What are you holding on to that you need to let go of? How would you be lighter if you let go?
Letting Go in Order to Recieve
a Weekend Retreat
in Al Ain, UAE
July 29-31, 2021
It is our tendency as human beings to want to hold on to things rather than to let go of them. When we let go of things we no longer need or no longer serve us - we might be afraid because we don’t know what we will receive in return - but what we can receive from letting go can be beautiful, if we open our minds to it. In the Yoga Sutras this process is defined as “Vairagya” which can be translated as “renunciation” or letting go. Join me for this weekend long retreat in Al Ain, UAE, structured with the seven chakras, and themed around the concept of letting go.
It's Thursday afternoon, and you leave the hustle and bustle of Dubai or Abu Dhabi City behind as you drive along the highway towards the sand dunes. The orange rays sink behind the skies. You exhale and leave the stress of the work week behind you, immediately feeling the energy of laid-back Al Ain.
With natural springs and date palm plantations, Al Ain is truly an oasis in the desert. "Al Ain" literally means "the spring" - named after the ancient underground falaj system of wells and channels that brings water from the mountains to the community.
Gathering in a circle for a mindful meditation and check-in practice, you feel your shoulders drop and your heart open. Amidst likeminded, whole hearted people - here, you can finally let go.
Day 1: Letting Go
Check in to your luxury accommodations in the Al Ain Rotana in the afternoon.
4:30pm - complimentary afternoon tea, coffee and snack break courtesy of the Rotana.
5pm - Yoga Practice: The energetic calling of the root chakra is to help us feel grounded and stable. We’ll meet for grounding yoga practice, meditation and sharing circle. During all our yoga practices this weekend, we will move through asana postures with the intention of letting go: letting go of effort in order to find ease and letting go of movement in order to receive stillness.
6:30pm - Dinner Buffet
8:00pm - Creative Activity: The second chakra enters the energetic center of our emotions, creativity and desire. This chakra is all about going with the flow. Gather together for a meditation practice and art activity revolving around letting go.
Day 2: Recieving
7:30am - 8:30am Yoga Practice: The third chakra is your center for inner strength, power, and belief in your potential. We'll start our second day with a strong vinyasa practice together, embodying poses that explore the contrast around holding on and letting go.
9:00 am - Breakfast Buffet
10:00am-4:00pm - Free Time: The heart chakra’s energetic job is to help us love unconditionally, both ourselves and others. Choose how to spend your day - pampering at the spa or relaxing by the pool. Perhaps you choose to visit the Al Ain Oasis or Jebel Hafeet in town.
Option to book one-on-one one hour clarity coaching sessions with Alex during this time.
4:30pm Complimentary afternoon coffee/tea/snack buffet courtesy of the Rotana
5:00pm - 6:30pm Yoga Practice: Balance the fifth chakra, the throat chakra, by exploring authentic self expression. This chakra is all about how we express or project our truth to the outside world. We'll move through a yoga practice, followed by a guided journal practice and sharing circle.
7:00 pm - Dinner Buffet
After Dinner: Free time to enjoy alcohol free wine and beer with retreat guests, rest, or unwind.
Day 3: Integrating
8:00 am - 9:00am Yoga Practice: The sixth chakra is the home of our intuition. We'll move through a vinyasa yoga practice integrating all the healing practices we've cultivated over the weekend.
9:00am Reflection: The seventh chakra is the center of connection. Gather for a sharing circle to reflect and integrate on the weekend's experiences.
10:00am - Breakfast, Farewell and Check Out Time
-Two nights stay at Al Ain Rotana, a five star accommodation
-Dinner on Thursday and Friday
-Breakfast on Friday and Saturday
-Non Alcoholic Premium Wine and Beer
-Refreshment Breaks on Thursday and Friday
-Letting Go Creative activity
-Four Yoga classes with Alex (Thursday afternoon, Friday morning, Friday afternoon, Saturday morning)
-Sharing circle and guided journalling led by Alex
-Lunch on Friday
-Any personal expenses like spa visits, mocktails or other food, etc
-Extra one-on-one coaching with Alex