Women's Yoga Retreat | WILTSHIRE
24 – 26 March 2017
with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Sivani Mata Francis
at Cleeve House, Seend, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6PG
For all women and our female relatives...
a women only retreat space for nurture and
nourishment over the Mother’s Day weekend.
Come and celebrate Mother’s Day weekend in the beautiful Wiltshire early spring time countryside with your favourite female relatives. Uma-Dinsmore-Tuli and Sivani Mata will be holding a nourishing women’s retreat with lots of deep relaxation, sound, yoga movement and dance, country walks, tasty vegetarian food and bhakti yoga - the yoga of devotion.
Everything on the programme is optional, delightful and shared with beauteous joy straight from our hearts to yours to celebrate the living earth, to honour the living intelligence of your bodies, and to bring you close to the sweetly intuitive voice of your own heart’s wisdom. Listen: she’s calling you home! JAI MA!
We invite you to celebrate the energy of the goddess with us. Bring yourself! And if you are able, please bring also your beloved female relatives with you: bring your mother, your best friend, your favourite Auntie, your mother-in-law, your niece, your god-daughter... your favourite adopted granny or your favourite female neighbour, yoga teacher, or just yourself!
COST and BOOKING
£325 full price (one person), £295 each with a beloved female relative or friend (includes the full programme of yogic offerings, all meals, and shared accommodation)
For more information and booking go to: www.naturalmysticbhajans.co.uk/calendar/womensretreat/
STATEMENT of INCLUSION
A genuine welcome and appropriate support for women considering attending any of our courses from Uma:
"Please know that I warmly welcome all women of all stages of life to my courses. My assistants and I and make every effort to ensure that everyone is genuinely supported and honoured by providing appropriate practices during courses, retreats and workshops.
There is no exclusion from practice or teaching space on account of womanly needs. For example, menstruating women are offered suitable practices to support their bleed time, menopausal woman are given opportunities to rest and/or adjust room temperature as necessary, and pregnant women are provided with the props and time and space they need to be at ease in the learning/retreat environment.
Lactating women are welcome to express milk, and/or to feed their children in comfort in the main class space if they chose, or to be provided with an alternative comfortable and appropriate space to do so. Lactating women will never be asked by myself or any of my assistants to go into the toilets to express milk or feed their babies on my courses, and menstruating, premenstrual or menopausal women will never be excluded from practice because of their current physical or emotional needs.
I walk my talk. I care very passionately indeed about the rights of women to celebrate the experiences of being a woman, including menstruating, navigating the premenstruum, ovulating, being pregnant, menopausal or breastfeeding and expressing milk. I spent three years of my life pregnant, eight years of my life breastfeeding, and seven years as a breastfeeding counsellor, where I saw that disrespectful attitudes towards breastfeeding adversely impacted on women’s confidence and capacity to breastfeed feed their children. As an advocate of conscious menstruality, I also observe that the cyclical fluxes of menstrual and menopausal experiences are neither recognised nor honoured by many yoga teaching approaches ,and this disempowers women by encouraging a disconnection from their naturally arising flow and change at emotional and physical levels.
I observe that in many yoga teaching environments there is an implicit disrespect or exclusion of menstruating, menopausal, premenstrual, pregnant or lactating women simply because their physical and emotional needs are disregarded, or seen to be inconvenient and disruptive to the general flow of teaching. As an antidote to this, I actively welcome the opportunity to met these needs in my courses and workshops as a chance to encounter a deeper and broader range of yoga practice appropriate to all stages of life.
I seek to ensure that on my courses nobody is disrespected or excluded because of their experiences or women’s life stages. Everyone is invited to be comfortable and at ease, knowing that their particular life stage experiences are honoured and welcome."