Yoga & Creativity Retreat with Francois Raoult & Nathalie Alvarez
(13 - 20 August 2022)
Fly to Athens and take a plane or ferryboat to Heraklion. After the retreat, you can drift towards other islands like Santorini by boat. Our days together will begin with early pranayama practice in the yoga hall overlooking the ocean. The core of the morning sessions will then explore the foundations of a Yoga practice through the cycles of classical poses. These energetic sessions will aim to build strength, stamina and increase flexibility. In the afternoon you can go to the beach or explore the island and the nearby villages.
The late afternoon classes will be devoted to restoratives poses, savasana and deep listening to sacred music of all traditions. Nathalie will propose creative sessions of symbolic art as a theme interwoven with the Yoga sessions.
(Art supplies provided)
François Raoult M.A., E-RYT500, C-IAYT, is dedicated to teaching yoga with awareness, integrity and compassion. He first felt the call to yoga at age 19, on a pilgrimage to the sacred sites of India.
For a decade, he toured Europe with an avant garde puppet theater and composed music for the plays. The manipulation of string puppets led him to explore yoga and tai chi.
A certified Iyengar teacher until 2010, François began teaching in 1975. A year later, he started extensive training with the great yogi Sri B.K.S. Iyengar.
A graduate of the Ecole Nationale de Yoga in Paris, he has studied meditation with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, Ayurveda with Dr. Robert Svoboda, and anatomy with Thomas Myers. After studying architecture and philosophy, trekking and recording sacred music in the Himalayas, he completed a Masters in ethnomusicology.
In addition to directing Open Sky Yoga Center and its creative Teacher Training program in Rochester, NY, he teaches yoga seminars worldwide and is a CEO of the new Open Sky Yoga Therapy Training. Francois is also certified in Gong Yoga and in “Laughing for no reason”!
Nathalie Alvarez is François’s partner in life and co-creator of the Journey to India. A pioneer in the fields of massage and transpersonal therapy since 1981.
Nathalie directs L’Ecole du Corps Conscience, based in Montpellier, France. Nathalie’s work combines expression, symbolism, mandalas and color therapy.
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