The Well on Bowen is pleased to invite Matthew Van Der Giessen, founder of the Somatics Institute, back by popular demand for this 2-part workshop series. Come and learn about fascia, the anatomy of chronic tension patterns in the body, and discover how you can recover the freedom of posture and movement. Sign up for one or both workshops. Click below for details.
Learn the cultural aspects of a hand drum (Taywayagunn) during this two day workshop with Nathan Brass, Saulteux Native from the Key First Nation. Drawing on the teachings of the Medicine Wheel, Nathan will explore the spiritual significance, share how to develope an authentic emotional attachment, the physical creation & mental preparation of creating, caring for and properly utilizing a traditional hand drum.
This intimate workshop will blend together the soulful and nourishing practices of yoga and meditation with an introduction on how the effects of tea and tea ritual can be used to balance body, mind and spirit. Treat yourself to this 2-hour workshop and enjoy movement, meditation and tea ceremony that, together, will leave you feeling steeped in self care and rejuvination.
Join us for this first time offering of both kundalini and yin yoga on Bowen! We will start with a kundalini yoga practice (guided by Atma Karam) to unravel the blocks and resistance in the body and mind that hold us back from sharing our light, living our purpose, and being at peace. We’ll build the nervous system, strengthen the intuition, and listen to the body map. We’ll use the nourishing power of yin yoga (guided by Harmony Shire Davison) to access deeper layers of fascia to find stillness after movement and reconnect the body and mind.
Join us for a truly restful night of sleep and healing while listening to the gong play live. The gong brings a deep sense of peace and wellbeing which will be amplified during the full moon. We transition to early morning kundalini yoga to nourish the soul and finish with a light breakfast. All are welcome, of any age and any experience, to this special event.
In this two-part workshop weekend, including a Friday night presentation ($15) and Saturday and Sunday full-day workshops ($200, including presentation), participants will explore how our body is shaped within by the imaginal body, inspired by the writings of Karl Jung on alchemy and archetypes. Through experiential exercises with image and movement, we will work with ideas from somatic psychology, touch and movement practices so that we can deepen our understanding of how we are held in the world, and how through the body we can listen to the emerging voice within.
Come and practice outdoors on the Pier in Snug Cove on Saturday mornings, 9-10am, from June through September. Sweat & Stretch is a yoga-inspired fitness class with Lucia Arreaga. It pulls together top fitness principles and the best of yoga asana (postures) to build total body strength, increase flexibility, and develop greater body awareness. This class is suitable for all levels, and no prior fitness or yoga experience is required. Please bring your own mat; a set of light dumbbells is optional.
The Well is thrilled to be hosting a 2 hour meditation class under the guidance of Tina Pashumati James. Click the link below to view details.
Come play on your mat - begin with a vinyasa flow style class, build heat and get long, strong and lean. Then, ease deeper into your body in a relaxed, mindful yin-style practice. Not flexible? No problem! Great for anyone with stiff muscles and joints, or those looking to balance out higher impact activities. Strengthen your body, clear your mind. Come unwind. This class is beginner-friendly with variations for all levels.
Lend your voices, your ears, and your hearts in creating a light filled vibrational harmony to offset these turbulent times! Facilitated by musicians Jack Resels, Soorya Ray Resels, Elle Burke, Ron Serna, and Matt Maxwell, this will be a time of playful celebration to lift hearts, minds, and spirit through singing simple chants for all to sing. No experience required!
Nope, there's no mistake about the timing for this offering! Sadhana is a daily yoga or meditation practice of self-discipline that brings out your best. It is practiced during the ambrosial hours of the morning, from 4:30-7am. Aquarian Sadhana is offered at The Well once per month....
Join us to learn and practice fundamental skills to attenuate the effects of anxiety, depression, grief or loss; within the body, mind and heart. Click the link below to view details.
Chris Dierkes will speak to how to see, affirm, nurture, and support the souls of our children. If you’re a parent, step-parent, godparent, grandparent, caregiver, aunt, uncle, teacher, or an adult involved in the life of children, please consider joining this free/by donation conversation.
Don't be dead serious about life—allow your inner child to seriously play! November is the perfect time to explore the magic of death and life when the veil between those two worlds are very thin. Through dance, meditation, changing, and relaxation the workshop will help remove fears and taboos around death, giving courage to contemplate and embrace life fully.
For all of the yin groupies on Bowen Island Yoga, this special 1.5 hour class with guest instructor, Andrea Clark of Nectar Yoga B&B is sure to delight! Andrea has extensive training to offer a wide variety of class types, including Yin Yoga. She is a highly skilled and sought-after teacher. Come and try a class (or two, or three!) with her. We are delighted and lucky that she is available to offer these special monthly classes this summer at Bowen Island Yoga.
with Britt Fuller & Sara Jane Gooding. Details to be announced soon!
