Yoga, Jazz, Camping 2019!!!

Saturday 25 May - Saturday 1 June 2019

Please join us for our second Yoga, Jazz and Camping retreat here at La Scellerie. Jazz Sous Les Pommier is one of the world’s leading jazz festivals, and nearly twenty thousand people flock to Coutances for the week to take in the international talent in venues throughout the town, and on open air sound stages. The festival offers a range of ticketed and free gigs throughout the week. 

In and around La Scellerie, the air hums with spring life, and there are miles and miles of spectacular sand dunes and beaches to explore. You can sit (meditate?) in the sun or gaze at the milky way, do some yoga and qigong then pop up the road to a jazz gig in Coutances! Bring your tent, find your spot in our orchard for the week. In the main house, there is the studio, dining room, kitchen, shower rooms and toilets.

Breakfast and a hearty lunch will be provided each day, catering for all dietary requirements. Dinner will be available upon request.  

Yoga, qigong and meditation classes will be taught by Joo Teoh. Each day, there will be 2.5 hours of qigong, yoga and guided meditation practice. Joo has been teaching since 2007. In his classes, he blends the alignment-based approach of yoga with energetic practices of qigong to calm the mind, strengthen the body and clear the heart.

This special retreat is only open to 8 participants. PRICE 480.00 euros per person for the full week, which will cover all yoga, qigong and meditation classes, meals, and facilities. Your travel to La Scellerie and tickets to concerts are not included. Email Joo at jooteoh@gmail.com to book. 

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Yoga, Qigong and Meditation classes

The yoga, qigong and meditation classes are suitable for all levels of experience – from total beginners to those with years of regular practice. Yoga and qigong (sometimes known as chi-kung) are both ancient forms of energy cultivation, physical movement and breathing exercises for better health.  These practices date back thousands of years, and are still useful and relevant in life today. In every class, there will be the option to “turn the volume up” to whatever level your body wants. Some classes will be more active, some classes will be quieter and slower.

The meditation practices are mindfulness-based practices, which are non-dogmatic and non-religious. Mindfulness-based meditation aims to train the mind to focus and concentrate.

It is important to know that you are free to participate as much or as little as you wish. As the week progresses, you may find that you prefer to take more rest time or personal time, and I actively encourage you to explore this experience of doing less. In our busy lives, this is one of the most advanced expressions of self-care.

The Programme

Saturday 25 May – Arrival & Welcome

Sunday 26 to Friday 31 June

08:30 – 09:30: breakfast

10:00 – 12:30: yoga / qigong / meditation

13:00 – 14:00: lunch, then free time

18:00 - 19:00: dinner (by reservation only, €15 per person)

Saturday 1 June – Departure

 

Our orchard & woodland

Our orchard & woodland

Accommodations & Meals

This is a camping retreat, where you will need to bring your own tents, sleeping bags, etc. There will be two shower rooms and toilets for everyone to share. Indoor communal areas are the dining room, kitchen, living room and studio. 

Breakfast and a hearty lunch will be provided every day, catering to all dietary requirements. Dinner is available each day upon request for €15 per person. Please inform us of your dietary requirements & allergies when booking.

Coutances cathedral. Photo by Aroche 2013

Coutances cathedral. Photo by Aroche 2013

Jazz and other local attractions

The Jazz festival will be in venues and public areas throughout Coutances. Tickets are available in advance via ticketmaster.fr. Throughout the festival, many events are free at bars and public stages. Do not worry if you don't have tickets. There is plenty to be seen & heard. 

Acupuncture treatments, Alexander Technique lessons and massage are available as optional extras. 

For those with cars, venture further afield to Mont St Michel, Bayeux, Granville, any of the local beaches, or discover local chateaux and markets. 

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Getting here from the UK

By Car ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg or Caen. Cherbourg to La Scellerie is approx. 75 mins drive. Caen is a 60 minute drive. 

By train to Portsmouth Harbour, then a short taxi ride to the ferry terminal where you can board the ferry as a foot passenger to Cherbourg. We can arrange for you to be met at Cherbourg by a car. Transfer cost is extra.

By Eurostar from St Pancras International to Paris, then Paris to Caen (2 hours). We can arrange for you to be collected from Caen train station. Transfer cost is extra.

By Air: From the UK, Ryanair and Flybe offer regular flights from London to Caen, Dinard, and Rennes. We can arrange for you to be collected from the airport. Transfer cost is extra. 

 

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More about Joo

Joo has been teaching since 2007. His classes blend hatha vinyasa yoga, restorative yoga, meditation and qigong, with emphasis on breath, alignment and intention. The synthesis of movements and postures from yoga with energetic qigong practices will leave you strengthened in body, and calm in your heart and mind. Before moving to Normandy to set up La Scellerie, Joo taught in Beijing (Yoga Yard, Beijing’s first and best dedicated vinyasa yoga studio) and London (at The Life Centre and Triyoga). His teachers are Cameron Tukapua, Max Strom, Matthew Raymond Cohen, Mimi Kuo-Deemer and Judith Hanson Lasater. Joo firmly believes in making these practices accessible to everyone, regardless of physical conditions and experience. Whether you are a total beginner or a seasoned practitioner, there will be something new to discover in his classes.

Joo is also a Five Element Acupuncturist, trained by Master Acupuncturist and founder of the London Institute of Five Element Acupuncture, Gerad Kite. He is a trustee of the Association of Five Element Acupuncturists (AFEA). 

To book your space, email Joo at jooteoh@gmail.com