Yoga & Ayurvedic Cuisine Weekend
for Health, Balance & Longevity                   
                       
 

Beginning: Friday 4 March 2022 from 5pm
End: Sunday 6 March 2022 at 5pm                                


La Maison du Chemin des Roches​, Dongelberg, Belgium                                                           

 Come and enjoy a nurturing and nourishing weekend in a gorgeous setting in the countryside as we're slowly moving out of winter and easing into spring. A perfect time to restore and recharge yourself with a weekend of Yoga and Ayurvedic cuisine.

 

The Ayurvedic diet is the cornerstone of the Ayurvedic lifestyle. Health is the most valuable thing you have, and home cooked meals made from real wholesome foods are undoubtedly the key to optimal health. Ayurveda says, “When diet is wrong medicine is of no use, when diet is correct, medicine is of no need” and believes that food has the power to heal.

 

During this weekend, you will get familiar with the basics of Ayurvedic cooking and nutrition. You'll learn some easy recipes and how to make healthy cooking inspiring, simple, and deeply nurturing for mind, body and soul.

 

More details below. 

 
Programme
All activities are optional, you are free to pick and choose! 
Yoga for all levels.

Friday

  • Arrive between 5 and 7pm, and get settle

  • 7pm: Ayurvedic Dinner

  • 8.30pm-10pm: Yin Yoga & Sound Healing bath with Tibetan bowls, Crystal bowls and Koshi Chimes

Saturday

  • 7.10am : Meditation 

  • 7.30am - 8.30am : Hatha Flow Yoga​

  • Breakfast​​

  • 9.30am - 1pm: Ayurvedic Cooking 

    • Learn the principle of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic Cooking​

    • Cook ! ​

  • Lunch 

 

Free time

(option to go on a nice walk around the property, do some meditative drawing, read, or just "be")

  • 3pm - 5pm: Ayurvedic Cooking

  • 5.30pm - 6.30pm : Hatha Flow Yoga

  • 7pm : Dinner

  • 8pm : Cooking for Sunday's breakfast

  • 9.30pm : Yoga Nidra and Sound Healing bath with Tibetan bowls, Crystal bowls and Koshi Chimes

Sunday

  • 7.10am : Meditation 

  • 7.30am - 9am : Hatha Flow Yoga

  • Breakfast​

  • 10.30am - 1pm: Ayurvedic Cooking ​

  • Lunch 

  • Free time (option to go on a nice walk around the property, do some meditative drawing, read, or just "be")​​

  • 3pm - 4.30pm: cooking Ayurvedic snacks

 

Clean up & departure

Classes given in English.
(French always an option)
 
Price

Early birds (registration before 31/01) = € 299 / person

Late birds : € 319 / person 

 > €100 downpayment required when you register for the weekend.

(Please note that it'll be 100% refundable if the retreat is cancelled because of Covid)

What is included: 

  • All meals & snacks

  • All activities

    • Yoga classes​

    • Ayurvedic cuisine classes

    • Sound Healing Bath

  • Handouts, recipes, etc.

  • Yoga mats (but it's always better to bring your own if you have one)

What is not included: 

  • Transport

  • Sheets & towels (Bring your own bed sheet or rent a set for €15/weekend)

Practical information
 
Food

We will eat what we cook during the day : wholesome organic, vegetarian, Ayurvedic. The Ayurvedic cuisine can be adapted to meet any of your specific dietary needs.to any dietary restriction (vegan, gluten-free, lactose-intolerant, etc.)

Friday evening's dinner and Saturday's breakfast will already have been prepared.

Accomodation

La Maison Du Chemin des Roches

  • One-person room

  • Two-people bedrooms 

  • Two dining rooms

  • Gorgeous yoga room with garden view

  • A beautiful garden

  • An outdoor terrace

  • Indoor spaces

  • Countryside all around

Address:

Chemin des roches, n° 9

1370 Dongelberg

About 45 minutes by car from Brussels.

Car-sharing from Brussels should be available (please let me know if you need a lift so I can put you in contact)​

It's also accessible by public transport (train and bus)

What about Covid?

Everything is designed for you to feel safe and hygiene rules are highly respected.

Registrations open to maximum 15 participants. 

Private rooms and shared rooms. ​

Shared bathrooms. 

Ayurvedic cooking classes
 

When you think about Ayurvedic Cooking, you can easily imagine beautiful dishes with colours, aromas, textures and spices.  Behind this abundance lies a strong scientific foundation and ancient wisdom that provides the practical tools for us to live with lightness, health and strength.

