with Suzi Chin Iyengar Yoga Teacher
& Rebecca Baird Artist & Printmaker.
BKS Iyengar always described Yoga as an Art.
Over my yoga life and professional careers as an Iyengar Yoga teacher and graphic designer I definitely agree that yoga is a creative process that feeds creative thinking hugely. After yoga practice, our minds and bodies start to reshape. New pathways are opened by the very means of exploring asana and this renews our physical and mental processes. Opening to other ways of seeing, feeling and intuiting.
Yoga also smooths out excessiveness, and helps free us of our, sometimes, self imposed limitations. It’s the possibility of all kinds of abilities we start to discover and realise about ourselves.
There is no one way through, except to go through a process of practice.
On retreats we get time, space and conducive surroundings to hold us as we launch into another way of being.
On this retreat, myself and artist Rebecca Baird are collaborating to offer a dual creative experience, in Yoga and Art. Rebecca’s passion is printmaking which she has developed for over 30 years. She has tutored many courses and classes in Sydney’s Warringah Printmakers Studio and Pine St Creative Arts Centre. She is also a long time yoga practitioner for over 35 years.
One might say, well… I can’t draw or I have no interest in making any thing artistic,
and this is like yoga in the beginning. We see that it’s got something for us and we know at the least if we just start, we can know something else.
This collaboration of Yoga & Art is an opportunity to explore new pathways of creativity.
We hope you’ll join us!
The Yoga Weekend
We start on Friday afternoon for an ‘arrival’ asana class, then get together after for dinner. Saturday & Sunday start with an early morning sitting meditation then a two hour asana class.
The yoga classes are held in a purpose built ‘Iyengar’ yoga studio complete with wall ropes and all the supplies you need, or you might like to bring your own mat.
The room is airy and has heating for the cooler mornings.
In the afternoon on Saturday, there is another asana class. Sunday AM is the same as Saturday except we finish after lunch with a final yoga ‘debrief’ class.
The retreat welcomes everyone with some yoga experience, and a desire to work and explore. Modifications are made for any injuries and or physical limitations.
Creative space – The Art weekend
Make space to have an opportunity to explore your inner self using the tools of the Visual Art practice. This hands on course over the weekend is designed to introduce different mark making techniques. It is an inclusive art practice experience that welcomes new people to the arts as well as people who have experiences in the visual Arts.
You don’t need to have any other practical visual arts experience and if you are familiar with your own Art practice, this weekend will develop your creative process to new dimensions. From your original drawn line and forms we will move beyond the paper to create relief blocks to make a small edition of prints. This will be with the use of some specialised equipment and materials supplied.
Explore the spaces between, whether this be the physical place or a thought in your mind; it could be a shaft of light between two trees in the landscape. We will begin with simple drawing exercises to build a composition whether it be still life or perspective in the landscape or abstracted shape. Using our original drawn line and forms created in this drawing process we will move beyond the paper to create relief blocks to make a small edition of prints. This will be with the use of specialised equipment and materials.
Making a small edition of prints moves the artist beyond the initial intention to a place where the process of Printmaking takes on a life of its own.
Self-realisation through art is a way, its own journey. To spend time with other likeminded people in a creative supported environment purposely designed to facilitate a creative self-expression.
The Retreat Schedule
We arrive on Friday May 1, after 2.00 pm to check in. There will be an afternoon arrival yoga class at 4.00 pm, followed by afternoon tea and a group art brief and set up then dinner. Saturday starts at 7.00 am with sitting meditation, then yoga asana until 9.45 am followed by breakfast. The day continues, with free time, then two art sessions and lunch in between. Later afternoon is yoga, more free time then we get together for dinner again. Sunday is the same as Saturday except we finish at 4.00 pm after lunch and a final yoga wrap.
The Retreat Venue
Jack’s Corner Retreat is nestled in 40 acres of rainforest and native bushland deep in NSW’s historic Kangaroo Valley, around a 2 hour’s drive south of Sydney. There is share accommodation with ensuite bathrooms on site. The communal dining and lounge area have comfortable sofas and a fireplace.
There is wildlife including kangaroos, wombats and birdlife galore living in the surrounds to accompany your stay. Yoga classes are held in the purpose built yoga studio and the Art classes will be set up and held in the Yurt room and surrounding bush lands.
There is limited mobile phone coverage but the venue has wifi free for all guests.
* 2 nights twin share accommodation with private ensuite bathroom.
* All Yoga & guided meditation classes
* Art classes & personal tuition
* All vegetarian meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner, tea, coffee, etc.
Retreat & Accommodation costs
A deposit of $200 is required to block a space.
The Early bird rate is $680 if paid in full by February 1, 2020.
$750 full rate due by April 1, 2020.
Accommodation is based on twin share with private ensuite bathroom.
There is no single occupancy accommodation available.
Please book early as accommodation is limited. Photos of the rooms can be seen HERE
(Quad share is also available for retreat participants, and is double bunk style;
please email to enquire)
Local & nearby residents
Both the Saturday and Sunday morning yoga asana classes are open to local and nearby residents who might like to join us. Students who are interested can attend either or both days and will need to have some yoga experience. The class starts at 7.45 am both days. You are also welcome to join the sitting meditation sessions, however you’ll need to arrive earlier ready for the 7 am start.
The cost for this is $60 or $100 for both mornings with full breakfast included. If you are interested in this, please use the contact form below to enquire and book.
It is possible to attend the whole retreat and find your own nearby accommodation.
A deposit of $200 will secure your space.
The cost is $500 flat rate, with the final due date by April 1, 2020.
If you are interested in this, please use the contact form below to enquire.
Note: this option includes the whole retreat content: yoga & meditation tuition, art classes and all meals. This option is also open to local residents who might like to attend the whole retreat, but live nearby.
Transport & getting there
The retreat venue is not accessible by public transport so it is essential to come by car which will also enable you to visit the nearby village etc if you wish.
The retreat is around 8kms from KV village. Please follow these road directions:
The retreat is on Jack’s Corner Road via Bendeela Road, which is the turn off just before Hampden Bridge on the right if you are travelling from Bowral along Moss Vale Road, and just after the bridge on the left, if you are travelling from Nowra. Follow Bendeela road for a few kms, past the water station, then the road becomes Jack’s Corner, with the venue on the left.
GPS direction will not be reliable after KV village/Moss Vale Road, so please ensure you use the directions above.
About Suzi Chin & Rebecca Baird
Suzi & Rebecca forged a friendship in yoga over 3 decades ago and are both longtime yoga practitioners with Suzi having a Iyengar Yoga teaching career that spans over 25 years. They are both also involved in the visual arts, Suzi is a graphic designer and Rebecca has a long career in the visual & fine arts including drawing, painting, ceramics and printmaking.
Please register (or enquire) by filling out the contact form below: