Namaste November, The Pandemic Pivot

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Namaste November, The Pandemic Pivot

Friday, November 13 to Sunday, November 15, 2020

Consider these wise words on pandemic pivots from Arundhati Roy:

Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world.

Are you ready to imagine another world? Ready to reimagine your life? if yes, it’s time to participate in the reimagined annual Namaste November retreat which is going virtual. The public health restrictions associated with covid19 may limit our physical togetherness yet provide a singularly personal opportunity for growth. Set aside this new moon weekend to explore movement, breath, meditation and writing as a portal to greater understanding of who you are and what you can be.

As part of the reimagining experience, we’ve added writing as an opportunity to go deeper into your journey. Lee is excited that her sister, Sue Scott, will be leading the writing sessions. Sue is an expressive communication specialist and writing coach (see bio below). The retreat will feature her writing workshop, I Write to Know Who I Am. A gifted teacher, Sue will guide you through four writing sessions that will reacquaint you with your various selves at different points in your life — and, finally, saying hello to who you are now.

The beauty of the virtual retreat is that you can participate from wherever you want to be! Stay at home or book a get-away. We have set aside a block of rooms and arranged special rates at the Drake Motor Inn (*see below) which is up the street from the Drake Devonshire Inn where we have always held the retreat in the past. Lee will be broadcasting all virtual sessions from the Motor Inn. She will be available there to lead outdoor sessions should you decide to do the retreat from there. 

We’re flexible if you need to be! Choose to book the whole retreat weekend, or just the first day! Either way, everyone attends the opening two-hour session on Friday night as part of registration.

Friday, November 13. 
7-8:30pm: Welcome, slow moon salutation practice, intention exercise.
Saturday, November 14
6:30-6:50am: Mantra meditation.
7-8am: Slow sun and moon salutation practice. Meditation.
8-9am Break your fast.
9-10am: Fresh air time. Walk/run workout suggestions offered.
10:30-12pm: Guided Writing Practice — I Write to Know Who I Am (Part 1).
12-1pm: Light lunch and/or silent time.
1-2pm: Hatha yoga (grounding + hip opening) + breath practice.
2:15-3pm: Yoga nidra (deep meditation practice).
3-3:30pm: Hydration/snack break.
3:30-5pm: Guided Writing Practice — I Write to Know Who I Am (Part 2).
5-6:15pm: Light dinner.
6:15-7:15pm: Slow movement + breath practice.
7:30-8:30pm: Herbal tea and sharing circle.
8:30-8:45pm: Meditation.
Sunday, November 15.
6:30-6:50am Mantra meditation.
7-8am: Slow sun and moon salutation practice. Meditation.
8-9am: Break your fast.
9-10am: Fresh air time. Walk/run workout suggestions offered.
10:30-12pm: Guided Writing Practice — I Write to Know Who I Am (Part 3).
12-1pm: Light lunch and/or silent time.
1-2pm: Hatha yoga (twisting + back bends) + breath practice.
2:15-3pm: Yoga nidra (deep meditation practice).
3-3:30pm: Hydration/snack break.
3-5pm: Guided Writing Practice — I Write to Know Who I Am (Bringing It All Together).
5-6pm: Celebration of New Moon and New Intentions

ABOUT THE RETREAT LEADERS:

Lee Scott, B.A.Sc., M.A. 
Lee is certified by the American Council on Exercise as a personal trainer and she has completed more than 1,000 hours of yoga teacher training. She founded WoW Power Walking in 2002, created the Simple Secrets for a Great Walking Workout DVD-CD (2006), and co-authored of The Walking Solution: Getting People to Walk for Results (2019). She has been a fitness leader for 29 years, a walking coach for 20 years, a practicing yogi for 28 years and a yoga teacher since 2013. Her engaging presence and considerable knowledge of the latest research in exercise science and nutrition has made her a popular expert with the media and at conferences. Every day Lee is inspired by her clients who embrace the opportunity to explore their best selves.

Sue Scott, B.A., M.Sc.
Sue believes nothing is more exhilarating than a blank page. It beckons you with all its possibility and when you meet that page with the tip of your pen, your heart moves and something has begun. As a speech-language pathologist and lifelong student of story dynamics, Sue welcomes her students to explore and express ideas through writing. Her “I Write…” workshops are well-structured, creative, and inspired by life’s magic and the human journey. They are designed for all levels of writer – seasoned professionals, non-writers, and the absolutely terrified. Sue is a four-time PAGE International Screenwriting Competition Finalist, a Nicholl Quarterfinalist, and a Final Draft Semi-Finalist. Her short story “Silent Stories” was a finalist in Canada’s annual CBC Short Story Contest. Sue is also a script reader for the Austin Film Festival Script Competition and has worked as a linguistics consultant for children’s television. Her writing teachers include: Robert McKee, Aaron Sorkin, Michael Hauge, Syd Field, Pilar Alessandra, Mario Moreno, Heather MacAndrew, Blake Snyder.

ACCOMMODATION:
Stay at home or book a get-away!
*Drake Motor Inn (Wellington, Prince Edward County, Ontario) rooms are available to us at a special rate of $249/night. There are multiple bed configurations available. Outdoor entry minimizes contact with other guests. To receive these rates you must call 613 399 3338 and mention that you will be attending the Namaste November retreat. Book soon to guarantee your room, unbooked rooms will be released to the general public on September 15.

 
REGISTER NOW!

Drake Motor Inn Room

Drake Motor Inn Room

Fresh air workout!

 

FULL RETREAT (Fri-Sun)

$295.00 + HST

SAT ONLY (incl. Friday )

$195.00 + HST

What Our Clients Are Saying…

Lee’s yoga class is an oasis of calm in a hectic schedule. The gentle, yet challenging, class stretches the body and restores the mind. Lee’s commitment to her teaching is evident as she guides and supports us through poses and breath work. I recommend the class to anyone looking to improve their flexibility, strength, balance and peace of mind!
Yvonne H., Toronto

Nearly 11 years ago I participated in my first WoW Power Walking class and have never looked back!!! Combine expert coaching with enthusiastic motivation and you get fitness, friendship and fun!! Very important part of my life!
Melanie F., Oakville

Lee’s yoga retreats are a wonderful occasion to get grounded and re-energized. As a teacher, Lee breaks down in easy-to-follow steps even the most challenging of yoga postures, enabling all of her students to experience success.
Lyne D., Oakville