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Last of the Summer Sun

Sun 22nd - Sat 28th September 2019

Intimate Naked Yoga Retreat For Men

Lua Nua, Portugal

Sunday 22nd - Saturday 28th September 2019

Lua Nua Boutique Guesthouse, Alentejo, Portugal

 

Dear Men!

You are invited to join this small intimate retreat at the spectacular Lua Nua in Alentejo in the South of Portugal to say farewell to summer in the company of 12 loving men!

 

The intent is to bring together a unique group of men from Berlin, the majority from previous yoga retreats, or who I know personally, plus one or two new faces, in order to create a strong bond of trust and community, go deep in to yoga practice, so that we can support each other and co-create a magical journey together!

What do I mean by intimate?

We will be a small group of 12. Most of you will be sharing rooms with one or maybe 3 other people. We will be naked together, eat meals together, practice yoga together, and swim, sing, dance and play together!

 

The invitation is to bring your whole self, your whole magical unique being to this retreat, and to share your beautiful gifts with the group. To have the courage to open your eyes and ears and truly see and witness the other men in the group, to see them for who they truly are.

 

And of course the invitation and encouragement to be yourself, to give yourself permission to simply BE! To let go of destructive / critical thoughts and behaviours, be free from daily stresses and anxieties, to go deeply in to your body, be in connection with the stunning nature that surrounds Lua Nua, and to nurture and feel joy and aliveness in your body and soul.

We will be naked together. We will practice yoga naked together and you're free to be naked around the pool and the whole of Lua Nua, and when we go to the local Atlantic nudist beach together!

This is a body positive, touch positive, sex positive space where eros and play is welcome and encouraged! There will be some gentle partner exercises during the yoga, and there is also the opportunity for massage exchange, touch workshops, or anything else our imagination desires!

Together we will create an intimate space for you to express yourself, where you can be yourself, and where you can celebrate your body and delight your spirit. That may mean deep rest and relaxation, and quiet and intimate time to yourself, or it may mean enjoying heart filled connections and intimacy with other members of the group.

This means that consent, open communication, and boundaries will of course be discussed and emphasised. You only need to take part in what you desire. The choice is always yours.

What do I mean by co-created?

I will offer daily morning yoga practices. And I am available to facilitate activities in the evenings. However I also want you to feel free and inspired to share your gifts and talents with the group, to express your desires and feel inspired to create moments and experiences for the group.

This can be anything from silly games, heart circles, massage, dance, singing, performance, comedy, art - the only limits are our imagination!

Some of you will be familiar with other men's events and communities and taking part in group activities. This is an invitation to manifest your own joy, to make a moment sacred, playful, erotic or whatever else you choose!

 

Men of ALL shapes, sizes and ages. Men from all yoga backgrounds, and all levels of experience are welcome!

This page is password protected and is not being advertised publicly. Priority will be given to men who I know from Berlin, from previous yoga retreats, or from elsewhere in my life!

If there are still spaces available then I will make the retreat available to new enthusiastic men who understand the intent behind the retreat and feel called by this adventure!

This Retreat is For You if:

  • You understand that this is a Naked Yoga Retreat and NOT a clothing optional Yoga Retreat. We will co-create a safe, non judgmental space for us all to enjoy being naked together.

  • You are inspired to celebrate your unique naked body, to nurture self acceptance, to release fear and shame!

  • You are looking for a sacred pause from your daily routine, and to dive deep into nature, into your yoga practice, into your body and soul, naked in the company of GBTQ men!

  • Your heart sings at the prospect of sharing a wild adventure in remote nature in the community of international gay / bi / trans / queer men!

  • You feel called to get in touch with your primal self, swimming in the sea, howling at the moon, relaxing in the forest, gazing at the stars, connecting with nature to connect to spirit, being naked in the company of other men

  • You are seeking space from certain behaviours, like technology, devices, social media, alcohol, substances etc

  • You are open and eager to making a positive changes in your life, to learning about yourself, to growth, transformation, to releasing old patterns, to harness the connection with nature and the community of men to support you on your journey!​

Price per person - 850 Euros

(Price includes accommodation, food, daily morning ceremony + yoga, evening group activities)

Tom Bio

I walked into my very first Yoga class on a weekend trip to Amsterdam 12 years ago. Since then I have explored different styles including Bikram, Ashtanga, Power Vinyasa Yoga and now I teach the intensely physical and healing Forrest Yoga, a modern, dynamic practice carefully crafted by Ana Forrest over the past 40 years.

 

Forrest Yoga ignites every cell in my body. I love the intensity and the emphasis on personal freedom, intuition, and connection to spirit and the authentic self.

Yoga has brought wonderful healing to my life.10 years ago I was in a very different place. I struggled with addiction, depression and social anxiety. I felt lost and disconnected from myself and the world around me. 

