Retreats

'If you can't go into long-term deep retreat, travel is the next best thing...' - Namgyal Rinpoche

French retreat 2017

2017 retreats: Sara is taking 4 retreats next year - 2 in Mundaring (April and June) and 2 in France (September and October). Details are now available and bookings for all retreats have begun. For details contact Sara Elderfield: sara@yogamoves.net.au or 0415 363 313.

For Mundaring in June, there are 2 places available:  Retreats in Mundaring.pdf

For France, there are 12 us already and 4 places available in each retreat. Email sara@yogamoves.net.au for more information or phone 0415 363 313.

Two Pilgrimage Adventures in France: Bordeaux – Rocamadour and Les Ezyies (Lascaux) - Chartres 

Yoga, Feldenkrais, Meditation and Walking in South West France with Sara Elderfield and Jean-Luc Gilbert
 

TRIP DATES

Group 1: 3pm Saturday 23 September – 4pm Wednesday 4 October, 12 days, 11 nights

Group 2: 4pm - 6pm Sunday 1st October – 12pm Friday 13 October, 13 days, 12 nights

Total trip if doing both retreats:  21 days, 20 nights

Participants may attend one or both retreats. Outwardly, they will be very different retreats but as always, connected. Retreat 1 starts in Bordeaux. Both groups will join together for 1 night in Rocamadour and 2 nights in Les Eyzies as retreat 1 ends and retreat 2 begins. Retreat 1 ends in either St Emilion or Bordeaux. Retreat 2 ends in Chartres.

 

Two retreats in October 2016...

Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat in Balingup with Richard Yin October 2016.pdf   AND

Mindfulness Walk for CINI (Child In Need India) Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th October 2016 

Each of us ascribes our own meaning to the things we choose to do. We walk in many ways, for many reasons – to get somewhere, to keep fit, to give thanks, to demonstrate our support for others, to restore or challenge ourselves. We can walk and talk with our companions and we can walk in silence. We can go on a pilgrimage. We can even walk ‘wishlessly’ as Thich Nhat Hanh describes the practice of mindful walking meditation. Over time, maybe we can do all these things…
 
In October, we invite you to join us (Richard and Gaby Yin and Sara Elderfield) in the Perth hills for a walk in support of Child in Need India (CINI).  Since we began the meditation classes at Yoga Moves in 2009, we have been regularly supporting CINI and their work in educating children and young mothers that they may break free from the cycle of poverty, malnutrition and ill health that many are caught in. Walkers will have the opportunity to donate to CINI.

For more information about CINI (WA Charities: 21143) or to donate please see the website: www.CINIaustralia.org
 
The plan…

Walk for CINI 2016 - Logistics - Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October

For our walk in the Perth Hills there are two options:

Option One

Walk both days and stay overnight at Bibbulmun campsite.

Option Two

Walk either on Saturday or Sunday.

Description

Day One

Our first day follows the first two sections of the Bibbulmun Trek, with lunch at the first campsite Hewitt’s Hill after 12.1 km and camping at Ball Creek after 24.9 km. For the overnighters we will position a car or two at the Perth Hills Discovery Centre, 3 km away from our camp, so we won’t have to carry tents etc and dinner/breakfast for most of the day.

For the day walkers there are several access points along the way to shorten the walk. We can position a car after 9-10 km for a 3 hour walk, or after 15.7 km/5 hours or 19.5 km/6 hours [add an hour for lunch on the two longer sections]. Of course if you prefer you can just walk with us for a while and return to your car at any time. Logistics will depend how many people are interested in a particular length of walk.

Day Two

We are walking a circular route starting and ending at the Discovery Centre, so we can again leave our overnight gear in the car. The route is about 15 km long [plus the 3 km from the campsite to the Discovery Centre if you stay overnight] and involves some off track walking, so it would suit more experienced walkers.

What to do now

Fill out the attached questionnaire to register your interest and enable us to start organising transport and some overnight logistics. Food this time will be everyone’s responsibility, it’s byo lunch, snacks and drinks. Overnighters will organise dinner and breakfast in buddy groups. 

An email about what to bring, starting time and other details closer to the time. In the meantime just make sure your feet are well accustomed to your hiking shoes.

To book: please email Gaby Yin -  gabrieleyin@amnet.net.au and she will email you the booking questionaire.

 

Mindfulness and Meditation Weekend Retreat with Richard Yin at Origins Retreat Centre, Balingup 2016

A weekend course for those interested in learning to meditate or deepen their practice. Two classes each day will include a mixture of gentle movements, theory and guided sitting practice. New or continuing students welcome.