 

During this weekend, we will dive into the basic principles of Ayurvedic nutrition and how to prepare a typical Ayurvedic meal. The cooking classes feature a hands-on approach where you will learn how to cook a well-balanced Ayurvedic meal at home that is both nourishing and tasty! You will learn basic techniques that can be applied to a variety of different ingredients. This will allow you to create a variety of different recipes featuring similar spice blends and marinades with different proteins, vegetables and grains.

All meals are vegetarian and will be accompanied by Ayurvedic herbal teas, which you'll also learn how to make. 

 

What you will learn during this workshop:

  • Introduction to the basic principles of Ayurveda

  • How to understand Ayurvedic Nutrition & Cooking

  • How to prepare and cook typical Ayurvedic dishes (spicy rice, dahl, curry, kitchari, fruit and vegetable chutney, etc.) 

  • How to use spices to enhance digestibility and taste of all food preparations.

  • How to integrate the six tastes into a meal and why this is important for both body & mind

  • How to improve your "agni" or digestive fire with simple actions and recipes

  • How to cook a meal that pleases your sense and benefits your health.

 

It is also a way to learn how to balance meals and use ingredients that will actively contribute to your health.  We will experience first-hand how seasonal changes interfere with our metabolism, and learn techniques to manage this.

 

We welcome individuals with allergies and intolerances to this retreat as we aim to make healthy cooking inspiring, simple, and deeply nurturing for mind, body and soul.

Why take Ayurvedic cooking classes?

 

  • The Ayurvedic way of cooking is a preventative approach against disease and sickness.

  • Ayurveda does not exclude any major food groups (although we will cook vegetarian meals) but teaches you how to prepare all types of food for optimal digestion and absorption.

  • It is a food therapy that can be customised to the individual to optimise healing and boost energy rapidly.

  • Ayurvedic Cooking and Nutrition emphasises ideal food combining, and explains why certain foods are incompatible. Applying this knowledge can immediately bring about changes in your health and wellbeing.

  • This holistic way of cooking introduces you to the fascinating world of healing spices and herbs. You will learn exactly how to use them in your cooking to derive all the health benefits from the spices and herb as well as all other foods prepared.

  • Ayurvedic Cooking and Nutrition does not compromise taste or flavor.

  • You will become a home healer, able to improve the health of yourself, family members, neighbours and friends

 
Yoga with Elise
 

Yoga classes are suitable to all levels. 

Hatha Flow

 

Yoga Haṭha Flow is a modern form of traditional Hatha Yoga. It is an energizing practice, where the postures (asanas) are practiced both in a static way and in more dynamic sequences, to the rhythm of the breath. It is a fluid and flowing practice that strengthens the body and moves the energy. Hatha Flow Yoga is a gentle and invigorating practice, both relaxing and strengthening, respectful of the body and the level of each person.

 


The practice of yoga invites us to let ourselves be guided by our breath to energize static postures, or to move fluidly from one posture to another while being aware of each movement, until we manage to free ourselves from the mind.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a form of guided meditation also known as “yogic sleep” or “effortless relaxation”. The practice draws our attention inwards, and we learn to surf between the states of wakefulness and sleep, where our body finds its natural state of equilibrium (homeostasis) – the breath balances and becomes quiet, unconscious and conscious aspects of the mind reveal themselves, and we fall into an innate state of deep, blissful awareness.

Yoga Nidra takes us effortlessly into a state of harmonious, restful being. From here, we can be healed, restored and awakened to our deepest, all-knowing, all-welcoming self. It’s a sublime practice, gaining popularity the world over, and ongoing research continues to prove its effectiveness.

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga can be summarised in two words: relaxation and letting go. It is a very gentle form of yoga with slow, deep breathing, which uses the classic yoga postures but with a slightly different approach.


It is often referred to as "meditation in motion" because its practice is very gentle and slow and aims to calm the body and quiet the mind. Yin Yoga provides flexibility, suppleness and works to improve the overall posture of the body. Also, in Yin Yoga there is an important focus on the mind and overall relaxation. The main benefits are the release of physical and mental tensions, awareness of sensations and a feeling of relaxation and grounding.

Pranayama​

Pranayama refers to breathing exercises which clear the physical and emotional obstacles in our body to free the breath and so the flow of prana - life energy. Regular and sustained practice of Pranayama can supercharge your whole body!

The goal of pranayama is to connect your body and mind. It also supplies your body with oxygen while removing toxins. This is meant to provide healing physiological benefits.

You'll discover several of these breathing techniques during the weekend. 

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