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MIDSUMMER RETREAT

June 21, 2023 - June 23, 2023

Summer solstice is a special time not only in nature but also in our lives, when the Earth’s geomagnetic field and human energy centers (chakras) are strongly influenced and energized. During this time, the energy of the Sun is most intense, making it a wonderful opportunity to focus on our inner state and spiritual development. The solar energy during this time is very powerful and fills the Earth with warmth, light, and life.

In traditional yoga practice, the summer solstice is considered a time to engage in meditation, yoga, and various spiritual practices to release negative emotions and blocks in our energetic system, which can help us find greater harmony with ourselves and our surroundings, gaining a better understanding of ourselves and our life path.

During the retreat, which lasts for several days, we will be together to deepen our understanding of yoga and meditation practice, regain our energy and peace. We will spend time with like-minded people and, most importantly, draw strength from nature. The retreat will include both physical yoga practices, various meditation and spiritual development sessions, as well as a joint creation of a solstice fire ritual led by shaman Jānis Ieviņš, which will help us let go of the old to make room for the new. The summer solstice is a time when every expressed intention and genuine heartfelt desire is heard because the ether around us is charged and open.

Morning and afternoon yoga and meditation practices will be led by experienced and internationally recognized Signija Linde, who is a 500-hour certified (Yoga Alliance) yoga teacher and has been teaching yoga for more than seven years.

We will learn about the power of plants in the “Hydrosol Masterclass” together with Ilze Svilpe, where each person can create their own hydrosol and gain a greater understanding of the application, purpose, and benefits of plants for every life situation.

We will explore the topic of “yoga & discipline” – the mind and consciousness as a manifestation of matter, even though yoga speaks of matter as a manifestation of the mind. We will deeply practice breathing and meditation techniques together with Jānis Matvejevs, who will prepare us to stand on our nails for a few seconds at the end of the retreat.

Our treasure is our nature, our forests, the sea, and the power of being together. Let’s be together in our beautiful summer, create unforgettable memories, dedicate time to ourselves and our bodies, strengthen and empower them. Let’s find the path to the soul. Let’s dedicate time to silence, peace, and balance. Let’s inhale everything that is necessary for each of us and exhale everything that is unnecessary. Everything that flows through the mind has an impact on the body, emotions, and sensations. Every thought has an impact on us. Shamans and Eastern mystics use developed inner perception, being in the silence of the mind, in inner harmony and balance, to perceive and explore the true reality. This is the path to becoming Human. For everyone. By letting go of everything unnecessary and illusory, getting to know our true essence, and living our lives fulfilled, benevolent, and happy.

RETREAT PROGRAM

Wednesday, June 21st

17:00 to 18:45 SLOW FLOW YOGA with Signija Linde

Slow Flow Yoga is a type of yoga that combines a peaceful, slow series of movements with focused breathing and sometimes meditation. Slow Flow Yoga is similar to Hatha Yoga, with a smoother flow of movement and less energy consumption.

Practicing Slow Flow Yoga involves slow, smooth movements in coordination with the breath, allowing for a deeper experience of each movement element. The practice is designed to increase strength, flexibility, and balance, as well as to calm and focus the mind. It is suitable for both beginners and more experienced practitioners.

19:00 to 20:30 OPENING CIRCLE and SOLSTICE FIRE RITUAL with Jānis Ieviņš

The opening circle is a gathering to set intentions, create a supportive and safe space, and connect with each other. During the opening circle, we will introduce ourselves, share our intentions for the retreat, and create a sense of community.

The solstice fire ritual is a traditional ceremony performed during the summer solstice to honor the energy of the Sun and release what no longer serves us. It involves writing down our fears, negative emotions, and anything we want to let go of, and then burning the paper in the fire as a symbolic act of transformation and release.

 

Thursday, June 22nd

07:30 to 09:00 SUNRISE YOGA with Signija Linde

Sunrise Yoga is a gentle and energizing yoga practice that helps awaken the body and mind. It is a beautiful way to start the day by connecting with the energy of the rising sun and setting positive intentions for the day ahead.

The practice will include a combination of yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), and meditation. It is suitable for all levels, from beginners to more experienced practitioners.

09:30 to 11:00 HYDROSOL MASTERCLASS with Ilze Svilpe

The Hydrosol Masterclass is a workshop where participants will learn about the power of plants and how to create their own hydrosol. Hydrosols are aromatic waters that contain the essence of a plant and have various therapeutic properties. They can be used for skincare, aromatherapy, and general well-being.

