Lighting the Fire

I am honoured to be asked to teach again at the Lighting the Fire conference (May 10-12th, 2017, Winnipeg) hosted by the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre.  As a gathering for discussing approaches to Indigenous education, honouring First Nation culture, and ensuring student success, a piece of that puzzle is drawing attention to the self-care of educators and leaders.  Learning to take care of ourselves is the first step to learning how to take care of others, and yoga or any other awareness practice can play a pivotal role in cultivating physical, mental and spiritual health.  I will be leading two breathing (pranayama) workshops on the morning of May 12th.  As a simple, accessible form of yoga, breathing practices can be a way to work with anxiety, stress, insomnia, and depression.  Basic breathing practices are easy to learn and to incorporate into day-to-day routine.

Relax & Renew Hecla Retreat – October 20-22, 2017!

Join Natasha Lenon and I for our third annual Relax & Renew Yoga Retreat at beautiful Hecla Island!  Enjoy a weekend of yoga, meditation, kirtan, nature walks, mineral pools, and self-care.  We have been lucky enough to sell out this retreat for the past two years, so if you have been thinking of coming, sign up soon!  Fall is a wonderful time for introspection and reflecting on the past year’s events and experiences.  We hope you can join us for this nurturing and rejuvenating weekend retreat.

About the retreat

Dates: October 20-22, 2017
The retreat includes Friday dinner and officially starts after dinner, and will end around lunchtime on Sunday (lunch is included).  An itinerary is not released prior to the retreat to encourage participants to take things one step at a time.  Please be assured that the pace of the retreat will be steady and relaxed, with plenty of time between activities.  All yoga classes will be accessible to both a beginner and long-time practitioner.

How to get there:
Hecla Island Resort is about a two hour drive north of Winnipeg.

Google map WPG to Hecla

Investment:
Double room: $500 / person
Single room: $600 / person

All prices include GST, meals, accommodations, and use of the Salka mineral pools.  Payment is made directly to Natasha or Adrienne Shum.  Please make cheques payable to Adrienne Shum.  E-transfers can also be sent (to Adrienne only).  Please read the payment and cancellation policy below.  Upon payment, please fill out this online registration form.

If you would like to book a spa treatment, there will be time available during the retreat or on the Sunday afternoon after the retreat ends.  Please visit the Hecla Resort website for more information.

Questions?  Feel free to contact Natasha or Adrienne!

Hecla Retreat - Oct 20-22, 2017

Payment and cancellation policy:
Payment in full is required to secure your spot.  If you are interested in a double room, it is your responsibility to find a roommate.
If you need to cancel:
before July 1st, 2017, you will receive a full refund less an $80 administrative fee.
On July 1st and after, there is no refund.

Payment plans are available upon request and considered on a case-by-case basis.
All plans considered will consist of a maximum of 3 payment instalments.  All plans considered must submit complete payment within 6 weeks of start date.  Natasha and Adrienne take great care to organise and plan this retreat in the hopes of providing benefit to all; please be considerate of their energy and time if you choose to make this request.

A Kirtan to welcome spring

Join David and I for a kirtan hosted by our friend Bahram Moterassed on Friday March 17th, 2017 (7-8:30 pm, $25, 3-1200 Portage Ave ). As we prepare for the earth’s yearly thaw, find renewal through the healing sound of this beautiful practice rooted in Bhakti yoga. Free parking is available in the surrounding side streets and the location is accessible by several major bus routes (on Portage, between Erin and Wall St). Register ahead by contacting Bahram or just show up!

Kirtan Music Soul Therapy, Mar 17, 2017

One more MindFULLness workshop!

Please join Angie Pringle and I for the final MindFULLness workshop on Saturday, January 23rd, 2017 (3:30-5 pm, $35, Yoga Public).  We will discuss how plant proteins are a great way to nourish yourself and take care of our planet.  We deserve to eat well, but the way our food is grown can have a taxing effect on the environment.  We will explore sustainable ways to affect positive change in the health of not only us, but the place we call home.  

We are very excited to invite Ryan Pengelly of Tamarack Farms to join us and to share his personal stories of being a quinoa farmer in Manitoba!  There will be an opportunity to buy his quinoa (cash only), and sample tasty treats made with his delicious crop.

Hope you can join us!  Please register at www.yogapublic.com.