A Winter Escape for Gay, Bi and Queer Men

Gay Men’s Retreats, Retreat, Retreats, Shiatsu, Workshops, Yoga, Yoga For Men

28th Feb – 4th March, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

In way more than a yoga holiday, find more joy and freedom in your body through yoga, massage and movement

Shorten your winter and come to the Canary Islands where you can move, open, stretch and come back to life in the beautiful warm sunlight.

As the light emerges and expands, there’s no better time to take some rest after the long winter, recharge and then look ahead to what you want to create next. Energy follows intention so let a few days of mindfulness, movement, rest, friendship and play lift your spirits, open your heart, and connect you to your power and creativity.

Experienced teacher Andy Butterfield pulls together a rich program of yoga, movement, meditation, games and massage to ground and uplift you. He has led 16 retreats, 14 for gay, bi and queer men and is passionate about creating safe, cohesive and meaningful spaces for men to come together to laugh, share, connect and heal.

GET INVOLVED IF:

  • You’re dreading a cold, lingering winter and delight at the thought of being able to wear shorts and flip flops again by the beginning of March
  • You want to hang out with like-minded, warm-hearted gay, bi and trans men and experience the joy, connection and healing that arises in community
  • You want to explore, enjoy and celebrate your body through movement
  • You like the sound of adventuring in your body through yoga, massage and movement
  • You haven’t been on a retreat before but love the idea of a nurturing, restorative, relaxing and fun break
  • You have been on retreat and know just how much good can come from taking some time out for yourself.

A typical day:

  • 8am yoga
  • 10am brunch
  • 11.30am workshop on Monday and/or Wednesday
  • 5pm yoga
  • 7pm dinner.

The schedule may change a bit.

LANZAROTE
Lanzarote, is an island of contrasting landscapes, from striking volcanic plains to lush green oases. Just 70 nautical miles from the Sahara, proximity to the Med and the hot tropics keeps summers bearable and winters warm. Clouds tend to go around the island rather than over it and in March, temperatures are really starting to warm up, and can reach the 20s.

VENUE & ACCOMMODATION
Villa Amatista is located at the tranquil heart of the island and is charged with the energy of awakening. Yoga, 5 rhythms, tai chi, breathwork, tantra, shamanic work all happen here and so there has been much healing and transformation within the space.

The accommodation is full of character and furnished with love and a simple elegance.

Triple £735*
Twin/Double £755*
Single occupancy (just two spaces available) £860*

Save £55 if you book by 1st December.

Secure your place with a £250 deposit. Contact Andy above or on 07968 846610.
The remaining balance must be paid by the 15th January.

SWIMMING POOL
There is an outdoor chlorine-free, salt water swimming pool and it is solar-heated so is available for relaxation year round.

FOOD
An extensive organic vegetable garden provides a variety of juicy nutrient rich vegetables and herbs. All food will be vegetarian and vegan and gluten/dairy free choices will be available. Two vegetarian meals a day will be served; a hearty brunch and healthy, substantial dinner. Each room has a kitchen or access to a kitchen should you want to prepare something for lunch. We will have dinner out one evening, the cost of which will be paid individually at the time.

THE GARDENS
A tranquil green, oasis, Amatista is surrounded by the vineyards and volcanoes of La Vegueta.

With swaying palms trees, endless varieties of cacti, aloe and other desert plants planted beside twisting pathways, hidden nooks and hilltop lookouts, the rambling gardens allow you to find your spot for meditation, reflection and creativity.

CAR HIRE
Should you want to make the most of your visit to Lanzarote in your free time, hiring a car is best option. It is likely that between us, we will have a couple of rental cars at our disposal. Taxis are of course, another option.

FEB/MARCH WEATHER
Daytimes are fine for beach wear, shorts, t shirts and flip flops. You shouldn’t need anything more for the daytime, but in the evenings you might want a light fleece or cardigan.
The temperature in Lanzarote definitely starts to increase during March, and we typically see daytime temperatures of 21 to 26 degrees, falling to 16 to 18 at night.


