Yoga Retreats

LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL 2018

6-11th April 2018

Mindfulness & The Four heart Qualities

A Silent Retreat with Malcom Huxter and Monique Leverington

At www.lokananda.com.au 9 Main St, POINT PASS SA

In mindfulness and still-ness we can cultivate the heart qualities of loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity. These mutually supportive states enable us to transform psychological and interpersonal suffering. A growing body of scientific evidence supports the health and relationship benefits of training in mindfulness, compassion and loving kindness. Recent therapeutic and educational approaches such as Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB), Mindful Self Compassion (MSC), Positive Neuroplasticity Training (PNT) and MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) are gaining popularity with therapists and educators. We will focus on skills development guidance, meditation practice, mindful movement and space for integration and rest.

Anyone with some experience in meditation is welcome. This retreat is suitable for both personal and professional development for the lay practitioner, therapists, health professionals and educators.

Fee: $450 + Dana (3 nights) & $650 + Dana (5 nights)
The fee for the retreat includes the following: food /accommodation/ and contribute to the teachers’ (Malcolm Huxter & Monique Leverington) accommodation and travel costs. In accordance with Buddhist traditions the teachings are given freely. The fee for the teaching is dana based. Dana refers to the economy of generosity where those who receive the teaching have the opportunity to reciprocate with a financial gift that they feel is suitable, after the retreat has finished

Meditation Teacher-Malcolm Huxter

Mal Huxter (MAPS, AABCAP) is a meditation teacher and clinical psychologist in private practice. He is the author of “Healing the Heart and Mind with Mindfulness” Routledge 2016. A practicing psychologist for 26 years, he has been teaching mindfulness and the four heart qualities since 1991. This has included teaching the general public, people of different cultures, clinical populations, therapists and other professionals. He began training in Buddhist meditation practices in 1975, living in Thailand as a Buddhist monk for two years in the late 1970’s.
Website: www.malhuxter.com

TO BOOK EMAIL Monique Leverington synergyyogapilate@gmail.com

INTERNATIONAL

Bali 2018 -Oct (Earlybird savings apply)

*Amazing Early Bird Savings BALI 2018. Book now $100.00 if paying deposit prior to 1st APRIL PAYMENT PLANS ARE AVAILABLE

Meet Your Host, Monique

Your host and teacher, Monique Leverington, has been teaching yoga since 2011 and has 1,200 hours in combined yoga teacher training, Ayurveda, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction/Meditation (MBSR), Thai Yoga Massage,  Vinyasa and Yin, and pilates qualifications and education.  Crediting her experiences and passion to her amazing teachers and the support of her loving family.  Heather Agnew from Yoga Trinty, Maty Ezraty, Sarah Powers from Insight Yoga, Patrick and Carling, Jo Phee from Yinspiration, Jon Kabat Zinn/Solterreno Mindful Academy, Malcom Huxter, Clinical Pyschologist and Mindfulness Teacher.

Monique’s teachers have been an integral part of her journey to date and she continues to be humbled by their knowledge and wisdom. Monique is currently a Trainee in MBSR and has completed 100 hours  (TTR1) of Training with the Solterreno Mindful Academy accredited with the Yoga Alliance UK. Her training meets the Good Practice Standards that are to be met in accordance with UMASS (University of Medicine Masachusetts) and Jon Kabat Zinn’s 8 week MBSR training. Monique will complete her TTR2 (100hours) in June this year.

Monique has a flair for creativity and creating sequences that allow her students to get into their OWN bodies with a sense of connection with breath, mind and body. This allows Monique’s students and their experience be individually unique, present with their practice, the present moment and all the senses and sensations that can be felt with mindful movement.

Monique loves to travel and has done so extensively by herself in the past and now with her young family. The experience of travel and yoga is an exciting and invigorating mix of awareness and deep connection to mother earth, culture,  history and communities. Yoga retreats are an opportunity to go within and for self exploration and curiosity, practicing being aware on purpose and connecting with other souls that are cultivating similar and different journeys.

Monique has formerly worked as a travel agent with qualifications in ticketing as well as in the Behavioral Sciences and Community sectors. Previously working in the Alcohol and Other Drugs Sector, Mental Health sector counselling in therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapies, Motivational Interviewing and more recently exploring the methodology  of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapies. With degree ‘s held in Social/ Behavioral Sciences and Bachelor of Adult Education Monique’s passion is also to teach.  Monique worked as An adult lecturer for 13 years in the Government sector in Australia.

Monique’s love of yoga has finally led her to be curious and mindful of others and their journey of health and wellbeing believing that a yoga retreat is an opportunity for healing and self study bringing together all facets and opportunities to explore and create awareness of self and others with compassion and gratitude.

TO BOOK NOW email Monique for Registration pack synergyyogapilates@gmail.com

Testimonials – What people are saying

“10 out of 10” – “So well planned”   “ Loved every minute”

“Monique this is your thing!”

“ I really had no idea how much this week would help me and teach me. I thank you so much for all you have shared”

“ Your enthusiasm, knowledge, compassion and obvious passion for yoga is infectious. I love your honesty and want to go home and practice everyday, its been an amazing week thank you”