Friday, 17 July 2015

A Spring Yoga Retreat

A wonderful opportunity to do yoga at leisure, at a lovely place only one hour drive drive from Cape Town city. At Fynbos Estate, you feel secluded and welcome, a great place to easily connect to your inner peace.

● 5 Nights and 6 days over the Septembelong weekend, 23 – 28th 2015.
Arrive Wednesday evening, leave Monday afternoon.
● Shorter period options available – please see lower down.
Book your Early Bird Special – Save R 750 Now!
Contact Johann
● R 4 000 – proof of payment by 20 July. After 20 July it’s R 4 750.
● R 4 250 if you pay R 2 000 deposit by 20 July.
Rest, heal and do yoga at your leisure 
Experience 5 days and 6 nights of restorative yoga in tranquil surrounds, on a working wine farm against the Paarl mountains. Johann Kotze, your host, has over 25 years of teaching expertise, and invites beginner and more advanced practitioners to come enjoy his mixed level integrated, holistic yoga practice.
Restore your connection with inner peace
A retreat is a great start to effortlessly experience and explore inner peace, and help you maintain that connection alive in your day-to-day living. Read more  further down this page. 
The energy of a retreat venue, i.e. the integrity of the space, owners and managers of the venue, is vital. Visit the Fynbos Estate website and see for yourself :-))
● The Thursday 24th is a public holiday (Heritage Day) – so you only have to take off from work the Friday and Monday.
● Room with 2 persons sharing, 3 meals and 2 teatimes per day.
● Includes one bodywork therapy and a one-on one yoga consultation.
● 4 yoga, meditation, workshop and satsang sessions total of minimum 4 hours daily.
● Additional activities like wine tasting, hiking and horse riding may be arranged if there is demand.
Shorter retreat options i.e. weekend only or day visitors
Variations of payment options are possible for weekend only, one day, alternative attendance options.
Please note the special rate as per package is R 800 per day + 1 night /3 meals, including yoga activities.
Cost per night and day is R 950 per person, sharing a room.
Please Contact me with any enquiries.
True inner peace
A retreat is a place far away from the humdrum and excitement of our lives. The “far away” I refer to is not so much geographical distance, rather a state of mind. A yoga retreat is a time set aside, away from the humdrum and excitement of our lives.
Time to stretch, breathe, and relax at leisure, without the demands that usually precedes and follows classes. For our retreat I envision a time of easy going fun and transformation, as the venue lends itself to enjoyment of meals and mealtimes, creature comforts and good yoga.
Recently, in my Saturday morning class, I was suddenly seized by an urge to share a simple but significant experience I had, just before class. I was sitting on the beach, my head was full of thoughts, as it often is, so I wanted to clear it an enjoy a quick dip in the ocean. I took along an orange and small flask of tea to bask with in the sunshine after the cold water. I closed my eyes, not thinking of, or trying to be awesome or zen or anything like that, only wanting to appreciate the warmth, and taste of the treats.
I got way more than I bargained for – for a moment I experienced a richness that cannot be contained in words, and as such, cannot be acquired by any other means than the experience itself. This is, possibly, true inner peace.
Most of us occasionally have, or have had such experiences. The remind us that inner peace is real, and is always there, under the surface, inside us. Yet is more often than not buried under a pile of distractions, misdirections, business. What is biblically refereed to as “the peace  that pass experiences of all understanding” is often, erroneously and at great peril, thought of as mystical illusion, rather than practical reality.
Yet inner peace naturally arise, on occasion, as I described. To make best of this profound wonder, one has to practice to recognise the powerful but subtle nature of inner peace, be open to such moments, and develop the awareness and skill to evoke or call up the experience of inner peace at will. This requires practice and skill. Possibly not something that is learned in one day, or on one retreat, but a yoga class, or a yoga retreat is a great place to start.
In peace
Johann Kotze Music & Yoga,

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