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EXPANSION OF THE HEART

1-DAY RETREAT

with Anna & Justyna

Saturday 9th September  | 10-18h

The Sanctuary, Dublin 7

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“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

 

Rumi

Revitalise and celebrate yourself as you dive into the fullness of your heart at our one-day retreat in the Sanctuary, a beautiful oasis in the heart of Dublin, a meditation centre to support your wellbeing, a heartfelt community, and a place to nurture Irish biodiversity. 

This will be a day full of healing, inspiration and exploration through movement , meditation, breathing practices, self-expression, connecting with the inner child, EFT tapping,  delicious Ayurvedic meal and snacks, connection with nature, singing and chanting to celebrate the vastness of your heart as well as a beautiful heartfelt community connection. 

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Awaken your heart and delve deeper into the connection of your body & mind. Release any blockages that stand in the way of loving yourself unconditionally and showing up in the world truly as you are. 

 

The heart is the source of your inner wisdom, guidance and inspiration. It sends more signals to the brain than the brain sends to the heart, bringing the information that is stored in the subconscious field.

 

Having access to the subconscious mind gives us the opportunity to release the pain and invite the feelings of worthiness, acceptance and being truly good-enough to receive. 

When we decide to heal from the space of our heart, we open up towards more love, forgiveness, freedom, abundance, and positive change in relationships. 

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WHERE

The Sanctuary,  D07 H290 

 

WHEN

Saturday, 9th September

10-18h

(including break for lunch and shorter breaks)

CONTRIBUTION 

 

Early Bird €89 per person

Booking by 9th August

€99 per person

Booking after the 9th August 

The price above includes all practices : yoga, meditation, inner child, group EFT etc as well as Ayurvedic lunch/snacks freshly prepared by Justyna, our Ayurvedic coach and therapist.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Warm clothing in case we gather outside and the weather gets chilly (we always have the option to be inside if weather is not appropriate) 

  • A journal for journalling reflections 

  • If you would like to share a song with the group or lead a dance, you are welcome to contribute in this way! 

  • Yourself as you are!  

WHAT YOU CAN LOOK FORWARD TO:

  • Welcome & Opening Circle - nurturing a heartfelt community 

  • Self-Expression through Art & Movement 

  • Yoga Asana & Pranayama to open the heart 

  • Lunch with delicious Ayurvedic treats and snacks & Community Connection

  • Inner Child Work 

  • EFT Tapping for self-love

  • Kirtan, Singing,Intuitive dance/movement 

  • Relaxation with Sound 

WHAT MAKES THIS 1-DAY RETREAT SPECIAL?

Anna and Justyna are both passionate about living mindfully, creatively and cultivating connection both with our bodies, minds and souls as well as others. This retreat focuses on diving into the vastness of the heart through connecting with ourselves and with others. We put our utmost effort in the preparation of this retreat so that at the end of the day you will feel rejuvenated, joyful with a sense of connection and lightness in your heart!

We feel that the essence of human happiness and wellbeing lies in aligning ourselves with our heart and creating a heart-to-heart connection with others and the world.

Let’s experience our heart awakening together and celebrate our uniqueness.

YOGA ASANA, PRANAYAMA & MEDITATION

  • Yoga asana (physical yoga poses) for all levels 

  • Pranayama  (breathing exercises) to tune into the subtle aspects of your being/ open the heart 

  • Meditation with visualisations, breath awareness and singing and chanting to connect to your heart  

EFT TAPPING

  • Group EFT session to release any emotional blockages or beliefs that stand in the way of loving yourself and living your purpose

  • Inner child healing through guided meditation, visualisation and tapping

  • Body- mind healing and expansion of love, forgiveness, freedom, abundance and positive change.

HEART-FELT COMMUNITY

  • Be embraced by the community with an open heart 

  • Show up as yourself to celebrate yourself and reveal the uniqueness of your being 

CONNECTION TO NATURE  

  • Sanctuary is located in the middle of the city but is the house to Irish plants and flowers. In September, we will be nearing the end of summer. We can enjoy being surrounded by the beauty of the Sanctuary garden as we slowly move into the Autumn months 

  • Connect with the natural power of food through our Ayurvedic lunch and snacks 

AYURVEDIC MEAL

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RETREAT SCHEDULE

10.00-11.30h | Welcome, Opening Circle and Art Making 

11:30-13.00h | Yoga & Pranayama 

13.00-14.30h | Lunch break with an Ayurvedic meal and snacks & Community Connection 

14:30-16.00h | EFT & Inner Child Work 

16.00-17.00h | Kirtan, mantra & dance 

17.00-18.00h | Relaxation with Sound & Closing Circle 

ABOUT THE FACILITATORS

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JUSTYNA MICHALOW

Certified EFT & Matrix Reimprinting practitioner and Ayurveda health coach, educator & therapist. Member of the International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine (IPHM) association for holistic medicine practitioners.

