Autumn Retreat 2012 (11-15 Oct) was an intensive yoga
residential course, and was directed towards an enjoyable experience of
life-style with the essence of Okido Yoga. It aimed to offer an
participants to reflect upon their daily routines, to become more aware
self-responsiblity both happily and creatively, and to become more
with other people and the environment.
Did we achieve this? From reading the
reports and recalling the comments from the participants, I can say
Many of us arrived, dragging stress,
tiredness, or even emotional crisis from daily life. Stimulated and
by the fresh sea air and the diverse, well-balanced programme, we went
individual cleansing processes, of course with physical and emotional
downs, and were encouraged to go back to face and embrace our
Mizue’s lessons on postures in daily life
activities offer one to find both lightness and solidness when one
to the best posture by even a millimeter’s difference. It was a
message. In asana lessons, I tried to encourage students to be aware of
value both doing and being. Dynamic outdoor exercises as well as beach
or jogging, and Junko’s dancing session were much appreciated as
for dynamic energy flow, which looked like different approaches, but
interlinked with all other lessons. Blessed by the perfect autumn sun
was a long
walk in beautiful English nature with a picnic lunch. Thank you,
and Anna, for planning and guiding on this wonderful route around
Dunwich Hill and Minsmere.
As this year’s 5-day duration retreat allowed
us another whole day, we included a two-hour painting session. Led by
we got lost in time and space, united in creativity.
Every evening, there was time for mutual treatment, such
compress, shiatsu, ginger oil massage and chamomile compress. In
experienced person and a less-experienced person paired up.
people followed Michael’s guidance on their turn; experienced
their skills more freely. It worked very well for both sides.
of meditation were offered in all lessons. Helped by the constant
sounds of waves, participants received benefits for sitting in silence
with no busy thoughts running around in the mind.
Time in-between was filled
with talking, sharing, laughing, knitting, writing, reading, embracing
space alone, washing-up duties ........
And cleaning the whole house together. Started
by reading Oki-sensei’s
'Cleaning Pledge', the one-hour whole house clean on the
last day, meant that we would return our energy to unknown others. It
powerful working together with a pure spirit.
Despite the full schedule for
5 days, everything and everyone looked very relaxed. The food was meant to be
cleansing and nutritious. Guided by Junko’s enthusiasm and
excellent talent in
this field, well-balanced delicious food was served.
The staff worked with a spirit
of openness and honesty. A report said, ‘It was as if all staff
naturally attuned to each other creating a seamless whole of
presence of the team all the time working quietly in the background
and with ease to each other, was very helpful’. Another report
mentioned; it was
nice that, besides teaching and cooking, the staff could also join some
lessons, and stay together with the students to share and talk about
The success of the retreat was
through cooperation of all participants, based on caring for each other
other’s space, and on hard work at individual spots. Thank you to all.
Oki-sensei’s Sleeping Pledge
I appreciate the grace of Nature which has enabled me to live and
learn today. This hints to me; it is not that ‘I’ do,
but that ‘I do’ and, at
the same time,
‘I am enabled to do by the grace of Nature’, or by the
Force working in me and in the universe.
At the end of every Okido Yoga course,
I notice this and refresh this notice.
Autumn Retreat 2013 will be held on 17 (Thursday) - 21
(Monday) October 2013.
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