Awakening Shakti

Awakening Shakti

A yoga immersion to reconnect to divine feminine power himalayan kriya yoga, tantra, restorative yoga, cyclical wisdom and sisterhood

22nd – 30th August 2019 |Penestanan, Bali, Indonesia


5000AED inclusive of meals and shared accommodation
8000AED inclusive of meals and private accommodation
Register at returntotheself.co.uk/retreats/awakeningshakti2019


Yogafirst and Return to the Self inspire you to reconnect, awaken and nurture your Shakti or Feminine Energy.

An intensive 9 day retreat for yoginis looking to reconnect to themselves and their yoga practice in a beautiful, natural and peaceful setting and a supportive, empowering environment.

We invite you to an exploration of the divine feminine through Himalayan Kriya Yoga, Tantra, Yoga Nidra, Womb Yoga and Restorative yoga practices. This is a retreat for those who are looking for post-lineage practices from teachers who have decades of lineage based yoga study and together, weave a unique web of practices aligned with the feminine.

This retreat is suitable for all women especially graduates of our 200-hour courses, yoga teachers and open minded yoga students. It also forms part of our 200 hour yoga teacher training and may be taken instead of any other UAE ‘Module 3’ course.



Included on your retreat:

• Single or shared accommodation for 9 nights in deluxe suites at beautiful Ananda Cottages near Ubud, Bali
• Daily breakfast buffet including fresh fruit, juices, cooked options at Ananda Cottages
• Health, delicious, Organic Vegetarian lunch at Paddy Point Restaurant
• 8 days of divine feminine yoga practices with Jo and Peewee at the ‘Under the Banyan Tree’ shala in Penestanan, Ubud
• 2 cultural trips to see the beauty of Bali including a spiritual trip with Balinese Priestess Luh Manis to Kintamani
• Morning transport from Ananda Cottages to the Banyan Tree (2km)
• Local insight and a full area guide written by Ubud resident Jo
• Our love, compassion and full support on your yoga journey, wherever you are right now

5000AED inclusive of meals and shared accommodation
8000AED inclusive of meals and private accommodation early bird prices
for full payments made before 30 April 2019

9,500AED and 7,000AED after May 1st 2019


The Awakening Shakti Program

We nurture a sacred space so you can focus on a living experience of your feminine essence and power, your wisdom, inner voice and sensual self.
• An introduction to the feminine energies of the Maha Vidyas (The Great Wisdom Goddesses) and how these connect to the female life cycle and the energy body
• Himalayan Kriya Yoga to reconnect to Goddess energy within the subtle body including ‘Sanpoorna Shakti Sadhana’ (energy practices) and learnings on the subtle body relationship between the chakra system and the goddess within.
• Flow Yoga Sequences for moon time (during the menstrual cycle)
• Hatha Yoga Dynamic sequences for goddess energy including Peewee’s ‘Kali Flow’
• Nada Yoga (mantra, chanting & mediation) on different aspects of the goddess
• Menstruality consciousness – a reimagining of the menstrual cycle as our ‘guiding star’ and source of spiritual power. Healing practices for the menstrual cycle
• Womb Yoga (tantric practices) to connect to the ‘seat of the self’ including the Pancha Kosha Sequence and the Pawnee Dance of Life
• Restorative Yoga and Yoga to enter deep states of relaxation including nourishing Yoga Nidra
• Yoga for key female life stages: Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga basics – the energies of Bhuvaneshwari and Chinnamasta
• A embodied, conscious dance experience of connection with Ubud based facilitator, dancer and feminine embodiment creatrix Mana Mei
• Sacred circle space to share openly in sisterhood
• A bliss ceremony to complete the retreat including a co-created flower mandala


Why A Woman’s Retreat For Women By Women

Women have made up over 97% of our Yogafirst 200hr graduate population and both Peewee and Jo navigate our own personal yoga practices as modern householder practitioners with families.

This beautiful week will nourish you as a practice intensive and as an opportunity to spread your yoga wings personally and professionally as you empower yourself with new practices and pathways.

