A celebration of life and Death – Bluebird Bliss Day of the Dead – 7th November 2015

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Hello my friends

You are invited to join me on a journey into the Day of the Dead on the 7th November.

Are you grieving for a loved one? Has someone passed away that was close to you leaving you filled with remorse? Do you have unfinished business with someone who has left the physical plane? Do you ever question what happens when we die and does that come with fear? Do you want to celebrate the gift of life?

If you answered yes to any of the above, consider my upcoming retreat. Designed with the modern schedule in mind, you can opt in to extend from a one-day escape to a full weekend taking advantage of The Barn’s stunning countryside setting.

A colourful, vibrant holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico, the Day of the Dead provides a meaningful and fun theme to explore as I launch my new shamanic yoga and healing Night and Day Retreats.

Bending ancient teachings into modern shapes, this retreat will nurture both the physical and the spiritual as a day of healing on the Saturday becomes an evening of fiesta. If you decide to opt in and stay for the night, on Sunday after your gentle wake up with either an indian head massage or reiki treatment, you have a full day to take advantage of the country or meander the sights and sounds of Bristol’s city centre.

Well known for its vibrant street art scene (thanks to the likes of Banksy), Bristol is a hub for artists and musicians with lots going on and fabulous places to eat.

Saturday you will join in:

  • a freestyle vinyasa yoga class to get your energy up and ready for a full day of activities in the beautifully warm and cosy yoga studio
  • a yin yoga class for release and letting go
  • meditation
  • sound bath with crystal healing bowls and reiki, chanting and gongs leaving your body relaxed and your mind totally blissed out
  • sugar skull making and altar creation to express our creative side and process our emotion finishing with a…
  • shamanic fire ceremony with drumming and dancing as we share stories and poems of the times we shared with the dead

Sunday

  • optional astrology session with Howard (please enquire separately to book and for prices)
  • either a reiki treatment or an indian head massage (cost included)
  • optional sound therapy session with Aliyana (please enquire separately to book and for prices)
  • guidance on places to visit in either the countryside or Bristol city centre

More on the eventThe day of the dead is a celebration which encompasses many religious traditions – pagan, shamanic, catholic and buddhist – this night and day of the dead retreat has something for everyone.

We will explore the illusion of separation between the living and the dead drawing on yoga, meditation, sound healing, artistic expression and discussion to celebrate the beauty of the human body and the connections we have which go beyond it. We will use it as a chance to honour those close to us who have passed and a chance to explore the dark and the light as we finish our day with dancing in the night (bring your own tipple). I’m also really excited to have Aliyana of www.oneheartsong.uk create a beautiful sound bath and drum for our evening fire ceremony.

Housekeeping

Finance: To book your place, please send 50% of the £59 exchange for the day payable through paypal
Or £145.00 for the weekend (this includes all activities on the Saturday and a treatment on the Sunday to my paypal (this price is based on two people sharing on the Saturday night only although the room can actually sleep up to six people if you’d like to share it with more. Single person supplement of £42.50).
Please email me for details at bluebirdbliss@yahoo.co.uk

Please note that it is important to me that my courses and activities are accessible. I always reserve a couple of places for those who may struggle for genuine reasons with the suggested exchange. If you would really like to attend but feel that this may be an issue, please contact me.

Accommodation: Beautiful countryside surrounds the understated luxury of The Barn bed and breakfast in Barrow Gurney. Currently space available on the Friday (30th), Saturday and Sunday. https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/4114070

Venue: The Barn at Barrow Gurney (roughly halfway between Bristol airport and the city of Bristol).

The timetable for the day

9.30am Arrive and place objects on the altar

10am Freestyle Vinyasa Yoga Practice

11.15am Tea Break

11.45am Meditation

12.45 Shared Lunch (everyone contributes one dish)

2.15pm Yin Yoga for Letting Go

3.15pm Tea

3.45pm Yoga Nidra

4pm Soundbath with Aliyana

5pm Tea and Snacks and Sugar Skull Making Workshop

6.30pm Fire ceremony with stories, poems, laughter and giggles and probably even some dancing

The key purpose behind these Day of the Dead customs is to make contact with the spirits of the dead, to let them know that they are not forgotten and that their loved ones on earth still care about them. It is a way of keeping the connection between loved ones alive, though they may be physically separated by death. However, whatever your beliefs, our every day reality is affected by the relationships we have both past and present so if you have some ‘unfinished business’ with someone who has passed, this could be the perfect time to allow it to arise in order that it may pass away. Perhaps even the idea of forgiveness is something relevant for you?

Customs include:

They believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.

Common Day of the Dead traditions include creating altars to honor the dead, laying out offerings, sharing stories of the deceased, as well as cleaning and decorating gravesites. Because Day the Dead is a very festive, creative holiday, current Day of the Dead customs also include festivals, parades, and the making of Dia de los Muertos crafts.

To find out more about sugar skulls, click here

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