Workshop Descriptions

Ana Forrest in Ceremony

Ana Forrest

Friday 27th, 7-9pm: Freeing Your Spine, Forrest Yoga Workshop

Saturday 28th, 7:30-10am: Revitalise, Forrest Yoga Workshop

Saturday 28th, 1:30-2:15pm: Fierce Medicine Book Signing

Sunday 29th, 7:30-10am: Deepening Your Relationship with Spirit, Forrest Yoga Workshop 

Read Ana Forrest’s bio 


Esther Lim Esther Lim, Shaman medicine woman

Saturday 28th, 2:15-4:15pm: Earth Medicine with Pachamama & embracing our Shakti 

Our Earth Walk is the way we live our life and express our personality. It is the way we live out our dreams, our aspirations and our destiny. Earth Medicine has its origins from ancient wisdom and is developed for self knowledge and self realization. By walking with Mother Earth in the Medicine Wheel, we assume responsibility for our own lives and attain mastery of our own destiny.

The Medicine Wheel or the Medicine Web is a circle of generated energy or vital force — personal empowerment generated from a source that is within. It is a symbolic map which enables us to step into our destiny.

This workshop will include Illuminations, calling to our totem animals, journeying with Huasca , Fire Ceremony etiquette, making a despacho and blessing your kuyus (stones). Bring 6 stones or your complete mesa, a small offering to Pachamama of nature (like a flower) and writing materials. 

 

Saturday 28th 7:00pm Fire Ceremony at Moon Henge
As a tribe , we hold sacred space at our Fire and invite the archetypes of the four Directions to the circle. A fire stick is offered to Spirit in fire .

— Calling in the Four Directions, Mother Earth and Father Sun/Mother Moon
— Singing and chanting, using rattles, drum etc
— Fire Ceremony etiquette ; building the fire over the four directions
— The art of making a medicine bundle/bag to offer to the fire
— Making a gift of Beauty to Pachamama, called a Dispacho
— Creating a Fire stick, where you can send your wish for yourself or others
— Universal wish
— Closing sacred space

If you have a mesa or sacred stones, bring them! Bring drums/rattles and a stick to offer into the fire.

 

Sunday 29th, 2:15-4:15pm Working with Father Sun /Grandmother Moon & Emerging with Shiva 

As we travel in the Medicine Web, we learn to fly with the wings of Spirit and we learn to develop our perceptual and visionary abilities. Then, we learn to track out of our momentum tunnel and journey with Pachekuti Inka — Spirit. We learn to use our medicine bundle/ mesas appropriately for healing ourselves and others . We learn to give the rites of Protection and Bands.

We also learn to use our kuyus (stones) for soul dramas, defragmentation of soul contracts and healing by Proxy.

Bring another 6 stones for processing or your full mesa plus a musical instrument (drum/rattle etc). Come ready to dance and sing your heart out!

Important: Please bring notepads and pens, 6 stones that you feel close to, that you can hold in your hand wrapped in a cloth of natural beauty, a rattle (if you have one) or a drum, and a blanket/yoga mat to lie down on. 

 Read Esther Lim’s bio


Sandra Heider Sandra Heider Forrest Yoga Guardian and owner of equilibrium yoga centre peterborough

Sunday 29th, 11:15am -1:15pm: Traps & Seductions: What lures us away from connecting to Spirit.

Nothing is ever static and we — as well as the world around us — are in constant flux. Therefore in order to stay connected to meaning and spirit we have to continuously be present and aware. There are many things that try to seduce us away from a life our spirit yearns for — a life that is handcrafted and full of vitality. The seduction is towards a life that requires less effort, less energy and that is less difficult. As we are being seduced and as we follow the calling of the land of milk and honey we can find ourselves trapped and battling with an internal conflict. We might be torn to pieces between what our heart truly desires and what we are actually doing in our lives.

This workshop looks at the archetypal energies of seduction and traps with the aim to understand more what a handcrafted life would look like and what the fears and obstacles are that prevent us from moving in the direction of growth, joy, creativity and spirit. The session includes a very short asana section with pranayama, some partner work, guided writing and a talking circle. Please wear yoga clothing and bring pen and paper with you.

Read Sandra Heider’s bio



Allison English

Saturday 28th, 11:15am-1:15pm: In The Presence of Peace Allison English Certified Forrest Yoga Teacher from Chicago and presenter at The Bog Web Yoga Weekend

Throughout the course of life, various experiences imprint themselves onto our mind and body. These imprints stay with us and can go on to affect our thoughts, emotions, energy, and the physical manifestation of our body-state.

