Samsara Fest
Mar
21
to Mar 24

Samsara Fest

Join Angela and an array of other amazing teachers and presenters at Samsara Fest this March!

Samsara, a Sanskrit word, translates to the word journeying. Everything in this Universe is cyclical. It starts with a celebration, the birth of new beginnings and ends with a celebration, the experiences of our journey. And our commitment to life is to make the most of this journey of ours and grow through the experiences no matter how long or short. This is the Universal truth.

We learned this lesson recently when we came to part ways with our precious littlest daughter, Samsara who came into our lives only long enough to share a few chapters. But they were filled with so much hope, kindness, love, humility, joy, wholeness, excitement, gratitude, faith, laughter, strength, pain and a myriad of other strongest of human emotions. It was our hardest good-bye.

Our family was desperate to make sense of it and also find a way to continue to live this journey of ours. We found healing in our community that came through for us in so many small and big ways. Friends, family, church, place of work, acquaintances and complete strangers carried our family through while we struggled one day to another. Our hearts will forever be grateful.

We also sought healing in yoga, meditation, hiking, painting, dancing, music, gardening, cooking, photography and more. Each of these bridges and the sincere practice of teachers helped us reconnect our lives back.

From these experiences, a dream was born. We found ourselves a new purpose. To bring these various forms of collective healing arts under one roof. Our vision was set to bring together an ashram that would bring all of these everyday healing avenues to people to experience and nourish themselves from. Hence the birth of this experience studio Samsara's Studio that will strive towards getting the Ashram story together. Here we hope to give our community of people ways to engage themselves via workshops focussing on yoga, guided meditation, art, dance, music, photography, massage, reiki, marma, other healing arts and so much more. We also hope to grow through education this community of practitioners, more importantly helping make yoga, breath control and meditation as part of daily practice.

We are now committed to bringing together yoga, music, meditation and healing arts festival annually in the month of March (first weekend in Spring) in Enumclaw - Samsarafest . Our attempt is to bring this festival at no cost to families that are living out their lives after child-loss. Every ticket that we are able to sell to offset costs helps us invite a family in need to this event. Please reach out to us with your story and we will send you a full-festival family pass. Please email us at info@samsarafest.com. 

Lot of love and excitement is going into the planning of this event. We're talking yoga huts, meditation, sound bath, nature hikes, live-music, dancing, farm food, painting, photography, mindfulness talks, tiny home living, healing huts and more...

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Yoga Nidra
Mar
30
6:30 PM18:30

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep brings us into a deep state of consciousness that goes beyond the sleep state to a higher state of awareness. In this healing state we can access our higher knowledge within, and let go of mental processing, where we are frequently judging and evaluating the external world. Yoga Nidra is thought to help us heal from anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and insomnia, and even heal from disease. We will begin with a cooling and slow movement practice, and then transition into the Yoga Nidra guidance.

What to wear and bring: comfortable clothing, small blanket, and eye pillow if you have one.

Teacher: Rachel Burklund

Investment: $25

No refunds - in store credit/transfers ok

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Chakras and Doshas: Seasonal Practice of Balance
Apr
7
1:30 PM13:30

Chakras and Doshas: Seasonal Practice of Balance

The doshas are elemental energies that combine to create our unique physical, emotional, and mental bodies. The chakras are swirling energetic centers along our central channel (spine) that direct and guide the physical body. These gross and subtle bodies interplay to maintain balance in the body and nourish the energetic/physical body connection. In this workshop, we’ll explore the healing relationship between the manipura and ajna (6th) chakras and kapha (earth and water) dosha. As we transition from winter to spring, learn how to activate the chakras to tap into the blossoming qualities of kapha: nourishing, supportive, the soil we till to plant our visions for a later harvest. Cultivation of this relationship will illuminate your deep inner seer. Discussion as well as asana, pranayama, and meditation will be used to clear the way.

Teacher: Megan Clone

Investment: $40.00

No refunds - in store credit/transfers ok

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Samskara: Yoga and Ayurveda Immersion Course
Apr
12
to Apr 14

Samskara: Yoga and Ayurveda Immersion Course

Samskara, derived from two Sanskrit root words, meaning “to flow together.”

