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Spring Retreat

By August 10, 2017Workshops

RETREAT YOURSELF at the SPILT MILK YOGA SPRING RETREAT — Con­nect­ing to Own Wis­dom, Joy and Purpose Through Motherhood.

2 FOR 1 — Bring a friend and pay only $397 each

Ota­ki, NZ, Nov 10–12, 2017. Fri­day 4pm – Sun­day 12pm

A con­tem­pla­tive and dynam­ic week­end of guid­ed self-inquiry led by Cathryn Mon­ro, inter­spersed with restora­tive yoga, self-mas­sage and more deli­cious offer­ings led by Kirstie Cleary.

This is time for you. Focused on you. Be guid­ed skill­ful­ly through self-inquiry process­es that con­nect you to your deep­est self and to oth­ers. Strength­en your wis­dom, joy and pur­pose through embrac­ing the chal­lenges of con­tem­po­rary moth­er­hood as path.

 

What is SPILT MILK YOGA?

Spilt Milk Yoga is a guid­ed self-inquiry process cre­at­ed for moth­ers to engage with the chal­lenges of moth­er­hood as path. Spilt Milk Yoga focus­es on the devel­op­ment of self-knowl­edge (Dhyana) the “yoga on the inside” grow­ing our inner bal­ance, flex­i­bil­i­ty, strength and mind­ful­ness. I bring my train­ing and expe­ri­ence to that process and guide moth­ers in this impor­tant work we do, approach­ing moth­er­hood as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to come to know our­selves, rais­ing our­selves while we raise our chil­dren, embrac­ing moth­er­hood as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn about our edges and befriend our­selves, rather than resist­ing or avoid­ing the chal­lenges.

What hap­pens in a SPILT MILK YOGA work­shop or retreat ses­sion?

In the room you’d see me warm­ing par­tic­i­pants up to their pur­pose, guid­ing con­tem­pla­tion and jour­nal­ing to focus inten­tion. The work is tai­lored so that each moth­er can ori­ent to a moment she wants to know more about, or to cul­ti­vate a new response to. There is guid­ed shar­ing and con­nec­tions are made, and then I inter­view some­one who wants to learn more about her­self and her sit­u­a­tion. If it was you, we’d chat, we’d fig­ure out our pur­pose, we’d get well con­nect­ed up and then I’d direct you in an enact­ment lay­ing out this unique sit­u­a­tion. We’d lay out what’s going on out­side and inside, and the ques­tion or inten­tion you are hold­ing. When you see and feel your inner world in this way it is more pos­si­ble to build a con­ver­sa­tion with your own wis­dom and come to see and learn about your­self and your deep­er moti­va­tions, world-view, and pat­terns. When you intro­duce your updat­ed, con­scious inten­tion, or a new idea, to your exist­ing struc­ture you have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to prac­tice your aspi­ra­tion in this live moment. This enables you to, lit­er­al­ly, prac­tice this new approach, to feel it in your being, to embody the expe­ri­ence as your own prac­tice. The oth­er group mem­bers are involved in this work and the con­ver­sa­tion and shar­ing that come from it are rich, true and pro­found. The work is trans­for­ma­tion­al, and relates to the spe­cif­ic devel­op­ment of the par­tic­i­pant, and the group.

The sto­ry of one mother’s guid­ed self-inquiry here.

Cathryn says; Spilt Milk Yoga is the work of soft­en­ing into our human love and learn­ing, the work of com­ing to know our­selves, devel­op­ing aware­ness, choice and flex­i­bil­i­ty, and using all the chal­lenges of con­tem­po­rary moth­er­hood as fuel for that process. The Spilt Milk Yoga Retreat is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to immerse your­self, take time to reflect and con­nect to self, and be guid­ed in find­ing prac­tices that will grow your wis­dom, joy and pur­pose in your every-day moth­er­ing life, not lat­er some day, when the kids have left home and the house final­ly stays tidy for longer than 5 min­utes. It’s about hav­ing that con­nec­tion to your­self and your chil­dren now, and for life.  

Kirstie says; I’ll be offer­ing nour­ish­ing ways to reju­ve­nate our bod­ies, minds, and spir­it. Ways to keep moth­ers juicy and joy­ful. Ways to help us stay con­nect­ed to the essence of who we were before we became moth­ers, so that we can cel­e­brate the full­ness of who we are now as we nur­ture our fam­i­lies. Reju­ve­na­tion is an art that dials up your deli­cious­ness. It feels good. And if we feel good, we are more like­ly to be cre­ative, play­ful, pas­sion­ate moth­ers to our beau­ti­ful chil­dren.

Register for the Spilt Milk Yoga Spring Retreat here

and go in the draw to win prizes of;

  • a 1hr mas­sage with Kirstie
  • an audio­book copy of Spilt Milk Yoga - A Guid­ed Self-Inquiry to Find­ing Your Own Wis­dom, Joy, and Pur­pose Through Moth­er­hood. Great for in the car, or in your ears when you’re doing house work, or any time you are hands busy/ mind free.
Some questions below from mothers about the SPILT MILK YOGA SPRING RETREAT

Why are the group num­bers lim­it­ed?