The meditative practice of Yoga Nidra is recognised as an integrative and restorative technique for unpacking life experiences and creating the ability to exist in a state of peacefulness, joy and well-being amidst the myriad pathways of daily life. It uses systematic awareness of the body and breath, combined with clear intent from the mind to work with negative emotions and thoughts in a clearer way.

Yoga Nidra is a specialized technique that has been recognized for its ability to help practitioners heal from traumas great and small through precisely guided actions during meditation. In this workshop you will learn the foundational principles and philosophy behind the practice of Yoga Nidra, both traditionally and including the current research related to this technique as it is applied in the modern world. Then, you will embark on your own experiential journey into the presence of release, integration and ease through a guided Yoga Nidra experience!

Please bring a note pad for the lecture portion and have props to support your self in a seated position. Please bring warm, comfortable clothing, a mat to lie down on, and something to rest over your eyes for the supine meditation portion.

 

Sunday 29th, 11:15am-1:15pm: Illuminating the Path to Personal Practice

One of the richest, and oftentimes most challenging, aspects of practicing yoga asana is developing a personal home practice.  There is not a week that goes by where I am not asked, “How do I start practicing on my own when I can’t make class?”

Many students aren’t sure where to start, may be unfamiliar with sequencing concepts without a teacher, feel they do not have enough time, or fear working on poses without the watchful eye of their instructor. This workshop will teach you how to go about beginning a simple at-home yoga practice tailored to your daily needs.

  • Determine how to set personal healing intents.
  • Explore the effects of different of types of poses and breathing
  • learn how to sequence a short practice to address various states of being, including a summary of injury and energy related therapeutic asana and pranayama use.
  • Learn sequencing principles from Forrest Yoga so that you can best assemble a personal practice.
  • Discover techniques to strengthen your state of feeling energy, alignment, physical and mental state so that you can be one of your best instructors.

Leave the session with a foundation to launch your very own personal yoga practice.

Development of a home practice is one of the most rewarding spaces for continuing your evolution on a physical, mental and spiritual level – and a way of feeding your Spirit in different and personalized ways every day!

Please bring a journal or note pad for the exercises related to this workshop. Please have something comfortable to sit on.

Read Allison English’s bio


Jambo Truong

Forrest Yoga teacher and presenter at The Big Web, Jambo Truong

Saturday 29th, 11:15am-1:15pm: Warm-up Poses are Under-rated

This workshop celebrates the wonderful poses that begin a Forrest Yoga class.

Explore the neuro-physiology of pranayamas, the different hormones they release and why.

Learn about the Sympathetic vs Parasympathetic nervous state, in relation to Yoga vs Forrest Yoga

  • Compare which hormones are being released
  • Explore the hormones you want to release: serotonin, dopamine, oxcytocin, acetylcholine and what poses and hands on assists aid in their promotion/release
  • Talk about how this reflects on immunity within your own body as well as your relationships

These selection of poses and the techniques to promote the release of supportive hormones are intended not only help you to go deeper at the start of your practise, but also to easily and efficiently re-set yourself at any time. You’ll leave being able to share these techniques with others — students, friends, family, colleagues.

May your inner world reflect your outer world!

 


Charlie SpellerCharlotte Speller Forrest Yoga Teacher London

Saturday 28th, 4:35-6:35pm: Have Your Cake AND Eat It!

It can be difficult to connect to your goals, dreams, aspirations when you feel torn between what seems like a rock and a hard place. Sometimes resentment for the ones you love, sets in — not because you don’t love them, but because you think you can’t achieve your dreams at the same time. You think you can’t ‘have your cake and eat it’ and you’ve put your dreams on an endless and annoying hold.

Here’s an example of what I mean: You have your own young family and work hard to provide for them, but on the other side of the spectrum, your parents are aging and also need a portion of your time. This makes you tired, you feel irritable about these things, yet you do, deep down love these two aspects of your life. You just can’t see a way of doing both without being p*ssed off!

Another example might be: You love yoga and are thinking about doing a teacher training, but you also love the stability that a 5-days a week job brings into your life. You feel trapped and torn between the two worlds. You just can’t see a way to make it work and it’s making you miserable at work and frustrated on your yoga mat.

There are many, many possible scenarios!…

As well as the emotional angst, (and you may have already noticed this) life’s paradoxes nearly always show up in your body as tension!

