Summertime News from the Sail Loft Studio
#2118 Rte 329, The Lodge, 858-3330 July/August 2015
Don’t forget Hart Lazer Retreat Wednesday-Sunday, August 26th-30th. Drop ins welcome!
Cathy’s regular Tuesday 7-8:30 p.m. and Thursday 10:30 a.m.-noon. classes are ongoing: Join us in our yoga practice at the welcoming Sail Loft Studio, surrounded by spectacular views of the ocean and sky. All levels and abilities are welcome to participate in the classes. If you are new to yoga, have issues that restrict your movements, or injuries that you are dealing with, feel free to call or write Cathy to talk about whether you would feel comfortable joining a class. Drop–ins are welcome ($10) or purchase eight sessions for $75. You may also pay by donation, if payment is an obstacle to attendance. [“Ashtanga” means “eight limbs”: all Cathy’s classes explore yoga practice using this “eight-limbed” approach. Using focus and intention, we learn how to be skillful and at ease in the poses, and more mindful in our movements, grounding, and breathing.]
Monday yoga classes, 6:15-7:30 p.m. will continue until August 31st (no class on August 3rd, Natal Day long weekend). Cost for this 6-week session is $50, or drop in: $12 (if you are not able to use up all your classes, your “credit” is still good for future Mondays or other classes).
Yoga for Everyone at the Fox Point Community Centre, Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. continues through the summer until August 18th (no class on August 4th). Pay what you can ($2-$5). Drop ins are welcome. Cathy teaches yoga poses with chair support, so everyone can participate. No experience is necessary. Bring a mat if you have one. Call or write Amy or Christina at the Fox Point Community Centre (Christina@hhellps.com) or Cathy if you have questions.
Yogiji is returning to the Sail Loft Studio! We are so very delighted that he is coming back to The Lodge! On Wednesday, September 2nd, at 6 p.m. we will gather at the Sail Loft for an hour of meditation and chanting, followed by a potluck supper at our home across the street. On Thursday, September 3rd, Yogiji will be teaching from 10:30 a.m. to noon. We will begin with some gentle asana, and finish with Yoga Nidra. A brief question and answer period will follow, and perhaps a swim! For those of you who have not met Yogiji, you are in for a treat. Of course, those of us who have studied with Yogiji over the past seven years that he has visited Nova Scotia will be eager to reconnect. Cost is by donation ($10 for the Wednesday session and $20 for Thursday are suggested). During his visit to Nova Scotia, Yogiji will be in various locations around Halifax and Fall River. For more information about what is being offered with our delightful yoga master from Rishekesh, see: www.fallriveryoga.com
Upcoming bike rides:
Bike Skills and Yoga: Sunday, July 26th, 12:30-5 p.m. Please join us for an afternoon of fun, learning more about our bikes, eating delicious food, and learning a few yoga poses that will enhance our cycling prowess! For more information, please visit our website, and click on the description for bike skills and yoga. [For this session, please note that we have changed the times from those mentioned on the website.]
Girls Ride: Our next ride is Friday, August 7th, meeting in Mill Village (Exit 17 on Hwy 103) and riding to Port Medway and back. Stay informed with upcoming girls rides by visiting: www.aspotoganroute.org.
Yoga for individuals and groups, with Cathy Guest: Please contact me to discuss ways to incorporate yoga and meditation practices in your daily life. I have experience and training in working with youth, families, individuals with a variety of health issues, yoga teacher training, general strength-building, and developing better fitness strategies.
Five-day Yoga Intensive and Meditation Retreat
with Hart Lazer
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to practice yoga and meditation with master teacher, Hart Lazer, at the Sail Loft Studio!
Wednesday, August 26th – Sunday, August 30th, 2015 8:30 a.m.–noon daily and two Q&A sessions, 6-7 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday
We will gather each morning to practice and learn yoga from a renowned master teacher, with asana practice and guided meditation, in a space that is on the edge of the ocean, with stunning views all around. In our seaview lodge, we will enjoy conversations over excellent lunches and dinners. With afternoons to wile away as we like, we may choose delightful forays into the maritime scenery, exploring in one of the most beautiful places in the world by bicycle, kayak, on foot, by sail...or sit at the water’s edge with our backs against a big chunk of granite, watching the natural world float by...
- 20 hours of yoga, meditation, and question and answer time with Hart Lazer;
- Meal plan availability, including 5 vegetarian lunches and two dinners, tapas style (please let us know of any dietary restrictions (vegan, raw, allergies) at the time of booking);
- Summer afternoons and two evenings to do with what we like (guided four hour trips are available for an extra cost: see below);
- Full service bicycle and kayak shop on the property providing rental equipment, tune-ups, maps, advice and qualified local guides (this is also the home of Freewheeling Adventures);
- $375, if booked by May 31st, 2015, includes 5 morning classes at the Sail Loft Studio, and 2 Q&A sessions in our home/lodge, across the street from the studio;
- $425 if booked after May 31st
- Drop into morning class: $95 each; Q&A: $15 each (come for the Q&A, then stay on for dinner!)
- Meal plan: $150, includes 5 vegetarian lunches (12:15-1:15 p.m.) and 2 dinners (7-8 p.m.), served across the road from the Sail Loft Studio in our home/lodge;
- Drop in lunches or dinners: $25.
*Taxes are not included in the above prices, but will be added at time of booking.
- Regular yoga practice for at least one year—any style
- No previous meditation experience necessary
Please contact Cathy Guest at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 902 857-1224/902 857 3600.
A note from Cathy Guest, Sail Loft Studio owner, host of the retreat:
I bow to you, Hart Lazer, for your willingness to come to our community and share your knowledge of yoga and meditation with us.
Why is he coming here to The Lodge? (i.e. how did we get so lucky?) Hart has been teaching in Nova Scotia for more than a decade, and, though he complains about the weather now and again, his students know he loves being here. Once, while teaching in Halifax, he spent a couple of nights at our boathouse apartment below the Sail Loft Studio, and, as all of us know who live here on the Aspotogan, one does get “hooked”. We are deeply honoured to welcome him back.
Last year, people were amazed with the nourishing benefits of Hart’s teaching style. Each student received precise and individual attention, especially enhanced with the indulgence of being “on retreat”, with a deeply satisfying daily practice. The studio setting is spectacular: Nova Scotia’s south shore is a paradise in the summer because of the closeness of the ocean: we see it, smell it, taste it, feel it, hear it, get immersed in it. The waters of the bays, beaches and coves are clear, clean and (usually) cold. When we look out at the sea, responses range from dreamy contented sighs to excited whoops in joyful play. Our “clock” becomes the “tide clock”. And the food....we are delighted to say that our Freewheeling kitchens delivered the garden’s bounty far exceeding anyone’s expectations! Please join us!