This training takes us beyond the well worn and respected carpet of male lineage hatha yoga asana practice into the diverse and fascinating worlds of Himalayan Kriya Yoga (offered through Peewee) and Tantric Womb Yoga Practices and Restorative Practices (offered through Jo). We believe it is the dual wings of abhyasa typically translated as ‘practice’ and vairagya or ‘liberation from desire’ that will lead you to fly!

We unravel the energy body and explore Adi Shakti in all her forms शक्ति Shakti is the energy and power that lives in all beings and flows through the universe. We will explore the Tantric Maha Vidya Practices from Himalayan Kriya Yoga which gives you the 10 aspects of Shakti and the gateways to liberation through Godess Energy.

Peewee shares kriya techniques to lift energy up the spine while Jo guides you to reconnect and surrender into your true abundance. We explore both the path of fire and light in Himalayan Kriya and the path of earth and water in Yoni Shakti practices (Womb Yoga). Through this special combination we will explore the female life cycles and access the power of the feminine in all forms, exploring symbolism intellectually and experientially. This will give us a deeper understanding of what it really means to be a female yoga practitioner in the 21st century, and our responsibilities through our craft for service to others and at the same time honoring our own bodies.

This experience is for all those looking for the next step, something more, on all levels of being. This is for those looking for authentic yoga guided by non-commercially orientated teachers. This is an opportunity to retreat from city life and practice in a spiritually abundant setting in the lush tranquil rice fields of Ubud, Bali whilst being nourished in sisterhood.

Awakening Shakti is a retreat to offer reverence for the life-giving and life-creating power of the divine feminine. Tuning to goddess energy is a potent healer and awakening. When we honour and respect her, we invite balance, peace, harmony and most of all love into our beings.

We are inspired to share our own practice passions and offer our students practices to explore their power, instinctive & intuitive inner voice and create abundance. We pick up golden threads in the tapestry of yoga, which serve us as women and offer these to you as cherished gifts.


Daily Program


Thursday 22nd August 2019
Arrival day and settling in – no yoga classes
Please try to arrive in the afternoon if possible. We will personally come to pick up all those who arrive before 8pm from the airport

Friday 23rd August 2019
INTRODUCTION TO THE MAHA VIDYAS AND TO THE ENERGY OF KALI
6.30-9am – morning yoga practice at the Banyan Tree
9-11.00am – breakfast and rest time at Ananda Cottages
11.00-1.00pm – learning session at the Banyan Tree 1.00-2.30 – lunch at Paddy Point
2.30-5.30 – evening yoga practice at the Banyan Tree

Saturday 24th August 2019
TARA – THE GUIDING STAR
6.30-9am – morning yoga practice at the Banyan Tree
9-11.00am – breakfast and rest time at Ananda Cottages
11.00-1.00pm – learning session at the Banyan Tree 1.00-2.30 – lunch at Paddy Point
2.30-5.30 – evening yoga practice at the Banyan Tree

Sunday 25th August 2019
Spiritual Excursion to Kintamani Mountains and Forest with Luh Manis including ritual cleansing bathing afternoon off

Monday 26th August 2019
BHUVANESHWARI – THE GODDESS OF ABUNDANCE
6.30-9am – morning yoga practice at the Banyan Tree
9-11.00am – breakfast and rest time at Ananda Cottages
11.00-1.00pm – learning session at the Banyan Tree 1.00-2.30 – lunch at Paddy Point
2.30-5.30 – evening yoga practice at the Banyan Tree

Tuesday 27th August
CHINNAMASTA – I AM NOT THIS MIND
6.30-9am – morning yoga practice at the Banyan Tree
9-11.00am – breakfast and rest time at Ananda Cottages
11.00-1.00pm – learning session at the Banyan Tree
1.00-2.30 – lunch at Paddy Point
2.30-5.30 – evening yoga practice at the Banyan Tree