ANDY Butterfield has journeyed through various styles of yoga and folds elements of these, along with his shiatsu bodywork experience into a mindful, breath-led flow practice. His objective is to help you inhabit your body more fully, relaxing into it with deeper compassion, appreciation and contentment.
Sometimes his classes focus on the creation of space, softening what is stuck and restoring and resourcing us from the inside. Other times, we work hard with strengthening and empowering practices to burn off what isn’t serving us and feel the joy in offering more than we thought we could.
Partner work is also woven in, allowing us to experience that with assistance, support and encouragement, we can move more easily towards the goal of yoga – self knowledge and self love.

The Reconnection Process

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A five-day residential programme exclusively for gay, bi and queer men, offering deep transformation through immersive, cathartic exploration

This process is designed for gay, bi, queer men who are… 

– Stuck in repeating cycles of behaviour around relationships
– Feeling depressed or disconnected 
– Keen to learn more about themselves and the way they operate
– Unsure what they really want in life
– Unkind to themselves about their looks, appearance, body
– Losing their sense of play and adventure 
– Struggling to connect with other gay men in a meaningful way
– In therapy and want to boost their experiential learning
– Lacking passion in their working, social or relationship life
– At a crossroads in life
– Wishing to make significant life changes

After completing The Reconnection Process, you will be better equipped to…

– experience an increased sense of connection with yourself and other gay men
– make better choices around work, relationships, health, self-care
– understand how to better cultivate healthy connections with men in your life
– use strategies to help transform persistent negative thinking
– better understand and accept yourself and your body
– honour, trust and nourish your body and manage your energy levels
– trust more fully in your inherent sense of play, creativity and spontaneity
– relate more authentically to other men
– process stuck or painful emotions and reconnect with your joy 
– communicate more clearly
– be more comfortable with being open and vulnerable 
– have stronger boundaries in relationships
– experience greater capacity for self-love and self-care

What happens on the course? 

The five-day residential programme is a seamlessly choreographed series of experiences, designed to help you process emotions, particularly around your relationship to yourself and other gay men.  You may think of it as re-parenting yourself.  

There are no phones, computers, televisions or other contact with the outside world, enabling you to delve deep.  This digital detox is extremely cathartic in itself. 

There are a maximum of sixteen guys on the course, with two gay male facilitators. 

The days will be long, so it may feel intensive, and there are regular breaks and down-time in which you can integrate your experiences. 

The work itself includes an eclectic mix of cognitive behavioural strategies, inner child experiences, NLP techniques, movement, yoga, qi gong, breath work, emotional release work, art therapy, ritual, honest sharing, journalling, explorations in intimacy and vulnerability, music, meditation, creative play and visualisation.  

Expect to be challenged and skilfully nudged beyond your comfort zone to expedite your personal journey.

The Facilitators

Sam Cotton is a solution-focused therapeutic coach, hypnotherapist and super-experienced workshop facilitator, having clocked up thousands of hours of teaching intensive personal development work in residential settings. 

Sam spent a number of years as a Senior Teacher of The Hoffman Process, leading thousands of people through dynamic healing work in intensive retreat settings.  As well as his in-depth training as a Hoffman Teacher, Sam holds a Diploma in Solution-Focused Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy from Uncommon Knowledge and a BA (Hons) in Performance Studies from City University, London.   He is currently studying for a Masters in Addiction Psychology. 

Sam’s commitment to his own therapeutic journey allows him to skilfully hold space for others, and he brings to his work his ongoing emotional catharsis from fifteen years of personal exploration through twelve-step recovery, integrative arts therapy, professional supervision and countless workshop and retreat experiences.  

Originally from a background of live theatre and television, Sam is the perfect person to create and deliver immersive healing experiences to support therapeutic change in others. 

Andy Butterfield is a highly-experienced group facilitator, having run many retreats and workshops for gay men and for the wider community.  As a respected Shiatsu therapist, mindfulness, yoga and tantra teacher – he integrates the many tools he has studied and practised with during the last 15 years to help people to strengthen their lifeforce via the body and the somatic experience. 

He is passionate about the vital role that the body plays in deep healing, recovery and self-empowerment and his teaching is rooted in compassion, safety, gratitude, mindful awareness and transformation.

Andy thrives in the process of co-creating community and holding a safe, relaxed and meaningful space for gay and bi men to explore intimacy, connection and joy together.

The Venue

Amatista is an eco-conscious and heart-centred retreat venue, nestled amongst vineyards and volcanoes in the picturesque heart of Lanzarote.  It offers exclusive occupancy for the course.  