In this workshop, you’ll get to identify and explore any opposing areas of your life and build a strategy for enabling them both. Charlie will guide you through a delicious 20-30min light asana practice to bring you back to your body’s wisdom after lunch. You’ll learn to work with any physical tension or shut-down, and you’ll work through a range of fun and liberating Forrest Yoga and Shamanic processes to help you ‘have your cake and eat it’, without the pain of indigestion!

By the time you leave you’ll have:

  • Useful tools for identifying and connecting to your life’s paradoxes and the physical tension they cause.
  • Ways of moving through that physical tension on your own
  • Maybe a ‘Eureka’ moment
  • A feeling of calm and relief

You’ll need a yoga mat and writing materials for this session.

Charlie worked in the Corporate rat-race for 10 years. When she started to not be passionate about her job, she made some major changes. Quit her job (as did her husband), became a yoga teacher, they sold their London home and moved to the countryside. Charlie and her husband are currently looking for a property to set up a yoga retreat and wellness centre.   Charlie’s paradox was figuring out how to change her lifestyle, work less and burn-out less, yet still make enough of a living to live comfortably and travel. She’ll share many of the techniques she has used to step towards her dream in her own unique and compassionate way.
Sunday 29th, 4:35-6:35pm: Embrace the Whole: Understanding and embodying your personal archetypes
This workshop is co-taught with Katie Boyle.“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.“ (Carl Gustav Jung).
As we go through life we learn to embrace the aspects of our personalities that are deemed ‘acceptable’, ‘appropriate’ and ‘desirable’ by those around us, while simultaneously shutting off and distancing ourselves from other parts of who we are. This can serve us well but it may also mean we deny parts of who we really are, the good and the bad, and hold ourselves back from becoming all we are capable of being.
“I love her creativity, but I’m just not the creative type, I could never come up with an idea like that.”
“Wow that was such a brave thing to do, I could never imagine doing that, I’m too afraid.”
“He’s so self-centred and selfish, I’m glad I’m not like that, I like to consider others’ feelings.”
Sound familiar?This workshop is about reconnecting to your whole self. It will take you on a journey that will enable you to understand and embody the archetypes you need right now to achieve your personal goals and live the life you most desire.Through an exploration of the defining moments in your life so far, you will have the opportunity to explore your personal relationship with archetypes through the lens of Jungian psychology, brought to life in the ‘Insights Deeper Discovery Model.’
Explore the archetypes you draw on most often

  • Understand how your archetypes help and hinder you on your journey.
  • Discover which archetypes you find difficult to access or ones you have turned away from
  • Find out how your ‘hidden’ archetypes could serve you well in daily life.

This workshop gives you the opportunity to explore ways of deepen your relationship with different archetypical qualities, embodying them through a playful blend of breath, voice and movement.

By the time you leave this workshop, you will not only have clear commitments about your chosen set of archetypes, but you will also have developed strategies for strengthening these archetypal qualities and reclaiming any shut off or lesser used aspects of who you are.

Bring a yoga mat, writing materials and your curiosity to the workshop.


Katie BoyleKatie Boyle Forrest Yoga Teacher and presenter at The Big Web Yoga Weekend

Sunday 29th, 4:35-6:35pm: Embrace the Whole: Understanding and embodying your personal archetypes

This workshop is co-taught with Charlie Speller.

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” (Carl Gustav Jung)

As we go through life we learn to embrace the aspects of our personalities that are deemed ‘acceptable’, ‘appropriate’ and ‘desirable’ by those around us, while simultaneously shutting off and distancing ourselves from other parts of who we are. This can serve us well but it may also mean we deny parts of who we really are, the good and the bad, and hold ourselves back from becoming all we are capable of being.

“I love her creativity, but I’m just not the creative type, I could never come up with an idea like that.”

“Wow that was such a brave thing to do, I could never imagine doing that, I’m too afraid.”

“He’s so self-centred and selfish, I’m glad I’m not like that, I like to consider others’ feelings.”

Sound familiar?

This workshop is about reconnecting to your whole self. It will take you on a journey that will enable you to understand and embody the archetypes you need right now to achieve your personal goals and live the life you most desire.

Through an exploration of the defining moments in your life so far, you will have the opportunity to explore your personal relationship with archetypes through the lens of Jungian psychology, brought to life in the ‘Insights Deeper Discovery Model.’

