AHIMSA IN ACTION

a weekend retreat
for yoga and meditation instructors

with Heidi Kalyani

“In a world of noise, confusion and conflict it is necessary that there be places of silence and peace.”
THOMAS MERTON

Ahimsa, the first of Patanjali’s yamas or ways of being (from the Yoga Sutras), encourages us to move through the world with compassion, reverence, and peace.

As yoga and meditation teachers, this vow of causing no harm manifests in our interactions with students, and in the spaces we create for them.

Intentionally bringing the art of ahimsa into our classes with simple yet effective embodiment practices creates a sanctuary from the often loud, harsh, comparative, judgmental, unpredictable world we live in and enables students to shift from feeling anxious, stressed, exhausted or overwhelmed, to feeling open, at ease, curious and connected.

Combining the ancient wisdom of yogic philosophy, the sacred art of holding space, and the nervous system regulation perspectives of polyvagal theory, this weekend retreat provides inspiration, knowledge, and a collection of actionable practices to help you facilitate safer, more compassionate spaces — so you can support your students in feeling more present, grounded, engaged and ready for the growth and transformation that yoga and meditation so powerfully offer.

The retreat includes: a beautiful, custom-designed card deck to support your own practice and share with your students, an inspiring and informative booklet detailing core concepts, a collection of practices you can easily implement and share immediately, as well as journal prompts to deepen your personal reflection and embodiment.

Come alone, or with other teachers from your studio! (Private retreats for individual studios available upon request.)


DATES

Friday September 20th – Sunday September 22nd, 2024

DETAILS
Friday afternoon – arrival, registration (4pm – 5:30pm)
Friday evening – opening circle and session 1 (6:30pm – 9pm)
Saturday morning – session 2 (9am – noon)
Saturday afternoon – session 3 (2pm – 5pm)
Saturday evening – session 4 (7pm – 9pm)
Sunday morning – session 5 and closing circle (9am – 11:30am)
Sunday afternoon – depart (by 1pm)

LOCATION⁣

This three day (two night) retreat will be held at La Solitude de Pré-d’en-Haut, on the Petitcodiac River near Memramcook, New Brunswick. ⁣

We will stay in small individual cabins, enjoy simple breakfasts, freshly made soups or cook for ourselves (basic ingredients are included!), and gather in the beautiful Thabor for our group sessions.⁣

The weekend will offer a balance of conversation and silence — conversation and community when we are together and silence when we are alone. (I will offer optional journal prompts, and other reflection tools if you wish to use them during the silence!)⁣

If you would like a longer or more spacious retreat, you are welcome to book extra nights at the retreat centre. Please inquire and book directly with La Solitude.

REGISTRATION⁣

Registration for the weekend (including simple food, accommodation, a beautiful card deck, and the program):
$425

To secure your place a $100 deposit is required.

NEED MORE INFO?
Send me a message! I’d love to answer any questions you have!

SOOTHING THE NERVOUS SYSTEM WITH SOUND

a weekend retreat

with Heidi Kalyani

“Stay close to any sounds that make you glad you are alive.”
HAFIZ

Join me for a deep dive into the heart of nervous system regulation using the power of sound and the vibrant, resonant silence that accompanies it.

Through a weekend of immersion in nature, supportive community and simple yet powerful sound-based contemplative practices, you will discover ways to soothe and nourish your autonomic nervous system, so that you feel grounded, rested, resourced and more deeply connected with yourself, others and the world around you.



Our time together will provide opportunities for both self- and co-regulation, featuring sound journeys with guided meditation and singing bowls, gentle practices of humming, singing and mantra-based lullabies, and a transformative exploration of the unique map of your own nervous system using the wisdom of polyvagal theory. There will also be solo time for journalling, walking the beautiful trails, practicing yoga and meditation, or sitting quietly in the inspiring silence!

Come alone, or share this rejuvenating weekend with a friend. All are welcome!


DATES

Friday Oct 25th – Sunday October 27th, 2024

DETAILS
Friday afternoon – arrival, registration (4pm – 5:30pm)
Friday evening – opening circle and session 1 (6:30pm – 9pm)
Saturday morning – session 2 (9am – noon)
Saturday afternoon – session 3 (2pm – 5pm)
Saturday evening – session 4 (7pm – 9pm)
Sunday morning – session 5 and closing circle (9am – 11:30am)
Sunday afternoon – depart (by 1pm)

LOCATION⁣

This three day (two night) retreat will be held at La Solitude de Pré-d’en-Haut, on the Petitcodiac River near Memramcook, New Brunswick. ⁣

We will stay in small individual cabins, enjoy simple breakfasts, freshly made soups or cook for ourselves (basic ingredients are included!), and gather in the beautiful Thabor for our group sessions.⁣

The weekend will offer a balance of sound and silence — sound when we are together and silence when we are alone. (I will offer optional journal prompts, and other reflection tools if you wish to use them during the silence!)⁣

If you would like a longer or more spacious retreat, you are welcome to book extra nights at the retreat centre. Please inquire and book directly with La Solitude.

REGISTRATION⁣

Registration for the weekend (including simple food, accommodation, and the program):
$395

To secure your place a $100 deposit is required.

NEED MORE INFO?
Send me a message! I’d love to answer any questions you have!

SACRED SOUND, SACRED SILENCE

a weekend retreat

with Heidi Kalyani

“When I am silent, I fall into that place where everything is music.”
RUMI

Experience the nourishing, connecting and transformative power of sound… and the blissful silence that complements it!⁣

This heart-opening weekend will feature kirtan (call and response singing), a sound journey with guided meditation and singing bowls, mantra chanting, and a selection of deep listening practices. There will also be solo time for journalling, walking the beautiful trails, practicing yoga asana, or breathing in the silence! ⁣

Nurture your heart, your voice and your nervous system while you cultivate deeper connections with yourself, others and the world around you. ❤️⁣


DATES

Friday April 19th – Sunday April 21st, 2024

DETAILS
Friday afternoon – arrival, registration (4pm – 5:30pm)
Friday evening – opening circle and session 1 (6:30pm – 9pm)
Saturday morning – session 2 (9am – noon)
Saturday afternoon – session 3 (2pm – 5pm)
Saturday evening – session 4 (7pm – 9pm)
Sunday morning – session 5 and closing circle (9am – noon)
Sunday afternoon – depart (by 1pm)

LOCATION⁣

This three day (two night) retreat will be held at La Solitude de Pré-d’en-Haut, on the Petitcodiac River near Memramcook, New Brunswick. ⁣

We will stay in small individual cabins, enjoy simple breakfasts, freshly made soups or cook for ourselves (basic ingredients are included!), and gather in the beautiful Thabor for our group sessions.⁣

The weekend will offer a balance of sound and silence — sound when we are together and silence when we are alone. (I will offer optional journal prompts, and other reflection tools if you wish to use them during the silence!)⁣

If you would like a longer or more spacious retreat, you are welcome to book extra nights at the retreat centre. Please inquire and book directly with La Solitude.

REGISTRATION⁣

Registration for the weekend (including simple food, accommodation, and the program):
$395

To secure your place a $100 deposit is required.



NEED MORE INFO?

Send me a message! I’d love to answer any questions you have!

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED, AS WE ARE NOW FULL!