Contemplate: The Big Picture

Date: 17 - 19 June 2022

Location: Villa Saga. Sepänkyläntie 303 Kirkkonummi Finland

Instructor: Mike Bloch-Levermore, Lauri Hassi, Saga Turtiainan

Space to wonder

Life is a mysterious and poignant thing; a fact we often forget when absorbed in our thoughts. This retreat gives us time and opportunity to reflect on the depth of our wondrous existence. Together we will ponder the bigger questions in life on a contemplative weekend of countryside comfort and natural forests. This is a wonderful chance to immerse yourself in yoga philosophy, through fun interactive lectures, discussions and experientially through various practices.

Friday warmly welcomes you with lively movement, a delicious dinner and evening discussion circle. During Saturday we inquisitively explore the key theme in meditational yoga - what part of us witnesses our lives. On nature walks, meditations and interactive lectures, we explore ways to get in touch with our Awareness and appreciate the infinite details of our surroundings. During the day there is free time in a cozy surrounding, nutritious healthy food and an evening sauna.

Is time passing by too quickly? After a good sleep, Sunday dives deeper into watching time slowly pass by as we explore the Japanese concept of mono no aware, and reflect on how to add novelty and attention to our lives. The day revolves around gentle meditations, quirky philosophy talks and spending time admiring nature.

Schedule

  • June 17th to 19th
  • Friday
    • 17:30 Arrival and welcoming circle
    • 18:00 Smooth landing and yoga asana practice
    • 20:00 Dinner
    • 21:00 Bonfire and bonding discussion
    • 22:00 Sleep and whispering silence
  • Saturday
    • 8:00 Morning moves, pranayama and meditation
    • 9:00 Breakfast
    • 10:30 Interactive lecture: Finding your witness
    • 12:00 Forest walk: noticing the small details
    • 14:00 Lunch
    • 15:30 Interactive lecture: Why are we here?
    • 18:00 Sauna
    • 19:30 Dinner
    • 21:00 Bedtime yin and meditation
    • 22:00 Sleep and whispering silence
  • Sunday
    • 8:00 Morning moves, pranayama and meditation
    • 9:00 Breakfast
    • 10:30 Interactive lecture: Watching time slowly pass
    • 12:00 Forest Walk: observing the changes in Nature
    • 13:30 Lunch
    • 14:30 Closing session
    • 15:00 Return home

Arriving

By car: 30 min from Helsinki. Enough parking for everyone.

By public transport: On Friday the Y-train departing from Helsinki at 17:23 will take you to the Kirkkonummi station, from here continue by bus 907. The bus arrives at our stop Sonnimäki at 18:19 and is about 250 meters away. There are signs to guide you.

On Sunday the 907 bus will not run, but the nearest train station to Masala is 3 kilometers from us. A shared taxi is not expensive, and we can possibly also bring you to the station. The U-train from Masala to Helsinki leaves on Sundays at 15:14 and 15:44.

Note! On this particular retreat, there will be a friendly dog named Winston around.

Book your spot by paying the booking fee (99€)

“Contemplate -retreat” 

We will send a bill for the remaining value (280€) two weeks prior to the retreat.

If you need flexibility with the payment, please email us.

You may also pay fully or partly using Smartum, Edenred, ePassi etc.

Contact email: [email protected]

Practical Information:

  • Dates:
    • Friday, June 17, 2022 5:30 PM - Sunday, June 19, 2022 3:00 PM
  • Location:
    • Villa Saga. Sepänkyläntie 303 Kirkkonummi Finland
    • 30 minutes from Helsinki
  • Price:
    • Total 379€ per person
    • 77 (+ vat 24%) accommodation
    • 70 (+ vat 14%) food
    • 185 (+ vat 10%) yoga, teachings
  • Previous knowledge needed:
    • No previous knowledge needed
  • Included:
    • Food:
      • Healthy vegan and gluten free.
    • Rooms and sleeping:
      • Staying in 3-4 person rooms. Beds with natural materials.
    • We will provide:
      • Bedlinen
      • Towels
      • Bathrobe and a face mask for the sauna
      • Everything you need for yoga.
  • To bring:
    • Comfy clothes and something suitable for the outdoors and the weather if you want to join the forest walks.
  • Host: Villa Saga / Saga Turtiainan

About the teachers

Mike - Mike believes yoga philosophy should be entertaining, applicable and understandable, and thrives on empowering students with a greater depth of understanding behind their practices and offerings. As well as hosting nerdy talks, Mike provides philosophy lectures on retreats and yoga teacher trainings in a light-hearted and approachable style, always attempting to make the complexities of yoga traditions more easy to grasp.

Saga - I want to empower you to be and become your true self.

I moved into yoga during a difficult life situation at a young age. It was a powerful practice that invited me in, to put the body to it’s limits and to rediscover undigested emotions that I had to deal with back then, and still now. At best I create a deep understanding of one’s inner strength through challenging postures and full recovery with rest, all in one class.

Meeting arriving students from heart to heart and sharing about my story openly organically grew a loving community. Welcoming people and getting to really know everyone is at the core, and heart of Sagayoga. This community was created for a need for everyone arriving being seen and heard.

Lauri - Yoga for me is a calmness and a clarity.

A practice, whether of stillness or movement, which creates a powerful state of being that endures in everyday life. At its best both the practice and the state of being is shared with others. When we come together in a class, while it can always be a deeply individual moment, I feel like there is a beautiful sense of co-creation happening. So thank us! Other than that, I love to walk into the woods (deeper the better), breathe, sit down and maybe carve a wooden spoon. Or maybe just sit.

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