With Nadia & Gabriel Stinga Rihani
April 5th - 7th, 2019
Join Nadia & Gabriel for a weekend of Ashtanga Yoga, Meditation and Relaxation in the scenic bushland of Mount Victoria, Blue Mountains.
Arriving Friday afternoon we will start the weekend with a Restorative Yoga Class to get you ready for a weekend of relaxation. After this you will have a nourishing and delicious vegetarian dinner followed up a Yoga Nidra to help you sleep soundly through the night.
Saturday will begin with meditation and pranayama practice, followed up an Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Style class (all levels welcome, including complete beginners). After this you will enjoy breakfast and some free time until the afternoon yoga technique workshop that will be specifically designed to address certain needs within the group.
After Dinner we will enjoy a movie before settling in for another sound sleep through the night.
Sunday will begin with meditation and pranayama practice, followed up an Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Style class and breakfast after which we can relax until midday when we check out of the Guest House.
The Guest House owners offer guided walks within the local area and surrounds. With their local knowledge, explore trails with breathtaking vistas around the property at the very top of the Blue Mountains. They can also direct you to lots of local National Park trails for walks of all levels.
The property features many little sunny places to retreat to with a good book or soak in some sunshine.
Enjoy the use of the solar powered hot tub with views over the mountains.
Explore the historical town of Mount Victoria nearby.
Situated on 40 acres of native bushland and home to a wide variety of native birds and other wild life near to Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains, the retreat centre offers an exceptional eco sanctuary for our guests enjoyment and relaxation. The property features an architecturally-designed living, breathing home of straw, cob, recycled timbers and earthen renders held within extensive landscaped gardens.
All meals are vegetarian and thoughtfully prepared, delicious and nutritious and mainly using with fresh seasonal produce from the venues own garden and orchard. We can happily accommodate most dietary preferences, including gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan.
Mount Victoria is located a two hour drive from Sydney and is also on the train line - 2.5 hours from Sydney. From the train station you can book a taxi to take you to the retreat centre.
We will also do our best to arrange a car pool for anyone coming - please be ready to be flexible with leaving times if you would like a lift.
2 Night Shared Accommodation with private bathrooms and stunning views for each room
One Restorative Yoga Class
Two Mysore Yoga Classes
Two Pranayama & Meditation Classes
One Yoga Workshop
Early Bird Pricing (fully paid by January 5th 2019: $800
Regular Pricing: $880 (must be paid in full before March 5th)
Please note that all bookings include a $300 non refundable deposit. All bookings are final but can be transferred to another name if you change your mind.
Nadia Stinga Rihani is honoured to be a Level 2 Authorised Ashtanga teacher, and was given her blessing to teach this method by Sharath Jois in 2014 after practicing yoga since 1999 and the Ashtanga method for ten years. Yoga has had a profound impact of Nadia's life and has carried her through the extreme highs and lows over the years, providing a sense of stability and grounding, including through pregnancy the the birth of her and Gabriels daughter, Indhira. Now practicing Advanced A from the Ashtanga Series, Nadia shares her experience in the traditional Mysore Style classes as taught to her through her teacher, Sharath Jois.
Nadia first found the yoga mat whilst studying at university and really felt changed by the practice when she began daily practice in her first job after completing her studies.
After living in the USA, Italy and Portugal Nadia returned home and discovered the Ashtanga method which she found life changing. She completed her teacher training and apprenticeship in 2009 and after many years of study Nadia left her corporate career to focus on teaching. In 2011 founded Yoga Village with the intention of creating an authentic and traditional space in which students could practice and teachers could facilitate their learnings.
Since 2010 Nadia has travelled to India each year for intensive self study and practice, from which she sources inspiration for her teaching and life.
Nadia is extremely grateful to be walking on this path and to be able to share the joy and pain of a sincere yoga practice with her students.
Gabriel Stinga Rihani began practicing yoga in its various forms in 2003 and in 2008 he began a dedicated Ashtanga Yoga practice. He has a background in Buddhist meditation that together with Ashtanga yoga, forms part of his sadhana.
Since his first trip to India in 2007, Gabriel has spent a large portion of time in India learning directly from his teachers. In 2009 Gabriel began studying under the guidance of Sharath Jois at KPJAYI in Mysore and after four extended study trips he has been authorised to teach the traditional method. Gabriel also spent extended periods of study over several years learning from certified teachers Rolf Naujokat and Louise Ellis. He was first introduced to the art of adjusting by Anand Zorzo when assisting him in his native Las Palmas, Spain and later assisting under guidance of Natalia Paisano in Stockholm, Sweden.
Teaching Ashtanga Yoga has previously taken Gabriel to Sweden, Portugal, Spain, France and Germany. He is now teaching the Mysore program at Yoga Village together with his wife Nadia