During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to create their own hydrosol using plants and herbs provided. They will also learn about the application, purpose, and benefits of different plants and how to incorporate hydrosols into their daily lives.

16:00 to 18:00 YOGA & DISCIPLINE with Jānis Matvejevs

Yoga & Discipline is a workshop that explores the connection between the mind, consciousness, and the physical body. It delves into the concept of discipline in yoga and how it relates to self-control, mental focus, and spiritual development.

The workshop will include deep breathing and meditation techniques to enhance self-awareness and discipline. Participants will also learn advanced yoga poses, including standing on nails for a few seconds at the end of the retreat.

Friday, June 23rd

08:00 to 09:30 MORNING YOGA with Signija Linde

Morning Yoga is a dynamic and invigorating yoga practice that helps awaken the body, increase flexibility, and build strength. It is designed to energize the mind and body, setting a positive tone for the day.

The practice will include a combination of flowing sequences, balancing poses, and inversions. It is suitable for all levels, with variations and modifications provided to accommodate different abilities.

10:00 to 12:00 MEDITATION AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT with Signija Linde

Meditation and Spiritual Development is a session dedicated to deepening our meditation practice and exploring various techniques for spiritual growth. It will include guided meditations, breathwork, and mindfulness exercises.

The session will provide an opportunity to quiet the mind, connect with our inner wisdom, and expand our consciousness. It will be a time for self-reflection, inner exploration, and opening ourselves to spiritual insights and guidance.

17:00 to 18:30 SLOW FLOW YOGA with Signija Linde

The Slow Flow Yoga session will offer another opportunity to practice this gentle and calming style of yoga. It will focus on slow, intentional movements, deep stretching, and relaxation.

The practice will help release tension, promote relaxation, and cultivate a sense of peace and well-being. It is suitable for all levels and is particularly beneficial for reducing stress and promoting mindfulness.

8:00 – 9:45 VINYASA FLOW with Signija Linde

Vinyasa Flow Yoga aims to create harmony between the body, mind, and spirit through conscious movement, breath control, and presence, allowing participants to experience unity and the flow of life energy. The practice invites individuals to consciously develop body awareness and peace, promoting well-being and inner balance. The practice will be energizing, allowing the body to recharge and ground itself, so that the body does not hinder and feels good in the subsequent mindfulness practices that will follow.

13:00 – 15:30 BREATHING & MEDITATION / STANDING ON NAILS with Jānis Matvejevs

The way you breathe reflects how you live. Breath is life. It is one of the most important functions of the body. Breathing can be considered the most vital aspect because it is through breathing that the invisible life energy (prana) that flows through the body is renewed and cleansed. By breathing correctly, more oxygen reaches the blood and the brain, and prana or life energy is controlled. Breathing exercises help focus the mind. Breath is our life force, the link between the physical and the spiritual. Conscious breathing or pranayama helps improve the quality of life and restore energy.

Most people breathe unconsciously, automatically, with shallow breaths. Infants breathe with their whole bodies, and each breath resembles a wave. As people grow older, they stop breathing correctly because emotional states such as fear, sadness, anger, etc., alter breathing patterns. Those who can consciously regulate their breath can control their emotions and mood.

Pranayama improves health, the digestive system, tones the nervous system, balances consciousness, prevents laziness, gives the body lightness, improves appetite, concentration, and fills us with life energy. The effects of breathing exercises are immediately noticeable – the ability to concentrate increases, the nervous system calms down, the internal organs are trained, and the whole body benefits.

PARTICIPATION IN THE RETREAT

Retreat participation fee: 200 EUR

The participation fee includes meditation, pranayama, and yoga sessions, as well as a workshop on herbal hydrosols, a summer solstice fire ritual, and a breathing and meditation workshop, with the opportunity to stand on nails.

To reserve your spot in the retreat, a security deposit of 100 EUR must be made, which will not be refunded if you suddenly decide not to participate in the retreat. The remaining amount can be paid on-site or in advance. Payment can be made in cash or via bank transfer. The advance payment must be made by June 10th.

To register for the retreat, please send a message to lindesignija@gmail.com & let’s meet in the power of nature during the summer solstice in Pāvilosta.

With love, Signija & PAiR

Details

Start:
June 21, 2023
End:
June 23, 2023