Richard Yin is a G.P. who has a long involvement with meditation and the Origins Centre. He has been teaching mindfulness meditation in Perth for the last 7 years. His secular, accessible style has made his courses very popular. Working as a doctor, running a small business and having a family of his own, he understands the stresses of current day life and how meditation might offer a path to finding peace in a frantic world. He understands meditation as a life-long practice, a vehicle for orientating a life towards one's values.

Venue: The Origins Retreat Centre, Balingup(153-157 JayesRoad) is a respite, retreat and activity centre governed by Origins Centre in Western Australia, a charitable not-for-profit NGO founded in 1983. Situated on 10 acres, the Centre is surrounded by beautiful gardens, trees and native bush and is on the Bibbulmun Track and Balingup Brook. Accommodation and all facilities at Origins are used on a donation basis. Please note that donations are not individually monitored and envelopes supplied give each donor the privacy they may require. Origins Centre is a drug and alcohol free zone. Origins is 2.5hours south east of Perth.

Dates: October 2016.

Time: Please arrive Friday night before 8pm so that you have time to orient yourself to the centre and set up your room. The first class will be on Saturday morning (TBA) and the retreat will finish at 12.30pm on Sunday.

What to bring: Your own bedding, towel, a torch and food (OC is an alcohol free zone). Your favourite meditation cushion if you have one. See website for more details http://originscentre.org

Bookings: If you are interested in attending, please send enquiries and bookings to Romy Steffel or Matthew Steffel at Origins Centre before 15th October. Phone 97641109 or origins@iinet.net.au When you book, you will be required to provide your email address, so Richard can send out preliminary material to you for reflection and response.

Cost: Accommodation and teaching by dana. Dana is often taken to simply mean donation or gift. Dana is a Buddhist teaching about generosity of spirit or the sharing of blessings, the aspiration to generate health and goodwill in all the cycles of giving and receiving; the transactions of daily life. In reflecting on the practice of dana one begins to understand the interdependence of life. Dana is a gift that supports the livelihood of the teacher and his family. In turn the teachings offered are to support you in meeting with life with wisdom and compassion. Each participant arrives at the amount of dana voluntarily. Teachers of the Dharma are supported by considerate donation. Following Buddhist tradition, Richard charges no fee for teaching.  It is customary to offer dana at the beginning of the class (there is usually a bowl at near the entrance). Giving prior to the teaching supports the experience of openness and generosity. 

 

Two Retreats in Corsica, France April 2016 -  Fully booked

Yoga, Feldenkrais, Meditation, Walking and Hiking the Mare e Monti Trail
April 13 - April 24 (or April 28), 2016 and April 20 - May 1, 2016 


Participants may attend one or both retreats. Outwardly, they will be very different retreats but as always, connected. Both groups will join each other for 3 nights as retreat 1 ends and retreat 2 begins.

Below is a little idea of Corsica 2016. For the full brochure contact Sara on 0415 363 313 or sara@yogamoves.net.au
 

Retreats with Sara Elderfield

I love retreats. I attended my first yoga, Feldenkrais and meditation retreat when I was 19 and retreat has been a regular part of my life ever since. As a teacher, this will be the 11th overseas retreat that I have led since the first one in Bali in 2000. In-between we have ‘retreated’ several times in Bali, three times in Nepal, Tibet, Vietnam and France in 2013. This will be the first retreat to Corsica and I am very excited to not only have a new retreat to offer but also to be leading it with my husband, Jean Luc.

There are many different ways to do a yoga and/or meditation retreat and the trips that I take groups on are not on the end of the spectrum of retreats that are entirely vegan/vegetarian, silent and require you to adhere to a particular philosophy or practice for the duration. (There are many excellent places all over the world set up to do this type of work but my personal view is that if that kind of work arises in a being, they have the motivation to seek it out for themselves and it’s usually done on one’s own with good instruction). And neither are trips with me holidays; they fall somewhere in–between. The retreats I lead are geared towards extending what people do once or twice a week in class to once or twice daily, adding in more opportunities to practice mindfulness in our usual daily life routines and also to make good use of the ‘fresh’ eyes and enthusiasm for exploring/life that usually comes with being in a different culture and away from our habitual schedules. Having time to review where one is in one’s life is also an important part of the life process that many people do not do regularly enough and the retreats also offer an opportunity to do this. Additionally, since the last Nepal/Tibet retreat in 2012 which included a trek, I now include walking or hiking as both part of the general retreat programme as well as leading dedicated walking retreats. All in all, we learn a lot, we have some amazing food and wine adventures and we have a lot of fun together.

