WORKSHOPS.

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WORKING WITH THE SHADOW.

THE SHAMANIC ROOTS OF YOGA.

“It shifted my understanding of what Yoga actually is,
on a fundamental level”

Joe
Farmer & Activist | UK

What makes this practice unique is that it takes place in the dark, or in candle lit light,
and it involves the simultaneous performance of static & dynamic pre-modern asanas (postures),
the holding of mudras (sacred hand, body & facial gestures),
pranayam (breath exercises – mainly Kumbhak, breath retention), and the chanting of primal mantras (sounds).
The combination of these different elements facilitates access to the subconscious
and the melting of psychophysical blockages as energy begins to flow again through the Nadis
(energy lines across the body – ie.: meridians).
The practice is accessible to everyone, irrespective of age, body time and flexibility.
Please read our Testimonials and watch our videos to get a better idea.

(A more detailed description of the practice can be found below the calendar)

SOFIA [Bulgaria]

17-19 JANUARY

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MONADA CENTRE

Vrabnitsa 1,
Martina Padina Str.,
Sofia

€155 [300 BGN]: 3 days.
€115 [220 BGN]: 2 days

The fee includes a light meal at the end of the practice.

LONDON [UK]

16 -17 MARCH

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ADDRESS
HIGHLANDS VILLAGE HALL
5 Florey Square
Winchmore Hill, N21 1UJ
London

Starts: 6pm
Finishes: 12pm

Please make sure to organise your transport as we will finish late in the night.
We will serve a light warm meal at the end of the practice.
Bring a mat and a thick blanket if you can.

COSTS
£60 one evening only
£100 both evenings

Although it is possible to join for just one of the two nights, we recommnd taking part in both sessions as the wokshop has been thought of as a single experience. Both evenings will be guiding participants through a profound inward journey, and the evenings are meant to work synergistically with each other, although each evening will constitute an individual journey in its own right.

BOOKING
It will be possible to show up on the night and pay at the door, but in this case we will not be able to guarantee you a space on the workshop. We recommend booking as spaces are limited. You may contact us using the contact button at the bottom of the page, or by emailing us on info@healinginthewillows.com


OSLO [Norway]

20-21 APRIL

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ADDRESS
Northern Light Yoga Studio
(Kundalini Yoga School)
Prof. Dahls gate 30,
0260 Oslo

Starts: 6pm
Finishes: 12pm

Please make sure to organise your transport as we will finish late in the night.
We will serve a light warm meal at the end of the practice.

COSTS
Nok   650 one evening only
Nok 1100 both evenings

Although it is possible to join for just one of the two nights, we recommnd taking part in both sessions as the wokshop has been thought of as a single experience. Both evenings will be guiding participants through a profound inward journey, and the evenings are meant to work synergistically with each other, although each evening will constitute an individual journey in its own right.

BOOKING
You can purchase a ticket for one or both evenings through the Eventbrite Ticketing system (below).
You may also show up on the night and pay at the door, but in this case we will not be able to guarantee you a space on the workshop (we recommend booking in advance as spaces are limited).
For alternative methods of payment, or if you have questions, please contact us using the contact button at the bottom of the page, or emai us on info@healinginthewillows.com

If you would like to book both days, select either Friday or Saturday
and you will be given the option to purchase a ticket for both days.

GOTHENBURG [Sweden]

14 - 15 SEPTEMBER

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ADDRESS
PILATEST COMPLETE
Kastellgatan 1
413 07 Göteborg

Starts: 6pm
Finishes: 12pm

Please make sure to organise your transport as we will finish late in the night.
We will serve a light warm meal at the end of the practice.

COSTS
€ 70 one evening only (friday or saturday)
€120 both evenings

Although it is possible to join for just one of the two nights, we recommnd taking part in both sessions as the wokshop has been thought of as a single experience. Both evenings will be guiding participants through a profound inward journey, and the evenings are meant to work synergistically with each other, although each evening will constitute an individual journey in its own right.