Explore the archetypes you draw on most often

  • Understand how your archetypes help and hinder you on your journey.
  • Discover which archetypes you find difficult to access or ones you have turned away from
  • Find out how your ‘hidden’ archetypes could serve you well in daily life.

This workshop gives you the opportunity to explore ways of deepen your relationship with different archetypical qualities, embodying them through a playful blend of breath, voice and movement.

By the time you leave this workshop, you will not only have clear commitments about your chosen set of archetypes, but you will also have developed strategies for strengthening these archetypal qualities and reclaiming any shut off or lesser used aspects of who you are.

Bring a yoga mat, writing materials and your curiosity to the workshop.

Read Katie Boyle’s bio


Clare Mace Forrest Yoga teacher Claire Mace

Saturday 28th, 4:35-6:35pm: Good vibrations: A Sound and Chanting Workshop

Sound physically moves us, waves transmitted through vibrating air molecules.  It both encourages us to connect to our physical body, and to connect beyond the physical body.

Recent research published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology indicates that whilst singing together entrainment between participants can occur, a synchronisation between heart rates and breathing patterns.
In this workshop we will practice your favourite Forrest yoga chants and work with one or two from other traditions. We will also explore some simple ways to integrate vocalization with yoga poses in a short (30-45 min) gentle yoga practice – with a few lions of course.


Read Claire Mace’s bio


Rosalind Southward Rosalind Southward Certified Forrest Yoga teacher

Sunday 29th, 2:15-4:15pm: From Root to Crown: Harnessing the Power Centres to Create a life with Purpose

“If the outer world is to be transformed, the process must begin within. If the inner world is to transformed, it must be understood in light of the outer forces that shaped it. These realms are not separate, yet we lack a systematic means of tying them together. The value of the chakra system is that as the outer and inner worlds connect, we become aligned – spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.” (Anodea Judith, Eastern Body, Western Mind)

The chakras are the seven energy centres in our body; maintaining free flowing energy through them helps keep us in our power and prevent energy blockages which can often lead to physical or emotional sickness.

In this workshop you will be connect with the wisdom that each of these power centres holds, in order to ignite your personal power and connect to your authentic self. As we journey through the chakras you will have the opportunity to identify the internal demons and energy blocks that prevent you from reaching your full potential. You’ll explore issues relating to stability, creativity, self-love and acceptance, self esteem, and joy.

By connecting to the chakras we can connect with our Spirit to find our own personal road-map towards developing and manifesting our own personal vision.

This workshop will involve journeying, journaling and simple physical exercises to connect you to the chakra system.

Bring writing materials with you, your yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing.

Read Rosalind Southward’s bio


Finlay Wilson & Joel Wilson Finlay Wilson & Joel Wilson Forrest Yoga teachers

Saturday 28th, 2:15-4:15pm:  Dance in Beauty

In Forrest Yoga, part of connection to Spirit is taking steps along the Beauty Road. Seeing Beauty, feeling it and communicating it effectively is a large part of the walk.

This workshop will involve intuitive movement and guided exercises to learn to communicate without words, exploring ever-changing connections between partners. You’ll explore the constant shift of information and how it translates through the body and discover how to move your way.

During this time you will be attuned to the situations and observing the Beauty moments that will happen between partners and individuals. Be inspired by the dance.

The session will finish with a sharing of; what moved your heart, the feeling of connection, and the simplicity of working in trust through talking circle.

Bring writing materials with you, your yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing.

Conrad Freese Conrad Freese Forrest Yoga teacher and presenter at the Forrest Yoga Conference in Peterborough UK

Sunday 29th, 4:35-6:35pm:  Yoga for Cancer & Serious Illness

At some point in our lives we will be affected by Cancer — either personally or through someone we love. This workshop is aimed at yoga teachers and students looking to develop and share Forrest Yoga methods and philosophy with those suffering from Cancer and other serious illnesses.

The benefits of Yoga are innumerable for maintaining and developing physical and mental health: as such Yoga can be an important tool in helping people with serious illness to cope with the symptoms and side effects of illness and its treatment –physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. This workshop reflects on the considerations of sharing Yoga with vulnerable people, the roles and responsibilities of a teacher, and how the tools of Forrest Yoga can be applied to those working with serious illness.

Conrad was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 26, undergoing surgery and chemotherapy; he has used this as a catalyst to take control of his own health and help others to do the same, becoming a Forrest Yoga Teacher and Healer.

Read Conrad Freese’s bio