Wednesday 28th August
CHINNAMASTA – I AM NOT THIS MIND
6.30-9am – morning yoga practice at the Banyan Tree
9-11.00am – breakfast and rest time at Ananda Cottages
11.00-1.00pm – learning session at the Banyan Tree
1.00-2.30 – lunch at Paddy Point
2.30-5.30 – evening yoga practice at the Banyan Tree

Thursday 29th August
THE ENERGY OF BHAIRAVI
6.30-9am – morning yoga practice at the Banyan Tree
9-11.00am – breakfast and rest time at Ananda Cottages
11.00-1.00pm – learning session at the Banyan Tree
1.00-2.30 – lunch at Paddy Point
2.30-5.30 – evening yoga practice at the Banyan Tree

Friday 30th August
Cultural trip to Gunung Kawi Temple/Penglipuran Vilage & Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Graduation ceremony and flower mandala
Women’s Embodied Dance with Mana Mei

Saturday 31st August
Check out of Ananda Cottages by 11am and goodbyes


About The Retreat Facilitators

Peewee Sanchez YOGAFIRST RYS (Registered Yoga School)

Peewee has been the lead trainer at Yogafirst since 2009 and has taught on retreats and trainings worldwide from India to Jordan. Bringing 25+ years of meditation and asana practice to her teaching, her qualities are flexibility of body and mind, clear accessible communication and adapting to the needs of specific individuals and groups with an open heart. Peewee is an advanced yoga practitioner and is guided by her intuitive voice and kundalini energy connection. A devoted student of her guru, Pradeep Ullal, Peewee now shares her passion for Himalayan Kriya Yoga worldwide. She also trains teachers in Swing Yoga (a style of aerial yoga) and is the mother of 2 young and exceptional adults and several cats.

Jo Arganaraz ERYT500

Jo has taught trainings and retreats globally for over 15 years and is passionate about yoga which has bought huge abundance to her life including 2 (active!) young children. Jo has taught on 16+ 200hr Yoga Teacher Trainings since 2015 alongside Peewee. She has been passionate about the divine feminine since discovering prenatal yoga (and is now teaching her own YTT in prenatal yoga). Jo is a devoted student of the divine feminine both as a student and through pilgrimages to goddess temples worldwide. Jo manages all the administration for the retreat and ensures you are looked after whilst in Bali and her now hometown Ubud. Coming from a language teaching background, Jo brings an insight into training and learning methodology to ensure courses are dynamic and interactive.

Jo and Peewee are down to earth, compassionate, nurturing and enthusiastic ‘householder’ yoga practitioners who come together as a great team. We have had consistent feedback about the harmony of our partnership as trainers and we believe that this teamwork and spirit of collaboration is at the heart of our positive ‘can-do’ flexible attitude in all things we do.


We are thrilled to be collaborating with Sanna and Skye from The Banyan Tree, Penestanan, Ubud, Bali. The shala is a high vibrational sacred space, built next to a Vishnu temple and is a non commercial space for true yoga to be shared. The big ‘Avatar-like’ Banyan tree that rises above the shala gives a special presence. The studio, as most in Bali, offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. It is equipped with Yoga props and a bathroom for our exclusive use. We will have exclusive use of the space during our sessions allowing us to delve deeply into our yoga practice with serenity and privacy. The location is close to Ubud in the village on Penestanan which offers peace and tranquility.
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A healthy, delicious breakfast is included (daily) in the dining hall. Ananda Cottages are located in the just outside the village of Penestanan, 25 minutes walk from the village centre of Ubud. Our accommodation includes blissful rural views surrounded by lush, green, fertile rice paddies.

In each cottage, the Balinese architecture, and décor, is of hotel standard, while all the modern conveniences expected by the discerning international traveller are here. All rooms are air-conditioned and have exotic garden bathrooms, conveying the essence of the tropics. So, it’s ideal for those used to a good level of comfort. Please expect ghekkos on the walls and understand that the location is tropical, meaning mosquitos and ants will also share your room from time to time.
The property has 3 swimming pools and a spa for your rest and relaxation time!

Ananda Cottages is a 2km walk to The Banyan Tree, so we will be providing morning transport as part of your package. It’s a very scenic 30 minute walk for the keen walkers.




