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The SOYA annual retreat is June 5-7, 2020 where we celebrate 25 years of bringing authentic yoga teachings to you. The retreat is held at Sorrento Centre in Sorrento, BC.
To honour this great event, we welcome Dr. Lorin Roche, PhD and his wife Camille Maurine from California in the theme of Meditating in the Body of Love.
Dr. Lorin Roche will reveal for us the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, an ancient scripture beautifully rooted in love. Dr. Roche shares his interpretation of this text through his book The Radiance Sutras. He is on the frontline as a meditation teacher awakening consciousness everywhere, in all places, in all times.
His wife Camille Maurine is a meditation mentor, dancer and writer, internationally renowned for her integrative energy practices. She is the author of Meditation Secrets for Women and Meditation 24/7.
HERE IS A GLIMPSE into the weekend of Radiance Sutras, June 5-7, 2020
(Registration Opens January 1, 2020 at 6am)
Friday June 5th: Check in at the Registration desk at 12noon onward.
Friday 3pm Asana Class on Sutra 27: Flow with the Six Kinds of Asanas for Luminous Connections in the Body, with Dorothy and Del Fizzell
4:15pm Asana Class on Yukti 11: Nyasa-The practice of Mantra with Touch, Asana Classes with Gail Thompson and Terri McDermott
4:15pm Asana Class on Sutra 34: The Elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Ether, with Helen Mikuska and Becky Stone
Friday night 7-9:30 pm The Three Loves of Shakti, with Dr Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine
For people who live in the world and have busy lives, meditation is a dynamic flow of resting, healing, and rehearsing future actions. This is the inner asana sequence of meditation, antar anga. The life force, pranashakti, is always engaged in healing, recharging, and evolving our bodies. When we make friends with prana, then meditation has a quality of effortlessness and naturalness. You will have a chance to explore a variety of delightful and effortless meditation practices.
Saturday 6:30am Asana Class on Yukti 15 – Anahata: Unstruck with Natasha Scott and Elaine LaMarre.
Saturday 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Moving with Your 21 Senses with Dr Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine
You don’t just have 5 senses: vision, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. You also have senses of balance, joint position, movement, muscle stretch, temperature, hunger, oxygen content in your blood, and others. In yoga, the senses are called the indriyas, the companions of the divine, for each sense informs us of what is going on on the world, in this divine universe, of which our bodies are a part. We will spend the morning in motion, savoring all kinds of spontaneous movement as we practice inhabiting the richness of our sensory world.
Saturday 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm Four Levels of Mantra with Dr Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine
Mantra Yoga describes four levels of speech, from ordinary sounds made with our vocal cords, to inward listening, to subtle beholding of a mantra, to the transcendental. Thus, Sanskrit is designed to be listened to out loud, also as a whisper, inwardly as a soft pulsation, heard as a barely-there vibration, and as a lively silence. We will explore these levels of sound and perhaps add several more transitional levels. All mantras are said to emanate from OM, and OM is defined as the primordial YES, the fundamental vibration of joy permeating all creation. You will have a chance to discover, invent, and develop mantras that you love so much you delight in being with them.
Saturday 4:10 pm Asana Class on Yuktis 8, 12 and 24, with Mugs McConnell and Dariel Vogel, Founders of SOYA Yoga Teacher Training.
Saturday evening 7:30-9:30 pm At Play with The Radiance Sutras. A Sutra Jam with Dr Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine. Bring your musical instruments and let’s play!
The Vijnana Bhairava Tantra presents 112 doorways to ecstatic awareness of the life force. Lorin’s version of the text is called The Radiance Sutras. We will be playing around with the text in both Sanskrit and English, letting ourselves be surprised as we discover what is resonating in our bodies. Through play and improvisation we find our way. We each need four or five different meditation techniques to refresh ourselves and match our inner experience as we live our daily lives.
Sunday 6:30am Asana Class on Yukti 7: Chakra Opening with Bija Mantras, with Cindy Szekely and Emma Faulkner
Sunday morning 9:30-12 noon Customizing Meditation to Fit Individual Need with Dr Lorin Roche and Camille Maurine
Unlike asana, meditation is almost invisible. You don’t know what a person is actually doing to themselves inside, or what they are experiencing, unless you get the student talking, and listen. Just as standard asana needs to be modified to suit each individual body, so does meditation. If we realize meditation is an internal asana flow, in which pranashakti is taking care of our needs, then we understand that a healthy practice is one that honors individuality. In this session we will explore the kinds of “modifications,” or corrections that meditators need. But just like asana, most meditators are unconsciously doing subtle moves inside that are damaging and weakening, and lead to long-term cumulative injuries.