BOOKING & PAYMENT
You can purchase a ticket for one or both evenings through:
* Eventbrite (see form below)
* Paypal (account: kim.bizzarri@gmail.com)
* international bank transfer (please email info@healinginthewillows.com for details).

You may also show up on the night and pay at the door, but in this case we will not be able to guarantee you a space on the workshop (we recommend booking in advance as spaces are limited).
Should you have questions, please contact us using the contact form at the bottom of the page, or emai us on info@healinginthewillows.com

To book both days, select either Friday or Saturday on the form below
and you will be given the option to purchase a ticket for both days.

FLORENCE [Italy]

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BERLIN [Germany]

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WORKING WITH THE SHADOW.

A short interview with Boonath

TESTIMONIALS.

Listen to what previous partcipants had to say.

THE PRACTICE.

ANCIENT & SACRED

On these workshops you will practice a form of Yoga that is rarely available and accessible even in India today. You will take part in a sacred Yogic tradition that roots itself in India’s native shamanic wisdom & Tantric lineage handed down orally between generations of Yogis, Babas, Sadhus and Fakirs.
You will be exposed to the old tantric ways of seeking profound healing and spiritual awakening, including practicing in darkly-lit spaces to quieten the mind and awaken the senses to the body’s subtle energy currents, holding simple postures for long periods of time, and engaging in powerful breath-work to open-up the body and take the mind into altered states of consciousness.

GENTLE

The practice draws on postures seldom used in modern styles of yoga, namely Chandra Parampara, an ancient sequence of Moon postures that honours the mother and the divine feminine, gently opening-up the body to its highest levels of flexibility through minimal effort.
Integral to this experience will be the exploration of sound-currents present in the body (Nada Yoga) – perhaps one of Yoga’s greatest secrets and one of the most powerful vehicles through which the karmic patterns stored in the chakras can be accessed and released in pursuit of profound healing.

UNIQUE

Unique to this tradition is its simultaneous employment of Asanas (postures), aerobic & anaerobic Pranayam (breathwork), Mudras (gestures), and Mantras (sacred sounds).
The synergy created by the employment of these various yogic tools will lead you into altered states of consciousness and dream-like experiences aimed at facilitating a greater openness to inward journeying and an easier access to your subconscious.

UNBOUND

Because we are going to play with shamanic yogic traditions, the practice will take place outside of clearly time constraints. In line with this approach, there will be no predefined finishing time in order to allow the energy of the group to flow freely, and for the teacher to guide the practice in accordance with the group’s energy and needs.
Because we don’t know exactly what time we will finish and might practice well into the night, we recommend making sure that you know how to get home in case there will be no priblic transport. We always provide a light warm meal (vegan with gluten-free options) at the end of the session.

INCLUSIVE

The workshop is suitable both for beginners and advanced practitioners, and in particular to all those seeking a deeply healing experience on an emotional and physical level.  Although the practice does not involve strenuous physical exercise, some physical flexibility will be necessary in order to participate fully in the workshop.  Yoga teachers, bodyworkers and shamanic practitioners will benefit greatly from the workshop as they will learn rare tantric healing techniques. The retreat is not suitable for people with serious forms of psychosis, and regular users of alcohol or drugs must discuss the issue with us prior to booking.

THE HEALING CIRCLE.

The practie usually takes place in the dark or darkly-lit spaces.
The pictures above were taken during the closing circle on the final morning of one of our retreats in Tuscany
and capture the flow of a practice.