A special 2 hour moon yin class with Harmony Shire Davison. The class will focus on balancing the body's fascia head to toe, wringing out the body, and creating space with breath. Take time to marinate intentions in long deep holds. There will be time to sip and nibble at the end to allow the body time to re-enter the world anew. Click for more details >>
Join visiting artist Kristen Lewis for a memorable, joyful 3 days of dancing. The camp is segmented into 3 age groups: 4-6 year olds, 6-9 year olds, and 10-14 year olds. Kristen is an accomplished dance artist and experienced dance educator, with 7 years of teaching experience. She runs the Salt-Spring-based Children’s Dance Workshop. Kristen’s classes are fun, therapeutic, community-building experiences where students build core dance skills (technique, improvisation and dance-creation skills), in an environment that fosters creativity, critical thinking, self-confidence and healthy body image.
Join Natasha Currah and other amazing women from our community for a slow moving yoga class, followed by personal journalling and an intimate conversation with tea and snacks. We'll close with a quiet meditation and restorative practice. Essential oils, soothing music and loads of nurturing will send you floating home!
Join us to watch this fascinating documentary about the musician, Krishna Das, sharing how he entered into the practice of changing and what it means to him today. He takes us on a journey to India to discover legendary spiritual teacher Neem Karoli Baba, through drug addiction and depression, to his eventual emergence as a world-famous Kirtan singer. Click here for details >
On four Sunday afternoons in Jan—April, Dr. Shahar Rabi and Saskia Tait will be hosting screenings of Dr. Gordon Neufeld's esteemed course, The Power to Parent, for individuals, couples, and professionals who are interested in expanding and/or deepening their understanding of attachment and child development in order to more skillfully meet the always-changing needs of infants and children. Click for details >
Come and join Shasta Martinuk, Brian Hoover, and Matt Maxwell for a family-friendly, all ages, singing experience with easy-to-learn music from around the world. The regular kirtan event is past most children's bedtimes and so we created this event to gauge interest in a family chanting and potluck event. Click here for details >>
Join Saskia Tait, and her 3-year old daughter, Annika Rabi, for an exploration of yoga in a fun, playful and safe environment. This class series for kids (ages 3-5) will introduce basic postures and breathing exercises. Postures are taught using games and stories, and each class ends with a short story time. Parent participation is welcome, but not required (go and enjoy some kid-free time!!). Click for more details >
Join Rebekka Walker for a mixed level, candlelit class followed by a celebratory community potluck.
Pre-Regististered class for youth ages 7-13, Tuesdays 3:30–4:15pm, Nov. 15 through Dec. 20. Yoga can provide pre-teens with essential life tools such as self-esteem and confidence, inner and outer strength, attention and concentration, and heightened awareness of both oneself and others. Click for details >>
Come to Bowen Island Yoga to participate in a webinar with counsellor and educator, Dr. Deborah McNamara. This webinar presentation will focus on strategies for dealing with a frustrated child while preserving one's relationship to them. It will address the importance of setting limits and helping children learn they can survive the futilities that are part of life. Click for more details >
Most parents would agree that parenting is one of the most stressful occupations on the planet, for which there is very little training. Join us at Bowen Island Yoga to watch Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn, preeminent experts on mindful parenting, combine ancient wisdom with the latest psychological research to offer tools and techniques to help parents (and the therapists who treat them) to navigate the challenges of parenting. Click for more details >
Bowen Island Yoga is pleased to support this free public event—an introduction to meditation and mindfulness with four local experienced practitioners. There will be a Q&A session for guests after the presentation. Everybody welcome! Click for details >
Bowen Island Yoga is thrilled to host this new dharma study and practice group, under the guidance of Helen Foster. The only pre-requisite for participation in this group is a yearning to delve deeply into Buddhist teachings and practice, in the context of a community of practitioners with the same interest. Click for more details >
A self-guided program to establish a daily meditation habit for life: 30 minutes of meditation every morning for 66 days. Establish a habit for the rest of your life. Live according to your highest ideals. Over the course of 66 days, you will experience greater calm, joy, patience and love, which in turn transforms a practice into a habit. Click for details >
The classes create strength, focus, flexibility and awareness through a gentle practice designed especially for the pregnant woman’s needs. Prenatal Yoga classes provide a safe, peaceful and supportive environment for expectant mothers and are a wonderful way to connect with other mothers-to-be. Click for more details >
Join Saskia Tait, and her 3-year old daughter, Annika Rabi, for an exploration of yoga in a fun, playful and safe environment. This class series for kids (ages 3-5) will introduce basic postures and breathing exercises. Postures are taught using games and stories, and each class ends with a short story time. Click for details >
Join Shahar Rabi, Ph.D., RCC, and Suntata Calogeros-Smoth, RPC, for this workshop exploring the impact of trauma on the body-mind. Early experiences shape our perception of relationship and therefore affect our capacity to connect and receive the care, love and emotional nourishment that is available to us in our current relationships. In this experiential workshop we will employ relational mindfulness and somatic awareness to allow the hidden beliefs and patterns that shape our lives and relationships to emerge safely into consciousness. Once conscious, they can be directly experienced and re-evaluated, and new dimensions of awareness can be integrated, helping to relieve unnecessary suffering. Click for more details >
Join us in this soulful journey of yoga and self reclamation, designed for the modern woman. Dive into the full spectrum of yoga, with an integrated exploration of asana, mantra, pranayama, philosophy, mudra, meditation, ayurveda and mythology; woven through with the soul shaping practices of the divine feminine. Click for more details >