Meals are wholesome and abundant and are prepared by an in-house chef.  

Most dietary requirements can be catered for. 

Amatista is 20 minutes’ taxi ride from Lanzarote Airport and 15 minutes away from breathtaking beaches.

Designed as a place for regeneration, the retreat centre is an oasis of light, tranquility and healing.

Course Fee

The Reconnection Process fee is £995.00.  

The fee covers all course tuition time, course materials, accommodation, meals, pre-course enrolment support and a post-course refresher session (via Zoom). 

All accommodation is shared in spacious, comfortable rooms with one or two others, and forms an important part of the community aspect of the training.

You are responsible for your own flights and transfers. 

A non-refundable deposit of £300 is required to secure your place, with the balance payable one month before the course, or if you pay in full when booking, you will receive a discount of £50. 

​Book here: 

https://www.guyspace.net/booknow

Transformational Tantra: the pathway of potential

Gay Men’s Retreats, Tantra, Yoga, Yoga For Men

In this one day workshop, tantra teachers Andy and Joao reveal a map to better health and wellbeing and give you tools to navigate it. 

Learn how to locate, access and utilise the seven power centres in the body so that you optimise your lifeforce energy and expand into your potential. 

Otherwise known as Chakras, these power centres are places in the body where lifeforce energy gathers and concentrates to power each part of the whole system.  Injury, trauma and stress can create blockages which prevent the chakras from functioning properly. This impacts all elements of our health, physically, emotionally, psychologically and means we don’t thrive as we are meant to. 

Tantra Yoga practices open, clear and balance the seven power centres so that lifeforce energy flows optimally and we become our most fearless, creative, confident, compassionate, truthful, insightful and integrated selves.

In the first part of the day we will work with grounding the energy to feel more present and connected to our bodies and the raw and vibrant lifeforce within. We will learn how to cultivate a sense of safety and security, exploring needs, desires, boundaries and consent. 

Once that container has been built we will work individually and in pairs and groups to expand lifeforce energy with tantric practices using movement, sound, breath and mindfulnes. The whole body becomes available as a source of pleasure and power and sensation becomes richer, deeper and stronger. You will also learn simple but effective touch and massage techniques to build this experience within yourself and your lovers and partners. 

Open up to more power, intimacy and pleasure. Become more connected to your ecstatic self.  

Sunday 17th November
10-5pm
Central London location. Details on booking. 

£75*-85
* Limited number of early bird tickets

https://www.outsavvy.com/event/3663/transformational-tantra-the-pathway-of-potential-tickets

PLEASE NOTE:
Exploring erotic energy is done within a safe, held, playful and respectful space. You are encouraged to take responsibility for your boundaries and to play within these. You are never required to share touch with someone you do not want to share touch with. 

No-one is refused entry due to financial reasons so please contact Andy or Joao if the early bird price is way beyond your financial means. 

Please arrive 15-20 minutes before the start and bring a flat sheet, towel, water bottle and something to share for lunch. 

The Power of Tantra: what you need to know

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Tantra is Empowerment. Tantra is Healing. Tantra is Freedom. Tantra is Transformation. Tantra is Realising Potential. 


Let’s set about the business of becoming more available to the Life and Love within

Tantra invites us to grow, to unfold into the truth of what we are capable of as abundant and creative beings of love, light and life.  The practice of its teachings expands us into our potential. We can become our most fearless, creative, courageous, confident, loving, honest, wise selves and we realise we are in reach of everything we could ever need. It’s all inside.

‘You are the one you have sought for so long’ Jeff Foster

Tantra enables us to uncover this truth through the body and through the heart.

Using breath, movement, sound, touch and mindful awareness, we awaken our raw, potent lifeforce energy and expand it through the body. It vibrates and trembles with more and more pleasure and vitality and our perception of what the body is capable of widens. We begin to access more of what’s available to us and as our inner resources emerge, we can stand in deeper, richer, higher consciousness. We receive much more of our selves.

Tantra also brings us into relationship with others and we all become each other’s mirrors, teachers, guides and gifts. Energised by lifeforce, the heart opens and can truly know itself as boundless in its capacity for compassion, generosity and love. We light the way and lead each other home.