‘Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom’. From, Man’s Search for Meaning by psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl

The structure of this retreat

Having two retreats came about for many reasons. In part, because of the extra time and effort we will take to get there; the incredible diversity and abundance of things to see and experience; but also as a way to cater for the vast differences in people’s physical abilities and interests when it comes to walking. Corsica is one of those places where short strolls, afternoon rambles, light hikes and mountain trekking are all accessible from almost any place you choose to stay and so, to come all the way to Corsica, if you are a ‘Walker with a capital W’, and not do one of the longer trails would be remiss!

Retreat 1, part 1

The first retreat will include Feldenkrais, yoga and meditation classes once or twice a day; light walks (45 minutes to 2 hours) and outings to various places of cultural, historical and/or culinary interest.

Retreat 1, part 2 and Retreat 2, part 1

Both groups will join together  for the end of retreat 1 and the beginning of retreat 2. Our group classes will mostly be in a local community centre. The second retreat will include yoga, meditation and Feldenkrais classes once or twice a day and light walks (1 to 3 hours) together and then we begin the 7 day hike/trek.

Retreat 1 ends and retreat 2 continues. Those leaving the retreat on Saturday 23rd April will be transferred south to Ajaccio (2 hour drive) and those continuing will transfer north to Serriera (30 minute drive). 

Retreat 2 part 2 Mare e Monti Sea and Mountains 7 day hike

‘There are moments when the walls of my mind grow thin; when nothing is unabsorbed.’ - From The Waves by Virginia Woolf

A walking retreat

Spending extended periods of time in nature has long been a part of mindfulness practices in all traditions across all cultures. Nature speaks directly to the heart that seeks to open and connect. Walking in nature demands our whole attention and the experience of our wholeness and connectedness to life is quickly visceral and transforming…

The Mare e Monti (Sea and Mountains) trail is one of the most popular walking trails in Corsica as it can be walked all year round and offers endless opportunities for spectacular views. It is usually a 9-11 day, 124.4km trail beginning and ending in Calenzana and Cargese, but for our purposes, we will only walk 7 sections/days, snaking our way from sea to mountains and mountains to sea following the orange markers. This part of the retreat is a true walkers’ retreat – meaning you will need proper mountain walking boots, your shoes will need to be well worn in and the walks are 5-8 hours per day for 7 days. There will be a short class with me daily which will be organised around our walk times and things to contemplate as we walk. We will have a support bus so you can also have a day off and not walk if necessary. Participants will only need to carry their personal items and water in a small day pack and Jean Luc will transport our luggage from village to village as we go.

Retreat Facilitator, Sara Elderfield

Sara has been teaching movement as a form of meditation practice for 18 years. She is a yoga teacher, a Feldenkrais Method practitioner and long-term meditator. Her teaching melds all three modalities as part of her ongoing interest in how our inner intentions are communicated through our posture and our way of moving through the world. (The gross and subtle shapes we make with ourselves do matter and do colour our experience of ourselves and ‘others’). By becoming more aware of how we are with ourselves in our yoga, Feldenkrais or meditation practices, we learn to have more choices physically, emotionally and in our thinking during our practice on the mat and, more importantly, in our day to day lives.
 
Sara grew up in Indonesia, Burma, country W.A. and Perth. She studied literature at U.W.A. for three years before meeting her teacher, Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche in 1993. In addition to the classes which run at the Shenton Park studio throughout the year, Sara has taught in numerous workplaces and schools throughout Perth and the south-west and has previously taken groups to Bali, Nepal, Tibet and Vietnam for yoga and meditation retreats. This will be the second retreat in France.

 

Local retreats like the one described below (October 2013) will also happen later in 2016.

Walk

Thursday 24th October – Sunday 27th October 2013

Each of us ascribes our own meaning to the things we choose to do. We walk in many ways, for many reasons – to get somewhere, to keep fit, to give thanks, to demonstrate our support for others, to restore or challenge ourselves. We can walk and talk with our companions and we can walk in silence. We can go on a pilgrimage. We can even walk ‘wishlessly’ as Thich Nhat Hanh describes the practice of mindful walking meditation. Over time, maybe we can do all these things…

In October, we invite you to join us in the south-west for a walk in support of Child in Need India (CINI).  Since we began the meditation classes at Yoga Moves in 2009, we have been regularly supporting CINI and their work in educating children and young mothers that they may break free from the cycle of poverty, malnutrition and ill health that many are caught in. Walkers will have the opportunity to ask friends and family to support them via online donation.

For more information about CINI (WA Charities: 21143) or to donate please see the website: www.CINIaustralia.org

The Plan

Day 1, Thursday 24th October

Drive Perth to Glen Mervyn Dam near Mumbullap 220 km

Lunch and start at Glen Mervyn Dam. 6.2km walk with afternoon tea at the pub in Mumballup.