THE TEACHER

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BOONATH was born into a life of yoga. He grew up between Europe and India and was introduced as a child to yoga through his grandparents who were on both sides yoga practitioners.
His grandparents took him on his first Himalayan pilgrimage when he was just seven years old and he has been exposed to the world of yogis eversince. Most of his family still live in India and he has been travelling there regularly for over thirty years in his pursuit of yoga. He has worked closely in apprenticeship with two elders in the line of Siddha and Ayurvedic systems of healing and holds much knowledge in the use of herbs, astrology, rituals, mantras and bodywork among other things.
Boonath has been working in this line and helping people with the implementation of these techniques for over 20 years to successfully overcome mental and physical problems, from chronic pain to alcoholism.
Boonath’s healing and yoga work often sees him travelling to Eastern Europe to give workshops and healing sessions. In Latvia he did live and teach for a period of years and has become one of the most respected teachers there.
His travels and yoga workshops in Eastern Europe continue to benefit people in deprived circumstances. In recent years Boonath has been living and teaching yoga in Germany where he has regular students and teaches intensives to aspiring teachers, including Kim, with whom he developed the concept of Working with the Shadow in 2014 whilst teaching in the yoga-collective Kim had set-up in a economically deprived neighbourhood of Berlin.
As part of his training, Boonath also undertook a deep study of more Modern systems of yoga taught in the West, including a Anusara teachers Certificate and an Ashtanga primary series certificate studying closely with celebrity teachers, such as Anna Forrest of Forrest yoga, David life of Jivamukti yoga, Gurumukh Kaur Khalsa of Kundalini Yoga, Senior Iyengar teachers, Shandoor Remmete of Shadow yoga, and Mark Whittwell of the Yoga of Heart foundation, who has become a close friend of Boonath. These formal studies and encounters have all left their impression on Boonath, but his teachings are deeply rooted in the more Shamanic traditions of the mystical Babas and Fakirs of India, with whom Boonath has been studying closely for over thirty years.

THE ORGANISER

KIM is the founder of Healing in the Willows, the retreats company hosting Working with the Shadow, which he developed in 2014 in collaboration with Boonath, who he assists with the organisation & teachings on the retreat. Kim discovered Yoga in 2006 as part of a profound awakening that brought him closer to the spiritual realm after spending over 10 years coordinating international environmental campaigns in Brussels & consulting for major environmental NGOs, including Greenpeace, WWF, Friends of the Earth, ActionAid, and many others.
Kim has practiced Yoga with many teachers from many different modern styles of Yoga, including Iyengar, Astanga, Vinasa, Bikram, Sivananda, Scaravelli, Kundalini, all over Europe, India and further afield. In 2011 Kim set up a first yoga collective in Berlin which he then expanded to a new location in 2013, in one of the economically deprived areas of town that was undergoing gentrification. The collective brought together a variety of local teachers to promote yoga on a donation basis within the surrounding community unable to afford the increasing cost of living.
It was in Berlin that Kim met Boonath and, after years of searching, was shown the scope & potential of Yoga. Boonath’s rare and ancient Tantric lineage revolutionised Kim’s understanding of Yoga and approach to healing, both on an individual and collective level.
Since then Kim has been collaborating with Boonath on the development of the Working with the Shadow retreats. Much of Kim’s research & campaigning work has been concerned with investigating the ‘shadow’ side of policy-making, especially what political scientists refer to as ‘shadow elites’. From different perspectives both Kim and Boonath understand power as laying out of sight. As such, if we are to understand where power lies, we must look to the shadow and investigate it, not run from it. To figure out why we function the way we do, and why the system functions the way it does, we must look where we are usually told not to. Yoga has enabled Kim to understand that the outside world is but a reflection of one’s inner landscape.
As a result, the bridging of the spiritual and the political realms has now become Kim’s main focus.

BOOK / INQUIRE.

To book one of our workshops click on the cities listed at the top of the page and select the Eventbrite ticket of your choice.
We kindly request all participants to abstain from recreational drugs (including weed & hash) and alcohol, preferably for at least two weeks prior to the workshop taking place, as these substances can seriously compromise the experience, both for the individual and the group as a whole (if you have an addiction, please let us know and we will find look for a solution with you).
The workshops are not suitable for people affected by severe forms of psychosis.

If you would like to discuss any of these issues with us,
or have any questions,

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