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

Gay Men’s Retreats, Greece, Retreat, Retreats, Shiatsu, Tantra, Yoga, Yoga For Men

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.
 

Yoga Chill

Retreat, Spain, Yoga

Naked Yoga Retreat for Gay, Bi and Trans Men. 

12-17th May, Andalusia, Spain

Finca la Maroma is an award-winning gay guest house nestled in the stunning mountain landscape north of Velez-Malaga. Join us for one or both yoga breaks: 

The focus of this week is more restorative as you’ll be guided through a slower, more mindful flow. We will take a little more time to release deep held tension and connect to subtle flows of lifeforce energy. There will also be a bit more of an emphasis on stillness and meditation in this week.

Surrounded by peaceful and beautiful mountain scenery, you will spend five glorious days stretching and strengthening your body, calming your mind and lifting the spirit. Playful partner work, touch and massage, meditation and soulful asana (posture) will lead you into deeper connection with the life that flows and expresses through you and all of us.

There’ll be plenty of delicious home-cooked food and the chance to relax and enjoy our heated pool, jacuzzi, gym and sauna.

Price €675 based on two guests sharing a double studio (plus optional chill-out weekend at 20% discount).

Space is limited, so contact Finca La Maroma (www.fincalamaroma.com) now to reserve your place and quote Yoganu as a reference

https://fincalamaroma.com/#book

Yoga Glow

Retreats, Spain, Yoga

Naked Yoga Retreat for Gay, Bi and Trans Men

5-10th May – Andalusia, Spain

Finca la Maroma is an award-winning gay guest house nestled in the stunning mountain landscape north of Velez-Malaga. Join us for one or both yoga breaks: 

The focus of the first week will be dynamic vinyasa flow yoga. This is a relatively vigorous practice, which strengthens the core and upper body. You will be guided through sequences that generate heat to detoxify and energise and that quieten the mind by absorbing it in a lively physical practice. Beginners are welcome but you should be relatively fit and active.

There’ll be plenty of delicious home-cooked food and the chance to relax and enjoy our heated pool, jacuzzi, gym and sauna.

Price €675 based on two guests sharing a double studio (plus optional chill-out weekend at 20% discount).

Space is limited, so contact Finca La Maroma (www.fincalamaroma.com) now to reserve your place and quote Yoganu as a reference


Into The Heart

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

Yoga Retreat for Gay, Bi and Trans Men. 
4th to 6th October, Sussex

This is the third retreat we have run from this venue, Gayles Retreat as we all love it so much and keep coming back!

It’s nestled deep in the Sussex countryside, a haven of peace, calm and a much needed breathing space.

Conveniently close to London/Brighton with excellent rail/bus links and plenty of parking should you wish to drive the 90 minutes from London to the Sea.

The weekend will be hosted by two experienced teachers, Andy Butterfield and Tom Cowan, who have been leading workshops and retreats offering Vajrasati & Hatha Flow Yoga, Shiatsu, Tantra, Meditation and Nature Connection Practices. They regularly support events for Yoganu, Loving Men, Tantra for Gay Men and the Radical Faeries.

We come together to explore embodied presence, movement, connection with ourselves and each other, Nature & community.
We recognise and appreciate yoga as a practice that cultivates integration through movement, breathwork, meditation and with the relaxation that comes from experiencing yoga Nidra.

These are an invaluable resource for creating balance, calmness and steadiness in the mind and body.

There will be relaxing, meditative, restorative and enlivening practices of yoga during this weekend.

Supporting us through periods of anxiety, depression, addiction and helping to mediate compulsive behaviours, a regular yoga practice (abyahasa) opens up a crack of light in the endless stream of thoughts and stories (vikalpa) that can be our preoccupation giving us breathing space so we can gain a fresh perspective (vairagyam).

It’s in the pauses between thinking, as we move, breathe, stretch and connect that we awaken from the trance of being lost to ourselves and begin to once again experience the sensations both in and outside of the body that constitute reality in this moment.

In this way we learn to take our practice off the mat and walk it into life, step by step, day by day.

We’re building resilience in the face of stress and tension by noticing when we get caught up, so we can find our centre and enjoy the beauty of being present to ourselves and the world around us.

There will be lots of space to simply ‘be’. Time to unwind, relax and connect with yourself. Switch off the phone. Leave the emails behind for a weekend. Listen to the sounds of nature, feel the air on your skin and enjoy good food, good company and a real retreat!

Please come and join us for this immersive weekend of relaxing and restorative Shiatsu massage, playful deep and accessible yoga, fun games and nature based practices, meditation walks through the beautiful gardens and delicious home cooked vegetarian food, all against the backdrop of the stunning Seven Sisters coastline and the gentle ambience of Gayles Retreat atop the cliffs.

Prices include all costs, including your room, three delicious vegetarian meals a day and all refreshments, fruit, hot drinks etc.

Our venue for the event is Gayles, a beautiful retreat centre situated in the outstanding countryside of the South Downs in East Sussex. Gayles is 15 miles from Brighton, a 90 minute drive from London and easily accessible by public transport. See http://www.retreattogayles.co.uk/ for more information.

Food at the event is vegetarian and with sufficient notice it’s possible to provide vegan, dairy-free and wheat-free diets.

More info on the teachers
Tom www.tomcowan.info
Andy www.andybutterfield.com

Andy and Tom

Price includes all costs; accommodation, three delicious meals a day and teaching with Andy and Tom. 

Bunk Dorm (11 beds, most bunks, 2 showers, two toilets) – from £265* 

Small Dorm (6 beds, no bunks, one toilet and one shower) – from £285* 

Double Room and en-suite (only one available – for two people who will share a double bed) – £599

Booking can be made directly here: https://events.eventzilla.net/e/into-the-heart—a-yoga-retreat-for-gay-bi–queer-men-2138750726

Contact Andy (07968 846610) or Tom (07858 224601) for more info or email yogawithandyandtom@gmail.com 

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.