Through regular Yoga practice I started to heal, nourish and respect my body and bring joy and presence into my life. Yoga for me is an exhilarating, joyful and at times painful journey of growth and self discovery - I love every second.

What to expect:​​​

  • Energising and uplifting morning Ceremony + Forrest Yoga practice

  • Singing + Drumming + Dancing

  • Star Gazing

  • Pool time

  • Wild Swimming in the Sea

  • 3 delicious vegetarian / vegan meals every day

  • Community amongst open hearted men from around the world

  • Plenty of time to yourself to relax

Rest: 

Our Studio can accommodate up to four people. It is appointed with a king size bed (or two single beds) on the mezzanine and a super comfy sofa (or two single beds in case of four people occupancy). It has its own private terrace overlooking the garden with an amazing view on the lake. It offers a fully-equipped kitchen which makes it the perfect base camp for your vacation in paradise.

Our two Superior Suites are equally comfy but a bit more spacious. They offer a king size bed (or two single beds) with high-end quality Portuguese mattresses. Both have ensuite bathrooms. They open directly on their private terraces overlooking the garden and come equipped with a table and chairs on which you can relax and have a drink after a day spent at the beach.

Our two Junior Suites are very charming and super luminous. They are appointed with a queen size bed and have ensuite bathroom. They both open directly on a private terrace facing South where you can have a drink ‘al fresco’ on warm summer evenings.

Rooms will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

The price for everyone is the same - 850 Euros

 

​​​​​​​​Forrest Yoga

 

Created by Ana Forrest over the past 45 years, Forrest Yoga is an intensely physical practice that will make you sweat and ignite every cell in your body through deep breathing and powerful, healing poses.

 

Forrest Yoga teaches you to go deeper to find your truth, and encourages you to take these gifts you have earned beyond the mat and into the rest of your life.

 

Forrest Yoga honors and celebrates the beauty of life and the power of Spirit. It is an inspiring yoga practice that builds flexibility, intelligence and strength while helping deepen the relationship with your authentic self. Accessing your intuition - the voice of your Spirit - builds personal strength and ushers integrity into your daily interactions.

 

Forrest Yoga challenges you to heal, grow and welcome your Spirit home.


Forrest Yoga does not require strength or flexibility; it only requires a willingness to learn how to feel authentically and respond honestly. The practice is founded on four pillars -- Breath, Strength, Integrity and Spirit.

BREATH


Forrest Yoga teaches you how to breathe deeply, connect in feeling with your body, use the power of breath to bring aliveness into every cell of your body and ignite your passion for living.

STRENGTH


Forrest Yoga teaches you to connect to your core, to be strong and centered. The intense pose sequences are designed to help you develop the skills to awaken each of your senses. The long holds help you progress in the poses and go deeper. Aided by the use of heat, your body is freed from toxins; the deep breathing  oxygenates and rejuvenates every cell in your body.

INTEGRITY


Forrest Yoga teaches you to become proficient at safely tailoring each pose to work best for you, particularly with physical and emotional injuries. By learning to work honestly at your edges, you develop effective tools to deal with fear and struggle. This makes it possible for integrity, self-awareness and playful curiosity to become part of your daily life.

SPIRIT


Forrest Yoga's intent is to create a sense of freedom, a connection to your Spirit and the courage to walk as your Spirit dictates.

Alcohol + Substances

This retreat is alcohol and recreational drug free. Please do not bring alcohol with you. Please do not bring any recreational drugs with you.

We all have our own unique and personal relationship to alcohol and substances, this retreat is about us coming together to connect with ourselves and each other in a conscious way without the effects of alcohol and substances. If you would like to discuss this with me then please get in touch by email.

Travel

From Faro:

We will most likely organise a shuttle bus from Faro for the group. This will be about 15-30 Euros per person and we will organise it nearer the time.

If you plan to hire a car and are willing to give people a ride then please let me know!

From Lisbon:

You can get a train that lasts just over 2 hours to Saboia. From there you can be collected and driven to Lua Nua which is 30 mins away.

Likely Schedule

Sunday 5th May, 7pm - Welcome Circle and Dinner

Saturday 11th May, 8am - Closing yoga practice and farewell brunch

Daily schedule:

 

8am - Morning Ceremony + Practice

10.30am - Breakfast

2pm - Lunch

7.30pm - Dinner

9pm - Evening Group Fun

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To Book:

Sunday 22nd - Saturday 28th September 2019

Retreat Cost - 850 Euros (Payment by bank transfer)

 

(Price includes accommodation, food, daily morning ceremony + yoga, evening group activities)

To confirm your place please email me - tombarber@me.com

All fees paid for workshops and retreats are non-transferable and non-refundable. In paying for a workshop or retreat, you agree to these terms.