Walk 5.7 km to Noggerup campsite and camp overnight.

Day 2, Friday 25th October

Walk to Lowden Grimwade Road 12.1 km

Lunch with support crew and new walkers

Walk to Grimwade campsite 9.8 km and camp overnight

Day 3, Saturday 26th October

Walk to Grimwade Road 15.7 km

Lunch with support crew and any new walkers

Walk to Origins Centre 10.5km

Pot luck dinner and celebration

Day 4, Sunday 27th October

10am Morning sit in rotunda with Richard and Michael

Lunch, pack and clean up

Leave for Perth (those wishing to stay on at the Centre for longer are welcome to do so if there is availability).

Walk options: The Bibbulman Track on this section leads through forest and farmland, following many creeks and old railway formations. The distance covered will be between 12 and 26 kms, the nights will be spent in open huts and/or tents. Walkers may join us on Thursday, Friday and even for the last part of Saturday. As this is a multi-reasoned walk for the meditation school, some parts of the walk will be done in silence and meditation instruction given.

Non walk options: Supporters are very welcome! For those unable to walk long distances but wishing to join in, we welcome ‘supporters’ happy to drive supplies in to us on the Friday and/or Saturday, eat lunch with us on those days and help with food preparation on Saturday. Sunday morning meditation is open to all.

Meeting: As people register their interest for the weekend, I will add your names to an email database and you will receive updates about optional training walks, logistical things, answers to questions posed by others that may be of relevance etc. There will be a meeting at the end of August for those who definitely plan to attend the walk and/or weekend so that we can talk through logistics. If you have any questions in the meantime please email Sara: sara@yogamoves.net.au

Open and optional practice walks in Perth: In the lead up to the October walk – we will be getting together for some optional ‘practice’ walks in King’s Park and Bold Park. We will plot different routes each time and gradually walk longer distances. All those who have attended meditation classes at the studio are welcome to attend the practice walks (even if you are not walking in Balingup in October). Richard and/or Michael will give us some instruction for walking (parts of the October walk and some parts of the practice walks will be in silence to promote mindfulness).

If you would like to join in in the practice walks please email me and I will add you to the list and the times and other details will be emailed to you as soon as we have them. If you booked on behalf of someone else please forward this email to them and ask them to email me directly.

Practice walk dates: Sunday 25th August, Sunday 15th September, Sunday 22nd September, Sunday 6th October and Sunday 20th October. (These may change so please make sure Sara has you on the CINI walkers email tree). The times will be decided closer to the time and emailed to those wanting to attend.

Joining the walk as a walker or a supporter: If you are interested in joining us for any or the entire walk or as support crew at the Centre please email Sara: sara@yogamoves.net.au with your plans and accommodation request. Sara and Emily will be co-ordinating the group jointly so you may receive replies from either.

Accommodation: Origins Retreat Centre, Balingup. The O.C. is a respite, retreat and activity centre governed by Origins Centre in Western Australia, a charitable not-for-profit NGO founded in 1983. Situated on 10 acres, the Centre is surrounded by beautiful gardens, trees and native bush and is on the Bibbulmun Track and Balingup Brook. Origins Centre is a drug and alcohol free zone.

All amenities, accommodation and facilities are available on a donation basis.

To book a room or tent site at the centre please email Sara with your dates as she will be managing the accommodation on behalf of the Origins Centre.

For more details and photos please see the website: http://origins.mysouthwest.com.au

Address: 153-157 Jayes Road, Balingup.

 

France 2013

The yoga and meditation retreat with Sara to France in April 2013 is fully booked.

Last morning of French retreat Post photo

2014

Due to the extra workload of the Feldenkrais training programme 2014 - 2017, I currently have no plans for more overseas retreats for a while. (Number 10 seemed like a good number to pause on). However, for those of you interested in opportunities to do Mindfulness meditation in a retreat setting, one of my teachers, Chime Shore holds regular weekend and week long retreats at the Origins Centre in Balingup.

You can view the Origins Retreat Centre and more details about the activities available there on the website: http://origins.mysouthwest.com.au

For accommodation, enrollments or enquiries contact (08) 97 641 275

  • Mindfulness Weekends at Origins Centre, Balingup
  • May Mindfulness Retreat with Chime at Origins Centre, Balingup
  • September Mindfulness Retreat with Chime at Origins Centre

For those interested in travelling to Victoria or New Zealand for meditation instruction please see Tarchin Hearn's website: www.greendharmatreasury.org