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Spring Equinox Retreat: Meditation, Yoga, & Sound Healing

Join Jessica Bowles E-RYT 500 and Megan McFadden RYT 500 for a tranquil women’s retreat to unwind, replenish, and renew! This 4-day retreat is being held in the beautiful NC mountains,  just outside of Asheville, during the Spring equinox. Each day will consist of daily meditation, gentle yoga (open to all levels), healing ceremonies, nurturing rituals, and delicious farm fresh vegetarian meals.   The retreat will also include special guest teacher Jules Wyatt for evening events of Sound Healing meditation and Crystal Grid Healing.


Dates: March 21st - 24th 2019

Location:  Prama Institute & Wellness Center - 182 Ananda Girisuta Dr. Marshall NC

Program fee:  $399 *

* $100 off! Early bird special… ONLY $299 !! (Ends January 15th)

Accommodations (Meals included):  
Shared Dorm Room - $99 per night
Shared Private Room (Double Occupancy) - $130 per night

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Program Schedule

Thursday March 21, 2019

3:00 – 4:00         Arrival/Registration

4:00 – 5:15          Gentle Yoga & Yoga Nidra Class (optional)

5:30 - 6:30          Dinner

7:00 - 9:00         Program Session 1: Opening Ceremony and Full moon practice

9:00 - 9:30          Bonfire/Burning Bowl Ceremony

10:00  PM       Lights Out

 

Friday March 22

 8:30 – 9:15 AM    Morning Meditation (optional)

9:15 – 10:00        Breakfast

10:00 –11:30     Program Session 2:   Letting go & Learning from nature

12:00- 1:00          Lunch

1:00 – 3:00           Free Time

3:00 -  4:30     Program Session 3:  Planting seeds & Cultivating your dreams

5:30 - 6:30           Dinner

7:00 - 8:00          Evening event: Sound Healing Meditation

8:00 - 9:00           Evening tea

10:00  PM        Lights Out

 

Saturday March 23

 8:30 – 9:15 AM     Morning Meditation (optional)

9:15 – 10:00          Breakfast

10:00 –11:30       Program Session 4:   Bring balance to your life

12:00- 1:00            Lunch

1:00 – 3:00           Free Time

3:00 -  4:30      Program Session 5:  Current Astrology and how to utilize it

5:30 - 6:30            Dinner

7:00 - 8:00           Evening event:  Crystal Grid Healing

8:00 - 9:00            Bonfire/Burning Bowl Ceremony

10:00  PM         Lights Out

Sunday March 24

 8:30 – 9:15 AM      Morning Meditation (optional)

9:15 – 10:00          Breakfast

10:00 –11:45       Program Session 6:  Taking your practice home

12:00- 1:00            Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 PM     Departure

Session Details:
 
Program 1:  Opening Ceremony and Full moon practice

During our first evening session, you will discover the importance of the Spring equinox and how to utilize this time for growth and renewal.  You will then be guided through a yoga practice of balancing Moon Salutations and releasing restorative postures, followed by a Full Moon ceremony of meditation, guided journaling, and an outdoor bonfire.

Led by: Jessica & Megan

Program 2:  Letting go & Learning from nature

As the seasons shift so do we! One’s mood can change with the seasons, as well as immune system response, and metabolic rate. During this morning session you will experience and learn Therapeutic Yoga practices that will help you ground your energy and grow strong roots while adapting to the new growth of Spring.  Therapeutic Yoga is the adaption of Yogic practices aimed to address specific conditions and achieve healing on all levels of the being. In this class we will address the transition from winter to spring and learn a practice for integrating into the season of bloom!

Led by: Megan

Program 3:   Planting seeds & Cultivating your dreams

Spring is the perfect time to plant seeds of intention that you would like to manifest into our life.  During this afternoon session we will explore techniques for how to bring abundant and positive change into our life through guided journaling, visualization,  the ritual of mala making, gentle yoga practice, and japa meditation. Mala beads are string of 108 beads used for meditation.   Japa meditation which is a technique of silent mantra (repetition) is used with mala beads to calm the mind and inwardly connect.

Led by: Jessica

Friday evening event:  Sound Healing Meditation -

Raise your internal vibration with intent of letting go of stagnant energy during this session with the use of crystal singing bowls tuned to the individual chakras. Guided meditation focused on the chakras to help focus on specific areas of energy to open and refresh the overall flow of energy followed by improvised play to relax you and allow you to attend your own personal journey of renewal.

Led by: Jules

Program 4:  Bring balance to your life

During this morning session, we will explore the areas in our lives that need more balance and how to utilize the knowledge of Ayurveda (Science of Life) and the 10 essential ingredients for health. By understanding of the elements and their qualities we can obtain balance between our mind, body, and environment by living in flow with the cycles of life.  This class will include discussion, journaling, and an energizing Spring yoga practice.

Led by: Jessica

Program 5:  Current Astrology and how to utilize it

This afternoon session will be a deep dive into practical Astrology.  You will learn to follow the rhythms and cycles of the sky and understand how the moon, sun, and planets can affect your energetic atmosphere. We will also be moving through a gentle practice, utilizing their connection with knowledge of the planets

Led by: Megan

Saturday evening event:  Crystal Grid Healing

Experience a healing meditation in our own room sized crystal grid! Crystals will be placed in the room in a grid formation to enhance energy flow from person to person and using sound via crystal bowls and drums to continue our practice of flushing out the old and making room for the new. Each attendant will sit or lay in the crystal grid in an area of the room that speaks to them most and receive a set of crystals that are charged during this ceremony. We will then continue the healing by having a burning bowl ceremony with the intention of what we want to bring into our lives.

Led by: Jules

Program 6:  Taking your practice home

During the Sunday morning session you will learn how to include healing rituals in your life, how to create a personal altar for home practice, and nurturing daily yoga techniques. You will be led through an awakening yoga practice and closing celebration ceremony!

Led: Jessica & Megan

Retreat leaders & Special Guest:
 
Jessica Bowles has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1996, receiving her 230hr RYT training through Bodhi Tree Yoga School in Charlotte NC and her 500hr RYT from Asheville Yoga Center.  She has also taught these healing practices in the Lake Norman area for the past 12 years.  Her primary influences are the teachings of Erich Schiffmann and Michael Stone. 
 
Megan McFadden is a certified therapeutic yoga teacher.  She received her training at Agama Yoga Healing Center in Thailand, where she lived and immersed in yoga study and practice.  She has practiced yoga for 7 years and studied over 1000 hours in yoga theory, she views meditation as the essential foundation of her Hatha Yoga practice.
 
Julia Wyatt is a licensed massage therapist, Reiki level II practitioner, and sound therapy healer. She utilizes quartz crystal singing bowls and tuning forks which work with the human bio field. The sound frequencies of the bowls and tuning forks help to heal and balance our bodies by removing blockages in the bodies energy channels, as well as stimulating and opening the main energy centers, known as chakras.