‘You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.’ Rumi

In this workshop, Andy will guide you through movement, meditation, touch and massage practices to enable you to feel more with your body, open up your perspective, open your heart, raise your energy, lifeforce and power. We will work safely and mindfully with sexual and sensual energy, orientating it around the compassion and respect of the Heart.

This workshop is for you if:

  • You are curious about understanding more about the true essence of Tantra
  • You want to feel more connected to your body 
  • You are working on healing from past negative experiences regarding your sexuality
  • You want to become more mindful and more present
  • You are looking to break out of patterns that no longer serve you
  • You want more intimacy
  • You are interested in working with energy
  • You are interested in better sex with yourself and with others
  • You want to integrate sexuality with spirituality

https://www.outsavvy.com/event/3529/the-magic-of-tantra-what-you-need-to-know-tickets

Please note that as a group, we commit to holding a safe, boundaried and respectful space. We are working with sexual energy but we do not engage in sexual acts in the session. You need to be able to sit and kneel in comfort.

First 5 tickets £40
and then £45 thereafter

6.30am to 9.30pm in Covent Garden, Central London. Details after booking.

The Sound of Deep Relaxation – Shiatsu Massage and Mantra Workshop

Kirtan, Shiatsu, Workshops, Yoga, Yoga For Men

In this extra special workshop experience, Andy Butterfield and Mark Bouzida take you on a blissful journey back home to the heart – firstly with shiatsu massage and then joyful kirtan, (the practice of singing together). 

You’ll realise the therapeutic power that’s available in your hands and how you can share that power with others. Andy will guide you to learn easy but effective shiatsu techniques to ease tension in the neck, shoulders, back, hips, legs and feet. 

In this opened, receptive and expanded state, the body is primed to receive healing vibrations of sound and song at a deeper, more profound level. Relax back and let the Kirtan lift you into the ecstatic space of the heart. Feel your stress melt away and your nervous system grow calm.    

You are warmly invited to participate in both portions of the workshop but you are also welcome to just take part in the shiatsu or the kirtan. 

Full event
£35* to £40 booked in advance
£45 on the door

Shiatsu
£25* to £30 booked in advance
£35 on the door

Kirtan
£12* to £15 booked in advance
£20 on the door 

*early bird price if you book by the 4th October

https://www.outsavvy.com/event/3501/the-sound-of-deep-relaxation-a-shiatsu-massage-and-mantra-workshop-tickets

Shiatsu is a powerful form of therapeutic bodywork, originating in Japan. It uses a variety of techniques such as stretches, joint mobilisation, acupressure and holding to bring the body into a state of deep relaxation and support and balance vital life-force energy. In this space the body is able to better balance and heal itself. No previous experience is necessary but you will need to be able to sit and kneel in comfort. You do not need to bring a partner as you will work with different people in the class. You will remain fully clothed so please wear warm, loose, comfortable clothing.

Andy is a tantra yoga teacher and shiatsu therapist in London and Brighton. His approach is about finding more joy and wisdom in the body. He loves to hold safe, fun and meaningful spaces for gay, bi and queer men to come together in community and connect in friendship, intimacy, joy and healing. (www.andybutterfield.com)

Kirtan is the yoga of sound, a beautiful and high energy experience of chanting mantra as a group to connect our voices to our inner states of bliss, joy and oneness. It’s also a great party – a celebration of ourselves, our voices and our hearts. 

Mark first discovered Kirtan whilst travelling in India. It had an immediate and powerful effect and after returning to London, he was inspired to train with Nikki Slade in Kirtan Leadership. Mark has led Kirtan at The Southbank and leads Kirtan regularly at yoga studios across London and day urban retreats. ‘I know that sound can bring us into a place of deep inner peace. Through Kirtan, we come together, connect to our hearts and bring together mind, body and soul, leaving us uplifted and in joy.’

Into the heart in the city: LONDON

Yoga

Yoga, massage, connection and community for gay, bi and queer men with Andy Butterfield and Tom Cowan

Saturday 2.15-5.15pm
10th January 2020
14th March 2020

The Bridge
73-81 Southwark Bridge Road
London
SE1 0NQ

Together we’ll explore the therapeutic nature of Vajrasati yoga, healing Shiatsu touch, sharing and being listened to from the heart and how we can show up and be seen by our community.

