Find Your Stillpoint Retreat
A journey through Ashtanga Yoga, Movement, Mindfulness and Yoga Philosophy for everyone
A retreat with Scott Johnson
4 March to 11 March 2023
Would you like to shine a new light on your Ashtanga Yoga practice?
Over 6 days Scott will support you through your personal practice of yoga, its importance in your life and how it plays out for you.
Through the lenses of mysore style Ashtanga Yoga, movement patterns and theory, mindfulness approaches and yoga philosophical outlooks Scott will help you see how these combined aspects of sadhana bring you to the present moment, your own Stillpoint. You will be encouraged to notice how a compassionate outlook towards yourself and your life is the key to the process of living a meaningful and contemplative life.
This retreat will leave you with a deeper insight into how you move in your practice, where you place your intention and how you can meet your practice with a sense of compassion and wonder.
This retreat is open for all levels of practitioners – from beginners to advanced.
06:30 - 07:30 - Guided Mindfulness Meditation and Breathing
Scott will begin each day with an optional guided mindfulness meditation and breathing hour to set you up for your morning asana practice and the day ahead.
07:30 - 09:30 - Mysore Style Assisted Self Practice Ashtanga Yoga
Scott will support, encourage and help you develop your Ashtanga Yoga self practice whether beginner or advanced.
4pm - 6pm - Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday -
Workshops on Movement, mindfulness approaches and yoga philosophy
Workshop 1: The body as feedback
Movement and Stillness
This workshop will focuses on the body and our direct experience of our world or physical environment. We will see how movement and stillness play out as a response to the intention of the breath and awareness.
In this session we will look at the first foundation of mindfulness, the body, in relation to our asana practice. We will also uncover and discuss which sutras Patanjali points to that help us connect to the body and the senses in new ways.
Workshop 2: The feel of things…
Forward bending & backbending awareness
This workshop will focus on the feel of things in relation to the body and how we make decisions based on this sense. Using the movement patterns of the primary series forward bends and the intermediate series backbends we will see if we can notice patterns of feelings that play out for us. We will also uncover which sutras Patanjali points to that help us see more clearly.
In this session we will look at the second foundation of mindfulness, the felt sense, in relation to our asana practice and life. We will also uncover which sutras Patanjali points to that help us connect to the feel of things.
Workshop 3: Thoughts as things…
This workshop will help us to see the mental impressions that arise throughout our yoga practice in response to feelings, experiences or anything else. We will discover this through the lens of backbending patterns that we can sometimes make things up about ourselves. We will look at how we can move through that with empathy and care.
In this session we will look at the third foundation of mindfulness, the mind, in relation to our asana practice and what we can notice. We will also uncover which sutras Patanjali points to that help us understand the mind and its objects.
Workshop 4: The world and me…
This being the last workshop of the retreat we will see the way things play out for us in our lives as a response to our practice. A personal Sadhana is about discovering the ability to trust ourselves and the choices we make. We will see how this plays out through the lens of inversions, when we literally turn ourselves upside down, and how this enables us to see the world differently.
In this session we will look at the fourth foundation of mindfulness, all mental phenomena, in relation to our asana practice and how everything is connected. We will also uncover which sutras Patanjali points to that help us connect to something bigger.
Scott Johnson has been practicing yoga since 1999. He is the co-founder and director at Stillpoint Yoga London which he established in 2009. Stillpoint is one of only two dedicated Ashtanga Yoga self practice spaces in London. Scott has taught Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga at Stillpoint since it opened. He was introduced to the practice of Ashtanga yoga by John Scott in 2002 and has studied with him ever since.
Scott is authorised to teach the primary and intermediate series of ashtanga yoga by Manju Jois and has a deep connection to the ancient practices of pranayama and vedic chanting that Manju shares. Scott has also undergone extensive Mindfulness training under the tutelage of Cathy Mae Keralse at Clear Mind International, gaining their level 3 certificate in Mindfulness and Compassion in 2015.
Scott teaches with encouragement, insight and integrity to the teachings of Ashtanga yoga and mindfulness that he has had access to. His deep love of the contemplative side of these practice creates a rich, nurturing environment and he is deeply dedicated to the healing power of yoga and mindfulness in the people that he is fortunate to meet.
Scott sees movement and mindfulness as the same, a deeply holistic approach to discovering our own unique patterns. He brings these insights into every class he teaches. His devotion and dedication to these practices assists practitioners in discovering how contemplative practice can unfold not only personally on the mat, but also to find deeper meaning in their daily lives.
Scott is also the host of Stillpoints: A podcast with Scott Johnson where he engages in inspiring conversations with those whose lives have been changed by yoga and contemplative practices.
Practical details about the retreat center
Currently the internet at the retreat is not reliable. If you are dependent on internet for work, we ask you to bring your own data on your phone, to which you can connect your laptop, if needed. Phones work very well. There is also a cafe 10 minutes from the retreat with good internet, however, it is a busy cafe and not very suitable for work.
Cristoforo, our retreat centre is a very simple yet beautiful place, built by an architect named Denis Devaris, who had an intention to create a meeting point for Spiritual seekers. Built slowly over 30 years using volcanic rocks from the island, the rooms are all unique with their own distinct personalities featuring beautiful details and personal touches. Given the nature of these types of buildings, imperfection is to be expected with a plumbing system not quite up to modern standards! However, set right into the land with a wonderfully lush garden, Cristoforo really is an oasis in South Tenerife. When packing for your retreat, make sure you add warmer clothes. From December till March the mornings and evenings can be quite chilly. The rooms are not heated, but are equipped with cozy duvets and hot water bottles for the beds. All rooms are equipped with a water kettle.
The food served at the retreat will be mainly vegan and completely vegetarian, prepared freshly everyday by our wonderful retreat chefs. We try were possible to use local and organic products. We sometimes use eggs or dairy in the kitchen. If you have food allergies/sensitivities, please let us know. Gluten free options are available. We have a self service tea & coffee station for guest use and try to provide fruit for snacking during the day.
You have the option to enjoy your food either inside or outside in the beautiful garden.
Maximum number of students is 25.
Morning classes will be taught with maximum 16 students in each class.
Practice will take place inside the beautiful wooden garden Shala. Savasana is usually taken outside to make space in the Shala, especially during full retreats and occasionally afternoon workshops will take place outside. Make sure you pack warm practice clothes for Savasana.
Arrival day and check out.
The rooms are available 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 in the morning. The check out is on Saturday at 9am.
Cost: £950 GBP per week for shared accommodation and £1250 GBP 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.
Please note that we have a limited amount of single rooms for this retreat. Before booking a single room confirm availability with us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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