Ashtanga Yoga Liberation Retreat 

A retreat with Sarah Durney Hatcher

18 March to 25 March 2023

sarah hatcher Purple Valley Yoga

"Ashtanga Yoga for the current time"

Join Sarah for a glorious week of ashtanga yoga, vegetarian meals, sunshine and play. Come refine your practice and find stillness during the six morning ashtanga yoga classes conducted in the Mysore and/or led class style. During the five afternoon workshops, we will research and investigate parts of the practice and deepen our seated practices with meditation, chanting and philosophy.  All levels of practitioners are welcome for this retreat.

This retreat is open for all levels of practitioners – from beginners to advanced.

sarah hatcher Purple Valley Yoga
sarah hatcher Purple Valley Yoga

Retreat schedule

Daily practice will begin with seated meditation, chanting and pranayama. This concentrated mindfulness, will be followed by led and or Mysore style of practice. Morning class will begin at 7 am sharp and end when students are finished with their practices, anywhere between 9 and 9:30. New students to ashtanga yoga may have a shorter practice whereas experienced students may practise their full series they are working on without the restrictions of time. All students will receive 1:1 instruction in the group environment.

The five afternoon workshop-based classes will explore asana components of the practice: from the classic Surya Namaskara postures like Upward Dog to the pinnacle of standing asanas - Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana - to the final stages of meditation during shoulder stand and headstand. Afternoon classes will be conducted from 4-6 pm, ending with chanting, singing and meditation. All students please bring their own copy of the Yoga Sutras with them. We will have afternoon classes Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The focus of this retreat is to settle the churnings of our minds, the citta vṛtti. This is done by looking closely at our thought patterns and habits, and developing ways to still this unsettledness; we will learn ways to do this through asana (postures) and pranayama (breathing), dhyana (meditation) and japa (mantra chanting, which are refined tools for the mind). The more tools, the easier it is to gain clarity in many different ways: we will witness in the retreat that settling the mind isn’t always through asana!

This retreat will look to the teachings of Patañjali who reveals in the Yoga Sūtras, yoga is about moving from the state of unsettledness - “citta vikṣepa” to clarity and ease, “citta prasadanam” (Yoga Sūtras 1.29-1.33)

Please see the class times below for more details about each class.

Course daily Schedule
Saturday, 18 March Arrive - Dinner and Welcoming Talk - 6:30 pm

Sunday, 19 March
Morning Asana Class: 7 am
Pranayama and meditation followed by Mysore and/or Led Class

Brunch from 11 am

Afternoon Workshop Class: 4 pm
Asana Lab: a detailed look at the 3 Classic Postures that make up the foundation of ashtanga yoga: Upward Dog, Downward Dog and their respective Vinyasas
Chanting and Meditation

Dinner: 6:30 pm

Monday, 20 March
Morning Asana Class: 7 am Pranayama and meditation followed by Mysore and/or Led Class

Brunch from 11 am

Afternoon Workshop Class: 4 pm
Asana Lab: Extracting Stamina and Longevity in the Standing Postures
Chanting and Meditation

Dinner: 6:30 pm

Tuesday, 21 March
Morning Asana Class: 7 am Pranayama and meditation followed by Mysore and/or Led Class

Brunch from 11 am

No Afternoon Class

Dinner: 6:30 pm

Wednesday, 22 March
Morning Asana Class: 7 am Pranayama and meditation followed by Mysore and/or Led Class

Brunch from 11 am

Afternoon Asana Class: 4 pm
Asana Lab: Stability and Freedom in Backbending

Chanting and Meditation

Dinner: 6:30 pm

Thursday, 23 March
Morning Asana Class: 7 am Pranayama and meditation followed by Mysore and/or Led Class

Brunch: 11 am

Afternoon Asana Class: 4 pm
Asana Lab: Twists and Inversions: a detailed look at the Queen and King of yoga asanas: Sarvangasana and Sirsasana, shoulderstand and headstand

Chanting and Meditation

Dinner: 6:30 pm

Friday, 24 March
Morning Asana Class: 7 am Pranayama and Meditation followed by Led Primary Series

Brunch: 11 am

Afternoon Asana Class: 4 pm
Asana Lab: Arm Balances and Play: how to keep your practice joyful, light, playful.

Chanting and Meditation

Dinner: 6:30 pm

Saturday, 25 March
No Morning Class - Breakfast served from 9 am followed by Travel Home

sarah hatcher Purple Valley Yoga
sarah hatcher Purple Valley Yoga

Teacher

Sarah Hatcher

“I grew up in Reno, Nevada USA and spent most of my youth skiing in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Lake Tahoe. When I was seventeen, I began to practice hatha yoga to strengthen and heal my knees from competitive skiing. Five years later in 2000, I saw an Ashtanga yoga demonstration while studying at the University of Oregon, and from that point on, I began to practice Ashtanga yoga as much as I could and I haven’t stopped since.”

Sarah began learning from Nancy Gilgoff, Christine Hoar and Randa Chehab. Her interest to study led her to Mysore to study with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois in 2008 and finally, to her beloved teachers David Garrigues and Dena Kingsberg. She also found a love for Sanskrit and Vedic chanting and began studying with David Miliotis at Ashtanga Yoga Orange County.

She practised for eight years before she began to teach in the Mysore method. From 2008-2011 she founded Ashtanga Yoga Boise in Idaho.

From 2011-2012 I moved to Philadelphia to study and assist David Garrigues.

In 2012 she moved to Scotland where she began a Mysore programme in Aberdeen at Love Yoga; offered workshops in Glasgow, retreats at Ecoyoga Scotland and later became the Morning Mysore Director at Meadowlark Yoga from 2014-2019.

David Garrigues has taught Sarah the third series of practice and she currently works on the fourth series guided by both David and Dena Kingsberg. Her daily yoga sutra practice keeps her balanced and at ease to quiet the intensity of the physical practice: also motherhood requires her to have a still seated practice so chanting and meditation have become just as important as the physical practice.

Sarah has two sons, Dashiel, born in 2014 and Calvin, born in 2019. Returning to advanced practice after two children has been more than a challenge but a rewarding discovery of self which requires investigation on and off the mat. Sarah is experienced and capable of helping mothers adapt their practices while pregnant guides mothers after birth in a practical post practice to get their bodies safely back into traditional ashtanga yoga practice.

“Becoming a mother has made me appreciate the practice of ashtanga yoga even more: I am forever grateful for Guruji's teachings for constantly making me investigate my higher self; it is through daily practice that I learn how to care for others in the most sincere way and teach in this same spirit”

Practical details

Maximum number of students is 25.
Morning classes will be taught with maximum 16 students in each class.

Arrival day and check out day. 
Arrival is on 18 March after 3pm. The retreat starts with an introduction meeting at 5pm, followed by dinner at 6.30pm. All students should aim to arrive for the introduction meeting. The first practice is on Sunday morning and the last practice is on Friday 24 March in the morning. The check out is on Saturday 25 March at 9am. 

Cost: £950 per week for shared accommodation and £1250 for single accommodation. The price is all-inclusive (includes accommodation, all meals and yoga). There is an option to pay a deposit of 50% of the full amount to secure your place. The deposit is non-refundable and the balance must be paid at least 4 weeks prior to the start date.

We have a limited amount of single rooms for this retreat. before booking send us an email on info@yogagoa.com to confirm availability.

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