Her mission is to spread awareness about how blocked emotions and unprocessed trauma manifest as a physical or mental disease. She believes in the body-mind connection, and she takes a holistic approach to help individuals to achieve balance, build resilience, reconnect with their inner wisdom and live a more balanced and fulfilled life. 

Justyna is also passionate about sharing the knowledge of Ayurveda, the oldest medical system, that empowers you to take the responsibility for your own health, connect with nature and with your true self. Her life purpose is to support, nurture, teach and inspire others.

https://www.justynamichalow.ie/

ANNA PRZYBYLO

A Yoga Teacher, a Menstrual Cycle Educator and Facilitator with focus on creating the physical, emotional, and mental balance, cultivating connection and resilience from within in order to live more consciously and joyfully.

 

Anna qualified as a yoga teacher in India (500 hours) and as a Menstrual Cycle Coach & Facilitator in Ireland. Her approach in her personal and professional life is mindful, intuitive and aligned with cyclical rhythms of our bodies and nature so that we can tap into our inherent wisdom.

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CANCELLATION POLICY

We understand that things happen and sometimes plans change. If you cancel 10 days before the retreat, we will offer you a full refund. If cancelled 5-9 days before the retreat, 50% refund will be issued to you. No refund given if cancelled less than 5 days before the retreat. Please note that all refunds exclude the  processing fee ( 1.9% of the transaction amount + 0.30 EUR). 