In this afternoon workshop we’ll begin by checking in with each other, welcoming ourselves and the other men into the space.  Creating our circle of belonging and safety so that we can immerse ourselves into the practices that follow.

Tom will offer a Yoga Nidra, a relaxing meditation, exploring the space between waking and dreaming.  This is done lying down, in a comfortable position and it is more than enough to receive the practice and let your awareness integrate the experience.  

So often we think there is something we have to do to ‘relax’.  In this Nidra state we undo that tendency and trust ourselves to let go into the present moment.  Each person’s Yoga Nidra is unique to them and it is an opportunity to become more aware of deeper states of consciousness.

When we surface from this deep rest there is time to ground with sweet dates, dark chocolate and water before we move into a practice of Vajrasati Yoga.  Vajrasati is a yoga community based in Brighton that teaches authentic, traditional yoga practices as well as modern postural yoga (the kind of postures you might experience in a regular yoga class).

We start slowly, with long deep stretches, balances and restorative asanas so that our bodies begin to speak the language of spontaneity and intuitive movement; breathing, softening, listening.

We play with partner postures that help us move deeply into the heart,  deeply into the body & more deeply into the present moment.  These are also an opportunity for us to explore other bodies, taking care of each other as we move, breathe and open together.

There will be a short relaxation to ground after the yoga, preparing us for the Shiatsu massage guided by Andy.

Simple, effective and easy to follow techniques will be demonstrated that enable you to give and receive much needed healing touch in pairs. Working the energy lines/meridians of the body, restoring the nervous system to a restful, calm and connected state.

Often in the the city we can be easily distracted, our attention scattered and we may find ourselves in a vigilant, alert state of stress and anxiety.

This workshop will support your body and mind to find balance again, bringing you into the centre of your experience where you are more focused, aware and connected,  to yourself and the other men around you.

If you have any queries please contact us on yogawithandyandtom@gmail.com

Bookings are open now priced at £25/£35.

Tickets available here: https://www.outsavvy.com/event/2843/into-the-heart-yoga-shitasu-workshop-for-gay-bi-queer-men-tickets

Andy and Tom regularly work with organisations including Loving Men, Tantra for Gay Men, Radical Faeries and Queer Spirit Festival to name but a few.

Feel Good Fridays

Yoga

Friday evening yoga classes for Gay, Bi and Queer men in London on second and last Friday of each month, beginning 11th October 2019.

6.30pm to 8pm
The Bridge
SE1 0NQ

​Get your yoga on as we stretch out, breathe deep and come home to the heart with yoga teachers Andy Butterfield and Tom Cowan. 

In this twice-monthly drop-in class we can inhale, stretch, explore and nourish our bodies, minds and spirits together.  Postures will be accessible, playful and adaptable for different bodies and abilities. Whether you’re new to yoga or have regularly attended other classes, this is the space for you!

This is a Yoga practice that is responsive to the needs of the men present. Movements may be restorative, meditative and dynamic.  Sound, breathing practices and partner postures may be used to take you more deeply into an integrated state of Yoga.

All equipment provided. Wear loose comfy clothes.
Andy teaches the first class of the month and Tom, the second.

£15 / £10 Low Wage & NUS

5th Floor, The Bridge, 73-81 Southwark Bridge Rd, London, SE1 0NQ.

For more details on Tom Cowan, check out www.tomcowan.info

The power of retreating

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I feel honoured that so many people trust me to guide them in practices that help them to feel. Yoga, shiatsu, tantra, movement, touch enables people to enter into a deeper, more meaningful relationship with their bodies, their lifeforce, their poise, their power, their compassion, their resilience, their creativity, their wisdom. 

I’ve just finished leading my eleventh retreat and am always struck by how much I love doing them. When I bring together a group of people and co-create a space with them, something happens to my own lifeforce. It gets bigger and stronger and brighter. I’m usually many miles away from my normal life but I feel more at home in myself and more connected to my capabilities. I watch in delight at the wonders that flow through me and the group and I realise that I am in my element.

I’ve gone on retreat many times, journeying deeply into mindfulness, yoga and bodywork, receiving more of the light that these practices shine. To be able to open and hold the space for others to receive that light too is an opportunity to pay the privilege forward. 

