and appreciate the feeling of the sun on our skin.

     

    Tadhg works carefully and sensitively on the teacher – student relationship, and the practice it nourishes.

    Balance practices are also useful for taming the mind.

     

    Satyananda yoga retreat beginners

     

    Swami Satyananda describes yoga as “a higher form of common sense, a pure and precise science which evolves from within. To live yoga is to be in harmony with oneself.”

     

    Satyananda Yoga Ireland class

     

    Each evening Paddi who used to run Seventh Heaven restaurant for over 12 years, prepares a delicious vegetarian dinner and many people have said they have not eaten vegetarian food as good as this at any restaurant.

    However on this retreat, the vegetarian food will be a little more simple than usual, and this will be in keeping with our focus of the week of simplifying and getting in touch with appreciation for every single moment and aspect of life.

     

    Vegetarian meals

     

    Many people nowadays practice physical yoga, but many are seeking out good meditation teachers to introduce meditation to them, and to help them explore the heartfelt practice of yoga to a deeper level.

     

    Sitting together after asana practice – magical moments of total peace and tranquillity in touch with your whole being, with only the sounds of the birds as a soft Burren back-drop.

     

    Satyananda yoga meditation posture

     

    For the meditation is it important to find a comfortable position and Tadhg helps you find a posture and the suitable props (meditation stool, meditation cushion, blocks, blankets) which work best for your body.

    While asana (yoga postures) of appropriate strength for the each individual student are important for progressing, the use of Pranayma (work with the Breath) and meditation are also considered necessary to address the whole being from an early stage in the Satyananda system.

     

    Ireland Satyananda Yoga meditation

     

    One big difference between attending regular weekly yoga classes and going away on a silent yoga and meditation retreat is that being in a yoga environment allows one break away from the normal life patterns and responsibilities which in turn allows one to experience the practices and their effects to a deeper level in more tranquil surroundings.

    There is also a lightness and a sense of fun to Tadhg’s approach giving us an example of working through difficult things in life with ease, gentleness, softness. Not a being a pushover to others, but not confronting others and life like a concrete wall. When a teacher has a sense of authentic (not pretend!) fun about them, everybody can feel this. It sets everyone at ease. When we’re at ease, it’s easier to go inside, to be inspired by our own selves.

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