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    This program takes place Online via Zoom. All of the online sessions are set up in a way to create a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space where you can show up as you are.
  • Will we do a lot of yoga during the sessions?
    We will use yoga ( meditation, breathwork and yoga asana - yoga poses) as a tool to help you connect with your breath, body and mind. Yoga is not the only tool we will use but will play a big part of this coaching program. The focus of this coaching program is on becoming more aware and more connected to yourself, learning practical tools that can support you in your daily life so that you can live a more balanced and fulfilling life. If your interest is in learning yoga techniques in more depth, please check out my Private Yoga Sessions.
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  • I don't have much time. How much time will be required in between our sessions?
    This work depends on you and on how committed you are to yourself. Apart from our weekly sessions, I would recommend setting aside at least 30 minutes per day to yourself, to have space to cultivate presence within which is where this work begins. There might be weeks where you will spend more time on additional exercises, resources in order to support your journey to wholeness. This is your journey and it is totally up to you how much time you want to invest in yourself. There will also be an option to join a monthly gathering, which will be 75-90 minutes long , with other women. This is a space to find inspiration and support each other. Occasionally, I will offer live yoga classes, meditations which you will be welcome to join.
  • When can I expect changes in how I feel, in my life?
    That depends on you. If you decide to invest time in your inner work, you will definitely notice changes in how you feel about yourself and as a result how you show up and view the world around you. Some things might trigger unpleasant feelings, which does NOT mean that you are not moving forward in your healing journey. Often, before we can feel good, we need to visit some of the darker places of ourselves and become comfortable with the uncomfortable. This is part of the process and you will be supported as you move through it. The invitation here is to be patient and to apply little changes 1% at a time so you can slowly move in the direction of wholeness, power and self-trust.
  • Who is Body Alchemy Program for?
    The Body Alchemy Program for women who are experiencing a disconnection from the body or any discomfort/pain that is affecting any area of their life. This program is for you if you seek to discover a sense of wholeness from within, develop more self-trust, more confidence in your body and in yourself in order to live more fully and more authentically. It aims to support you in feeling more in charge of your wellbeing. Body Alchemy is for any woman who feels curious about her cycle or her nervous system and wants to learn more about herself through new tools. It is also for any woman who seeks to develop a habit of showing up for herself, be kinder and more compassionate towards herself amidst the challenges of life. If any of this sounds appealing to you and you feel drawn to this program, book a Free Connection Call to find out.
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    The Free Connection Call is a 45 minute session with me, in which we will get to know each other and see if we want to work together through the journey of Body Alchemy. During the session, you will be fully supported in expressing your needs, your current challenges and where you would like to be after this program. You can also get a feel for my approach and how the program will look like. Please book the free Connection Call here. You will be asked a few questions that will help me prepare better for our call together.
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    The weekly Body Alchemy Sessions take place Online via GoogleMeets. All of the online sessions are set up in a way to create a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space where you can show up as you are. All sessions will be recorded and shared with you afterwards (you can request them not to be recorded).
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    After completing the course, you will receive a certificate of completion.
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  • Can I join if I am pregnant?
    Yes - you can attend if you are 12 weeks or more. If you are pregnant, please let us know in advance. The EFT practices are suitable during pregnancy and the yoga practice will offer variations for pregnancy if required. The Ayurvedic meal will be very balanced but if you prefer to have your own food, you can bring it with you.
  • What if I have food allergies/intolerances?
    You can let us know about your food allergies and we will try to have something that will suit your needs.
  • What if I can't sing?
    No problem! We are all there together to expand our hearts. Singing is one of the ways to really connect with our heart space. Anna and Justyna will guide some of the singing which will be simple and available to all. All are welcome to join regardless of your singing experience or ability. Essentially it is about connecting with your voice and your heart and not about performing a song.
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    The Sanctuary is a meditation centre located between Smithfield and Stoneybatter. It's a non-profit organisation that hosts regular classes and courses related to mindfulness, yoga and conscious living. This is a community focused space where you feel absolutely welcome as you arrive through the door. The Sanctuary space is comprised of 2 main indoor rooms and an additional space for special rituals, meditations. It also has a beautiful outdoor area with stunning flowers, plants and trees as well as consultation and therapy rooms. In the back of the Sanctuary, there is a space with wild Irish plants that nurtures the Irish biodiversity. This space also has a labyrinth, which can be walked as part of your spiritual journey. This place has a very special energy that you can feel as you enter through the door. We are certain that you will love it and that you will feel automatically held in a safe and non-judgemental way by the Sanctuary community. We can't wait for you to get to know the Sanctuary if you don't know its magic yet! www.sanctuary.ie
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    Ayurveda is the traditional holistic healing system from India that views each person as an individual, with a unique mind-body constitution and set of life circumstances. It is known as the oldest medical system and current science proves what Ayurveda said 5000 years ago eg. about gut & brain connection or the importance of the circadian rhythm to maintain vitality and longevity. The aim of Ayurveda is to treat the root cause of the illness by balancing our 3 doshas back to a natural state for optimum well-being. According to Ayurveda, our bodies are controlled by three bio-energetic forces called dosha which are made of a combination of 5 elements: ether, air, fire, water, and earth. The doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha run all the body functions, and when in balance they maintain life. However, when one or more doshas are out of balance due to stress and the wrong diet, lifestyle, emotional blockages, or challenging life circumstances, it leads to various health conditions. Ayurveda guides us through all aspects of life and the easiest way to start exploring this timeless wisdom is in your kitchen. Cooking and eating Ayurvedically is a very intuitive and joyful process. It's a way to practise self-care, self- love and mindfulness by recognizing your individual needs rather than following a general list of healthy foods. Ayurvedic cooking involves preparing the food following certain principles like 6 tastes, fresh & seasonal food, compatibility and incompatibility of certain food and lifestyle practices around eating. The aim is to prepare a meal that is nourishing, easy to digest and satisfying for body & mind. During the retreat you will be served a simple, vegetarian and nourishing meal that follows Ayurvedic principles, is freshly prepared and consists of mainly seasonal food. You will be provided with some spices and herbal teas that aid digestion making this meal enjoyable to everyone. Please let us know about any food allergies or sensitivities.
  • Can I attend if I have never done yoga before?
    Yes, absolutely! Our yoga practice will focus on opening the heart and is designed for all levels. Whether you have never done yoga before or are a regular practitioner, you will be able to benefit and enjoy the practice. For any practice that might be challenging or new to you, variations and/or detailed explanation will be given to support all participants.
  • What if I cannot attend the full day? Can I still join?
    We feel that it is best if the participants attend the full day. If you would like to attend but need to leave a little bit early, that is OK - just let us know in advance. The price for the one day retreat does not change if you need to leave early.
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