Beautiful things happen for people on retreat: connection, inspiration, letting go, empowerment, healing. It’s such a gift to watch the magic unfold, time and time again. Each group constellation being what it needs to be but always shimmering with a kindness and a joy.

Even something as short as a weekend can be a powerful reset. And 5-7 days or longer can be truly life-changing.  Coming away from everyday life and connecting in warm-hearted community, having some space to unplug, to process, to breathe, getting out of your head and into your body, finding who you are again. We return stronger and more resilient than we were before. Sometimes with a fresh new perspective or free from some of our pain.

So what did we get up to on this last retreat adventure? We sang, danced and played games until we doubled over in laughter. We stretched and sweated and eased away tension. We hugged and we sat around the fire and had long, lazy, delicious meals. We remembered the joy of having a body. 

My next retreats are Portugal in June, Greece in July and East Sussex in October. Details here.

Blissful Joy

Yoga

Yoga, Dance and Relaxation for Men and Women

8th-13th July, Kithnos

A luxury holiday experience in stunning surroundings with soulful and nurturing movement practices, delicious and nourishing food, stargazing, dream-weaving, laughter and song. Be nourished and revitalised on all levels

Andy and Einat are experienced retreat leaders and find great joy and meaning in bringing people together in community where everyone can connect, relax, rest, laugh, stretch, dance, give and receive and find balance.  

Give yourself the gift of 5 gorgeous days of yoga, dance, shiatsu, reiki and meditation. Return to the light-hearted, care-free space within you. Reset and refocus your energies to make the most of the rest of 2019.

The Retreat Centre

You will stay in beautiful 3 bedroom villas, each with 2 bathrooms, a living room and a terrace overlooking the ocean. Yoga, movement and massage sessions will take place beneath the shade of a bamboo pergola in the gorgeous yoga shala. 

There will be so much time to chill out by the infinity pool, get a massage, watch the sun sink into the sea, or venture out and explore the beautiful villages, beaches and landscapes and the natural spas of the island. There’s a good chance we will even have a beach all to ourselves, just minutes away from the retreat centre!

£949 or €1115 for twin room
£1120 or €1315 for single room

Secure your place with a non-refundable deposit of £200 or €250. Contact Andy or Einat via the Contact form above to register.

Included

– 2 yoga sessions a day with opportunities to learn shiatsu and dance

– Two delicious and nutritious vegetarian meals a day, brunch and dinner, snack and unlimited herbal teas and water

– A transfer from the airport to the hotel, including the ferry is also included in our stay.

A typical day

8.30am Yoga
10am brunch
Free time
Optional workshops in shiatsu, dance on Tuesday and Thursday
5pm Yoga
7pm Dinner

*subject to slight changes

What have you heard about Yoga? 

That it helps with physical needs? 
It fulfils the wish for a healthier, more flexible and stronger body? 
Maybe that it helps the mental state? That it can help reduce stress, tension, and also symptoms of depression? 
Or that is about spiritual growth? That it encourages a thirst for knowledge about the Self, leading to a sense of fulfilment?

The truth and beauty of Yoga is that it combines all the above to create a holistic experience.

Working on the physical, mental and emotional level, we acquire tools to develop deep peace and awareness in our lives.

Andy and Einat’s yoga is mindful, physical, flowing, subtle and meditative. Sessions combine conscious, dynamic movement with breath work, ancient wisdom of yoga philosophy, relaxation and meditation. 

Shiatsu

Shiatsu uses stretches, joint mobilisation, acupressure and holding to bring the body into a state of deep relaxation and support and balance vital life-force energy. In this space the body is able to better balance and heal itself.

A workshop session will give you the opportunity to learn and practice simple techniques in this powerful bodywork. 

Einat Ran

Einat is a teacher both of yoga and sacred dance, ceremony facilitator and craftwoman. She shares her teachings to assist in the awakening of women to their divine nature. Her aim is to support harmonious living between women and men. Through her life’s work and devotion she has guided hundreds of women to get in touch with their heart’s desires and meaning in life by listening to the wisdom that arise from within.

Einat teaches internationally and enthusiastically, meeting women from all over the world to share her knowledge of a path of devotional sacred dance, yoga and meditation, forming a vocabulary of moving prayers to cultivate and embody blessings.
Reach her at www.einatfreedomyoga.com

Andy Butterfield

Andy has journeyed through various styles of yoga and folds elements of these, along with his shiatsu bodywork experience into a mindful flow practice.   