12-12:30pm Closing of the 25th Anniversary Retreat
TUITION for the Retreat:
$325 + gst including a copy of The Radiance Sutras, and a 25th Anniversary T-Shirt. A non-refundable deposit of $108.95 will be processed at the time of registration to hold your spot, with payment in full required by April 16th.
April 16th is the last day for any refunds.
Meals & rooms/camping available. See below for details.
Print our Radiance Sutras Retreat Poster and share with your friends.
The SOYA Retreat is held at Sorrento Centre, 1159 Passchendaele Rd, Sorrento, BC. The main hall is across the road at Sorrento Memorial Hall. Sorrento is located on the TransCanada Highway 20 minutes west of Salmon Arm and 45 minutes east of Kamloops.
ROOMS, CAMPING and MEALS are reserved directly with Sorrento Centre (or alternate locations). The office will be closed until Jan 4th at 9am Pacific Time. You can reserve your room online from Jan 4th onward at this link – SORRENTO ONLINE BOOKINGS for SOYA. For assistance, call 250-675-2421 (Toll Free 866-694-2409) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternative accommodations are described below.
About MEALS at Sorrento Centre:
Delicious vegetarian meals made from fresh vegetables from the Sorrento Centre farm! Many dietary needs are accommodated by a loving staff! Breakfast $11, Lunches $13, Dinner $19. Meals must be booked in advance – to reserve see details above. Can’t remember if you booked your meals? Call 250-675-2421. Meals must be reserved in advance.
About ACCOMMODATIONS at Sorrento Centre:
LODGES: (all rooms have private bathrooms): Linens & towels provided. Single rooms with a single bed ($74/night). Shared rooms with a double and a single bed ($99/night for two). Suites with a king or queen bed, hide-a-bed, a stove and small fridge ($139/night for two, $19 for third person).
CABANAS: What a deal! If you are looking for an economical alternative for accommodation, share a Cabana! Sorrento Centre will have a list of people wanting to share for $23/night. These small cottages are an alternative to camping, with 5 beds per cabin. Bring your own linens and cooking supplies. No running water – use the campground washrooms and showers. Pets allowed for $10 per night.
CAMPING -Tent and RV: RV sites with full hookups ($45/night), partial hookups ($35/night), and tenting sites ($28/night). Basic campground washrooms and showers are available. There are no cooking facilities in the campgrounds so bring your own stoves, etc. Pets allowed for $5 per night.
Alternative accommodations within walking distance of Sorrento Centre: There are still places to stay if Sorrento Centre is full!
– Shuswap Lake Motel – up until mid March Don and Sherri say it is best to make your reservation by phone or email. email@example.com or call at (250) 675-2420. Toll Free 1-888-587-0514. Their online reservation system will not be up until spring. http://www.shuswaplakemotel.com
– The Sorrento Inn http://www.booking.com/hotel/ca/sorrento-inn.en-us.html
– Maples B&B http://www.shuswapmaples.com
Accommodations a 10 minute drive away:
– Selah Retreat B&B http://www.selahretreatbb.com/
– Quaaout Lodge www.quaaoutlodge.com
– One Bay Away B&B. 25 minute drive but can commute to the retreat with the owner. Such a sweet suite on the lake, you will want to stay longer! www.onebayaway.com email firstname.lastname@example.org call 250-803-8383 to book privately for reduced rate.
Flights: Various airlines including Westjet fly into Kelowna AND Kamloops. Airport Transportation: Call Sorrento Centre for information on a local airport shuttle from Kamloops. 250-675-2421 (Toll Free 866-694-2409) or email email@example.com.
Driving: Sorrento is 147 km North West of Kelowna, and 80 kms East of Kamloops. See google map http://www.sorrento-centre.bc.ca/admin-location-maps.html .
It is best to fill in the Registration Form from a computer rather than a phone or ipad. If you press submit and it doesn’t go through, we find it works if you start over with a new form. Be sure to check for your confirmation email once you complete the registration process. If you do not receive confirmation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be sure your form came through.
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