Summer News from the Sail Loft Studio
#2118 Rte 329, The Lodge, 858-3330 June/July 2015
Summer classes at the Sail Loft Studio couldn’t be finer, with our walls of windows inviting cool ocean breezes and gorgeous views of the clear waters of St. Margaret’s Bay. It’s worth a drive – only 40 minutes from Halifax – to be in a still quiet place, listening to the waves lap on the shore as you practice yoga.
Hart Lazer is at the Sail Loft from Wednesday, August 26th, to Sunday, August 30th. If you can’t come for the five day retreat, please consider dropping in for one or two mornings. The classes will be very informative for everyone: he is an excellent teacher. More information on our website: www.freewheeling.ca/yoga.
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 will resume on June 1st, with a new time of 6:15-7:30 p.m. This is an eight week session that will continue until July 27th (no class on June 29th).
Cost is $75 for 8 week session, or $12 drop in (unused classes can be saved for a later time if you are unable to attend all eight sessions). These classes will feel comfortable and accessible for those who are new to the practice of yoga. For those with more experience, you will deepen your understanding of this time honoured discipline.
Yoga for Everyone at the Fox Point Community Centre, Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. An eight week session which began on April 7th will continue through to June 2nd. A new eight week session will begin on June 9th and finish on August 4th (no class on June 30th). Cathy teaches yoga poses with chair support, so everyone can participate. No experience is necessary. Bring a mat if you have one. Pay what you can ($2-$5). Drop ins are welcome. Call or write Amy or Christina at the Fox Point Community Centre (Christina@hhellps.com) or Cathy if you have questions.
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.
Upcoming RECAP-sponsored bike rides:
Father’s Day Ride: Sunday, June 21st, 10 a.m. Meet at the Hubbards Barn and choose a short, medium, or longer ride, with a celebration at Bayswater Beach, 12:30 p.m. Prizes, entertainment, family fun! For more information, and to pre-register, please call: 275-3490.
Girls Rides are in the planning stages, with the first one scheduled for late June or early July in Wolfville, with our fearless Valley guide, Margaret Archibald. When dates are confirmed, we will let you know via email, or you can check for updates at www.aspotoganroute.org. Please let us know if you would like to be on the Girls Ride mailing list!
Solstice drumming! 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 21st, at the Sail Loft. The sun stands still: we have much to be thankful for (like warmth! and no snow!) Come prepared to dance and sing, and bring your swimsuit!
Saturday morning classes at the Sail Loft with DeNel Rehberg-Sedo are scheduled to resume in late July. For updates, and to register for classes, write: email@example.com or call 902.857.1951.
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
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!