Paddy Point

We will enjoy lunch at Paddy Point – our Balinese
friend Neko’s restaurant.

The views from the restaurant and ambiance is amazing. Neko’s place is located in the middle of a rice field (hence the name). Just a few minutes walk from Penestanan and the Banyan Tree, but a beautiful feeling of being in picturesque & peaceful surroundings.

Neko used to work in 5 star hotels around Ubud (including the highly regarded Amandari) and brings his years in the trade to his own beautiful business.

His food is so delicious, it may be the highlight of your trip. Expect the best Ubud has to offer and an amazing vegetarian feast.


Spiritual/Cultural tour to Kintamani with Balinese Priestess

Luh Manis will lead us on a cultural and spiritual excursion to the her homeland (Kintamani) and we will watch the majestic sunrise over Mount Batur, participate in a walking mediation and sacred traditional offering in a sacred forest and ritually cleanse in the water temple of Tampaksiring.

Luh will introduce us to the traditional and uniquely Balinese philosophy of Tri Hita Karana, which translates as ‘three causes of well-being’. It refers to harmony among people, harmony with nature and the environment, and harmony with God. These three principles guide many aspects of Balinese life, from daily rituals to Balinese architecture.

Born and raised in Bali, Lu is a trained ‘Jero’ or Balinese priestess, who has responsibility in her local community to lead ceremonies. On becoming a Jero, she found her sensitivity to energy heightened, so turned to yoga and mediation to balance it.

We are very lucky to have Lu join us for our Awakening Shakti retreat. Her Shakti is powerful and connected!


Cultural Excursion to Gunung Kawi and Waterfall

Jo will lead an excursion to 11th century ‘Gunung Kawi’, just a 25 minute drive from Ubud. Gunung Kawi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (one of the few in Bali) in a beautiful valley. We will arrive as dawn and pass picturesque ricefields and descend the 250 steps to the 10 rock-cut
‘candi’ (shrines) that are carved into some 7-metre-high sheltered niches of the sheer cliff face. Each is believed to be a memorial to a member of 11th-century Balinese royalty. In the early morning with the site to ourselves, we will practice pranayama and chanting ‘on location’.

We will travel to the traditional and beautifully preserved Balinese village of Penglipuran for breakfast and a stroll in the Bamboo Forest.

We complete our trip with an adventurous descent to beautiful Tukad Cepung Waterfall to refresh and invigorate.


Training does not include:
• Flights to Bali and flight transfers (although we will arrange an airport pick for you)
• Afternoon meal on Sunday 25th August
• Dinner (meals in Bali are economical starting around 20AED+ for a budget choice. There are several nice places to eat healthy, delicious food near Ananda Cottages and there is the
option to eat at the resort.)
• Evening transport back to Ananda Cottages. Taxis are very cheap in Bali

Registration:

Online: Register here Returntotheself.co.uk/retreats/awakeningshaktiaug2019/registration
Deposits and Payments:
Discounted rate: Shared accommodation 5000aed
Single, private accommodation 8000aed
3,000AED (non refundable) deposit is required to secure your place by March 1st 2019
for the discounted rate.

The remainder of 2,000AED (shared accommodation) or 5,000 (private accommodation)
is due by May 1st 2019 for the discounted rate.
After May 2nd 2019, total prices increase to 6,000AED (shared accommodation) and 9,000AED (private accommodation) respectively
Deposits are payable to:

JOANNE ARGANARAZ, HSBC BANK
IBAN AE040200000021882667001, Acc no 021-882667-001, BurDubai
(Personal address Photosolutions, Concorde Tower, PO Box 126732 Dubai),
Swift Code: BBME AEAD

namaste

Peewee Sanchez:
Twitter: @peeweeyogafirst Url: yogafirst-me.com Tel: +971503746207 Email: peewee@yogafirst-me.com

Jo Arganaraz:
Twitter: @returntotheself Url: returntotheself.co.uk Tel: +971558813673 Email: jo.arganaraz@gmail.com