Ayurveda, described as the science of life, is a five thousand year old healing tradition originating in India. It is the sister science to yoga and emphasizes the importance of creating and maintaining positive health.

In this 20-hour immersion course, participants will have the opportunity to learn the basic principles of both Yoga and Ayurveda and how to incorporate those principles into their lives so that they can connect to their inherent health and happiness within.

*Yoga Alliance accredited for 20 hours of continuing education*

Who’s this course for:

  • Anyone wishing to take their health into their own hands.

  • Yoga students and teachers wanting to dive deeper into the sister sciences of Yoga & Ayurveda.

Topics Covered:

  • The history of Yoga and Ayurveda: The Vedas and Sankyha Philosophy.

  • The building blocks of Yoga and Ayurveda: The 8 limbs and the Pancha Mahabutas.

  • Your Ayurvedic Body/Mind type: Prakruti and Vrikruti .

  • Bringing Ayurveda to your mat: Meditation, pranayama,  and asana.

  • Bringing Ayurveda into your every day life: Lifestyle, diet, and routine.

What’s Included:

  • Detailed manual

  • An Ayurvedic Swag Bag

  • 10 hours of lecture, 5 hours of group work, 5 hours active participation

Recommended Reading:

  • David Frawley, Ayurveda and the Mind

  • David Frawley, Yoga for your Type

Prerequisites:

  • None

Teacher:

When:

  • April 12-14th (Friday, 6-9:30pm and Saturday/Sunday, 11:30am-8pm)

Investment:

  • Early Bird: $345 (By March 1, 2019)

  • Regular: $385

  • Non-refundable $75 deposit due at time of registration.

  • Full Payment due by April 11th.

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Meditation with Yin + Yang Fusion
Apr
19
6:30 PM18:30

Meditation with Yin + Yang Fusion

Join Sarah Erter for an evening of meditation followed by a Yin + Yang Yoga practice. 

Meditation and Yoga are practices that create space in the mind, body, and heart. There is much to be explored in the spaces created through the complementary energies of movement and stillness. Following the opportunity to meditate in community, the Yin portion of class will incorporate poses that are held for time to address the deeper framework of connective tissue within the musculoskeletal system. The quiet energy of Yin will create an environment that continues to develop mindfulness while promoting rest and replenishment of energy. The Yang portion of class will build from stillness into a mindful slow movement with inspiration from Qigong to support the strength and stability of the cardiovascular system while encouraging the circulation of energy throughout the body. This offering will share inspiration from Traditional Chinese Medicine with an emphasis on poses to promote the flow of energy (Qi) through lines of energy (meridians) that correspond to the body, the mind, the seasons, the five elements, and nature.

Teacher: Sarah Erter

Investment: $25

No refunds - in store credit/transfers ok

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Spring Equinox: Yin and Sound Therapy
Mar
17
6:15 PM18:15

Spring Equinox: Yin and Sound Therapy

In nature, spring is a time of renewal, growth and expansion and the opportunity to shed and clear out any stagnant energy in the body as well as negative emotions such as rigidity, anger and frustration.  In Chinese Medicine, the element of wood is associated with spring and represents upward movement, strong roots, flexibility and the ability to move around obstacles towards the light. In our bodies, we may feel a surge of energy, an urge to make plans, embrace change and opportunity. John Kirkwood, in his book ‘The Way of the Five Seasons’ writes that we experience an “…inner sense of something rising upwards in your body. You may feel the bubbling sensation of something coming up inside of your legs and the front of the body, filling and expanding your chest with an energy that demands expression.”

Our Yin practice will focus on clearing the liver and gall bladder meridian lines, which support the digestive and detoxification functions in the body. Through this process we will restore balance in the body and mind, clear the central energy channels and restore the healthy flow of Qi.

We will end the class with a relaxing sound bath to soothe the soul.

Teacher: Nancy Lea

Investment $25

No refunds - in store credit/transfers ok

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