25 May 23, 3 nights
There is so much beauty and joy to come from making the time to retreat. Come prepared to awaken a new level of inner connection, presence and clarity.
Jen’s retreats bring people together for a meaningful experience and provide a tranquil environment for you to take a deep dive into Yoga.
You will be completely nourished with carefully curated yoga practices, deep rest, super healthy food while immersed in the rainforests and beaches of Far North Queensland.
Drawing on 25 years of teaching experience and the potent practices of yoga asana, mindfulness and pranayama, Jen’s teaching approach will help you cultivate the deep inner ease required to heal, revitalise, and expand yourself.
Sanctuary Retreat is a beautiful rainforest ecolodge in Mission Beach, North Queensland. A spectacular drive 2 hours south of Cairns. Surrounded by pristine and quiet tropical beaches, you can swim, hike or just laze on the beach.
After 25 years of learning, practicing and teaching Yoga, my focus is to offer Yoga practices that combine the rich traditions and tools of yoga with the latest science and understanding of the body and brain to support modern challenges of physical, mental and spiritual health within community.
My intention is to bring people together for a meaningful experience and connection. To provide a safe space to show up as you are – to move, breath, feel, ground, tune in, clear up and open up.
My skill lies in being able to translate anatomical knowledge into somatic ‘felt’ experiences providing the necessary self awareness for beneficial change. Through inner sensing, deep listening and responding we can provide the conditions within the body & mind for releasing tensions, healing and thriving.
You can expect slow, breath centred, anatomically focused, classes that offer an exploration of movement where you can investigate, adapt and evolve your practice to honour your individual needs and anatomy.
MIND-BODY INTEGRATION – Pillars of my teaching
Self Compassion and Self Acceptance – the foundation to any inner work and all yoga practice. This is a ‘soft’ process of accepting our actual, present-moment experience and all of the parts of ourselves. The parts make up the whole.
Conscious Movement – Our nervous systems need and love novel movement that challenges the mind and body. My classes aim to ground and move the body in different planes and patterns with variety in fluidity and form. This variation and freedom in asana extends our movement capacities stimulating the brain and body for better function as well as opens blocked mental, emotional, and physical energetic pathways.
You will increase stability, mobility, strength, self awareness and mental/emotional balance. My approach to movement integrates yoga asana (postures) with my understanding of the latest science in anatomy, biomechanics and therapeutics for greater functionality and healing.
Conscious Breathing – One of the fundamental teachings of yoga is that our breath mirrors our nervous system and emotional state and by changing our breath patterns we can at a deep level change the way we feel. Classes include conscious and deliberate awareness of breathing to soothe (or stimulate) the nervous system, inducing a complete physiological and psychological shift.
Total Awareness – Becoming present, aware of what you are doing and why. Examining patterns of thoughts, mental narratives and feelings, growing your capacity to understand and be with whatever arises: anger, rage, fear, joy, sadness etc. Positive Neuroplasticity tells us that each one of us has the power to use the mind to change the brain to change the mind for the better. With self awareness we can develop inner power to build more inner strengths such as grit, confidence, kindness, emotional balance, happiness and patience.
Laughter and Humour – Always a good dose!