The Infinite Body: A Mandala Masterclass
Saturday February 16
Egg of the Universe, Rozelle, Sydney
Movement meditation, live music and artistic exploration
According to ancient yogic philosophy, the mandala symbol represents the connection between microcosm and macrocosm, where the body is the link to the whole universe and creative expression through the body is a gateway towards experiencing that flow of nature inside.
Join us for this full-spectrum pilgrimage, incorporating spiralling prana vinyasa, slow-motion simmering and yin-full surrender, followed by mandala painting play and a soaring live soundscape of voice and guitar, to embody the great truth that what is out there, exists also inside. Breath, blood, muscles and bone are of the earth; they are the air, rivers, animals and minerals inside, not separate to, but the same. By meditating on the body as nature, our attention is drawn to the foundations of existence and our place within the cosmos, where our yoga practice and creative endeavours can be a call for conscious connection with ourselves, and the world around us.
1:30pm-4:00pm – Masterclass & Live Music
4:00pm-4:30pm – Mini-Break with Snacks
4:30pm-6:00pm – Mandala Painting Workshop & Kirtan
$90 For Both
$60 Mandala Vinyasa Masterclass
$40 Mandala Painting & Kirtan Workshop
19th May, The Clay Barn, Bangalow
Throughout the ages many myths and spiritual traditions have related our human origins to clay or mud, to the great truth that we are created from the earth, and will one day fold back into it...
Join yoga teacher and ceramic artist Lara Zilibowitz for an experiential day into embodiment - through meditation, movement and creativity via direct relationship with the skin of the earth.
The morning will start by exploring the meaning of the ‘mandala’ - an ancient symbol representing the connection between microcosm and macrocosm, where the human body is the link to the whole universe and practices centred around the body are a gateway towards experiencing that flow of nature inside.
Through a slow spiralling vinyasa yoga flow for all levels, we will then begin mapping the topography of our own inner ecology, to awaken to the great truth that we are not separate from the earth, that we are as much a part of the planet as every cell in our bodies is a part of us.
After a nourishing vegetarian brunch we will then embark upon a clay mandala carving creativity adventure, learning how to work with clay to artistically express ourselves, to connect to our own flesh and breath, as well as to the world around us.
You will be guided on how to design, carve and then paint your unique mandala expression on a stoneware ceramic vessel, which will be fired and glazed for you to take home as an everlasting memory or your relation to infinity.
9am-11am - Mandala vinyasa masterclass
11-12pm - Nourishing vegetarian brunch
12-2pm - Mandala ceramic carving and painting
$190 including food and all materials
25-26th May, Shri Yoga Brisbane
Whether you are aware of it or not, you are Love in Locomotion. Just like the sun loves the moon, the body loves its breath, and the inhalation is forever infatuated with the exhalation. In every moment of your existence, your body is the vessel of the most intimate affair of all - the consummation between flesh and the life force that animates it.
Join Lara and Benny for a pilgrimage into this source of Love inside, to reconnect with that most sensual and supreme romance alive within your very selves cells.
The first practice is an ode to existence, a fiery and passionate exaltation of embodied appreciation through a creative spine-rising, heart-flowering slo-mo vinyasa flow, paired with ecstatic musical expression.
The second practice will be call for cool waves of compassion to water that garden of the heart, to tend to it, to uproot thorns, to irrigate and fertilise the heart field through a nurturing yin self-care session with live sound nutriment.
Big Sur, California, USA
June 16-21, 2019
In a long-held tradition, we meet together at Esalen, California beneath the summer solstice sun.
To move and go still. To celebrate the fire (agni) and honour the cycles of nature, which means that, for all its heat, the fire is brief. Observe the longest of days and remember that the season is short. Stand at the threshold of these apparent opposites, and witness how the natural world holds them both — in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
The entire Esalen property will become one cohort exploring a playground for the senses. You’ll explore a wild diversity of expression and natural rhythms, including vibrant and Bhakti-filled yoga practices with Janet Stone, acro vinyasa with Yoga Beyond, rhythmic soundscapes by DJ Drez and Benny Holloway, hands-on community art projects with Lara Zilibowitz, and more. Alongside all that movement and play, we will have a space set up for chilling, connecting, restoring, and going still. We’ll create a different kind of playground — this one for the internal senses.