Pro­found learn­ing and this trans­for­ma­tive work is not real­ly some­thing that can be taught to a room of 30 peo­ple. The lim­it of a Spilt Milk Yoga group is 12, some­times less is more. Spilt Milk Yoga is a process of work­ing live and respon­sive­ly to what each moth­er brings, the shared themes, notic­ing what’s alive in you and the group, and build­ing your rela­tion­ships pur­pose­ful­ly to self and oth­er. You then car­ry this out into your lives and fam­i­lies. And as it’s often a deep par­a­digm shift it’s not some­thing that goes away like a hand out or a “taught” les­son.

How does the expe­ri­ence of the retreat dif­fer from 1–1 ses­sions or the book? (i.e. How tai­lored is the guid­ed inquiry at the retreat?)

If you are work­ing with the book or audio book you are work­ing on your own, con­nect­ing to your­self. In a 1:1 Com­pan­ion Coach­ing Ses­sion I’m work­ing with you on Skype con­nect­ing to self with me along­side you. In a Spilt Milk Yoga Work­shop or Retreat this work is a mix­ture of con­nect­ing to self and oth­ers. Con­tem­pla­tion, con­cerns, ques­tions, insights are shared and con­nec­tion to oth­ers is cen­tral in this work. In addi­tion, we stand the work up, so for exam­ple if there is a ques­tion you are hold­ing I use my train­ing to guide you not just in think­ing about your expe­ri­ence but lay­ing out aspects of it phys­i­cal­ly in the room. Par­tic­i­pants are involved in unfold­ing each other’s prac­tice and it is very pow­er­ful as often those deep­er ques­tions we have are res­o­nant with every­one, so the work and sto­ry and insights are shared and deep­ened by the pres­ence of oth­ers.

Is it like doing a yoga class with yoga pos­es?

Many teach­ers hold the work of yoga pos­es (Asana), but Spilt Milk Yoga focus­es on self-knowl­edge (Dhyana) the “yoga on the inside” devel­op­ing our inner bal­ance, flex­i­bil­i­ty, strength and mind­ful­ness. I bring my train­ing to that process and guide moth­ers in this impor­tant work we do, approach­ing moth­er­hood as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to come to know our­selves, rais­ing our­selves while we raise our chil­dren, embrac­ing moth­er­hood as a path know­ing our edges rather than resist­ing or avoid­ing the chal­lenges.

Here’s one mum’s account of the effect of a piece of work we did. She was strug­gling to accept and con­nect with her youngest child. What came out was her need for her own self-accep­tance.

Why are the groups small?

This kind of self-inquiry is not real­ly some­thing that can be “taught” to a room of 30 peo­ple. I keep the groups small because it’s a process of work­ing live, per­son­al­ly, and respon­sive­ly to what each moth­er brings. Par­tic­i­pants real­ly share of them­selves, and we take the nec­es­sary time for peo­ple to get com­fort­able with each oth­er and them­selves and cre­ate the space to real­ly lis­ten and find some­thing new in them­selves. Like an update. And as it’s often a deep par­a­digm shift it’s not some­thing that goes away, like a hand out or a taught tech­nique or les­son. You can then car­ry this deep con­nec­tion to your­self out into your lives and fam­i­lies.

Please con­tact me with any­more ques­tions, I’m real­ly hap­py to chat to you.

2 Comments

  • Jeanne Dear says:

    Hey there. My great friend Sar­rah told me about your retreat and I am very inter­est­ed! How­ev­er, I will also be very preg­nant by that point (due Jan­u­ary 6)… I am/was a yoga instruc­tor and actu­al­ly went through my Yoga Teacher Train­ing in India while I was preg­nant with my first — I know what pos­es I should and shouldn’t do, but I just want­ed to check if it still ok that I attend. I would real­ly love this time away, I feel like I have had no time to con­nect with this new child inside of me, and this retreat sounds per­fect! Please let me know more details if you think it’s a good idea for me to attend. Thanks!

    • Hi Jeanne the Spilt Milk Yoga Spring Retreat sounds like a per­fect match for you. The guid­ed self-inquiry ses­sions can be ded­i­cat­ed to you con­nect­ing to your­self and the baby you are car­ry­ing. I can’t think of a bet­ter pur­pose!
      Regard­ing the restora­tive yoga ses­sions that Kirstie will be lead­ing; they are very much about nour­ish­ing you, and are time to rest and digest the con­tem­pla­tive and dynam­ic work of the Spilt Milk Yoga Guid­ed Self-Inquiry ses­sions. Kirstie is also offer­ing some deli­cious prac­tices like self-mas­sage.
      If you would like to have a con­ver­sa­tion with Kirstie you can con­tact her at kirstie@essensual.nz or on 021 027 08424 to chat through any con­cerns.
      Our focus is on the need for your care at this time.
      I’m so look­ing for­ward to it — the book­ing page will go up soon — I look for­ward to see­ing you and doing this impor­tant work togeth­er.
      Warmest
      Cathryn

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