Breath is central in Andy’s offering. He teaches that it is the most powerful tool to nourish, enliven and restore. In class, we are repeatedly invited back to its flow and its fullness. And so we come to dwell in the present moment and begin to understand that in this space, we receive everything we need, effortlessly. As we move and open and stretch our bodies, breath and energy (prana) expand to fill the new spaces opening up. 

Sometimes his classes focus on the creation of space, and other times, we work hard with strengthening and empowering practices to burn off what isn’t serving us and feel the joy in offering more than we thought we could. 

Learn to inhabit your body more fully, relaxing into it with deeper compassion, appreciation and contentment.

Into The Heart In The City: BRIGHTON

Yoga

Yoga, massage, connection and community for gay, bi and queer men with Andy Butterfield and Tom Cowan

Saturday 2.15-5.15pm
9th November 2019

About Balance
Gloucester Road
Brighton

Together we’ll explore the therapeutic nature of Vajrasati yoga, healing Shiatsu touch, sharing and being listened to from the heart and how we can show up and be seen by our community.

We’ll be moving deeply and gently as a group with opportunities for self practice as well as explorations of working with each other in a supportive, kind and caring environment.

You may be asking yourself if this is the right space for you….fear not if you’re new to this kind of event, you’ll soon feel at home and warmly welcomed by a lovely group of like minded men.

Bookings are open now priced at £35/25 Karma Card Holders.

Tickets available here: https://www.outsavvy.com/event/2350/into-the-heart-workshop-brighton

Andy and Tom regularly work with organisations including Loving Men, Tantra for Gay Men, Radical Faeries and Queer Spirit Festival to name but a few.



The Chic Greek Gay Getaway

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Yoga, Massage and Movement Retreat for Gay, Bi and Queer Men. 

22nd-27th July, Kythnos, Greece

Find more joy and freedom in your body through yoga, breathwork, massage and movement. 

Cradled by sapphire waters, the magical Greek island of Kithnos is a perfect place to rest back into yourself. As the summer sun ripens, filling the sky, you’ll bathe in its golden glow.  Thoughtful yoga practices combined with massage will allow you to release stress and tension and also equip you with powerful tools for regulating, relaxing and nourishing yourself.

Unwind and open to the beautiful, warm sun; to wonderful food, hospitality and friendship; and to your deeper, more present and connected self.

Experienced teacher Andy Butterfield pulls together a rich program of yoga, shiatsu, movement, meditation, dance and massage to ground and uplift you. He has led 12 retreats, 11 for gay, bi and trans men and is passionate about creating safe, cohesive and meaningful spaces for men to come together to laugh, share, connect and heal.

GET INVOLVED IF:

  • You want to hang out with like-minded, warm-hearted gay, bi and trans men and experience the joy, connection and healing that arises in community 
  • You want to explore, enjoy and celebrate your body through movement
  • You are interested in energy work as a way to help and heal yourself and others
  • You haven’t been on a retreat before but love the idea of a nurturing, restorative, relaxing and fun break 
  • You have been on retreat and know just how much good can come from taking some time out for yourself.

A typical day:

8am yoga
10am brunch
5pm yoga or massage class on Tuesday and Friday
7pm dinner

The schedule may be subject to change.

THE RETREAT CENTRE

You will stay in beautiful 3 bedroom villas, each with 2 bathrooms, a living room and a terrace overlooking the ocean. Yoga, movement and massage sessions will take place beneath the shade of a bamboo pergola in the gorgeous yoga shala. 

There will be so much time to chill out by the infinity pool, get a massage, watch the sun sink into the sea, or venture out and explore the beautiful villages, beaches and landscapes and the natural spas of the island. There’s a good chance we will even have a beach all to ourselves, just minutes away from the retreat centre! 

Included

  • 8-10 hours of yoga classes
  • Two delicious and nutritious vegetarian meals a day, brunch and dinner, snack and unlimited herbal teas and water
  • A transfer from the airport to the hotel, including the ferry is also included in our stay

INVESTMENT

Twin/Double £750 or €840

Secure your place with a non-refundable £225 or €255 deposit. Contact Andy via the form above or on 
07968 846610.