Koya-san Yoga and Meditation Retreat (Japan)
During this retreat we will leave our busy lives for a while and spend time in nature and the tranquil environment of Mount Koya to look inwards, to still the mind.
Activities include ajikan meditation, writing Buddhist texts with a brush and ink on scrolls, visiting temples and hiking up to Kobo Dashi's mausoleum. You are also invited to attend the Buddhist morning service at 6:30am and the Goma fire ritual at 7am.
Various styles of yoga styles will be offered throughout, either a flowing vinyasa sequence at mid morning; yin yoga or yoga nidra at sunset to cap the day. Guided pranayama and meditation complement our practice. All levels and abilities are welcome. Please bring your own mats and props.
We will be staying in a shukubo (temple lodging) for the authentic feel of the Buddhist monk's life. Shukubos originally offered accommodation to pilgrims. Our accommodation is a 1000 year-old Buddhist temple, which offers Japanese-style accommodation, a beautiful garden and free WiFi. Rooms feature tatami-mat flooring, comfortable futon bedding and paper sliding screens. They are fitted with an LCD TV and a safe. Green tea and yukata robes are also provided. There is also a public bath available for guests' use. Please note that facilities are basic yet functional. Staying at a shukubo is an unforgettable experience.
A special vegetarian, often vegan, diet is followed by monks and believers in areas influenced by Buddhism. It is called shojin ryori in Japanese, which can be translated as "food of devotion". This nourishing food will be served during our stay. Our breakfast and dinner are included in the retreat package. Meals are served at the Japanese-style dining room, where chairs can be provided upon advance request.
Dates: 5-8 March 2020
Rate: £580 per person based on twin sharing
No single rooms available.
Day 1 - arrivals
Day 2 and 3
Morning service and fire ritual
Morning service and fire ritual
3 nights accommodation in a temple lodging (details to be given upon booking)
Daily vegetarian breakfast and dinner
Daily yoga classes
Daily ajikan meditation
Daily Buddhist morning service and Goma fire ritual
Excluded are international flights, entrance fees, Koyasan World Heritage Ticket, extra activities, meals not mentioned in the itinerary, visa and other transport fees to and within Koyasan.
Going to Koyasan:
You have the option to make your own way there. Or you can join the group from Osaka Namba station. Details will be provided closer to date.
The Koyasan mountainous area is generally a lot cooler than other areas. It is recommended you bring enough clothes. Due to steep hills and limited spaces, it is also advisable to travel light.
About the teacher and facilitator:
Patricia is a Luton-based, qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher having finished her 500-hour teacher training in 2009 with Marc Beuvain in the tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. Her classes are geared towards all levels, especially for beginners, and she is certified to teach baby, kids, family, prenatal/postnatal and most recently, yin yoga. Group classes offer three variations to suit each individual's needs and capabilities.
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