Last summer i spent almost 2 peaceful weeks learning all about the meaning of Yoga at the Rainbowlight Yoga Retreat. Guided by my gifted teacher Sunshine, her assistant Carien and my fellow trainees my eyes were opened to a vast ocean of knowledge. Since then my life has been filled with learning about yoga and practicing everything that word means to me to the best of my ability.
I decided to complete the training program in two parts, the first last summer and the second this last spring. I’m so lucky that this option was available, as i couldn’t possibly be away from my children for the full 25 days of training. Also it was nice to learn, then teach and reflect and then come back to learn some more.
There is a lot to learn from Sunshine, she is a wonderful teacher with lots of gifts to offer her students. She allows each student to find their voice, creativity and their own style of teaching. You are given ample chance to teach, so by the time you leave you are able to put together a class and teach it successfully.
Sunshine and her family are very accommodating to the people who come to stay at their home. They have 2 very sweet children who sometimes make quick appearances in the classes. Glen her husband is a great cook. He spends lots of his time preparing delicious vegan meals in the kitchen for us. The quaint rooms are either in the manor house, which is comfortable and spacious, or in the farm house, which is very old and full of character. Both houses are beautiful and a delight to stay in.
There are some walks to go on close to the retreat, the shortest one is to the reservoir, you can get there either by walking through the forest or on the road where you will get a chance to wave hello to the neighbours driving their tractors. Tractor spotting is a big event, as there is very little movement on the roads around the retreat. It really is a peaceful place, where you will have lots of time to reflect and listen to your inner voice. There are also bicycles you can lend to ride into town.
The outside deck is wonderful in the morning when the air is fresh, it is also nice in the afternoons under the big umbrellas. The yoga room inside the manor house is nice and very cosy when the fire is lit. There is also a reading room with couches, lots of interesting books to read and of course wireless internet.
We were also taken on a outing to visit a stunning wine farm not too far from the retreat, it’s called Chateau Viella. We got to try come wines which were paired with food. The wine is wonderful, i think everyone bought at least a bottle to two! http://www.chateauviella.fr
We were also given a demonstration of a instrument called the Butazen, it a beautiful drum made from an old gas bottle. There is this lovely lady who comes by to show us how to play it, and everyone gets a turn. The vibrations are healing and you can place it on different areas of your body and then play the drum to allow the vibrations to soothe the body. Sunshine has one is the yoga room, which we were all welcome to use. I will definitely look into getting one when i have my studio set up! https://www.nogaspi.com/butazen/
Overall a refreshing experience in a very relaxed atmosphere, with nice people. I made many new friends there, and i’m happy to say there are many new special yoga teachers going out into the world!