Yoga Workshops & Retreats

Yoga for Changing Times – an online project

This is an evolving project. My intention is to offer a series of workshops- like a spiral growing and opening up over an indeterminate period. The workshops address how yoga can support us through the changing and often challenging times we are living through.

 ‘A shift in consciousness may sound grandiose to some, insufficient to others. But we live in a time of growing awareness of the intimate connections between outer and inner worlds’
(from The Future We Choose, by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac)

Yoga for Changing Times is for practitioners or yoga teachers wanting to explore how the essential teaching and practice of yoga can make a ripple effect for change in our daily lives. We dive in deep, so some experience is helpful, but essentially I’m hoping to create a diverse community of people working creatively with yoga and some of the important issues facing our planet and the people living here in these changing times.

The project began in 2019 in person in Dublin. It moved online in the pandemic in 2020 and has since acquired an international flavour. It remains an online project. We meet on Zoom for two 3-hour sessions over weekends. The timing is chosen to suit both European and transatlantic time zones. 

See here for details of upcoming workshops

‘The state of yoga … is a beginning and not an end-point … a momentary state, the initiator of a process which transforms both our perception and our being in the world.’ (Peter Hersnack)

In essence, yoga is a philosophical and spiritual teaching for living freely and fully in the world. The practice on the mat allows for a change on a cellular level. In a world which is changing so rapidly, our relationship with yoga can be a support, but it needs to be a living support, which can change as we do – and allow for a transformation of consciousness which is needed to move into the future.

The practice on the mat is like a laboratory for exploration which has the potential to change us on a cellular level, so we quite literally become ‘the change we want to see’.

What is essential in yoga can then remain both relevant and resonant to our changing lives.

My ‘vision’ is along these lines, but always very flexible –  it’s a joint project!:

Vision:

  • an evolving community of people, some yoga teachers, others not, with the desire to explore how yoga can support and nourish us in this sometimes bewildering, fast-changing world.  
  • a nourishing space for practice, sharing and joyful living!
  • an evolving process, led by the whole group.
  • open to ideas and practices from other areas (somatic practices, ideas from environmental teachers etc).
  • yoga in its broadest sense remaining as the hub of a turning wheel.
  • online weekend workshops, with a specific theme to each workshop.
  • all work to be grounded in practice– postures, the breath and meditative practice.
  • 2 or 3 practices a day (some ‘mini’, some longer).
  • workshop-style work to explore ideas and specific postures in more detail.
  • sharing and discussion of key ideas from yoga teaching (mostly the Yoga Sūtra of Patanjali), which we then explore in practice.
  • a recognition of our potential, and the need to tap into the unknown in order to ‘be the change we want to see’.
  • yoga as a teaching for living–  in order to inform our daily lives (work, family, and the local and global community ).
  • inspired by the teaching of Peter Hersnack – filtered through our own experience.

Yoga for Changing Times, Spring 2024

22nd – 23rd March 2024
samāpatti: moments of connection: new possibilities at the Equinox

Yoga for Changing Times, Summer 2024

21st - 22nd June 2024
sūrya: the power of the sun in us; its energy for transformation and change, at the time of the Summer Solstice

Workshops & retreats

I am offering a variety of workshops and retreats both online and in person. 

I love this way of working and the scope it offers for exploration and discovery.

Workshops and retreats offer the opportunity to immerse yourself more deeply in yoga. Some people come to a week-long retreat as their first experience of yoga, and this is a wonderful way to begin.

Setting aside the time for yourself to be quiet and tune into yourself is an important gift to yourself. It is not always easy to do –  but it is so valuable to nourish yourself and give yourself breathing space.

I offer a variety of workshops and retreats in Ireland and elsewhere in the world, from complete beginners to experienced teachers. I love to go into a new group and feel the possibilities there. Whether it is a morning, a day, a weekend or a week, the commitment that each individual makes simply to be there can allow for a magical process.

Six Windows into the Unknown: A new online series

Monthly, January – June

Burren Yoga Retreat - Blossoming in Springtime

24th - 30th May 2024
Yoga and meditation

Burren Yoga Retreat - Spaciousness in Summer

12th - 18th July 2024
Yoga and meditation

Burren Yoga Retreat - Mellowing into Autumn

6th - 13th September 2024
Yoga and meditation

Inclusivity

I want to ensure that financial issues are not a barrier to attending my classes, workshops and retreats. If this is currently the case for you, please contact me by email, eleanor.yoga.flute@gmail.com, and we can have a chat to see how to make it possible for you.

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Yoga for Changing Times, Spring 2024

March Theme: samāpatti: moments of connection: new possibilities at the Equinox

When:
Friday and Saturday 22nd – 23rd March 2024
Time: Friday, 4-7pm Irish/UK time (9am-midday Eastern Time)
Saturday, 10am-1pm Irish/UK time (5-8am Easter Time)
Where: Via Zoom 
Cost: €75/£65 (10% of proceeds split between a humanitarian and an environmental charity)

Yoga for Changing Times, Summer 2024

June Theme:  sūrya: the power of the sun in us; its energy for transformation and change, at the time of the Summer Solstice

When: Friday and Saturday 21st – 22nd June 2024
Time: Friday, 4-7pm Irish/UK time (9am-midday Eastern Time)
Saturday, 10am-1pm Irish/UK time (5-8am Easter Time)
Where: Via Zoom 
Cost: €75/£65 (10% of proceeds split between a humanitarian and an environmental charity)

Six Windows into the Unknown
starts 19th January

This series takes as a starting-point 6 practices given by my teacher Peter Hersnack. It is open to ANYONE who wishes to explore and open up to new possibilities. You don’t have to have known or studied with Peter. You also have the option to take individual sessions without signing up to the complete course.

When: Fridays, 4-7pm 19th January, 16th February, 8th March, 12th April, 3rd May, 7th June
Where: On Zoom
Cost: €45/£40 per workshop; €220 or £200 for all six.
Payment by PayPal, Revolut or Bank Transfer (Contact me for details)

All sessions will be recorded. Joining via recording only also possible (same price)

In February 2016, Peter was due to travel to India with a group of students. The theme of the trip was ‘Into the Unknown’. Peter fell ill just as we were ready to leave. He sent us 6 practices from hospital, which we worked on in India. They are beautiful – really works of art! The course comprises six 3-hour workshops exploring these practices, and considering how they shed different rays of light on the yoga journey into the unknown. 

Peter’s teaching was about life and living – it cannot be ‘set in aspic’. It touches each of us differently. So, to work with his offerings is to accept our common background in yoga, but also very much to accept our differences – our uniqueness – and to let them land and resonate as they will.

Burren Yoga Retreats 2024

These take place in the beautifully refurbished Burren Yoga Retreat Centre near Kinvara, Co. Galway, in the heart of the stunning Burren landscape. I love teaching here – the calm, the light-filled space and the warm-hearted, welcoming atmosphere.

Yoga and meditation allows us to tune inwards, guided walks and lunch together connect us to nature and to each other.

Open to anyone, from beginners to teachers. I generally take a theme for each retreat, tuning into the landscape and the season. Whatever your yoga experience, you can work at your own pace. 
Come on your own, or with a friend.
Delicious vegetarian food – all diets catered for.

Blossoming in Springtime – 24th – 30th May 2024

Spaciousness in Summer – 12th – 18th July 2024

Mellowing into Autumn  – 6th – 13th September 2024